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June 7, 2018

Steve Kevan Named Next Director of Berkeley Lab’s Advanced Light Source

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.”

You can read the full article here.

May 10, 2018

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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April 17, 2018

UO Physics Professor and Guitarist Examines the Close Connection Between Science and Music

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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March 21, 2018

UO Physics Graduate Program Ranks #56

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.”


January 18, 2018

“I’m here for a reason” Benjamín Alemán’s research and journey to becoming a UO Physics professor featured in Oregon Quarterly

For UO Physics professor Benjamín Alemán, the science of the small, with its boundless potential to help humanity, is the grandest playground imaginable. He’s an expert at bending 21st-century miracle materials to his will. Take graphene, which is to today’s technology what plastic was to industry of the last century. Just one atom thick—a million times thinner than human hair—it’s 200 times stronger than steel, yet extraordinarily flexible.  Some might say that Alemán himself is just as strong and flexible; qualities that helped him on his challenging path to become a professor at the University of Oregon.

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November 9, 2017

Mike Raymer in Congressional Testimony

An Oct 24 congressional hearing by the House Science Committee on a National Photonics Initiative featured Mike Raymer. In her presentation, committee member Rep. Suzanne Bonamici of Oregon acknowledged Prof Raymer and and questioned the expert panel about the commercial opportunities for the U.S. in the area of quantum technology, which includes quantum computing, quantum communication, and quantum sensing. The panel included Chris Monroe, our Nov 2 colloquium speaker. The hearing followed the submission earlier this year of a white paper on the the National Quantum Initiative authored by Prof Raymer and solicited by the Committee. A description and video recording of the hearing is here, and Bonamici’s acknowledgement of Raymer is at 1:14:23. The Optical Society of America tweeted a photo of Raymer meeting with Bonamici.


October 30, 2017

Recent PhD Graduate Jeremy Copperman Featured in Around-the-O

A discovery in Marina Guenza’s UO chemistry lab, published in a major physics journal, is already being tapped by outside scientists working on a new medical treatment for tuberculosis.

The UO research, however, included a detour. Jeremy Copperman, a doctoral student leading it, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in the final year of his doctoral studies in physics. His work slowed amid six months of chemotherapy.

Copperman, with his health restored, graduated and left the UO for a postdoctoral position in Wisconsin. His lab mates, graduate student Eric Beyerle and postdoctoral associate Mohammadhasan “Hadi” Dinpajooh, proceeded with the project, which was detailed in a paper published in the journal Physical Review Letters.

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October 12, 2017

UO undergraduate Physics Major, Manju Bangalore, Featured in ‘Around the O’

Physics senior, Manju Bangalore just returned from an internship at NASA where she worked on the Orion spacecraft, which is designated to return astronauts to the moon and eventually, to Mars.

Bangalore’s first NASA internship in 2015 at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, “focused on the economics of in-space propulsion,” and in the fall of 2016 she worked on spaceships at NASA, where she had the opportunity to help develop technology and science policy at the White House.

It’s also vital to Bangalore, a first generation Indian-American, to recognize that as a woman of color, especially one in the sciences, she is not expected to attain such coveted positions. “Women in the sciences or people of color in the sciences are just marginalized communities who are told that failure is really prevalent for them,” she says. “When people have really low expectations of a woman or a person of color in the sciences, it’s easy to surprise them but it makes it even more worth it to surprise them.”

In January, Manju be heading back to Houston for her third internship at NASA.

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October 4, 2017

UO Physics Senior Taylor Contreras Research Internship at CERN Featured in CASCADE

Taylor Contreras, a UO senior majoring in Physics spent six weeks this summer with the group housing the collider, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, or CERN.

Contreras is a member of a team run by UO physicist Stephanie Majewski that is studying dark matter and other topics through data collected by ATLAS, one of the detectors at the collider. Majewski’s is one of several UO groups involved in experiments at CERN.

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August 2, 2017

UO Physics Professor Taylor’s Bio-Inspired Retinal Implants Featured in an Around the O Article

The UO Physics research team, lead by Professor Richard Taylor, studied the potential performance of their bio-inspired implant, which would be inserted behind the eye’s retina. The implant features an array of fractal electrodes designed to stimulate retinal neurons.

In theory, fractal implants act much like a pixel array at the back of a camera. They use a lot of pixels within a confined space at the back of the eye, providing electrically-restored vision at a higher resolution, Watterson said. In retina-damaged eyes, the cones and rods that do such intermediate work disappear. The implants would replace them and stimulate the still-intact neurons.

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