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July 28, 2016

UO Physics Professor Raghuveer Parthasarathy’s Research on Bacterial Competition Featured in ‘Around the O’ Article

With help from 3-D microscopy, collaborating scientists from three labs discovered that bacterial competition in the zebrafish gut is driven by natural mechanical contractions that move contents through the intestine. Their findings are detailed in the July 26 issue of the online journal PLOS Biology. http://journals.plos.org/plosbiology/article?id=10.1371/journal.pbio.1002517

Numerous diseases are tied to gut microbiota. The probiotics industry targets intestinal health with products built mostly around enzyme cultures and bacteria. The UO discovery could lead to better products, said Raghuveer Parthasarathy, a professor of physics.

You can read the full article here: http://around.uoregon.edu/content/zebrafish-uo-shed-light-bacterial-competition-gut?WT.mc_id=07-27-16

June 15, 2016

UO scientists play key role in further detection of gravitational waves at LIGO

Albert Einstein predicted the existence of gravitational waves as a consequence of his famous general theory of relativity, but until LIGO they had never been observed or measured. The detection and analysis of gravitational waves gives scientists a new window on the universe, allowing them to observe events far outside the Milky Way in ways never before possible.

In both recent detections, the UO team’s role was to ensure that the signal was actually from a gravitational wave and not the result of a terrestrial event, such as lightning. The Oregon team has worked hard to understand exactly how such earthly signals can interfere with a gravitational wave signal.

The second discovery “has truly put the ‘O’ for observatory in LIGO,” said Caltech’s Albert Lazzarini, deputy director of the LIGO Laboratory.

You can read the full article here:

http://around.uoregon.edu/content/ligo-observatory-intercepts-another-gravity-wave-deep-space?WT.mc_id=ato6-15-16

June 10, 2016

Richard Taylor is Excellence awardee

Congratulations to RIchard Taylor for being one of the 15 UO recipients of the 2016-17 Fund for Faculty Excellence awards!

 

May 2, 2016

Eric Corwin’s research on ‘Cracking the Glass Problem’ is featured in a recent ‘Around the O’ article.

Under a new initiative — “Cracking the Glass Problem” — announced by the New York City-based Simons Foundation, Professor of Physics, Eric Corwin will study the material properties of jamming, a process that is directly applicable to what happens to glass.

Corwin uses supercomputing and mathematical models to capture insights about what happens when objects moving freely jam to a standstill. He focuses on their geometric structures as materials transition in and out of a jammed state.

You can read the full article here: http://around.uoregon.edu/content/uo-scientist-team-hoping-crack-glass-mysteries

 

 

April 8, 2016

A Team of UO Physics Researchers use Light and Sound Waves to Control Electron States

University of Oregon physicists have combined light and sound to control electron states in an atom-like system, providing a new tool in efforts to move toward quantum-computing systems.

Using sound waves known as surface acoustic waves to change electron states could foster data transfer between quantum bits.

“What we have accomplished could lead to a new architecture — a new way — to design a computer chip. Instead of using electrical circuits we incorporate sound waves on a chip, with our eyes on acoustic circuits and also on potential applications in tomorrow’s quantum computers.” Said Professor Hailin Wang.

You can read the full article here:

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-04/uoo-oru040716.php

February 11, 2016

UO group plays key role in Gravitational Wave Detection

A press conference on Feb 11 announced the first observation of gravitational waves made by the LIGO collaboration, which includes a group from UO Physics. Read about it in the around the O article along with the livestream of the press conference and many news articles, including the NY Times.

The announcement was accompanied on Feb 11 by the appearance of the main detection paper in Physical Review Letters, along with 8 companion papers which appeared in arXiv.org the following day.

The UO’s LIGO team includes Raymond Frey, Robert Schofield, James Brau, postdoctoral researcher Dipongkar Talukder and graduate students Sudarshan Karki, Ryan Quitzow-James, Jordan Palamos, Vinny Roma and Paul Schale.

The UO’s James Brau will discuss gravitational waves in a talk titled “Einstein’s Warped Universe — Riding Gravity Waves Through Spacetime” at 6 p.m., March 23, at the Eugene Public Library, 100 W. 10th Ave. The lecture, geared for a general audience, will provide a broad overview of what gravitational waves are and the effort to detect them. The event will be held in the Bascom-Tykeson Room on the library’s first floor.’

February 3, 2016

Robert Schofield’s research with leafcutter ants featured in a recent ‘Around the O’ article.

Research Assistant Professor of Physics, Robert Schofield’s studies centering on the complex societies and division of labor of Leafcutter ants is featured in ‘Around the O.’
“Studying them not only leads to ways to reduce the damages they and their often-massive nests cause but also provides nature-based insights that could prove helpful to efforts to manufacture tiny machines and tools.”
You can read the full article here: https://around.uoregon.edu/content/skilled-workers-study-shows-talents-leafcutter-ants

January 21, 2016

Richard Taylor, PI of the W.M. Keck Foundation Grant, featured in ‘Around the O’ article

Richard Taylor is the lead on a $900,000 W.M. Keck Foundation grant that will help fund work on a next-generation retinal implant device that could be used to reverse vision loss in those suffering from retinal diseases such as macular degeneration. Other Physics faculty on the proposal are Benjamin Aleman and Miriam Deutsch. You can read the full article here: http://around.uoregon.edu/content/uo-idea-bio-inspired-implant-wins-900000-grant

 

October 30, 2015

Stephanie Majewski featured in CASCADE magazine article

Assistant Professor of Physics Stephanie Majewski’s work with UO undergraduate students focused on the ATLAS detector of the Large Hadron Collider, is featured in the Fall issue of CASCADE magazine. You can read the full article here: http://digital.turn-page.com/i/585024-cascade-fall-2015

 

September 29, 2015

Physics Professor Graham Kribs new theory of ‘stealth dark matter’ featured in ‘Around the O’ article:

‘The imprint of dark matter on the evolution of the universe is unmistakable, physicists say, but dark matter itself continues to evade direct detection. That may soon change.’

You can read the full article here:
http://around.uoregon.edu/content/new-theory-stealth-dark-matter-may-explain-universes-missing-mass

Or the public news release here:
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-09/dlnl-nto092415.php

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