October 24, 2016
Undergraduate Physics major, Paulina Destarac discusses her research on the Dark Energy Survey. Her research focuses on astronomical transients and supernovae, aiming to study how the universe expands. By using computer science, Paulina also hopes to locate Planet Nine, a massive planet that is suspected to exist in the outskirts of our Solar System.
To view Paulina's poster presentation, follow this link: https://www.facebook.com/PennSAS/videos/10154643061188750/
September 23, 2016
Professor Eleni Katifori and Postdoctoral Fellow Henrik Ronellenfitsch, collaborate to develop a new model to understand how the growth of the embedding tissue influences the development of the network it contains. The model predicts that as the tissue grows, a hierarchal network develops in stages that resemble the ones found in the human body as well as in plant leaves. The evolved network is close to a global optimum for transport efficiency showcasing that nature can find the best solution to a complicated problem using only simple rules.
July 11, 2016
Drndic lab work has been featured on the cover of ACS Nano, June 28, 2016 issue
July 8, 2016
Penn’s Arts and Sciences magazine, Omnia, highlights our faculty members’ research projects delving into space.
Also check out their new section Origin Stories, featuring Chair, Mark Trodden.
Graduate student Lisa Tran's work highlighted on the cover of the June 28th issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.
June 29, 2016
This work, "Lassoing saddle splay and the geometrical control of topological defects," was done with postdoctoral fellow Max Lavrentovich. The two work with Professors Randy Kamien (Physics and Astronomy) and Kate Stebe (Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering).
For the full article visit PNAS: http://www.pnas.org
Dr. Dan Beller, Physics and Astronomy alum, won the 2016 Glenn Brown prize from the International Liquid Crystal Society.
June 27, 2016
The Honors and Awards Committee of the ILCS selected Dr. Beller for his thesis work:
For his outstanding theoretical work to identify the rich possibilities and outcomes of controlling defects in nematic and smectic liquid crystals under a variety of boundary conditions. The demonstration of the well controlled disclinations and focal conics is expected to open up a novel route for self-assembly in soft-ordered materials.
June 20, 2016
The supermassive black holes found at the centre of every galaxy may be smaller than previously thought. If Mariangela Bernardi and her colleagues are right, then the gravitational waves produced when they merge will be harder to detect than previously assumed.
Congratulations to Professor Marija Drndic who has been named the Fay R. and Eugene L. Langberg Professor of Physics
June 20, 2016
Prof. Alison Sweeney's paper on open water camouflage just came out and is getting some nice press - a write-up in Science News, and a forthcoming online piece for National Geographic
June 20, 2016
Deep-sea “glass squids” have cells resembling fiber-optic cable located on the bottoms of their eyes. A new paper by Amanda Holt and Alison Sweeney shows that these cells are “pipes" for light that are deliberately leaky.
May 13, 2016
Mark Devlin, Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics, will be the spokesperson for the newly formed Simons Observatory. The Simons Foundation funded Observatory will mark a new astronomy facility in Chile’s Atacama Desert that will merge and expand existing efforts to explore the evolution of the universe from its earliest moments, to today. Devlin’s research focuses in the area of cosmology and the evolution of structure in the universe as well as extra-galactic and galactic star formation.
Experimental Particle Physics: "Improving T2K Oscillation Results with a Maximum Likelihood Event Reconstruction"
October 27, 2016 - 3:00 pm
Andrew Missert (University of Colorado, Boulder)
David Rittenhouse Laboratory, A6
October 29, 2016 - 9:30 am
Professors Randall Kamien, Robert MacPherson, and Konstantin Mischaikow
David Rittenhouse Laboratory, A4
October 31, 2016 - 4:00 pm
Amit Singer, Princeton University
Carolyn Lynch Laboratory, 318