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12/20/07 - American Institute of Physics ranks Ten Top Physics Stories for 2007.

  • #6: The MiniBooNE experiment at Fermilab solves a neutrino mystery, apparently dismissing the possibility of a fourth species of neutrino (
  • #7: The Tevatron, in its quest to observe the Higgs boson, updated the top quark mass and observed several new types of collision events, such as those in which only a single top quark is made, and those in which a W and Z boson or two Z bosons are made simultaneously (

12/19/07 - Rob de Ruyter has been appointed as the Associate Dean for Research in the College of Arts & Science starting this Summer. We look forward to his serving this leadership role in the College as well as adding a familiar face over in Kirkwood.

11/1/2007 - In Memoriam Andrzej Zieminski, Oct 15, 1945 - Nov 1, 2007

9/29/07 - License agreement in hand, high-tech business will open in Bloomington. SpheroSense Technologies Inc. has entered into a licensing agreement with the Indiana University Research & Technology Corp. to develop market-ready biosensor technologies. "The technology SpheroSense is based on was developed at IU Bloomington by doctoral student Dragos Amarie, chemist Bogdan Dragnea, and me," said IUB physicist and SpheroSense co-founder James Glazier......(more)

9/29/07 - The annual Physics and Astronomy Open House was held Saturday, September 29th

8/31/07 - The Physics Fall Picnic will be held Saturday, September 8th on the South Shore of Lake Lemon. A map and directions are available from Linda Langlois in SW 129.

8/7/07 - The Fourth Meeting on CPT and Lorentz Symmetry will be held August 8-11. The meeting program includes around 50 talks, and it can be found at In addition to discussions focusing on CPT and Lorentz symmetry, some presentations will also incorporate more general recent results in particle physics, gravitation, astrophysics, atomic physics, etc. The talks will be in Swain West 119.

6/14/07 - Chemistry of neutron stars modeled for first time: A new study by IUB physicist Charles Horowitz and others suggests neutron stars may form liquid and solid regions far from the star's center. Specifically, Horowitz envisions a solid, iron-heavy bottom layer and a liquid, oxygen-heavy top layer. This is not a particularly placid surface, however, especially if carbon is around. "The heavier stuff freezes, but the carbon doesn't like to go in the solid, it likes to stay in the liquid," Horowitz tells New Scientist's David Shiga. "That could explain how there was enough carbon in the ocean to explode." See New Scientist Space article.

5/29/07 - IU’s involvement in the Large Hadron Collider at CERN began more than eight years ago.  The LHC will go live soon.  Read about our activities in these linked articles: IU major player in CERN’s collider project through ATLAS, and Culling, accessing and storing: When the Large Hadron Collider turns on for the first time this fall, its computer project goes into full swing to access data from ATLAS.

4/26/07 - Dr. Hans-Otto Meyer has been awarded a Humboldt Research Award, given annually by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation for lifetime achievement.

4/12/07 - Rex Tayloe announces new results from the MiniBooNE experiment at Fermiliab. The MiniBooNE results resolve questions raised by observations of the LSND experiment in the 1990s that appeared to contradict findings of other neutrino experiments worldwide. MiniBooNE researchers showed conclusively that the LSND results could not be due to simple neutrino oscillation, a phenomenon in which one type of neutrino transforms into another type and back again.

These results were made possible by the fine work of the IUCF neutrino group including Hans-Otto Meyer, Chris Polly, Chris Cox, and Teppei Katori. See the the Fermilab press release, or the Indiana University Press Release for more information.

3/8/07 -Sima Setayeshgar has been honored with a Career Award from the National Science Foundation. This prestigious award is given to faculty members early in their academic careers and is one of NSF's most competitive awards, placing emphasis on high-quality research and novel education initiatives.

3/2/07 - Graduate students Leah Welty-Rieger and Jason Rieger in in the January / February issue of Symmetry.

2/28/07 - Chen-Yu Liu has been selected as an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow.  In her research Professor Liu exploits the special properties of condensed matter systems to address fundamental questions of physics in new ways.  This prestigious award recognizes her position as among the very best scientists of her generation. 

2/14/07 - Biosensors at the bedside: New hand-held testing device could revolutionize health care

2/7/06 - The Physics Department’s Society of Physics Students Chapter won a 2006-07 Undergraduate Research Award from the American Institute of Physics for its proposal “Studies of a Pyroelectric Crystal to Develop a Tabletop Neutron Source.”  The proposal was submitted by Greg Pauley and Andrew Ferguson.  Mike Snow is the faculty advisor for our SPS chapter.

1/17/07 - An article about the Large Hadron Collider was in the New York Times supplement this weekend, featuring photographs of the ATLAS detector and the pit area. Read it here.

1/3/07 - Alan Kostelecky has been awarded the distinction of American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow.  This year 449 members were awarded this honor by AAAS, announced in the Nov. 24 issue of ScienceKostelecky's groundbreaking theoretical studies on violations of space-time symmetries have had a major impact on a broad spectrum of physics - astrophysics, atomic physics, cosmology, gravitation, nuclear physics and particle physics.