News and Events
Physics Students Organize Community Outreach Event
On Nov. 12, 2015, our Society of Physics Students (SPS) group organized a Science Fun Night at Longfellow Elementary School in Fargo. The SPS coordinated with the school's PTA, recruited and trained undergraduate and graduate student volunteers, and set up and facilitated several hands-on science activities spread throughout the school. Stations included Force & Motion, Magic Magnets, Soapy Science, Light Show, and Making Waves, as well as demonstrations with liquid nitrogen and giant bubbles. The Longfellow PTA kindly assisted with registration, scheduling, and dinner. The event drew close to 100 curious K-5 students, plus parents and guardians. Fun and science were enjoyed by all. See the pictures of the kids (young and old) below!
Researcher accredited as HLC Reviewer
Bruce Rafert has been rigorously trained and certified by the HLC to undertake institutional accreditation visits for both Open and Standard Pathways accreditation visits. The certification resulted from completion of the HLC training for Open and Standard Pathways at their October 2015 training session, three intensive days of individual and group training, simulations, and extensive homework.
Bruce is only the second NDSU Faculty member trained as an HLC reviewer. Peer reviewers are selected through an application process https://www.hlcommission.org/Peer-Review/peer-reviewer-application.html Their roles are described https://www.hlcommission.org/Peer-Review/peer-reviewer-roles.html
This places new responsibility on Bruce's shoulders, but it is a very important roll to fill.
Two Student Teams Win Bronze Medal in University Physics Competition
Our Department had two teams (out of 131 teams total) participate in
the 5th annual University Physics Competition on November 14-16, 2014.
One team, with Austin Usselman, Joseph Roth, and Tyler Antony, investigated
the problem "Circumbinary Planets". The other team, with Wei Kang Lim,
Mitchell Zubich, and Lane Morrison, studied the problem "A Water Fountain".
Both our teams were ranked on the level of a Bronze Medal. Congratulations
to Austin, Joseph, Tyler, Wei Kang, Mitchell, and Lane for this remarkable
NDSU Researcher Receives Prestigious Air Force Grant
Andrew Croll has been honored with an Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator award (YIP)! From the Office of Scientific Research website:
"The Air Force YIP supports scientists and engineers who have received Ph.D. or equivalent degrees in the last five years and show exceptional ability and promise for conducting basic research. The objective of this program is to foster creative basic research in science and engineering; enhance early career development of outstanding young investigators; and increase opportunities for the young investigator to recognize the Air Force mission and related challenges in science and engineering."
Andrew's award was for his proposal "Crumpled and Prescriptively Folded Polymer Films for Advanced Lightweight Materials". The award will bring $300 000 to the university over the next 3 years.
NDSU Researcher Co-Organizes International Workshop
Thomas Ihle (NDSU) and Vladimir Lobaskin (UC Dublin) are organizing a cross-disciplinary CECAM-workshop entitled "Collective Dynamics in Physics, Biology and Social Sciences" from May 20-22, 2015, at the University College Dublin, Ireland, see http://www.cecam.org/workshop-1207.html
Interested researchers are encouraged to apply for participation.
NDSU Physics on Journal Cover!
A recent collaboration between Andrew B. Croll, Fardad Azarmi and a co-advised graduate student Jared Risan has been honored with the cover of the Journal of Polymer Science B! See the link for more information: Journal of Polymer Science B.
Student Featured by NDSU
NDSU Physics Education student Kyle Mueller has recently been featured on the NDSU news site. The story describes his work towards deeply understanding how to teach the unique way of thinking required to do well in physics. The article also highlights all of the excellent 'out of class' work Kyle has been doing to further his goal of becoming an educator. Way to go Kyle!
Invited Article Published
NDSU researchers were recently invited to write a review article by the editors of the journal Langmuir. Erik Hobbie and co-workers were invited to write an article reviewing the technique they commonly use to separate nanoparticles and nanotubes by size or type. Read more at Langmuir!
2014 Undergraduate Physics Research Symposium
Our (semi) annual research symposium is back! Get ready to see some of the excellent research being done in the region by undergraduate students!
The Symposium will occur on Friday April 11th, at the South Engineering (Physics) Building at North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND from 1-5pm. We plan to have a series of approx. 10-15-minute talks, followed by refreshments and posters. We hope this will provide enough flexibility for students and faculty to travel to and from Fargo the same day as the symposium if they so choose.
NDSU Research Garners Journal Cover
A recent collaboration between Erik Hobbie, Alexander Wagner and Alan Denton has recently been featured on the cover of the journal Soft Matter! See the link for more information: Soft Matter