A press conference on Feb 11 announced the first observation of gravitational waves made by the LIGO collaboration, which includes a group from UO Physics. Read about it in the around the O article along with the livestream of the press conference and many news articles, including the NY Times.
The announcement was accompanied on Feb 11 by the appearance of the main detection paper in Physical Review Letters, along with 8 companion papers which appeared in arXiv.org the following day.
The UO’s LIGO team includes Raymond Frey, Robert Schofield, James Brau, postdoctoral researcher Dipongkar Talukder and graduate students Sudarshan Karki, Ryan Quitzow-James, Jordan Palamos, Vinny Roma and Paul Schale.
The UO’s James Brau will discuss gravitational waves in a talk titled “Einstein’s Warped Universe — Riding Gravity Waves Through Spacetime” at 6 p.m., March 23, at the Eugene Public Library, 100 W. 10th Ave. The lecture, geared for a general audience, will provide a broad overview of what gravitational waves are and the effort to detect them. The event will be held in the Bascom-Tykeson Room on the library’s first floor.’
Research Assistant Professor of Physics, Robert Schofield’s studies centering on the complex societies and division of labor of Leafcutter ants is featured in ‘Around the O.’
“Studying them not only leads to ways to reduce the damages they and their often-massive nests cause but also provides nature-based insights that could prove helpful to efforts to manufacture tiny machines and tools.”
You can read the full article here: https://around.uoregon.edu/content/skilled-workers-study-shows-talents-leafcutter-ants
Richard Taylor is the lead on a $900,000 W.M. Keck Foundation grant that will help fund work on a next-generation retinal implant device that could be used to reverse vision loss in those suffering from retinal diseases such as macular degeneration. Other Physics faculty on the proposal are Benjamin Aleman and Miriam Deutsch. You can read the full article here: http://around.uoregon.edu/content/uo-idea-bio-inspired-implant-wins-900000-grant
Assistant Professor of Physics Stephanie Majewski’s work with UO undergraduate students focused on the ATLAS detector of the Large Hadron Collider, is featured in the Fall issue of CASCADE magazine. You can read the full article here: http://digital.turn-page.com/i/585024-cascade-fall-2015
Physics Professor Graham Kribs new theory of ‘stealth dark matter’ featured in ‘Around the O’ article:
‘The imprint of dark matter on the evolution of the universe is unmistakable, physicists say, but dark matter itself continues to evade direct detection. That may soon change.’
You can read the full article here:
Or the public news release here:
Physics professor, and director of the UO Materials Science Institute, Richard Taylor’s pioneering work on fractal based nerve connections is featured in the August 3rd issue of ‘Around the O.’ You can read the full article here:
Jim Brau will be giving a free public lecture at the Eugene Public Library on Wed July 15 at 6 PM. Click here to see the poster.
In case you missed it, in addition to the SLP update in the most recent CASCADE, there is a nice writeup on Tristan Ursell. Get it here.
Nice feature article in the Chronicle of Higher Education centered on the UO Science Literacy Program: Link. Kudos to the SLP team!
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!