Physics Department News


  • LUX and the Underground People

    Professor Szydagis recently hosted a week-long analysis workshop and collaboration meeting on campus October 19-23, 2015. This meeting was an instrumental face-to-face for establishing momentum to analyze both WIMP search and calibration data collected in 2015. Read more here.

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    Prof. Jain receives an NSF grant

    Prof. Jain has been awarded a research grant from the National Science Foundation for the project, "Experimental Particle Physics at SUNY Albany". The research program is conducted using data collected with the ATLAS detector at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, Switzerland.

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    Prof. Kevin H. Knuth takes Third Prize in the FQXI 2015 Essay Contest "Trick or Truth? - The Mysterious Link Between Physics and Mathematics"

    Prof. Kevin H. Knuth has been awarded a Third Prize in the Foundational Questions Institute (FQXI) 2015 Essay Contest, "Trick or Truth? - The Mysterious Link Between Physics and Mathematics." with his essay titled "The Deeper Roles of Mathematics in Physical Laws". The contest theme was based on a question from the physicist Eugene Wigner, where he considered the problem of why mathematics so well describes the behavior of the physical universe. In his essay, Knuth claims that much of the utility of mathematics arises from our choice of description of the physical world coupled with our desire to quantify it. This is demonstrated in a practical sense by considering one of the most fundamental concepts of mathematics: additivity. This example is used to show how many physical laws can be derived as constraint equations enforcing relevant symmetries in a sense that is far more fundamental than commonly appreciated. Winners are presented with a monetary award, and the winning essays are accepted for publication in the Springer Frontier series. The essay can be found here.

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    Physics: A Question of Fun?

    Physics students and professors got together for pizza and fun, with students playing an answer-and-question style game to learn more about physics related to the department's research, and win fun prizes along the way provided by the Society of Physics Students. A new UAlbany tradition, funded by CHEER. More details and pictures can be found here.

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    PASCAL 2015

    All friends of the physics department are invited to attend a traditional PASCAL conference on March 7, 2015. More details can be found here.

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    Particle Physics highlighted in the UAlbany Annual Research report

    UAlbany physicists are using data collected by the ATLAS detector at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, Switzerland, to study the fundamental properties of the universe. Experiments at CERN led to the discovery of the Higgs boson in July 2012, the particle crucial for the confirmation of the Standard Model of particle physics.

  • New graduate fellowship

    Graduate Fellowships for underrepresented minorities in STEM fields ($30,000 per year) are now open for application. Qualified applicants are strongly encouraged to apply. Details can be found here.

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    Prof. Lunin receives an NSF grant

    Prof. Lunin has been awarded a research grant from the National Science Foundation for the project "Black Holes and Gauge/Gravity Duality".

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    Prof. Kevin H. Knuth takes Third Prize in the FQXI 2013 Essay Contest "It From Bit, or Bit From It?"

    Prof. Kevin H. Knuth has been awarded a Third Prize in the Foundational Questions Institute (FQXI) 2013 Essay Contest, "It From Bit, or Bit From It?" with his essay titled "Information-Based Physics and the Influence Network". The contest theme was based on an question from the physicist John Archibald Wheeler, where he considered whether It came from Bit? In his essay, Knuth suggests that rather than thinking about the universe as a computer, perhaps it is more accurate to think about it as a network of influences where the laws of physics derive from both consistent descriptions and optimal information-based inferences made by embedded observers. The FQXI Essay contests are open to the general public and have become quite prestigious. Winners are presented with a monetary award, an invitation to FQXI membership, and the opportunity to have Scientific American consider material adapted from winning essays for publication.

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    Physicists celebrate 2013 Nobel Prize for Higgs discovery

    The Higgs boson was predicted in 1964, and was finally discovered in 2012 by the ATLAS and CMS experiments, which are operating at CERN. Physicists from SUNY Albany are members of the ATLAS collaboration.

  • The Lawrence and Marie Shore Scholarship Application

    Each year the Lawrence and Marie Shore Graduate Scholarships are awarded to students engaged in sanctioned research in the life sciences. Applications are due in the Dean’s Office by Friday, April 19, 2013.

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    Prof. Goyal awarded two-year FQXi research grant

    Prof. Goyal has been awarded a two-year research grant by the Foundational Questions Institute (FQXi) for the project "An information-theoretic approach to identical particles in quantum theory".

  • Physics Recognition Ceremony

    Sunday May 19 at 12:30pm, Campus Center Assembly Hall, Speaker - Dan Hart (Boeing Vice President of Network & Space Systems Deputy Program Manager of Return to Intercept, Ground-Based Midcourse Defense)

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    "Engineering Molecular Motors" by A. Shekhtman

    On Friday 12th April, Prof. Alexander Shekhtman (Chemistry, University at Albany) will be speaking on "Engineering Molecular Motors".

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    Two lectures by Prof. Michael Deem

    On Tuesday 12th March, Prof. Michael Deem (Bioengineering/Physics, Rice University) will present a lecture on mathematical scaling laws in biology and a lecture on climate change.

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    Symposium in Honor of Professor Tara Prasad Das

    On October 26th 2012, the Department hosts a special symposium to honor Professor Das’s more than five decades of contribution to the understanding of the electronic structure and hyperfine properties of atoms, molecules and condensed matter systems. Please click here for more information.

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    Scholarship Opportunity for Masters and Doctoral students.

    The Lawrence and Marie Shore Graduate Scholarship In the Life Sciences (Application and Information Attached) Deadline: April 20, 2012.
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    Albany physics is number 1!

    According to 2011 data released by the National Research Council, the physics department at UAlbany was #1 amongst 161 physics programs nationally in the number of published articles per faculty member, #2 in the number of doctoral graduates per faculty member and #17 in the number of citations per faculty member.

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    Prof. MacDonald awarded four-year NIH $330k grant for "Design Studies and Optimization of Phase-Contrast Mammography

    Prof. Carolyn MacDonald has been awarded a four-year (2010-2014) NIH grant worth $330k for a project entitled "Design Studies and Optimization of Phase-Contrast Mammography" with the Illinois Institute of Technology

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    Profs. Goyal and Knuth awarded $350k research grant from John Templeton Foundation.

    Profs. Goyal and Knuth have been awarded a $350k three-year research grant for their project "Quantifying Relations as a Foundation for Physics" by the John Templeton Foundation under their "Sciences and the Big Questions" program.

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    Profs. Goyal and Knuth organize MaxEnt 2011

    The 31st International Workshop on Bayesian Inference and Maximum Entropy Methods was held in Waterloo, Canada on 10-15 July 2011, with many participants from U. Albany

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    Prof. MacDonald again program chair for SPIE Optics + Photonics 2011

    Prof. Carolyn MacDonald is once again the X-Ray, Gamma-Ray, and Particle Technologies program chair for the large (3000+ presentations) SPIE Optics and Photonics conference in San Diego this August.