Department of Physics News
Announcements for 2007Posted Dec. 31, 2007
- A story in the Winter 2007 issue of Kent State Magazine features recent Physics BS graduate Amanda Yoho, and discusses her very positive experiences doing undergraduate research during her time as a Kent State physics major. Amanda is currently enrolled in the physics PhD program at Case Western Reserve University.
- Congratulations to Prof. Satyen Kumar, on being honored with a Director’s Award for Excellence from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Prof. Kumar has served as Program Director for the Condensed Matter Physics program of the Division of Materials Research at the NSF since November 2005, while still maintaining a part-time presence here in the physics department at Kent where his research effort continues at a vigorous pace. The Director’s Award (see photo) is the highest honor presented to NSF employees, and Prof. Kumar has been recognized for "exceptional performance in coordinating merit review of interdisciplinary condensed matter physics proposals". The university's press release provides additional details.
Also in September 2007, Prof. Kumar has been honored by Kent State University as one of this year's three recipients of the Distinguished Scholar Award.
"The Hottest Research of 2005-06"
- Congratulations to Research Associate Dr. Mikhail Kopytine, who has been recognized by the periodical Science Watch as sharing second place in their world-wide ranking of scientists with the greatest number of "hot papers" in 2005-06. The honor of #1 in the world goes to the Japanese Immunologist Shizuo Akira, and the #2 position is shared by Kent State's Dr. Kopytine and six other scientists. It should be noted that the ranking used by Science Watch has no subjective input, and is based solely on the number of citations received by papers published in peer-reviewed journals. Click on the table above to read the full article.
Dr. Mikhail Kopytine received his PhD in physics from Stony Brook in 2001, and has been employed as a Kent State Research Associate since October 2001. He works in collaboration with other physicists at KSU's Center for Nuclear Research (CNR), who in turn are part of a large international collaboration (STAR) that studies nuclear collisions at Brookhaven National Lab (NY). Results from these experiments have already been recognized as the Top Physics Story for 2005 by the American Institute of Physics. Kent State was one of the 13 original groups that in 1990 founded the STAR experiment, which has since grown to include 52 institutions, representing 12 countries.
- Congratulations to Kent State doctoral graduate David Wiant, recently announced to be the sole recipient of the prestigious Otto Lehmann Award for 2007. One of only two major international dissertation awards in the field of liquid crystal technology, the annual honor recognizes young scientists for outstanding thesis or dissertation work. This is the first time the award has gone to a doctoral candidate in the United States. The prize, awarded by the Universitat Karlsruhe and the Otto Lehmann Foundation, is named after Otto Lehmann, famous German physicist and “father” of liquid crystal technology. Award submissions are evaluated by an independent scientific jury consisting of experts from universities and industry. The final decision for the award(s) is made by the Otto Lehmann Foundation.
Wiant, a native of Brunswick, Ohio, completed his PhD dissertation (available as a PDF file) in Spring 2007, and traveled to Germany in summer 2007 to accept the Otto Lehmann Award. Dr. Wiant graduated in May 2007 (click on the photo above for more about this) with a doctorate in physics, and he looks forward to a career in academia. Wiant’s doctoral dissertation advisor, Professor of Physics Dr. James Gleeson, says “David is incredibly talented and diligent; this award is richly deserved.”
- Congratulations to emeritus physics professor Bill Doane, who currently leads Kent Displays Inc., on being honored with the first Slottow-Owaki Prize for Display Education by the Society for Information Display (SID). Click on the photo opposite for more details.
- Congratulations to Dr. Jon Secaur (a full-time Assistant Prof. in our department since Fall 2007) on being named Portage County Teacher of the Year for AY 2006/07 by the Coleman Foundation.
Congratulations also to.....
- ...Prof. Brett Ellman on being chosen as a finalist for the 2007 Disinguished Teaching Award sponsored by the Kent State Alumni Assocation.
- ...physics major Luke Citro (BS, May 2007) on being invited to participate in the most recent International Scholar Laureate Program Delegation on Engineering in China.
- ...Drs. Mina Katramatou and Steve Minnick on being awarded tenure and promoted to Associate Professor effective from AY 07/08.
- ...Students Al Calabrese, Steven Drew, David Jacobs, Christine Martincic, Robert Meklemburg, William Montanaro Jr., Ryan Neubig, Lee Sharpnack, Jacob Shreffler, Ryan Weber, and Nathanael Weigel, all recipients of various awards (see link for details and photos).