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2015 Picnic Day Schedule of Events for Physics

Physics is Fun! April 18, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Roessler Hall 168 A room filled with demos showing cool physics and some applications to modern technology. Informal and staffed by volunteers.

Physics Department wins the Department Derby during Student Engagement and Philanthropy Month

February was Student Engagement and Philanthropy Month and We Are Aggie Pride planned activities throughout the month to help students in need.

Prof. Nemanja Kaloper’s new research on the end of the universe generates strong media coverage.

Sequestration of Vacuum Energy and the End of the Universe Nemanja Kaloper and Antonio Padilla Phys. Rev. Lett. 114, 101302 – Published 10 March 2015

Associate Prof. Marusa Bradac and the GLASS collaboration spot for the first time a supernova arranged in an “Einstein’s Cross.”

Astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have for the first time spotted four images of the same distant exploding star, arranged in an “Einstein’s Cross,” a cross-shape pattern created by the powerful gravity of a foreground galaxy embedded in a massive cluster of galaxies.


Physics Department CAO Tracy Lade wins Chancellor’s STAR Award

Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi has heartily endorsed the nominations of 22 staff members as UC Davis stars in the second annual campuswide STAR Award Program. The Chancellor’s STAR Awards — STAR stands for Staff Appreciation and Recognition — are for MSP (manager and senior professional) and PSS (Professional and Support Staff) employees, including students, who have gone “above and beyond” in support of the campus’s core values.


David Nisson, The Physics of Success

Recipient, Eugene Cota-Robles Fellowship, Alfred H. and Marie E. Gibeling Fellowship, Dissertation Year Fellowship, and the Graduate Research Mentorship


Assistant Professor Emilija Pantic wins prestigious NSF CAREER award

The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations.


Associate Professor David Wittman wins Fullbright Scholar Program Award

The Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program sends approximately 800 American scholars and professionals per year to approximately 130 countries, where they lecture and/or conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields.