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  • March 29, 2017

    Professor Steven Lewis Named Director of CTL Lilly Teaching Fellows Program

    Professer Lewis succeeds current director Jean Martin-Williams, professor of music and associate dean of the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences.


  • March 14, 2017

    Professor Yiping Zhao elected SPIE Fellow

    SPIE is the international society for optics and photonics.

    Yiping Zhao, Distinguished Research Professor of Physics in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, has been elected as a Fellow in SPIE. Founded in 1955, the international society for optics and photonics advances an interdisciplinary approach to the science and application of light.


  • February 27, 2017

    UGA Small Satellite Research Laboratory

    The SSRL, located in the basement of the Physics building, is developing two satellites that will be sent into orbit to map and image oceanic and coastal ecosystems.

    The primary scientific goals of these CubeSat missions are to develop and operate the first moderate resolution coastal ecosystem and ocean color CubeSats in Georgia. The AFRL mission, the Mapping and Ocean Color Imager (MOCI) will use an onboard RGB camera to take images from multiple perspectives to create a 3D point cloud of land features. The NASA mission, the SPectral and Ocean Color Satellite (SPOC Sat), will generate hyperspectral moderate resolution imaging products to monitor coastal wetlands status, estuarine water quality, and near-coastal ocean productivity in compliance with some of the NASA's strategic objectives. The designing and building of the hyperspectral imager for SPOC is being done in house and will have 60 bands to acquire image data between 400 and 850 nm. In addition the SPOC mission has been chosen as a candidate of NASA's eight CubeSat Launch Initiative, meaning that SPOC will be launched to the International Space Station for deployment between 2018 and 2020.


  • January 24, 2017

    Ph.D. Graduate Kyle Walker Receives Dissertation Prize

    The American Astronomical Society prize was given to Kyle Walker for his thesis "Molecular Collisional Excitation in Astrophysical Environments and Modeling the Early Universe."


  • December 23, 2016

    Whitney Ingram makes UGA history as the first black female to graduate with a PhD in physics

    Ingram will join a group of fewer than 100 black women who have Ph.D.s in physics in the United States


  • December 13, 2016

    Doctoral student wins Materials Research Society Silver Award

    Kun Wang is the first UGA student to receive the prestigious MRS research award.

    Kun Wang, a doctoral student in department of physics and astronomy in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Georgia, received a Materials Research Society (MRS) graduate student award for research he presented at the recent 2016 MRS Fall Meeting in Boston.


  • April 4, 2016

    The History of the Universe from the beginning to the end: where did we come from, where can we go?

    A special lecture in memory of M.M. "Dunc" Duncan by Dr. John Mather, Nobel Prize winner and senior astrophysicist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center


  • March 24, 2016

    Observatory Repaired

    The 24 inch telescope on the top of the building has been repaired and the custodians and physical plant personnel have rehabilitated the interior of the dome. Public viewings will resume on March 25, 2016.

    The 24 inch telescope on top of the Physics Building is the 3rd largest in the state of Georgia.  It has been used for student instruction and public viewings since the late 1950s. However, it had been out of commission for over a year due to problems with the focussing mechanism. The source of the problem was found in January of 2016, as described in an article in the Red and Black, making the telescope useable again.


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