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Department of Physics and Astronomy

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  • Dr. Emanuele Berti was elected as a fellow of the American Physical Society — September, 2015.
    Emanuele Berti, UM associate professor of physics and astronomy, was awarded the prestigious honor during the society's annual fall meeting in September. The citation acknowledges Berti “for important contributions to theoretical gravitational-wave physics, including quasi-normal modes of black holes, tests of alternative theories, the links between analytic and numerical relativity, and the astrophysics of merging black holes.”
  • The 2015 Physics Nobel Prize was awarded jointly to Takaaki Kajita and Arthur B. McDonald “for the discovery of neutrino oscillations, which shows that neutrinos have mass”.
  • Dr. Luca Bombelli wins the 2015 Frist Student Service Award — May 9, 2015.
  • Sumudu Tennakoon wins first place for best podium presentation at the 5th Annual Graduate Student Research Poster Symposium — April 28, 2015.
    Physics Grads at the 5th Annual Graduate Student Research Poster Symposium organized by The Graduate Student Council (GSC) in coordination with the Graduate School and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP).
        Physics Poster Presentation:
      • Sunethra Dayavansha “Higher Temperature Studies Of Shear Wave Speed In A Viscoelastic Wormlike Micellar (wm) Fluid.”
        Physics Podium Presentations:
      • Hector Okada da Silva : “Testing General Relativity With Neutron Stars: A New Parameterized Framework”
      • Vahid Naderyan : “Wind induced ground motions”
      • Nazanin Omidi : “Computation of Ultrasonic Pressure Fields in Feline Brain”
      • Sumudu Tennakoon : “Temperature & Pressure Effects on Phase Transitions of Lead magnesium niobate-lead titanate (PMN-PT) Relaxor Ferroelectric Material.”
      Physics Grads at the 5th Annual 
                         Graduate Student Research Poster Symposium
      From Left to Right: Sunethra Dayavansha, Hector Okada da Silva, Vahid Naderyan, Nazanin Omidi, and Sumudu Tennakoon.
      Sumudu Tennakoon was awarded with the 1st Place prize for the Podium Presentation category.
  • UM alumna Josephine Howard offered problem-solving advice to UM students at a Joint SPS and PME meeting — April 21, 2015.
  • University of Mississippi graduate student Hector Okada da Silva received the Blue Apple Award for the best student talk at the 8th Gulf Coast Gravity Meeting — February 28, 2015.
  • The 2015 Conferences for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP), southeastern region meeting will be held at the University of Mississippi — January 16-18, 2015.

    The University of Mississippi was chosen by the American Physical Society (APS) as the southeastern region site for the 2015 Conferences for Undergraduate Women in Physics. The local organizing committee is led by Dr. Cecille Labuda along with Dr. Luca Bombelli and Dr. Marco Cavaglia as faculty committee members assisted by several student committee members.

    The conference schedule will feature a combination of talks by professional physicists in a variety of areas of physics, panel discussions on graduate school, careers in physics and diversity, a poster session, student talks, and opportunities for the attendees to meet other students, speakers and panelists. More than 120 undergraduate students have applied to attend our conference, one of eight simultaneous conferences held nationwide. There will be one common keynote speaker, with the keynote address being simulcast to all CUWiP sites from our site at the University of Mississippi.

    For more information about the conference series, see the APS site:

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