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Upcoming Events

The next Physics Department seminar in the Winter 2017 Series will be held on Monday March 6th and will feature Dr. Guang-Jiong Ni (Portland State University), who will be presenting his talk “Enigma of the origin of charged heavy lepton (or: where comes the heavy “electrons”?)”. This series, held each fall, winter, and spring, consists of exciting lecture events featuring guest speakers and experts from around the country! Talks are on selected Monday and Wednesday afternoons and are free and open to the public. Click here for more information including this term's schedule of events.

And save the date! This year's Mark Gurevitch Memorial Lecture will be held on Friday May 19th, more details to be posted soon. Find out more about the Mark Gurevitch Memorial Lecture Series here

Department News

Dr. Ralf Widenhorn has recently published an article that will be of interest to Portland Timbers fans, looking at the physics behind the "double post" incident that occurred during the 2015 MLS Cup playoffs. An article in the Oregonian with more details can be found here and his journal article can be found here.

Congratulations to Dr. Raj Solanki, who mentored the winner of the $100,000 Top Individual Prize in the 2016 Siemens Competition in Math, Science, & Technology. Portland’s Vineet Edupuganti, a senior at Oregon Episcopal School, was recognized for his work in the development of a biodegradable battery with the capability to power ingestible medical devices that can track and diagnose conditions that affect internal organs.

Congratulations to the 13th Annual Sigma Xi Columbia-Willamette Student Research Symposium award recipients! Two Physics Department graduate students were awarded first prizes, Terry Rolfe in the Earth & Environmental Sciences category and Rich Swinford in the the Physics, Mathematics, & Engineering category. More information about the Sigma Xi Columbia-Willamette Chapter can be found here, including a full list of abstracts and award recipients. 

 

 

 

Facilities

Center For Electron Microscopy and Nanofabrication

Science Support Shop (contact Marc Nisenfeld)

 

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