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Dr. Famiano

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Dr. Michael Famiano, representing WMU in Japan

Through his Fulbright Award, Famiano is spending January through June (2019) in Japan with the National Astronomical Observatory's Department of Theoretical Astronomy. Famiano's research project is to evaluate the effects of relativistic electron-positron plasmas on astronomical observables and also includes outreach activities with students as well as the public in both Japan and the United States.

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Summer 2018 newsletter

Our department's annual newsletter is now available. Please take a moment to visit our newsletter page and catch up on all our recent news and events. You can also find our previous newsletters archived on this page. We hope you enjoy. If you have any information that you would like included in our next newsletter, please contact us.

Katelyn Waters

Stanford Innovation Fellows

Dr. McGurn

Katelyn K. Waters is the Presidential Scholar in Physics

Waters graduated in April and majored in physics with minors in mathematics, astronomy and biology. She plans to pursue a physics career with an environmental focus. Her undergraduate research focused on iron in the Earth’s atmosphere and on yttrium barrier copper oxide—YBCO—crystal growth, which involves high-temperature, superconducting properties. Waters worked with Drs. Bautista and Paulius on her research and was honored with many awards and scholarships during her time at WMU.

Physics major named University Innovation Fellow

Andy Sylvain Hobelsberger is one of four Western Michigan University students selected as a 2018 University Innovation Fellow. The program is run by Stanford University's Hasso Plattner Institute of Design and is designed to empower students to become agents of change on their own campuses and ensure their peers gain the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to compete and make an impact on the economy of the future.

Department of Physics Award Ceremony

On April 19, 2018, the Department of Physics honored undergraduate and graduate students during our awards ceremony. Several different scholarships and awards were given out. More information about the awards can be found on our websiteStudents were selected based on their outstanding work during the 2017-18 academic year. Congratulations to all the winners.

WMU physicist authors new book

A new book by Dr. Arthur McGurn, Nanophotonics, has been published as part of the Springer Series in Optical Sciences. It gives a readable introduction to the important, rapidly developing field of nanophotonics. This is McGurn's second book and he has already started on his third. His new book will consider a general topic of nanoscience, which is not just limited to electrodynamic phenomena. McGurn’s first book, Nonlinear Optics of Photonic Crystals and Meta-Materials, is listed as one of the ten best references in nonlinear optics on the Sanfoundry blog.


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