The physics demonstration room is Stanley Micklavzina’s domain.
It is here where the magic comes together. Lasers, magnets, hoses, wires, glassware and many, many other unidentifiable science-y looking gadgets fill tables and floor-to-ceiling shelves.
Micklavzina puts these items together in different configurations so he and his colleagues in the physics department can best explain how the laws of physics work.
It just so happens that Micklavzina has a knack for making even the most complicated scientific concepts understandable, and that ability has earned him what is to-date the highest honor he’s ever received.
Thanks to a chance email Micklavzina sent roughly 17 years ago, Lund University in Sweden will be awarding Micklavzina an honorary doctorate.
“I like to tell the joke that I got the call from Sweden,” Micklavzina said. “Of course, any physicist wants the call from Sweden because that means they won the Nobel Prize. Well, I got the call from Sweden, and for me, this is like getting the Nobel Prize. For what I do, it’s that big of an honor.”
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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
Congratulations to Physics GE Kara Zappitelli on receiving the 2018 Karfilis Women in Leadership Award. This award is the highest honor given out by the UOWGS. The award recognizes graduate students at the University of Oregon who have demonstrated strong dedication to the mission of the professional development of women in all disciplines of science to enable them to become successful contributors to their fields through exemplary leadership.
Kara Zappitelli is a fourth year Ph.D. candidate in physics in the Alemán Lab. She studies the complex interface between neurons and conductive substrates in order to improve retinal implant technology. In addition to her research, she is actively involved in multiple efforts to improve retention and representation of underrepresented groups in physics and STEM as a whole. She has been the graduate student coordinator of the North Star Project since its inception in 2016, co-founded the UO Women in Physics group, and formerly served as the President of the physics graduate student body. She is truly honored to accept the prestigious Karfilis Women in Leadership Award and will continue her efforts towards fostering a more equitable and inclusive climate in STEM.
When it comes to magnifying the miniscule, electrons are fundamentally better than visible light. That’s because electrons, which have wavelike properties due to quantum mechanics, have wavelengths a thousand times shorter. Shorter wavelengths produce higher resolution, much like finer thread can create more intricate embroidery. “Electron microscopes are pretty much the only game in town if you want to look at things on the atomic scale,” says physicist Ben McMorran of the University of Oregon.
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A call to action by a UO professor has helped catalyze bipartisan legislation recently introduced in Washington, D.C.
Physics professor Michael Raymer and University of Maryland physicist Christopher Monroe authored proposals for a National Quantum Initiative that is the basis for federal legislation introduced this week. The National Quantum Initiative Act will establish a comprehensive national program to accelerate research and technology development in this emerging area.
Its goals are to advance the country’s economy and national security by securing the United States’ position as the global leader in quantum information science.
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UO physics professor John Toner is on a roll. He’s won a research fellowship that will take him to Germany in the 2019-20 academic year, and a paper he published two decades ago has landed in a journal’s 25th anniversary collection.
Toner will spend up to seven months in residence at the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems in Dresden, Germany, as a result of his selection as the 2018 Martin Gutzwiller Fellow.
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Congratulations to UO Physics professor Steven Kevan on his new position of director of Berkeley Lab’s Advanced Light Source.
After an international search, Stephen D. “Steve” Kevan has been named the new director of the Advanced Light Source (ALS) at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab).
Kevan takes on the role of ALS director at a pivotal point in its history. The facility, which will celebrate its 25th anniversary later this year, is taking its first steps toward a major upgrade, dubbed “ALS-U.”
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UO Physics Senior, Charity Woodrum, is Recipient of 2018 Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation
“This is the NSF’s most prestigious student award and we are enormously proud to see so many of our young scientists on this year’s list of recipients,” said David Conover, vice president for research and innovation. “It’s a tremendous accomplishment that emphasizes the high caliber of our students and their potential to become the next generation of the nation’s leading scientists.”
Considering the paths many past recipients of graduate research fellowships have taken in their careers, Woodrum is in good company. The list of alumni includes NASA scientist Amy Mainzer, Nobel laureate in physics Steven Chu and Google co-founder Sergey Brin.
Woodrum will be working with a team for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, the scientific successor to NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and the premier space observatory of the next decade. She will be studying some of the first galaxies in the universe to determine how they form and evolve through cosmic time
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University of Oregon Physics professor, Timothy Jenkins, featured in the Daily Emerald:
Physics professor Timothy Jenkins says that music and science are more connected than people often think, and that his interest in both is common in his field. Jenkins is one example in a long list of physicists who are also gifted musicians.
Recent studies by researchers such as neuroscientist Anita Collins show that being exposed to music at a young age and playing an instrument throughout life have a plethora of benefits for the brain. Playing music helps create the pathways in the brain that are useful in thinking about the world scientifically.
Jenkins will be teaching a blend of music and science through his Summer term course at UO, (CRN 41771) which draws students from both the physics and music departments. He says it’s intriguing to see how students from both departments think about assignments differently.
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U.S. News & World Report has released rankings for 2019, and several key programs at the UO, including the Physics department, find themselves listed alongside the best in the nation.
“The University of Oregon is dedicated to graduate education and these rankings are a fantastic way to earn the interest of students from around the world,” said Jayanth Banavar, provost and senior vice president. “While U.S. News & World Report is just one measure of quality, it is certainly a high-profile one and we are proud that they recognize excellence at our university.”