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- Physics Graduate Named Renaissance Scholar
- July 2001: Ricardo Betancourt-Benitez was honored as a USC Renaissance Scholar during the May 2001 commencement ceremony. The honor is awarded to those students who exemplify the objective of the program which is to bring two widely separate fields of thought together in the same mind. Ricardo graduated with a B.A. in Physics and a minor in French. Congratulations, Ricardo. (more)
- Physics Instant Update
- June 2001: The Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Center to Advance Science Education sponsored a three day workshop for High School Physics Teachers from June 26th to the 28th. Physics Professor Stephan Haas and Ty Buxman, Director of Undergraduate Affairs organized the event along with Bill McComas, USC Associate Professor of Science Education and Dr. Bill Layton from UCLA. About 20 teachers from Southern California participated in the workshop. They found it to be a valuable learning experience and were excited about using what they had learned in their classrooms.
- Professor Stephan Haas Receives Award
- May 2001: Assistant Professor Stephan Haas has been selected to receive the 2000 - 2001 USC College of Letters, Arts and Sciences prestigious Junior Raubenheimer Award for excellence in teaching, research and service. Congratulations on this well-deserved honor!
- Undergraduate Symposium
- April 2001: Congratulations to our undergrads who participated in the Undergraduate Symposium held April 18th. First place was awarded to Lindsey Bruesch for her "Laboratory Investigations of Europa's Sodium Atmosphere" poster. Linda Carpenter, Matt Behrend, Thomas Lin, Barry Fink and Melissa Dobbins received honorable mention for their work.
- Faculty Member in the News
- April, 2001: In the April 9th edition of the USC Chronical, an article regarding Assistant Professor Stephan Haas appeared. In it, he discusses his Early Career Development award from the NSF.
- Werner Däppen named "Faculty of the Month"
- March 2001: The department extends our warmest congratulations to Professor Werner Däppen for being named Faculty of the Month by the Mortar Board.
- Hawking Lectures at USC
- March 2001: Leading physicist, Stephen Hawking, explained theories about the beginning and end of the universe at a public lecture sponsored by the CIT-USC Center for Theoretical Physics. The full-to-capacity Bovard Auditorium, including President Sample and other top university officials, were completely engrossed in Hawking's examination of the farthest reaches of the universe, in both space and time.
- Staff Recognition
- March 2001: Congratulations to Ty Buxman, Director of Undergraduate Affairs, for being awarded the Employee of the Month by the USC Staff Assembly. Ty has worked in the Physics Department since 1995 and is a indefatigable and dedicated employee. We are lucky to have Ty and join with the University in congratulating him on this honor.
- Robert Hellwarth Appointed University Professor
- February 2001: President Sample announced the appointment of Robert W. Hellwarth, Professor of Physics and Electrical Engineering as "University Professor". This title is awarded to those professors whose multidisciplinary interests and significant accomplishments transcend any single field of study. Dr. Hellwarth's outstanding accomplishments bring honor to the University and the Department of Physics and Astronomy. We congratulate him and look forward to his continuing achievements.
- Featured in LA TIMES
- January 2001: D-Star Technologies, based in Long Beach, was featured in the LA Times Business Section on January 3. The firm, founded by USC Physics Professor Jack Feinberg and postdoc student, Dimitry Starodubov, is installing laser equipment to produce light-wave amplifierss for Internet networks. The article "Firms Working in Optics Technology Play to the Southland's Strengths" focuses on D-Star and the budding optics industry.
- Department Awarded Funding
- January 2001: The Department has received undergraduate research funding by the Undergraduate Research Program in the Office of the Provost, for the 2001 calendar year. The award will help support several undergraduate students while they participate in research groups throughout the year.
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