Welcome to the November-December 2011 Newsletter The fall semester is coming to a close and members of the Physics Department are busy with publicati

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Welcome to the November-December 2011 Newsletter

The fall semester is coming to a close and members of the Physics Department are busy with publications, events and outreach. Please enjoy this latest update.

Do you have news? Please send your updates to the News Team.

Happy Holidays to all! See you in 2012!

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Top News Stories

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Prof. Arlie Petters Featured on Duke Research Blog in the story “Prescription lens brings spinning black holes into focus.”

 
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Two Great Places for Making Just About Anything: The Duke Physics Instrument Shop and the Staff Machine Shop

 
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Nasser Demir ('10) Appointed as Assistant Professor of Physics at Kuwait University

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New Faculty Publications

Prof. Charbonneau Published in Physical Review Letters Prof. Patrick Charbonneau has a new paper in Physical Review Letters titled “Glass Transition and Random Close Packing above Three Dimensions.” Click here to read the abstract. Click here to read an article on the Duke Research website about Charbonneau’s paper.

Prof. Curtarolo and Postdoc Compiled “Cookbook” Prof. Stefano Curtarolo and Shidong Wang, a postdoc in Curtarolo’s lab, have a paper in the journal Physics Review X about a new materials “cookbook” they have compiled. The cookbook is online here. To read more, click here.

New HIGS Result Spotlighted by APS Prof. Henry Weller‘s group’s recent Physics Review Letter 107, 222501 (2011): A New Method for Precise Determination of the Isovector Quadrupole Resonances in Nuclei (Henshaw, Ahmed, Feldman, Nathan, Weller) has been highlighted by the APS. Read the synopsis “Ringing Nuclear Resonances” here.

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Outreach Updates

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The Triangle Universities Nuclear Laboratory (TUNL) is involved with activities associated with the Nuclear Science Merit Badge of the Boy Scouts of America. Read more here.

 
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The Duke Observatory: Ten Years Under The Stars

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Invited Talks

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Prof. Mark Kruse Gave an Invited Talk at Rutherford Centennial Colloquium at CERN, Geneva

 
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Grad Student Josh Albert along with faculty and postdocs attended SESAPS 2011

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Read more conference news here and more travel notes here.

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Student News

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Grad student Mehta travels to Switzerland for conference, visit to CERN

 
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Graduate Student Yingyi Zhang Wins Award in Mahato Photo Contest

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Physics Department Holds First Music Recital

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On November 2, about fifty people attended the Physics Department’s first Music Recital, which provided an opportunity for students, staff, faculty, and friends of the Physics Department to perform a variety of pieces spanning classical music to folk music to electronic music to jazz. The recital was organized by Prof. Henry Greenside. Click here to read more and view the recital's program.

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Upcoming Events

Event details may change at any time. Always click "More Info" to retrieve contact info for event organizers when planning to attend events.

Triangle Nuclear Theory Seminar and TUNL Seminar Series There will be a joint TNT/TUNL Seminar event featuring Feng Yuan of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory discussing "Nucleon Tomography" on Tuesday, December 13th at 3:30pm in Physics Building, Room 298.

The Annual Winter Solstice Celebration will be held on Friday, December 16th from 4:30-7:00PM in the French Family Science Center lobby. There will be food, drinks, socializing and fun! The event is a potluck; please bring a dish to share. The Department will provide drinks and some food but your contributions will make it more interesting and diverse. Please RSVP to Cristin Paul.

Condensed Matter Seminar Series The next fall 2011 event is Thursday, January 19th at 11:30AM in Physics Building, Room 298 with Dmitri Khveshchenko of UNC Chapel Hill's "Arrays of Josephson Junctions Between Unconventional Superconductors."

Department Colloquium The next event will kick off the spring schedule and feature Robin Canup of SouthWest Research Institute, Boulder on February 22nd at 3:30PM in Physics 128.

Public Stargazing will begin again in the spring. Watch for updates to the schedule here.

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