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Physics Spring 2016
Dr. James R. Chelikowsky, Departments of Physics, Chemical Engineering,
Chemistry Center for Computational Materials, Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences,
University of Texas at Austin, Titled: Using Simulated Atomic Force Microscopy Images to See Atoms and Bonds >abstract
3:00 pm Friday, February 12, 2016 in ISA 2023 (Social with refreshments starts at 2:50 pm)
As of February 20th 2015, the Commission on Accreditation of
Medical Physics Education Programs (CAMPEP) has accredited our
in applied physics with emphasis in medical physics. Only 23
other universities in the United States offer CAMPEP-accredited
Ph.D. programs. Graduates of accredited programs typically continue
on to clinical residencies in radiation oncology physics, become
board certified in medical physics, and then work in hospitals,
cancer centers, and universities.
Prof. Hariharan Srikanth has been elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) by the APS Council in November 2014.
He is recognized for "important contributions to the experimental studies of magnetization dynamics and novel physics in complex nanocomposites."
Prof. George Nolas has been elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) by the APS Council in November 2013.
He is recognized for " pioneering studies of novel thermoelectric materials, especially cage-like compounds with low thermal conductivity.”
Matthias Batzill receives TUM-IAS Hans Fischer Junior Fellowship
Matthias Batzill has received a prestigious TUM-IAS (Technische Universitat Munchen - Institute for Advanced Study) Hans Fischer Junior Fellowship. The Fellowship is awarded to "Outstanding early-career international scientists, who intend to explore innovative, high-risk topics in their scientific research areas together with a TUM Research Group". This Fellowship will establish active collaborative research between the Nanophysics and Surface Science Laboratory at USF Physics directed by Dr. Batzill and the Technical University of Munich which is the premier University in Germany in technical/scientific disciplines. 13 Nobel Laureates are closely affiliated with TUM. In addition to Hans Fischer, well known physicists like Rudolf L. MoBbauer, Klaus von Klitzing, Wolfgang Paul, Wolfgang Ketterle and Gerhard Ertl taught or received their degrees from TUM.
Inna Ponomareva wins NSF CAREER award
Dr. Inna Ponomareva, Associate Professor of Physics, has received the NSF-CAREER Award. Her project titled "CAREER: Towards universal understanding of caloric and other complex effects in ferroics from multiscale modeling." was funded with a 5-year, $435,000 grant effective September 1, 2013. The NSF-CAREER Award is the Foundation's most prestigious recognition of junior faculty members who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars. Past USF Physics recipients of this Award include Dr. Matthias Batzill (2009), Dr. Casey Miller (2010) and Dr. Andreas Muller 2013.
APS Inaugural Bridge Program Site
The American Physical Society has chosen to fund USF Physics as one of two inaugural Bridge Program sites in the nation. USF and the other site, Ohio State, join the four existing self-supported bridge programs in physics: MIT, Columbia, Michigan, and Vanderbilt. The program will allow us to make a significant contribution to the inclusion of under-represented minorities in graduate physics education, a pressing national need. Congratulations to Casey Miller for spearheading this effort, and to a team of USF Physics collaborators including Garrett Matthews, Xiaomei Jiang and Robert Hoy! The Bridge Program not only brings national recognition for USF but will greatly enhance the graduate education experience for our students in USF Physics. > Go to the program page for full details.
USF Physicist Jiangfeng Zhou Receives 2013 Sloan Research Fellowship
Dr. Jiangfeng Zhou, Assistant Professor of Physics, has been selected as a 2013 Sloan Research Fellow. According to the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation: “The Sloan Research Fellowships seek to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise. These two-year fellowships are awarded yearly to 126 researchers in recognition of distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field.”. The complete list of recipients is available at http://www.sloan.org/sloan-research-fellowships/2013-sloan-research-fellows/
Prof. Andreas Muller wins NSF CAREER award
Dr. Andreas Muller, Assistant Professor of Physics, has received the NSF-CAREER Award. His project titled "CAREER: Interfacing Remote Quantum Dot Nanostructures by Resonant Light Scattering" was funded with a 5-year, $595,000 grant effective February 15, 2013. The NSF-CAREER Award is the Foundation's most prestigious recognition of junior faculty members who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars. Past USF Physics recipients of this Award include Dr. Matthias Batzill (2009) and Dr. Casey Miller (2010).
USF Physicist George Nolas Elected AAAS Fellow
Prof. George Nolas has been elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) by the AAAS Council in November 2012. He is recognized for contributions to materials and solid-state physics, particularly for the development of thermoelectric materials, and in investigating the fundamental physics of clathrate and clathrate-like materials.
Physics doctoral students invited to prestigious Nobel meeting
Three University of South Florida physics doctoral students, Joseph Fogarty, Aaron Landerville, and Evan Lafalce have been invited to attend the 62nd Nobel Laureates Meeting in Lindau, Germany. read more>
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New faculty members in USF Physics
Dr. Dario Arena PhD Physics, 2000, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Research Interests on magnetic materials and spin dynamics; spintronics; correlated electron systems; ferromagnetic resonance; synchrotron-based spectroscopy and scattering.
Dr. Humberto Rodriguez Gutierrez PhD Physics, 2001, State University of Campinas (UNICAMP).
Dr. Alexander McCormick PhD Astronomy, 2015, University of Maryland.
Dr. Jianjun Pan PhD Physics 2009 Carnegie Mellon University. Research Interests in Structure and function of membrane proteins; Interactions between drug molecules and membrane proteins; Structure and dynamics of fluid lipid membranes; Protein-membrane interactions; Drug-lipid composites
Dr. Ghanim Ullah PhD Biophysics 2006 Ohio University. Research interests in Neuronal disorders;
Markov chain models;
Cell signaling pathways;
Application of control theory to biology
Dr. Robert S. Hoy (B. A. Physics, Johns Hopkins, 1999; Ph. D. Physics, Johns Hopkins, 2008; Postdoctoral Fellow, UC Santa Barbara, 2007-2009; Anderson Postdoctoral Fellow, Yale University, 2009-2010; Associate Research Scientist, Departments of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science, and Physics, Yale University, 2010-present) will be joining USF Physics as Assistant Professor effective Fall 2012. His research area is in computational physics, specifically in soft matter physics/materials science.
Dr. Zhimin Shi (B. S. Information Engineering, Zhejiang University, China, 2001; M. S. Optical Engineering, Zhejiang University, China, 2004; M. S. Optics, University of Rochester, 2009; Ph. D. Optics, University of Rochester, 2010; Scientist, Institute of Optics, University of Rochester, 2011-present) will be joining USF Physics as Assistant Professor effective December 2012. His research area encompasses the physics of nonlinear quantum optics on nano-scale platforms and the development of novel optical materials and devices. Experimental research programs will include nanocomposite metamaterials (for energy harvesting) and optical antennas (for biophotonics and single photon source).
The REU program leverages the expertise in over 20 research laboratories in our unique doctoral program in Applied Physics at USF. This three-year, $327,000 REU award from NSF will provide nationally recruited undergraduate students high-quality motivational research experiences in four thrust areas in our Department including materials physics; atomic, molecular & optical physics/sensors; biomedical/biophysics; and computational/theoretical physics.
SPS (Society of Physics Students) Expo Crew wins the "Best Show" Award in Engineering Expo 2012 again!!!
SPS (Society of Physics Students) Expo Crew wins the "Best Show" Award in Engineering Expo 2009, again!!!
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Physics is now a part of the new School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (SNSM)
Distinguished University Professor George Nolas appointed as a Dresden Senior Fellow.
Kaya Wei (Major Professor G.S. Nolas) awarded the prestigious Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD) Fellowship allowing her to do research at the Max Planck Institute for the Chemical Physics of Solids.
Dr. Ivan Oleynik has been elected a fellow in the American Physical Society. "For the development and application of novel computational methods that have led to fundamental insights into behavior of matter at extreme conditions, molecular electronics, graphene, and spin-dependent tunneling.”
Kristen Stojak, Doctoral student (Major Professors: Dr. Hari Srikanth and Dr. Manh-Huong Phan) has been awarded a NASA Florida Space Grant Consortium (FSGC) fellowship under the Dissertation Improvement Fellowship Program.
Brian Eckert (Prof. G.S. Nolas), Undergraduate Physics Major has been awarded the Excellence in Research Award & Undergraduate Research Award.
Khagendra Bhattarai (Major Prof. Jiangfeng Zhou) has been awarded the 2015 Provost's Award for Outstanding Teaching by a Graduate Teaching Assistant.
Sinhara Rishi Silva (Major Prof. Jiangfeng Zhou) has been selected as one of the winners of the 7th Annual Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Symposium.
Kaya Wei (Major Prof. G.S. Nolas) is invited to present her research, “Synthesis and Characterization of Bulk and Nanostructured Materials for Thermoelectrics Applications”, at II-VI Foundation headquarters and R&D center, Saxonburg, PA, April 21, 2015.
Michael Calzadilla, a member of the Honors College and Undergraduate Physics Major, has been named a Gates Cambridge Scholar for 2015. He is the first #USF recipient of this scholarship and one of 40 selected from the U.S. This global scholarship provides funding for graduate work at Cambridge University for intellectually outstanding students who have a capacity for leadership and a commitment to improving the lives of others.
Eleanor Clements, (Major Professor Dr. Hariharan Srikanth), PhD student in the Physics Department at the University of South Florida has been selected for the DoN Pathways Internship Program at the Naval Research Lab in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Ghanim Ullah's Journal of Neuroscience paper linking seizures and migraines in the brain highlighted by media: Science Daily, Science World Report, NSF News, Neuroscience News, Medical Press, and Toronto Telegraph.
Dr. Anuja Datta is co-organizing 'Energy Materials Nanotechnology' (EMN) Meeting on Ceramics, January 26-29, 2015, Orlando, Fl, USA. Detailed information is available at http://www.emnmeeting.org/ceramics/
Dr. Manh-Huong Phan co-organizer of the 8th Energy Materials Nanotechnology (EMN) Fall Meeting, November 22 to 25, 2014, Orlando, Florida, USA. Detailed information is available at http://www.emnfall.org/2014/.
George S. Nolas has published a new book titled "The Physics and Chemistry of Inorganic Clathrates".
Jasmine Oliver, PhD student in the Physics Department at the University of South Florida has been selected to attend 64th Annual Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting.
Dr. Hariharan Srikanth has been inducted as Fellow of the Institute of Nanotechnology.
Carlos Perez, doctoral student,(Major Professor: Dr. Xiaomei Jiang) has been awarded the 2014-2015 McKnight Doctoral Fellow.
Michael Cross, doctoral student, has been selected as the STEM awardee for the 2013-2014 Provost's Award for Outstanding Teaching by a Graduate Assistant.
Sinhara Silva, doctoral student (Major Professor: Dr. Jiangfeng Zhou) was adjudged a winner in the 2014 Research Symposium at USF for his poster titled "Bistable Nonlinear Metamaterials".
Michael Calzadilla undergraduate student in Physics is one of three from USF receiving a prestigious 2014 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship.
Dr. Hariharan Srikanth has accepted an appointment as an Associate Editor for Journal of Applied Physics and his term starts in March 2014.
Jagannath Devkota, doctoral student (Major Professors: Dr. Hari Srikanth and Dr. Manh-Huong Phan) has been selected with full financial support to participate in the 2014 IEEE Magnetics Summer School to be held in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) in August 2014.
Paula Lampen, doctoral student (Major Professors: Dr. Hari Srikanth and Dr. Manh-Huong Phan) will be a visiting research student at the Institute of Experimental Physics, Slovak Academy of Sciences (Kosice, Slovak Republic) for a 5-week period starting in March. She is receiving full financial support for her visit from an EU project led by collaborator Dr. Ivan Skorvanek.
Dr. Stevce (Stefan) Stefanoski (Major Professor: George S. Nolas) has been awarded a 2013-2014 USF Outstanding Dissertation Award
Dr. Nicholas Bingham (Major Professor: Hari Srikanth, Co-Advisor: Manh-Huong Phan) will be joining the Paul-Scherrer Institute in Switzerland as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in July 2013
Dr. Stevce (Stefan) Stefanoski (Major Professor: George S. Nolas) has recently been awarded a Carnegie Fellowship, allowing him to expand on his current research on high-pressure and high-temperature synthesis of carbon materials with superlative properties at the Carnegie Institute of Washington.
Himanshu Verma, doctoral students, has been selected as the STEM awardee for the 2012-2013 Provost's Award for Outstanding Teaching by a Graduate Assistant.
Jasmine Oliver, graduate student (Major Professors: William G. Matthews and Jeffrey Zhang) has been awarded the 2013-2014 Ronald E. McNair Doctoral Fellowship.
Dr. David C. Clark (Major Professor: Myung K. Kim) has been appointed a Research Physicist in support of Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Sensor Technology Development and Application in the Applied Optics Branch of the US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), in Washington, DC.
Dr. Stevce (Stefan) Stefanoski (Major Professor: George S. Nolas) has accepted a Postdoctoral Associate Position at the prestigious Carnegie Institute of Washington.
Kaya Wei (Major Professor: George S. Nolas) has been given an invited presentation and travel funds to the 5th GCOE International Symposium on Weaving Science Beyond Particle Matter Hierarchy in Sendai, Japan.
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