Congratulations to Two Recent PhD Graduates

Ms. Sui Chi Woo successfully defended her thesis “Constraining the Geometry, Size Scale and Physical Conditions of Outflowing BALR in Quasars” on December 12, 2012. Sui Chi’s research advisors are Dr. David Turnshek and Dr. John Hillier. Mr. Chengdong Li successfully defended his thesis “A Comprehensive Study of Supernovae Modeling” on January 22, 2013. Chengdong’s research advisor is Dr. John Hillier. Congratulations to both students!

Xiaopeng Li selected as a 2013 KITP Graduate Fellow in Santa Barbara

Graduate Student, Xiaopeng Li, was selected as a 2013 Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics (KITP) Fellow. His advisor, Vincent Liu, nominated him for this fellowship. The purpose of the Graduate Fellowship Program is to offer a unique opportunity for a select group of physics graduate students in the United States to spend a period of 5-6 months at the KITP (University of California, Santa Barbara), participate in KITP research programs, and broaden their understanding of physics in areas of current research. Click here for more information on the KITP.

Top Ten Physics Breakthroughs of 2012

Physics World Magazine named its Top Ten Physics Breakthroughs of 2012

Faculty members in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Pittsburgh contributed to four of the ten.

  • Discovery of the Higgs boson (ATLAS and CMS Collaborations): Joe Boudreau, Jim Mueller, Vittorio Paolone, Vladimir Savinov
  • Neutrino communication (MINERVA Collaboration): Steve Dytman, Donna Naples, Vittorio Paolone
  • Galaxy cluster velocities (ACT and BOSS Collaborations): Arthur Kosowsky
  • Majorana fermions in solids: Sergey Frolov