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Jeremy M. Berg (University of Pittsburgh) Named Editor-in-Chief of Science

  • By Aude Marjolin
  • 13 June 2016

Jeremy Berg, Associate Senior Vice Chancellor for Science Strategy and Planning in the Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh and former director of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences at the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), has been named by the Board of Directors of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) to serve as editor-in-chief of the Science family of journals, beginning 1 July 2016.

Berg, who also holds positions as Pittsburgh Foundation Professor and Director of the Institute for Personalized Medicine, Professor of Computational and Systems Biology, and Professor of Chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh, will become the 20th editor-in-chief of Science since the journal’s inception in 1880.


Paul Leu Recognized by IISE with 2016 UPS Award for Minority Advancement

  • By Aude Marjolin
  • 27 May 2016

Paul W. Leu is the recipient of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers' (IISE) UPS Award for Minority Advancement in Industrial Engineering.

The UPS award recognizes individuals who, through innovative means, have developed programs or projects directed to the advancement of women, minorities or the disabled in the field of industrial engineering. Since joining the University of Pittsburgh in 2010, Paul Leu has worked successfully with the Pitt Engineering Office of Diversity supervising INVESTING NOW engineering workshops every summer. INVESTING NOW is a college preparatory program created to stimulate, support, and recognize the academic performance of pre-college students from groups that are underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Leu and his research group have managed INVESTING NOW workshops for over ten weeks and with more than 200 high school juniors and seniors for the last six years.


Susan Fullerton Awarded NSF Grant Funds Study to Develop a Transistor Based on 2D Crystals

  • By Aude Marjolin
  • 19 May 2016

Sussan Fullerton received a $496,272 grant from the National Science Foundation to study two-dimensional semiconductors with the goal of demonstrating a switch that requires less power than conventional silicon-based transistors. 

As electronic devices continue to become more integrated into our daily lives, more energy is required to power these devices,” said Susan Fullerton, the principle investigator of the study. “On a large scale, decreasing the power requirements of electronics would impact global energy consumption.”


Susan Fullerton Recognized by ORAU for Research by Junior Faculty

  • By Aude Marjolin
  • 18 May 2016

Susan Fullerton was awarded a 2016 Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award from the Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU). 

This is an outstanding accomplishment for a young faculty member, and so we are very proud of Susan’s award,” noted Steven Little, PhD, the William Kepler Whiteford Professor and Department Chair of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering. “The Powe Award is very competitive, and it speaks highly of Susan to receive this during her first year at Pitt.”


Electron, Ion, and Photon Beam technology and Nanofabrication (EIPBN) Conference, May 31-June 3, 2016, Pittsburgh, PA

  • By Aude Marjolin
  • 2 May 2016

The 60th international conference on Electron, Ion, and Photon Beam technology and Nanofabrication (EIPBN) conference is dedicated to lithographic patterning science, nanomanufacturing process technology, and the applications these methods enable. For 57 years, and 60 meetings the conference has brought together engineers and scientists from industries and universities from all over the world to report on and discuss recent progress and future trends.

EIPBN Registration: Online registration for EIPBN 2016 is now available. Click here to register. 
Early registration and special student rates are available. The early registration deadline is April 30, 2016.

Read more on our events page.


The Half-Filled Landau Level: The Case for Dirac Composite Fermions

  • By Aude Marjolin
  • 13 April 2016

"All is well with particle-hole symmetry". Roger Mong and colleagues accross the United States provided strong evidence for a recent conjecture that contrasts with the predictions of standard theory and predicts a liquid consisting of massless Dirac particles that respects the symmetry between particles and holes

In an external magnetic field, the energy of an electron in a two-dimensional system takes discrete values, called Landau levels. At high enough fields, all electrons in a solid can fit in the lowest Landau level. If exactly half of that level is filled with electrons, standard theory predicts that a special fermion liquid phase will form that makes a distinction between the filled and empty states (particles and holes). However, a recent conjecture, in contrast, predicted a liquid consisting of massless Dirac particles that respects the symmetry between particles and holes, for which the authors of this paper provided strong evidence.


William Stanchina Receives MCSI Award

  • By Aude Marjolin
  • 23 March 2016

The external advisory committee of the University of Pittsburgh’s Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation (MCSI) has awarded four faculty members with research seed grants totaling $190,630 for the 2016/2017 year.

This year’s recipients include PQI faculty William Stanchina for his proposal on "β- Ga2O3 Nanoelectronics: A Path to a Sustainable Semiconductor Technology for High Efficiency Electricity Conversion from Renewables."


David Snoke Chosen as a 2016 APS Outstanding Referee

  • By Aude Marjolin
  • 16 March 2016

The American Physical Society (APS) has named PQI faculty David Snoke one of the 146 Outstanding Referees of 2016 for exceptional help in assessing manuscripts for publication in the Physical Review journals.

Like Fellowship in the APS and other organizations, this is a lifetime award, and the Outstanding Referees are to be congratulated and thanked for their outstanding service to the physics community.

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