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PROTON
PHYSICS REPORT ON THINGS OF NOTE


VOLUME 6 NUMBER 1


YEAR END AWARDS ANNOUNCED


The depadlmenI held ils annual holiday padly on
December 8, 2006. Facully and slaff who
achieved superior peilormance were recognized as
well as oulslanding graduate sludenis.
Pcltueo let _anta IP,otf Hen, an Fmi-nst ano P,of 4alan




Physics Teacher of the Year 2006: Amlan Biswas


STAFF AWARDS Fo, student an jae please see paje 2


Dee Dee Carver, Office Manager. IHEPA Group is. our staff inner for the
'006 -dmini n.rai e Emnplo.,ee of E.-:ellen.:e In her nominnation lerters. s.he
Sas. des..:ribed as. outtanding ..superb ke, e tremel, dedicated
e.emplar, and absol1uiel, indispensable Dlee DCee s..upports. [he IHEP-
group hi:h .:Ons5ist. Of abou[ !0 .. ienbifi. s aff and facuilt, and about 1.,
graduate and undergraduate students. lee Clee is. [he immediate
super isor rof o taff members. and one student a5.i.5tant In the ords. of
one Of her nominnators. Lee Dee [ i. outstanding ork ethic and problem n.o1 ing ability, ha e been
.:rticl [ to he C.:. :es. of i. national, visible proie.:t. 1,ongrakilabtoni.'



Bill Malphurs. Engineer is. Our inner for the '001i Tec hni.:al
Emnrplo.,ee of E c-ellen i e In [he Ords. Of one of his. nomina[orsi. ill, i
dedic-a[ed to his. lob tando to the educational missn..ion of [he un, ersi.~lt He
'scapable of patient, detailed :on ers.atins. I[h e er,one s.pannng from
uLndergraduate students. to graduate students. to post.doc oral research hers. to
fac: ullt members. Eill, is, a member of [he I FIF Ph.,sc.: machine shop staff
He orks ..:los.el, ith fac ult, and t.[uden[t to design and .:Onst.[rut-[ e perinental apparak s. t[
..upport research pro1e.[. -:.:ording [o a former graduate t.[udent E.il., h3as demonstrated the
fi le.. skil. l of a manist r .:ra li-.man Ilongratulajtons.'


CLAS Teaching and Advising Awards
T .0 F'h'ys s.i profeiiors ,ill recei e teachinglad ising a ,ards from 1 the College of Liberal rtis and
Sciences Stephen Hill ill recei e a CL-S Teaching ,ard and Mark Meisel ,ill recei e a CL-S
"d rising a ,ard They' ,ill each recei e a cash a ,ard and ,ill be recognized at a reception at the
President s house later in the spring



Depa t of 0s PO Bx *t f F a *e F
Telepone 35-3920521, Fax 35-9054 Emil *esis ews -y.u 0 0/ww~hs~f~d


Spring 2007
SEMINARS


Astrophysics
Friday @ 4:00pm in
Room 2165 NPB

Condensed Matter
Physics
Monday @ 4:05pm in
Room 2165 NPB

High Energy Physics
Tuesday @ 2:00pm
and Fridays @ 12:40pm
in Room 2165 NPB

Physics Colloquium
Thursday @ 4:05 in
Room 1002 NPB

Quantum Theory
Wednesday @ 4:05pm
in Room 2205 NPB








EDITORS
"lan D'orsey, Chair
Pamn Marlin


college of
Liberal arts a sciences
UF UNIVERSITY of
UF FLORIDA
I he F 1,iiutatih lur Gli t .i,/,,i tiialino








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STUDENT AWARDS

Outstanding physics students receive awards at the annual holiday party.

Tom Scott Memorial Award Bobby Scurlock
This award is made annually to a senior graduate student, in experimental
physics, who has shown distinction in research. The award honors the memory of
Professor Tom Scott, who made significant contributions to the Department both as a
Chair and as a noted researcher, and provides a $400 prize. This year the
Department is pleased to recognize Dr. Bobby Scurlock. Bobby received his PhD
degree this past summer, and he is now a postdoctoral fellow in the Experimental
High Energy Group. Professor Darin Acosta directed his PhD research, and Bobby
was cited for his passion for science and the leadership role that he played while still a
graduate student. In addition, Bobby is a well-known and accomplished artist.
Congratulations!


Chuck Hooper Memorial Awards Aravind Natarajan and Rukshana A. Patel
This award is made annually to senior graduate students in physics who have shown distinction in research and
teaching. The Award honors the memory of Professor Chuck Hooper who made seminal contributions to the
Department as a Chair, as a distinguished researcher, and as a beloved mentor/teacher. Each award carries a prize
of $250.


Aravind is a 5th year student in astrophysics theory, and Professor Pierre Sikivie
supervises his research. Aravind has distinguished himself as a hard-working, careful
theorist and teaching assistant. He is also recognized for his outreach activities, as he
has judged local middle school science fairs. Congratulations!




Rukshana is a 6th year student in experimental high energy physics, and Professor John Yelton
supervises her research. Rukshana is recognized as a gifted experimentalist and an excellent team
player of a large group. Her attention to detail enables her to be an excellent teacher and
highly-sought-after proofreader! She quietly serves as a role model for our younger students.
Congratulations!




Discussion Sections TA of the Year Daniel J. Sindhikara
Daniel was recognized for performance that extends beyond the standard duties
and for providing students with a variety of learning tools and aids, the Department
recognizes Daniel with a $100 prize. Daniel is a 3rd year student in biological and
chemical physics, and Professor Adrian Roitberg directs his research.
Congratulations!




Laboratory Sections TA of the Year Anand Balaraman
Anand was recognized for dedicated diligence in the instruction of students taking
the introductory laboratory courses, the Department recognizes Anand with a
$100 prize. Anand is a 6th year student in astrophysics theory, and ProfessorJim
Fry directs his research. Congratulations!








THE PROTON


Page 3


UPCOMJ ING SEMINAR SPEAKER


ORJ~ TIME PLAS SEE PAGElt 1


ASTROPHYICS'

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JAN 19, DAI-D lEll L, RIT

CONDENSE MATTERo!jLIJ


Graduate
Student
Travel
Awards


Aravind Natarajan and Jon
Lawrence have each received a $250
CLAS Graduate Student Travel Award
for Spring 2007, and the Department
has provided an additional $250 to
each student.

Aravind is a 5th year student working
with Professor Pierre Sikivie, and
plans to attend the conference entitled
"Astrophysical Probes of the Nature of
Dark Matter" that will be held in Irvine,
CA, on March 22-24, 2007. He plans
to present a paper entitled "Caustics
in Galactic Halos".

Jon Lawrence is a 5th year student
working with Professor Steve Hill, and
he plans to attend the March Meeting
of the American Physical Society to be
held in Denver, March 5-9, 2007. He
will make an oral presentation entitled
"High Frequency Electron
Paramagnetic Resonance (HFEPR)
Study of a High Spin Co(ll) Complex".


UPCOMING GRADUATE STUDENT
MEETING

The Spring Semester Meeting with Graduate Students will be
Thursday, January 11, 2007, 4 pm, in NPB 1002 (small auditorium),
as we will use the first colloquium slot of the Spring semester. All
graduate students are expected to attend unless they have a course
or TA conflict or are working off-campus. After the meeting, the
agenda/notes will be posted online, and the notes from the Fall 2006
Meeting are at (see bottom of the page):
http://www.phys.ufl.edu/grad_program/news/gradannouncements.html



SWayne Bomstad has received the J. Michael
Harris Supplemental Award for the Spring 2007
semester. This award, administered by the
Institute for Fundamental Theory (IFT), is made
possible by a generous donation from J. Michael
Harris. Wayne is a fifth year graduate student
working with Professor John Klauder and is
expected to complete his PhD dissertation by the end of the Spring
2007 semester.


The Madelyn Lockhart Dissertation
Fellowship The Association for Academic Women (AAW) at
the University of Florida has established the Madelyn Lockhart
Dissertation Fellowship to honor an outstanding female graduate
student. One fellowship in an amount up to $2,000 will be awarded to
assist in the dissertation phase of the doctoral degree. The recipient
must be enrolled in dissertation credits for at least one semester (fall,
spring or summer) after she is selected to receive the fellowship in
spring 2007. The award was established to recognize Dr. Madelyn
Lockhart who served as Dean of the Graduate School and Dean of
International Studies and Programs from 1985 to 1993. The
applicant must be a full-time or full-time equivalent doctoral degree
candidate at the University of Florida who has completed her doctoral
course work. Deadline for applications for the award is 4:00 PM,
Monday, January 29, 2007. For more information visit:
http://web.wst.ufl.edu/forms/lockhart.html. Questions about the
fellowship application process should be directed to Dr. Carol Kem at
carokem@ufl.edu

Special Pre


FLORIDA MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
Professor Tarek Saab will make a "Science Sunday"
presentation at the Florida Museum of Natural History on
February 11 from 2:30 to 3:30 pm. The presentation, which is
geared for an adult audience, is entitled "A Journey Through
Time & Space". Travel through 100 years of physics from
Albert Einstein to Stephen Hawking to the newest questions
regarding dark matter and dark energy. Discover how the two
seeming disparate fields of astrophysics and subatomic
physics have made amazing advancements leading to our
current detailed but experimental understanding of the cosmos.


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Congratulations to Sarah Jo and Stephen Hill on the birth of their son, Liam Benjamin Hill, (9 Ibs, 6
oz) born December 12, 2006.


Graduate students meet the faculty event was held on December 7, 2006. The main
purpose of this event was to provide incoming graduate students with an opportunity to meet with faculty members in
an informal setting, and to learn about the research opportunities that exist within the department. Each research
group within the department was asked to present one or more posters detailing their research activities.




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