- Lisa Tran accepts faculty position at Utrecht Univesity. (May
- Eric Horsley successfully defends thesis! (January 2019)
- Hillel Aharoni accepts faculty position at the Weizmann Institute!
- Helen Ansell awarded Department of Physics and Astronomy's 2018 Werner B.
Teutsch Prize, Awarded annually to the graduate student who, by his
or her performance in the first year courses, shows the most promise for
outstanding achievement in research. (June 2018)
- Hillel Aharoni wins 2018 Michi Nakata Prize for Early Career
Achievements of the International
Liquid Crystal Society For his impressive evolution of research on
topological and geometric applications in soft matter physics from the
pattern formation in smectic liquid crystals, demonstrating how nature
uses simple geometric principles for achieving complex functionality. His
unusual broad view on the soft matter physics including liquid crystal
physics, based on strong mathematical and geometrical skills, will make
him grow as a prominent scientist. (June 2018)
- Ex-postdoc Tom Machon wins 2018 Glenn Brown Dissertation Prize
of the International Liquid Crystal Society
For his theoretical work on the topology and field states in soft
matters, especially in complex liquid crystalline environments, with the
goal to predict and determine topological properties of the objects such
as field knots and topological defects. Another aspect of his
contribution to soft matter, the stability of minimal surfaces, opens up
a fascinating new field at the intersection of physics and mathematics. (June 2018)
- Ex-student Dan Beller accepts faculty position at UC Merced! (June 2018)
Talks and Presentations
- Randy Kamien, The
Softest Crystals, Nico
van Kampen Colloquium, Utrecht, 26 February 2020.
- Helen Ansell, Threading the
Spindle: A Geometric Study of Chiral Liquid Crystal Polymer
Microparticles, Session R33,
APS March Meeting, 5 March 2020.
- Randy Kamien, Why
Topology Needs Liquid Crystals, 28th International Liquid Crystal
Conference, July 2020.