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ASU to develop payloads for Blue Origin lunar transportation

Announced May 9th in Washington, D.C., by Blue Origin, Arizona State University has signed a memorandum of understanding with Blue Origin to send payloads to the lunar surface.

Physics student named Goldwater Scholar for excelling at undergraduate research

Physics undergraduate Lily Whitler is among 496 winners nationwide of the Goldwater Scholarship, the most prestigious undergraduate award in the nation for students in science, math and engineering fields who aspire to research careers.

Measuring the stars: ASU student awarded fellowship for summer workshop in Los Alamos

Arizona State University physics sophomore Chase Hanson has been awarded an $8,000 fellowship to participate in the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s annual Computations Physics Student Summer Workshop.

Melatonin receptor research could point to a better night's sleep

An international team of scientists, including faculty from ASU’s Biodesign Institute and Department of Physics, has shed much-needed light on melatonin’s effects on sleep, opening the door to the development of new drugs for sleep disorders and other health issues affected by melatonin

ASU physics alumna named Brooke Owens Fellow

The “Brookies,” as they are affectionately called, are exceptional undergraduate women in aerospace and are selected for the award based on their talent, experience, leadership, professionalism, and commitment to serving their communities. Berner, who graduated from Arizona State University in December 2018, is one of 38 women awarded this fellowship for 2019.

Resolving the weak force: ASU postdoc is co-author in research breakthrough

Arizona State University physics alumnus David Blyth served as a key member of a team of scientists who, for the first time, has isolated and measured the weak force between protons and neutrons within the nucleus of an atom.

'Cracking the Glass Problem': ASU physics alumna part of international collaboration

Arizona State University physics doctoral alumna Varda Faghir Hagh is one of the physicists collaborating on an international level to learn as much as they can about glass and its behavior.

The force is with us, always? Tuning quantum vacuum forces from attractive to repulsive

ASU physicist Frank Wilczek has shown for the first time that the Casimir force can be reversed and made repulsive, tunable or enhanced, depending on the properties of the material inserted between the plates.

Pushing beyond the standard: ASU physics student awarded national fellowship

The Department of Energy Office of Science Graduate Student Research Program awarded Glenn Randall the opportunity to pursue graduate research at ORNL.

Conducting research: Exploring charge flow through proteins

In a new study appearing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, Stuart Lindsay and his colleagues demonstrate electrical conductance through proteins poised between a pair of electrodes.

ASU SciHub workshop brings science, engineering and art experts together to change how we see the world

The goal of SciHub is to solve complex problems like how to enhance vision by leveraging the resources and expertise ASU has to offer. SciHub is co-directed by Wilczek, who is the Herman Feshbach Professor of Physics at MIT and has appointments at Stockholm University and Shanghai Jiao Tong University, and ASU’s Lawrence Professor of Solid State Sciences Nathan Newman. The group is currently exploring how to expand the colors people can see.

First woman to earn PhD in physics at ASU marks 25 years working in modeling instruction program

Jane Jackson was the first woman to receive her PhD in physics at Arizona State University. This month she celebrates 25 years working with ASU.

Overcoming doubt: A first-generation student’s story

A first-generation student, Angelica Berner graduated this December as the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean’s Medalist for the Department of Physics.

ASU emeritus professor celebrates 90th birthday with international recognition

Ernst Bauer, Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus in the Physics Department, has been recognized for his lifelong work and his invention of the low energy electron microscope, or LEEM.

Two ASU professors receive 2018 NIH New Innovator Award

ASU Professors Nicholas Stephanopoulos, assistant professor in the School of Molecular Sciences, and Rizal Hariadi, assistant professor in the Department of Physics, both researchers in the Biodesign Center for Molecular Design and Biomimetics, were announced as recipients of the 2018 NIH New Innovator Award.

The lure of new materials: ASU welcomes new physics faculty

Arunima Singh joins ASU as one of the Department of Physics' newest associate professors, her research focuses on exploring synthesis and applications for nanomaterials.

Climbing great heights: A conversation with new ASU physics Professor Siddharth Karkare

Siddharth Karkare will continue his work with electron beams at Arizona State University as an assistant professor in the Department of Physics.

Passing on the spark: New physics professor aims to inspire

Antia Sanchez Botana joins Arizona State University as an assistant professor in the Department of Physics. Her research uses density functional theory to guide the computational design of materials with new possible uses.

7 success tips for postdocs

We asked postdoc Sean Seyler, a graduate research assistant for Arizona State University's Department of Physics, to share some tips for success that all postdocs should know.

ASU physics alum Harry Kolar earns IBM fellowship

IBM has selected Arizona State University alumnus Harry Kolar as one of its 2018 IBM Fellows. Kolar completed both his undergraduate and graduate studies at ASU and works in the field of engineering and environmental science. IBM awards this high distinction to exceptional scientists and technical professionals within the organization who have shown outstanding and continued technical and leadership achievements.

Why you should never go to the movies with a physicist

Lasers, phasers and lightsabers, oh my! ASU professors share what the movies get wrong — and sometimes right — about physics

ASU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences acknowledges spring 2018 Dean’s Medalists

Robert Lee was awarded the Dean's Medal for the Department of Physics for Spring 2018. Lee worked as a teaching assistant for upper-level classical mechanics courses in the Department of Physics, as well as a research assistant at the ASU Meson Physics Group.

ASU Allivates Physics Teacher Shortage, Strengthens STEM Pathway

Now in its seventeenth year, and the only program of its kind in the state, the Modeling Instruction program in the Department of Physics in theCollege of Liberal Arts and Sciences is geared toward lifelong learning.

Student awarded: Joshua won APS 4C award

Joshua Sadar won the Outstanding Student Presentations Awards with his talk titled “Bottom-up preparation of nanopore array with self-aligned nanogap electrodes for single biomolecule characterization” at the APS Four Corners Section.

Nobel laureate to join ASU Physics

Frank Wilczek (Nobel laureate 2004) is joining Arizona State University as a professor in the physics department, where he will work on a variety of important issues in theoretical physics, as well as organize workshops to advance the academic field by gathering the best and brightest physicists worldwide.

First US citizen to rank in the World Physics Olympiad in Zurich

AAbijith Krishnan, high school senior, has just won a Gold Medal at the 2016 International Physics Olympiad: the first US citizen to rank in the history of the Olympiad.

Is the "Dark Force" Real, And Can It Unlock Dark Matter?

Glenn Randall, a physicist at Arizona State University, is currently working on a fascinating new experiment called DarkLight that could confirm this game-changing physics discovery. Randall walked Popular Mechanics through what this new force could be, why it could help us understand dark matter, and how DarkLight might prove it exists.

Decorated ASU Physics graduate is Cambridge-bound

Aditya Dhumuntarao, graduating in May, has earned the top award for an undergraduate in both his majors — the Charles Wexler Mathematics Prize, and the Outstanding Physics Undergraduate Award, as well as an NSF Graduate Fellowship, and the inaugural Origins Project Undergraduate Research Scholarship.

Physics professor celebrates 40 year anniversary

President Michael Crow awards Professor John Spence for his 40 years of service to ASU.

Christie Trimble named as Dean's Medalist for the Department of Phsyics

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences recognizes graduating senior Christie Trimble for her outstanding academic achievements in Physics and Nanoscience.

Driven physics graduate student teacher recognized for excellence

Varda Hagh, a graduate student working with Professor Mike Thorpe on jamming and rigidity theory, has been given a Graduate and Professional Student Association Student Teaching Excellence Award.

When going small is big news: ASU Professor shrinking down electron-laser technology

Free electron lasers are powerful devices that can peer deep into molecular structure and the ultrafast timescales of chemistry, and they are usually miles long and cost billions to build. But ASU Physics Professor William Graves is constructing a version that will fit on a tabletop.

2015 American Physical Society - Four Corners Conference Success

The Department of Physics hosted the 2015 - APS 4C conference, and with the help of faculty, staff, and students we were able to break conference records.

ASU and Phoenix Valley teachers team up for computer simulation summer workshop

Allan Friesen (currently a high-school science teacher) and Dr. Dmitry Matyushov organized a summer school for talented high school students from the Phoenix valley. Three weeks of activities focused on learning how to perform computer simulations of biomolecules and to analyze simulation results.

James Cornelison awarded FAll 2015 Dean's Medal

James A. Cornelisoin was selected as the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Deans Medalist for the Department of Physics. As an undergraduate James has been involved in research with Dr. Groppi.

ASU, Mayo Clinic collaborate to advance medicine through joint research

The recipients of the 2016 ASU-Mayo Seed Grant Program have been announced. ASU Physics Professor Robert Nemanich will partner with Martin Bues, Mayo Clinic assistant professor of radiation oncology to developing a diamond junction device to improve monitoring of cancer therapy.

Physics welcomes new faculty

We are delighted to welcome Dr. Dwyer, who joined the Department of Physics as an Associate Professor this Fall 2015. He is an electron microscopist with a background in scattering and condensed-matter physics.