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Dr. Armin Kargol received the College of Humanities and Natural Sciences Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award at the May 2015 HNS Honors Convocation.

Loyola Physics students, Richard Bustos, Riley Mayes and Thomas Slack, recently participated and presented in the annual April Meeting organized by the American Physical Society (APS), the umbrella physics organization in the country.  Both Riley Mayes and Thomas Slack were selected to present talks in the research panels along with world renowned physicists across the globe, a rare achievement for undergraduate students. Richard Bustos made a poster presentation.

Emily Drabek-Maunder (Physics ’09) received her Ph.D. in Astrophysics from the University of Exeter, UK, in the summer of 2014.  Her thesis was entitled: A Submillimetre Study of Nearby Star Formation using Molecular Line Data. She is currently a postdoctoral research associate at Imperial College London, where she is studying star formation and evolution in our Galaxy. Her research often takes her to the Mauna Kea Observatory in Hawaii.

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, but also on-campus events such as Nano-days and President's day. Thus it's nice to note that Loyola was recognized as a "distinguished" chapter by the Student Physics Society.

     When I was applying to graduate school I knew that I wanted to study renewable and sustainable energy. I decide to look at universities outside the United Sates because I found that universities here do not offer programs in renewable energy.  After a lot of research and many applications later, I was accepted to schools in Germany, the United Kingdom, and the Netherlands. I chose the University of Oldenburg because it is exactly the kind of program I was looking for.


Dr. Schaefer from the department of physics published a single author article in Computer Physics Communications. The article proposes how an iterative aggregation and disaggregation method in combination with a Markov state mapping procedure can be used to obtain high resolution steady state distributions for large scale continuous systems. The article can be found via Dr.

For the past year Holly has been employed as a research engineer at Digital Reasoning ( ), a software company that focuses on large scale unstructured text analytics. Digital Reasoning’s machine learning platform, Synthesys, identifies threats, risks and opportunities by transforming information into a private Knowledge Graph that enables automated understanding of human communication.

Physics Faculty, led by Prof. Armin Kargol, received a $30,000 grant from the Louisiana Board of Regents Support Fund. The grant will fund new computers, data acquisition systems, and equipment for introductory physics courses and laboratories.

Louis Barbier '79 is currently serving as Associate Chief Scientist, NASA Engineering and Safety Center (NESC).

Someday soon, smart phones could be charged in a pocket using only body heat to power up the devices. Even sooner, rocket sensors needed to monitor an engine’s health while launching it into space could feature sensors powered solely by the heat generated from the rocket.


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