Professor Paul Anderson has been elected a 2020 Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) by the APS Council of Representatives upon the recommendation of the Division of Gravitational Physics . This honor is in recognition of Dr. Anderson’s contributions to the understanding of quantum field theory in curved spacetime applied to black hole and cosmological spacetimes.
Prof. Kandada’s work was featured in the 2020 Journal of Materials Chemistry C Emerging Investigators issue. This collection gathers the very best work from materials scientists in the early stages of their independent career. Each contributor was recommended by experts in their fields as carrying out work with the potential to influence future directions in materials science.
Congratulations to Fred Salsbury, Professor of Physics, on being awarded the Scott Family Fellowship Award beginning on July 1, 2020 for three years. Prof. Salsbury was given the award in recognition of his “outstanding record of teaching and scholarship”.
Sophomore Physics-Theatre double major Lainey Drake earned the prestigious Brooke Owens Fellowship, As a Brooke Owens Fellow, Lainey will spend the summer as an engineering intern with Virgin Galactic in Las Cruces, New Mexico as they pioneer commercial space travel.
Robert Bradford, a junior physics major/math minor doing research with Professor Oana Jurchescu; Noah Meyer a sophomore, physics/applied mathematics major doing research with professor Timo Thonhauser; and Fernando Rigal, a sophomore physics/applied mathematics major doing research with professor Daniel Kim-Shapiro, have been named 2019-20 Goldwater Scholars. The three were chosen from a pool of 1,200 natural science, engineering and mathematics students who were nominated by 443 academic institutions. Goldwater Scholars have impressive academic and research credentials that have garnered the attention of prestigious post-graduate fellowship programs. A maximum of three scholars are awarded to any single university and this is the first year that Wake Forest has had three winners.
Dr. Thonhauser has been awarded the title Wright Family Professor in Physics, effective July 1, 2019. Thonhauser is the founding Director of the new Center for Functional Materials and has been promoted to the rank of Full Professor effective July 1, 2019. The Wake Forest Professorships are endowed positions and are among the highest honors the institution can bestow on our faculty members. The selection criteria included: exceptional skill and sustained dedication in the classroom; outstanding commitment to student learning and growth beyond the classroom; a wide-reaching and significant record in scholarly and creative work; and sustained exemplary service to the department, the discipline, the College, the University, and the broader scholarly community.
On, May 1, 2019 the Department of Physics celebrated the initiation of new Sigma Pi Sigma members, upcoming graduates, and honored outstanding department members.
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Congratulations to our Outstanding Teaching Assistant:
Congratulations to the Outstanding Peer Mentor Award winner:
Congratulations to the recipient of the Physics Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award:
Congratulations to the Outstanding Graduate Research Award winners:
Congratulations to the recipient of the Outstanding Service in Physics Award:
Congratulations to the William E. Speas Memorial Award winner:
Congratulations to ΣΠΣ Initiates:
Jiqing Jacqueline Zhu
Congratulations to those Graduating with Honors:
Congratulations to Graduating Seniors:
Congratulations to Dr. Thonhauser for his promotion to Full Professor of Physics. Professor Thonhauser is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the Director of the Center for Functional Materials.