Physics Update Summer 2019

Chair's Message

It pleases me to reflect on the accomplishments of the Physics Department. I am now in the middle of my sixth year at Temple University, and the end of my fourth year as department chair. We’ve had many successes, and have overcome many obstacles, all thanks to our outstanding

faculty, talented students and excellent staff.  The academic promise of our students continues to be nationally recognized. One graduating senior has won a Knight-Hennessy Scholarship to Stanford University, and an undergraduate physics major is our second Goldwater Scholar in as many years. A new PhD graduate was awarded a Graduate Student Research opportunity from the U.S. Department of Energy.

Our faculty continue their achievements. Andreas Metz was promoted to professor, John Noel was promoted to associate professor, and Matthew Newby, professor of instruction, won the CST Distinguished Teaching Award. Faculty research was featured in high-profile venues, and external research funding is strong.

We are implementing key recommendations of the External Visiting Committee report from last year. Most important so far is the modernization of our Physics Graduate Program led by John Perdew, Laura H. Carnell Professor of Physics and Chemistry. We are working to address other recommendations of the report as well.

Please get in touch if you would like to visit our department, meet our faculty and students or tour our facilities. I would be honored to show you around.

Jim Napolitano
Professor and Chair

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