Physics

The Department of Physics at City College has a long tradition of distinguished faculty and students.  Many of our alumni have achieved prominence in academic, industrial and governmental physics positions; three of them, Arno Penzias, Leon Lederman and Robert Hofstadter, have won the Nobel Prize in Physics.

Today the Department continues to reflect this tradition of scientific excellence. The faculty include members of the National Academies of Science and Engineering, fellows of the American Physical Society, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  They are deeply engaged in cutting-edge research, including biophysics, experimental and theoretical physics, ultrafast spectroscopy and photonics and soft-condensed matter physics, to name just a few areas.

Physics students pursue bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees at City College.  Whether they are modeling DNA molecules, working with MRI and CAT scans, building lasers or working with computers, they are preparing for the jobs and opportunities that will dominate the 21st century.

IN THE NEWS

Nowhere to Hide: Better Non-invasive Detection of Prostate Cancer Using Improved Imaging

Advanced methods for earlier and improved detection of prostate cancer will help physicians provide better prostate cancer management and protect patients with low risk disease from unnecessary treatment.  Says Dr. Wang, "The key feature of our rectal scanning imager is the use of near infrared (NIR) radiation to image the prostate through the rectum. This imaging approach will greatly improve and supplement current (detection) methods of PSA and DRE because the scanning imaging unit and inverse image reconstruction technique can be used to map the internal structure of the prostate, distinguishing cancerous from normal areas." 

The key investigators in the CUNY research group include Distinguished Professor Robert Alfano (Director of the Institute for Ultrafast Spectroscopy and Lasers), Dr. Wubao Wang, and Dr. Yang Pu. The research achievement was made in collaboration with Dr. James Eastham at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Prof. Samuel Achilefu at Washington University School of Medicine, and Prof. Min Xu at Fairfield University.

Cory Dean awarded IUPAP Young Scientist Prize in Low Temperature Physics

Assistant Professor Cory Dean will be a recipient of this year's IUPAP Young Scientist Prize in Low Temperature Physics.  This prize is awarded annually by the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics to junior level scientists in recognition of original and outstanding contributions to the field of low-temperature physics.  This year Dr. Dean is recognized for his development of graphene on boron nitride and subsequent discovery of the Hofstadter's butterfly.  The prize will be awarded during the 27th International Conference on Low Temperature Physics (LT27) to be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, August 6 - 13, 2014.

Dissertation Year Fellowship Awarded to Aline Hubard

The City University of New York Graduate Center has awarded 86 level III doctoral candidates dissertation fellowships for the 2014-2015 academic year – over $1,656,000 in stipends.  Ms. Aline Hubard, Ph.D. student in Physics mentored by Prof. Mark Shattuck, received the $22,000 fellowship for "Avalanches in Granular Materials." 

Scientists Are Becoming a Rarer Congressional Breed, and That's Not a Good Thing | Commentary

Mar 25, 2014, 5:54 PM – Roll Call by Michael S. Lubell
Unless a new scientist emerges victorious in the 2014 November elections, the nerd factor on Capitol Hill will have taken a nose dive in the last six years.
Read the full story here.

The Feliks Gross Endowment Award to Cory Dean

Assistant Professor Cory Dean, on Prof. Alexios Polychronakos' nomination, has been designated to receive a Feliks Gross Endowment Award. The ceremony will take place on Thursday, April 3, beginning at noon in the 9th Floor Skylight room of the Graduate Center. Prof. Dean will give a short presentation on his work

The Feliks Gross Endowment Award is presented each year to assistant professors in recognition of outstanding research, or potential for such, in the humanities or sciences, including social and life sciences. Any faculty member who is an assistant professor at any unit of CUNY and whose field of expertise covers an area of the humanities or sciences is eligible to be considered for one of these awards. Recipients who present their work at the ceremony receive an honorarium and a plaque.

The Mark W. Zemansky Lecture, April 9, 2014

Steven E. Koonin will deliver the Mark W. Zemansky Lecture, "The Promise of Urban Science" on Wednesday, April 9, 2014.  Dr. Koonin is the Director of NYU’s Center for Urban Science and Progress, and previously served as the U.S. Department of Energy’s second Senate-confirmed Under Secretary for Science from May 19, 2009 through November 18, 2011. As Under Secretary for Science, Dr. Koonin functioned as the Department’s chief scientific officer, coordinating and overseeing research across the DOE.

The Herman Z. Cummins Lecture, April 10, 2014

Albert Libchaber will deliver the Herman Z. Cummins Lecture on Thursday, April 10, 2014. Dr. Libchaber is the Detlev W. Bronk Professor, Laboratory of Experimental Condensed Matter Physics, Rockefeller University, New York, NY.  "From bacteria to artificial cells.  The problem of self reproduction" reflects the focus of Dr. Libchaber's research since the 1990s, primarily in biology, from the viewpoints of physics and nonlinear dynamics.

City College Physics at the American Physical Society March Meeting, 2014

Professors and students present research at the APS March Meeting, Monday-Friday, March 3-7, 2014 in Denver Colorado.  Abstracts are included in the Bulletin of the American Physical Society, Volume 59, Number 1.  For City College participants, click here.

Michio Kaku on The Daily Show

Michio Kaku, Semat Professor of Physics, theoretical physicist and author of "The Future of the Mind" discusses cutting-edge advances in brain research and technology.  Tuesday February 25, 2014 (08:09)

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