There may not be an equation to prove it — but 2015 promises to be a big year for Brandeis physics.
In 2015, the Large Hadron Collider at CERN — the world’s largest science experiment — will reboot after two years of upgrades, with double the energy of its first run. The Brandeis High Energy Physics Group will be in the thick of it, exploring the newly discovered Higgs boson and hunting for supersymmetry, dark matter and extra dimensions.
With its National Science Foundation Grant renewed for six years at $12 million, The Brandeis Bioinspired Soft Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) will enter a new phase in 2015. Led by physicist Seth Fraden, the interdisciplinary group will continue its groundbreaking research into active biological matter and membranes materials, paving the way for soft robotics, novel drug delivery systems and artificial cells.
Over the next year, the Brandeis Astrophysics Group will continue its exploration of the cosmos, peering deep into the cores of galaxies and quasars, while Brandeis theorists continue to unravel the mysteries of quantum entanglement and gravity.
Expect new ideas and directions in undergraduate education as well, says professor Jané Kondev, physics department chair. In 2014, Kondev received a $1 million grant from The Howard Hughes Medical Institute to bolster interdisciplinary undergraduate research at Brandeis.
In 2015, physics professor Zvonimir Dogic and biology professor Melissa Kosinski-Colllins will begin collaborating on a new first-year lab course for premeds and life-science students, focusing on the physics of living systems.
Whether you’re interested in dark matter or active matter, 2015 promises to be an exciting year. Stay tuned!