We proudly recognize members of our community who recently garnered major honors, began new positions and more.
Faculty and Staff
- Alessandra Buonanno recevied the 2022 Tomalla Prize for her research in gravitational wave physics.
- Josiland Chambers received the department's Staff Excellence Award.
- The American Physical Society (APS) has honored Professor Emeritus Alex Dragt with the 2023 Robert R. Wilson Prize for Achievement in the Physics of Particle Accelerators
- Clay Daetwyler received the Lorraine DeSalvo Chair's Award for Outstanding Service.
- Sankar Das Sarma has again been included on Clarivate Analytics list of Highly Cited Researchers, a compilation of influential names in science.
- Manuel Franco Sevilla received the CMNS Board of Visitors’ Junior Faculty Award.
- Jim Gates was quoted in a The New York Times story about the Webb telescope and again about Ukraininan scientists.
- Alexey Gorshkov was elected a Fellow of Optica. He also spoke with the Caltech Heritage Project about quantum science advances.
- Xiangdong Ji was quoted in Physics World.
- Müge Karagöz was elected Vice President of Chesapeake Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers (CSAAPT) for a 1-year term.
- Dan Lathrop was quoted in Physics Today.
- Wolfgang Losert was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
- Rob McIntire received the department's Sibylle Sampson Award.
- Ed Ott retired on December 31.
- Lester Putnam joined the department as a machinist.
- Bruce Rowley retired from the machine shop.
- Naomi Russo received the department's Staff Excellence Award.
- Roald Sagdeev gave the John S. Toll Lecture.
- Bonnie Seal-Filiatreau received the department's Staff Excellence Award.
- Stephanie Williams joined the department as an academic advisor.
- Victor Yakovenko and the LecDemo operation were credited by Sam Teitelbaum (BS., '10) for inspiring a love of physics.
- At a recent luncheon, Physics staff members were recognized for their years of service to the state of Maryland
- Allen Monroe, 40 years
- Doug Bensen, 35 years
- Sally Megonigal, 35 years
- Jack Touart, 30 years
- Bonnie Seal-Filiatreau, 25 years
- Cheryl Ekstrom, 20 years
- Melissa Britton, 15 years
- Mark Conners, 15 years
- LaVita Williams, 15 years
- Roy Arunkumar, 10 years
- Omar Torres, 5 years
- Anthony Munson was interviewd in the Diamondback.
- Siegfried Bleher (Ph.D., '89) accepted a position at Middlebury College.
- Marten L. denBoer (Ph.D., '79) was named Radford University’s interim provost for academic year 2022-23.
- Emily Edwards (Ph.D, '09) was elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society.
- Alexei Fedotov (Ph.D. ’97) was elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society.
- Alan Henry (B.S., '02) discussed his book "Seen, Heard and Paid" with Ebony magazine.
- Tian Li (Ph.D., '17), of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, is developing a new microscopy technique.
- Slava Merkin (Ph.D. ’04) of the APL Center for Geospace Storms is the PI of a new NASA $15M, five-year research project understand and predict space weather.
- Ana Maria Rey (Ph.D. ’04) was featured by Optica in The (Atomic) Clockmaker.
- In October, the department hosted attendees of the Physics Congress (PhysCon).
- The Society of Physics Students won an Outstanding Chapter Award from the SPS National Office.
- An IonQ Professorship has been established with support from IonQ and the Marland E-Nnovation Initiative.
- The Maryland Quantum-Thermodynamics Hub, supported by a grant from the Templeton Foundation, launched in the fall.
- Chris Aggour, a former Space Physics employee, died on December 23.
- Maria Dworzecka, a nuclear theorist in the department from 1974-82 who later collaborated with UMD physics education researcher, died on January 16.
- Ernie Goebel, an electronics technician for three decades, died on November 9.
- James J. Griffin, a nuclear theorist, died on December 13.
- Walter Hernandez (Ph.D., '66) died in October.