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Magnetic materials are used in many devices for various applications. To optimize the performance of these devices, we need to characterize the materials as best as we can. In this paper and presentation, I studied magnetic properties of an alloy, CoFeB, in a multilayer structure. CoFeB alloy is used in a new type of memory that is called “STT-MRAM”.

Three Physics seniors receive awards at the College of Arts and Sciences Honors Convocation on May 10, 2019. The Reverend Karl A. Maring, S.J., Award: Sandrine Ferrans. The Reverend Francis A. Benedetto, S.J., Award: Anna Smith. The Special Projects Award in Physics: Kennedi Turner.

Kimia Mirlohi was awarded the Dawson Gaillard Award for Best Essay at the College of Arts and Sciences Honors Convocation on May 10, 2019. (Kimia: back row, second from left)

Anna Smith (PHYS '19) was awarded The Reverend John H. Mullahy, S.J., and Donald C. Faust, M.D., Award at the College of Arts and Sciences Honors Convocation on May 10, 2019. Congratulations, Anna!

The Department of Biological Sciences hosted its 29th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium with presentations given by Biology and Physics students. Seniors Sandrine Ferrans, Anna Smith and Kennedi Turner presented their research. We acknowledge their hard and time-consuming work and congratulate them on a job well done! Click here to view the full program.

Dr. Armin Kargol has published a book titled "Introduction to Cellular Biophysics. Part I: Membrane Transport Mechanisms". It is intended as a textbook for an undergraduate course in Cellular Biophysics and is based on a course Dr. Kargol developed for the Biophysics major at Loyola. The book, which is the first part of a two-volume series, has been published by Morgan and Claypool in ebook and print formats: click here. Part I is an inventory of physical transport processes occurring in cells while the second volume, titled "From membrane transport to neural signaling" and to be published later this year, will be a closer look at how complex biological and physiological cell phenomena result from these very basic physical processes

Cody has been employed as a research physicist at the Naval Research Laboratory's branch at the John C. Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. As a part of the Acoustic Simulation, Measurement, and Tactics branch, she helps develop computational models and databases to study the propagation and scatter of acoustic signals in the ocean and atmospheric environments.

Physics' administrative assistant, Mona Wolfe, received the Coadjutor Optimus Award for demonstrating service above that required or expected and for representing Loyola's commitment to its Jesuit values.

Loyola Physics senior Sandrine Ferrans was accepted into the highly selective LIGO Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program to pursue research at Caltech over the summer 2018. LIGO stands for the Laser Interferometer Gravitational wave Observatory, and Sandrine worked on a project called In-Situ Laser Mode Spectroscopy for Mirror Phase Mapping.

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