Field Day 2014

This spring, the Creighton University Society of Physics Students (CUSPS) will  sponsor Physics Field Day, a day of activities and excitement for high school students. The theme of the 2013 Physics Field Day is "The Physics of Everyday Objects." The day is filled with competitions that require understanding and application of basic physical principles. We in the CUSPS believe that physics can be enjoyed in a hands-on, competitive spirit. There is an event for everyone! It is our hope that the diversity of the Physics Field Day events will encourage many students to participate and challenge themselves.

Information on how to register for this event is found in the attached rulebook.


Field Day 2014
Hixson Lied Science Building
Date of Event: 
Sat, 03/22/2014 - 08:00
Contact info: 
Nathan Horst (

Dr. Gintaras Duda Featured in CASE Publication as US Professor of the Year

Gintaras Duda

Reigning "US Professor of the Year," also known as Gintaras Duda, Ph.D. is featured in the most recent issue of Currents regarding his achievement.  To read the full article, click here.

Our SPS chapter rocks!

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Our Chapter of the Society of Physics Students has been designated honorable mention and named a

2012-2013 Distinguished SPS Chapter

by the Society of Physics Students (, an organization of the American Institute of Physics. This is an outstanding recognition of the leadership and activities of the Physics Club members during the 2012-2013 year, together with a strong report put together by the 2013-2014 Physics Club officers.

This recognition shows the strong spirit of our physics club, precisely on the 50th anniversary of its existence: a tradition full of energy that moves forward and renovates itself every year. Great job, physics club members!


For a complet list of SPS chapter awards, see


Dr. Gintaras Duda named Professor of the Year!

Gintaras Duda

"The U.S. Professors of the Year awards program celebrates outstanding instructors across the country. Sponsored by CASE and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, it is the only national program to recognize excellence in undergraduate education."

Congratuations to Dr. Duda for this excellent accomplishment!
You can read more about the award from the CASE websiteCU press release or this Omaha World Herald article


Physnic 2013

The PHYSNIC onSATURDAY SEPTEMBER 21st @ NOON! As the name suggests, this event is a physics picnic, where the entire physics department including faculty go to ELMWOOD PARK (66th and Elmwood Park RD.) eat food, socialize and play games!

If you need a ride to the physnic, or if you are willing to drive other students that do, there is a sign up sheet on the door of HLSB G55. 

Physnic 2009-46
Elmwood Park
Date of Event: 
Sat, 09/21/2013 - 12:00
Contact info: 
Nathan Horst (President CUSPS)

Matt Armbruster gets First place award at the student programming competition at the XSEDE13 Conference

Matt Armbruster was awarded FIRST place at the student programming competition that took place at the 2013 XSEDE conference in San Diego, California. This was a very exciting moment and a recognition of Matt's strong programming skills. Matt has been doing research with the Computational Molecular Biophysics for two years and will be finishing his master's studies by May 2014. If you see Matt around, congratulate him for his achievement!

Masters Thesis Defense

Assessing AGN Feedback Models with C III* Measurement and Photoionization Modeling

Dan McGinnis


Mass outflows in active galactic nuclei (AGN) have been hypothesized to represent a feedback mechanism through which black hole growth and galaxy formation are linked. In order to assess this claim, typical outflow kinetic luminosities must be compared to calculated minimum values that are needed to produce feedback relevance. We have developed a method for placing lower limits on the kinetic luminosity by combining photoionization modeling with column density measurements of a select few ionic species, including C III* λ1175 as a measure of gas density. This method is applied to sample AGNs representative of those observed with the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) and the Cosmic Origins Spectrograph (HST-COS). We find that although measured kinetic luminosity lower limits for the quasar SDSS J170322.41+23124.3 and Seyfert galaxy Akn 564 are several orders of magnitude less than that required for feedback relevance, our method can be drastically improved with increased signal to noise ratios.

Hixson Lied G79
Date of Event: 
Fri, 08/09/2013 - 13:00
Contact info: 
Dr. Michael Nichols

Newsletter XII

Newsletter XII Cover

You can read the latest news from the Physics Department in the Spring 2013 Newsletter (Vol. XII). To read previous newsletters visit the Department News section section of the website and select the newsletter from the list on the right sidebar. Thanks to Dr. Zepf for compiling and publishing this newsletter!

In this edition:

  • 50th anniversary of the Physics Club
  • Sigma Pi Sigma inductees
  • Physics professor Robert E. Kennedy dies at 73, remembrances of Dr. Zepf, colleages and alumni
  • Alumni family continues to grow...and grow
  • Meet the newest members of our faculty family
  • Rocket scientist lectures at Creighton
  • Alumni News
  • Awards received by graduating students 2011-2012

Farewell Christian!

Farewell Christian

Physics students, faculty and staff enjoyed a farewell lunch for Christian Meyer in the Old Market.  Christian's next adventure will be at the NIH, where he will be working as an intern.

Photo Gallery from the Evening of Reflection 2013

Eve of Reflection 2013

Each year the CU Physics department gathers at a faculty member's home to celebrate student accomplishments, induct new members into Sigma Pi Sigma, the physics honor society, and hear reflections from the graduating students. This year we gathered at Dr. Gabel's house.  Follow the link to view the full gallery.

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