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This Year's Highlights
In 2020, so much about what we know to be normal came to a grinding halt for the Washington University in St. Louis community. One week in March, we were looking ahead to a spring “break,” then suddenly it was a hiatus lasting a couple of months that turned into a way of life. A sea change that no one really saw coming. Yet the work of the university went on as the pandemic spilled into 2021.
Our community worked together to maintain a safe and productive educational environment. The department adhered to health and safety guidelines; our instructors and their assistants found new ways to teach, both in person and remotely; and our staff made sure we all had the tools and support we needed.
Faculty members in the department were awarded 19 grants from NASA, DOE, NSF, and other agencies. A major renovation of the Crow building got underway. We hired three new faculty as part of the university's Digital Transformation Initiative, and look forward to welcoming them to our department next summer.
Despite the challenges, we've had a successful year.
Martin Israel, professor of physics and longtime administrator, retired at the end of June. Israel joined the Washington University faculty in 1968. As head of the Cosmic Ray Group and a fellow of the McDonnell Center for the Space Sciences, Israel has spent much of his research career studying galactic cosmic rays.
New YouTube Channel
The Department of Physics has added a new YouTube channel to our social media. Just click the YouTube image on the bottom of the website to access and subscribe!
New DEI fellowship
The Department of Physics has awarded the first Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Summer Research Fellowships to support undergraduate students in Physics.
Lindsey Lisalda has won an Association of Women Faculty 2021 Student Award. The award recognizes academic excellence and leadership potential among women students whose research, teaching, or service benefits women and gender minorities.
Garrett King has been awarded a DOE NNSA Stewardship Science Graduate Fellowship. As part of its science and national security missions, the U.S. Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE NNSA) supports a broad spectrum of basic and applied research in science and engineering.
Erin Barillier received the Baines Family Planetary Science Scholarship.
Jackson Butler received the Barry Goldwater Scholarship, a prestigious award that honors students who conduct research in the natural sciences, mathematics and engineering.
Views from the Past Year
Johanna Nagy in Antarctica
Glimpsing the unseeable physics of a black hole
Muon magnetism could hint at a breakdown of physics’ standard model
Faculty Awards & Recognition
Professor of Physics James Buckley has been elected Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) upon the recommendation of the APS Division of Astrophysics.Read the Story
Associate Professor of Physics Erik Henriksen has received an NSF CAREER award. This highly competitive grant is a wonderful recognition of his pioneering research in condensed matter and materials physics.Read the Story
Research Assistant Professor of Physics Nan Liu has been been named as the 2021 recipient of The Meteoritical Society's Nier Prize recognizing outstanding research in meteoritics and closely allied fields by young scientists.Read the Story
Research Professor of Physics Sachiko Amari received the H. C. Urey Award from the European Association of Geochemistry for outstanding contributions advancing geochemistry over a career.Read the Story
Assistant Professor of Physics Maria Piarulli is a recipient of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Early Career Research Program funding.Read the Story
Professor of Physics Li Yang conducted research with black phosphorus — a material with a thickness of just a few atomic layers — in a study hailed as a milestone of the past 50 years by the Physical Review B (PRB), an academic journal of the American Physical Society (APS).Read the Story
Professor of Physics Kater Murch has been promoted to Professor of Physics.
Associate Professor of Physics Erik Henriksen has been promoted to Associate Professor of Physics.
Research Professor of Physics Jeffrey Gillis-Davis has been promoted to Research Professor of Physics.
AB in Physics
- Jeffrey Ahlers
- Samuel Brusilow
- Edward Flaherty
- Yu Xi (Max) Huang
- Eleanor Hunt
- Asa Kalish
- Alana Labaschin
- Viktoria Ohstrom
- Chipo (Cathrine) Raranje
- Jeffrey Ahlers
- Nurken Nurlybekov
- Valeria Villegas
- Quincy Abarr
X-rays from Warped Black Hole Accretion Disks (Henric Krawczynski)
- John Cavin
Computational Design of Two-Dimensional Transition Metal Dichalcogenide Alloys and Their Applications (Rohan Mishra/Li Yang)
- Benjamin Groebe
Flux Variability in Gamma-Ray Blazars (Henric Krawczynski)
- Zachary Hughes
Toward an Understanding of High-Mass Gamma-Ray Binaries: an Investigation Using Current Observatories and the Development of a Future GeV Instrument (James Buckley)
- Jonathan Monroe
Partial Measurements of Quantum Systems (Kater Murch)
- Arefeh Sherafati
Separating Signal from Noise in High Density Optical Tomography (Joseph Culver/Ralf Wessel)
- Min Kyung Shinn
Specificity of SSB binding to Its Interacting Proteins and Multiple Allosteric Effects of SSB C-terminal Tail on Assembly and DNA (Anders Carlsson/Timothy Lohman)
- Siera Stoen
Peer-Led Team Learning in Calculus-Based Introductory Physics: Implementation and Evaluation (Mark McDaniel/Francesc Ferrer)
- Yicong (Steven) Sui
New Physics with Ultra-High Energy Neutrinos (Bhupal Dev)
- Nathan Walsh
SuperTIGER Elemental Abundances for the Charge Range 41 ≤ Z ≤ 56 (Martin Israel)
- Hui Wang
Development, Validation, and Application of Electromyometrial Imaging (EMMI) to Noninvasively Image Uterine Contractions (Yong Wang/Anders Carlsson)
- Quincy Abarr
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