For most people, “radio” is something that is listened to. For physicists and astronomers, however, “radio” is something that is seen.
Being able to understand speech is essential to our evolution as humans. Hearing lets us perceive the same word even when spoken at different speeds or pitches, and also gives us extra sensitivity to unexpected sounds. Now, new studies from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania clarify how these two crucial features of audition are managed by the brain.
Xuexin Wei, co-advised by Prof. Vijay Balasubramanian and Prof. Alan Stocker of Psychology, has won the Louis B. Flexner Award for Outstanding Thesis Work in the Neurosciences. Students in any graduate group at Penn who did their Ph.D. on a neuroscience related topic in any lab across the University are eligible for the Flexner Award, sponsored by the Mahoney Institute for Neurosciences.
The 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics was jointly awarded today to Dr. Takaaki Kajita of Japan and Dr. Arthur B. McDonald of Canada, for the discovery of neutrino oscillations, which shows that neutrinos have mass. Professor Kajita was the leader of the Super-Kamiokande experiment, and Professor McDonald the Director of the Sudbury Neutrino Observator (SNO), an experiment in which the University of Pennsylvania group played a critical role.
Physics Professors Bhuvnesh Jain and Mark Trodden have been elected to Fellowship of The American Physical Society.
Jain was nominated by APS’s Division of Astrophysics:
Why I Love Neutrinos is a series spotlighting those mysterious, abundant, ghostly particles that are all around us. This installment features Professor Josh Klein of the University of Pennsylvania.
To watch "Why I Love Neutrinos" on Youtube click here
For more information on neutrinos, visit the Fermilab website at http://www.fnal.gov
Two out of ten NSF EFRI grants were awarded to independent teams led by two Penn Physics & Astronomy Professors on new two-dimensional materials. One team led by Professor Charlie Johnson and collaborators at Penn, the other, led by Professor Marija Drndic and collaborators at four other institutions. The projects also have strong outreach components and include Drndić's group work with University of the Arts professor Slavko Milekic on the development of a portable interactive exhibit kiosk, for display at the Franklin Institute.
"When I started my position in the department of physics & astronomy at Penn in 1996, I had never been in front of a class in my life. I was assigned Introductory Astronomy (Astro 001) for my first course, given a book and told where to show up. I figured I knew astronomy pretty well, how hard could it be?"
A Partnership for Research and Education in Materials (PREM) between the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Puerto Rico was one of six to receive $3M in funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF).
Professor Larry Gladney and Bill Berner, in collaboration with the Penn Online Learning Initiative, have developed a series of physics demonstration videos on electrodynamics. The series of demonstrations, supported by Penn's AAU Undergraduate STEM Education Initiative grant, were designed for use in the classroom as well as review materials. A second series of videos are currently being developed.
To watch videos of Physics demos, click here