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Jeremy Ims

Justin Mann

University announces NSF Graduate Fellowship Awardees and Honorees
Congratulations to Jeremy Ims, (BS ASTR, PHSX: 2013) on his selection for an NSF Graduate Fellowship. Jeremy is at KU working toward a PhD in Aerospace Engineering under Z. J. Wang. Congratulations also to Justin Mann, doctoral student in physics under Prof. Greg Rudnick, on receiving honorable mention in the NSF competition. The full press release can be accessed at this link.

Jeff Worth

University announces October 2013-March 2014 Employees of the Month
Congratulations to Jeff Worth, Electronics technologist for the Department of Physics & Astronomy, who was selected as the KU University Support Staff Employee of the Month for October. Jeff is under consideration to be named the Employee of the Year at the annual recognition ceremony, which will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 7, in the Kansas Union Ballroom. The full press release can be accessed at this link.


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CMS Group - Featured Research and a Distinguished Appointment
Congratulations to the CMS collaboration for an exciting two weeks. A research paper with lead authors Dr. Phil Baringer, grad student Danny Noonan, and Postdoc Dr. Gabriele Benelli on measurements of the top quark was featured in the CERN Courier for Feb. 24. Meanwhile, Prof. Alice Bean has been selected as a Jefferson Science Fellow for 2014. The prestigious JSF program is administered by the National Academies and supported through a partnership between the U.S. academic community, professional scientific societies, the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Jefferson Science Fellows spend one year on assignment at the U.S. Department of State or USAID as science advisors on foreign policy issues. More on the program can be found at this link.

Wai-Lun Chan

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.

Gene Feaster

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.



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