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Undergraduate Major Nominated for Churchill Scholarship
A committee coordinated by the University of Kansas Honors Program has selected undergraduate Engineering Physics major David Jake Meeth as one of two outstanding senior students to compete for the prestigious Churchill Scholarship, which provides one year of study at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. If selected, at Cambridge Meeth would pursue an MPhil in Engineering specializing in electronic devices and materials. The press release can be accessed at this link.
Graduate Student Essay Wins FQXI Prize
Congratulations to graduate student Jennifer Nielsen for winning the Foundational Questions Institute $1000 prize for student essays on the foundational physics topic of "It from Bit or Bit from It" for her essay "Is Bit It?" FQXI is an organization/think tank headed up by Max Tegmark with members such as Stephen Hawking and Roger Penrose and is dedicated to encouraging exploration of foundational physics topics. Essay winners, including Jennifer's Special Commendation Prize, can be accessed at this link.
Discovery of distant 'lensing galaxy' heralds new grasp of the universe
Occasionally, astronomers find an extraordinary "lensing galaxy" that can enhance light like a telescope from even deeper reaches of universe - brightening and magnifying background galaxies up to 30 times. Prof. Gregory Rudnick , an astronomer at KU, is part of a team that has detected the most-distant-known example of a lensing galaxy - located some 9.5 billion light years away from Earth. Their findings have just been published in Astrophysical Journal Letters. For the full press release, go to this link.
KU team earns grant to extend leading-edge work at Large Hadron Collider
Congratulations to the KU particle physicists who recently have earned a three-year, $1.78 million grant from the National Science Foundation to continue their research at the Large Hadron Collider, with Phil Baringer as a principal investigator, along with KU researchers Alice Bean, David Besson and Graham Wilson. The KU team is helping to design, build and improve components for a pixel detector housed within the Compact Muon Solenoid, a 12,500-ton instrument that tracks particle collisions within the Large Hadron Collider. The full press release can be accessed at this link.
Professor Wins Olin Petefish Award in Basic Science Congratulations to Prof. Siyuan Han, Professor of Physics and Astronomy, for winning the Olin Petefish Award in Basic Science, one of four Higuchi-KU Endowment Research Achievement Awards, the state's most prestigious recognition for scholarly excellence. The full press release can be accessed at this link. This is the second consecutive year (Judy Wu - 2012) that a Department faculty member has been selected for the honor and the 3rd time in the last 9 years (Tom Cravens - 2005).
LARGEST DONATION EVER!!
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.