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January 10, 2017

Clausen, O’Leary updates

(1) There will be a Celebration of Life for Shannon O’Leary and Adam Clausen at Lewis and Clark College on Saturday January 28 at 2:00 PM. Billy Scannell will be collecting items to bring to the Celebration – He will give discuss at the start of the Jan 12 colloquium.

(2) Donations to help support their son Felix:

December 27, 2016

Tragic loss of two UO Physics PhDs

Former UO Physics graduate students Shannon O’Leary (2008 PhD, Hailin Wang advisor) and Adam Clausen (2007 PhD, Jim Isenberg advisor) were killed in an automobile accident on Dec 26. Their 4 year old son Felix survived the crash.

Click here for the report from the Oregonian.



December 8, 2016

Jim Brau has been named associate director for physics and detectors for the Linear Collider Collaboration

(from Around the O)

University of Oregon particle physicist Jim Brau has been named associate director for physics and detectors for the Linear Collider Collaboration, an international organization uniting particle physicists, accelerator physicists, engineers and other scientists preparing for the next generation of particle colliders.

Brau will be guiding the final push toward the planning and construction of the experiments at a new linear collider that would complement the Large Hadron Collider.

“Oregon will continue to be a leader in the worldwide collaboration on this exciting opportunity to explore even further the physics of the energy frontier,” Brau said.

You can read the full article here:

November 16, 2016

UO Women in Physics wins APS grant

Congratulations to the new UO Women in Physics organization (officers Alice Greenberg, Amanda Steinhebel, Kara Zappitelli) which was awarded a $1000 grant from the American Physical Society. The main goal of UOWIP is to develop a stronger community of women at all stages, from undergraduates to faculty. Retention of undergraduate women majors is an important target.

October 12, 2016

Steve Kevan Awarded the 2017 Davisson-Germer Prize from the American Physical Society

Congratulations to Steve Kevan for winning the 2017 Davisson-Germer Prize from the American Physical Society, along with Eli Rotenberg of LBNL, for “…the development of angle resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) leading to groundbreaking surface science.”

You can read more here:

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Congrats Steve!


June 6, 2016

Science Literacy leadership transition

Effective June 15, 2016, Mike Raymer is stepping down from the role of SLP Co-
Director of the Science Literacy Program. Raghu Parthasarathy will take over for Mike in the co-Director’s role. Meanwhile, Judith Eisen will continue as SLP co-Director and Elly Vandegrift will continue as SLP Associate Director.

Mike and Judith co-founded the SLP in 2010, were co-PIs in the initial Howard Hughes grant, and succeeded in establishing SLP as a UO program with recurring funding..

Thanks and congratulations to Mike and Raghu!


May 18, 2016

Workshop on Emerging New Physics at the LHC, to be held May 18-20 at the UO

The world’s most powerful particle accelerator, located in Europe and where the UO has a strong presence, will operate in its second run with more energy than ever with a promise of finding new fundamental particles. The first run delivered the long-elusive Higgs boson.

Just what may be the next discovery? That’s the focus of a three-day conference, Emerging New Physics at the LHC, to be held May 18-20 at the UO. Participants will represent 12 institutions, including 17 UO physicists, four from the University of Washington and 11 other scientists.

The workshop, says co-organizer Spencer Chang, assistant professor in the Department of Physics, is designed to foster discussion and collaboration. It will be held in the Institute of Theoretical Science conference room on the fourth floor of Willamette Hall.

You can read the full article here:


May 13, 2016

Eric Corwin Receives Promotion to Associate Professor with Tenure

Congratulations to Eric Corwin for his recent promotion to Associate Professor with indefinite tenure.

You can read more about Professor Corwin’s research here:



April 20, 2016

Physics Professor Richard Taylor receives 2016 Innovation and Impact Award

The Physics department congratulates Professor Richard Taylor on his receipt of the 2016 Innovation and ImpactAward, which is awarded in recognition of outstanding UO innovators for contributions that improved the lives of people. This award is part of the UO’s Research Excellence Awards program and is intended to raise the visibility of the outstanding research and innovation activities taking place at the UO.

Dr. Taylor will be formally recognized at celebratory event hosted by Interim Vice President Shelton, Senior Vice Provost Anderson and Dean Pratt on May 24, 2016 at 5pm in the Global Scholars Hall Great Room. President Michael Schill will be present to make opening congratulatory remarks.


April 12, 2016

Eric Corwin PI of new four year, 10M$ Simons Foundation Award

Professor Eric Corwin is a PI of a new collaborative award announced by the Simons Foundation for “Cracking the Glass Problem.”

Simons Collaborations bring together groups of outstanding scientists to address mathematical or theoretical topics of fundamental scientific importance in which a significant new development has created a novel area for exploration or provided a new direction for progress in an established field.

The endeavor to understand the glassy state of matter forces us to consider deeply a seemingly simple question: What is a solid? Glass — the prototypical and ubiquitous amorphous solid — inhabits an incredibly complex energy landscape in which systems are often stranded far from equilibrium.

The development of a theory that unravels the intricate interplay between disorder, statics and relaxation dynamics to describe the transition of a liquid to a glass, the glass transition, is one of the greatest challenge in physics today:

Professor Corwin’s research focuses soft condensed matter and non-equilibrium physics. His work on jamming focuses on the geometric structures that arise in systems undergoing a jamming or unjamming transition, with particular focus on the behavior of the jamming transition as a function of spatial dimension.

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