Distinguished Seminar Friday, February 17, by Junichiro Kono, Rice University: "Dicke Phenomena in Condensed Matter"
Our colloquium speaker is the world famous physicist, Dr. Junichiro Kono from the Rice University. (Please also find the attached announcement.) Dr. Kono is a leader in optical studies of condensed matter systems and photonic applications of nano-systems. He has made a number of pioneering contributions to the diverse fields of semiconductor optics, terahertz spectroscopy, ultra-fast and quantum optics, and condensed matter physics. His Awards and Honors include OSA Fellow (2015), APS Fellow (2009), Institute of International Education Heiskell Award for Innovation (2008), and NSF CAREER Award (2002).
The seminar will be held tomorrow at 10:50am - 12:20pm. The speaker will be on the Brownsville campus in Main 1.224 with a remote connection to the Edinburg campus in EACSB 1.104.
Physics Professor Invents a Breakthrough Cobalt-based MRI Contrast Agent and Imaging System to Improve Cancer Cure
Dr. Karen Martirosyan, Professor of Physics has been awarded a patent titled "Cobalt-based MRI contrast agent and imaging system". The patent, US 9345790 B2, is associated with cancer research and development of novel, non-toxic cobalt-based contrast and imaging agents for use in enhanced medical imaging modalities and processes, as well as the manufacture of markers containing such contrast agents and uses in a variety of therapeutic applications and devices. This work is in collaboration with the UT MD Anderson Cancer Center (Prof. Steven Frank). The patented imaging agent comprising a complex of a cobalt ions and one or more of a ligand selected from the group consisting of halides, amino acids, amino acid derivatives, N-acyl-amino acids, chelating agents, polymers, or their combinations.
This patent is an important milestone towards further commercialization of the MRI implantable markers in clinical use since it further elaborates ways of effective cure of cancer by using Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) in the planning, treatment, and post-implant evaluation for disease in various organs including the prostate, head and neck, breast, lung, brain, GI malignancies and sarcomas. The positive-signal 'MRI Marker' markers have already received FDA 510(k) clearance that can utilize real-time MRI-guided procedures, including prostate brachytherapy. The permanently implantable MRI marker technology allows improvement of positive MRI seed localization after brachytherapy offered to more than 200,000 men diagnosed with prostate cancer in the U.S. each year. Full details of the patent can be seen here: https://www.google.com/patents/US9345790
Eric Vallarino, MS in Physics UTB 2009, has been awarded a Yale Educator Award
The Yale Educator Recognition Program recognizes outstanding educators from around the world who have supported and inspired their students (see: https://admissions.yale.edu/educator-award). Matriculating students are invited to nominate high school educators, and a committee composed of Yale admissions officers reviews the nominations individually and designates recipients. Of this year's 326 nominees, who represent 33 states and 24 countries, 55 teachers and 28 counselors were selected to receive the award. Read more.
Physics professors receive UT System Valley STAR award
Professors Hamidreza Ramezani and Myoung-Hwan Kim, Assistant Professors in the department of Physics, have each received the prestigious Valley STAR award from the University of Texas System in Spring 2016. The award to Myoung-Hwan has been granted for his proposal on Mid/Far infrared spectroscopy and microscopy system. The award to Hamidreza has been granted for his proposal on Exploring non-Hermitian Physics. In August of 2004, The University of Texas System Board of Regents approved an allocation of funds to be awarded to System institutions to help attract and retain the best qualified faculty. The STARs (Science and Technology Acquisition and Retention) program provides funding to help purchase state-of-the-art research equipment and make necessary laboratory renovations to encourage faculty members to perform their research at a UT institution. (See: https://www.utsystem.edu/offices/academic-affairs/stars-program). Dr. Ramezani has come to the UTRGV from the University of California, Berkeley, in January 2016. Dr. Kim joined at the same time from the Columbia University.
Student Kareem Wahid receives excellence award
Mr. Kareem Wahid, Physics Major graduating this Spring, was awarded the inaugural UTRGV Honors College Excellence Award for the Best Honors Thesis. This is a single award given every year.
Dr. Malik Rakhmanov recognized for his mentorship of new faculty
Dr. Malik Rakhmanov (right), Associate Professor of Physics, received the 2016 New Faculty Support Program Mentor Award at a ceremony held May 5 in the Ballroom at the Edinburg Campus. Pictured left to right with Rakhmanov are Dr. Myoung-Hwan Kim, his mentee who nominated him for the award, and Dr. Parwinder Grewal, Dean of the College of Sciences. Read more
Student Kareem Wahid receives prize
Mr. Kareem Wahid, Physics Major at UTRGV, has received an award from the American Physical Society (APS) at its March 2016 meeting at Baltimore. Kareem receives this prize for being among the top undergraduate presenters at the APS Meeting. Kareem's research project has been advised by Dr. Yuanbing Mao, Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry at UTRGV. The project, titled "Doped lanthanum hafnates as scintillating materials for high energy photon detection" is a collaboration between the Department of Physics and the Department of Chemistry, and also includes post-doctoral fellow, Madhab Pokhrel. Congratulations!
Andrea Silva was selected as the Outstanding International Female Student
International Women's Day was celebrated on the UTRGV Brownsville campus Thursday. Andrea Silva was selected as the Outstanding International Female Student. Dr. Karina Stiles-Cox, Chair of the Women’s Faculty Network, presented her with the award. UTRGV. Andrea is a Physics Major. She is planning to graduate with a Bachelor's degree in Spring 2016. Andrea has been actively involved in undergraduate research under the supervision of Dr. Volker Quetschke. She has presented her research at many national and international conferences. She plans to pursue graduate study in Physics at UTRGV.
UTRGV Society of Physics Students named ‘Outstanding Chapter’
RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – MARCH 7, 2016 – Demonstrating the wonders of physics and inspiring the next generation of physicists has earned the UTRGV Society of Physics Students (SPS) honors as an Outstanding Chapter for 2015 by the SPS National Council.
This is the first time the student group has earned “Outstanding” honors among schools in Zone 13. It is the top accolade from the National Council for community efforts and student outreach. Last year, the UTRGV SPS Chapter won the Distinguished Chapter award.
UTRGV Physics students get awards at APS meeting
Ms. Srbuhi Yolchinian and Mr. Glenn Grissom, both M.S. Physics students at UTRGV were among winners in American Physical Society’s (APS) poster presentation competition at the Texas Section of APS (TSAPS) meeting in Fall 2015, held at the Baylor University in Waco, TX. The award carries a cash prize. Ms. Yolchinian’s presentation was titled “Shape-dependent nanoenergetic gas generators based on bismuth trioxide nanoparticles”. Ms. Yolchinian’s research project has been supervised by Dr. Karen Martirosyan, Professor in the Physics department and Associate Dean of Research in the College of Sciences. Mr. Glenn Grissom’s research, titled “Dye-Sensitized Photovoltaic Cells with Enhanced Exciton-Hole Separation and Barrier”, has been supervised by Dr. Ahmed Touhami, Associate Professor in the Physics department.