Greg Sullivan Selected as Ice Cube Spokesman

Greg Sullivan has been selected as spokesman for Ice Cube: South Pole Neutrino Detector. Construction of the IceCube Neutrino Observatory was completed at the South Pole in Antarctica on December 18, 2010 New Zealand time. This scientific milestone marks completion of the world's largest neutrino detector, and a powerful tool for exploring the Universe.

Maxwell's Demon in the Quantum World

Maxwell's Demon is a theoretical construct introduced by James Clerk Maxwell in an attempt to understand the microscopic foundations of the second law of thermodynamics. Maxwell's thought experiment points to a subtle relationship between thermodynamics and information, and has provided food for thought for generations of physicists. Recent years have seen a resurgence of interest in this topic, in part due to advances in experimental tools for manipulating nanoscale systems. The Viewpoint essay by  Alumnus Jordan Horowitz, '10, and  Juan Parrondo discusses a Physical Review Letter on the interplay between Maxwell's demon and quantum mechanics, highlighting the effects introduced by the quantum statistics of fermions and bosons. This research elegantly combines information theory, the second law of thermodynamics and quantum behavior.

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UMD-PERG Cited as Exemplary Research Group in Science's Education Forum Section

Howard Hughes Medical Institute professors, in their article Changing the Culture of Science Education at Research Universities (Science, 14 January, 2011, v331, p152-153), cite the University of Maryland Physics Education Research Group as one of few groups integrating basic education research with efforts to improve undergraduate science education.

UMD Physicists Chosen as AAAS Fellows

Richard Greene and Hassan Jawahery have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Election as a Fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS member by their peers.

The tradition of AAAS Fellows began in 1874. Currently, members can be considered for the rank of Fellow if nominated by the steering groups of the Association’s 24 sections, or by any three Fellows who are current AAAS members (so long as two of the three sponsors are not affiliated with nominee’s institution) , or by the AAAS chief executive officer.

Professor Greene was honored for his distinguished contributions to the field of experimental condensed matter physics, particularly for discovery of superconductivity and other novel physics in organic and copper oxide materials.

Professor Jawahery was honored for his contributions to the understanding of the physics of the bottom quark and of the differences between matter and antimatter.

New fellows will be presented with an official certificate and rosette on Saturday, February 19, during the AAAS Fellow Forum in Washington, DC.

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