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Physics Department News

Recent news from and about the Physics Department at Syracuse University. 

Syracuse Physicist to Discuss Black Holes April 8

Prof. Paul Souder

Prof. Paul Souder

April 8, 2017

Tickets on sale for Paul Souder lecture, benefiting Southern Cayuga Planetarium and Observatory

The intriguing and fascinating world of black holes is the subject of a lecture by nuclear physicist Paul Souder, benefitting the Southern Cayuga Planetarium and Observatory in Aurora, New York.  

Souder, a professor of physics at Syracuse University, will deliver a multimedia presentation titled “Why Black Holes Matter” on Saturday, April 8, at 11 a.m. at the historic Aurora Inn (391 Main St., Aurora) on Cayuga Lake. He will provide an overview of black holes, as well as share some recent findings, including the discovery of a rare, medium-weight black hole.

The event is open to the public; however, registration is required. Tickets are $45, and include the lecture, lunch and a silent auction. To register, please call 315.685.7163, or send a check, payable to “Friends of the Southern Cayuga Planetarium,” to P.O. Box 186, Aurora NY 13026. Seating is limited; tickets also are available at the door, while supplies last. For more information, please visit A&S News

Physicist to be Recognized by National Academy of Sciences

Prof. Peter Saulson

Prof. Peter Saulson

January 26, 2017

Professor Peter Saulson will receive NAS Award for role in LIGO's detection of gravitational waves. For more information, please visit A&S News

Physics Chair Honored for Innovation, Education, Leadership

Alan Middleton

Alan Middleton

December 16, 2016

A. Alan Middleton is a newly elected 2016 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. For more information, please visit A&S News

Stanford’s Carla Shatz to Deliver Kameshwar C. Wali Lecture Dec. 8

Carla Shatz (Norbert von der Groeben Photography)

Carla Shatz (Norbert von der Groeben Photography)

December 8, 2016

Two-day visit by renowned neurobiologist part of Syracuse Symposium. Read more at A&S News

Dedicated instructor appointed committee member for the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT)

Sam Sampere is interviewed by CNY Central about the recent supermoon.

Sam Sampere is interviewed by CNY Central about the recent supermoon.

December 5, 2016
Sampere has once again been appointed as a committee member for the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT). Read more at the A&S News website.

M. Lisa Manning Awarded Simons Investigator Grant

M. Lisa Manning

M. Lisa Manning

December 5, 2016
M. Lisa Manning, associate professor in the Physics department has recently been named a 2016 Simons Investigator. More information on the A&S News website.

Sam Sampere interviewed about supermoon on CNY Central

November 15, 2016
Syracuse University's Physics Department Lab Manager, Sam Sampere, explains the concept behind the supermoon. For more information click here

Physics Department hosted Undergraduate Research Day 2016

November 12, 2016

The Physics Department hosted its the tenth annual Undergraduate Research Day (URD) at Syracuse University on Saturday, November 12, 2016. The meeting gives undergraduates a chance to present their own research (via talks or posters) and meet with other students and professors from New York area universities and beyond.

This year's Undergraduate Research Day had 25 participants, most of them from Colgate, the State University of California Fullerton, and Syracuse University.  We are very grateful to Scott Watson for putting together the web site, and to Duncan Brown, Walter Freeman, Mitch Soderberg, Joey Paulson, and Jax Sanders for giving talks, and to Sam Sampere for making liquid nitrogen ice cream.  The undergraduates gave interesting talks on their research, and the feedback from the students on their enjoyment of the day was very positive. For more information about the event, please visit their website

Duncan Brown to be Inducted as Inaugural Brightman Endowed Professor Oct. 20

Duncan Brown

Duncan Brown

October 20, 2016
The College of Arts and Sciences is celebrating the appointment of Duncan Brown as the inaugural Charles Brightman Professor of Physics. Read more at A&S News

Theoretical Physicist Elected American Physical Society Fellow

Simon Catterall

Simon Catterall

October 18, 2016
Professor of Physics Simon Catterall was recently elected as an American Physical Society (APS) Fellow. The APS Division of Computational Physics nominated Catterall for his contributions to lattice field theory, a framework used to explore how subatomic particles interact, yielding insights into how matter behaved shortly after the Big Bang. For more info read on the SU News