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Laaser Wins 2022 Bellet Teaching Excellence Award

  • By Jennifer Zheng
  • 26 April 2022

Congratulations to Jennifer Laaser for receiving the 2022 Tina and David Bellet Teaching Excellence Award! 

Established in 1998, this annual award recognizes outstanding and innovative teaching in undergraduate studies in Pitt's Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences. Each fall, students and faculty are encouraged to submit nominations to the associate dean for undergraduate studies. A committee reviews nominations and requests dossiers from eligible candidates. Honorees are announced in the spring, and award recipients each receive a one-time cash prize of $6,000.


Grad Students Win NSF Fellowship and Honorable Mention

  • By Jennifer Zheng
  • 5 April 2022

Congratulations to Boris Mesits who has won an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship! He is supported to work on ultrasensitive superconducting magnetometry and electron spin resonance in the laboratory of Michael Hatridge.  We'd also like to congratulate Evan McKinney, advised by Michael Hatridge and Alex Jones, who won honorable mention for his proposal on studying architectures for modular quantum computing with superconducting circuits.


Levy and Givi wins 2022 Provost’s Award for Excellence in Doctoral Mentoring

  • By Jennifer Zheng
  • 15 March 2022

Congratulations to Jeremy Levy and Peyman Givi for receiving the 2022 Provost’s Award for Excellence in Doctoral Mentoring. 

The Provost’s Award for Excellence in Doctoral Mentoring will annually recognize outstanding mentoring of graduate students seeking a research doctorate degree. Up to four awards will be made each year. . .


Want to promote diversity in science? Offer better support.

  • By Jennifer Zheng
  • 15 March 2022

Growing up in Patna, India, I imagined that there would be a better representation of women in physics in the United States. But after arriving at the University of California, Santa Barbara, to begin my graduate studies in 1988, I was sorely disappointed to learn that I was the only woman in a class of 36 PhD students.

The situation has improved marginally since then. In 2019, for example, women received 20% of both undergraduate and PhD degrees in physics in the . . .

 


van Stipdonk and Corcovilos Publishes in Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry

  • By Jennifer Zheng
  • 1 March 2022

Congratulations to Michael van Stipdonk, Theodore Corcovilos, and their research group for recently publishing their paper, "Intrinsic reactivity of [OUCH]+: Apparent synthesis of [OUS]+ by reaction with CS2" in Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry. Read the abstract below!

 


Vincent Sokalski receive grant for AMPED Consortium

  • By Jennifer Zheng
  • 15 February 2022

Congratulations to Vincent Sokalski for winning a grant for the AMPED Consortium. Read the CMU MSE article below! 

McHenry, Sokalski receive planning grant for Advanced Magnetics for Power and Energy Development (AMPED) Consortium. The Advanced Magnetics for Power and Energy Development (AMPED) Consortium has received a planning grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) through its prestigious Industry-University Cooperative Research Centers Program (IUCRC).


University of Pittsburgh researchers develop new modular-based system for quantum computers

  • By Jennifer Zheng
  • 2 February 2022

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh have successfully developed and patented a new modular-based system for connecting together qubits — a unit of measurement and a building block behind quantum computing.

In modern computing, computers use bits of information to solve problems, amid a myriad of other applications that computers can do. The bits that make up modern computers consist of ones and zeros, a signal that translates to being either on and off.

 


Peyman Givi Named 2021 AAM Fellow

  • By Jennifer Zheng
  • 26 January 2022

Peyman Givi has recently been elected as 2021 Fellow of the American Academy of Mechanics!

The American Academy of Mechanics (AAM) is an honor society that is home to all disciplines engaged in the study of the response of inanimate and animate matter to forces and environmental effects. Members are recognized for their contributions to the science and profession of mechanics.


Patent Issued to Jeremy Levy and Patrick Irvin

  • By Jennifer Zheng
  • 11 January 2022

Congratulations to Jeremy Levy, Patrick Irvin, and Feng Bi for their patent titled "Oxide Interface Displaying Electronically Controllable Ferromagnetism!"

Magnetism forms the basis for non-volatile storage in hard disk drives. A new field called “spintronics” aims to use electronics and electron spin to process information; however, it has been difficult to find appropriate materials...

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