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    • Student Jobs Available

      September 25, 2014

      The holidays will be here before you know it, which means it’s time to start saving money for all those presents, parties and flights to visit family and friends! Lucky for you, the College of Arts and Sciences and the departments of Physics and Psychology are hiring

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    • Start Talking Science Philadelphia 2014

      Drexel Professor Creates Start Talking Science Event

      August 12, 2014

      Philadelphians will soon get their newest opportunity to meet local scientists and learn about exciting advances in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in the region, through an event created by a Drexel professor, called “Start Talking Science.”

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    • "The Terminator"

      The Top 10 Sci-Fi Movies, According to One Drexel Expert

      August 08, 2014

      What does Drexel physics professor Dave Goldberg, PhD, have in common with George R. R. Martin, Stephen King and Guillermo del Toro? They all recently helped rank ‘The 100 best sci-fi movies’ for Time Out magazine.

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    • Three Drexel Faculty Members on Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers List

      July 07, 2014

      Three Drexel University faculty members earned the distinction of being ranked among the most cited researchers in their respective fields according to Thomson Reuters’ “Highly Cited Researchers 2014” list. Gordon Richards, PhD, a professor in theCollege of Arts and Sciences, Yury Gogotsi, PhD, Distinguished University and Trustee Chair professor in the College of Engineering, and Peter DeCarlo, PhD, an assistant professor in the College of Engineering and College of Arts and Sciences, were included on the list of 3,215 distinguished researchers compiled by the international media and information company.

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    • Richards Recognized as "Highly Cited Researcher 2014"

      July 07, 2014

      Gordon Richards, associate professor of Physics, CoAS, has been recognized as a "Highly Cited Researcher 2014" by Thomson-Reuters. According to ScienceWatch, “spotlighting some of the standout researchers of the last decade, Thomson Reuters has launched Highly Cited Researchers, a compilation of influential names in science.” Highly Cited Researchers 2014, as described by Thomson-Reuters, represents some of world’s leading scientific minds. Over three thousand researchers earned the distinction by writing the greatest numbers of reports officially designated by Essential Science Indicators℠ as Highly Cited Papers— ranking among the top 1% most cited for their subject field and year of publication, earning them the mark of exceptional impact.

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    • Student Job Opportunities

      June 20, 2014

      Looking for some extra summer cash? Apply for a work-study position with the physics department, psychology department, or Judaic Studies Program.

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    • Kelly Douglass Wins Chambliss Astronomy Achievement Award

      June 11, 2014

      Kelly Douglass, doctoral candidate, was the recipient of one of the five Chambliss Astronomy Achievement Student Award at the 224th meeting of the American Astronomical Society. The Astronomy Achievement Student Awards recognize exemplary research by undergraduate and graduate students who present at one of the poster sessions at the meetings of the AAS. Awardees are honored with a Chambliss medal. Kelly presented "Gas-phase Metallicity of Void Dwarf Galaxies." Her thesis advisor Prof. Michael Vogeley co-authored this work.

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    • The Silence of the Xenon

      June 05, 2014

      Half a mile beneath the desert of Carlsbad, New Mexico, a once-dense tube of super-chilled liquid xenon has been drained, its contents warmed and waiting in temporary storage bottles.

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    • Kelly Douglass Wins TA Excellence Award Two Years in a Row

      June 02, 2014

      Kelly Douglass, doctoral candidate, won a Teaching Assistant Excellence Award. The award was presented by the Office of Graduate Students on May 30, 2014.

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    • Professors Cruz and Urbanc Awarded Tenure

      May 30, 2014

      Associate Professors Brigita Urbanc and Luis Cruz Cruz have been awarded tenure at Drexel University. Congratulations Brigita and Luis on this great achievement!

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    • CoAS Honors Day Winners

      May 22, 2014

      Congratulations to Physics majors Leo Bellefleur, Jeremy Gaison, Robyn Smith, Joseph Tomlinson and Charles Unruh who won awards at the CoAS Honors Day event, held on May 22, 2014, at Behrakis Grand Hall.

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    • Professor Dolinski Receives Drexel Employer of the Year Award

      May 09, 2014

      Assistant Professor of Physics Michelle Dolinski was recognized as the winner of "Drexel Employer of the Year" award. Each year, students nominate an exceptional employer based on their interaction with their direct manager and the positive experience they have received.  Watch the video "What makes Professor Michelle Dolinski Co-op Employer of the Year?"

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    • Max Henderson Wins Award at Drexel Research Day 2014

      April 11, 2014

      Doctoral candidate Maxwell Henderson won first prize in the Computation and Bio-Modeling category at this year Drexel Research Day. He presented “Model for aging and cognitive decline” and his advisor is Prof. Luis Cruz Cruz.

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    • Jeremy Gaison Named 2014 Goldwater Scholar and Matthew Parsons Recognized with Honorable Mention

      April 07, 2014

      Jeremy Gaison, physics and mathematics junior, has achieved national distinction as a recipient of the prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. The Scholars were selected on the basis of academic merit from a field of 1,166 mathematics, science, and engineering students who were nominated by the faculties of colleges and universities nationwide. Jeremy plans on earning a Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics and to conduct research in particle cosmology and mathematical physics while teaching at the university level.

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    • Yi-Hsuan Lin Won Prestigious NSF Graduate Fellowship

      April 07, 2014

      Physics graduate student Yi-Hsuan (Cindy) Lin has been awarded a three-year National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship for her proposal “Liquid Xenon Detector for Neutrinoless Double Beta Decay with EXO-200 and nEXO”. Cindy is advised by Assistant Professor Michelle Dolinski.

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    • Neil deGrasse Tyson

      Will the New 'Cosmos' Draw More People to Science? A Q&A With Dave Goldberg

      March 17, 2014

      When astronomer Carl Sagan’s series “Cosmos: A Personal Voyage” first aired, it instilled a love of science in people like Dave Goldberg. Can the rebooted version hosted by Neil DeGrasse Tyson do the same?

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    • Drexel Society of Physics Students Recognized for Outreach Efforts

      February 19, 2014

      Drexel’s Society of Physics Students (SPS) were recognized by the American Institute of Physics with the Marsh W. White Award and the Future Faces in Physics Award in support of their outreach initiatives.

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    • Physics Graduate Wins Chambliss Astronomy Achievement Award

      February 10, 2014

      Christina Peters, DC candidate, was awarded one of the six Chambliss Astronomy Achievement Student Award at the 223rd meeting of the American Astronomical Society.

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    • McMillan Named Interim Head of Physics

      January 08, 2014

      After 17 successful years, Michel Vallières, PhD, has decided to step down as head of the Department of Physics. Accomplished astrophysicist Steve McMillan, PhD, has been named interim department head.

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  • 2013

    • Drexel University Physics Students Win National Recognition

      December 06, 2013

      The Drexel University chapter of the Society of Physics Students (SPS) has won an Outstanding Chapter Award from the SPS National Office. This is the fifth time the chapter has been recognized for its excellence as a top-tier student-led physics club, a designation given to fewer than 10 percent of all SPS chapters at universities in the United States.

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    • M. Smith Receives Yang Award

      October 02, 2013

      Micholas D. Smith, doctoral candidate, was the 2013 recipient of the Guoliang Yang for Excellency in Biophysics Research award.

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    • Dr. Dolinski Receives Kaufman Foundation Award

      July 25, 2013

      The Charles E. Kaufman Foundation announced its first series of grants to support cutting-edge scientific research. Dr. Michelle Dolinski was the recipient of a New Investigator Research category for her research on “Solid Xenon Bolometers for Radiation Detection.”

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    • Physics Grad Discusses Her Work at Drexel and Her Future at Duke

      June 17, 2013

      Physics senior Wendy Harris has made quite an impression during her time at Drexel. As the recent graduate prepares for her next step as a Ph.D. candidate at Duke, she leaves behind a legacy of outreach and inspiration.

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    • 2013 Graduate Student Award Winners

      June 10, 2013

      Congratulations to Physics graduate students Kelly Douglass and Erica Caden for winning the Teaching Assistance Excellence Award and the Doctoral Research Excellence Award respectively. They received their award plaque on Graduate Student Day at a reception in the Great Court on May 23, 2013. Both awards were presented by the Office of Graduate Studies.

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    • CoAS Honors Day Winners

      May 23, 2013

      Congratulations to the following Physics undergraduate students who have won awards at the CoAS Honors Day event, held on May 23, 2013, at Behrakis Grand Hall.

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    • Drexel Physics Prof Explores Symmetry in New Pop Science Book

      May 15, 2013

      Pop science fans, physics nerds and newbies alike are in for a captivating read. Physics Professor David Goldberg’s new book, The Universe in the Rearview Mirror: How Hidden Symmetries Shape Reality, has been met with tremendous reviews.

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    • Drexel at Philadelphia Science Festival and Philly Tech Week

      April 16, 2013

      As part of city’s vibrant scientific and technological community, Drexel University will play a big role in the 2013 Philadelphia Science Festival and Philly Tech Week on April 18-28. From a 29-story video game, to cutting-edge robotics, to an interactive Jazz concert, Drexel’s students, faculty and professional staff will be part of the programming for both week-long celebrations of the inquisitive and innovative spirits that are part of the fabric of the city.

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    • Drexel Society of Physics Students Recognized for Outreach Efforts

      February 28, 2013

      Drexel’s Society of Physics Students (SPS) received the American Institute of Physics’ Marsh W. White Award in support of their outreach initiatives with middle and high school students. The Chapter will put the award towards the creation of a “physics carnival” to demonstrate the science behind the midway.

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    • Q&A with David Goldberg: The Meteor Strike in Russia's Chelyabinsk Region

      February 19, 2013

      It’s not every day that a meteor slams into the Earth. But on February 15, that's exactly what happened in central Russia, as a meteor crashed through the atmosphere, injuring more than 1,000 people and causing damage in several cities. To find out more about this amazing event, DrexelNow spoke with David Goldberg, a professor and director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Physics who specializes in theoretical cosmology and astrophysics.

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    • 18th Kaczmarczik Lecture

      January 24, 2013

      We are pleased to announce that 2012 Nobel Laureate Dr. David Wineland will be our 18th Kaczmarczik Lecture speaker. Dr. Wineland will be presenting "Superposition, Entanglement, and Raising Schrödinger’s Cat".

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    • Meet Physics Assistant Professor Dr. Hairong Ma

      January 24, 2013

      Dr. Hairong Ma joined Drexel University’s College of Arts and Sciences after completing her postdoc as a research associate at the Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics (JILA), University of Colorado at Boulder. Her research interests include protein mechanics, folding, and aggregation in living cells.

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  • 2012

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  • 2010

    • Physics Major Receives Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid

      December 22, 2010

      James Monahan, physics major, under the direction of Dr. Charles Lane, received Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid in the amount of $400 for his research proposal “Cherenkov Signal Simulator for Water Detectors”.

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    • “The SPS Observer” Features Physics Major

      December 21, 2010

      Marc Doyle, physics major, was featured in the Fall 2010 issue of the SPS national publication "The SPS Observer". Marc did an internship at the University of Delaware's Magnetics Materials Lab. He is a STEM Scholar and a member of Dr. Roberto Ramos’ Low Temperature Group.

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    • Drexel Recognizes Employees for their Continued Years of Service

      December 16, 2010

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    • Physics Section of UNIV 101 Cooks for the Homeless

      November 02, 2010

      The Physics section of UNIV 101 did an outstanding job helping to feed the homeless at Saint John’s Hospice of Philadelphia. The students prepared seven large casseroles and approximately 14 dozen cookies.

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    • Photo of our SPS featured in GradscholShopper website

      October 18, 2010

      A photo of the Drexel Society of Physics Students is featured in the homepage of GradschoolShopper.com. The website, owned by the American Institute of Physics, offers information on graduate programs in physics, astronomy and the physical sciences.

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    • Daniel Cross Successfully Defends Dissertation

      August 19, 2010

      Daniel Cross successfully defended his PhD thesis "Representation Theory of Dynamical Systems". Dan's advisor was Dr. Robert Gilmore. Dan found a position at Bryn Mawr College. Congratulations Dan!

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    • Large Synoptic Survey Telescope gets Top Ranking, “a Treasure Trove of Discovery”

      August 13, 2010

      “New Worlds and New Horizons in Astronomy and Astrophysics,” a prestigious committee convened by the National Research Council for the National Academy of Sciences ranked the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) as its top priority for the next large ground‐based astronomical facility.

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    • Parejko Successfully Defends Dissertation

      June 04, 2010

      John Parejko successfully defended his PhD thesis "Hosts and Environments of Low-luminosity Active Galaxies in the Local Universe: The Care and Feeding of Weak AGN. " John's advisor was Dr. Michael Vogeley. John found a position as a postdoctoral associate at Yale University.

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    • Zenghui Liu wins Drexel Teaching Excellence Award

      May 25, 2010

      Zenghui Liu, graduate student, was the recipient of the 2009-10 Teaching Excellence Award, Graduate Studies Office, Drexel University. Congratulations Zenghui!

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    • Steven Carabello Receives a Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid Award

      May 12, 2010

      Steven Carabello, graduate student, was awarded a Sigma Xi grant-in-aid for his research proposal "High-resolution studies of superconducting energy gap structure in differential conductance measurements of MgB2-based Josephson Junctions" under the direction of Dr. Roberto Ramos. The Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research program has a highly competitive application process and only approximately 20% of applicants receive any level of funding.

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    • Drexel students inducted into Sigma Pi Sigma

      April 17, 2010

      Steven Carabello, Daniel Cross, Austen Groener, Timothy Jones, Tze Yee Lim, Asher Leff, Sajjan Mehta, Crystal Moorman, Marisa Roman, Kevin Trainer, Stanley Jordan Viss, Douglas Wentzel, Amanda White, and Dr. Joseph Trout, teaching faculty, were inducted into Sigma Pi Sigma National Physics Honor Society. A formal Induction Ceremony and dinner banquet was held on campus on April 17 2010 under the direction of Dr. Roberto Ramos, assistant professor. Amanda White, was selected the Most Outstanding Physics Student.

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    • Micholas Smith won first place in Drexel Research Day

      April 15, 2010

      Micholas Smith, graduate student, won first place for his poster “Effects of Ions on The Folding Dynamics of Amyloid Beta Peptide Fragment (21-30)” in the Computation and Modeling (non-bio) category, Drexel Research Day, Micholas' advisor is Dr. Luis Cruz, associate professor. Great job Micholas!

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    • Amanda White Wins Goldwater Scholarship

      March 31, 2010

      Physics Junior Amanda White has achieved national distinction as a recipient of the prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. Amanda was among 278 students chosen from 1,111 nominees who were recognized for success in math, sciences, and engineering. Goldwater Scholars have very impressive academic qualifications. Amanda's career goals include conducting research in the areas of extragalactic astronomy and cosmology, and developing new observational techniques for astronomers.

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    • Pubudu Galwaduge wins award at APS meeting

      March 19, 2010

      Pubudu Galwaduge, undergraduate student in physics, CoAS, won “Best Physics Poster Award” at the 2010 March Meeting of the American Physical Society in Portland, OR, for his poster "Laser Induced Structural Modification in Single-layer and Bilayer Graphene". The work was done under the direction of Dr. Roberto Ramos.

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    • Travis Hoppe finalist at Biophysics meeting

      February 24, 2010

      Travis Hoppe, graduate student, was one of the finalists in the Student Research Achievement Award for his poster “Wang-Landau Density of States Calculation in Crowded Protein Environments” presented at the 54th Annual Meeting of the Biophysics Society San Francisco, CA, February 20-24, 2010.

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    • Dr. Goldberg Publishes Popular Science Book

      February 15, 2010

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    • Society of Physics Students Wins National Award

      January 13, 2010

      For the fourth straight year, the Drexel Chapter of the Society of Physics Students (SPS) received the National Marsh White Outreach Award from the American Institute of Physics. The proposal was written by undergraduate students Wendy Harris, Amanda White, Nick Kruczek and Jerome Mlack. Dr. Roberto Ramos, assistant professor, is the chapter advisor.

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  • 2009