News archive 2001 - 2012


Keck's MOSFIRE achieved First Light on on April 4, 2012. Ian McLean reported that his team had a successful two-night run despite the fact that the weather did not cooperate and they battled clouds on both nights. Most of the activity was focused on engineering tasks. Read more and download the PDF.
This week's Nature published an obituary of David Sayre, written by Janos Kirz of LBNL and John Miao. Sayre and Miao are widely considered as two pioneers of the coherent diffraction imaging (CDI) field, also known as "lensless imaging" or "coherent diffraction microscopy". CDI is now one of the fastest-growing fields in X-ray science. See the Nature piece in detail.
Congratulations to Eric Hudson, who has been selected as a Cottrell Scholar for 2012 that comes with $75,000 of unrestricted funds. It is awarded to early career faculty members who are committed to excel at both research and teaching. Read more.
John Miao and colleagues are able to peer deep within the world's tiniest structures to create images of individual atoms. Read more.
Edward L. (Ned) Wright reports the release of a new atlas and all-sky catalog of the entire i nfrared sky, a result of the WISE mission. Read more.
Congratulations to Professor C. Kumar Patel who will be inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame for his invention of the carbon dioxide laser. Read more.
Congratulations to Alexander Kusenko and Terry Tomboulis who have been recognized by the American Physical Society (APS) as Outstanding Referees of Physical Review and Physical Review Letters journals for 2012. Read more.
Michael Rich and his team use a unique telescope to to discover dwarf galaxy.
David Saltzberg, who serves as a scientific consultant to “The Big Bang Theory”, was recently profiled. Read more.
Congratulations to Andrea Ghez who has been awarded, with Reinhard Genzel of MPI-Garching, the 2012 Crafoord Prize in Astronomy. The citation for this honor reads “for their observations of the stars orbiting the galactic centre, indicating the presence of a supermassive black hole”. This is the first time that the Crafoord Prize in any field has been awarded to a woman. Read more.
Giovanni Zocchi and Yong Wang have made nanomechanical measurements of unprecedented resolution on protein molecules that are approximately 100 times higher in resolution than previous mechanical measurements, a nanotechnology feat. Read more.
Congratulations to Professor William Newman who has been invited to deliver the Yuval Ne’eman Distinguished Lectures in Geophysics Atmospheric and Space Sciences (Endowed by Raymond and Beverly Sackler) at Tel-Aviv University.
Video from Nov. 12, 2012 Explore Your Universe outreach event.
Dec. 15-16 2011: Charles A. Whitten Memorial Symposium, hosted by the Nuclear Physics Group and the Department. All are welcome.
Eric Hudson was quoted in Chemistry World regarding reactions at ultracold temperatures. 
Rene Ong reports Crab Pulsar emits light at highest energies ever detected in a pulsar system. Read more.
Mayank Mehta and Arvind Kumar make discovery that challenges conventional wisdom on the brain mechanisms of learning. Read more.
David Saltzberg checks all the science on The Big Bang Theory. Read more.
Robert Cousins talks about the quest for the Higgs boson at CERN. Read more.
Our graduate student outreach group Astronomy Live!" won the Bruin Heroes Award for May. The award includes a monetary award that will be used to help cover the cost of future outreach events. Congratulations to everyone involved. Founded just two years ago by Physics and Astronomy graduate students Kristin Kulas and Gregory Mace, Astronomy Live! aims to educate the public about astronomy. The group strives to foster an interest in science in general, especially early on, in hopes that it may develop into a future career. Read more.
Martin Ammon, Post-doctoral Researcher, has just been awarded the "Otto Hahn Medal" by the Max Planck Society. Read more.
Robert Cousins talks about the quest for the Higgs boson at CERN. Read more.
The National Academy of Sciences today announced the election of Edward L. (Ned) Wright, David Saxon Presidential Chair in Physics, as one of 72 new members and 18 foreign associates from 15 countries in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. Ned has also been invited to join the Physics Section as a secondary affiliate, in addition to his primary membership in the Astronomy Section. Those elected today bring the total number of active members to 2,113 and the total number of foreign associates to 418. Read more.
Katsushi Arisaka, Hanguo Wang and researchers in the international XENON collaboration announce they are close to being able to directly observe dark matter. Read more.
Taylor Barrella, UCLA physics major undergraduate wins the prestigious Barry Goldwater Scholarship. Read more.
Chris Regan and graduate student Matthew Mecklenburg set out to design a better transistor and ended up discovering a new way to think about the structure of space. Read article and visit Prof. Regan's website for detail.
The American Physical Society has been awarded an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation grant to gift 500 hardback copies of the book "OUT OF THE SHADOWS: Contributions of 20th Century Women to Physics"; edited by Professors Nina Byers and Gary Williams, for the conference packet which will be distributed to the attendees of the 4th IUPAP International Conference on Women in Physics, Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa April 5-8, 2011.
Prof. Zvi Bern gave a layman's account of the modern view of Feynman diagrams at the recent TEDxCaltech celebration of Richard Feynman's vision. Watch video.
View Prof. Seth Putterman’s UCLA Faculty Research Lecture “Fiat Lux: Light from Gas Bubbles, X-Rays from Peeling Tape, and Fusion from Crystals.”
The Keck Foundation has granted $1M over 3 years, to fund a proposal by Mayank Mehta (PI) and Katsushi Arisaka (co-PI) entitled "Neurophysics of Multi-modal Integration and Neural Representation of Space". This winning of such an extremely competitive award is another indication of the rapid rise of the departmental program in neurophysics in particular, and biophysics in general. Read more.
Memorial Service for Charles A. Whitten, Jr. -- It is with great sorrow that we share with you that our friend and colleague, Professor Charles A. Whitten, Jr., passed away on Dec. 4. 2010.
Dr. Gil Travish, Prof. James Rosenzweig and colleagues' invention discussed in 2010 UCLA Invents article, "An Improved Image". 
Scientific American on Sunday highlighted UCLA Physics and Astronomy Prof. David Saltzberg's role as a scientific consultant to “The Big Bang Theory,” a popular TV sitcom that revolves around physicists who lack social skills. Read more.
Prof. Mayank Mehta was just elected as a foreign member of the Societies Academy of the Royal Norwegian Society of sciences and Letters, within the class of natural sciences. The academy is responsible for awarding the Abel Prize in mathematics and the Kavli Prize in astrophysics, nanoscience and neuroscience.
Oct. 1-2, 2010: Claudio Pellegrini's 75th Birthday and Career Celebration. Read more.
Nov. 13, 2010: Science Festival -- Exploring your Universe 2010.
Scientists from UCLA and Caltech have discovered evidence of "universal ubiquitous magnetic fields" that have permeated deep space between galaxies since the time of the Big Bang. Read more.
A team of 45 researchers working with a balloon-borne radio detector has spotted radio waves produced by ultrahigh-energy cosmic rays as the waves bounce off Antarctic ice. Read more.
UCLA physicists control chemical reactions mechanically. Read more.
Prof. Alex Kusenko and Antoine Calvez, a UCLA graduate student of physics, and Shigehiro Nagataki, from Japan's Kyoto University, have discovered evidence of "natural nuclear accelerators" at work in our Milky Way galaxy, based on an analysis of data from the world's largest cosmic ray detector. Read more.
Plasma Simulation Group awarded NSF grant for nearly $1.8M. Read more.
NASA has begun operating a flying telescope powerful enough to record the birth of distant stars and planets. In late May it made its first scientific flight, capturing images of Jupiter and a nearby galaxy. Eric Becklin and colleagues are interviewed on NPR regarding the telescope and its airborne observatory “SOFIA”. Read more.
Ronald Abelmann's Commencement Address on June 12, 2010
Congratulations to our 2010-2011 Graduate Division Dissertation Year Fellowship Recipients! Warren Essey (Advisor: Alex Kusenko), Yu Guo (Advisor: Eric D’Hoker), Jonathan Landy (Advisor: Joe Rudnick).
Eric Hudson and colleagues unveiled plans to build the first “nuclear clock” that runs at frequencies higher than previous atomic or optical clocks. Read more.
Gil Travish and collaborators have developed a Microemitter Array X-rays (MAX) technology that has the potential to address the widespread demand for both performance improvements and cost reductions in the traditional vacuum tube-based technology of the X-ray-imaging market. 
Katsushi Arisaka Awarded 2010 UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award. Read more.
Steven Furlanetto awarded 2010 Sloan Research Fellowship. Read more.
John Miao and collaborators have developed developed a novel 3D imaging modality, termed ankylography. Read more.
WISE Telescope Launched - "The last time we mapped the whole sky at these particular infrared wavelengths was 26 years ago," said Edward "Ned" Wright of UCLA, the principal investigator of the mission. Read more.
Jan. 04-08, 2010: CMPD/CMS 2010 Winter School.
Nov. 16-19, 2009: High Brightness Electron Beams Workshop.
Nov. 14, 2009: The UCLA Physics and Astronomy and Earth and Space Sciences Departments are putting on an exciting free public event on Saturday Nov. 14th. The event celebrates the International Year of Astronomy and the launch of Astro Live!, an outreach effort of Astronomy graduate students. Read more.
Quantum field theoretic extensions of Einstein’s theory of gravity tend to suffer from incurable infinities, but a theory called N=8 supergravity may actually avoid them - against expectations held for almost 30 years. Read more.
P&A Open House! As part of True Bruin Welcome Week Activities, the Physics & Astronomy Department invites you to their Open House on Wednesday, September 23, 2-3PM, 3rd Floor Patio, Physics & Astronomy Building. All are welcome!
Lensless diffractive imaging, pioneered by John Miao and colleagues in 1999, has now become super-fast! Read more.
Can gravity and quantum particles be reconciled after all? Read more.
Professor Pietro Musumeci is receiving a 2009 Department of Energy Outstanding Junior Investigator Award.
VLBA Locates Origin of Superenergetic Bursts Near Giant Black Hole. Read more.
Radio telescope images reveal planet-forming disk orbiting twin suns. Read more.
WISE Mission Assembled and Preparing for Launch. Read more.
Unlikely Suns Reveal Improbable Planets. 
Graduation Day 2009, June 13, 2009, 4:00pm, Schoenberg Music Building. Grads assemble at 3:30PM. Graduation Speaker is Bill Prady, the creator, executive producer and writer of "Big Bang Theory".
Former high energy scanner describes her job in the UCLA Physics department of the 1960's. Read more.
Brent Corbin was awarded one of UCLA's Distinguished Teaching Awards for non-senate faculty. Read more.
Yaroslav Tserkovnyak has just received news that he was awarded a NSF career award ($585K) for five years. This is a major accomplishment given the present financial climate.
Scientists create world's smallest light bulb. The new filament, created at UCLA, is 100,000 times narrower and 10,000 times shorter than those made by Edison.
Eric Becklin, professor emeritus was among 6 UCLA professors elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences this year, in recognition of their "preeminent contributions to their disciplines and to society at large".
March 9, 2009: Rainer Wallny's Fermilab collider experiments discover rare single top quark. Single top production is a long expected process, so it is not yet the discovery which topples the Standard Model, something hopefully the Large Hadron Collider will achieve. With its discovery however the Fermilab research program reaches another important milestone in its quest for the Higgs boson, and UCLA physicists had a large involvement in it. Read more.
March 9, 2009: USA Today - The evidence for the single top quark production was shown at Fermilab at a special seminar to a standing-room only crowd.
February 26, 2009: Making a 'Big Bang' on TV: 10 questions with David Saltzberg. Read more.
February 15, 2009: From 8:00pm-11:00pm ET/PT as a three-part special on the National Geographic Channel, "Known Universe". Rene Ong is interviewed during the third hour.
Februrary 20, 2009: Listen/Read - Physics & Astronomy faculty brief President Obama on scientific needs for the future.
Join us to celebrate the 2nd Teslathon at UCLA Physics & Astronomy - 50th anniversary of the invention of laser.
January 2009: Sitcoms Consult Scientists For Accuracy NPR's Scott Simon talks to astroparticle physicist David Saltzberg, who is a consultant to the CBS sitcom, "The Big Bang Theory."
New Fellows of the American Physical Society: Thomas Mason and Alexander Kusenko.
ACIPA Distinguished Scholar Prize awarded jointly to Sudip Chakravarty, UCLA, and Chandra M. Varma, UC Riverside, for their wide ranging contributions to condensed matter physics, in particular to strongly correlated electron systems. The American Chapter of the Indian Physics Association.
UCLA INVENTS-OIP, VOL III 2008 George Gruner,Ph.D., is a one-man technological revolution.Since his arrival at UCLA in 1980, Gruner, a Distinguished Professor of Physics and Astronomy, has created two startup companies .
UCLA INVENTS-OIP, VOL III 2008 In a UCLA lab, JohnMiao, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, andhis graduate student, Ben Fahimian, are developing new techniques that dramatically cut the radiation that CAT scans produce. 
November 5, 2008: UCLA Today - Mark Morris, is one of three astronomers recently selected to participate in the first scientific observations to be conducted by SOFIA, scheduled to begin in May 2009. 
October 23, 2008: UCLA researchers use scotch tape to produce x-rays.  
October 28,2008: Edward (Ned) Wright - UCLA Faculty research lecturer studies the stars.
October 28,2008: Our friend and colleague, Richard Norton, passed away October 28, 2008. A funeral will be held on November 15 in Aspen, Colorado, and a departmental memorial service is being planned. 
NOVA: Monster of the Milky Way. Does a supermassive black hole lurk at the center of our galaxy? Watch Andrea Ghez and Eric Becklin.
The department is pleased to announce that Professor Steven Furlanetto was recently awarded a 2008 Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering, awarded each year to twenty young researchers to allow the nation's most promising young professors to pursue their science and engineering research.Professor Furlanetto's current research focuses on the dark ages, which represents the frontier of observational cosmology and extragalactic astronomy. In his research funded by the Packard Fellowship, Professor Furlanetto plans to develop a variety of models for the possible  structures and their evolution during the dark ages, and to analyze these models to determine their predicted observational signatures.
September 23 2008: "Genius Award" - The department is proud to announce that Professor Andrea Ghez was awarded a 2008 MacArthur Fellowship. Recipients are selected for their creativity, originality, and potential to make important contributions in the future. MacArthur Fellowships offer the opportunity for Fellows to accelerate their current activities or take their work in new directions. The unusual level of independence afforded to Fellows underscores the spirit of freedom intrinsic to creative endeavors. 
September 10, 2008: Multibillion-dollar experiment to probe nature's mysteries Large Hadron Collider Wednesday September 10th, 2008, the schedule date for the test, is a major step toward seeing if the the immense experiment will provide new information about the way the universe works.
July 2008: The Discovery Channel - John Miao annd colleagues are working on x-rays that take groundbreaking virus portraits.
Large Hadron Rap: best physics rap ever - check it out.
Spring 2008: UCLA Graduate Quarterly Feature - Black Holes. Andrea Ghez's research group explores the innermost regions of the Milky Way.
A recent set of quantum oscillation experiments in high temperature cuprate superconductors may require a major revision of our understanding of these enigmatic materials widely debated over nearly two decades. See the theoretical discussions in
1) S. Chakravarty, "From Complexity to simplicity", Science, 319, 735 (2008) 
2) S. Chakravarty and H. -Y. Kee, "Fermi pockets and quantum oscillations of the Hall coefficient in high temperature superconductors", Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 105, 8835 (2008).
April 17, 2008: The UCLA Chancellor's Associates had the unique opportunity to peer into the heart of the Milky Way Galaxy. Their guide on this fantastic journey across space and time was renowned Physics and Astronomy Professor Andrea Ghez.
Congratualtions Ph.D. Recipients 2007-2008! See pictures from Graduation.
LATimes Sunday, April 13, 2008 "New atom-smasher could fill gaps in scientific knowledge..." 
"Deep in a dim cavern, UCLA physicist Bob Cousins scrambled onto a catwalk straddling the six-story detector known as the Compact Muon Solenoid,...." CMS Research. For more information on atom-smashers see pg. 6 of 2004-2005 Annual Report.
April 8: UCLA Today - "The Power of Wow."
Art Meets Science - For a class called "Media Archeology" that examined vision technology devices, a first-year graduate student in Design | Media Arts sought the aid of optics experts from the Department of Physics and Astronomy, Marty Simon. See amazing Teslathon demonstration held on 11.02.07.
Apr. 8, 2008: Arrangement of microscopic particles into letters is featured in Museum of Modern Art. 
Mar 30, 2008: Families at César Chavez Day celebration watch Manuel Urrutia demonstrate air flow.
March 26, 2008: 150 Students from Paul Revere Science Magnet came to UCLA Physics and Astronomy for a day of activities. 
Mar 4, 2008: Research Conducted using the UCLA Physics Saxon Cluster: A team of UCLA particle physics researchers (led by Charles Plager), which has been searching for the Flavor Changing Neutral Current (FCNC) decay of the top quark, announced a breakthrough on Feb. 14, 2008.
The 8th symposium on Dark Matter and Dark Energy was the best so far. The latest news on dark energy is that the data better fits the cosmological constant all the time. No theorists seem to understand why now.The discovery of 
dark matter could be near in this field.
February 25, 2008: Crystal bells stay silent as physicists look for dark matter. Scientists of the Cryogenic Dark Matter Search experiment today announced that they have regained the lead in the worldwide race to find the particles that make up dark matter.
February 2008: Professor Yaroslav Tserkovnyak was just awarded a Sloan Research Fellowships. He is one of two UCLA scientists to receive one of the 2008 fellowships.
February 26, 2008: It is with sadness that we inform you that our colleague Peter Schlein passed away on February 26, 2008 in Paris. A Memorial Service in New York Mar.9,2008. 
Jan 28, 2008 A team of researchers from UCLA, Argonne National Lab and the Australian Synchrotron, led by John Miao, have demonstrated, for the first time, that resonant X-ray diffraction microscopy can be used to image buried structures with nanoscale resolution.
January 23, 2008: Mirek Plavec UCLA division of Astronomy passed away on Jan. 23rd,2008 at his home. The memorial service will be on March 29th at 2:00PM in the Planetarium at Cal State Northridge.
January 7-12, 2008: CMPD Winterschool 2008.
November 6, 2007: High-end computation alters the research landscape. The Institute for Digital Research and Education joins with UCLA researchers in high-end computation work. 
November 2, 2007 6:30 -- 9 pm Day of the Dead 3-D Teslathon – A shocking display of high voltage electricity UCLA Knudsen Hall Outdoor Patio 2-222. 
October 9, 2007: In collaboration with Margaret Murnane, Henry Kapteyn and colleagues from the University of Colorado at Boulder and LBNL, CNSI member John Miao and his postdoc, Changyong Song, report the first experimental demonstration of tabletop diffraction microscopy by using high harmonic soft-x-ray beams. 
August 30, 2007: Prof. James Rosenzweig has been awarded, along with Prof. Ilan Ben-Zvi of SUNY-Stonybrook, the 2007 Free-electron Laser Prize. 
August 16, 2007: Polluted Dead Star Indicates Planets Like Earth May Have Formed Around Other Stars, UCLA Astronomers Report. 
Professor Alexander Kusenko showed some time ago that, if super-symmetry exists in nature, the non-topological solitons called Q-balls could form in the early universe and could presently exist as a form of dark matter. 
Pietro Musemici who joined the UCLA physics faculty in January 2007 has obtained a very good result on ultra-fast electron diffraction using picosecond long electron bunches. This is the first result from his new lab. This opens a new area of research, in which there is now a lot of interest nationwide.
May 31, 2007: Global warming A stairway to heaven? Invited talk by Alfred Wong at recent International Joint Assembly in Mexico. 
May 14, 2007: The New Yorker, Annals of Science: "Crash Course" regarding the Large Hadron Collider at Cern and has a couple of paragraphs in which the author talks to Bob Cousins.
May 7, 2007: New York Times "Getting the most bang out of Quarks and Gluons" - STAR experiment at Brookhaven and George Igo.
May 2007: Issue of Physics Today the UCLA Physics Dept. is featured on the back cover. This segment of the publication is called Back Scatter and it consists of a full page print of a photo from the PHYS 180E course (experimental plasma physics lab).
Apr 30, 2007: Edward L. Wright was among the 203 new Fellows elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. 
Apr 20, 2007: Physics Review Lettrs, Volume 98, Number 16 - "Cancellations Beyond Finiteness in N=8 Supergravity at Three Loops" by Prof. Zvi Bern and UCLA graduate students John Joseph Carrasco, Henrik Johansson and others. 
Nature Physics - Citation of PRL - Prof. Robijn Bruinsma's paper was highlighted by Nature Physics in the News and Views section.
May 2, 2007, 1:00-5:00pm - Finkelstein Symposium will be held in recognition of his 90th birthday last year. 
February 27, 2007_ Brian Kappus UCLA graduate student in Seth Putterman's lab in NY Times. 
2006 - 2001
2005-2006 Physics & Astronomy Annual Report.
Ned Wright -UCLA Astronomer Named to NASA Mission to Scan Stars.
Jianwei Mia - New Microscope takes 3D nano pictures. Reported in UPI November 29, 2006.
December 14-25 "Metrology for Beyond CMOS", to be held in San Francisco.
Andrea Ghez will be on Nova this coming Tuesday, October 31st at 8:00pm, PBS.
Ned Wright, UCLA astronomer is lead investigator for NASA space mission.
Ned Wright received a share of this year's Gruber Cosmology Prize.
Physics & Astronomy - Pictures from Graduation June 17, 2006.
Dept of Physics & Astronomy Saxon Memorial - June 10, 2006.
Thomas Mason: Creating a New Field is Just the Start.
UCLA physicists controlled enzyme complex Protein Kinase A PKA’s regulatory subunit through a molecular spring. Under tension the spring leads to a change in the regulatory unit, causing the catalytic subunit to separate, activating the enzyme.
PAAL Award Dinner - May 06, 2006: Ben Holmes.
Scientists Discover Double-helix Nebula. 
UCLA Astronomers activate link to world's largest telescope (UCLA Today, 04.11.06).
Dark Matter Lighting up the First Stars, Alex Kusenko (UCLA) & Peter Bierman (MPIFR).
Research from the beginning of time (Economist, 03.23.06).
Sterile neutrinos unravel astrophysics (CERN Courier, 03.23.06).
'Sterile' neutrinos may solve cosmic conundrums (New Scientist).
Research Highlights (Nature, 03.23.06).
Special Event: In celebration of Richard Feynman's Birthday, come see Genghis Blues.
New Humanities Building: NOW and THEN.
Getting the ball rolling on science: Graduate students take their education downtown and teach physics to children from low-income families.
DNA Nebula Found in Milky Way.
"Nobody has ever seen anything like that before in the cosmic realm," said Mark Morris of the University of California, Los Angeles. 
"The Ghost Particle" on NOVA Feb. 21, 2006 at 8 p.m. 
A speckle pattern from Miao’s group is highlighted on the American Physical Society 2006 calendar. 
Remembering a UCLA icon - Former UC president, professor, active at UCLA until his death last week at 85.
December 8, 2005: We sadly report the passing of David Saxon, Professor Emeritus of the UCLA Department of Physics and Astronomy and past president of the University of California.
New book release: "Physics in Molecular Biology", by Kim Sneppen and Giovanni Zocchi is now available through Cambridge University Press or
Physical Review Letters - Nov. 18, 2005: "Multiple Phases with the Same Quantized Hall Conductance in a Two-Subband System", X. C. Zhang, D. R. Faulhaber, and H. W. Jiang.
Science News: Deciphering the Code of Viral Geometry.
Criticality in correlated quantum matter, Nature, October 2005: ANGELA KOPP AND SUDIP CHAKRAVARTY.
Quantum Criticality reviewed in News and Views.
Physics: far from the frontier.
Sergio Ferrara chosen to receive the 2006 Dannie Heineman Prize for Mathematical Physics.
Winter School for the Fusion Science Center.
2nd Southern California String Seminar.
The Physics and Applications of High Brightness Electron Beams Workshop.
Erice, Sicily, October 9-14, 2005.
International Confrence on Strangeness in Quark Matter to be held at UCLA.
"Come one, come all" - Commencement Ceremony will take place on Saturday, June 18 at 4:30PM in Schoenberg Hall.  
AP Associated Press: Wednesday, April 27, 2005 UCLA Researchers Produce Nuclear Fusion.
April 22, 2005 - Alexandra Lampert, an undergraduate physics student at UCLA was presented a scholarship honoring the memory of Dr. Waldo Lyon.
Career Day 2005 - (Sponsored by the Physics and Astronomy Alumni Alliance) - Wed., April 20, 6:00 - 8:30pm, 4th Floor Conference Room (4-330 and 4-340), Physics & Astronomy Building.
Vern Knudsen Remembered - Tuesday, April 19, 2005, 7:00 – 9:00 pm.
Scientists have created a mechanism at the nanoscale to externally control the function and action of a protein.
Nanomix Inks License for UCLA Biomolecule Detection Technology.
Feb 28- Mar 1, 2005 - 3rd BNL/UCLA Workshop on Multipurpose Detectors for Proton Decay and VLBL Neutrino Physics.
Visit the Skirball Cultural Center Exhibts: "Einstein" through May 29, 2005 and "Time/Space, Gravity and Light" through Feb 27, 2005 (
The end of Kinsey Hall: Loss of name signals loss of history.
Kinsey Hall Reconstruction.
UC Regents Lectures by Sackmann can be accessed at Physics 243F.
Joint CNSI-Physics & Astronomy Position at UCLA.
2003-2004 Annual Report.
Saxon Lecuture: Sept. 30, 2004.
Building Inauguration and PAAL Awards Dinner taking place November 13th.
Notice of Open Fall-Quarter GE course in Astronomy! 
Power Workshop on High Power Average Power & High Brightness Beams: November 8 - 10, 2004.
Job Opportunity in Lecture Demonstrations.
2005 Aspen Winter Conference in Condensed Matter Physics: High-Temperature Superconductivity.
Andrea Ghez elected to the American Academy of Arts and Science in April 2004.
Quantum Computing, Secure Communications Closer to Reality; UCLA Scientists Control a Single Electron’s Spin.
LANN Workshop Friday, July 23, 2004.
Astronomer Andrea Ghez has been awarded the 2004 Gold Shield Faculty Prize for Academic Excellence.
The TA Tutoring Center, located in A-212 Knudsen, will be open beginning June 30, 2004.
4-6pm at Sunset Rec Center Upper Field -”UCLA PHYSICS & ASTRONOMY 2nd Annual Faculty vs grad vs undergrad volleyball game.”
The Department of Energy has selected the University of Maryland/University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and the University of Rochester to host two new Fusion Science Centers. DOE funding for the University of Maryland, UCLA-led Fusion Science Center will total $6.4 million over five years. 
Workshop on Molecular Machines at our neighbour the Institute of Pure and Applied mathematics (IPAM) starting Monday, May 24.
Commencement Cerimony: All 2004 Physics graduates will be honored at our department celebration on June 19, 2004, 4PM, Schoenberg Hall. Reception will follow. You will need a ticket to attend this year celebration. 
Postdoctoral Fellow Peter Armitage is one of the 33 selected researchers across all science disciplines to receive this year's National Science Foundation International Research Fellows Award. Dr. Armitage will conduct research at the Université de Genève concerning the nanoscale electrodynamic response of various complex solid-state quantum systems.
Reception in honor of Professor Andrea Ghez's recent election to membership in the National Academy of Sciences.
Professor George Grüner is serving as chief scientist at Nanomix Inc.
Stuart Brown and Rene Ong have been elected Fellows of the American Physical Society this year.
Andrea Ghez elected to the National Academy of Sciences (2004-04-20). Election to membership in the Academy is considered one of the highest honors that can be accorded a U.S. Scientist or engineer. 
Andrea Ghez is co-winner (along with Adam Reiss of Space Telescope) of the Sackler Prize for outstanding research in astrophysics. This was a world-wide competition for astronomers under 40, and she gets $20,000 + a trip to Israel.
Academic Senate Committee on Teaching has awarded Mark Morris a Distinguished Teaching Award.
March 4, 2004 in Nature: "An explanation for a universality of transition temperatures in families of copper oxide superconductors", by Sudip Chakravarty, H-Y Kee and K. Völker. Also, News & Views - "Superconductivity: Turn up the Temperature" by Piers Coleman.
Spring 04 - Physics C185: Physics Beyond Physics.
MWF 12pm - 1pm, 3-145U Knudsen Hall, J. M. Cornwall
Oxford University Press has just published a senior-level text book" Fundamentals of Beam Physics", which was written by Prof. James Rosenzweig during the teaching of Physics 150, The Physics of Charged Particle and Laser Beams
PAAL Award Dinner (Nov. 11, 2003).
UCLA Astronomers Obtain "Molecular Fingerprints" for Celestial "Brown Dwarfs," Missing Link between Stars and Planets. 
UCLA researchers have received a Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) award from the National Science Foundation.
Offices of Plasma Physics have been relocated.
Spring Quarter 2003 - PSTI is proud to announce The Distinguished Research Lectures by Dr. Robert Strangeway on "Space Plasmas as a Natural Laboratory", Wednesdays, 3130 Hershey Hall.
Lawrence Aller, 89 passed away at his home in Malibu March 16, 2003. Professor Aller helped build UCLA Astronomy Department.(Obituary) Lawrence Aller Memorial Service - April 12th.
For the first time in UCLA history, two women faculty members have been chosen by an Academic Senate committee to deliver Faculty Research Lectures in the same academic year: Andrea M. Ghez, professor of physics and astronomy, and Margaret C. Jacob, professor of history. Ghez is one of the world\'s foremost observational astrophysicists in the field of high-precision infrared imaging and spectroscopy. Jacob, in her distinguished career in Britain, France, Holland and this country, has a unique record of achievements.
Cluster Discovered - June 5 issue of Nature 
A small, bizarre cluster of a million young stars, enshrouded in thick gas and dust in a nearby dwarf galaxy, has been confirmed by Jean Turner, professor of physics and astronomy, and her colleagues in the June 5 issue of Nature. 
Kenneth MacKenzie, 90 passed away July 3, 2002. 
UCLA Dept of Physics & Astronomy 2002 Saxon Lecture - Thurs May 23 @ 3:30.
Professor Wolfgang Ketterle (Nobel Laureate in Physics 2001) Nina Byers has been elected Vice Chair of the Forum on History of Physics. Her term as Vice Chair begins immediately following this year's April APS meeting and extends through the April 2003 meeting. She will be Chair Elect in 2003-2004 and Chair in 2004-2005. As Past Chair in 2005-2006,she will continue to serve on the FHP Executive Committee through the April 2006 meeting.
It is with great sadness that I must inform you that Tim Smart, our Facilities Coordinator, passed away Tuesday, April 9. He was 51 years old. Tim joined the David Cline group at the University of Wisconsin as an Engineering Technician in 1978 and worked on High Energy Physics projects in Wisconsin, Utah and Italy with the Cline group before joining the UCLA staff 1987. Since 1991 he served the Department of Physics and Astronomy as our Facilities Coordinator and played a major role in numerous lab and office renovations, the seismic upgrade of Knudsen Hall and in planning the new Physics and Astronomy building which is now under construction. He will be greatly missed. Tim is survived by his wife, Carol.
National Academy of Science Honors 14.... Arctowski Medal for outstanding contributions to the study of solar physics and solar-terrestrial relationships -- goes to Roger K.Ulrich, professor, department of physics and astronomy, University of California, Los Angeles.
UCLA receives 4.8 million grant to support research at the world\'s best plasma physics facility.
Gil Clark makes dramatic measurement at high magnetic field.
Physicists explore plasma's mysteries (UCLA Today - December 11, 2001).
A visit to the Electric Tokamak & the Large Plasma Device Lab (LAPD) at the Science and Technology Research Building (STRB) at UCLA.
Remembering Professor John M. Dawson of the UCLA Physics Department.
"CP Violation: Past, Present and Future", Celebration in honor of Roberto Peccei's 60th Birthday Conveying the fun, beauty of science.