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April 26, 2017

David Wineland Public Talk

Physics is co-sponsoring a public presentation by Nobel Laureate David Wineland on May 30 at 7PM. Read all about it here.

Note that the public talk is in addition to the Physics Colloquium that Dr Wineland will be presenting at 4PM that day.

Special Colloquium details:

When: Tuesday, May 30th, 4:00pm

Where: Pacific Hall 123, with a reception starting at 3:40pm in the Paul Olum Atrium, Willamette Hall

Speaker: David J. Wineland, NIST, Boulder, Colorado

Title: Single-atom Optical Clocks


With the availability of spectrally pure lasers and the ability to precisely measure optical frequencies, it appears the era of optical atomic clocks has begun. In one clock project at NIST we have used a single trapped Al+ ion to make a clock based on an ultraviolet transition. With single ions, uncertainties in systematic effects are smallest, reaching a fractional frequency error of Df/f0 = 8.0 x 10-18. At this level, many interesting effects, including those due to special and general relativity, must be calibrated and corrected for.

Host: Michael Raymer





March 17, 2017

UO Physics Team Featured in the Oregon Quarterly

An all-star team of UO experts representing five scientific fields is developing a novel implant that may one day restore sight lost to retinal diseases well enough to read, drive, and see color.

Professor Taylor says this work builds on the UO’s 60-year tradition encouraging scientists in different fields to join forces. It also provides a glimpse of things to come from the UO’s new Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact, whose mission is to make new treatments and technologies available as quickly as possible by applying a practical focus to insights gained from fundamental research.

You can read the full article here:

February 24, 2017

Scott Fisher receives Teaching Award

Congratulations to Scott Fisher for receiving the 2017 Tykeson Teaching Award for Natural Sciences. His class was interrupted on Feb 22 by Associate Dean Hal Sadofsky, who presented the award. He was accompanied by CAS and Physics staff, and faculty colleagues and students from Physics (see photo).

February 3, 2017

Gift Bolsters the Vision for UO’s Pine Mountain Observatory

Around the O featured a story about the generous contribution to PMO.   You can read the full article here:

The Roundhouse Foundation, a Sisters-based philanthropy dedicated to celebrating and raising community awareness of the arts in Sisters and Central Oregon gifts almost $90,000 to PMO.  A contribution that will help expand public outreach and educational programs at the 6,300-foot mountaintop observatory, improve access for undergraduate students conducting research at the site and upgrade key astronomical equipment.


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:

or here:

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!


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