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Searching for Two Tenure-track Assistant Professor Positions, joint with FIRST

We’re hiring! We’re delighted to invite applications for two full-time, academic-year tenure-track Assistant Professor positions in Physics and Astronomy with a joint appointment in the Frontier Institute for Research in Sensor Technologies (FIRST, umaine.edu/first/). Applicants should have expertise in experimental and/or computational/theoretical condensed-matter physics, materials science, and sensor technologies. While all research specialties will be […]

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Liping Yu and Bob Lad highlighted in Bangor Daily News article

The Bangor Daily News highlighted an effort led by Assistant Professor Liping Yu to design a new class of materials capable of improving solar cells, lasers and other optoelectronic devices that convert light into energy, thanks to a $525,000 NSF grant. Professor Bob Lad is a collaborator along with Feng Yan, an assistant professor with […]

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Astumian co-authors article in Science

Professor R. Dean Astumian is a co-author of a new article in the journal Science, “Active Mechanisorption Driven by Pumping Cassettes,” that describes a significant advance in surface science, introducing a new active mechanism of adsorption based on rotaxane molecules with pumping cassettes attached on a surface.  Astumian co-authors this article along with collaborator Sir J. […]

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Sam Hess highlighted on The Maine Question Podcast

Professor Sam Hess was the subject of an interview on The Maine Question podcast, released on October 7, about how his groundbreaking super-resolution microscopy technique, FPALM, has been used to study virus infection mechanisms, and that of the SARS-COV-2 virus in particular.  He talks about his research and collaborations, as well as how he thinks […]

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Pat Byard retires after 46 years

Pat Byard, the longtime Administrative Assistant in the department, retired on Friday, October 1, 2021, after 46 years of dedicated, detailed service, all but one of those years in Bennett Hall.  She will be sorely missed by everyone in the department, but most especially by the students, for whom she did so much to make […]

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Hiring Two-Year Fixed-Length Lecturer for Fall 2021

We’re hiring! The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Maine seeks to fill a fixed-length, two-year, non-tenure track, academic-year appointment as Lecturer, anticipated to start August 30, 2021. This position is not renewable. Essential duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Undergraduate teaching in departmental lower- and upper-division courses; may […]

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2021 Outstanding Graduating Students, Physics and Engineering Physics

During our annual End of the Year Celebration, we announced the Outstanding Graduating Students in each major.  We named two Outstanding students in Engineering Physics.  Congratulations to all three! Outstanding Graduating Student in Physics:  Aidan Greenlee BS Physics, BA Mathematics; Honors College Minor in Electrical Engineering Co-Outstanding Graduating Students in Engineering Physics and Recipients of […]

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Deaton, Raut win 2021 CLAS Graduate Excellence Awards

Two physics graduate students received awards from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences last week. James Deaton received the 2021 College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Graduate Student Excellence Teaching Award for his consistent willingness to go above and beyond what is asked as a teaching assistant, and to take on increasingly higher responsibilities, […]

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Yu receives Air Force Research Laboratory Fellowship

Assistant Professor Liping Yu was awarded a fellowship to conduct research this summer with the Air Force Research Laboratory at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base just outside of Dayton, Ohio.  Both Liping and PhD student Brady Butler are supported to do work with the AFRL. See the UMaine News story here.

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Four successful defenses this week

The department is pleased to report four successful oral defenses this week: two doctoral dissertations and two Honors theses, in four very different research areas in the department. Matthew Parent successfully defended his dissertation on Tuesday (April 21), Quantification Of Interactions Between Influenza Hemagglutinin And Host Cell Phosphoinositides By Super-Resolution Microscopy, advised by Sam Hess.  […]

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