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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.

The Drs. Rachel and Stephen Kent Research Endowment for Science and Mathematics and Rev. John H. Mullahy, S.J., Research Endowment for the Sciences were established to support collaborative research by faculty and students. This year out of six grants, three were awarded to Physics students. 

My-Hanh Truong ("Structural Optimization of Amorphous Graphene" - advisor Dr. K. Schaefer), Andrew Eddins (“Innovative Physics Demonstrations for Student Outreach and Instructional Use” - advisor Dr. A. Kargol), and Richard Bustos (“Innovators at work – Projects for the Electronics Club” - advisor Dr. A. Kargol) all receive grants to support their research and educational projects. 

As part of activities marking the centennial of the publication of Albert Einstein’s groundbreaking work in General Relativity, the American Physical Society has put together a short list of the landmark papers published in APS journals these past one hundred years. Among the works authored by celebrated physicists such as Einstein himself, Stephen Hawking, Robert Oppenheimer, Roger Penrose etc. is a paper by our own Carl Brans (coauthored with Robert Dicke).

String theory is widely believed to be the best candidate for a unified theory of all the four fundamental forces in nature. Recently, Dr. Biswas along with his collaborator, Dr. Okada, from University of Alabama investigated whether a particular "stringy" feature, "nonlocality", can be detected at the LHC (Large Hadron Collider) run that is currently underway. LHC is the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator consisting of a 27-kilometre ring of superconducting magnets with a number of accelerating structures to boost the energy of the particles along the way. 

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