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Upcoming Events

The first event in the Spring 2018 Physics Department Seminar Series will be held on Monday April 9th, when Scott Fisher (Department of Physics, University of Oregon) will present a talk, title to be announced soon. Talks are held on selected Monday and Wednesday afternoons and are free and open to the public. More information, including details from past terms and schedule of events, is available on our seminars and events page.

And save the date! The 12th Annual Mark Gurevitch Memorial Lecture will be held on May 11th, 2018 and feature Nobel Laureate David Wineland. More details about this event can be found in the PSU events calendar, and more information about the history of these lectures can be found on our Mark Gurevitch Memorial Lecture Series page.


Department News

The Columbia-Willamette Chapter of Sigma Xi held their 14th Annual SX-CW Student Research Presentations on November 14th in the Smith Memorial Student Union Ballroom. Congratulations to the Physics Department graduate students who won awards: Mike DeArmond (1st place, Physics category), Theodore Stenmark (2nd place, Physics category), Chris Scheffler (3rd place, Physics category), and Sayantani Karmakar (1st place, Environmental Science category). A full list of awards and poster abstracts can be found on the Sigma Xi Columbia-Willamette Chapter website.

Ralf Widenhorn's achievements in the development of biomedical physics coursework are featured in the most recent volume of PSU's Research Quarterly Review. In addition to bringing a biomedical context to lectures and labs in the general physics sequence for students in pre-health degree paths, he has also created networks connecting innovators in pre-health education with the support of the National Science Foundation and the American Association of Physics Teachers. The full article, along with links to his YouTube series on biomedical physics and his own website, is also published as one of PSU's Research & Strategic Partnerships profiles.

Physics department graduate and undergraduate students presented research at the 2017 Oregon Academy of Science. Topics of research presented included crystallography, 3D printing, and photo-acoustic spectroscopy. The full proceedings, including abstracts, are posted on the OAS website (PDF).



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