This newsletter describes developments in the Physics Department over the last few years.
John Ruhl has been elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society “for his fundamental experimental contributions to the study of the cosmic microwave background radiation.”
Glenn Starkman has been elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society “for his wide-ranging and creative contributions to particle astrophysics, including explorations of the possibility of non-trivial topology in the universe, and uncovering unexpected features in the cosmic microwave background fluctuations at large angular scales.”
Read more here.
Among the American Physical Society’s report of top physics news stories of 2004, as reported in the February 2005 APS news, are the work of Dan Akerib and colleagues at CDMS in producing the world’s best direct detection limit on WIMP dark matter candidates, and the work of Glenn Starkman and colleagues showing that the Universe is at least 25 Gigaparsecs in size. Read more here.
John Ruhl has been appointed by the Polar Research Board (a unit of the National Academies) to a 6-year term as one of the twelve US Representatives (four in each of Life sciences, Geosciences, and Physical Sciences) to SCAR, the international “Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research”. The mission of this organization is noted on its web site: “SCAR is charged with the initiation, promotion and coordination of scientific research in Antarctica. It also provides scientific advice to the Antarctic Treaty System.”
Robert Brown was just awarded the national American Association of Physics Teachers Excellence in Introductory College Physics Teaching Award, the highest award given for introductory physics teaching in the country. As the recipient of the award, he will deliver a lecture at the national AAPT meeting in Sacramento this summer.
Bill Fickinger, Emeritus Professor of Physics, will be awarded the 2004 Robert E. Kennedy Award for Academic Freedom. This prestigious award was established by the Ohio Conference of the American Association of College Professors to recognize individuals who, in a given year or over time, have made significant contributions to the cause of academic freedom.
Jie Shan has been awarded an NSF Career Award, which will support her research in for 5 years. Professor Shan is an expert in terahertz spectroscopy.
Stephen Hawking presented the 2003 Michelson Morley Award Lecture, “A Brane New World”. The talk was archived here.
October 23, 2003
Case’s Physics Entrepreneurship Program was recognized as a national leader in entrepreneurship education when the program received the Price Institute Innovative Entrepreneurship Educators Award during the prestigious Roundtable on Entrepreneurship Education (REE) held at Stanford University. REE gathers top business, science and engineering faculty from leading universities in the United States to accelerate entrepreneurship education for scientists and engineers.
The award, in its second year, recognizes the nation’s most innovative college entrepreneurship programs for scientists and engineers.