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New Additions and Updates to Physics Department Programs

Several exciting updates to the physics department degree programs have been approved by the College of Arts and Sciences.

  • New M.S. in Medical Physics degree
  • New Biomedical physics track within the B.S. Major in Physics degree
  • A new course PHY 397: Research Methods (2 credits) has been created as a sophomore/junior-level requirement for all physics majors (B.S. PHY, B.S., and APA). This course replaces PHY 302 Modern Physics Lab.
  • PHY 581 & PHY 582: Advanced Lab 1 & 2 are replaced by PHY 499: Research Capstone (1 credit), which is now required of all majors (B.S. PHY, B.S., and APA).
  • MTH 350 (Applied Linear Algebra and Differential Equations) is now required in the APA major.
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Physics majors to give invited talks at 2015 Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physical Sciences

Senior physics major Danielle Desa, and junior physics major Christina Miller have been invited to give talks at the 2015 Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physical Sciences. The conference will be held Thursday, Oct. 15 - Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015 at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.

Christina Miller, 12:10 p.m. on Thursday October 15th, Applying nonlinear optics to monitor changes in cellular metabolism with the onset and progression of disease

Danielle Desa, 4:40 p.m. on Saturday Oct. 17th, OTOTOXIC AMINOGLYCOSIDES INCREASE REACTIVE OXYGEN SPECIES FORMATION AND DECREASE ENDOGENOUS ANTIOXIDANT LEVELS IN COCHLEAR CELLS

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Christina Miller wins 1st place for best oral presentation

Christina Miller won 1st place for best oral presentation at the annual Nebraska IDeA Networks for Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) meeting in Lincoln.

Christina has worked with Dr. Mike Nichols in the Physics department for the last 2 years and her summer research project was performed in Dr. Laura Hansen's lab in the Biomedical Sciences department.  A hallmark of the INBRE program is collaborative projects between undergraduate faculty members in the College of Arts & Sciences and graduate faculty members within the state of Nebraska.

For more information please see the Creighton news article.

Congratulations Christina!

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Dr. Wrubel honored with Outstanding Teacher in Graduate Education Award

At the Creighton University Graduate School Hooding Ceremony, Dr. Jonathan Wrubel was honored with the innaugural "Outstanding Teacher in Graduate Education Award." The award was presented by M.S. student Nathan Holman who did his research in the Laser-Cooled Atoms Group led by Dr. Wrubel. Dr. Wrubel was nominated for his ability to inspire students, taking project-based learning and using it to pull together overarching concepts in his courses. Dr. Wrubel values not only the scientific education of his students, but also pursues core Jesuit values in his teaching.

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Hakan Armagan receives Fulbright Distinguished Teacher Award

Hakan Armağan (M.S. Physics, Creighton University, 2001) has been awarded a Fulbright Distinguished Teacher Award from the U.S. Department of State. As a part of that award he is working in Victoria, New Zealand at the Antarctic Research Centre studying renewable energy policies and environmental sustainability. The ARC has a full article about his work. Hakan teaches Energy and Nuclear Science and Physics at Burke High School here in Omaha. Congratulations Hakan!

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Physics Club Recognized with Outstanding Chapter Award

The Creighton University physics club (Society of Physics Students) has been recognized with the 2014 Oustanding Chapter Award for Zone 11 from the American Institute of Physics. This is the second year in a row that our physics chapter has been recognized for its accomplishments.

Congratulations to the physics club members and especially to the hard work of all the officers!

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Dr. Ekpenyong publishes in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Infectious diseases, in which pathogens invade and colonize host cells, are responsible for one third of all mortality worldwide.  Host cells use special proteins (immunoproteins) and other molecules to fight viral and bacterial invaders.  The mechanisms by which immunoproteins enable cells to reduce bacterial loads and survive infections remained unclear until some physicists and biologists teamed up to unravel the mystery. They found that cells, amazingly, alter their physical properties (precisely, their stiffness) in a manner that reduces bacterial burden.

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CU Physics Graduate student is one of 11 selected for summer research in Italy

Physics graduate student Barak Gruberg was one of 11 students selected for an exchange program high energy nuclear physics research in Italy this summer. He will be working in Turin. This opportunity is jointly funded by the US Department of Energy and the Istituto Nazionale de Fisica Nucleare (INFN).

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