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Department of Physics News

Announcements for 2009

Posted Dec. 31, 2009

December 2009 — Prof. John Portman, and Prof. Laura Bartolo (Director of the Kent State Center for Materials Informatics) are collaborating with faculty from Carnegie Mellon and MIT on an project to develop and implement virtual laboratories for instruction, with funding from the National Science Foundation. Details of this innovative project can be found in an e-newsletter story published in mid-December 2009.

PhysicsIntroEnrollments2-tn Fall 2009 — New data on introductory physics class enrollments at universities nationwide have recently been released by the American Institute of Physics (AIP). On the basis of published AIP data averaged over the past decade, a study shows that the Kent State physics department ranks number-one in the US in making physics interesting and attractive to non-science majors. A closely related statistic also demonstrates that we are #1 nationwide in physics instructional productivity.

September 2009 — A special welcome to

  • ...Dr. Hamza Balci, our first new tenure-track faculty member in six years.
May 2009 — Congratulations to:
  • ...undergraduate physics majors Andrew Konya, Andrew Kubera, Danielle Lahurd, and Richelle Teeling, and graduate student Jeremy Alford, all recipients of academic awards (see link for details and photos).
  • ...Dr. Elizabeth Mann on being promoted to Full Professor, effective from AY 09/10.
  • ...Dr. John Portman on being awarded tenure and promoted to Associate Professor, effective from AY 09/10.

May 2009 — Physics People in the News: Kent State Magazine for Summer 2009 has an update on former astronaut Carl Walz, a BS Alumnus of our department. Carl has set some impressive records during his time as an astronaut. Back on earth, the exceptional success of Prof. Jon Secaur in communicating to his students the excitement of physics has been written about in KSU's electronic newsletter e-inside.

Spring Semester 2009: An enterprising group of physics undergraduates led by Aaron Slodov has been making great progress towards establishing a Radio Astronomy project at Kent State. More details can be found in a recent story about the project in the online newsletter of Kent State University.

January 2009: Newly-released data from the National Science Foundation reveal that Kent State ranks first in the nation, among non-Historically Black institutions with under 30 physics faculty, for our number of African-American PhD Physics graduates. We are third in the nation among non-HBCU departments of any size.

petratos-tn Congratulations to Prof. Makis Petratos on being elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society. The citation states that Prof. Petratos was honored "for numerous contributions to high energy electromagnetic physics, including the SLAC nucleon spin physics program, and the SLAC and Jefferson Lab few-body physics programs."