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Renewable energy research, education project receives NSF grant
Congratulations to Asst. Prof. Wai-Lun Chan, who has been awarded a prestigious Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award by the NSF for his research proposal, “Understanding the Role of Quantum Coherence in Exciton Transport and Separation in Molecular Aggregates.” The award is the highest honor given by the NSF to young researchers. His research explores fundamental materials issues related to organic semiconductors. It addresses the challenge of finding low-cost renewable energy by exploring the mechanisms that could improve the efficiency of next generation solar cells. The full press release can be accessed at this link.
Four Undergrad Majors Win Research Awards Pioneer of Atomic Physics: L. Worth Seagondollar 1920-2013 Hubble Astronaut Uses HST for Long-Term Research LARGEST DONATION EVER!!
Congratulations to the following undergraduate students (and their advisors) for their selection for Research Awards for Spring 2014. Jill Wenderott (bottom-right), senior-physics (Prof. Hsin-Ying Chiu), Anthony St. Aubin (top-right), junior-astronomy and interdisciplinary computing (Prof. Hsin-Ying Chiu), Caleb Christianson (bottom-left), senior-engineering physics (Prof. Judy Wu), David Gier (top-left), junior-physics and computer science (Prof. Alice Bean). A complete description of their projects can be found at this link.
A substantial portion of the current issue of Radiations, the magazine of the Sigma Pi Sigma physics honorary society, is devoted to Dr. L. Worth Seagondollar, who passed away in Sept. Dr. Seagondollar earned an AB degree from Kansas State Teachers College at Emporia, Kansas in 1941, and a PhM (1943) and PhD (1948) in physics from the University of Wisconsin. Between 1944 and 1946 Seagondollar worked with the Manhattan Project at the Los Alamos National Laboratory complex. At Los Alamos he "worked on critical mass experiments and was nine miles from the first man-made nuclear explosion." Seagondollar's career included academic appointments at the University of Kansas (1947-65) and North Carolina State University (1965-91) where he was chair of physics from 1965-75. At KU, he participated in the building of the first Van de Graaff accelerator, a research tool in low-energy nuclear physics. According to Prof. Emeritus Dick Sapp, he was a "fun guy" who kept a pirated piece of fused glass from the first nuclear test site. He became Sigma Pi Sigma advisor, which was to continue for the next 40 years. He was central to the formation of the modern version of Sigma Pi Sigma. A service award is given in his name by Sigma Pi Sigma. The press release from NC State can be accessed at this link.
Prof. Steve Hawley, whose career at NASA prior to joining the Dept. of Physics and Astronomy at KU included two Shuttle missions to launch and upgrade the Hubble Space Telescope, now uses the telescope to probe a long-standing mystery surrounding the odd object known as Tololo 26. The unique capabilities of HST have allowed Dr. Hawley and his collaborator to begin to make sense of the peculiarities in earlier observations of this planetary nebula that he first noted over 30 years ago. The full press release can be accessed at this link.
The Department of Physics and Astronomy is thrilled to announce the receipt of the largest single donation ever to the Department endowed funds. Dr. Gene Feaster (PhD Physics 1953), inventor of Superflab, a medical device used in radiology clinics across the country which has made a lasting improvement in the field of health care, has made a $2 million gift to KU. Of his gift, $1 million established the Ida Johnson Feaster Professorship in the KU School of Nursing. It is named for his late wife, who grew up on a ranch near Emporia and attended graduate school at KU. His gift also created two $500,000 endowed scholarship funds - one in nursing and the other in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Full details on the donation and Dr. Feaster's exceptional career can be found at this site.
Pioneer of Atomic Physics: L. Worth Seagondollar 1920-2013
Hubble Astronaut Uses HST for Long-Term Research
LARGEST DONATION EVER!!