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Department Newsletters

Spring 2014 | Archive


PEP News

Oldest AlumnaOldest Living Newcomb Alumna Looks Back

The oldest living Newcomb alumna, Mary Lou Lanier Fife, graduated from Newcomb College with a degree in Physics over 80 years ago. The Physics Department at Tulane, which was founded in 1834 as the Medical College of LA, has been in existence since 1850 when Claudius Wistar Sears was appointed professor of Mathematics and Natural Philosophy and Dean of the Collegiate Department. Newcomb was founded in 1886 as the women’s college of Tulane, and the Physics Department is proud to call Newcomb’s oldest alumna one of its own. Read More »

Smart Polymer Photo3Tulane Researchers Awarded Grant to Develop Smart Polymers

The Tulane scientists — Hank Ashbaugh, Wayne Reed, Scott Grayson, and Bruce Gibb — are part of the Louisiana-Mississippi Consortium, which will develop new experimental and computational tools for accelerating development of smart polymers used to create materials for targeted drug delivery, self-healing materials that recover from damage and nano-composites that resist bacterial growth. Read More »

Colloquium Winners

Summer Research Colloquium

On Friday, August 29, the Physics and Engineering Physics Department held a Summer Research Colloquium to celebrate all of the exciting work going on in the department. The event featured twenty-seven researchers who presented their summer findings in the form of a talk or a poster. Research was presented from both on-campus and off-campus laboratories. Topics ranged from neutron science and many-body physics to new types of energy storage and high performance transistors. Read More »

Clean Room

A Materials Boom at Tulane

Tulane University's Physics and Engineering Physics (PEP) Department is undergoing a major expansion in the area of materials science and engineering, a field that is both as old as human civilization and a critical focus area for 21st century technological advancement. The department has a recent history of strength in this area, and the focused growth in faculty, research, educational programs, and infrastructure is designed to make Tulane's program an internationally recognized center of excellence. Read More »

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Tulane physics major wins prestigious Goldwater Scholarship

Skylar Deckoff-Jones, a Tulane University sophomore majoring in physics, has won the prestigious Goldwater Scholarship... Read More »

John Perdew

Physics Professor Is One of World’s Most Cited

John Perdew is measured to be among the world's most cited physicists...Read More »

Zhiqiang Mao

New Materials for Better Defense

Zhiqiang Mao, Dae Ho Kim, & Ulrike Diebold have received a Department of Defense grant to study materials used in bolometric detectors.
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Rogue Wave

"Rogue Wave"

Lev Kaplan's "rogue wave" research was highlighted in The Economist.


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