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Sean Garrett-Roe Awarded Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award

  • By Aude Marjolin
  • 15 February 2017

Sean Garrett-Roe has been selected to receive a 2017 Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award. The Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award recognizes teaching excellence by members of the University of Pittsburgh's faculty. This award consists of a cash prize to the faculty member and a grant to support the faculty member's teaching activities. 

Garrett-Roe was recognized for his work with the Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL) approach, which uses a flipped classroom model, multisensory input and incorporates technologies to encourage students to engage, derive and interpret the materials of physical chemistry. He has also shared his pedagogical models in such venues as Pitt’s Summer Instructional Design Institute and the American Chemical Society’s national meeting.

The chancellor in his letter stated: “[Y]ou make a challenging subject ‘come alive’ for your students, which enhances their ability to fully engage with and retain the principles you are teaching. Additionally, you have had a lasting impact on your colleagues both within and outside the Department of Chemistry, by teaching them how to incorporate the POGIL approach into their courses.”

PQI Members Receive 2016 Kaufman Awards

  • By Aude Marjolin
  • 8 February 2017

In this fourth year of the annual competition, a total of eight grants were awarded to researchers at four Pennsylvania higher education institutions: Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh, The Pennsylvania State University and University of Pennsylvania.

The Kaufman Scientific Advisory Board received 229 letters of intent from 30 academic institutions seeking funding in two categories: New Investigators and New Initiatives.

Benjamin Hunt won a New Investigators Award, i.e., a grant of $150,000 for two years ($75,000 per year), for research on “Proximity effects and topological spin currents in van der Waals heterostructures.” 

Brian D’Urso and Gurudev Dutt won a New Initiatives Award, i.e., a grant of $300,000 for two years ($150,000 per year) for research on “Trapped diamond nanocrystals for precision gravitational measurements and tests of quantum gravity.” 

Read the abstracts here and here, respectively.


Towards optimal experimental tests on the reality of the quantum state

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Tue, Feb 21 2017 14:57:14

Physicists are getting a little bit closer to answering one of the oldest and most basic questions of quantum theory: does the quantum state represent reality or just our knowledge of reality?
George C. Knee, a theoretical physicist at the University of Oxford and the University of Warwick, has created an algorithm for designing optimal experiments that could provide the strongest evidence yet that the quantum state is an ontic state (a state of reality) and not an epistemic state (a state of knowledge).

Friction in the vacuum? Molecular or deprotonated water? Machine learning to design functional materials without inversion symmetry, and outer space attacks on your electronic devices

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Mon, Feb 20 2017 17:16:45

New lossless plasmonic metamaterial and testing Wiedemann-Franz's law at the atomic level

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Fri, Feb 17 2017 14:34:04

d-Electron spin transport in LAO/STO and a type-I van der Waals heterostructure made of MoS and ReS

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Thu, Feb 16 2017 17:25:47

Breaking down the collective atomic motion in a molecule, novel single-photon emission from GaN films, new technique for creation of entangled photon states, a space-based quantum dot spectrometer, and quantum interpolation for high-resolution sensing

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Wed, Feb 15 2017 16:45:09