Drut, Heckman Receive Junior Faculty Development Awards

December 28, 2015

UNC Physics and Astronomy Professors Joaquin Drut and Jonathan Heckman have both received Junior Faculty Development Awards this year. Dr. Heckman won his award to support research in “compactified” string theory, and seeks ways to extend the standard model of … Continued

Breaking the Silos

December 15, 2015

The Institute for Cosmology, Subatomic Matter, and Symmetries (CoSMS Institute) is currently profiled on the UNC College of Arts and Sciences website. The Institute is a scientific collaboration between the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina State … Continued

Probing Nuclear Reactions in Stars

December 14, 2015

Research conducted by the Laboratory for Experimental Nuclear Astrophysics (LENA) has been given a spotlight at the US Department of Energy website. UNC Physics and Astronomy Professors Christian Iliadis and Art Champagne are collaborators in experiments which measure thermonuclear fusion … Continued

Forged in the Heart of Stars

November 16, 2015

UNC Professor Christian Iliadis, along with Prof. Sumner Starrfield and Frank Timmes of Arizona State, were awarded a $700,000 NASA grant to better understand how supernovae evolve prior to explosion. Their study seeks to resolve uncertainties in how stars create … Continued

TUNL Celebrates 50 Years

November 13, 2015

Triangle Universities Nuclear Laboratory (TUNL) celebrates fifty years of service to research and education this month. It is one of only four Department of Energy Centers of Excellence in the United States. TUNL is a collaboration between UNC, Duke, and … Continued

Four UNC Physics Majors Inducted into Phi Beta Kappa

November 13, 2015

Phi Beta Kappa honor society inducted 144 new members into its UNC chapter during a ceremony on November 9, 2015. Remarks at the event were given by Emil Kang, UNC Executive Director for the Arts and the Executive and Artistic … Continued

AIP Recognizes UNC Physics’ Undergraduate Program

October 19, 2015

Data recently published by the American Institute of Physics shows that UNC Physics and Astronomy averaged 29 bachelor’s degrees from 2012 – 2014. The organization recognized UNC among national physics programs with PhD programs that have averaged granting 20 or … Continued

UNC Physicists Played Key Roles in Nobel Prize Project

October 6, 2015

The Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to Takaaki Kajita of University of Tokyo, in Kashiwa Japan, and Art McDonald of Queens University in Ontario, Canada. McDonald led a research project that included physicists at the University of North Carolina … Continued

UNC Physics Professors Develop 3D Dental X-Ray Method

September 25, 2015

UNC researchers are developing 3D x-ray technology for the dental industry that will provide more detailed images for diagnosis and care. The technology, called 3D Intraoral Imaging, was developed by UNC physics professors Otto Zhou and Jianping Lu. It utilizes … Continued

Prof. Laura Mersini-Houghton Featured in BBC Documentary

September 10, 2015

The theory of the origin of our universe from the landscape multiverse developed by Prof. Mersini-Houghton at UNC-Chapel Hill was recently featured in the BBC-Horizon documentary ‘Which universe are we in’, where Prof. Mersini-Houghton is interviewed. The existence of several … Continued

Folt, Hawking Kick Off Physics Conference in Stockholm

August 25, 2015

UNC-CH Chancellor Carol Folt welcomed Stephen Hawking on Monday before he delivered a lecture to kick off the Hawking Radiation Conference in Stockholm, Sweden. The conference is co-sponsored by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Nordic Institute … Continued

STEM Education at UNC Profiled in Inside Higher Ed

August 24, 2015

Inside Higher Ed has profiled the Association of American Universities’ undergraduate science initiative, including efforts at UNC to improve introductory-level science courses through innovative teaching methods that pull emphasis away from the traditional lecture model and encourage participatory, immersive learning. … Continued