Our new SCALE-UP facility for teaching Physics is featured on UGA's main website. This novel course sequence for engineering students was developed by Physics Professors Craig Wiegert and Steve Lewis. Also check out the nicely produced video feature on YouTube.
Four CSP Members invited to give talks at the VIIth Brazilian Meeting on Simulational Physics in Joao Pessoa, BrazilPosted Fri, Nov 22nd 2013, 13:11
In August research at UGA was unusually well featured at the VIIth Brazilian Meeting on Simulational Physics in Joao Pessoa, Brazil. David P. Landau, Distinguished Research Professor and Director of the Center for Simulational Physics, presented an Invited Lecture on “A parallel Wang-Landau sampling framework for Petascale simulations”; Michael Bachmann, Associate Professor of Physics, presented an Invited talk on "Characterization of Adsorption Transitions for Finite Polymers"; and Dr. Shan-Ho Tsai, Scientific Computing Professional in the GACRC, presented an Invited talk on “Bicritical or tetracritical: The 3D anisotropic Heisenberg Antiferromagnet”. Dilina Perera, a UGA graduate student in physics, was the only student selected to present an Invited talk; he spoke on “Combined molecular dynamics-spin dynamics simulations of bcc iron”.
The "Graduiertenschule (Graduate School of Excellence) - Materials Science in Mainz" has awarded David P. Landau, Distinguished Research Professor and Director of the Center for Simulational Physics, the newly created title of Mainz Visiting Professor for 2013-2015. This "Mainz Graduiertenschule" is a joint effort of the Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, the Max Planck Institut für Polymerforschung in Mainz, and the Technischen Universität Kaiserslautern and is part of the German Research Foundation (DFG) "Exzellenzinitiative". The award is given for lifetime-achievement of the awardee. A formal ceremony will take place later this year.
On August 22 David P. Landau, Distinguished Research Professor and Director of the Center for Simulational Physics, presented an Invited Lecture at the International Meeting XXV IUPAP Conference on Computational Physics CCP2013 at the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow, Russia. The title of his presentation was: A New Paradigm for Petascale Monte Carlo Simulations: Replica Exchange Wang-Landau Sampling.
Dr. John Campbell, a retired physicist from the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand, will offer a fire-walking demonstration in the quad adjacent to the physics building following a lecture on the subject on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013. The lecture will be held at 7:00 pm in the Physics Auditorium (rm 202), and the demonstration will be in the physics quad immediately following the lecture. Both the lecture and demonstration are free and open to the public.
Campbell plans to discuss the reasons why anyone can fire walk and what the rules are, then invite those in attendance to give it try. He has visited and presented fire-walking demonstrations in Athens twice previously, most recently in 2005.
• Graduate Student Excellence-in-Research Award, 2013
Initiated in 1999 to recognize the quality and significance of graduate student scholarship, these awards may be given in five areas: Fine Arts, Humanities and Letters, Life Sciences, Mathematical and Physical Sciences, and Applied Studies.
• Robert C. Anderson Memorial Award, 2013
This award is given to recent Ph.D.s for outstanding research at the University or immediately after graduating. It is named for the late Robert C. Anderson, who served as UGA’s vice president for research and president of the University of Georgia Research Foundation, Inc.
Ying Wai Li, a doctoral graduate in physics, was an outstanding graduate student researcher while at UGA, and her many accomplishments led to her current postdoctoral fellowship at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. For her PhD research project, Li worked at the interface between physics, computational science and biochemistry. She carried out very detailed simulations of the hydrophobic-polar protein folding model, which examines how proteins become functional in space. Her painstaking work led to the identification of a small number of “universal classes” of protein folding behavior. Understanding the folding behavior of proteins under diverse conditions is key to interpreting their functional properties, and Li developed a number of novel approaches to speed up the simulations and to permit her to access system sizes necessary to reveal the relevant physics. Her work explores and maps new territory, and the conclusions she has drawn may lead to new design principles for proteins or peptides used in nanotechnology and a range of real-world applications.
Astronomy professor Loris Magnani will present the first lecture as part of UGA's Origins Lecture Series. This series of six lectures explores the origin of life, Earth, and the universe itself. All lectures in this series are intended for general audiences. Dr. Magnani will be discussing the origin of the universe at the UGA Chapel On Wednesday, January 23 at 7:00 pm. From his Origins Lecture Page:
In this lecture I will describe how Einstein laid the foundations for the Big Bang Theory with his Theory of General Relativity and how these ideas were used to understand the expansion of the Universe in the 1930s. We will look at the predictions made by the classical theory and how some startling discoveries made in the last 20 years have been incorporated into the theory. In the process we will see how theories develop with time and new information, how particle physics has impacted cosmology and what are some of the major challenges facing the Big Bang Theory today.
Since mankind’s earliest days the story of our origins has been one of fascination and inspiration. In an effort to share that story six of UGA’s leading scientists have come together to present the latest scientific findings on everything from our humble beginnings on the plains of east Africa to the formation of the universe itself. The Origins Lecture Series is intended for the entire Athens community. In clear and plain language these talks are geared for those who want to know more about who we are, how we got here, and possibly, where we are going.
Georgetown University physicist Francis Slakey will describe the decade-long journey that led him to become the first person to summit the highest mountain on every continent and surf every ocean during a University of Georgia lecture on Oct. 11 at 4 p.m. in room 202 of the physics building.
Slakey’s talk, “Science and the Journey of Extremes,” is hosted by the department of physics and astronomy in the UGA Franklin College of Arts and Sciences and is free and open to the public.
Slakey, Upjohn Lecturer on Physics and Public Policy and co-director of the Program in Science in the Public Interest at Georgetown University, recounts his global journey in his best-selling memoir, To The Last Breath (Simon & Schuster, 2012). The book culminates in his recognition that “science is the most powerful tool we have to build a better world.”
As an associate director of public affairs for the American Physical Society, Slakey oversees APS legislative activities for the organization, specializing in energy and security policy. Slakey is a MacArthur Scholar, a Lemelson Research Associate of the Smithsonian Institute, a fellow of the APS and a fellow of the American Society for the Advancement of Science.