Former PhD Student Probes Puzzling Galaxy Merger

Former PhD student and current postdoctoral fellow at the Naval Research Laboratory Dr. Nathan Secrest is leading a study of the fascinating Was 49 galaxy merger system. This study, in collaboration with NASA’s NuSTAR mission, is changing our understanding of how supermassive black holes form and grow in galaxies, including our own Milky Way.

Read all about the work here:

Spring 2017 Semester Colloquia Schedule

Colloquia for the Spring 2017 Semester will take place from 3:00 to 4:15 pm in Exploratory Hall, Room L003, unless otherwise noted.

Refreshments will be served.

Title and Abstract

Jan. 27
Joel Green
Space Telescope Science Institute
The Fiery Seeds of Planet Formation

Feb. 3
Joe Pesce
Physics and Astronomy at the National Science Foundation

Feb. 17
Bob Bartolo
Former IEEE Congressional Fellow
Solving Today’s Complex Environmental Challenges: A Physicist’s …

Sigma Xi Grant Award Winner: Dillon Berger

Congratulations to Dillon Berger, who was awarded a Sigma XI Grant in Aid of Research for a project on modeling the signatures of low mass black holes in galaxies under the direction of Professor Satyapal. This is a very competitive grant with only 15% being awarded and he received $800 in support of this research.

Dillon Berger

Fall 2016 Semester Colloquia Schedule

Colloquia for the Fall 2016 Semester will take place from 3:00 to 4:15 pm in Exploratory Hall, Room L111, unless otherwise noted.

Refreshments will be served.

Title and Abstract

Sept. 23
Pauli Kehayias
Magnetic Microscopy and NMR with Nitrogen-Vacancy Defect Centers in Diamond

Oct. 7
Alina Bruma
Spontaneous ordering at nanoscale level : superlattice formation in transition metal nanocubes

Oct. 20
Please note different location
Markita del Carpio Landry
UC …

Congratulations to PhD Students: Dean’s Graduate Award for Excellence

Congratulations to three graduating Physics PhD students awarded with this year’s Outstanding Physics & Astronomy Dissertation Awards. These awards will be presented to the awardees during the Physics & Astronomy Graduation Celebration and Award Ceremony on May 11, 2016.

George Chintzoglou

George Chintzoglou: May 2016

Dissertation Title:

A Study Of Solar Magnetic Fields Below The Surface, At The Surface, And In …

Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award (OURA)

This award recognizes undergraduate students for outstanding research contributions with research advisors at or outside Mason.

APS/IBM Research Internship

APS and IBM co-sponsor two undergraduate research internship programs;
one for undergraduate women and one for underrepresented minorities.
The application deadline for both programs is February 15, 2016. The
goals of the programs are to encourage women and underrepresented
minority undergraduate students to pursue graduate studies in science
and engineering. Both internship programs feature salaried positions
at IBM research locations that are typically 10 weeks long …

Spring 2016 Semester Colloquia Schedule

Colloquia for the Spring 2016 semester will take place every Friday starting January 29, 2016 at Planetary Hall 120.

Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program (NREIP)

The Naval Research Enterprise Internship Programs provides an opportunity for students to be able to participate in research at a Department of Navy (DoN) laboratory during the summer.

Applications for the summer 2016 program is open until October 23, 2015.

For more information about the program: [NREIP].

PhD Student and Comets

The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory discovered its 3,000th comet on September 13, 2015.

In charge of the Sungrazer Project funded by NASA is Karl Battams, a scientist at NRL (U.S. Naval Research Laboratory) and is doing a PhD with a concentration in Space Weather at GMU.

Read more about the SOHO comet here:

Press Release From NASA
Article written by Battams for …