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Raise Some L 10/25/2023

Dear Cardinals, Friends, and Alumni,
Please make a difference in the research and educational missions of UofL on this annual day of giving. Every contribution, regardless of the amount, goes towards creating transformative experiences for students and faculty.
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Thank you.
Have a wonderful afternoon!

Chakram S. Jayanthi
Chair of Physics and Astronomy
University of Louisville

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Thomas Hulse receives the 2023 Woodcock Medal, given to an outstanding senior from the College of Arts and Sciences. He will also be the A&S commencement speaker for 2023.

Congratulations, Thomas!

Our best wishes for your graduate studies at Rice University.


Ms. Lori Porter has won the prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and is headed to Columbia University to pursue a Ph.D. degree in astrophysics. Congratulations, Lori!


Congratulations to the 2023 student awardees of the Department of Physics and Astronomy. From left to right on this photo collage are: Thomas Hulse (Bennet Awardee - Senior), Brady Smith, Cedric Silva, and Divya Patel ((Druatman Awardees – Junior/Sophomore), Milinda Bhartaha K.K (Schwartz Awardee- Ph.D.), and Broadwater Sanford (Schwartz Awardee – MS), and the Honors Colloquium speaker, Prof. Steven Federman of U.of Toledo (March 31, 2023).


Congratulations to 2022 and 2021 Sigma Pi Sigma Honorees!
(Students from left to right: Victoria Henry, Emily Spicer, Camella Nasr, Jacob Schagene, and Lori Porter)


Congratulations to Emily Spicer for getting selected as the 2022 Fulbright Scholar. She will be at the Czech Academy of Sciences in Prague and the Ondrejov Observatory in the Czech Republic conducting the research on exoplanets.


Ms. Lori Porter is recognized as the recipient of 2022 Goldwater Scholarship. Congratulations!

Photos from UofL Physics & Astronomy's post 08/30/2021

Graduate Teaching Assistants, Anil Sharma, Sahar G, Mohammed Irziqat, Dominic Smith, Wade Roemer, the lab manager, Tatyana Tarakanova, and Professor Chris Davis, Acting Chair, ready to greet prospective students and parents attending 2021 Accolade with physics demonstrations.

Photos from UofL Physics & Astronomy's post 07/06/2021

Please enjoy the photos from the farewell party celebration of Professor David N. Brown and Professor John C. Morrison.


We cordially invite alumni and friends of the Department of Physics & Astronomy to the farewell party held in honor of Professors David N. Brown and John C. Morrison. Professor Brown has been appointed as the Dean of the Ogden College of Science and Engineering at Western Kentucky. Professor Morrison is retiring after 36 years of distinguished career at UofL. This event will be held in the Shumaker Research Building, Room 139 on June 29, 2021, from 2:30 pm -5:00 pm. We look forward to seeing you.


Congratulations to the UofL chapter of the Society of Physics Students! Even in this crazy year, they managed to be Great! We have recently learned that the chapter earned its 23rd consecutive Outstanding Chapter nod! Outstanding Chapter is a distinction earned by a small percentage of the over 700 chapters nationwide each year. Twenty three years in a row is an exceptional feat! Go Team! I guess we can now officially say "23 skidoo!" 😄 UofL College of Arts and Sciences Proud of all our students, alums, staff, and faculty who have made this possible!


week is 25-31 October. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the contributions of Black physicists!

Rutgers Astronomer Receives Packard Fellowship for Innovative Young Scientists 10/15/2020

We are very proud to share that alumna Dr. Blakesley Burkhart has received the Packard Fellowship for Innovative Young Scientists! We can definitely say this Astronomy grad is stellar! https://www.rutgers.edu/news/rutgers-astronomer-receives-packard-fellowship-innovative-young-scientists

Go UofL Physics Family!!
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Rutgers Astronomer Receives Packard Fellowship for Innovative Young Scientists Blakesley Burkhart, an astrophysicist and assistant professor at Rutgers-New Brunswick, joined an elite group today that includes all three U.S. women who won the Nobel Prize.

Photos from UofL Physics & Astronomy's post 08/20/2020

We were saddened to learn recently of the July 25 passing of Emeritus Professor Roger E. Mills due to complications from COVID-19. Dr. Mills was a member of the UofL Physics faculty from 1969 to 1995. Aside from being an accomplished theoretical physicist and caring teacher, he is well-remembered at UofL for his major role in designing, building, and installing the Foucault pendulum in Grawemeyer Hall. He continues to reach students through the computerized introductory mechanics lab he developed in the 1990s with funding from the NSF. We will miss his wit and gentle spirit. Anyone wishing to donate to the "Roger E. Mills Endowment (E1896)" may send a check made out to the University of Louisville Foundation to: Director of Development, College of Arts & Sciences, 2323 South Brook Street, Louisville, KY 40292.


Congratulations to our new inductees into the national physics honor society, Sigma Pi Sigma! On Friday, May 29, seven new student members were welcomed - via remote ceremony - to this distinguished group. Grigorii Rudakov, Alex Akridge, J.D. Cain, Clayton Robertson, Dominic Smith, Emily Spicer, and Michael Turner are now official Sigma Pi Sigma members for life! This is another example of our students making us very proud!


We continue to be very proud of our alums. Katherine Davis (BS '09) recently joined the faculty at Emory U. Joe Burchett (MS '11) will soon join the faculty at New Mexico State U. Ryan Sanders (BS '12) recently won a Hubble Fellowship as a post-doctoral researcher at UC Davis. And Brent Mode (BS '18) was part of the UWisc team holding a press conference about new particle astrophysics research at an AAAS meeting yesterday. All of our students and alums are a great source of pride and joy for the whole department! Go Physics & Astronomy Cards!

A Community of Care Responding to COVID-19 05/05/2020

We've always appreciated the support of our friends and alums. Here's another great way to support something important:
Student support. Ground-breaking COVID-19 research. Providing Personal Protective Equipment. Please consider making a gift in support of one of these important UofL COVID-19 initiatives at give.louisville.edu/COVID19.

A Community of Care Responding to COVID-19


The Spring 2020 semester - and the 19-20 academic year - is almost at an end! With COVID-19, it has been a rather surreal year. But with the tragedy, we will not forget the good times and the singular experiences. Congratulations to our students, staff, and faculty for their many successes this year. See a recap of some of our activities in our recently posted photo album. From the Physics Department to all our friends: be safe and healthy!

Physics Memories 2019-2020 04/17/2020

Memories of our UofL Physics experiences for 2019-2020, including the surreal experiences of Spring 2020, "the semester that will always have an asterisk."

AoT on the Couch! Thursday, April 9, 2020 – Astronomy On Tap 04/09/2020

Astronomy on Tap online event today features a UofL alumnus, Dr. Joe Burchett. A great way to enjoy the afternoon...http://astronomyontap.org/2020/04/watch-this-space/

AoT on the Couch! Thursday, April 9, 2020 – Astronomy On Tap AoT on the Couch! Thursday, April 9, 2020 Published April 5, 2020April 9, 2020 by Carly bit.ly/AoTotC To mark the seventh orbit-versary of the very first Astronomy on Tap event in NYC, satellite locations around the world are merging to ignite a 7 hours for 7 orbits astro-vaganza of content....

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