• IDEA Team meeting

    IDEA foks, please remember that we’re ALL invited to the OLC (online learning community)-14 meeting on Monday, Nov. 30th from 11 am – 12:30 pmZoom link

  • Beamlines and Lifetimes Book Group

    A reminder to all PHAS faculty, staff, and IDEA team members:  we’ve set a date over break to discuss the book “Beamlines and Lifetimes”.  The book is available online through the library if you do not wish to purchase it.  Check for your invitation from Marty!

    Fri Dec 18, 2020 1pm – 2:30pm Central
  • Summer REU at the Santa Fe Institute

    I direct education programs at the Santa Fe Institute, a global thought-leader in complex systems science. We are currently recruiting undergraduate students for our 2021 Undergraduate Complexity Research (UCR) program.

    Quick Facts

    • 10-Week Summer Residential Program
    • Will be offered virtually if necessary due to the pandemic (read more)
    • Research will be conducted under the guidance of an SFI researcher
    • Final presentations are given by students
    • Room, Board, and Travel support provided
    • Stipend = $600/week
    The summer research experience at the Santa Fe Institute is a 10-week program for students interested in developing a research project to study complex systems. Students have the chance to work very independently, but there is also great guidance available from our mentors – as much or as little as the student wants. While there is great diversity in the questions undertaken by students, the commonality tends to be the tools and methods: large data sets and analysis methods from statistics, information theory, physics and math. (It helps if the student has some experience with a computer programming language but they need not be an expert.)
    The Santa Fe Institute is a completely unique place – very collaborative and creative. The summer student group numbers about 10 each year, and they form a very cohesive and supportive group.
    I’ve attached a digital flyer and more information is available at the program site. If any of your students have questions about the program or the institute, please have them contact us at education@santafe.edu.
    Best regards,
    Carrie Cowan
    Director of Education
    Santa Fe Institute
  • Find a mentor through APS

    Mentoring for Industry Careers
    More than 60% of students will go on to be employed by the private sector.  Make some connections, and sign up as mentees in the APS Industry Mentoring for Physicists (IMPact) program. It connects students and early career physicists with industrial physicists for the purpose of providing career guidance. For more information see https://impact.aps.org/.
  • Teaching fellowships

    Each year, the Knowles Teacher Initiative awards approximately 35 Fellowships to early-career high school biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics teachers. Through the Knowles Teaching Fellows Program, they support Fellows in their efforts to develop teaching expertise and lead from the classroom. Knowles Teaching Fellows receive mentoring and coaching from a staff of experienced teachers and teacher educators, financial support, and membership in a nationwide community of more than 450 mathematics and science educators. We encourage every new physics teacher to apply and share this opportunity with your friends.

    Applications for 2021 Knowles Teaching Fellowships are due by 11:59 pm PST on January 18, 2021. Register today to attend their upcoming webinar to learn more about eligibility and the application process.

    If you know a new or pre-service math or science teacher who would benefit from participation in an intensive professional development program-particularly one with strong disciplinary preparation in physics-we invite you to share this opportunity (submit a referral). Thank you in advance for helping to share information about the Knowles Teaching Fellowship.

  • Just plain cool stuff from APS

    This Week in Physics Magazine — November 23, 2020


    Physics in South Africa

    November 18, 2020

    South Africa is hunting for students in booming sectors of physics, including astronomy, optics, and nuclear physics.


    Imperfections Lower the Simulation Cost of Quantum Computers

    Jordi Tura – November 23, 2020

    Classical computers can efficiently simulate the behavior of quantum computers if the quantum computer is imperfect enough.



    Watching Wood Dry

    November 20, 2020

    Combining x-ray and MRI techniques leads to a microscopic explanation for the process by which water escapes from wood.


    The Sounds of Levitating Water Droplets

    November 19, 2020

    Leidenfrost drops suspended above a hot surface by a thin layer of vapor emit periodic sounds in a similar way to pipe organs.


    Affirming the Bott Index

    November 18, 2020

    A useful metric for characterizing the topological behavior of fermions can be extended to bosonic systems as well.

    Research News

    AI Tools Boost Simple Technologies in a Shared World

    November 19, 2020

    Bicycles and indoor lighting are among many everyday features that can benefit from recent advances in artificial intelligence.


    Bringing Quantum to Machine Learning

    November 18, 2020

    Maria Schuld reflects on the open questions about quantum machine-learning algorithms.

    Special Feature

    How to Decolonize South African Physics

    November 18, 2020

    South African researchers explain why and how their country’s physics should be untethered from its colonial past.


    Presentation Counts—Just Ask Galileo

    November 17, 2020

    Soon-to-be physics graduates will be more successful in job interviews and at acquiring funding if they master the craft of speaking to non-specialists.

  • Summer internship with PHAS alum

    From a very recent Physics grad:

    “I wanted to pass on information about a summer internship program at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) that I think current Carls might be interested in. LLNL is hosting dozens of opportunities for students to work virtually with scientists and engineers on projects involving the National Ignition Facility, Fusion, High Energy and Density Sciences, Plasma Physics, Astrophysics, Machine Learning, Computer Simulations, and other fields. The two summers I spent in the program inspired me to pursue a PhD in fusion energy and I hope it will be just as inspiring to others!

    Interested students can apply here. The program strongly recommends including a cover letter and at least one recommendation letter. If any Carls have any questions about the lab or how the program works in a virtual format, they’re welcome send me an email (maris@mit.edu)​.



    Andrew D. Maris
    PhD Candidate, MIT Nuclear Science and Engineering