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

18 06 2014
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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 http://www.brandeis.edu/igert/calendar/index.html  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:

http://radioboston.wbur.org/2014/03/27/brandeis-turing-morphogenesis

Here’s how to listen:

http://radioboston.wbur.org/listen



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

24 02 2014
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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



4th Annual Sprout Grants – Call for applications

12 02 2014

Bring your research and entrepreneurial ambitions to life!

The Brandeis University Virtual Incubator invites member of the Brandeis Community (undergrads, grad students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty, staff) to submit an application for a “Sprout Grant”. These grants are intended to stimulate entrepreneurship on campus and help researchers launch their ideas and inventions from Brandeis to the marketplace.

This spring we will be awarding $50,000 to be shared amongst the most promising proposals.

Come get your questions about the Sprout grant answered at one of our upcoming information sessions.

Info sessions:

Tuesday      February 18th    1pm – 2pm

Tuesday      February 25th    10am – 11am

Thursday     February 27th    11am – noon

Tuesday      March 4th          11am – noon

All information sessions will be held in the Shapiro science center 1st floor library, room 1-03 (the glass walled room near the elevators).

Deadlines: Preliminary applications are due on Friday, March 7th

Benefits of participation:

  • Teams that are selected to submit full applications will be given assistance in further developing their ideas into an effective business pitch.
  • Sprout grant winners will be connected with an experienced mentor, and given further assistance in getting their ideas to market by the Office of Technology Licensing.
  • Previous winners have come from many departments: Neuroscience, Biology, Biochemistry, Physics and Computer Science. Some of the funded technologies have resulted in patent applications and are moving towards commercial development. Read more about previous winners from your department here: Sprout winners 2011, Sprout winners 2012, Sprout winners 2013.

For more information go to our website (http://www.brandeis.edu/otl/grants/index.html) or contact Melissa Blackman at melblack@brandeis.edu.






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