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Cyclic Memories in Disordered Matter

Date:  Thursday, January 24th, 2019

Time: 4:00pm

Location: 100 Willamette Hall

Speaker: Nathan Keim,  Polytechnic State University


Cyclic driving happens all around us. Buildings and bridges are repeatedly loaded and unloaded, and temperatures change between day and night. This kind of driving can change a material, but in some cases it also forms memories that can be recalled later. I present two examples of materials that, when deformed repeatedly, can “learn” and report the magnitudes of those deformations: a suspension of particles in liquid, and a jammed


UO ranked No. 1 in the U.S. for master’s degrees in physics

The University of Oregon granted more master’s degrees in physics than any other university in the country in 2017, earning a top ranking in a report recently released by the American Institute of Physics.

The majority of the 24 master’s degrees were awarded to students in the Master’s Industrial Internship Program, a long-successful venture boasting more than 600 alumni spanning two decades.

The program, which emerged from a collaboration among the physics and chemistry departments and the Materials Science Institute, was integrated last year into the Phil and Penny Knight Campus for


Bernd Crasemann, UO Physics Emeriti professor, passed away at the age of 96

Bernd Crasemann passed away on the morning of Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, at the age of 96.

Born on Jan. 23, 1922, in Hamburg, Germany, Bernd received his early education in Chile before moving to the United States, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree from the UCLA in 1948, followed by a Ph.D. from the UC Berkeley in 1953.

He then joined the physics faculty at the University of Oregon, where, apart from several visiting appointments throughout his career, he stayed until his retirement

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