|Fractional Quantum Hall Effect in graphene|
|The "Journal Club for Condensed Matter Physics" http://www.condmatjournalclub.org is an informal organization, aiming to identify important advances in condensed matter physics and to stimulate directions for new inquiries. In December the Journal Club featured Xu Du's recent paper on the fractional Hall effect in graphene. A review of the work is posted here: http://www.condmatjournalclub.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/jccm_dec09_2.pdf|
|Phil Allen, Barbara Jacak and Chi-Chang Kao elected to be AAAS fellows.|
|Congratulations to Phil Allen, Barbara Jacak and Chi-Chang Kao (and Adjunct Professor, BNL) for their election to fellowship in the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Current AAAS fellows include Paul Grannis, Chris Jacobsen and Linwood Lee; adjunct faculty Sam Aronson, Ilan Ben-Zvi, Miriam Forman, Doon Gibbs and Peter Johnson. (The mission of the AAAS is to "advance science around the world by serving as an educator, leader, spokesperson and professional association" (http://www.aaas.org). AAAS is the publisher of "Science".)|
|Stony Brook Alumna organizes astronomy event in the White House|
|Dara Norman was a postdoc with Fred Walter and Michal Simon in the early 2000's. Currently she is a research astronomer at the NOAO. She has recently been one of the organizers of the "White House Star Party", an educational event and stargazing attended by the President, his family, and 150 students. See and interview with her in the November issue of the Astronomy Beat, a publication of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific http://chair.physics.sunysb.edu/star_party.pdf|
|Electron Ion Collider|
|Abhay Deshpande, together with Rolf Ent (Jefferson Laboratory) and Richard Milner (MIT) argues for the Electron Ion Collider in the November issue of "CERN Courier": http://cerncourier.com/cws/article/cern/40740. The next meeting of the Electron–Ion Collider Collaboration will be held in Stony Brook, in January, 2010.|
|Xu Du wins major research award|
Professor Xu Du is one of the 34 young scientists funded by the Air
Force Young Investigators Research Program. See more at: http://www.wpafb.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123173414
Getting major funding within two months of starting in Stony Brook is an exceptional achievement that can be credited primarily to Xu's talents. Senior faculty, including Kostya Likharev and Jim Lukens, and former chair Peter Koch contributed to this success by helping him in various ways. Thanks to them, and congratulations to Xu!
|Barbara Jacak's article in the Physics World|
|Barbara Jacak's article about the RHIC physics, titled "Of gluons, atoms and strings" is in the September issue of Physics World. http://physicsworld.com/cws/article/print/40224|
|P & A faculty in the news|
Michael Zingale's research is featured in "Discovery News", the online service of the Discovery Channel:
Affiliated Professor Artem Oganov's results are discussed in "Science Daily": http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/10/091006093437.htm#
Work by Marivi Fernandez-Serra and Phil Allen is discussed in "Chemical & Engineering News", the publication of the American Chemical Society. Some of the results mentioned there are from the Ph.D. thesis of (former graduate student, now Dr.) Xiao Shen. http://pubs.acs.org/isubscribe/journals/cen/87/i37/html/8737sci2.html
|PRL "Viewpoint" articles by Fernandez-Serra and Weinacht|
Marivi Fernandez-Serra has just published a http://physics.aps.org/articles/v2/67
"Viewpoint" article in Phys. Rev. Letters. The Viewpoint section is one
of the innovations Gene Sprouse introduced at PRL, and the articles are
extremely good at explaining the story to non-specialists.
Tom Weinacht also had a Viewpoint recently, http://physics.aps.org/articles/v2/51
|Highlighted PHENIX publication|
|One of the papers by the PHENIX collaboration (Phys. Rev. Lett. 103, 012003 (2009) ) has been recently highlighted in Nature Physics, http://www.nature.com/nphys/journal/v5/n8/full/nphys1353.html Abhay pointed out that the work was the focus of the Ph.D. thesis of Kieran Boyle. Kieran graduated from Stony Brook last year, after receiving the President's Award for Distinguished Doctoral dissertation. He is now a member of the RBRC group at BNL.|
|Students recognized at the RHIC/AGS Users' meeting|
Matt Nguyen took top honors by winning the Thesis Award and presented his work at the meeting. http://www.bnl.gov/rhic_ags/users_meeting/Agenda/Fri/RHICAGS_FlashTalk_MAN.pdf
Torsten Dahms received an honorable mention, also presenting the work in a talk. http://www.bnl.gov/rhic_ags/users_meeting/Agenda/Fri/tdahms_rhicags2009.pdf
Megan Connors was elected the to the Users' Executive Council as a student/postdoc representative, and Jiangyong Jia was elected to the UEC. http://www.bnl.gov/rhic_ags/users_meeting/Agenda/Fri/departing_new_members_2009.pps
|Two students recognized from the HEP Group|
Postdoc Junjie Zhu won the 2009 Tollestrup Award for the outstanding postdoc working at Fermilab.
Given that there are probably 200 or so postdocs working at Fermilab, this is no mean feat! He received the award and gave a talk on the W boson mass measurement at the June 2009 Annual Users Meeting -- a widely attended workshop held at Fermilab each year. The award focussed not only on Junjie's leadership in making the W boson mass measurement, but also on a set of other key studies of the electroweak interaction. Junjie works with Profs Hobbs, McCarthy and Grannis.
Graduate student Emanuel Strauss was selected to give one of two graduate student talks at the Annual Users Meeting in Fermilab.
Emanuel has done not one but two outstanding analyses as a key contributor to the first discovery of the process in which a pair of Z bosons are created in hadronic collisions, and as the main analyzer of the search for the Higgs boson in association with a Z boson. He gave his talk on the former topic, but won the outstanding poster award at the Users meeting for the description of that latter. Emanuel will get his Ph.D. this summer and take a postdoc with SLAC.
|Honorary doctoral degree to Paul Grannis|
Paul Grannis has recently been awarded an honorary doctor of science degree from Ohio University.
Paul received the Ph.D. degree from the University of California at Berkeley, and he came to Stony Brook in 1966. He had guest appointments at Fermilab, CERN, the Rutherford Laboratory, and the University College London. Most recently he served at the DOE Office of Science in Washington, D.C. As spokesman for the D0 experiment in Fermilab from 1983 to 1993, and co-spokesman from 1993 to 1996, he led the D0 experiment from its inception to the discovery of the top quark in 1995. He is the recipient of several prizes and awards, including the Panofsky Prize of the American Physical Society. Paul was Chairman of the Department and retired as Distinguished Professor in 2006. He continues to be active as Research Professor.
|Welcome to Jac Verbaarschot, who kindly agreed to serve as Graduate Program Director. Jac has been Ph.D. advisor to many students, and instructor of numerous graduate courses. He served as Chair of the Admissions Committee, and recently he has been elected to be the Chair of the Graduate Council, the advisory body of the Graduate School. We all look forward to work with him.|
As many of you know, the search for the director of the NYCCS (http://www.newyorkccs.org/index.shtml) is renewed. The Department is represented on the search committee by Kostya Likharev and Alan Calder.
Two candidates will visit at the end of August and early September: Peter Nugent and Karin Rabe. (Please note that the time of the visit was not determined by us.) Peter is an astronomer, and one of Karin's main interests is condensed matter theory. The natural academic home for both of them is the Department of Physics and Astronomy.
Peter Nugent was colloquium speaker last year (see his talk at http://www.physics.sunysb.edu/Physics/movies/physics/nugent_col110408_ref.mov. ). He is also going to give a Special Seminar on Friday, August 28, 3:30 PM, in ESS Bldg., RM 450. (This is right before the Chair's Keg.)
Karin Rabe will give a Special Colloquium on September 1, the second day of classes. Normally we do not have Colloquium this early in the Semester, but I hope you can still come.
The schedule of the visits is posted at http://chair.physics.sunysb.edu/ - follow the links under "Temporary postings". The CV of these candidates is available in Pam's office.
We expect visit by a third candidate for this position, Jerry Bernholc, tentatively scheduled for mid-September.