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Eot-Wash Group Photo
September 10, 2020
Three UW Physics professors are the recipients of the 2021 Breakthrough Prize in fundamental physics: Emeritus Professor Eric Adelberger, Professor Jens Gundlach, and Professor (and former Chair) Blayne Heckel.  They are joined by UW Professor of Biochemistry, David Baker, who was awarded the Breakthrough Prize in life sciences.  The Breakthrough Prizes, together with Nobels, are the most prestigious prizes in science.  These $3 million prizes have been awarded annually since 2013 by the... Read more
Comp Sci Building
September 1, 2020
UW News has posted a story about a $3 million grant to the UW to establish a NSF Research Traineeship at the University of Washington for graduate students in quantum information science and technology. The new traineeship — known as Accelerating Quantum-Enabled Technologies, or AQET — will make the UW one of just “a handful” of universities with a formal, interdisciplinary curriculum in this field. AQET students can come from doctoral programs in the Department of Chemistry, the Department of... Read more
July 16, 2020
Emeritus Professor Lillian C. McDermott passed away on July 8, 2020. Lillian was a pioneer in the field of physics education research.  A graduate of Vassar College and Columbia University, she joined the University of Washington in 1967 and retired in 2019.  She was a fellow of the APS, AAAS, and AAPT, recipient of the AAPT Oersted medal, and the ICPE Medal presented by the International Commission on Education of IUPAP.  She was the lead author of Physics by Inquiry and Tutorials in... Read more
Yankowitz portrait
July 10, 2020
Matthew Yankowitz, an assistant professor in the departments of MSE and physics, has received the Young Investigator Program (YIP) Award from the Army Research Office, an element of the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command’s Army Research Laboratory. The objective of YIP is to encourage and support young university faculty in research areas relevant to the Army. YIP awards are one of the most prestigious honors bestowed by the Army to outstanding scientists beginning their... Read more
McLerran Computing
July 9, 2020
In this and a companion paper, Larry McLerran and Raju Venugopalan proposed a classical model for the scattering of large nuclei at high energies. They argued that the color charges of the... Read more
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July 1, 2020
John Cramer, professor of physics, is weighing in with a potential solution to one of the longest-running puzzles in quantum mechanics: a phenomenon known as wave function collapse. Featured on GeekWire 
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June 22, 2020
Katie McCormick, postdoctoral scholar in physics, explains how lasers can produce the slowest thing on earth. Featured on The Conversation 
Zakkir Rahman Portrait
June 17, 2020
When Zakkir Rahman arrived at the UW as a freshman, he discovered that undergraduates must fulfill general education requirements, including courses in the visual, literary & performing arts (VLPA).  As a STEM student set on studying astronomy, he was annoyed. What did the arts have to do with him? Everything, as it turns out.  This month Rahman graduates with majors in astronomy and physics — and dance. Read more at... Read more
MWA at night
June 11, 2020
Today, stars fill the night sky. But when the universe was in its infancy, it contained no stars at all. And an international team of scientists is closer than ever to detecting, measuring and studying a signal from this era that has been traveling through the cosmos ever since that starless era ended some 13 billion years ago. That team — led by researchers at the University of Washington, the University of Melbourne, Curtin University and Brown University —... Read more
June 11, 2020
Please join us on Saturday, June 13 at 10am for the Physics Department Virtual Graduation Ceremony.