Boston University Physics News
Congratulations to Assistant Professor Masha Kamenetska, who received a three-year grant, totaling $450,000, through the Air Force's Young Investigator Research Program! Her anticipated area of research is robust conductance and force measurements of single DNA molecules to quantify nucleosome unwinding.
Physics Professor Lee Roberts was invited to write a Viewpoint for an article published in a recent issue in Physical Review D. The article focuses on an important recent step in the evaluation of the strong interaction contribution to the Standard Model value of the muon's anomalous magnetic moment. Lee writes in reaction that "This [article] represents the most precise evaluation of the hadronic contribution, and it reaffirms a long-standing discrepancy with experiments". This reaction stems from their measurements of the muon's magnetic anomaly at Brookhaven National Lab
Lee Roberts, along with Jim Miller and Rob Carey play important roles in the BNL measurement and are continuing to be important in the new Fermilab measurement.
Congratulations to Graduate Program Coordinator Mirtha Salcedo-Cabello. Mirtha has been named one of three winners of the 2018 John S. Perkins Award for Distinguished Service. The award is presented by the Faculty Council to BU staff members who serve the university with great distinction. Mirtha has been with the Physics Department for 23 years, and is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day functioning of the Physics Department's Graduate Program as well as providing routine academic advising as students’ progress through the Graduate Program.
Congratulations to Emanuel Katz, who has been promoted to the rank of Full Professor. Katz's research explores theoretical particle and condensed-matter physics, using conformal field theory techniques to develop new ways of thinking about interacting fields and working to improve understanding of the physics related to large hadron collider experiments.
Assistant Professor Anushya Chandran was recently named a 2018 Sloan Research Fellow. The two-year fellowships are awarded annually to 126 researchers for their unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field of work. Chandran's research focuses mainly on quantum many-body theory and non-equilibrium systems. Congragualtions Anushya for recognition!
You can read more here at BU Today: http://www.bu.edu/today/2018/bu-astronomer-physicist-and-mathematician-win-sloan-fellowships/
Work done by the Ahlen group and the Scientific Instrument Facility (SIF) at BU have been featured in a press release by the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument or DESI project. The SIF at BU and the Ahlen group, which consists of Professor Steve Ahlen and grad student Yutong Duan, and have contributed to the production of a large number of components for DESI.
The DESI will be installed and run from Kitt Peak National Observatory. The project aims to provide new insights about the universe’s expansion and large-scale structure. In addition, it aims to help set limits on theories related to gravity and the formative stages of the universe, and could even provide new mass measurements for a variety of elusive yet abundant subatomic particles called neutrinos.
The project will use an array of 5,000 swiveling robots, each carefully choreographed to point a fiber-optic cable at a preprogrammed sequence of deep-space objects, including millions of galaxies and quasars, which are galaxies that harbor actively feeding, massive black holes. It aims to scan one-third of the sky and will capture about 10 times more data than predecessor surveys.
From March 11th to March 15th, BU Physics will be hosting the Non-thermal Quantum Systems Conference. This conference, located in the Rajen Kilachand Center, will emphasize short talks, long open discussion periods and a large number of junior participants including speakers.
This BU-CUNY workshop continues in this tradition and aims to bring together a group of creative experts, young and old, to push the non-equilibrium frontier. In this workshop there will be two main topics which will be discussed. The first is the attempt to unify concepts between classical mechanics and high energy physics on glassiness, scrambling, chaos and thermalization in the context of many-body quantum systems. The second topic is theoretical ideas in dynamical control of quantum information motivated by recent exciting experiments in superconducting and quantum optical platforms demonstrating small-scale coherent quantum computation.
The workshops will be organized by BU physics professors Chris Laumann, Anushya Chandran, Anatoli Polkovnikov, BU Physics student Phillip Weinberg as well as CUNY professors Vadim Oganesyan and Sarang Gopalakrishnan.
Congratulation to Professor David Bishop for his election as a 2017 Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors! The academy recognizes for his “highly prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and the welfare of society”. Professor Bishop was also the PI on a NSF engineering research center grant that was recently awarded 20 million dollars over the next five years to accelerate the development of functional heart tissue for clinical use.
Congratulations to Prof. Larry Sulak who has been awarded the 2018 W.K.H. Panofsky Prize in Experimental Particle Physics, recognizing outstanding achievements in experimental particle physics, by the American Physical Society. This award was established in 1985 by friends of W. K. H. Panofsky and the Division of Particles and Fields, Stanford University and SLAC, and is the top APS prize in the discipline of experimental particle physics. The citation recognizes Larry's seminal work on developing the water Cherenkov technique:
“For novel contributions to detection techniques, including pioneering developments for massive water Cherenkov detectors that led to major advances in nucleon decay and neutrino oscillation physics."
The prize will be presented at the APS April Meeting Prize and Award Ceremony on Sunday, April 15, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio.
Nanosystems Engineering Research Center for Directed Multiscale Assembly of Cellular Metamaterials with Nanoscale Precision:
CELL-MET - A National Science Foundation Research Center
Synthesizing Personalized Heart Tissue for Clinical Use
The NSF Engineering Research Center in Cellular Metamaterials – CELL-MET – is designed to stimulate translation of research to practice by facilitating worldwide corporate, clinical, and institutional partnerships. CELL-MET—with Boston University as the lead institution— aims to transform cardiovascular care by combining breakthroughs in nanotechnology and manufacturing with tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, while also developing areas of expertise in education, diversity, administration, and outreach.
CELL-MET will use the latest multiscale 3D printing technologies to engineer scaffolds that guide cells to assemble into complex tissues that exhibit desired behaviors. The scaffolds will incorporate actuators to apply dynamic electrical and mechanical signals as well as cellular “glues” that include biological signaling molecules, all of which can be chosen to foster desired activity of the cells and tissue. The researchers will also employ optogenetics and other imaging techniques to monitor and control cellular activity. The ultimate goal is to fabricate personalized heart tissue that could be used in the shorter term to test the efficacy of drugs and eventually to replace diseased or damaged muscle after a heart attack.
CELL-MET will be housed at Boston University, the lead institution on the grant. David Bishop, an ENG professor of electrical and computer engineering, a College of Arts & Sciences professor of physics, and head of ENG’s Division of Materials Science & Engineering, will direct the center. Two partner institutions—the University of Michigan and Florida International University—as well as six affiliate institutions—Harvard Medical School, Columbia University, the Wyss Institute at Harvard, Argonne National Laboratory, the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland, and the Centro Atómico Bariloche/Instituto Balseiro in Argentina—will offer additional expertise in bioengineering, nanotechnology, and other areas.
For more: http://sites.bu.edu/cell-met/