Alumni Stories
Alumni Stories

The Department of Physics & Astronomy alumni have accomplished astounding achievements since exiting the halls of our departments. Alumni are invited each year to the annual Spring Recognition Banquet to share their successes. Recent news is also published in the departmental alumni newsletter.

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Recent News

Xi He Research Highlighted in Nature Letter

Research by postdoctoral researcher Xi He, a former department Ph.D. student, was the subject of a Nature Letter in August 2016. Nature News & Views also featured the Letter as well as several other science news sources.

He and a team of Condensed Matter physicists at Brookhaven National Laboratory studied how copper oxide superconductors (cuprates) operate at temperatures much higher than traditional superconductors. They found that the temperature at which cuprates become semiconductors depends on the superfluid density (density of superconductive electrons), rather than the strength of electron pairing interactions as formerly believed.

Read more about He's research in our department news release.

Rebecca Richards-Kortum Wins MacArthur Award

Nebraska Today: The 23 people recently named 2016 MacArthur Foundation Fellows include bioengineer Rebecca Richards-Kortum (B.S. 1985). Richards-Kortum, now at Rice University, was recognized with the so-called "genius" award for her innovative work to deliver low-cost medical technology to Third World countries.

The McArthur is the latest accolade in a career of achievement. In 2008, Richards-Kortum was the first woman from Rice and the youngest member to be admitted to the National Academy of Engineering. In 2015, she was named to the National Academy of Sciences. She holds Rice’s highest academic rank of university professor and directs the Institute of Biosciences and Bioengineering and the Institute of Global Health.

Read more in the Nebraska Today press release.

We Heard That...

  • Bhola De (M.S. 1986, Ph.D. 1990) joined Skorpios Technologies, Inc. in Albuquerque as senior principal engineer.
  • Dmitry Kolesnikov (B.S. 2007) began a position with Garmin International in Kansas City, MO, as an Internet application developer.
  • Paul Prososki (B.S. 2010) is currently an associate support engineer at Physical Electronics, Inc. in Chanhassan, MN.
  • Zhengzheng Zhang (Ph.D. 2011) is currently a science writer in English and Chinese for the American Institute of Physics in College Park, MD.