Last update: May 27, 2014
Congratulations PASS Scholar Yassel Acosta!
Yassel Acosta, a recent M.S. graduate, has been accepted into the Applied Physics Ph.D. program at the University of Michigan. Yassel, along with Master's student Jessica Salazar, and undergraduates Aaron Ortega, and Brian Zamarripa Roman, are the first students to receive a Partners for Success Scholarship. These scholarships are supported by a $210,000 NSF grant awarded to PI, Dr. Vivian Incera and co-PI's Drs. Efrain Ferrer, Eric Hagedorn and Chunqiang Li. The primary goal of PASS is to support, mentor, and build bridges to doctoral studies for students belonging to groups historically underrepresented in physics. Yassel's success suggests PASS is off to a good start!
Congratulations to Department Award Winners for Spring 2014
Best Physics Freshman: Adrian Cosio
Best Physics Sophomore: Kevin Honsaker
Best Physics Junior: Sebastian Gomez
Best Physics Senior: Joshua Morris
Best Pre-med Physics Senior: Jeremiah Steed
Outstanding Research Excellence: Carlos Diaz
Outstanding Undergraduate TA: Jethro Gaglione
Special Recognition for Service to SPS: Edward Lattner
Graduate Academic Excellence: An excellent student who wishes to remain anonymous
Graduate Research Excellence: An excellent student who wishes to remain anonymous
Outstanding Graduate TA: Aurelio Paez
Graduate All-around Excellence: Yassel Acosta
Department Potluck and Awards Ceremony: Wednesday May 14
Our end of the year celebration with food and student awards was on Wednesday, May 14 at 2:00 pm behind PSCI 115 in the patio/courtyard. The student awards ceremony followed at 3:00 pm in PSCI 115.
Thanks for coming EPISD!
Over 200 high school physics students and teachers from Andress, Bowie, Delta Academy, Franklin, Irvin, Jefferson, Silva, and Transmountain Early College High Schools attended the 5th Annual "Real Physics LIVE" on Friday, May 9th. It was great to have them!
Congratulations Ember and Erin!
Two of our students, Erin Hodson and Ember Sikorski both won awards at the 2014 COURI Symposium. Erin's poster: "Smashing Ions to Unveil the Secrets of our Building Blocks: a brief outline of the RHIC Experiments at BNL and the efforts to explain them" won in the "Pre-research" category. Erin works with the High Energy Nuclear Theory Group of Drs. Ferrer and Incera. Ember's poster: "Orientational dependence of charge transfer excitation energy in tetracene-C60 and rubrene-C60 complexes" won "Honorable Mention Undergraduate Research Poster Presentation" for the Computer Science, Engineering, Physics, and Mathematics category. Ember works with the Computational Materials Science Group of Drs. Barruah and Zope. Congratulations!!
UTEP Team participates for third time in USA Science & Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C.
Four students, Celia Garcia, Rudy Gonzalez, Edward Lattner, and Emma Sundin, joined Drs. Sergio Flores, Lola Gonzalez, Eric Hagedorn and Lab Coordinator, Karla Carmona for participation in the 3rd USA Science & Engineering Festival at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. on Saturday and Sunday, April 26-27. The theme of this year's booth was "Physics of the Desert," and included hands on activities illiustrating the cooling effects of evaporation, the heating effects of dark colors, and a water vortez to simulate a dust devil.
Special lecture by a special alumnus: Dr. Alfredo Aranda Fernández
On Monday, April 21st at 3:00 PM in UGLC 128, UTEP alumnus, Dr. Aranda will present: "The Unbearable lightness of Neutrinos." This talk is geared towards a general audience. Dr. Aranda is currently Dean of the Faculty of Science at the Universidad de Colima. Welcome back Dr. Aranda! For more information, click here. Physics majors and grad students are invited to a pizza lunch at noon in PSCI 213 with Dr. Aranda.
Fun on Saturday, April 12th for: Real Physics Up Close!
We were proud to be a part of the Centennial Open House. "Real Physics Up Close!" wass an opportunity to talk to real live physics students (and faculty) who enjoy doing research in physics, astronomy, and materials science. You could tour our labs, play with fun demonstrations (rotating platform with weights, small tesla coil, van de Graff generator, etc.) or watch dangerous and exciting demonstrations such as "pound in a nail with a liquid nitrogen frozen banana" "or have a concrete block broken on your chest with a sledgehammer while lying on a bed of nails"?
UTEP Physics well represented at Spring Joint Texas Section APS/AAPT/SPS Meeting
Master's student Punam Ghimire (who works with Dr. Ravelo) presented a talk on the "Role of plastic deformation in shock-induced phase transitions." Fatemeh Amerikheirabadi (who works with Drs. Zope and Baruah) presented a poster: "Electronic structure and charge transfer excitation energies of a Sc3NC80 -Zinc phthalocyanine (Znpc) complex." Master's student Shusil Bhusal (who also works with Drs. Zope and Baruah) presented a poster: "Dielectric properties of endohedral fullerenes." Undergraduate, Marina Paggen (who also works with Drs. Zope and Baruah through the PREM program) presented a poster: "Charge transfer excited states of complexes of ZnTPP with dye-attached fullerenes." Undergraduate Carlos Diaz (who also works with Drs. Zope and Baruah) presented: "Molecular dynamics study of phthalocyanine and sulfonated-phthalocyanine and C60 interface." Mr. Hector Navarro, local astronomy teacher at Del Valle High School also attended along with Dr. Eric Hagedorn.
One other former professor from the department passed away last fall (October 5, 2013): Dr. Max Carlton Bolen. This long-time member of the department was well known for his excellent teaching. Despite retiring in 1986, Dr. Bolen was awarded a Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching in 1992. Our belated condolences to his family.
Students prepare to attend Joint Texas Section APS/AAPT/SPS meeting
This Thursday, March 20th, a van with 6 of our students and a local high school physics teacher are heading to Abilene Christian University for the spring 2014 Texas meeting. Safe travels!
Congratulations Dr. Li!
Our Dr. Chunqiang Li was recently awarded $20k through the College of Science’s Multidisciplinary Research Pilot Program to work on "Super Resolution Two-Photon Fluorescence Resonance Energy Transfer (FRET) Microscopy for Imaging Molecular Interactions in Bacterial and Viral Infections" with Drs. Hugues Ouellet (Bio. Sci), Rosas-Acosta (Bio. Sci), Jianjun Sun (Bio. Sci.) and Chuan Xiao (Chem).
Congratulations Dr. Zope!
Our Dr. Rajendra Zope was recently awarded $20k through the College of Science’s Multidisciplinary Research Pilot Program to work on the "Adaptation of Quantum Chemical Software for Large Scale Genomic Material Data Generation." His co-PI's are Drs. Tunna Baruah (Physics) and Shirley Moore (Computational Science).
Department Seminar: Friday, February 21, 2014
Dr. Mani Tripathi, of UC Davis, will present: Search for dark matter in the laboratory with the LUX/LZ detectors, at 3:00 pm in PSCI 208. Snacks will be served at 2:45. For more information, click here.
Our Undergrads Present at 223rd American Astronomical Society Meeting in D.C.!
Sebastian Gomez, Omar Medrano, John Morales, Jacob Segura, and Emma Sundin all presented research at the 223rd meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Washington, D.C. from January 5-9. They were accompanied by their mentor Dr. Paul Mason, whose NSF Partnerships for Astronomy and Astrophysics Research and Education Grant supports these wonderful efforts.
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