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In Memorium - Dr. Donald Leroy Foster The Department was saddened to hear of the passing of Dr. Donald Leroy Foster, 77, retired Wichita State University Physics Professor, on May 5, 2013. Don was a Reed College graduate in 1957 and earned his PhD. in Physics from the University of Kansas in 1968. Don taught at WSU for 39 years, where he served as chair for a number of years. A complete obituary can be accessed at this site.
Faculty Recipients of Teaching Awards Congratulations to Professors Jack Shi and Steve Hawley , recipients of the Outstanding Graduate and Undergraduate Teaching Awards, respectively, within the Department. The awards were announced at the annual, end-of-Spring banquet on May 11.
Physics and Astronomy Undergraduate Wins at KUCTC Innovation Fair Congratulations to Daniel Kennedy, senior major in both Physics and Astronomy, who was the only award recipient from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the KUCTC Innovation Fair. Daniel won Second Place (and $500) in the Undergraduate Division. Pictured with him is Julie Goonewardene.
Department Faculty Member Honored for Undergraduate Mentoring Congratulations to Professor Adrian Melott for receiving the K. Barbara Schowen Undergraduate Research Mentor Award at the annual Undergraduate Research Symposium at the Kansas Union. The award was given for a distinguished record of undergraduate mentoring and the extraordinary success that his students have had following their undergraduate research experiences. The full press release can be accessed at this link.
Chancellor Approves Promotion and Tenure for Department Faculty Congratulations to Assistant Professor Greg Rudnick on his promotion to Associate Professor with tenure and to Associate Professors Danny Marfatia and Michael Murray on their promotion to Full Professor. The full press release can be accessed at this link.
Prof. Hui Zhao and his collaborators have developed a new technique to noninvasively detect the orientation of MoS2 crystals, as well as the uniformity of their thickness, how their layers are stacked and their single-crystal domain size. The detection technique, known as "second harmonic microscopy," is featured in a KU press release which can be accessed here.