Dr. Oana Jurchescu has been named the Baker Family Professor of Physics. This Professorship begins July 1, 2021 whereupon Dr. Jurchescu will step down as the Denton Family Fellow. Dr. Jurchescu has been a model teacher scholar since she arrived at Wake Forest in 2009. She has won the Wake Forest University Reid-Doyle Prize for Excellence in Teaching, WFU Award for Excellence in Research, Kulynych Family Omicron Delta Kappa Award, and URECA Award for Excellence in Mentorship in Research and Creative Work. She has brought in almost 10 million dollars in external grant funding to run her world-class research program in organic electronics. The Physics department is proud of her and winning this professorship.
Noah Meyer, a Physics Major and senior has been selected to receive a 2021 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF). The NSF’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) recognizes and supports individuals early in their graduate training in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields. This highly significant national accomplishment places Noah amongst an elite group of fellows who have gone on to distinguished careers in STEM or STEM education. The Physics Department proudly congratulates Noah on this wonderful accomplishment!
Scientific Reports – In this article, Dr. Baker and his colleagues discuss the role neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs) have on clot structure, formation, and dissolution.
AHA Journal (Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology) – The ATVB article brings to light further understanding of how Glycoprotein VI (GPVI) interacts with fibrinogen, specifically showing the importance fibrinogen’s αC-region has in mediating this interaction.
On Friday, December 4, 2020 Physics Department grad student, Hyunsu Lee successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis entitled: “Micro-Scale Mechanical Properties of Non-Cancerous and Cancerous Human Mammary Epithelial Cells“. Mr. Lee’s thesis was completed under the direction of Professors Keith Bonin and Martin Guthold.
On Wednesday, December 2, 2020 Physics Department grad student, Daniel Vickers successfully defended his Masters thesis entitled: “Understanding Solutions of the Angular Teukolsky Equation in the Prolate Asymptotic Limit“. Mr. Vicker’s thesis was completed under the direction of Professor Greg Cook.
On Tuesday, November 24, 2020 Physics Department grad student, Ali Daraei successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis entitled: “Importance of the Fibrinogen Alpha-C Connector in Fibrin Fiber Mechanical Properties and Automated Fiber Diameter Measurements in SEM Images of Fibrin Clots“. Dr. Daraei’s thesis was completed under the direction of Professor Martin Guthold.
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.
Congratulations, Dr. Anderson!
On Wednesday, July 22, 2020 Physics Department grad student, Richard Dudley successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis entitled: “Bose Einstein Condensate Black Hole Analogs“. Dr. Dudley’s thesis was completed under the direction of Professor Paul Anderson.
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”.