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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:

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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:



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