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Department News and Colloquium

Department News

Read the Department Newsletter and Pamphlet

The department of Physics & Astronomy has been selected...

    ...as one of four APS Bridge Sites by the American Physical Society. The other sites are Florida State U, The Ohio State U, and the U of South Florida who join bridge programs preexisting the APS Bridge Program of Columbia U, Fisk-Vanderbilt, MIT and U. of Michigan. The project aims at building bridges between our Master's and undergraduate program with PhD schools across the country for students belonging to underrepresented groups of the population in Physics.

CSULB Physics and Astronomy Department Tops National Ranking

    The Physics and Astronomy Department at Cal State Long Beach ranks at the top of 62 departments in the United States that offer a master’s as their highest physics degree.
    Also featured in the Orange County Register Orange County Register

An excellent news!

    The Physics & Astronomy Department is recognized as the largest physics Master's-Granting Departments in the U.S. Table 1 in the page 4 of the report shows that the department awards the annual average of 12 MS degrees in classes of 2010, 2011 & 2012 combined.

Undergraduate physics major Stephanie Sodergren has won the Alumni Association's 2014 CNSM Outstanding Graduate Award

In addition to a 4.0 GPA, Stephanie has also completed honors thesis "Switchable Plasmonic Circuits using VO2 Metal-Insulator Phase Transition" in the Nano-optics group (advisor Y. Abate). The Nano-optics group and the department of physics and astronomy congratulates Stephanie for a fantastic job well done!

William Hutzel won the first place and Khang Nguyen received the honorable mention in the CSULB student research competition.

    William will represent the university in the CSU research competition, May 2-3, CSU East Bay.

Roy Ready is the winner in the Annual Internship Essay Competition

    A compitition sponsored by the CSULB Career Development Center. As the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics winner, he receives the $500 award at the Essay Contest Awards and the certificate.

Galen Pickett's origami art

    Professor Galen Pickett's two origami art pieces are accepted to the 2014 Joint Mathematics Meetings (JMM) Exhibition of Mathematical Art to be held in Baltimore, Maryland, January 15-18, 2014.

Congratulations to Thomas E. Baker

    (former student of Prof. Bill). He won the Kennedy Reed Award for Best Theoretical Research by a graduate student (Nov. 2013). The research has been done during his Master's thesis in our group and is related to the work submitted recently.

CSULB in the Orange County Register

Nobel Prize in Physics:

    François Englert and Peter W. Higgs receive the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics "for the theoretical discovery of a mechanism that contributes to our understanding of the origin of mass of subatomic particles, and which recently was confirmed through the discovery of the predicted fundamental particle, by the ATLAS and CMS experiments at CERN's Large Hadron Collider.

In Memoriam of Slobodan Bob Stankovic

It is with great sadness that we mourn the loss of our colleague and friend Slobodan Bob Stankovic, Faculty Lecturer at the department of Physics and Astronomy. Bob unexpectedly passed away on Friday May 31, 2013. Read the epitaph here.

Physics GRE Bootcamp (Aug. 23,24)

Public Talk (Aug 15, 16): Curiosity's First Year on Mars

    Ashwin Vasavada, Mars Science Laboratory Deputy Project Scientists, Thursday, Aug. 15 at von Karman Auditorium (JPL, 4800 Oak Grove Drive, Pasadena) and Friday, Aug. 16 at Pasadena City College’s Vosloh Forum. (1570 E. Colorado Blvd) 7 p.m. von Karman Lecture Series for more information.

Peer to Peer Instruction Summer Workshop - July 11, 2013 - 11:30am-3:30pm - HSCI-102

    The departments of Physics & Astronomy and Science Education invite you to the Peer to Peer Instruction Summer Workshop. The workshop is free, and lunch is provided. Please register at: http://tinyurl.com/knl37vn More information is found on the calendar.

Southern California Condensed Matter Theory Meeting

    This meeting is organized by Drs. A.Bill, M. Peterson and S. Haas (USC) Friday April 12, 2013 from 12-6pm in HSCI-102. Eight talks will be given, among which one by Dr. Peterson. The program, abstract and other information can be found on the meeting webpage.

Spring Fellows Colloquium

  • Dr. P. Jaikumar is one of two featured guest speakers at this years fellows colloquium on, Cosmic Secrets Unlocked - The Bright and Dark Sides of Our Universe, Thursday March 14, 2013, RSVP online by March 9th at beach-physics.com

PhysTEC Open House:

5th CNSM Faculty Research Symposium:

Congradulations to our Faculty:

Congratulations to our Alumni:

  • Firuz Demir, Alumni of our department just finished his PhD in Physics at Simon Fraser University, Canada.
  • Joe Day, Alumni of the department and PhD student at University of Graz, Austria will come give the colloquium talk on February 11, 2013!

Congratulation to our SPS!

  • The CSULB Society of Physics Students (SPS) is recognized as 2012 Outstanding Chapter! Congratulation to the president Julia Meiner, all participating students and the SPS advisor Dr. T. Gredig for a lively SPS and for all its activities!

New PhysTEC teacher in residence.

Congratulations to our students for obtaining the following awards:

  • Tom Baker won the 2012 CSU wide Student Research Competition in Physical Sciences & Mathematics.
  • Sarah E. Grefe - CSULB Graduate Research Fellowship
  • Sam Koshy - 2011, NASA Graduate Student Award.
  • Jill Pestana, Stephanie Sodergren - NASA summer research internship.
  • Tom Baker - CSULB Graduate Research Fellowship and Philip Ord Johnson awards.
  • Brandon Kawata - John and Terry Milligan award.
  • Chris Safranski - Philip Ord Johnson award.
  • Daniel Javier - Richard and Florence Scalettar Scholarship.
  • Matthew Werber and Anastasia Woo - Richard Scalettar Special Scholarship.
  • Ralph Damato - Simon George Physics Scholarship.
  • Brian Flores, Victoria Marsh, Hanming Yuan, Ramsey Noah and Ryan Hashi - Physics Department Scholarship Fund.
  • Daniel Javier – Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Fellow

GRE Boot Camp, 2012.

  • The department hosted its second Physics GRE Boot Camp on May 19-20, 2012. The weekend was organized by the California Professoriate for Access to Physics Careers (CPAPC). Thirty-two students attended the preparation camp and faculty members from UC Santa Barbara, UCLA, UC Riverside, UC Irvine and UC San Diego came to present their respective PhD programs and participated in a Question & Answer session with students.

Nasa Graduate Award, 2012.

  • Graduate student Sam Koshy obtained for the second time a NASA Graduate Student Award. Sam is the only student from a non-PhD granting University to obtain this award this year!

CSULB Faculty recieved Award of Excellence, 2011.

  • One of our faculty, Andreas Bill, was awarded the 2011 Faculty Award for Excellence (aka the "Pretty Darn Good Professor award") of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.

Cali, Colombia, June 29-July 1, 2011.

Poster of international workshop co-organized by two faculty of the department (T.Gredig and A.Bill).

In 2010 the department had the largest number of Physics Master's students graduating among Master's granting institutions in the nation! See more news in our Physics & Astronomy Department Newsletter.

This Year's Nobel Prize

Nobel medal for the Nobel prize winners 2011The Nobel prize in Physics has been given to Saul Perlmutter, Brian P. Schmidt, and Adam G. Ries for "the discovery of the accelerating expansion of the universe through observation of distant supernovae". See the official website of the announcement.

The Nobel prize in Chemistry has been given to D. Shechtman for "the discovery of quasicrystals." See the official website of the announcement. Note: this topic is one of the semester projects offered in our Intro. to Solid State Physics class (PHYS-470/569).

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