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Newsletter XII

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:

Creighton's Energy Technology Program is featured in Omaha World Herald

Creighton's Energy Technology Program is featured in an article in Today's Omaha World Herald on sustainability in higher education.  The article features photos from Dr. Baruth's materials science class, ERG 251.

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Kristina Ward gets the Excellence in Organizational Leadership Award

Our own Kristina Ward, senior and president of the Physics Club, received the Excellence in Organizational Leadership Award given out by the Student Activities Office to someone who excels at leading their organization. Kristina, with her diligence and strong organizational skills, was instrumental in leading the Physics Club toward a welcoming organization that capitalizes on each students' strengths to deliver successful events. Great, Kristina!!

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Matt Armbruster gets scholarship to attend the 2013 Open Science Grid User School and XSEDE13 Conference

Matt Armbruster, graduate student and senior member of the Computational Molecular Biophysics research group, was awarded a very competitive full scholarship to attend the 2013 Open Science Grid User School and XSEDE13 Conference. Fabulous opportunity to get trained into the forefront of high performance computing techniques and technologies. Great, Matt!

Nathan Horst gets a DOE SULI internship

Nathan Horst, class of 2014 and current member of the Computational Molecular Biophysics research group, has been awarded the very competitive DOE SULI (Department of Energy Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship) for Summer 2013. Nathan will be doing research on design by self-assembly at the AMES laboratory. Well done, Nathan!!

Sigma Pi Sigma project award

The Physics Club received a Sigma Pi Sigma award to fund the development and implementation of the Demo show. All officers put effort in getting the grant, Special recognition goes to Lana who lead the writing process and grant submission. Fabulous example of determination, persistence and team work!

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2012 Alumni Scholarship winner

 

Congratulations to Saad Malik, this year's winner of the Alumni Scholarship award!

 

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Student Research Awards

In August 2012, outstanding undergraduate research presentations were made by Creighton INBRE students at the annual Nebraska INBRE meeting in Grand Island.

Physics Major Kristina Ward took the first place award (and cash prize) for her poster presentation entitled "Endogenous difference in mitochondrial metabolism via ototoxic antibiotics".
 
Physics Minor Lana Zholudeva took the first place award (and cash prize) for her oral presentation entitled "Topology of Prestin."
 
Congratulations to Lana and Kristina!!!
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Matt Armbruster semi-finalist in McKnight prize

I am pleased to announce that Matt Armbruster, physics senior, was recognized as semi-finalist in the Frank and Sara McKnight Prize 2011 for his accomplishment in biophysics and quantitative biology research. Want to know what he did? Next time you see Matt, stop him and ask him to show you the application he developed to calculate normal mode analysis of proteins!

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