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xxxxxxxxOctober 2006 - Issue 50

  • On September 28, 2006 department awards were presented to faculty. Wolfgang Losert was honored with the 2006 Ferrel Award. This award recognizes the outstanding research, teaching and service accomplishments of an exceptional faculty member at an early part of his/her career.

    Ellen Williams and Nicholas Chant were presented with the 2005 & 2006 George A. Snow Memorial Award. This award recognizes any student or faculty member who personally helps to advance the representation of women in the field of physics.

    To view pictures from the event, click here.
  • On September 28, 2006, Sylvester Gates gave a talk at the 2006-2007 Capital Science Evenings at Carnegie Institution. His talk titled “If You Knew SUSY,” demystified the concept of supersymmetry, or SUSY.
  • On September 26, 2006, the University of Maryland held its 23rd annual Faculty and Staff Convocation. Edward "Joe" Redish was presented the Distinguished Scholar- Teacher honor, at the ceremony held in the Memorial Chapel. Click here to view images from the event.

  • On Friday, September 08, 2006, the Joint Quantum Institute (JQI) held its signing ceremony for the memorandum of understanding at the University of Maryland's Main Administration Building lobby. JQI is a joint collaboration between the UMD, NIST and NSA. Click here to view images from the event.

  • On August 14, 2006 Edward Redish gave the opening plenary talk at the International Conference on Physics Education: Physics for All, held in Tokyo, Japan on the topic "New Directions of Research on Undergraduate Physics Education." Later in the same conference, Dr. Redish gave a workshop on the topic "The Physics Suite."

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In Memoriam

The Department of Physics would like to express it deepest condolences to the family and friends of William Hornyak. Dr. Hornyak passes away on August 17, 2006 at his home in Scottsdale, AZ.

Dr. Hornyak was an active member of the department until 1993. He was a distinguished scientist, working in the field of nuclear physics, and an integral member of our department.

Dr. Hornyak was buried at a private service in Arizona.  For those of you who would like to remember Dr. Hornyak and express your condolences to his family, the Department plans to hold a memorial service in late November or early December.