Professor Jané Kondev is named an HHMI Professor by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute

1 07 2014
Jane' Kondev

Photo by Mike Lovett

Physics professor Jané Kondev wants to bolster interdisciplinary undergraduate research at Brandeis University, and The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) has awarded him $1 million to do it.

The grant is part of the prestigious and highly competitive HHMI Professor program, which funds a small group of research scientists who are making science more engaging for undergraduate   students. Kondev is among 15 leading scientist-educators who will receive $1 million over five years to create activities that integrate research with undergraduate education.

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Physics Students from Rwanda “join the laws of physics and the principles of business”

18 06 2014

Photo by Mike Lovett

Graduate students Camille Girabawe from Prof. Seth Fraden’s lab  and Bernard Hishamunda from Prof. Zvonimir Dogic’s lab are highlighted in BrandeisNOW as “forces of change” for the scientific community in Rwanda.

Brandeis IGERT Summer Institute June 16 – June 26, 2014

12 06 2014

The second Brandeis IGERT Summer Institute begins this Monday, June 16th in Goldsmith 300 and runs through Thursday, June 26th. This will consist of a variety of talks by faculty and students on subjects in the mathematical sciences. While this is part of the IGERT training program, aimed at graduate students working across the spectrum of the mathematical sciences, we invite the Brandeis community to attend any of the talks that catch their eye. Speakers include:

  • Chris Santangelo (U Mass Amherst)– “Shape and mechanics of origami folding”
  • Matthew Headrick — “Introduction of quantum information theory”
  • Bulbul Chakraborty and Blake Lebaron — “Applications of Statistical Mechanics to Finance”
  • Daniel Ruberman — “Introduction to Knot Theory”
  • Paul Miller — “Feedback control in neural firing”
  • Albion Lawrence — “An introduction to inflation and gravity waves”
  • Eli Putzig — TBA
  • Honi Sanders — TBA
  • Tony Ng — TBA

and a schedule can be found at  or in the Brandeis Science Seminars listings.

We will be having lunch in the Volen bridge; please bring your own and join us!

So long to our 2014 Physics and Biological Physics Graduates

21 05 2014

The Physics Department wishes our 2014 physics and biological physics graduates success and happiness as they begin their new careers and education.

  • Evan Fader, Software Engineer, Amazon
  • Yuri Gloumakov (biological physics major), Graduate Student, Yale University, PhD program in mechanical engineering
  • Samuel Goldberg, Research Assistant, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
  • Gil Henkin, Graduate Student, McGill University, M.Sc. thesis degree program in bionanomachines
  • Skyler Kasko, Graduate Student, UC Santa Barbara, PhD program in physics
  • Michael Kosowsky, Graduate Student, Harvard University, PhD program in physics (NSF Graduate Fellowship award winner)
  • Brendan Reardon, Library and Technology Services, Brandeis University
  • Kathryn E. Weil, Graduate Student, Dartmouth College, PhD program in Astronomy


Michael Kosowsky ’14 receives NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

24 04 2014

KosowskyMichael Kosowsky ’14, who majored in both physics and mathematics at Brandeis, has been awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship in astronomy and astrophysics.  The fellowships, which are awarded based on a national competition, provide three full years of support for Ph.D. research and are highly valued by students and institutions. Kosowsky worked with Prof. David Roberts in the Physics Department on analyzing the polarization of the X-ray binary SS 433 with the purpose of figuring out the magnetic field structure of the source.  He will be pursuing a Ph.D. in physics at Harvard University starting this fall.

Other 2014 NSF Fellowship recipients from Brandeis include:

Alex Dainis  (BS ’11, Biology, Film, Television, Interactive Media), Stanford University
Abby Finkelstein (BS ’13, Neuroscience),  Arizona State University
Lamia Harper (BS ’12, Biology), NYU
Ariel Hyre  (BS ’13,  Chemistry), Boston University
Anatoly Rinberg (BS ’11, Physics, Mathematics), Stanford University
Seth Werfel  (BA ’10, Economics), Stanford University


Gabriella Sciolla appointed to prestigious national science advisory panel (HEPAP)

24 04 2014

gabriellaProfessor Gabriella Sciolla was recently appointed to a three-year term on the High Energy Physics Advisory Panel (HEPAP). The panel, which was established in 1967, provides advice and recommendations to both the Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation on scientific, technical, and programmatic issues related to the US High Energy Physics program. HEPAP’s activities include reviews of the existing US particle physics program; advice on long-range plans, priorities, and strategies; advice on appropriate levels of funding to help the US maintain a leadership position in high-energy physics and an appropriate balance between competing elements of the program.

Professors Seth Fraden and Irv Epstein interviewed on NPR

27 03 2014

Professor Seth Fraden (Physics) and Professor Irv Epstein (Chemistry) were interviewed on Radio Boston, WBUR  about their research confirming Alan Turing’s Morphogenesis Theory.

Here’s the story:

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Eisenbud Lectures in Mathematics and Physics, March 11 – 12, 2014

24 02 2014

Cumrun Vafa

The Departments of Physics and Mathematics and Brandeis are incredibly excited to announce that this year’s Eisenbud Lectures in Mathematics and Physics will be given by the world-renowned theoretical physicist Prof. Cumrun Vafa, the Donner Professor of Science Harvard University.  Prof. Vafa is one of the leading figures in the fields of string theory and quantum gravity, and he has been on the forefront of the exchange between string theory and geometry that has revolutionized both fields over the last thirty years. He is known for his immense intuition, creativity, and depth of thinking in physics and mathematics.

The Eisenbud Lectures are the result of a bequest by Leonard and Ruth-Jean Eisenbud, and this year marks the 100th anniversary of Leonard Eisenbud’s birth.  Leonard Eisenbud was a mathematical physicist at SUNY-Stony Brook; upon his retirement he moved to the Boston area, as his son David was a member of the Mathematics faculty at Brandeis, and was given a desk here.  The bequest is for an annual lecture series by physicists and mathematicians working on the boundary between the first two fields.

The Eisenbud lectures consist of three lectures.  The first is a colloquium-style lecture meant for a broad scientific audience.  The following two lectures are more technical lectures meant for experts in the field.  The schedule is:

Lecture 1: “String Theory and the Magic of Extra Dimensions”, Tuesday, March 11 at 4PM in Abelson 131.  Tea, coffee, and refreshments will be served at 3:30 outside of the lecture hall. A reception will follow the talk.

Lecture 2: “Recent Progress in Topological Strings I”, Wednesday, March 12 at 11 AM in Abelson 333.

Lecture 3: “Recent Progress in Topological Strings II”, Wednesday March 12 at 4 PM in Abelson 229.

We hope to see you all at what promises to be a very exciting series of talks!

– Albion Lawrence, Dept. of Physics. and Bong Lian, Dept. of Mathematics

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