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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 NEWSMichael S. Lubell, June 24, 2014
It wasn’t too many years ago that the Environmental Protection Agency came under fire for promulgating regulations that critics claimed had insufficient scientific validity. The pendulum now seems to have swung the other way, if a policy provision in the “Department of Energy Research and Development Act of 2014” is any indicator. More...
(Published in Roll Call.)
Nowhere to Hide: Better Non-invasive Detection of Prostate Cancer Using Improved ImagingAdvanced 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.
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."