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Colloquium to discuss online tutoring system
October 13, 2005

Tom Dickinson, WSU Regents professor, Paul A. Anderson professor of physics, and professor of material science, will discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the WSU On-Line Question and Tutoring System during a physics and astronomy colloquium on Tuesday, Oct. 18.The title of the colloquium is “What you can do and what you can’t do with the WSU On-Line Question and Tutoring System.” It will discuss the development of a web-based questioning and tutoring system that self-grades quizzes and provides tutoring opportunities to students, while remaining easy to use by both students and instructors. The system will be demonstrated live at the colloquium. System creators plan … » More …

WSU physicist Tomsovic awarded Fellowship
April 22, 2005

Steven Tomsovic, professor and chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Washington State University, has been offered the 2006-2007 Martin-Gutzwiller Fellowship by the Max-Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems.  The fellowship provides a stipend that will allow Tomsovic to spend a year conducting research at the institute in Dresden, Germany. It also includes funding for a doctoral or postdoctoral fellow to accompany him.  Tomsovic is noted for his theoretical physics research in the area of quantum chaos, the study of the underlying role of complex particle motions in the wave-like behavior found in the microscopic world. His work has covered quantum … » More …

Unknown keeps physics students on edge of seats
March 25, 2005

Learn, discover and teach: these are the tenets of the WSU professor. Mark Kuzyk, professor and associate chair of physics, embodies all three. These attributes are what distinguish professors such as Kuzyk and why he is selected to give the 2005 Distinguished Faculty Address. The award recognizes achievements in research, scholarship and teaching that place the honoree in the front ranks of his or her discipline. Kuzyk, a professor at WSU for the past 15 years, is best known for the “Kuzyk quantum gap.” This theory shows there to be a significant gap between all materials and their fundamental physical limits; real materials fail to … » More …

Gupta named Eminent Faculty Award winner
February 18, 2005

Yogendra M. Gupta, WSU professor of physics and director of the Institute for Shock Physics, has been named the winner of the 2005 Eminent Faculty Award. The $15,000 award was created in 2000 at the request of President V. Lane Rawlins to honor career-long excellence within WSU’s academic community. Recipients must have changed the thinking in their fields by making lasting contributions through teaching, research, creative scholarship and service. They must have made notable contributions to the vitality and strength of the WSU community. Gupta is the fifth recipient of the highest honor the university bestows on a faculty member. For the list of previous … » More …

Philip Abelson, distinguished scientist, dies at age 91
August 20, 2004

Former Carnegie Institution president and Washington State University physics alumnus Philip Abelson died Aug. 1 in Bethesda, Md. at the age of 91.

The first recipient (in 1962) of the WSU Regents’ Distinguished Alumnus Award, and a recipient of a WSU Foundation Outstanding Service Award, Abelson was perhaps best known as a scientist for his co-discovery of neptunium (element 93) and a method he devised for large-scale enrichment of uranium for use as a power source in submarines, leading to the construction of the world’s first atomic submarine.A Tacoma native and graduate of Tacoma’s Lincoln … » More …

Philip Abelson honored by Carnegie Institution and WSU
October 31, 2003

Former Carnegie Institution president and Washington State University physics alumnus, Philip Abelson, will be honored Wednesday at a special Carnegie Institution symposium marking his 90th birthday.The symposium, which is being held at the Institution in Washington D.C., will include a presentation to Abelson of the WSU Foundation Outstanding Service Award by former College of Sciences Dean Leon Radziemski. The award is given annually to recognize individuals who have rendered outstanding service to WSU and to the WSU Foundation. Abelson’s contributions include, according to one of his nominators, “bringing WSU’s world class academic and research programs to the attention of the worldwide community of scientists and … » More …

Shock Physics nabs $18M
April 11, 2003

The U.S. Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration has approved an $18 million, five-year extension to a grant for Washington State University’s Institute for Shock Physics. The initial $10 million grant, awarded in 1997, established the institute as a part of the DOE’s strategic investment in selected scientific disciplines important to science-based stockpile stewardship.According to physics professor and institute director Yogendra Gupta, the grant will permit the Institute to continue as a national resource in shock-compression science and to build on and enhance the foundation laid during the past five years. “Continuing support of the institute ensures that one of the core disciplines of the … » More …

Sandia Lab physicist selected to help lead
November 1, 2002

A leading scientist from Sandia National Laboratories was named associate director of Washington State University’s Institute for Shock Physics. James Asay directed shock-wave research programs at Sandia as deputy director of Shock Physics Applications and deputy for Science and Technology in the Pulsed Power Sciences Center.His responsibilities at ISP will include developing new research opportunities and collaborations for the institute, as well as administrative and supervisory duties. “Jim Asay is internationally renowned and respected for his scientific work and leadership in shock-wave and high-pressure science and his recent work using pulsed power at Sandia,” said Yogendra Gupta, ISP director. “I am delighted he will be … » More …