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The Department of Physics is pleased to announce the newest addition to our faculty, Arnaldo J. Vargas. Arnaldo is a graduate of Universidad de Puerto Pico. He will soon be receiving his Ph.D. from Indiana University Bloomington where he has worked for the last 7 years educating students as their laboratory instructor, discussion leader, and course instructor. Arnaldo has had multiple publications in the Physics Review and has presented his research at seminars throughout the US and Japan.

The Physics department is excited to announce that the Loyola Student Physics Society Chapter has been recognized as "Distinguished" for the 3rd consecutive year. Students at the physics department at Loyola are among the most active on campus in terms of their involvement with research, commitment and participation in various outreach programs mainly aimed at energizing school kids towards science. They also participate in on-campus events such as the President's open house and the Monroe Rededication Ceremony.

Dave Vumbaco is a former student of Loyola University New Orleans Physics Department and is currently pursuing his PhD in Cell Biology and Anatomy and Neuroscience from Louisiana State University Health and Science Center. 

Dr. Rousseau's research on the Bose-Hubbard model on a triangular lattice with diamond ring-exchange was recently published in Physical Review B.

Ilyes Benslimane was recently published in Bioscience Reports for his contributions to the paper "ApoE deficiency promotes colon inflammation and enhances the inflammatory potential of oxidized LDL and TNF-α in primary colon epithelial cells." Ilyes worked under Louisiana State University Professor, Dr. Hamid Boulares, at the Louisiana Cancer Research Center.

Former Physics student, Richard Bustos, presented his work "Constraining Theories of Gravity From Light Deviation Experiments" at the American Physics Society meeting held in Salt Lake City, Utah in April. 

This was Bustos second time presenting for the American Physics Society.

 

 

Physics Department welcomes a new faculty member. Dr. Valery Rousseau joins us as a Visiting Assistant Professor. Dr. Rousseau studied physics and mathematics at the University of Nice - Sophia Antipolis (France). He did postdoctoral work at the University of California, Davis, at the Lorentz Institute of the University of Leiden (The Netherlands), and at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. He specializes in computational condensed matter physics.

Dr. Armin Kargol (Physics) and Dr. Kimberlee Mix (Biological Sciences) have received a $112k grant from the LA Board of Regents Support Fund Enhancement Program for the acquisition of two instruments, the Port-a-Patch (a compact patch clamp system to study electrical properties of cells) and the Nucleofector (a computerized device for cell transfections). Both instruments will be used in collaborative research and in courses taught by Dr. Kargol and Dr. Mix.

Students at the physics department at Loyola are among the most active on campus in terms of their involvement with research, commitment and participation in various outreach programs mainly aimed at energizing school kids towards science. They also participate in on-campus events such as the President's open house and the Monroe Rededication Ceremony. The Loyola physics students fully deserved their recognition as a "distinguished" chapter by the National Student Physics Society.

Michael Kammer (Physics'12) has received a Master's degree in Biomedical Engineering from Vanderbilt University. His thesis title is "Characterizing Aptamer-Small Molecule Interactions with Backscattering interferometry". He is also a co-author of two articles recently published in The Analyst and in PNAS Plus.

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