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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

AAPT Highlights Syracuse University Physics Lab Manager Sam Sampere

Sam Sampere

Sam Sampere

March 1, 2017
I was hired by Syracuse University in 1993, to fill the Lab Manager position,  responsible for both introductory labs and lecture demonstrations, vacated by two retirees (yes, one “newbie” to replace two people). Two retired high school teachers were attempting to introduce order into the chaotic demo room, were introduced to me as Fitz and Drenchko. At the time I did not realize just how fortunate I was. Fitz and Drenchko became the most amazing mentors imaginable, and were solely responsible for introducing and encouraging me to join AAPT. To read more on the article, visit the AAPT site

Syracuse Hosts International Masterclass on Particle Physics, March 13, 17

Particle physics owes much of its popularity to the 2012 discovery of the Higgs boson, a subatomic particle thought to be a fundamental building block of the universe. (Courtesy of CERN.)

Particle physics owes much of its popularity to the 2012 discovery of the Higgs boson, a subatomic particle thought to be a fundamental building block of the universe. (Courtesy of CERN.)

March 1, 2017
Dozens of local high school students and their teachers will get to be scientists for a day, thanks to the International Masterclass on Particle Physics at Syracuse University.

Students have the option to participate in a daylong Masterclass on Monday, March 13, or Friday, March 17, taking place in the Physics Building. More information at A&S News

Saulson Publishes Second Edition of Textbook on Gravitational Wave Detection Device

Prof. Peter Saulson

Prof. Peter Saulson

February 27, 2017
When a team of scientists confirmed Einstein’s theory about the existence of gravitational waves, including the important work of Syracuse University’s own physicists, there was little doubt that it would be the kind of discovery documented in scholarly textbooks. Now one of the researchers, a faculty member in the College of Arts and Sciences, has done just that. Peter Saulson, the Martin A. Pomerantz ’37 Professor of Physics, has produced a second edition of his textbook about the device that helped in wave detection: “Fundamentals of Interferometric Gravitational Wave Detectors.” More details on SU News

Tonight, for Valentine’s Day: Love and Dreams at Holden Observatory

February 14, 2017
Holden Observatory, the second-oldest building on the Syracuse University campus, will open its doors at 9:30 p.m. today for a Valentine’s Day tour. If you’re lucky, if the gray clouds of February roll away for a few hours, you might be able to look through a magnificent 19th-century telescope and catch a glimpse of the rings of Saturn. For more info about the event, please visit SU 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.