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xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxMarch 2006 - Issue 45


Dear Readers,

Earlier this month, I naively thought I had a clear understanding of this department. If you came into the office with an inquiry about ISRs (Internal Services Request) or search candidate appointments I was capable of retrieving the information. Colloquia schedule? Had it. After a brief explanation, I could inform you on the guidelines for the CMPS Alum Awards. And thanks to Dr. Greenberg, I even knew a few things about CPT Symmetry. However, it wasn't very long before I realized that this department was simply not that simple.

Welcome to Maryland Physics!

Every month, I'm introduced to another fellowship or grant that highlights the outstanding capabilities of our faculty, students and alumni. In February, Drs. Ouyang and Buonanno were honored with the Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship. This is an extremely competitive award, which is given to the very best, young faculty members to enhance their careers.

In addition, Willie Merrell wrote an insightful Graduate Blog, that introduced me to another side of research---traveling. I also spent some time conversing with alumnus Ajoy Mallik. His journey provided me, and I'm sure will provide several readers, with the endless possibilities after graduation. Although he was led into a life of business, it's reassuring to know that his Physics background continues to play an important part of his daily life.

All of our issues include educational articles that give us a better understanding of the researches going on in the department. This month, we were fortunate, to get updates on two. Douglas Hamilton wrote an article for the Research Spotlight that will inform readers on the Voyager 1 spacecraft. In the Letter from the Chair section, Jordan fills us in on his trip to Antarctica . The research was successful and the photos he's returned with are beautiful and entertaining.

It appears as though completely understanding this department will take longer than four months. But honestly, these additional “lessons,” have made this an enjoyable position.




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