|Stony Brook: a thriving teacher eduction program|
|School districts in the United States consistently rank physics as the highest teacher shortage area among all academic disciplines. Although the number of high school students taking physics has more than doubled over the past two decades, less than half of public school physics courses are taught by an instructor with a degree in the subject. The Stony Brook physics teacher education program was part of a recent study by the Physics Teacher Education Coalition (PhysTEC) of eight diverse and thriving programs. Besides Stony Brook's Physics MAT, programs at Georgia State, Boulder, Rutgers, Rowan, Cal Poly at San Luis Obispo, Brigham Young and Austin were selected for the study. As programs at large universities that typically graduate five or more physics teachers a year these programs serve as role models. Common characteristics of these model programs were identified and embodied in the Physics Teacher Education Program Analysis (PETRA) Rubric. This rubric is intended to provide programs feedback and help them emulate the success of the programs studied. The full report can be found here. Stony Brook's MAT is particularly noted for institutional commitment to teacher education, leadership and collaboration between iSTEM and physics faculty, and most importantly knowledge and skills of physics teachers. For the past 4 years our program has been consistently invited to join the PhysTEC 5+ Club that highlights postsecondary institutions for graduating five or more physics teachers in a given year. Last year we were ranked 3rd, see here for more details.|
|Chairs Colloquium: Physics and Astronomy 2018/19|
|On September 9th 2018 Prof. Axel Drees gave the traditional chairs colloquium, the first colloquium of the academic year, to welcome all new members of the department and give them overview of the department and the ongoing research, and too welcome back everyone else with a review of has happened the previous year. The slides can be found here.|
|New faculty joining the department in 2018/19|
Professor Phil Armitage
Phil is a professor of astrophysical and planetary sciences. His research focuses on the formation and evolution of planetary systems and the physics of accretion in protostellar and black hole environments. He will hold a joint position with the Center for Computational Astrophysics at the Simons Foundation's Flatiron Institute as Group Leader for Planet Formation. He earned a Ph.D. in astrophysics from the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. Prior to joining Stony Brook, he was a professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder, he did postdoctoral work at the University of Toronto's Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics and at the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics in Munich, Germany.
Assistant Professor Jan C. Bernauer
Jan is a professor for experimental nuclear physics. He participated in nuclear physics experiments worldwide to investigate the structure of the proton, in particular "the proton radius puzzle", and other questions related to the structure of strongly interacting matter. He will hold a RIKEN BNL Research Center Fellowship. Jan earned a Doctorate at the Johannes Gutenberg-Universitaet Mainz, Germany. He joins us from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he held positions as postdoctoral associate and research scientist at the Laboratory for Nuclear Science.
Assistant Professor Jennifer Cano
Jennifer is a professor of theoretical condensed matter physics. She studies topological phases of matter and is interested in the classification, experimental probes, material realizations of topological insulators and semi-metals, and in the bulk-boundary correspondence. She will hold a joint position with the Center for Computational Quantum Physics at the Simons Foundation's Flatiron Institute. She earned a Ph.D. in physics from the UC Santa Barbara and held a postdoc position at the Center for Theoretical Science at Princeton University before joining Stony Brook.
Assistant Professor Cyrus E. Dreyer
Cyrus is a professor of theoretical condensed matter physics. His research involves developing and implementing first-principles methods based on density functional theory to explore materials for electronic and optoelectronic devices. He will hold a joint position with the Center for Computational Quantum Physics at the Simons Foundation's Flatiron Institute. He earned a Ph.D. in physics from the UC Santa Barbara. Before joining Stony Brook he was a postdoctoral associate at the Theoretical Condensed Matter group in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Rutgers University.
Associate Professor Will M. Farr
Will is a professor of astrophysics. His research interests include gravitational-wave astronomy, compact object formation and evolution, the gravitational dynamics of planets and stars, and astrostatistics. He will hold a joint position with the Center for Computational Astrophysics at the Simons Foundation's Flatiron Institute as Group Leader for Gravitational Wave Astronomy. He earned a Ph.D. in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Will joins Stony Brook from the University of Birmingham, where he held a position as lecturer at the Institute of Gravitational Wave Astronomy. Prior he did postdoctoral work at Northwestern University.
|ATLAS observes Higgs to bb decays|
At the International Conference on High Energy Physics (ICHEP) in South Korea, on July 10th, 2018 Prof. Giacinto Piacquadio presented the latest results on measurements of the Higgs boson , including the first observation of Higgs boson decays to b-quarks by the ATLAS experiment.
The Stony Brook ATLAS group played an important role in making this observation possible: see here for more informations about why observing Higgs to b-quark decays is considered a milestone in particle physics.
In addition, over the next two years Prof. Piacquadio will take the lead at CERN of the overall ATLAS Higgs team composed of more than 500 physicists, supported in his role by the National Science Foundation.
|Simulating QED with ultracold atoms in an optical lattice|
|IceCube neutrinos point to long-sought cosmic ray accelerator|
On July 12 2018, the National Science Foundation held a press release on a breakthrough in multi-messenger astrophysics related to the origins of high energy cosmic rays. IceCube’s observation of a high energy muon neutrino event, identified as IceCube-170922A, from the direction of a known flaring blazar TXS 0506+056, prompted observations of associated photon counterparts, such as gamma-rays, X-rays, and optical and radio radiation, from other instruments on Earth and in space. This ultimately provided the first evidence for a known blazar as a source of high-energy astrophysical neutrinos, which were discovered by IceCube in 2013. The new results are published in two papers in Science. The IceCube group at Stony Brook, led by associate professor Joanna Kiryluk, is deeply involved in the precise measurement and characterization of the diffuse astrophysical (electron and tau) neutrino flux.
More information can be found here:
|2018 Chancellor's Award for Excellence|
Prof. Abhay Deshpande receives the 2018 Chancellor's Award for Exellence in Scholarship and Creative Activity.
The Chancellor's Awards for Excellence are System-level honors conferred to acknowledge and provide system-wide recognition for consistently
superior professional achievement and to encourage the ongoing pursuit of excellence. These programs underscore SUNY's commitment
to sustaining intellectual vibrancy, advancing the boundaries of knowledge, providing the highest quality of instruction, and serving the public good.
Through these awards, SUNY publicly proclaims its pride in the accomplishment and personal dedication of its instructional faculty,
librarians and professional staff across its campuses.
Congratulation to Abhay!
More information can be found
|2018 Award for Excellence In Graduate Mentoring|
Distinguished Prof. Chang Kee Jung recieves the 2018 Dean's Award for
Excellence in Graduate Mentoring from the Dean of the Graduate School.
The Graduate Council Fellowships and Awards Committee reviews outstanding candidates,
based on their scholastic merit and contributions to the community, from all of our graduate
programs. The selection for this prestigious award acknowledges the awardee's
deep devotion to mentoring and the important contribution to academic excellence at Stony Brook University.
Congratulation to Chang Kee!
|2018 President's Doctoral Thesis Award|
Hans Niederhausen receives the "2018 President's Doctoral Student Thesis Award". Hans works on the IceCube experiment together with Prof. Kiryluk and defends his thesis "Measurement of the High Energy Astrophysical Neutrino Flux Using Electron and Tau Neutrinos Observed in Four Years of IceCube Data " in May. He was nominated for the award by the department and succeeded in this university wide, extremely competative selection.
Congratulation to Hans!
More infoirmation can be found
|Dr. David honored with Knight's Cross of the Hungarian Order of Merit|
In 2017 Gabor David was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Hungarian
Order of Merit for his accomplishments in experimental nuclear physics.
Research Prof. David received his PhD at Stony Brook in 1991, went to Columbia University, then worked at BNL until 2016 on the PHENIX experiment. His main topic is direct photon and neutral meson production in heavy ion collisions, he played crucial role in discovering jet quenching at RHIC, as well as prompt and thermal radiation and flow of photons. He is also a guest professor at Debrecen University (Hungary) since 1999 and the architect of a decades long, fruitful cooperation of Hungarian and American physicists, mostly graduate students.
|Catpuring the irreversible nonequilibrium essence of turbulence|
Prof. Jin Wang and a fomer physics graduate student at Stony Brook, Dr. Wei Wu, along with another researcher recently demonstrate a new perspective of the turbulence. The paper has been published in Annals of Physics .
More infoirmation can be found