Andrew Stromberg (C'15) has been awarded the Hichwa Family Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship for 2014. This fellowship, established through the generous support of Dr. Bryant P. (C’68) and Ms. Diane V. Hichwa, supports an undergraduate student to carry out research in the physics department. Andrew, who is majoring in biological physics, will be working with Prof. Jeff Urbach to study how mechanical properties of the cellular environment influence force generation in growing axons.
The physics department is pleased to welcome two new faculty members. Peter Olmsted has joined us as the Joseph Semmes Ives Professor of Physics, and Emanuela Del Gado has been appointed Associate Professor of Physics. Prof. Olmsted, who was previously a faculty member at the University of Leeds, is a theorist who studies the physics of soft matter and biological materials. Prof. Del Gado comes to us from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETHZ). She uses computational and analytical tools of statistical physics to study properties of disordered materials.
Professor Freericks is part of a team that published a study on how metals relax after an intense laser is shone on them. The paper is published in the new on-line journal Physical Review X and can be found at 10.1103/PhysRevX.3.041033.
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Undergraduate students are invited to apply for the physics department's 2014 REU program. During this 10-week summer program, participants engage in a focused research project in materials physics, working closely with a faculty mentor.