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Current Events

The next event in our regular Winter 2019 Seminar Series will take place on Monday March 11th, when Denis Felikson (Cryospheric Sciences Laboratory, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center) will be presenting his talk “What lies beneath: how topography underneath the Greenland Ice Sheet controls the timing and magnitude of sea-level rise". Talks are held on selected Monday and Wednesday afternoons and are free and open to the public. More information, including details from past terms, can be found on our seminars and events page, with new schedules posted as available.

Save the date! We hope that you will join us on May 24, 2019, for the 13th Annual Mark Gurevitch Memorial Lecture when Dr. Hakeem M. Oluseyi will present his talk "Hacking the Stars".


Department News

The Columbia-Willamette Chapter of Sigma Xi held their 15th Annual SX-CW Student Research Presentations on November 16th in the Smith Memorial Student Union Ballroom. Congratulations to Jeff Black (1st place graduate, Physics) and Bao Nguyen (1st place undergraduate, Physics)! 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 have been featured in 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.

The 12th Annual Mark Gurevitch Memorial Lecture took place on May 11th, 2018 and featured 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.



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