|Dima Kharzeev elected AAAS Fellow|
|Stony Brook has been ranked 8th worldwide in Hadron Collider research.|
|ScienceWatch.com provides a comprehensive Web resource for science metrics and analysis, combining the newest Science Watch newsletter material, along with regularly updated data from the Web of Science and other resources managed by Thomson Reuters. In November 2010 Stony Brook was ranked in the top 20 institutions in Hadron Collider research: 8th best overall (including national laboratories) and the 3rd best university, see http://sciencewatch.com/ana/st/hadron/institutions/ . This is a great recognition of faculty, staff and students working at the RHIC, the Tevatron and the LHC!|
|The National Research Council finally released its latest "Assessment of Research Doctorate Programs", http://www.nap.edu/rdp/. The data and the analysis are rather complex, but there is a simple user interface at http://graduate-school.phds.org/. Follow the link to Physics, and click on "Larger Programs" to see that we are 14th in the Nation.|
|Fred Walter was elected President of the University Senate|
|Fred Walter was elected President of the University Senate, http://www.stonybrook.edu/univsenate/executive.shtml . Congratulations!|
|Dzero is doing it again|
As the NYT reported, http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/18/science/space/18cosmos.html?scp=1&sq=dzero&st=cse,
the Dzero collaboration in Fermilab found a CP symmetry violation in
the mixing of neutral B mesons that differs by 3.2 standard deviations
from the Standard Model prediction. (In other words, chances for the
data and theory to agree are less than 1 in 500.) The finding will have
a major influence on the next generation of of experiments, currently
underway at the Large Hadron Collider in CERN.
For the last two years Dmitri Tsybychev served as the coordinator of the group that produced this discovery. He made a large contributions to related measurements showing results that are inconsistent with the Standard Model. The Dzero detector was built under the leadership of Paul Grannis, who served as spokesperson (co-spokesperson) for the collaboration from 1983-1996. He had the foresight to insist on building the magnets so that the magnetic fields are reversible. That feature made the current measurement possible.
Here is the link to the Fermilab press release:
and the graphics are at :
|Laser Teaching Center in the news|
the May issue of the APS News there is an article about lasers as tools
for education and outreach. Our own Laser Teaching Center is
prominently featured. Hal Metcalf is quoted, and the photo of James
Scholtz (one of our former undergraduate students) illustrates the
There is also a WEB version of the article at http://www.aps.org/publications/apsnews/201005/lasers.cfm .
|Laszlo Mihaly elected to the Hungarian Academy of Sciences|
|The General Assembly of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences elected Laszlo Mihaly external member of the Academy. The title is for scholars or scientists living in a foreign country, holding a foreign citizenship, yet professing themselves to be Hungarians. His election is a honor to the Department and Stony Brook University as well.|
|2010 US News and World Report ranking|
US News and World Report's ranking of the graduate programs placed
Stony Brook's Department of Physics and Astronomy in the top 25 again,
see http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-physics-schools/rankings/ Our Nuclear Physics program was ranked 4th in the Nation. http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-physics-schools/nuclear-science
If you are interested in the history of ranking of our Department, you may find documents at http://chair.physics.sunysb.edu/ranking/, including the last US News ranking in 2008.
The NRC ranking, that is supposed to be more authoritative, is still in the making, see: http://sites.nationalacademies.org/pga/Resdoc/index.htm