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President Obama Celebrates Laser Anniversary. This past weekend marked a milestone important for both physics and the broader community. Fifty years ago, on May 16, 1960, the world's first laser light made its appearance in Theodore Maiman's lab at Hughes Research Laboratories in Malibu, California. Since that time, as APS members well know, the laser has become an indispensable scientific tool, and has spawned innumerable commercial, industrial and medical applications. On May 4 a resolution recognizing the anniversary was passed by the House of Representatives; and last week, on May 12, President Obama issued a message in which he joins the celebration and comments on the significance of the laser. [Letter]

Gey-Hong Gweon to receive 2010 UCSC Teaching Excellence Award. The Committee on Teaching selected winners of this year's Excellence in Teaching Awards: Cyrus Bazeghi, Computer Engineering, Jennifer Gonzalez, History of Arts and Visual Culture, Gey-Hong (Sam ) Gweon, Physics, Richard Mitchell , Math (winner of the Ron Ruby Award in the Physical and Biological Sciences), Catherine Ramirez, American Studies, Susan Watrous, Writing, College Eight and Student Media.

A celebration of their achievements as well as those of excellent teaching assistants and students will be held Friday, June 4, 2010, 3:30-5:30 p.m., College 9 & 10 Multipurpose Room. R.S.V.P at: http://honors.ucsc.edu/saw/eta_awards.html by May 28 to ensure seating and refreshments.

Humboldt Research Award for Professor Howard Haber [More]

Adriane Steinacker (Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics) and David Belanger (Department of Physics) have received a five year grant of $600,000 from the National Science Foundation [More]

University of California, Santa Cruz Department of Physics presents the first Stanley Flatté Memorial Lecture [More]

Steve Ritz (Physics and SCIPP) and Claire Max (Astronomy and Astrophysics), have been named to the National Academies committee on Astro2010.  The purpose of the committee,as described by the National Academies, will be to "survey the field of space- and ground-based astronomy and astrophysics, recommending priorities for the most important scientific and technical activities of the decade 2010-2020. The principal goals of the study will be to carry out an assessment of activities in astronomy and astrophysics, including both new and previously identified concepts, and to prepare a concise report that will be addressed to the agencies supporting the field, the Congressional committees with jurisdiction over those agencies, and the scientific community."  Further information can be found at http://www8.nationalacademies.org/cp/projectview.aspx?key=48964

Dr. Steven Ritz, GLAST Project Scientist (Fermi Gamma Ray Space Telescope) to join UCSC Physics faculty [More]

Sriram Shastry awarded the prestigious 2009 Lars Onsager Prize by the American Physical Society. [More]

Peter Young awarded the prestigious 2009 Aneesur Rahman Prize for Computational Physics by the American Physical Society [More]

Cosmology - the study of the universe as a whole - is in the midst of a scientific revolution, and what is emerging is humanity's first understanding of the universe that might actually be true. THE VIEW FROM THE CENTER OF THE UNIVERSE, by Physics professor Joel Primack and lecturer Nancy Abrams, to be published April 6, presents new ways of wrapping our minds around the universe, and does so without math or jargon. The book grew out of Physics 80C, "Cosmology and Culture," which the authors have been teaching at UCSC for the past decade. [More]

Joel Primack receives prestigious J. Robert Oppenheimer Medal at Los Alamos [More]

Josh Deutsch shows that wobby polarity is key to preventing data loss on disk drives [More]

Anthony Aguirre's research on multiple universes shows that we may not be alone [More]

Sue Carter is trying to develop the next generation of efficient solar-energy technology [More]

Sriram Shastry is elected as a Fellow of the American Physical Society [More]

UCSC's new Einstein's Rocket website offers javascript versions of Einstein's thought experiments and several video games based on relativity. [More]

UCSC Physicists describe new mechanism for metallic magnetism [More]

Unusual material that contracts when heated is giving up its secrets to physicists [More] [Press Release]

The University of California, Santa Cruz, is offering a new major leading to a B.S. degree in applied physics [More]

Bruce Schumm publishes Deep Down Things, which explores the astonishing world of particle physics [More]

Peter Young wins Excellence in Teaching Award for2003-04 [More]

David Belanger and Frank (Bud) Bridges elected as Fellows of APS [More]

Physics student John Wray finds serious fun at SCIPP Labs [More]

UCSC Physics Alum Aaron Diaz receives national engineering and homeland security awards [More]

Physics alumnus Larry Cornman wins NASA award [More]

Ten faculty members received Excellence in Teaching Awards for 2002-03 [More]

ARCS Foundation scholarships support seven outstanding graduate students at UCSC [More]

Members of the campus community and programs making substantial contributions to furthering diversity were showcased [More]

Peter Young wins Excellence in Teaching Award for2003-04 [More]


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