Engineering Physics graduate student Neluka Dissanayake is a recipient of a Finishing Fellowship from the Michigan Tech Graduate School. The fellowships are intended to recognize outstanding PhD candidates who are in need of financial support to finish their degrees and are also contributing to the attainment of goals outlined in The Michigan Tech Plan.
The Michigan Tech chapter of the Society of Physics Students (SPS) has been selected as one of the 2011 Outstanding SPS Chapters. This is the second year in a row that the local chapter has earned such a distinction from the Zone Councilors and Associate Zone Councilors.
This chapter is part of Zone 09, which includes Illinois, Indiana, Upper Michigan, and Wisconsin. Award selection criteria include involvement with national meetings, outreach effort, community service, interaction with alumni, student recruitment, and more.
According to the Zone Councilors & Associate Zone Councilors, “This chapter makes a great push to keep alumni involved, while still looking towards the future and actively recruiting new members.”
“Our major is not easy, and we work together in order to make the times more fun, as Physics is our passion, and though it can be frustrating at times, we want nothing more than for our students to want to get a career in Physics.”
Professor Miguel Levy (Physics) has been named a Fellow of The Optical Society, which brings together scientists, engineers, educators, technicians and business leaders in the fields of optics and photonics. Election to the rank of Fellow is based on outstanding contributions to optics through accomplishments in science and engineering, technical leadership and impact on the optics community. Levy was recognized for outstanding and fundamental contributions in the areas of magneto-optic and opto-electronic films, and extensions of the theory and applications of magneto-optic photonic crystals.
Michigan Tech has nominated four undergraduates for 2012 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships. Physics major Ben Malec is one of the nominees. Malec tracks particles in a turbulent fluid in which gravitational settling also plays a role. He hopes to apply what he learns to better understand the behavior of clouds.
AsfalisMed has made it to the top five ideas in the Intel Innovators Competition. The team earned almost 10 million Social Capital Points from virtual investors. The Round 2 Battleground begins on January 26, 2012. The five finalists compete for a $50K award from the Panelists and $50K from the Top Fan. For more information or to participate, search for Intel Innovators in Facebook. AsfalisMed is the entrepreneurial concept of Michigan Tech students Travis Beaulieu and Joel Florek.
Every year the AAA runs a series of lectures free and open to the public. Included in the series gallery:
January 2012. Robert Nemiroff. Michigan Technological University/NASA. “Best Short Astronomy Videos”
January 2009. Robert Nemiroff. Michigan Technological University. “Astronomy Picture of the Day”
Result puts limit on how ‘lumpy’ space-time can be.
A race between two energetic photons that began more than 7 billion years ago and spanned half the cosmos has ended in a virtual dead heat. The result, if it stands up to scrutiny, would tighten the limits, suggested by some theories, on how ‘lumpy’ space-time can be. The work, to be presented on 11 January at the 219th meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Austin, Texas, by Robert Nemiroff of the Michigan Technological University in Houghton and his colleagues, relies on an analysis of a short-lived, powerful stellar explosion known as a γ-ray burst that was recorded by NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope in May 2009 and dubbed GRB 090510A. The study focused on two photons, one with an energy of 25 gigaelectronvolts (GeV) and another of about 1.5 GeV, which were separated by just 0.00136 seconds. READ MORE
University of Utah
Thursday, January 5, 2012
4:00 pm, Fisher 101 NEW ROOM