Idris Boukahil has won the Barry Goldwater Scholarship. He was one of 252 to receive the scholarship out of 1,150 nominees. He plans to get a "Ph.D. in Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics. Lead a theory group modeling electronic properties of novel materials for organic electronics and teach at the university level".
NSF renews IceCube maintenance and operations contract
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
The National Science Foundation announced on March 30, 2016 that it has renewed a cooperative agreement with the University of Wisconsin–Madison to operate IceCube. The five-year, $35 million award entails the continued operation and management of the observatory located at NSF’s Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station. In 2013, the IceCube Collaboration reported the first detection of high-energy cosmic neutrinos, opening a new astronomical vista on the universe and on some of its most violent phenomena.
Undergraduate student Lauren Laufman-Wollitzer received a $4,000 grant from the UW Housing WISE (women in science and engineering) learning community to work in Prof. Cary Forest's lab to further the understanding of shock formation, propagation, and dissipation in astrophysical plasmas. Lauren will build a compact toroid injector to accomplish the experiments.
Physics Majors Invited to Join Phi Beta Kappa
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Five Physics majors have been invited to join Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious honor society http://pbk.wisc.edu/. Students are invited to join on the basis of demonstrated achievement in breadth and depth of study in the liberal arts. The Wisconsin Chapter traditionally invites no more than three or four percent of the University's bachelor's degree candidates to join.
Our honorees are:
Please congratulate them!
Students Create World-Changing Social Enterprises at the 2016 UW-Madison Hult Prize Competition
Friday, February 12, 2016
Josh Cherek and Team Metrecycle have advanced to the international competition after taking top place in the 2nd Annual Hult Prize Competition at the Wisconsin School of Business. The team consisting of Josh Cherek, Jennifer Sharpe, Alex Valaitis, and Luke VandenLangenberg will now compete at the Hult Prize regional finals in March 2016 hosted by one of Hult International Business School’s five campuses in Boston, San Francisco, London, Dubai or Shanghai.
BadgerLoop wins 3rd in SpaceX’s Hyperloop Pod Competition
Thursday, February 4, 2016
A team of University of Wisconsin—Madison engineering students won 3rd place overall in a worldwide competition to design a pod for shuttling people on a futuristic high-speed transportation system known as the Hyperloop. The team will build its test pod in a workspace in Chamberlin Hall. Professor Duncan Carlsmith awarded BadgerLoop a mini grant from the Garage Physics makerspace to develop and prototype the pod system.
Danny Crow, Ph.D. candidate in condensed matter theory, has been awarded a 2015 L&S Campus-Wide Teaching Assistant Award!
Lost & Found in 2309
Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Once More, Into the Breach
Wednesday, December 23, 2015
In 1986 and 1988 Henry (Heinz) Barschall, a respected nuclear physicist at the University of Wisconsin, editor of Physical Review C and what was then the APS Publications Oversight Committee, wrote articles in Physics Today that presented the results of a study of the cost of library subscriptions to physics journals. The consequences of Barschall’s studies provide a cautionary tale on what can go wrong when scientific and commercial interests collide.
Prof. Duncan Carlsmith wins Kemper K. Knapp Bequest for Garage Physics
Monday, December 14, 2015
Professor Duncan Carlsmith has been awarded a $6000 from the Kemper K. Knapp Bequest for Garage Physics. The Knapp Bequest favors projects that cross departmental lines and have an impact on the educational and cultural life of the university community, particularly projects that benefit undergraduate students.