Welcome to the April-May 2012 Newsletter Greetings! Last week was graduation week here on campus and we are celebrating the many accomplishments of o

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Welcome to the April-May 2012 Newsletter

Greetings! Last week was graduation week here on campus and we are celebrating the many accomplishments of our new alumni. Below we give you a sense of the recent excitement around the department in the last few months, along with a special highlight on physics in medicine.

Best wishes for your summer. Don't forget to share with us your photos and stories from your summer travel. Let us know where you have been!

Do you have news? Please send your updates to the News Team.


Spotlight on Physics in Medicine

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Duke University Medical Physics Graduate Program


Alum Tom Savard Uses a Physics PhD in the Medical Technology Industry


Alum Katie West Hulme Works as Diagnostic Physicist at Cleveland Clinic


President Brodhead Visits the Behringer Lab

On February 4, 2012, Duke University President Richard Brodhead visited the Physics Department and in particular, explored the mysteries of granular materials in Prof. Robert P. Behringer's lab. Click here to read more. Click here to see more pictures.


Photo Credits: Cristin Paul


Research News


Broadband Slow Light Paper Highlighted


Former Researcher Raut’s HIGS Research Published

Click the images above to read more about each story. | Read more research news here.


Graduate Student News


Graduate Student Chen Zhou Wins Argonne National Laboratory Fellowship

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Wangzhi Zheng Defended His Thesis on April 10. He is shown here with his advisor Prof. Haiyan Gao.

Cao and Zheng Receive 2011 Outstanding Graduate Student Award Physics graduate students Chenglin Cao and Wangzhi Zheng received the 2011 outstanding graduate student award from the Ministry of Education of China. Click the link to read more.

Click the images/link above to read more about each story. | Read more graduate student news here and undergraduate news here.



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Prof. Bob Behringer and Lab Administrator Derek Leadbetter did some exciting science outreach during the month of March.

On March 7th, Bob with Derek behind the scenes and Profs. Warren Warren and Ken Lyle from Chemistry presented a program “Science Magic” to 70 Duke Campus Club members. Campus Club is an organization of women involved in one way or another with Duke (faculty, faculty wives, staff, volunteers, etc.).

Highlights of the show were Bob propelling himself across the room on a “rocket,” diffracting glasses, and liquid nitrogen ice cream.

Click here or on the image above to read more.

Read more outreach news here.


The Department Celebrates the New Hertha Sponer Biography

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l-r: Prof. Daniel Gauthier, Dr. Morris, Prof. Winnewisser, Dr. Maushart, and Prof. Horst Meyer with Prof. Hertha Sponer's portrait

On April 5, 2012, the Department of Physics celebrated the unveiling of the English version of Prof. Hertha Sponer’s biography, which is now available both as an e-book and as paperback and hardback. The well-attended event included introductory remarks by Dean Robert Calderbank, Dean Laurie Patton and Vice Provost Nancy Allen. Dr. Marie-Ann Maushart and Dr. Ralph Morris also spoke. Both Profs. Daniel Gauthier and Horst Meyer were significantly involved in making possible the English version of the biography.

Click here or on the image at right to read more.


Faculty News

Kotwal Interviewed by Wired Prof. Ashutosh Kotwal recently gave an interview about his latest research at Fermilab for the publication Wired.com in their Wired Science section. Click the link to read the article “Physicists Pinpoint W Boson, Narrow Search for Higgs.”

Tornow Gives Invited Talk Prof. Werner Tornow gave an invited talk at the April Meeting of the American Physical Society in Atlanta with the title “Overview of Measurements Related to Three-Nucleon Force Effects.”

Mueller Elected to Board of Directors of ORAU Prof. Berndt Mueller was elected to the Board of Directors for the Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU). Click the link to read more.

Kruse a New Bass Fellow Prof. Mark Kruse has been named a new Bass Fellow and has been added to the Bass Chairs webpage under the “Meet the Fellows” tab. Click the link to read more.

Kotwal’s Group’s W Boson Mass Measurement Published Prof. Ashutosh Kotwal‘s group’s measurement of the W boson mass, which is the world’s most precise and makes a definitive prediction of the Higgs boson mass, has been published in Physical Review Letters. Click the link to read more.

Gao Named Henry Newson Professor of Physics Prof. Haiyan Gao was named the Henry Newson Professor of Physics in Trinity College of Arts and Sciences, effective July 1, 2012. Click the link to read more.

Howell Appointed to Physics Review C Journal Editorial Board Prof. Calvin Howell was recently appointed as a member of the Physical Review C journal editorial board. Click the link to read more.

Curtarolo and Colleagues in Nature Materials Prof. Stefano Curtarolo and colleagues published a paper on topological insulator in Nature Materials. Click the link to read more.

Read more faculty news here.


Upcoming Events

Event details may change at any time. Always click "More Info" to retrieve contact info for event organizers when planning to attend events.

Condensed Matter Seminar Series The next CM Seminar will feature University College London's Sir Michael Pepper with "Spin Effects in One Dimensional Electronic Conduction " on Thursday, May 17th at 11:00AM in Physics 298.

Triangle Nuclear Theory Seminar The next TNT Seminar will be with Michael Strickland of Gettysburg College on Monday, May 21st at 3:30pm in Physics 298.

TUNL Seminar The next Triangle Universities Nuclear Laboratories Seminar will be held on Thursday, May 31st at 2:00PM in Physics 298 and will feature Josh Klein of the University of Pennsylvania.

Physics Department Colloquium The next Colloquium will be Wednesday, September 5, 2012 at 3:30PM and will feature Barbara Jacak of Stony Brook University's "Hot QCD Matter: Liquid, Strong and Stringy?" in Physics 128.