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January 4, 2016

UO team leads 3.6M$ Templeton award

Congratulations to Mike Raymer and Andy Marcus (Chemistry), who are co-Directors of a project entitled “Quantum Simulators of Complex Molecular Networks” which has received a 3.6M$ award from the John Templeton Foundation. The project is to support approximately 20 grant-supported researchers from UO, Harvard, Oxford, and Ulm.

November 25, 2015

Maira Amezcua receives award for presentation at the 2015 SACNAS National Conference

Physics graduate student Maira Amezcua’s work, titled “Controlling the Electron Spin of a Color Center in Diamond,” was selected by the judges as a standout among the student presentations at the 2015 SACNAS National Conference in Washington, D.C., and will receive one of the 2015 SACNAS Student Presentation Awards.

SACNAS is a society of scientists dedicated to fostering the success of Chicano/Hispanic and Native American scientists-from college students to professionals-to attain advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership in science. This year, the National Conference gathered over 3600 students and professionals.

More information may be found here:

Congratulations Maira!!

October 5, 2015

APS Fellow Graham Kribs

Congratulations to Graham Kribs for being named an APS Fellow! He is cited…

“For contributions to our understanding of physics beyond the Standard Model, in
particular theories with supersymmetry and extra generations of matter.”

Read all about it here.

September 24, 2015

Physics Dept. Annual Fall Welcome Picnic

It’s that time of the year again, time for the Physics Department Fall Welcome Picnic! We will be holding our annual event on:

Saturday, October 3rd,
from 5:00-10:00
at Hendricks Park

Burgers, and beverages will be provided but as always everyone should bring a potluck dish to enter for a chance to win great prizes for best appetizer, entrée, or dessert.

As you may or may not know, at the fall picnic we play a get-to-know-you game. This year, we want to know what you do:
Please send a short description (140 characters) of your research to John (
If you aren’t actively doing research, send a short description of something you’ve worked on in the past.
At the picnic, others will have to figure out who you are from your description.We will be enforcing a hard character limit of 140 characters so make it brief.  Please send your bio to John by Wednesday so we can get the game ready for the 3rd.

September 3, 2015

UO Physics ‘Slinky research’ featured on KVAL news story

On September 2nd, the UO Physics department was featured on KVAL news with work being done through Dean Livelybrook’s team using the classic Slinky in their seismic monitoring research. This release coincides with Slinky’s 70th year anniversary.

The news article can be viewed here:

June 16, 2015

Memorial Service for Professor Russell Donnelly

We are sorry to report the passing of Professor Russ Donnelly on June 13.  Please see this story in Around the O.

A public memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. July 22, 2015 in the Willamette Hall Atrium.  Parking is available in Lot 38 on the UO Campus, across from historic Hayward Field.  UO Parking Map for Donnelly Service.

Donations in honor of Professor Donnelly can be made to a dedicated fund to support physics students. Donations can be sent to University of Oregon Foundation, 1720 E. 13th Ave., Suite 410, Eugene, Oregon 97403-2253. Or phone 541-302-0300 for more information.

For more information regarding the memorial service, please call the Physics Department at 541-346-4751.

May 1, 2015

Graham Kribs promoted

Congratulations to Graham Kribs for his promotion to full Professor of Physics, effective Sept 16, 2015 !


April 30, 2015

New funding for Science Literacy Program

The Science Literacy Program, which is co-operated under CAS with Physics, Biology, Chemistry and Biochemstry,
Geological Sciences, and Human Physiology, has been named a recipient of long-term recurring funding under the UO’s 2015 Strategic Initiative.
This award will provide stable funding for between 16 and 24 graduate SLP Fellows per year to work alongside faculty to co-develop and co-teach science courses for non-science majors.
Congratulations to SLP co-directors Michael Raymer (Physics) and Judith Eisen (Biology), and associate director Elly Vandegrift!

April 10, 2015

Raymer wins UO Research Award

Congratulations to Michael Raymer for being selected as the Career Award recipient in the 2015 UO Research Excellence Awards!

March 11, 2015

Pacific Coast Gravity Meeting, Mar 13-14

The UO (Math, ITS, Physics) is hosting the 31st Pacific Coast Gravity Meeting Fri and Sat this week. The sessions will be held at the Jaqua Center. The Friday sessions will be followed by a public talk by Kip Thorne at 7:00 in Columbia. Attendance for all sessions is free. Click here for the program

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