Graduate student Sensharma speaks at Michiana Science Cafe event

Author: Shelly Goethals

Michiana Science Cafe

Nuclear physics graduate student Nirupama Sensharma will speak on Tuesday, September 29 at the Michiana Science Cafe on nuclear energy. Her talk "Nuclear Energy -- The Better Energy?" will be a Facebook live event. The United States depends on nuclear power to meet about one-fifth of its demand for electricity. This equals the combined total of the generation capacity of two leading nuclear power producing countries, France and Japan. However, we have been standing still for the last 30 years with absolutely no progress in this sector. Is the halt a result of economic, political or scientific reasons and how is this affecting the ever-escalating climate crises? Do we have an alternative?…

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Aprahamian presents at virtual conferences 

Author: Shelly Goethals

Freimann Professor of Physics Ani Aprahamian recently presented at two virtual conferences in Armenia. 

The Armenia Medical International Committee (AMIC) virtual course was held July 12 and had over 650 participants. Aprahamian's presentation was "Isotopes for new pharmaceutical applications." The AMIC consists of representatives from Armenian healthcare associations throughout the Diaspora. Its purpose is to improve healthcare in Armenia through coordination of efforts among our member organizations.…

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Notre Dame nuclear physics professors receive $8.1M grant from NSF

Author: Shelly Goethals

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A team of Notre Dame nuclear physics professors was recently awarded a three-year $8.1M grant from the National Science Foundation to continue operation of the Nuclear Science Laboratory (NSL) and to continue their research in nuclear physics. The team consists of Profs. Dan Bardayan, Tan Ahn, Ani Aprahamian, Max Brodeur, Philippe Collon, Manoel Couder, Umesh Garg, Anna Simon, and Michael Wiescher. A particular focus of this proposal entitled "Nuclear Physics at the Notre Dame Nuclear Science Laboratory Providing a Window on the Universe" is the study of nuclei and nuclear reactions that are critical for interpreting observations of multi-messengers in astrophysics.  These messengers provide windows on the Universe and elucidate nuclear astrophysics processes occurring throughout.

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Aprahamian appointed to Clark University Board of Trustees

Author: Shelly Goethals

Freimann Professor of Physics Ani Aprhamian has been elected to serve on the Board of Trustees for Clark University. Aprahamian received her undergraduate degree from Clark in 1980. Aprahamian will serve a six year term starting July 1, 2020. Clark’s trustees draw on their expertise in the fields of business, law, and higher education to shape the policies that guide the University’s growth, enhance its reputation, and ensure its standing as a destination of choice for academically engaged students.…

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2020 Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Awards announced

Author: Shelly Goethals

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Physics graduate students Saurabh Bansal (advised by Prof. Chris Kolda) and Orlando Gomez (advised by Prof. Anna Simon) are the recipients of 2020 Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Awards from the Kaneb Center. 

This award was created in 1999 to recognize graduate student instructors and TAs who demonstrate commitment to exceptional teaching in lectures, seminars, labs, and across the academic profession. The Graduate School and the Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning present the award annually to TAs that are nominated by their departments. There were fourteen awards given to TAs in the College of Science. The award consists of a certificate from the Kaneb Center and Graduate School, a letter documenting the award for the graduate student’s file, and a $100 honorarium from the Kaneb Center.…

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Fighting to Protect the Brave: Prof. Graham Peaslee

Author: Shelly Goethals

Link to video and full article:

https://fightingfor.nd.edu/2019/fighting-to-protect-the-brave/

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Professor Graham Peaslee of the University of Notre Dame Department of Physics is featured on the newest “What Would You Fight For?” video. The University of Notre Dame’s award-winning “What Would You Fight For?” series showcases the work, scholarly achievements, and global impact of Notre Dame faculty, students, and alumni. These two-minute segments, each originally aired during a home football game broadcast on NBC

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Nuclear Science Laboratory researchers publish article on the surface manipulation techniques of Roman denarii

Author: Shelly Goethals

Roman Coins

A team of researchers and undergraduate students at Nuclear Science Laboratory, Department of Physics at Notre Dame, published an article in the Applied Surface Science journal on the characterization of a set of Roman denarii, ranging from 136 BCE to 240 CE. The work presents results of macro, micro, and nanoscale surface characterization of coins using several different X-ray based spectroscopic and electron microscopy methods. This enabled the surface, the subsurface, and volume composition of these coins to be probed to better understand their production techniques, surface treatment methods, and corrosion patterns. The results also provide evidence that a particular surface treatment method, amalgam silvering, had been used to make authentic Roman coins as early as the third century CE.…

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Bardayan and Couder lecture at the 2019 Exotic Beam Summer School at Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Author: Shelly Goethals

Oak Ridge

Physics professors Dan Bardayan and Manoel Couder were lecturers at the 2019 Exotic Beam Summer School, which took place on the campus of Oak Ridge National Laboratory from June 24-29, 2019. The aim of this annual school is to introduce students and young researchers to the various facets of the science of exotic nuclei including nuclear structure, nuclear astrophysics, fundamental interactions, and the application of nuclear science and technology. Bardayan lectured on “Nuclear Astrophysics Experiments”, and Couder lectured on “Beam Optics”. Both are researchers in the nuclear science laboratory in the Department of Physics.…

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Aprahamian serves on jury of international youth conference

Author: Shelly Goethals

Aprahamian Jinr Jury Review For Web

Freimann Professor Ani Aprahamian served as a juror at a regular regional stage of the international youth conference “Falling Walls Lab” that was held in the JINR Visit Centre, Dubna, Russia. The project was launched in Germany and was called in memory of the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Its aim is to provide international communication, an opportunity for the youth to present their ideas, scientific concepts, or to propose brand-new ways of solving problems in all spheres of human activities. A presentation should not exceed the time limit of three minutes and should consist of three slides. Winners of regional stages are given a chance to present their projects to the international jury in Berlin.…

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2019 Graduate Research and Dissertation Award

Author: Shelly Goethals

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Each year the Department of Physics recognizes the outstanding research and dissertation of a PhD graduate. This year the recipient is Matthew Hall. His thesis title was “Identifying Long-Sought 18F(p,α)15O Resonances Affecting ɣ–Ray Emission from 18

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Aprahamian gives opening talk at r-process workshop

Author: Shelly Goethals

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Freimann Professor of Physics Ani Aprahamian was the opening speaker of the workshop on “r-process Sources in the Universe” at Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ held March 27-30, 2019. Professor Aprahamian talked on “Nuclear Physics Experiments and the Neutron Star Merger”. The workshop was organized by Frank Timmes of ASU  and Mohammad Safarzadeh of Harvard University and was supported by JINA

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Ahn co-organizes Nuclear Physics for the Next Generation conference in London

Author: Shelly Goethals

Ahn London Conf Group

The first conference on Nuclear Physics for the Next Generation (NPNG 2018) was held at the Notre Dame International Gateway in London, U.K. from September 25-27. Thirty-nine early-career nuclear physicists participated in this invitation-only meeting to envision the future of nuclear physics, form new collaborations, and support each other at the early-career stage. The meeting also facilitated closer connection between the North American and European nuclear physics communities, and the London International Gateway was an ideal location for the meeting.…

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