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Did you know

  • That Dr. Tom Oder was co-author of a chapter in the book Handbook of Optical Microcavities"? He, along with J.Y. Lin and H.X. Jiang, wrote the chapter "III-Nitride Photonic Crystal LEDs for Lighting Applications." The book is published by Pan Stanford Publishing; Anthony H.W. Choi is the editor.
  • That a former physics major has made it possible for today's students to do undergraduate research and get paid at the same time? The student, Anne Siemens (Buvinger), received her degree in physics from YSU, and passed away at a very early age due to leukemia. Her mother, Eleanor Long Siemon, provided funding in her estate for a fellowship as a remembrance for her daughter.

Mark your calendars for Saturday, March 7: Physics Olympics is coming!

There are rule changes/clarifications for 2015, as well as a new competition called House of Cards.

Go to the Physics Olympics page for more information.


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What is physics? Physics is the foundation of science. It is the scientific study of matter and energy and how they interact with each other. But because everything around us is made up of matter and energy, then physics really explains how things work, from the smallest particles to the structure of the universe.

If you have to ask "why study physics," then you don't get science. But if you want to truly understand the world around you, then welcome to our universe. You'll enjoy it here.

Congratulations to our Winter 2014 graduates!

Anthony Mazzocco (left) and Troy Mazur will be among YSU students receiving undergraduate degrees during commencement ceremonies on December 14.


Student achievements in the spotlight

Among the students who represented Youngstown State University at the recent annual meeting of the National Collegiate Honors Council in Denver, Colorado were Elizabeth (Libby) Rogenski, a sophomore physics major, who presented a poster presentation titled "Growing the Community: Grow Youngstown Student Organization" with Samantha Anderson of Poland, a finance major.

James Tancebel, a junior mechanican engineering major and student researcher with Dr. Mike Cresciamanno, presented a poster on "Undergraduate Laboratories in Quantum Optics."

Published as an undergraduate: life doesn't get much better

YSU physics majors and student researchers were co-authors of the paper "Chromatic Control in Coextruded Layered Polymer Microlenses," which has been published in Optics Express, the international online journal of optics. Included as co-authors are Cory Merlo, Cameron Bagheri, Connor Hetzel, and James Tancabel and recent graduate, Joshua B. Petrus. The lead author was Mike Crescimanno, with contributions by Tom Oder, Chuanhong Zhou, James Andrews, and CLiPS colleagues at Case Western Reserve.



A new scholarship for Physics & Astronomy majors honors Dr. Tabak

The Ronald G. Tabak Memorial Physics and Astronomy Award has been created as a tribute to the professional life and activities of Dr. Tabak.

During his 36-year tenure in the Physics and Astronomy Department at YSU, Dr. Tabak's primary focus was teaching astronomy and physics to the undergraduate population. His passion for teaching was matched only by his advocacy of higher education in the areas of math, science, and technology.

As such, the recipient(s) of this award will be a Physics and Astronomy major of junior or senior ranking who exhibits a passion for teaching and is active in the "life" of the Physics and Astronomy Department.

Dr. Tabak lost his battle with cancer on November 23, 2013.

You can learn more about scholarship opportunities for majors here.

Making a YSU First

Dr. Tom Oder continues to make good news for the department and YSU with the announcement that he has been awarded the first patent in the university's history for a method he devised to improve the performance and reliability of semiconductor devices.

The formal announcement was made on September 18 at a news conference at Ward Beecher Hall on the YSU Campus.

For the complete story, go to the YSUNews center at www.ysunews.com/physics-professor-awarded-ysus-first-ever-federal-patent.

Another article appears in the Youngstown Vidicator at www.vindy.com/news/2014/sep/19/prof-awarded-first-federal-patent-ysu-history

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