Last update: March 6, 2014
Congratulations Dr. Li!
Our Dr. Chunqiang Li was recently awarded $20k through the College of Science’s Multidisciplinary Research Pilot Program to work on "Super Resolution Two-Photon Fluorescence Resonance Energy Transfer (FRET) Microscopy for Imaging Molecular Interactions in Bacterial and Viral Infections" with Drs. Hugues Ouellet (Bio. Sci), Rosas-Acosta (Bio. Sci), Jianjun Sun (Bio. Sci.) and Chuan Xiao (Chem).
Congratulations Dr. Zope!
Our Dr. Rajendra Zope was recently awarded $20k through the College of Science’s Multidisciplinary Research Pilot Program to work on the "Adaptation of Quantum Chemical Software for Large Scale Genomic Material Data Generation." His co-PI's are Drs. Tunna Baruah (Physics) and Shirley Moore (Computational Science).
No Department Seminars Friday February 28 or March 7, 2014
Department Seminar: Friday, February 21, 2014
Dr. Mani Tripathi, of UC Davis, will present: Search for dark matter in the laboratory with the LUX/LZ detectors, at 3:00 pm in PSCI 208. Snacks will be served at 2:45. For more information, click here.
Department Faculty Meeting: Monday, February 10 at 4:30 pm in PSCI 213
Faculty members will meet this Monday to discuss and vote on candidates for the Assistant Professor position currently open.
Our Undergrads Present at 223rd American Astronomical Society Meeting in D.C.!
Sebastian Gomez, Omar Medrano, John Morales, Jacob Segura, and Emma Sundin all presented research at the 223rd meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Washington, D.C. from January 5-9. They were accompanied by their mentor Dr. Paul Mason, whose NSF Partnerships for Astronomy and Astrophysics Research and Education Grant supports these wonderful efforts.
Exciting New Year for Physics at UTEP
2014 is going to be an exciting year for the physics department. Dr. Vivian Incera has stepped down as Chair, after 5 years and wonderful accomplishments. She is delighted to now be able to do more research and teaching. Dr. Eric Hagedorn accepted the Dean's invitation to be Interim Chair while the national search for a permanent chair progresses. The search for an assistant professor in experimental condensed matter physics has progressed to the interview stage. The first interview will be on the 23rd (more details coming). In very exciting news about our students: 24 physics majors made the Dean's List for Fall 2013 (see below)! This final piece of good news reminds us who the department is really here for in 2014.
Physics Majors who made Dean's List for Fall 2013
Rafael De Almeida
Brian Zamarripa Roman
Congratulations to you all!
2013 Good Byes
While 2013 included wonderful accomplishments by our students, faculty, and staff, there were four significant good byes. Dr. Clarence "Kiki" Cooper retired (supposedly for the last time). Terry Weber, our incredible office manager, took another position in the College of Health Sciences. We wish them both the very best. Finally, with sadness we remember two professors emeritus who passed away in 2013: Dr. Rufus Bruce, Jr. and Dr. John Brient.
Special REU Seminar: Thursday December 5th
Dr. Cagliyan Kurdak of the University of Michigan will hold a 4:00 pm meeting in PSCI 115 with students interested in pursuing a research experience this coming summer at the University of Michigan. For more information: http://www-applied.physics.lsa.umich.edu/ourprogram.html
Congratulations to Ali Aghvami!
This semester, Ali received a prestigious Dodson Research Grant from UTEP's Graduate School. Ali is working with Dr. Chunqiang Li on a project entitled: Super-Resolution Pump-Probe Microscope. Their goal is to develop a pump-probe modulation (PPM) microscope that can inmage non-fluorecent molecules with super resolution.
Congratulations Banner Bearer Brandan Garcia!
Brandan Garcia, a physics major in the Medical Physics Concentration, has been selected to be the December Graduation Banner Bearer for the College of Science. Again, congratulations.
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