Physics Student Lands Internship at Facebook, Inc.
Ali-Amir Aldan, a sophomore physics major at The University of Texas at Brownsville, hit the jackpot with his summer internship at Facebook in Menlo Park, California. As a member of Kazakhstan’s national competitive programming team, he selected UTB upon recommendation from his coach to work with Dr. Malik Rakhmanov, Assistant Professor of physics at the Center for Gravitational Wave Astronomy, who is originally from Kazakhstan.
Aldan’s participation on his country’s national competitive programming team put him in a position to be spotted by Facebook, and the company contacted him for the summer internship.
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Touhami Receives NSF Grant to Purchase Research Microscope
The National Science Foundation has awarded an equipment grant to a professor working in the recently opened Biomedical Research and Health Professions Building II. Dr. Ahmed Touhami received a $276,233 grant from the NSF’s Major Research Instrumentation Program for the acquisition of a top-of-the line microscopy technique. Touhami, the grant’s principal investigator, will acquire a multi-functional Integrated Fluorescence/Atomic Force Microscope to measure biophysical, chemical and physical properties at the nanoscale for single molecules. For more info
The Annual Meeting of the Texas Section of the American Physical Society takes place at UTB
This year the Physics Department hosts the 2013 Joint Meeting of the Texas Sections of the APS, AAPT, and Zone 13 of the SPS. This is the first time UTB was selected by the Texas Section of APS to host the meeting. The Conference will take place on campus at UTB and will begin on October 10th. Approximately 200 participants will attend the meeting which includes nine topical sessions covering all areas of physics, the plenary and the poster sessions, and the workshop for students called "Industrial Careers for Physicists." Invited talks will take place Friday and Saturday morning. Among the guest speakers are Robert Curl (Nobel laureate, Chemistry 1996), Barry Barish (Director of the International Linear Collider), and Ray Baughman (Director of the MacDiarmid Nanotech Institute). For more information, please visit tsapsf13.phys.utb.edu and here. The schedule for the conference can be found here.
Center for Gravitational Wave Astronomy to Celebrate 10th Anniversary
The Center for Gravitational Wave Astronomy at The University of Texas at Brownsville will commemorate 10 years of research with the CGWA Science Festival from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12 at the Student Union. “Science festivals are designed to engage the community through inspiring celebrations of the fascinating world of science and technology,” said Dr. Joey Shapiro Key, Director of Education and Outreach for the Center for Gravitational Wave Astronomy. “The community is invited to participate in fun events and interact with scientists and engineers showcasing art and science collaborations and innovative ways to communicate science topics. We want everyone to have access to the exciting science work that is happening right here in our community.” For more info...
UT System proposes research partnership with SpaceX in Brownsville
The University of Texas System proposed Brownsville as the site of the “first designated research unit” for the Valley’s new university in partnership with SpaceX, according to a recently release August letter. For more info..
Undergraduate student discovers 10th binary neutron star system
Jose Guadalupe Martinez, an ARCC Scholar in the physics department at UTB discovered the 10th double neutron star system known to man. This unique astronomical phenomenon was discovered in the Arecibo All-Sky 327 MHz Drift Pulsar Survey on August 10, 2012
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REU/RET Program draws to a close
Nine students from all over the country performed research with UTB physicists this summer as participants of the Physics Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program.
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NSF Supports the Development of an Astronomical Observatory in the Northwestern Mountains of Argentina
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded the UTB Center for Gravitational Wave Astronomy a grant titled: USA-Argentina collaboration; developing an astronomical site for Multimessenger Astronomy in Cerro Macon, Argentina.
Physicists at UT Brownsville Go to Extreme Heights in Pursuit of Exotic Astronomy
The Center for Gravitiational Wave Astronomy (CGWA) at the University of Texas at Brownsville is pursuing astronomy around the globe. Two CGWA faculty, Dr. Mario Diaz and Dr. Cristina V. Torres along with a CGWA graduate student Samanta Fuentes Tapia are currently on an expedition in the Argentinian Andes with several collaboration partners from Texas A&M.
High School Students Expand Their Universe
Several local high school students had the opportunity to expand their universe during the 9th annual 21st Century Astronomy Summer Ambassadors Academy that began on June 10. This popular summer program allows students to become involved in relevant real-world research during the three-week program.
Students Are Inducted Into Physics Honor Society
Congratulations to UTB's inaugural members of Sigma Pi Sigma, the national physics honor society. UTB and UTPA physics students were inducted in a ceremony on May 3rd at UTPA's Coastal Studies Laboratory on South Padre Island. for more information.
Formal Presentation of Experimental Labs
The Optics and Nanophotonics Laboratory and the Advanced Nanoscience Laboratory have transformed the physics research that takes place at the University of Texas at Brownsville. The impact of these facilities was emphasized in a formal public ceremony that took place on April 25th in SETB. The College of Science, Math, and Technology Advisory Board and members of the community toured the labs as part of the ceremony.
Monday Night Physics Returns with 'Escher Part II: Playing with perception'
Dr. Joe Romano will present the talk Escher Part II: Playing with perception at Monday Night Physics, which will take place on April 29, 2013 in BRHB 1.222 at 7:15pm. This is the second of two lectures about mathematics, perception, and the art of M.C. Escher. The community is cordially invited to attend. Contact Robert Stone (email@example.com)
Graduate student named Outstanding Female International Student
Congratulations to physics graduate student Liliana Ruiz-Diaz for being named the Outstanding Female International Student by the Office of Global Engagement. She was awarded a plaque and scholarship on March 8 as part of the International Women's Day observance. Liliana was chosen from among 17 women who were nominated by faculty members. For more info...
Physics Students Win First Place At Symposium
At the fifteenth annual UTB research symposium, Physics students Francisco Lozano and Jose Puente orally presented on the topic of "Mapping Magnetic Fields in 3D Space Utilizing Commodity Hardware." The students, under the supervision of their faculty mentor, Dr. Cristina Torres, managed to win the top spot in the undergrad division, scoring a big win for the physics department, and further advancing the goals of the Center for Gravitational Wave Astronomy.
Physics Alum Awarded NSF Graduate Fellowship
One year after receiving his BS in physics from UTB Sergio Cantu was awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship. The fellowship will provide Sergio with a three-year annual stipend of $30,000 and $10,500 for tuition and fees. He currently attends the Massachusetts Institute of Technology but the fellowship will allow him to do his research at any accredited US graduate institution. Click Here to Know more.
Department of Defense Research Grant Awarded to Physics Professors
Dr. Malik Rakmanov and Dr. Volker Quetschke were awarded a $623,860 dollar grant to perform research in collaboration with Dr. Xu of Rice University. The research will focus
on the area of nano-photonics and to study light at the nanoscale for telecommunications and computation. The grant will enable a postdoctoral research assistant and a graduate student at the university to work alongside the professors. The students working on the research will travel to Rice University to fabricate micro toroidal resonators using E-beam lithography instruments. Much of the work will occur in the university's Optics and Nanophotonics Lab in the Science, Engineering and Technology Building at The University of Texas at Brownsville.
Our department is always encouraging research, said Dr. Soma Mukherjee, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy.
The more we expand into newer areas the more opportunities it opens up for our students and for emerging and new kinds of research.
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