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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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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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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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Jordan Planetarium visualization cluster used for COVID-19 research

Our own Emera Astronomy Center‘s Maynard F. Jordan Planetarium is being put to work for COVID-19 research while the Planetarium is closed to the public during the pandemic. The Jordan Planetarium is the second planetarium in the nation to join an innovative platform operated by the University of California, Berkeley, called the Berkeley Open Infrastructure […]

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Sam Borer

Borer to serve on National Council

Samuel Borer, a physics and mathematics major at the University of Maine, has been selected to serve on the National Council of the Society of Physics Students. The Society of Physics Students (SPS) is an international professional association operating within the American Institute of Physics, an umbrella organization for ten other professional science societies. With […]

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Registration Open for 2017 Science Summer Camps

Online Registration is now available for the seventh season of Science Summer Camps, hosted by the Department of Physics and Astronomy! Dates and sessions are as follows: 7/3—7/7: K-2 Astronomy (4 days) 7/10—7/14: 6-8 Space & Energy 7/17—7/21: K-2 Math & Art 7/24—7/28: 3-5 Math & Art 8/7—8/11: 3-5 Astronomy 8/14—8/18: 6-8 Space & Energy […]

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