Department of Physics

Photo of Michael StricklandA physics professor in the College of Arts and Sciences at Kent State University recently received a $307,000, two-year grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to support the development of a novel approach to studying non-equilibrium dynamics in the quark gluon plasma (QGP). 

What does it take to become great in your field? Certainly motivation, dedication and creativity are important, but what about inspiration? For young scientists, that inspiration can come from a variety of places, including interactions with colleagues and especially the top scientists in their field. 

What does it take to become great in your field?  Certainly motivation, dedication and creativity are important, but what about inspiration?  For young scientists that inspiration can come from a variety of places, including interactions with colleagues and especially the top scientists in their field.

Kent State University faculty members have been awarded nearly $2.5 million in funding from the National Science Foundation for research over the next three years in biology, physics and the science of liquid crystals.

The awards will fund basic research on:

The Akron Council of Engineering and Scientific Societies (ACESS) selected Satyendra Kumar, Ph.D., professor of physics at Kent State University, to receive the Distinguished Award of Council. The award will be presented at the 66th Annual ACESS Honors & Awards Banquet on Nov. 7 at Guy's Party Center in Akron.

Front Page of July 16, 2013 issue of Biophysical Journal, featuring work by KSU physicists July 2013:  Kent State Physics Professor Elizabeth Mann and her PhD advisee Pritam Mandal collaborate with researchers at the University of Washington, Seattle, on research into lipid membranes of

Dr. Jinhui Chen attended an award ceremony (see photos) this month in Denver, Colorado, where American Physical Society President Michael Turner presented him with the 2012 George E. Valley Jr. prize. This prestigious award recognized discoveries by Dr. Chen while he was a postdoc at Kent State.

Urbana—In order to examine the workings of the smallest bits of matter, particle physicists smash subatomic particles together at tremendously high speeds and then analyze the resultant sprays (called jets) of even smaller particles, following them through their various decay paths. Huge quantities of data are taken from thousands upon thousands of collisions, the data are analyzed by powerful computers, and the ultimate findings contribute to our understanding of how our world and everything in it works on the most fundamental level.

The Division of Research and Sponsored Programs would like to congratulate the recipients of the inaugural Internal Post-doctoral Seed Program.  In this initial round, 12 proposals were selected which resulted in awards for the support of 14 post-doctoral associates for one year.  In addition, each of these awards was augmented by the investigators' departments and/or colleges to provide a total of two years of post-doctoral support.  Proposals were submitted by both individual research investigators and groups of investigators.

Former KSU postdoctoral researcher Jinhui Chen has been awarded the 2012 George E. Valley, Jr. Prize by the American Physical Society (APS) in recognition of work done while he was a Kent employee. 

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