NIU Physics Faculty have close links with Fermilab and Argonne National Lab, and often involve undergrad and graduate students in research involving both institutions. For more information, see the links here and here.
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Director of Graduate Studies: Dr. Dhiman Chakraborty, 815-753-8804 email@example.com
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Physics Help Room: FR 251 M-Th 9-5, F 9-3
(New 2015 Spring schedule added)
Professor and Students Design New Lab Experiment and Produce Instructional Video: This semester, two students, Gregory Alley and Ryan Churchill-DeRose, under the direction of their professor, Dr. Shin, developed a new laboratory experiment for the Optics class (Physics 430/530). Using fiber bragg gratings and an optical interrogator (equipment donated by an industrial partner, Muons Inc, in 2013), Ryan and Gregory designed an experiment that utilizes the concepts they learned in lecture. Fiber bragg gratings and optical interrogators are commonly used in industry to monitor the strain of structures and diagnose physical variations due to thermal and mechanical stresses. Ryan and Gregory used these techniques to measure the variations in an aluminum rod under different loads and temperatures. In addition to writing a lab manual, Ryan and Gregory made an instructional video of their experiment. Gregory used his expertise in 3D animation, and Lightwave 3D to make illustrate the physics concepts involved in their experiment. Their video is available on the Optics Lab website.
Research Compliance and Integrity will hold RCR Forum designed to support high quality research and promote graduate student professional development. Forum session will provide information for students about Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR). April 8, 2015 La Tourette Hall 201 at noon - Research Misconduct, hosted by Shannon Wapole (ORCI): Panelist: Dr. Carol Thompson, Dean Brad Bond.
Congratulations to Daniel Stange and Nilanjana Kumar who are recipients of the 2015 Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award on April 21, 2015 at the Altgeld Hall Auditorium.
Jamison Thorne's write up and reflection on the Industrial Physics Forum was just published in the latest edition of the national magazine for the Society of Physics Students, called the SPS Observer.
Andrew Morrison (our own alumni) will be featured on STEM cafe on 2/24.
"The Physics of Nuclear Propulsion" - Feb. 25, 2015, La Tourette Hall Rm 227, 1:00-1:50 PM - A special lecture for Physics undergraduate majors. The guest lecturer, Lt. Haggerty, is a Nuclear propulsion officer in the Navy, who will share real world experiences and examples about nuclear power, reactor principles and submarine operations.
Michel van Veenedaal pens new book "Theory of Inelastic Scattering and Absorption of X-rays" (Cambridge University Press)
Professor Swapan Chattopadhyay wrote a column on "The 2020 vision:the new face of accelerator science at Fermilab" in Fermilab Today (Jan 28, 2015 edition).
APS/IBM Research Internships for Undergraduate Women and Underrepresented Minorities: Deadline is February 15
Fermilab Today article highlights NICADD scintillatorfacility.
Professor Steve Martin presents "The Importance of Making Mistakes" as a Presidential Teaching Professor Seminar on October 21, 2014 at Capitol Room, Holmes Student Center.
Physics undergraduates Jamison Thorne and Ashlyn Shellito attend 2014 Industrial Physics Forum conference in Brazil.
NIU Today article highlights Octavio Escalante-Aguirre's work on g-2 in Italy in Summer 2014.
NIU Today article highlights Fermilab g-2 experiment and Mike Eads, Mary Shenk, Mike McEvoy, Aaron Epps, Eric Johnson, and Octavio Escalante-Aguirre
Fermilab Today article highlights proton tomography scanner and George Coutrakon.
Renowned physicist Swapan Chattopadhyay, currently director of the Cockcroft Institute in England, has accepted a joint appointment to Northern Illinois University and Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. Professor Swapan Chattopadhyay will be joining Department of Physics as a faculty this fall 2014. Please join us in wishing him a warm welcome to the department.
NIU Physics researchers (G. Coutrakon, B. Erdelyi, and V. Zutshi) as members of The NIU proton Computed Tomography (pCT) project team, and the software team led by N. Karonis were issued an US patent (US patent No. 8,766,180) for their application entitled “High performance computing for three dimensional proton computed tomography (HPC-PHT) on July 1st, 2014.
Roland Winkler recognized as an "Outstanding Referees" out of 63,000 active referees of American Physical Society.
Philippe Piot and Chris Prokop highlighted in ASTA newsletter
David Hedin renewed as Board of Trustees Professor
NIU-Fermilab accelerator physics collaborative effort highlighted in Fermilab Today and NIU Today
Mike Fortner receives award for outstanding environmental leadership.