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Granular Sand by Julien Chopin, PhD Candidate in Physics

What's New in Clark Physics

2013

2012

  • Spring 2012.  Manoj Singh joined the Physics Department as an incoming graduate student.
  • October 31, 2012.  Andreea Panaitescu defended her Ph.D. Dissertation.
  • The fourteenth annual Greater Boston Area Statistical Mechanics meeting was held on Saturday, October 6, 2012 at Brandeis University.
  • Fall 2012.  Khary Richardson joined the Physics Department as an incoming graduate student.
  • June 8, 2012.  The Complex Matter and Nonlinear Physics Laboratory at Clark University hosted the 10th Annual Northeastern Granular Materials Workshop.
  • Summer 2012 undergraduate directed research. Physics undergraduates Fouad Abdulameer, Chris Conroy, Guilherme De Rosss Mancos, Daniel Ellowitz, Unurbat Erdenemunkh, Tyler Flanagan, Eric Gustafson, Rory Jones, Pascal Jundt, Xiaoran Li, Taylor Maak, Xinyi Shen, William Van Noppen and Wilhelmina Zwennes were all mentored by a physics faculty member. The students presented posters based on their research at the 2012 Fall Fest.
  • April 25, 2012. Clark Academic Spree Day and Physics Senior Honors Presentations.
  • April 13, 2012. Physics graduate student Vikrant Yadav and GSOM graduate student Manish Israni won first prize at the Inaugural GSOMSC Business Plan competition. Their entry involved the modification of search engines/algorithms, and their implementation as business models.
  • March 14, 2012.  Brian Keith defended his Ph.D. Dissertation. (A Study of Low-Dimensional S = 1/2 Quantum Heisenberg Antiferromagnets: Simulation and Experiment)
  • February 27 - March 2, 2012.  Members of the Clark Physics Department participated in the March 2012 American Physical Society Meeting, held in Boston, MA.  Talks presented by Clark faculty, post-docs, and students included:
    • B41.00009 : Modeling curvature-dependent subcellular localization of a small sporulation protein in Bacillus subtilis
    • B41.00015 : Domain formation in multicomponent lipid bilayers coupled to elastic substrate
    • B52.00011 : Ordered and disordered granular sphere packings obtained by epitaxial growth
    • C1.00317 : Phase transition kinetics and critical phenomena of the site dilute Ising model with long range interactions
    • H37.00006 : Scanning Tunneling Microscopy
    • J35.00008 : Low-Energy Electron Induced Reactions in Condensed Methanol
    • J52.00004 : Packing with a twist: from Wrinkles to Scrolls
    • T13.00001 : Magnetic phase diagram of quasi-2D quantum Heisenberg antiferromagnets with XY anisotropy
    • V53.00005 : Building designed granular towers one drop at a time
    • X53.00012 : Experiments on ordering transitions in mechanically stable structures of granular rods
  • February 15, 2012.  Postdoctoral Research Associate Julien Chopin presented a talk, Building Designed Granular Towers One Drop at a Time, as part of the Harvard University SEAS Squishy Physics seminar series.

2011

  • December 5, 2011.  Professor Michael Boyer presented a talk titled Probing the Electronic Structure of the High-TC Superconductor Bi2Sr2CuO6+d with Scanning Tunneling Microscopy at the WPI Physics Department.
  • November 11, 2011.  Professor Arshad Kudrolli presented a talk at UMass, Amherst as part of the UMass Physics Department Condensed Matter Seminar series.
  • November 2, 2011.  Fall Fest 2011 was held at Clark University. Program
  • October 18, 2011.  Professor Arshad Kudrolli presented a Physical Mathematics Seminar at MIT. Flier
  • October 6, 2011.  Professor Charles Agosta was invited to speak at a Harvard University Condensed Matter Physics Seminar.
  • September 2011. Professor Arshad Kudrolli was appointed for a three year term as the Jan and Larry Landry University Professor. More information
  • The thirteenth annual Greater Boston Area Statistical Mechanics meeting was held on Saturday, October 15, 2011 at Brandeis University.
  • Fall 2011.  Professor Michael Boyer joined the Clark University Physics Department as an Assistant Professor.
  • Fall 2011.  Samuel King and Ling Fu joined the Physics Department as incoming graduate students.
  • Sunday, June 29, 2011.  Members of the Physics Department enjoyed a picnic at Rutland State Park.
  • Summer 2011 undergraduate directed research.  Physics undergraduates Fouad Abdulameer, Dan Catanzano, Camilo Cela Lopez, Sean Clark, Chris Conroy, Darija Cosic, Ben Gardner, Ben Solomon, Patrick Tucker, and William Van Noppen were all mentored by a physics faculty member. The students will be presenting posters based on their research at the upcoming Fall Fest. Their experience was supported by departmental, foundation and federal grants.
  • Summer 2011.  Active Matter Group Summer 2011 Seminar Series.  Schedule
  • April 28, 2011. Physics Senior Honors Presentations.
  • April 27, 2011.  Academic Spree Day held at Clark University
  • Wednesday, March 30, 2011. Professor Kristen Billiar of the WPI Bioengineering Institute spoke at an Active Matter Research Goup seminar. More information.
  • March 21-25, 2011. Members of the Clark Physics Department participated in the March 2011 American Physical Society meeting in Dallas, TX.  Titles of presented talks include

    Z13.00012 Anisotropic diffusion of vibrated semi-flexible granular rods

    Y9.00006 Swimming speed of an oscillating sheet in Newtonian and viscoelastic fluids

    Y13.00004 Random to ordered granular sphere packings through cyclic shear

    X39.00007 : Modeling actin waves in dictyostelium cells

    T18.00003 : Magnetic dilution in the cadmium-doped spin ladder compound CdxCu{1-x}(quinoxaline)Br2

    T18.00002 : Random Exchange Antiferromagnetic Heisenberg Chains

    A25.00012 : Properties and behavior of superconductors exhibiting a Fulde-Ferrell-Larkin-Ovchinnikov phase

  • Wednesday, March 2, 2011. Professor Duncan Irschick of UMass, Amherst spoke at an Active Matter Research Group Seminar.  More information.
  • Saturday, February 12, 2011. The First Annual NanoWorcester Symposium was held at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.  Members of Clark University including Professor Arshad Kudrolli, Provost Davis Baird, and Professor Sergio Granados-Focil will participate in this symposium.
  • Friday, January 21, 2011. Thomas Valleau successfully defended his Master's Thesis. (Cu(pz)(N3)2: A S = 1/2 antiferromagnetic rectangle).
  • Julien Chopin (Postdoctoral Research Associate) and Zulfikar Ali (incoming graduate student) joined the Physics Department in January 2011.

2010

  • Professor Arshad Kudrolli was elected as a Fellow of the American Physical Society (2010) in recognition of "his innovative experiments and significant contributions to nonlinear physics, dissipative systems, granular matter, and geomorphology."  The fellowship certificate will be presented at the Annual March APS Meeting in Dallas.
  • Wednesday, December 15, 2010.  Fan Xiao defended his Ph.D. Dissertation. (Magnetic Properties of Copper-Pyrazine Bridged 2D Quantum Heisenberg Antiferromagnets).
  • Wednesday, December 1, 2010. The Physics Department hosted an Open House to showcase a new Micro-focus x-ray computed tomography (CT) system.
  • September 29, October 13, and October 27, 2010. Members of the physics department and the Active Matter Research Group led three separate outreach sessions where twenty 9th and 10th grade high students from UPCS, South High, and Claremont Academy participated and did hands-on activities exploring mechanics, electricity and magnetism, light, and sound.
  • The twelfth annual Greater Boston Area Statistical Mechanics meeting was held on Saturday, October 9, 2010 at Brandeis University. Over 100 people attended the meeting.
  • Incoming graduate students Ye Wu and Jing Jin joined the Physics Department in August  2010.
  • Thursday, August 5, 2010.  Brittany Morgan defended her Ph.D. Dissertation (Structure and dynamics in protein function: An all-atom molecular dynamics study).
  • Tuesday, August 3, 2010.  Kristopher Daly defended his Ph.D. Dissertation (Modeling the Soft Geometry of Biological Membranes).
  • Wednesday, July 21, 2010.  BA/MA physics student Jessica Baker defended her Master's Thesis (Maximum and Minimum Stable Random Packings of Platonic Solids).
  • Sunday, June 27, 2010.  Members of the Physics Department enjoyed a picnic at Rutland State Park.
  • Summer 2010 undergraduate directed research.  Physics undergraduates Ammar Tareen (2010), Caleb Taylor (2010), Declan Oller (2011), Brian Koopman  (2012), Patrick Tucker (2012), Sean Clark (2012), Jennifer Gaines (2012), Stephen Diehl (2012), Chris Conroy (2013), and Fouad Abdulameer (2013) were all mentored by a physics faculty member. The students will be presenting posters based on their research at the upcoming Fall Fest. Their experience was supported by departmental, foundation and federal grants.
  • Tuesday, June 15, 2010.  Active Matter Workshop was held at Clark University.
  • Professor Les Blatt retired at the end of the 2009-10 academic year.  He is now Professor Emeritus of Physics and Education.
  • The NSF has made a Major Research Instrumentation award of $210,960 to Clark University towards the acquisition of a X-Ray Computed Tomography System. It will be housed in the physics department under the supervision of Dr. Kudrolli. A microfocus x-ray computed tomography system is a versatile industrial instrument that can be used to investigate a range of scientific problems at the confluence of physics, materials sciences, and biological physics. The x-ray instrument will have a significant impact on undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral student training, besides being available as a research and diagnostic tool for the scientific and engineering community in Worcester and neighboring areas.
  • BA/MA physics student Jessica Baker was selected as a finalist for the March 2010 American Physical Society GSNP student speaker session to be held in Portland, Oregon for her work on Random Packing Densities of the Platonic Solids. More information

2009

  • Saturday, October 31, 2009. Sciences Preview Day was held at Clark University.
  • The eleventh annual Greater Boston Area Statistical Mechanics meeting was held on Saturday, October 10, 2009 at Brandeis University.
  • Professor Harvey Gould retired at the end of the 2008-09 academic year; He continues to be the Associate Editor of the American Journal of Physics (AJP).