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April 15, 2014

Schofield featured in new LIGO documentary

There is a new, short (20′) documentary film which focuses on the people working at the LIGO Hanford Observatory. I think the interest and audience for the film are both pretty limited, but there is a nice episode at about the 11′ mark which features UO physicist Robert Schofield doing an impromptu demonstration of how pendula provide isolation from noise sources and identifying sources of seismic noise. Link to Film

For those interested, here is an older documentary focusing more on the science of LIGO: Einstein’s Messengers

March 27, 2014

Jim Brau opens Particle Fever

Prof Jim Brau will present at the opening of the new film Particle Fever at OMSI in Portland, April 15. Read all about it.

February 21, 2014

High-profile editorship for Hailin Wang

Hailin Wang has been named as an Associate Editor of the new high-profile journal Optica of the Optical Society of America. Read more here.

June 15, 2013

Cross-pollination between physics and biology

June 2013

From the group of Robert Schofield

Cascade Magazine profiles the interdisciplinary work of Robert Schofield at the UO Physics Department.

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June 10, 2013

Proton-Smashing Team Looks Beyond the Higgs Boson

June 2013

From the group of David Strom

Cascade Magazine profiles the role of theoretical and experimental groups at the UO Physics Department in the particle physics experiments culminating in the likely discovery of the Higgs boson.

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December 27, 2012

Time and Higgs boson: UO is part of 2 of physics’ top 10 hits of 2012

December 27, 2012

From the group of Ray Frey

Oregon physicists were part of two experiments — at the Stanford Linear Accelerator and the Large Hadron Collider — that are among Physics WorldMagazine’s top-ten list of breakthroughs in the physical sciences during 2012.

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November 15, 2012

Physicists skirt thermal vibration, transfer optical signal via mechanical oscillator

November 15, 2012

From the group of Hailin Wang

Using tiny radiation pressure forces — generated each time light is reflected off a surface — University of Oregon physicists converted an optical field, or signal, from one color to another. Aided by a “dark mode,” the conversion occurs through the coupling between light and a mechanical oscillator, without interruption by thermal mechanical vibrations.

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November 2, 2012

Ancient UO computer from Nuclear Lab is front and center at Seattle’s new Living Computer Museum

November 2, 2012

From the group of Harlan Lefevre

At Seattle’s Living Computer Museum which opened in October, one of the oldest exhibits at the is a PDP-7 made by Digital Equipment Corporation. Designed in the mid-1960s, it is believed to be the only working model of this machine in the world. The computer operated in Harlan Lefevre’s lab for many years.

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September 9, 2012

State grant for STEM education partnership

September 9, 2012

From the group of Dean Livelybrooks

The Oregon Department of Education recently awarded $450,000 to the University of Oregon and the Eugene School District to improve high school and middle school students’ performance in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The partnership between the Eugene School Disctrict and University of Oregon, as well as industry, is co-directed by Dean Livelybrooks, senior instructor at the Department of Physics.

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July 9, 2012

Higgs discovery: UO physicists play crucial role

July 9, 2012

From the group of Jim Brau

Physicists on experiments at the Large Hadron Collider say that they have observed a new particle, but they remain uncertain that it is the predicted Higgs boson.
The UO’s contingent at the ATLAS experiment comes from the Center for High Energy Physics, which is headed by Brau. Other involved faculty members are David Strom, who currently is the ATLAS trigger coordinator, Ray Frey and Eric Torrence.

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