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Physics Student Elected to National Council

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Physics Student Elected to National Council

Physics major at UofL elected by chapters of student organization in four states as representative on Society of Physics Students National Council

May 30, 2014, Louisville, KY – Kyle Steffen, a physics major in the Department of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Louisville, has just been elected to serve as a student representative on the National Council of the Society of Physics Students. In his nomination statement, he stressed the importance of improving communication among scientific organization and the public.

The Society of Physics Students (SPS) is a professional association designed for students and membership is open to anyone interested in physics.  SPS operates within the American Institute of Physics (AIP), an umbrella organization for professional physical science societies.

The Society of Physics Students is governed by a National Council, comprised of a Director from the Education division of the AIP, an elected President of SPS, an elected President of Sigma Pi Sigma, the National Honor Society for Physics, and an elected faculty and student representative from each of 18 geographical zones.  Faculty representatives, known as Zone Councilors, serve 3-year terms and can be reelected once.  Student representatives, known as Associate Zone Councilors, serve 1-year terms and can be reelected.  The National Council meets annually in Washington, DC, and regularly via video conference.  Elections of Councilors take place in the spring to select those who will serve in the following academic year.  Each chapter is allowed one vote for each position.  The University of Louisville is in a geographical region known as Zone 8, including all of Kentucky and most of Tennessee, Indiana, and Illinois.  This region contains 50 SPS chapters.

According to Dr. Christopher L. Davis: “Kyle is a conscientious and talented student. It’s a great honor that he has been selected by his peers as a national representative, but I can’t say that it is a surprise.”

Mr. Steffen is in a five-year BS/MS degree program in physics and has just completed the Bachelors portion of that program.  In addition to serving as Associate Zone Councilor on the National Council, Mr. Steffen will be Vice President of the award-winning local chapter of SPS.  As an undergraduate, he performed research in theoretical atomic physics and as a masters student will do his research work in high energy particle physics.  In his spare time, he is an avid drummer.

For more information, please contact: Dr. David N. Brown, UofL Department of Physics & Astronomy


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Dr. Vito - One of 25 Top Criminal Justice Professors

Dr. Gennaro F. Vito has been chosen as one of the 25 Top Criminal Justice Professors by the ForensicsColleges.com blog.

Dr. Gennaro F. Vito, a professor in the Department of Justice Administration, has been chosen as one of the “25 Top Criminal Justice Professors” by the ForensicsColleges.com blog.

The site looked at the top criminal justice programs in the US, based on U.S. News & World Report Criminology rankings, then looked for professors who publish actively and have been recognized for excellence by their students, universities, and colleagues.

Dr. Vito is a Distinguished University Scholar as well as a full professor, serving as Vice Chair and Graduate Program Coordinator in Justice Administration. He has received numerous awards over his career, including Educator of the Year Award from the Southern Criminal Justice Association and the President’s Distinguished Faculty Award for Excellence in Research at U of L. He has been principal or co-principal investigator in over 40 research projects with a total of more than $900,000 in grant funding. He is the author of more than 65 refereed journal articles, as well as co-author of nine textbooks.

For more information on the ForensicsColleges.com’s top professors list, please click this link.


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Pan-African Studies Celebrate 40 Years at UofL

The Journal of Pan-African Studies released a special issue commemorating the 40th Anniversary of PAS at the University Of Louisville

The Journal of Pan-African Studies has released a special issue commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the department at the University of Louisville. PAS Department Chair, Ricky L. Jones, writes: "The issue is edited by our outstanding young colleague Dr. W. Carson Byrd. This is great recognition not only for PAS, but for the University of Louisville family as a whole. We offer heartfelt thanks to all our colleagues and friends who have supported us for the last four decades. We look forward to many more!!!!" See the special issue of the Journal of Pan-African Studies.


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Funded IRIGs - May 2014

A&S Faculty Receive Notice in May about 2014 Intramural Research Incentive Grants (IRIGs) being Funded

Congratulations to the following recipients of 2014 Intramural Research Incentive Grants (IRIGs).

Project DirectorTitle of Research Project/Creative ActivityDepartmentType*
Dr. Matthew BibermanShakespeare's Science of LoveEnglishRIG
Dr. Margaret CarreiroOpening the Microbial Black Box: Using Next-Generation DNA Sequencing to Determine How Restoring Woodlands by Removing Invasive Shrub Honeysuckle Affects Soil Microbial DiversityBiologyRIG
Dr. Ying Kit ChanDeep Ecology:  A Solo Exhibition of a New Body of ArtworkFine ArtsPCG
Dr. Judith DanovitchChildren’s Learning From Human and Technological SourcesPsychological and Brain SciencesRIG
Dr. Sarah EmeryDoes Non-Native Plant Invasion Alter Soil Food Webs and Successional Dynamics?BiologyRIG
Dr. Jasmine FarrierConstitutional Dysfunction on Trial: Can Courts Save Congress From the President (and Itself)?Political ScienceRIG
Dr. Jonathan HawsNeanderthal Hunting Strategies at Gruta Nova da Columbeira (Portugal)AnthropologyURG
Dr. Maryam MoazzenContesting Cultural Modernity: The Curriculum of Islamic Higher Learning in Modern IranHumanitiesRIG
Dr. Natalie PolzerBodies on Display - Comparative Study of Two "Soteriological Biological Archives" The Capuchin Catacombs of Palermo and "Body Worlds"HumanitiesRIG
Dr. Mark RunningCharacterization of Prenylation Mutants of Physcomitrella PatensBiologyRIG

* For brief descriptions of the types of Intramural Research Incentive Grants see Internal Funding Opportunities for Faculty.

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A&S Faculty Awards and Reception

The A&S Faculty Awards and Reception was held in the Shumaker Research Building on Friday, April 11, 2014. This page includes the 2014 winners.

 


Physics Professor David Brown wins Trustees Award

UofL trustees announced the selection of David Brown at their meeting on April 10, 2014

 

Congratulations to Dr. Brown for winning the highest honor given by the trustees.

Follow this link to the article by John Drees in UofL Today for more information.

 


3 Students in Biology Receive URS Grants

3 Students in Biology receive Undergraduate Research Scholar Grants in February 2014

Congratulations to the following recipients of Spring 2014 Undergraduate Research Scholar Grants!

For a brief description of the Undergraduate Research Scholar Grant and other types of internal funding opportunities, see Internal Funding Opportunities for Undergraduates.

 


 

A&S Funded IRIGs

A&S Faculty Receive Notice about 2014 Intramural Research Incentive Grants (IRIGs) being Funded

Congratulations to the following recipients of 2014 Intramural Research Incentive Grants (IRIGs).

 

Project DirectorTitle of Research Project/Creative ActivityDepartmentType*
Dr. Mary CarothersCreative Exchange Studios, Belfast, Northern Ireland, ResidencyFine ArtsRIG
Dr. Cynthia CorbittInvestigation of pre-pubertal sex differences in brain morphology, wheel running and social behavior in miceBiologyRIG
Dr. Udayan DarjiA graph theoretic study of random dynamical systemsMathematicsRIG
Dr. Jian Du-CainesEffects of the El Nino-Southern Oscillation and the Quasi-Biennial Oscillation on Atmospheric Tides in the MLT regionPhysics & AstronomyRIG
Dr. Andrea GaughanDetecting long-term vegetation trends by adjusting for seasonality in a Savanna landscapeGeography and GeosciencesPCG
Dr. Pearlie JohnsonAfrican American Women in the Quilting Arts in KentuckyPan-African StudiesRIG
Dr. Heywood PetryNeuron function in the second visual pathwayPsychological & Brain SciencesRIG
Dr. David SchultzCharacterization of fatty acid biosynthesis genes involved in tissue specific production of unusual monoenoic lipidsBiologyRIG
Dr. Sandra SephtonA Meditation-based Intervention to Reduce Stress in UndergraduatesPsychological & Brain SciencesURG
Dr. Kristin SwartzExploring Perseveration Levels among Offenders and their Criminal HistoryJustice AdministrationRIG
Dr. Margath WalkerComparative opportunities beyond securitization: The case of Mexico's bordersGeography and GeosciencesRIG
Dr. Micah WorleyAn in vitro model for the reverse transmigration of Salmonella-infected cells into the bloodstreamBiologyRIG
Dr. Deborah Yoder-HimesThe response of human cells to Burkholderia dolasa and its flagellinBiologyURG

* For brief descriptions of the types of Intramural Research Incentive Grants see Internal Funding Opportunities for Faculty.


Physics Students Win National Recognition

Student-led Physics Club is Honored with Award from the National Office of the Society of Physics Students as an Outstanding Chapter

by David N. Brown - November 26, 2013, Louisville, KY

The University of Louisville chapter of the Society of Physics Students (SPS) has won an Outstanding Chapter Award from the SPS National Office.  The chapter is particularly proud that this is the sixteenth consecutive year in which it has been recognized for its excellence as a top-tier student-led physics club, a designation that is given to fewer than 10 percent of all SPS chapters at Universities in the United States.  Having sixteen consecutive recognitions is a record in the four-state region including all of Kentucky and most of Tennessee, Indiana, and Illinois.  

The Society of Physics Students (SPS) is a professional association designed for students and membership is open to anyone interested in physics.  SPS operates within the American Institute of Physics (AIP), an umbrella organization for professional physical science societies.

The SPS chapter at the University of Louisville is advised by a faculty mentor in the Department of Physics & Astronomy of the College of Arts & Sciences, and is led by student officers.  The 2013-2014 officers are

  • Richard D. Judge II, Physics and Mathematics, ’14, President
  • David Warder, Physics and Biology, ’14, Vice President
  • Stacie Curran, Physics ’15, Secretary
  • Jamie Bougher, Physics Ph.D. ’14, Treasurer
  • Shelby Brackett, Physics ’15, Social Coordinator
  • Jason Thieman, Physics and Mathematics ’14, Outreach Officer
  • Austin Gornet, Physics ’14, Fundraiser
  • Jared Keown, Physics ’14, Sergeant at Arms
  • Sarah Pagan, Computer Engineering and Physics ’14, Webmaster


“I feel very lucky to be part of this physics department and SPS,” said chapter President Richard Judge.   “Our repeated success is a credit not only to the students, but also to the very supportive staff and faculty in the Department of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Louisville.   It’s a good sign for science in Kentucky.”

SPS chapters are evaluated on their level of interaction with the campus community, the professional physics community, the public, and with SPS national programs.  The Outstanding Chapter Award recognizes high levels of outreach as well as unique approaches to fulfilling the mission of SPS to “help students transform themselves into contributing members of the professional community.”

The University of Louisville chapter was recognized for its outreach earlier this year with receipt of the Blake Lilly Prize, also given by the national office of the Society of Physics Students.  Among their many activities are talks to school children, spring break trips to national laboratories and other high-tech facilities, hosting regional conferences for physics students, and inviting professionals to speak at club meetings.  They have created their own YouTube channel, where they post videos about physics topics and about members of the Department of Physics & Astronomy.  During weekly meetings, students portray famous physicists from the past and present as part of a tournament to decide the “Physicist of the Year.”  As one reviewer from the SPS national office put it:  “Amazing chapter!  Very active and just an incredible chapter over all!”  With sixteen consecutive Outstanding Chapter Award recognitions, the University of Louisville SPS chapter has set a high bar for physics students everywhere.

For more information, please contact:
Dr. David N. Brown
UofL Department of Physics & Astronomy
502-852-6790

photo provided by Austin Lassel

 


Diane Penrod and Lee Keeling

Diane Penrod and Lee Keeling Received Outstanding Performance Awards

President James Ramsey honored A&S staff members Lee Keeling and Diane Penrod at the annual Outstanding Performance Award reception on November 18th.

Diane Penrod

Research Manager, A&S Research Office
Unit Business Manager, Psychological and Brain Sciences

Diane Penrod is a valuable member of the A&S Research Office and has made significant contributions to other units at UofL by advising, training and helping with processes. She also is a leader within the UBM community. She updates other A&S UBMs on pay, budgets, new terminology and other important topics and is a strong advocate for further education and training. Penrod’s time is divided 60 percent as UBM and 40 percent as research manager. She gives 100 percent when wearing either hat. She not only gets the job done with regard to all of her specific job expectations, but she also performs at the top of her profession in terms of knowledge, integrity and reliability.

Lee Keeling

Program Assistant, Department of History

Lee Keeling is the first person visitors, students and others encounter upon contacting the Department of History. She is on time, dependable, trustworthy and consistent. A self-starter with leadership skills, Keeling sets the tone of the office for graduate and undergraduate student workers. She runs a tight ship and ensures that the varied work of the department is done efficiently and effectively. When a glitch arises, Keeling jumps in, assesses the issue, crafts a solution and sees it through to resolution. She works at a high level—even an extraordinary level—every day.

See the other UofL Outstanding Performance Awards