CHEMICAL PHYSICS PROGRAM

Student/Faculty News

MICHAEL COPLAN former Director of Chemical Physics, finds new way to detect nuclear materials. Research that began as an inquiry into an obscure molecular phyics question resulted in a new method to detect neutrons, which could provide effiecient means of identifying nuclear material.

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ZHIYUE LU won first place at the 16th Berkeley Mini Stat Mech Meeting that took place on January 9-11, 2015, "Engineering Maxwell's Demon". A team of judges determine the best poster (based both on content and presentation) the winner is announced on the last day of the conference, awarded with a certificate and monetary award. Zhiyue Lu also won the award at the 2013 Meeting.



SPOTLIGHT: EDWARD O'BRIEN
Edward P. O'Brien (2008 Ph.D. Chemical Physics), interview for the December 2013 Postdoc Spotlight, Biophysical Society Newsletter at the University of Cambridge, Christopher Dobson Laboratory.

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Michael WarehimeMICHAEL WAREHIME was awarded the 2012-2013 Distinguished Teaching Assistant by the Center for Teaching Excellence. He was recognized at the annual reception for Distinguished Teaching Assistants on Friday, May 10, 2013 in the Atrium of the Stamp Student Union. There, he was presented with the Distinguished Teaching Assistant certificate. The Provost, the Dean of the Graduate Studies and the Dean of Undergraduate Studies were in attendance. Michael was also awarded one of twelve The S.T.A.R. Fellowship for the academic year 2013-2014, he was chosen to represent the College of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Resources. The Graduate School S.T.A.R. Fellowships support and honor graduatestudents who are both outstanding scholars and outstanding graduate assistants. The Fellowship carries a $10,000 stipend.

Edward BakerEDWARD BAKER was awarded the Graduate Student Summer Research Fellowship which provides support to outstanding doctoral students at "mid-career," during or after achievement of candidacy, and are intended to enable students to prepare for or complete a key benchmark in their program's requirements. Summer Research Fellowships carry stipends of $5000.

Zhiyue LuZHIYUE LU won first place at the 12th Berkeley Mini Stat Mech Meeting that took place on January 11-13, 2013, "Computing Partition Functions of Crystalline Solids using a Natural Order Parameter". A team of judges determine the best poster (based both on content and presentation) the winner is announced on the last day of the conference, awarded with a certificate and monetary award.

Bill DeGraffenreidDR. WILLIAM DEGRAFFENREID, a Chemical Physics graduate, has been named President of Sigma Pi Sigma, the fraternity of the Society of Physics Students. Dr. DeGraffenreid earned his Ph.D. in Chemical Physics from the University of Maryland in 2000. He joined the California State University, Sacramento faculty in 2002 and is currently a professor and chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

Andrew BallardRICHARD REMSING was awarded a 2012-2013 Ann G. Wylie Dissertation Fellowship. The fellowship is a one-semester award intended to support outstanding doctoral students who are in the final stages of writing their dissertation and whose primary source of support is unrelated to their dissertation. Wylie Dissertation Fellowships carry a stipend of $10,000 plus candidacy tuition remission and $800 toward the cost of health insurance. The Graduate School awards approximately 40 Wylie Dissertation Fellowships per year.

Davit PotoyanDAVIT POTOYAN won first place in Graduate Research Interaction Day.

Apr 12, 2012: Davit Potoyan, Deepa Subramanian, and Alfredo Nava-Tudela won first prizes in their respective sessions at the Graduate Research Interaction Day (GRID) 2012 that took place on April 11, 2012. Deepa currently works with professor Mikhail Anisimov (IPST) studying colloids, Davit obtained his Ph.D. in Chemical Physics under professor Garegin Papoian (IPST), and Alfredo is a Ph.D. candidate in Applied Mathematics & Statistics and Scientific Computation with professor John J. Benedetto (Mathematics).

Andrew BallardDR. KAMAL BALOCH, former Chemical Physics (2010) mentored by John Cumings, has received a postdoc position at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with Silvija Gradecak.
The project is part of a collaboration with Eric Stach at Brookhaven National Lab.

Andrew BallardANDREW BALLARD, a Chemical Physics student under Christopher Jarzynski, was awarded a 2011-2012 Ann G. Wylie Dissertation Fellowship.
The fellowship is a one-semester award intended to support outstanding doctoral students who are in the final stages of writing their dissertation and whose primary source of support is unrelated to their dissertation. Wylie Dissertation Fellowships carry a stipend of $10,000 plus candidacy tuition remission and $800 toward the cost of health insurance. The Graduate School awards approximately 40 Wylie Dissertation Fellowships per year.

Davit PotoyanDAVIT POTOYAN receives award from Biophysical Society. Mr. Davit Potoyan, a Chemical Physics student in the research group of Prof. Garegin Papoian, has been awarded a Biophysical Society 2011 Student Research Achievement Award. Three hundred and nine society student members participated in this competitive event held during the Biophysical Society Annual Meeting on March 6 in Baltimore, Maryland. Judges from the Society’s subgroups selected twenty winners, who were recognized at the awards ceremony on March 7 and received a monetary award.

Jie ChenDR. JIE CHEN, a former Chemical Physics student mentored by Devarajan Thirumalai, has received the inaugural University of Maryland Distinguished Dissertation Prize in the disciplinary area of Biological and Life Sciences.
Her dissertation "Link Between Dynamics and Function in Single and Multi-subunit Enzymes" was nominated by the College of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences. A campus-level Award Committee, chaired by Distinguished University Professor Michael A. Hearn (Astronomy), selected Dr. Chen's dissertation. The Prize carries with it an honorarium of $1,000.

Michael WarehimeMICHAEL WAREHIME was awarded a 2011 Graduate School Summer Fellowship.

The fellowship provide support to outstanding doctoral students at "mid-career," that is, in the period approximately before, during, or after achievement of candidacy, and are intended to enable students to prepare for or complete a key benchmark in their program's requirements. Summer Research Fellowships carry stipends of $5,000.

Suri VaikuntanathanSURI VAIKUNTANATHAN was awarded a 2010-2011 Ann G. Wylie Dissertation Fellowship.

The fellowship is a one-semester award intended to support outstanding doctoral students who are in the final stages of writing their dissertation and whose primary source of support is unrelated to their dissertation. Wylie Dissertation Fellowships carry a stipend of $10,000 plus candidacy tuition remission and $800 toward the cost of health insurance. The Graduate School awards approximately 40 Wylie Dissertation Fellowships per year.

Suri VaikuntanathanROGER BROWN was awarded a 2010 Graduate School Summer Fellowship.

The fellowship provide support to outstanding doctoral students at "mid-career," that is, in the period approximately before, during, or after achievement of candidacy, and are intended to enable students to prepare for or complete a key benchmark in their program's requirements. Summer Research Fellowships carry stipends of $5,000.

Suri VaikuntanathanSANDEEP SOMANI was awarded a 2010-2011 Ann G. Wylie Dissertation Fellowship.

The fellowship is a one-semester award intended to support outstanding doctoral students who are in the final stages of writing their dissertation and whose primary source of support is unrelated to their dissertation. Wylie Dissertation Fellowships carry a stipend of $10,000 plus candidacy tuition remission and $800 toward the cost of health insurance. The Graduate School awards approximately 40 Wylie Dissertation Fellowships per year.





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