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Congratulations to Zainab Ali, a senior majoring in Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences. She has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright fellowship for the 2017-2018 year.
- The Physics Department made the news recently as students react to the Space X Lunar Flight Announcement: http://www.twcnews.com/nc/triad/top-videos/2017/03/3/nc-a-t-students-react-to-space-x-lunar-flight-announcement-.html
Tashell Dowdell, physics senior and undergraduate research assistant in the Bililign Group, has been selected to receive a student travel grant to attend the 2016 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, 12-16 December in San Francisco, CA. The travel grant is in the amount of $1000. The award name is the David J. Joffman Award. Tashell will present a poster at AGU entitled “Characterization of Wall Loss in an Indoor Smog Chamber.”
- Congratulations to Dr. Abdellah Ahmidouch. He has been selected to be interim Dean for our new College of Science and Technology. http://www.ncat.edu/news/2016/07/new-deans.html
- Senior Engineering Physics major Khalil McMillan has had a busy summer! Here he is presenting at Colorado State University: http://videos.atmos.colostate.edu/talks/watch/321
- Congratulations to Dr. Solomon Bililign. He received the College of Arts and Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award for 2015-2016.
- Congratulations to Ms. Britney Hamilton. She received the College of Arts and Sciences Masters Student Citation Award for 2015-2016.
- Congratulations to Ms. Hope Pegues. She received the College of Arts & Sciences Undergraduate Student Merit Award for 2015-2016.
- Please join us in congratulating Dr. Chih-Kuan Tung. His work on collective dynamics of sperm in viscoelastic fluid has been featured on BBC News science and environment. The article is at: http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-35838575
Dr. Bililign authored an article entitled “Integrating Research into Teaching for Enhanced Recruitment and Training of Undergraduates” published in A RESEARCH MENTORING GUIDE FOR EARLY CAREER STEM FACULTY AT HBCU’S”
Produced by the QUALITY EDUCATION FOR MINORITIES (QEM) NETWORK HBCU-UP Education Research/Professional Development and Mentoring (PDM) Project: Enhancing Research Productivity of Early Career STEM Faculty at HBCUs Supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF)’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP)
Dr. Bililign with Co-PI Fiddler received a $488,281 three year grant from the National Science Foundation, Atmospheric Chemistry program to study optical and chemical properties of biomass burning aerosols. The group will conduct a laboratory study to investigate how the chemical and optical properties of biomass burning aerosols (soot) change as they age in the atmosphere and how they impact global and regional climate systems. Considering the extensive use of biomass fuel in the developing world and increased occurrence of wild fires in the US, such controlled laboratory studies are of significant importance and will aid remote and satellite measurements. Some of the measurements will also be done at Prof. Surratt, Lab at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health Department of Environmental Sciences & Engineering through contracts.
Physics Junior and REU student Khalil McMillan traveled to Baltimore to attend the March Meeting of the American Physical Society from March 13-18. Khalil presented a poster and Dr. Bililign gave an oral talk. Links to the talks are:
- Friday, October 23, 2015: The Physics Department is sponsoring our 2nd A&T Future STEM Leaders Summit from 9:00 AM until 12:00 PM in Marteena 312. Come join us for departmental updates, information about NC A&T Physics Student Assocation, ASME Students Association, and a Panel Discussion that will include topics
- Alternative careers in physics
- What does it take to succeed in physics or STEM in general
- What you liked about NC A&T physics and what needs to be preserved; what areas need improvement
- What are the challenges and opportunities for physics majors
- How to support the NC A&T physics program
- Panelists include: Dr. Christophe McCray, Dr. Vernon Simmons, Dr. Jasmin Crenshaw, Mr. Patrick McCarter, Dr. C. Marcel Buford, Kristen Foster, MD, Mr. James Killen, Mr. Bryan Brown.
- Click here for STEM Summit Agenda
Congratulations to Dr. Jing Zhang for her selection to be on the first cohort of nine ADVANCE IT faculty scholars. The ADVANCE IT Faculty Scholars are a connected cohort of women faculty in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and social and behavioral sciences (SBS) disciplines. These faculty members participate in activities designed to increase excellence in teaching and research, while boosting their scholarly productivity.
The North Carolina A&T State University ADVANCE IT project is designed to address the systemic underrepresentation of women within its faculty. The project will holistically build a strategic pipeline to cultivate the academic and professional success of women, increase opportunities for all faculty, thereby creating a whole campus culture of excellence, and increase the knowledge regarding the roles of gender and gender/race intersectionality within the academy
Dr. John Mattingly, Associate Professor of Nuclear Engineering at North Carolina State University will present a seminar on Monday, March 30 at 4:00 PM in Marteena 310. Dr. Mattingly will discuss the missions of nuclear security, radiation detection methods applied to support those missions, and ongoing research and development (R&D) activities at NCSU for SNM detection, identification, and characterization. Prof. Mattingly’s seminar will emphasize non-intrusive, non-destructive radiation detection and analysis methods employing gamma spectroscopy and neutron multiplicity measurements and emerging radiation imaging techniques. North Carolina A&T State University (NCA&T) and North Carolina State University (NCSU) have partnered with 5 other top-ranked universities and 3 national laboratories to form the Consortium for Nonproliferation Enabling Capabilities (CNEC). The Consortium, which is sponsored by the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), will be a pre-eminent research and education hub dedicated to the development of enabling technologies and technical talent for meeting present and future challenges of nuclear nonproliferation. The missions of the NNSA include nuclear nonproliferation, counterterrorism, emergency response, and forensics, and each of these missions relies on radiation measurements to detect, identify, and characterize special nuclear material (SNM).
- Renowned Harvard University Astrophysicst and Newton Lacy Pierce Prize Winner Dr. John A. Johnson will present a special colloquium on Friday, March 13. Dr. Johnson received his BS in Physics from the University of Missouri-Rolla (now the Missouri University of Science and Technology) and his MS and PhD degrees in Astronomy from the University of california, Berkeley. He then Held a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship in Astronomy and Astrophysics, based at the Institute for Astronomy (University of Hawai'i). He is the leader of the Johnson ExoLab, a diverse group of students, postdoctoral fellows, and professors with a broad range of expertise in astronomical theory, observation, and experimentation.
- Greensboro native and NC A&T alumna Dr. Lynnae Quick will present a special colloquia on Friday, March 13. Dr. Quick is a NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP) Fellow in the Solar System division at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. Dr. Quick received a BS in Physics from A&T in 2005, an MS in Phyisics, with a concentration in Astrophysics, from the Catholic University of America, and an MA and PhD in Planetary Sciences from Johns Hopkins University in 2013.
- Dr. Robert Beichner presented The Student-Centered Learning Environment with Upside-down Pedagogies (SCALE-UP) Project on March 11. Dr. Beichner recieved his PhD in 1989 from the State University of New York at Buffalo. After working at Buffalo as a visiting professor for three years, he joined the NC State Physics Department in 1992 as an Assistant professor. He advanced through the professional ranks and was named an Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor in 2003. He is a member of our Physics Education Research and Development Group, one of the largest in the world.
Members of the N.C. A&T Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics Group are working with researchers from 14 other institutions this winter to investigate the little-known dynamics of wintertime air pollution.
The project is the Wintertime INvestigation of Transport, Emissions, and Reactivity (WINTER) campaign in the Mid-Atlantic Region. It will provide detailed, aircraft-based measurements to explore how chemical processes in the atmosphere vary by season.
Pollution occurs throughout the year, but the chemistry that determines the impact of pollution in the winter has been largely unexplored. Most research has focused on warmer seasons.
In winter, for example, short-lived pollutants like sulfur dioxide dissipate more slowly, so they affect wider areas downwind from the source of the pollution. Sulfur dioxide can cause respiratory problems and can turn into acid rain.
“Levels of oxidant pollution, such as ozone, are smaller in the winter due to decreased sunlight and emissions from plants,” said Dr. Marc Fiddler, an A&T research chemist working on the project. “These conditions produce a different and much more uncertain picture of what happens to sulfur dioxide in the winter.”
The uncertainties cover a broad range of issues. “How sensitive are chemical processes in the atmosphere to changes in temperature, water content, acidity, and particle size?” Fiddler said.
In addition to Fiddler, the A&T team includes Jaime Green, a doctoral student in energy and environmental systems; and Steven G. Blanco Garcia, an undergraduate physics major. They are part of the Atmospheric Physics and Chemistry Research group, led by Dr. Solomon Bililign, professor of physics.
For six weeks this winter, much of their work is being conducted in a C-130 research aircraft operated by the National Science Foundation and National Center for Atmospheric Research.
“Performing measurements on a plane is very different from the laboratory,” Fiddler said. “You have to worry about all sorts of things you don’t normally care about in the lab: weight of the instrument, power consumption, size, fast sampling (due to the aircraft’s speed), integration into the aircraft, and intense vibrations. It really presents its own set of measurement challenges.”
The study is funded by the National Science Foundation with significant in-kind support from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Earth System Research Laboratory. The University of Washington is the lead institution; other principal investigators are from the NOAA Earth System Research Lab, Georgia Tech, the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Colorado at Boulder. Collaborators include N.C. A&T; Howard University; the University of Maryland, Baltimore County; University of New Hampshire; Los Gatos Research, Inc.; Purdue University; NOAA Atmospheric Research Laboratory; NASA Goddard Space Flight Center; NASA Langley Research Center; and the National Center for Atmospheric Research.
Dr. Abdellah Ahmidouch, nuclear physics professor and Chair of The Department of Physics is the recipient of a $1.49 Million research grant as part of the Consortium for Nonproliferation Enabling Capabilities (CNEC), led by North Carolina State University. CNEC was awarded $25 Million by the National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) Office of Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation Research and Development to provide the U.S. government with cutting edge research and development to identify and address multi-disciplinary and cross-functional technology and research needs that are critical to detecting foreign nuclear weapon proliferation activities.
Professor Tom Lewis from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro will be presenting Finite Difference Methods for Nonlinear Partical Differential Equations on Monday, October 27 in Marteena 310 at 4:00 PM.
- The Physics Department and Society of Physics Students will host a STEM Summit on Thursday, October 23 beginning at 1:00 in Marteena 322. Dr. Goldie Byrd will present the opening remarks. Other presenters will include: Dr. Marcel Buford with the Institute for Defense Analyses; Dr. Tennille Presley from Winston Salem State University; Dr. Lynnae Quick with NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, and Dr. Johnathan Smith with NOAA Center for Climate and Weather Prediction.
- Mr. Galen Smith, former graduate student of our Physics Department, will present Numerical Investigation of Orographic Effects on Supercell Thunderstorms on Friday, October 10 from 3:00-4:00 in Gibbs Hall Room 307.
- Dr. Solomon Bililign will be presenting Scattering and Absorption of E&M radiation by small particles-applications to impact of biomass aerosols on climate on Monday, September 29, 2014 at 4:00 PM in Marteena 310.
- Alex O.E. Animalu, FAS, NNOM, IOM; Emeritus Professor of Physics; Dept. of Physics & Astronomy, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria will be presenting a colloquium on March 17, 2014 in Marteena 310 at 4:00 pm. He will be presenting Principle of E-Magnetodynamics for Composite Magnetic Pole.
- Dr. Solomon Bililgn, professor of physics, attended the March meeting of the American Physical Society (APS) in Denver, Colo. Bililign made an oral presentation, “Calibration of cavity ring-down spectrometry, integrating nephelometery, and condensation particle counting for distinguishing aerosol scattering/absorption properties,” in the Physics of Climate session. He also participated on the NSF-GEO-Idea Lab team via Skype (due to a conflict with the APS meeting). In addition, Bililign organized an international satellite meeting of the Ethiopian Physics Society in North America, of which he is the current president.
- Congratulations to Ronald Gamble and his academic advisor, Dr. Abebe Kebede, for receiving the 2013 - 2014 Outstanding Graduate Student of the Year Award. Congratulations to Benjamin Griego and his academic advisor, Dr. Abdellah Ahmidouch, for receiving the 2013-2014 Graduate Student Merrit Award. Congratulations also to Ms. Ursula Salamonowicz and her advisor, Dr. Ashot Gasparian, for receiving the 2013-2014 Undergraduate Academic Citation Award.
- Dr. Lin and the Atmospheric Science and Meteorolgy students were recently interviewed by WXII News 12 about the recent tornado activity in Oklahoma.
- 4/26/2013: Physics - EES Joint Colloquium: 1-2 PM; Gibbs 307. Dr. Matthew Eastin, Associate Professor from UNC-Charlotte, will present "Development of the Tropical Cyclone Tornado Parameter (TCTP) for Use in Situational Awareness Forcasting."
- Dr. James Gates will be visiting A&T for one day speaking to our department and university and College on Thursday February 28. Dr. Gates is a Physics Professor at the university Maryland, a member of President Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), and a recipient of the Medal of Science, the highest recognition given by the U.S. to scientists. Dr. Gates will give a public lecture at 11:00 AM in the GCB auditorium, title: “The PCAST reports and the Re-ignition of the American Dream”. A flyer for the event is attached. Dr. Gates will also be giving a physics seminar at 4:00 PM in Marteena 312, title “Symmetry and the Quincunx Nexus”. Everyone is welcome to attend.
- Physics Department awarded $15,000 innovation proposal by PiCam
- Dr. Jing Zhang co-authored a paper that was published in January in Nature Climate Change: http://www.nature.com/nclimate/journal/v3/n1/full/nclimate1631.html
- 08/2012 New NSF MRI award in August: NSF Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) research award: “Development of a Windowless Hydrogen Gas Flow Target for a High Precision Measurement of the Proton Charge Radius”, funded by NSF (award #PHY-1229153, for the period 2012-2013) with M. Khandaker (PI, NSU), A. Gasparian (co-PI, NC A&T SU), H. Gao (co-PI, Duke U.), D. Dutta (co-PI, MSU).
- 07/2012 A new research project has been recently approved at Jefferson Laboratory with the highest scientific rating: “High Precision Measurement of the Proton Charge Radius”. Presented at JLab Program Advisory Committee PAC39 in July, 2012. The proposal (E12-11-106) approved with high scientific rating (A). with Dr. A. Gasparian PI, M. Khandaker (co-PI, NSU), H. Gao (co-PI, Duke U.), D. Dutta (co-PI, MSU).
Retired corporate affairs and business executive Hilda Pinnix-Ragland is the keynote speaker for commencement exercises for The Graduate College at N.C. A&T State University.
All students are encouraged to attend a campus safety forum set for Friday, 4 p.m., in Harrison Auditorium on the N.C. A&T campus.
As summer approaches, so does the need for activities for children during summer break. Registration for 2017 Aggie Enrichment Camps at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University is now open.