Professor Paul AndersonProfessor 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!

Inside WFU

Fred Salsbury

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”.

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.

Robert Bradford
Robby Bradford

Noah Meyer
Noah Meyer

Fernando Rigal
Fernando Rigal

Wake Forest physics professor Timo Thonhauser with a crystal model.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.

Sigma Pi Sigma Initiates

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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Daniel Vickers and Prof Sam Cho
Daniel Vickers, Sam Cho

Congratulations to our Outstanding Teaching Assistant:

Daniel Vickers

Congratulations to the Outstanding Peer Mentor Award winner:

Andrew Zeidell

Congratulations to the recipient of the Physics Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award:

Sam Cho

Congratulations to the Outstanding Graduate Research Award winners:

Zach Lamport
Peiyun Li

Andrew Zeidell
Andrew Zeidell

Congratulations to the recipient of the Outstanding Service in Physics Award:

Rick Matthews

Congratulations to the William E. Speas Memorial Award winner:

Jacquelyn Sharpe

Congratulations to ΣΠΣ Initiates:

Elmira Alipour
Ritchie Dudley
Austin French
Christopher McAvoy
Daniel Nealon
Fernando Rigal
Jiqing Jacqueline Zhu

Congratulations to those Graduating with Honors:

Jacquelyn Sharpe
Cole Teander
Sean Yan

Zach Lamport and Peiyun Li
Zach Lamport, Peiyun Li

Congratulations to Graduating Seniors:

Raymond Clark
Austin French
Brady Gales
Martin Gamer
Caroline LeDuc
Robert Link
Lawton Manning
David Martin
Christopher McAvoy
Kevin Ramirez
Jacquelyn Sharpe
Cole Teander
Lucas Tommervik
John Weissenberger
Sean Yan

Prof. Rick Matthews
Rick Matthews

Jacquelyn Sharpe
Jacquelyn Sharpe

Sigma Pi Sigma Initiates
Jacqueline Zhu, Daniel Nealon, Austin French, Elmira Alipour, Fernando Rigal

Professor Timo Thonhauser

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.

Wake Forest physics professor Timo ThonhasuerProfessor Timo Thonhauser has been featured by Wake Forest News for his efforts with the local science museum, Kaleideum North in creating a new exhibit. This exhibit, Molecules, allows visitors to learn about and construct models of a variety of molecules. The exhibit is a result of a close collaboration between Dr. Thonhauser and Kaleideum funded through a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant. The Wake Forest News article can be found at https://news.wfu.edu/2019/02/28/wfu-professors-expertise-and-nsf-grant-make-new-exhibit-at-kaleideum-north-possible/ .