Physics News Archive
As The City College celebrates Majors Month, the Physics Department celebrates Physics Majors. Beginning Tuesday, October 7, students and faculty will give brief explanations of their work and experiences as physicists. All students are welcome to attend these special sessions and learn about opportunities in careers in Physics. The schedule is evolving. If you would like more information or to volunteer to give a presentation, please contact Prof. Vinod Menon. For the latest news, please click here.
The Far Right's Assault on Science Won't Help Economy | CommentaryBy Michael S. Lubell, June 24, 2014
It wasn't too many years ago that the Environmental Protection Agency came under fire for promulgating regulations that critics claimed had insufficient scientific validity. The pendulum now seems to have swung the other way, if a policy provision in the "Department of Energy Research and Development Act of 2014" is any indicator. More...(Published in Roll Call.)
The City University of New York Graduate Center has awarded 86 level III doctoral candidates dissertation fellowships for the 2014-2015 academic year – over $1,656,000 in stipends. Ms. Aline Hubard, Ph.D. student in Physics mentored by Prof. Mark Shattuck, received the $22,000 fellowship for "Avalanches in Granular Materials."
Dissertation Year Fellowship Awarded to Aline Hubard
Roll Call, By Michael S. Lubell, May 12, 2014. "Americans love science, but if its practice and outcomes challenge their deeply held beliefs in any significant way, their love can easily turn to rejection. That dichotomy is nothing new, but today it's a problem not only for science but also for our nation's 21st century economy, which depends so heavily on research and development for its growth." Read the full story here.
Michael S. Lubell
Unless a new scientist emerges victorious in the 2014 November elections, the nerd factor on Capitol Hill will have taken a nose dive in the last six years.
Read the full story here.
Mark W. Zemansky Lecture, "The Promise of Urban Science" on Wednesday, April 9, 2014. Dr. Koonin is the Director of NYU's Center for Urban Science and Progress, and previously served as the U.S. Department of Energy's second Senate-confirmed Under Secretary for Science from May 19, 2009 through November 18, 2011. As Under Secretary for Science, Dr. Koonin functioned as the Department's chief scientific officer, coordinating and overseeing research across the DOE.
Albert Libchaber delivered the Herman Z. Cummins Lecture on
Thursday, April 10, 2014. Dr. Libchaber is the Detlev W. Bronk
Professor, Laboratory of Experimental Condensed Matter Physics,
Rockefeller University, New York, NY. "From bacteria to artificial cells. The problem of self reproduction" reflects
the focus of Dr. Libchaber's research since the 1990s, primarily in
biology, from the viewpoints of physics and nonlinear dynamics.
Bulletin of the American Physical Society, Volume 59, Number 1. For City College participants, click here.
Michio Kaku, Semat Professor of Physics, theoretical physicist and author of "The Future of the Mind" discusses cutting-edge advances in brain research and technology. Tuesday February 25, 2014 (08:09)
Physics Masters Student Wins Full Tuition Scholarship
Jonathan Preston, MS student in Physics, has won a Science Division graduate scholarship that pays his tuition for 2013-2014. CUNY awarded CCNY's Science Division $32,000 in graduate tuition scholarships for the academic year. The scholarships were awarded, based on academic achievement and need, to the following six science graduate students: Gilbert Hernandez, Biology; Michael Ichikawa, Mathematics; Brian Lamb, Earth and Atmospheric Science; Jonathan Preston, Physics; Chanel Richardson, Biology; Bethany Riggins, Biology
ByMichael S. Lubell, Jan. 24, 2014, 3:36 p.m.
In December, just before House members left this town for their hometown holiday fetes, Speaker John A. Boehner lost his cool. He vented his exasperation with outside conservative agitators who were opposing the Ryan-Murray budget deal even before there was a deal. Noting they were the same fomenters of the October government shutdown who had later admitted they had no hope of winning, Boehner punctuated his disdain with a vituperative bellow: “Are you kidding me?!”
"Top ten breakthroughs of 2013"CCNY Professor Cory Dean's measurement of the long predicted Hofstadter Butterfly spectrum has been identified by Physics World Magazine as one of the "top ten breakthroughs of 2013" . Working in collaboration with physicists at Columbia University, University of Central Florida, and Tohoku University in Japan, Professor Dean's work provided the first complete demonstration that electrons moving under both a magnetic field and spatially periodic electric field develop a fractal energy spectrum. First predicted by Douglas Hofstadter in 1976, the butterfly-shaped spectral pattern has been studied theoretically studied for nearly 40 years, but had escaped experimental detection. Professor Dean was the lead author on this work, which appeared in the magazine Nature last year, "Hofstadter's butterfly and the fractal quantum Hall effect in moiré superlattices." Michio Kaku, Henry Semat Professor of Physics at The City College of New York, is already receiving rave reviews for his latest book, "The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind." In "The Future of the Mind" Prof. Kaku explores the feasibility of telepathy, telekinesis, photographing a dream, uploading memories.
Daniel Greenberger will offer Physics 31100, "History and Philosophy of Physics" during the Spring 2014 Semester. Topics include controversies over The Copernican Theory, The Energy Concept, The Rise of the Field Concept, The Age of the Earth, Blackbody radiation and photons, Relativity, The Big-Bang Theory, Wave-Particle Duality, Interpretations of Quantum Theory, and The field Concept in Quantum Theory.
Jeffrey Morris ″ Levich Institute, Professor of Chemical Engineering, CUNY-CCNY
Citation: For outstanding research in the flow of multi-phase mixtures, including the development of nonequilibrium microstructure in Stokes flow, constitutive modeling and bulk flow analysis, measurement of the particle pressure, and elucidating the influence of particle-scale inertia on rheology and flow.
Nominated by: Division of Fluid Dynamics
V. Parameswaran Nair, Physics Department, Distinguished Professor, CUNY-CCNY
Citation: For his contributions to theoretical high energy physics, including: the symmetries of gluon amplitudes, gauge theories in three space-time dimensions (especially involving Chern-Simons theories and anyons), non-commutative quantum mechanics, and the Quantum Hall effect in higher dimensions.
Nominated by: Division of Particles and Fields
Cornell University Capital Equipment DonationJiufeng Tu received a capital equipment donation worth $1M from Prof. Albert J. Sievers, Cornell University. Equipment includes: Raman spectrometer, Lamellar spectrometer and accessories (He3), Laser Nd:Yag, Laser Nd:Yag, UV Wavelength, Generator harmonic, Pulse kit, Retro kit, Cryostat system with controller Detector far IR and Laser injection. Associate Professor Tu conducts optical spectroscopy studies of energy related materials. experimental condensed matter physics, optical spectroscopy, optical studies of correlated systems and nanosystems, infrared and Raman studies of superconductors and nanosystems physics.
The government shutdown and threatened financial default may seem so yesterday, given the Obamacare rollout mess. But the tea party's October call to conservative arms is having a persisting, pernicious effect, even though the media and Wall Street seem to have moved on. What I have in mind, particularly, is the sequester's impact on science, the generator of America's future economic growth. 2013 CCNY Physics research publications citing sponsorship by U. S. Agencies
Robert Alfano, Dr Stravos Demos, Michele Alfano-Berwanger
Cory Dean conducting research as a postdoctoral fellow at Columbia University and working with Professor of Electrical Engineering Ken Shepard and Professor of Mechanical Engineering James Hone, developed a new method using graphene as the two-dimensional model, resulting in the cleanest graphene produced to date. The new technique makes it possible for an atomically thin two-dimensional (2D) material to be electrically connected only along its one-dimensional (1D) edge. This contact geometry enables a new assembly technique for layered materials that prevents contamination at interfaces. The discovery appears in the journal Science, November 1, 2013 issue. Physics Professor Cory Dean conducting research as a postdoctoral fellow at Columbia University and working with Professor of Electrical Engineering Ken Shepard and Professor of Mechanical Engineering James Hone, developed a new method using graphene as the two-dimensional model, resulting in the cleanest graphene produced to date. The new technique makes it possible for an atomically thin two-dimensional (2D) material to be electrically connected only along its one-dimensional (1D) edge. This contact geometry enables a new assembly technique for layered materials that prevents contamination at interfaces. The discovery appears in the journal Science, November 1, 2013 issue.
Richard Steinberg, director of City College's physics education program, holds dual appoints in the School of Education and physics department. The program is one of only 11 nationwide recognized for excellence in physics teacher preparation in a report by the National Task Force on Teacher Education in Physics. The City College of New York was one of only 11 colleges and universities nationwide cited for excellence in physics teacher preparation, according to a new national study. The report, produced by the National Task Force on Teacher Education in Physics (T-TEP), pointed out that physics has a greater shortage of teachers than any other science discipline.
Prof. Ivan K. Schuller presented the Lawrence Wills Lecture in Physics on October 23, 2013. Prof. Schuller, a multiple award winning physicist and movie producer, will use movies and humor to illustrate difficult concepts and results in Nanoscience. Professor Schuller is a pioneer in thin film nanostructures and superlattices. He has been awarded several prestigious academic honors including the DOE D.O. Lawrence Award, APS Adler Award, and the MRS Medal. He a member of the Academies of Science (Chile, Spain, Belgium, Colombia), received a Doctorate Honoris Causa-Universidad Complutense, and is an EMMY award winner.FiO 2013/LS XXIX conference in Orlando, Florida, October 6-10, the American Physical Society (APS) will present the 2013 Arthur L. Schawlow Prize in Laser Science to Distinguished Professor of Science and Engineering Robert Alfano. The prize recognizes outstanding contributions to basic research using lasers to advance knowledge of the fundamental physical properties of materials and their interaction with light. Dr. Alfano's plenary address is "Optical physics discoveries using ultrafast lasers".
Two Physics Majors to attend Frontiers in Optics/Laser Science Conference
Kamonasish Chakraborty and Zabir Hossain, undergraduate Physics Majors whose mentor is Distinguished Professor Robert Alfano, will attend the FiO 2013/LS XXIX conference in Orlando, Florida, October 6-10. Their abstracts have been accepted and will be presented representing CCNY and the Physics Department. The FiO/LS conference is sponsored by The Optical Society (OSA), Frontiers in Optics 2013, collocated with the American Physical Society Division of Laser Science's Annual Meeting, Laser Science XXIX.
Michael S. Lubell, Professor of Physics, The City College of New York. Published in CQ Roll Call September 11, 2013.
Almost 30 years ago, Paul Blustein introduced the slogan "starving the beast." It has since become the mantra of conservative policymakers who want to shrink the federal government by cutting taxes and curbing revenues.
Tai-Denae Bradley, mathematics and physics major, is among five City College of New York science students who brought home a record five wins for research presentations at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) last semester in San Jose, California
July 24, 2013 Michael Lubell. Published in Roll Call
July 8, 2013 Dr. Daniel M. Greenberger, Mark W. Zemansky Professor of Physics at The City College of New York, has been appointed a CUNY Distinguished Professor. The CUNY Board of Trustees approved the appointment at its June 24 meeting.
June 6, 2013 The American Physical Society (APS) has awarded the 2013 Arthur L. Schawlow Prize in Laser Science to Distinguished Professor of Science and Engineering Robert Alfano. The prize recognizes outstanding contributions to basic research using lasers to advance knowledge of the fundamental physical properties of materials and their interaction with light.
May 16, 2013 Assistant Professor of Physics Cory Dean and research teams from Columbia and three other institutions have definitively proven the existence of an effect known as Hofstadter's Butterfly.
May 3, 2013 Michael Lubell. Published in Roll Call