The University of Mississippi
Department of Physics and Astronomy

News and Activities


Ongoing Activities

Recent Events

  • Spooky Science Open House — October 27, 2012
  • 2012 Physics Nobel Prize
  • Tougaloo students visit Ole Miss — September 25, 2012

      Students from Tougaloo college visited the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Besides meeting our faculty they took a walk around campus (including a tour of the National Center for Physical Acoustics and of the Center for Manufacturing Excellence ) and heard about career opportunities in physics and other STEM disciplines. This visit was supported in part by Dr. Emanuele Berti’s NSF CAREER Award.

      This is a picture of the whole group, including amazing Dr. Donald Cole (watch this video!), around James Meredith’s statue. This is a special year for Ole Miss: we are commemorating the 50th anniversary of the enrollment of James Meredith with a series of events on Opening the Closed Society.

      The building you can see in the back is the Physics Department (Lewis Hall).
  • The paper, "Black-Hole Bombs and Photon-Mass Bounds" by the University of Mississippi General Relativity Group has been published in Physical Review Letters, Phys. Rev. Lett. 109, 131102 (2012)
  • Ahmed Rashed received an award while attending the 4th International Summer School on Neutrino Physics — July 10 - 21, 2012
      He received the award at the 4th International Summer School on Neutrino Physics (INSS2012), co-hosted by Virginia Tech and Fermilab, which took place at Virginia Tech's Center for Neutrino Physics in Blacksburg, Virginia from July 10th to July 21st, 2012.
      The lecturers assigned some questions to the participants to address in the tutorial sessions in groups. His group was formed from three students (one theorist and two experimentalists) and addressed three questions; do the charged leptons oscillate, how to use neutrinos to set up a fast communications link to do insider trading, and construct a model to explain the relationship between the sine of the reactor neutrino mixing angle and the ratio of the neutrino solar and atmospheric mass-squared differences. His group was one of three groups (out of twenty groups) that got a presentation award. Award Presented to Amed Rashed
  • CERN Experiments Observe Particle Consistent with Long-Sought Higgs Boson — July 4, 2012
  • LIGO eLab Workshop — June 11 - 12, 2012
  • Transit of Venus — June 5, 2012
      A transit of Venus will start at about 5 PM CDT on June 5th 2012. This is a fairly rare occurrence with the next one happening in 2117. As with a solar eclipse Venus, instead of the Moon, will pass across the face of the Sun. As with a solar eclipse, this may be observed either through a filtered telescope or by projection. See Wikipedia and NASA for more details. A live webcast is also available at the Bareket Observatory.
      Figure showing the Transit of Venus 2012
      Map of Mississippi showing Oxford, MS
      Local Transit Times

      Photos Taken at the University of Mississippi

      Taken through a 70-mm TeleVue Pronto refractor Telescope

      Taken through a 70-mm TeleVue Pronto refractor Telescope

      Projection using “Sunspotter” Solar Telescope

      Taken through a 12-in Mede LX200 reflector Telescope
  • Charles Sabatier Named 2012 FCPS Teacher of the Year
  • MAP (Mississippi Association of Physicists) Spring Meeting — April 13 - 14, 2012
    The Mississippi Section of American Association of Physics Teachers (MAP) will meet on the University of Mississippi campus in Oxford, MS.
  • Ahmed Rashed has received the Forum on Graduate Student Affairs (FGSA) Travel Award up to $500 from the American Physical Society (APS) for Excellence in Graduate Research.
  • 2011 Physics Nobel Prize
  • MICE Collaboration Meeting - CM31 — October 28 - 31, 2011
  • Spooky Science Open House — October 28, 2011
  • Oxford, MS Science Café — October 18, 2011
      Selected Photos. (Click on these thumbnails for larger versions)
  • University of Mississippi Postdoc Rahmat Rahmat presented his paper “ The Most Precise Top Mass Measurement in the World at 7 TeV” at the 44th Annual Fermilab Users Meeting — June 2, 2011
  • 2011 Sigma Pi Sigma Induction
  • Sumedhe Karunarathne is a winner of the 2011 Graduate Instructor Excellence in Teaching Award
      The Graduate Instructor Excellence in Teaching Award is sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. They were especially impressed with his teaching philosophy and his high ratings on student evaluations. And especially appreciated his comment about helping “facilitate discoveries” in Physics 223-224.
      The Golden Apple Award and $1000 check was presented to him at the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony on Friday May 13, 2011 at the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts.
      Golden Apple Award
      Sumedhe and his wife Golden Apple Award Sumedhe and Dr. Marshall
  • Chioma Udemgba has received a Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory
  • The University of Mississippi LIGO Team has been awarded the grant “ Mississippi Participation in LIGO's Search for Gravitational Waves: Getting Ready for Advanced LIGO” from the National Science Foundation.
  • MidSouth Chapter meeting of the Acoustical Society of America — April 13-15 2011
  • Muon Accelerator Program workshop — April 13-15 2011
  • UM Physicist Honored for Black Hole Research
  • Dr. Berti receives Career Award from NSF— March 3, 2011.
  • Dr. Berti receives Outstanding Referee Award from APS — January 21, 2011.
  • National Science Foundation's Research Experiences for Undergraduates
  • New endowment to Lewis Scholarship