Department News




    Aug 2015: Congratulations to Dr. Greg Smith, recent Ph.D. Recipient

    Jul 2015: Congratulations to Dr. Jie Liu, recent Ph.D. Recipient

    Jul 2015: Congratulations to Dr. Wei Li, recent Ph.D. Recipient

    Jul 2015: Graduate Student Lauren Nelson Selected for NIH Predoctoral Fellowship

    Jun 2015: Wenxiao Huang wins BASF Science Competition

    Jun 2015: Congratulations to Dr. Stephen Baker, recent Ph.D. Recipient

    May 2015: Breakthrough in solar cell material characterization

    Apr 2014: Department Recognizes 2015 Graduates and Award Winners

    Apr 2015: Congratulations to Dr. Jeremy Ward, recent Ph.D. Recipient

    Apr 2015: Congratulations to Dr. Inna McGowin, recent Ph.D. Recipient

    Apr 2015: Congratulations to Dr. Andrea Belanger, recent Ph.D. Recipient

    Apr 2015: Congratulations to Dr. Rongzhong Li, recent Ph.D. Recipient

    Apr 2015: Congratulations to Dr. Xinyi Guo, recent Ph.D. Recipient

    Mar 2015: Nicholas Lepley and Evan Welchman take top two places in Graduate Research Day Three Minute Thesis competiton

    Mar 2015: Senior Abdul Obaid awarded Gates Cambridge Scholarship

    Mar 2015: Senior Derek Fogel wins Best Presentation Award at APS March Meeting

    Feb 2015: Prof. Jurchescu receives 2015 Excellence in Research Award

    Feb 2015: Prof. Thonhauser awarded the Reid-Doyle Prize for Excellence in Teaching

    Jan 2015: Prof Matthews' Studio Course Featured by Wake Forest News

    Jan 2015: Prof Carroll receives Innovation Award




    Nov 2014: Hands on with hydrogen

    Oct 2014: 2014 Undergraduate Research Day

    Oct 2014: Department of Physics Hosts Partial Eclipse Viewing

    Oct 2014: Prof. Cho's Review Article Commemorating 2013 Nobel Prize Written with Undergrads Highlighted in News

    Jun 2014: Andrea Belanger Awarded Poster Prize

    Jun 2014: Ryan Godwin Awarded Predoctoral Fellowship

    Apr 2014: Department Recognizes 2014 Graduates and Award Winners

    Apr 2014: Prof. Carroll awarded the Scott Family Faculty Fellowship

    Apr 2014: Prof. Cho awarded the Shively Family Faculty Fellowship

    May 2014: Congratulations to Dr. Qi Li, Recent Ph.D. Recipient

    Apr 2014: Nicholas Lepley receives top presentation award

    Apr 2014: Congratulations to Dr. Jennifer Dorand, Recent Ph.D. Recipient

    Mar 2014: Prof. Carroll named APS Fellow

    Mar 2014: Protein research led by Prof. Cho featured in news

    Feb 2014: Prof. Thonhauser receives Award for Excellence in Research




    Dec 2013: Peter Diemer and Prof. Jurchescu receive Wake Forest Innovation Award

    Dec 2013: Article by Corey Hewitt and Prof. Carroll featured on the cover of Synthetic Metals

    Dec 2013: The Department Welcomes Our New Administrative Assistant, Karen Logan

    Dec 2013: Congratulations to Judy Swicegood on her retirement!

    Dec 2013: Congratulations to Dr. Corey Hewitt, recent Ph.D. recipient

    Nov 2013: Congratulations to Nicholas Lepley, recent M.S. recipient

    Nov 2013: Congratulations to Dr. Chen Liu, recent Ph.D. recipient

    Nov 2013: Congratulations to Dr. Justin Sigley, recent Ph.D. recipient

    Oct 2013: WFU organic electronics research highlighted in Nature

    Sep 2013: Graduate Student Andrea Belanger Selected for Technology Transfer Internship

    Jul 2013: Thonhauser group receives funding to investigate MOFs for carbon capture and catalysis

    Jul 2013: Brian Shoemaker and Prof. Thonhauser featured on WFU homepage

    Jun 2013: Congratulations to Graham Lopez, Recent Ph.D. Recipient

    May 2013: Kim-Shapiro Group Members Win Awards at Conference

    May 2013: Congratulations to Landon Bellavia, Recent Ph.D. Recipient

    Apr 2013: Grad Student Matthew Walb Wins First Place Poster at SEAAMP

    Apr 2013: Department Recognizes 2013 Graduates and Award Winners

    Apr 2013: Kristine Cantin Receives G. W. Greene Scholarship

    Apr 2013: Amanda Smelser Awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

    Apr 2013: Dr. Canepa's scientific artwork selected for PRB frontpage

    Apr 2013: Grad Student Katelyn Goetz awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

    Mar 2013: Jack Dostal Receives Teaching Innovation Award

    Mar 2013: Grad Student Jeremy Ward Awarded Runner-up Poster at Graduate Student Research Day

    Mar 2013: Joel Grim Invited to Speak at International Conference

    Mar 2013: Article by Williams Group Selected as Phys. Rev. B Editors' Suggestion

    Mar 2013: Research Focuses on Beet Juice After Stroke

    Feb 2013: Prof. Oana Jurchescu Awarded Reid-Doyle Prize for Excellence in Teaching

    Feb 2013: Physics Alumni Dr. Yuan Li's Ph.D Thesis Highlighted in Nature Photonics

    Jan 2013: Prof. Oana Jurchescu wins the National Science Foundation CAREER Award

    Jan 2013: Prof. Thonhauser Recognized in International News




    Dec 2012: Dr. Canepa's research highlighted in PRL

    Nov 2012: Physics of Music Course Featured by WFU News

    Nov 2012: Carroll Group's FIPEL Lighting Featured in Media

    Nov 2012: Article co-authored by Prof Salsbury featured on cover of the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry

    Nov 2012: Chen Liu Wins Young Investigator Award

    Nov 2012: Physics Alumni Dr. Yuan Li ('12) Wins Environmental Research Award

    Oct 2012: Physics Team to Lead Search for Drug Discovery

    Oct 2012: Article by Prof. Jurchescu and grad student Jeremy Ward featured on the cover of Advanced Materials

    Oct 2012: Wake Forest to Host Stuttgart NanoDays Conference

    Sep 2012: Workshop for Middle School Teachers Organized by Prof. Cho is Featured in Media

    Sep 2012: Article in WS Journal on Tech Expo Features Beet-Root Juice

    Aug 2012: Article by Lacra Negureanu of the Salsbury Group Selected for Inaugural Contribution to Proteopedia

    Aug 2012: Prof. Thonhauser receives NSF CAREER award

    Aug 2012: Carroll Group's Power Felt Featured on CNN International

    Aug 2012: Prof. Cho Organizes the Wake@Hanes Computational Thinking Workshop for Middle School Teachers

    Jul 2012: Congratulations to Wanyi Nie, Recent Ph.D. Recipient

    Jul 2012: Congratulations to Joel Grim, Recent Ph.D. Recipient

    Jun 2012: Qi Li Wins Young Researcher Award at ICDIM 2012

    Jun 2012: Prof. Jurchescu Publishes a Book Chapter

    Jun 2012: Electronic Structure Conference at WFU

    Jun 2012: Graham Lopez Selected for Prestigious ORNL Fellowship

    Jun 2012: Congratulations to Dr. Brian Kolb, Recent Ph.D. Recipient

    Jun 2012: Power Felt Research by Carroll Group at the Nanotech Center Featured in Media

    May 2012: Congratulations to Dr. Ryan Best, Recent Ph.D. Recipient

    May 2012: Congratulations to Dr. Leo Ding, Recent Ph.D. Recipient

    May 2012: Congratulations to Eric Peterson, Recent M.S. Recipient

    May 2012: Department Recognizes 2012 Graduates and Award Winners

    Apr 2012: Society of Physics Students Helps Middle School Students Build Robots

    Apr 2012: Graduate Student Katelyn Goetz Awarded NSF Fellowship

    Apr 2012: Prof. Jurchescu awarded WFU Faculty Endowment Fund Fellowship

    Apr 2012: Congratulations to Dr. Jason Bates, Recent Ph.D. Recipient

    Apr 2012: Congratulations to Dr. Yuan Li, Recent Ph.D. Recipient

    Apr 2012: Nick Lepley and Greg Smith Awarded Venture Seed Grant for 3d Printing

    Apr 2012: Claire McLellan, President of Wake Forest's Society of Physics Students (SPS), helps organize a SPS zone conference, for this weekend (April 20-21) in the Olin Physical Laboratory.

    Apr 2012: Two Physics Students Awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

    Mar 2012: Physics Graduate Students Awarded Best Analytical Posters

    Mar 2012: Gale Burns Retires From The Physics Department

    Mar 2012: Physics Senior Brandon Turner Delivers Oration at Founders' Day

    Mar 2012: Physics Undergraduate Soham Banerjee Awarded Fulbright Scholarship

    Mar 2012: Article Written by the Salsbury Research Group Selected for Journal Cover

    Mar 2012: Nanotech Center Develops Power Felt

    Mar 2012: Physics Undergraduate Kristen Binz Wins APS Presentation Award

    Feb 2012: Cho Research Group Highlighted in the Media

    Jan 2012: Grad Student Jeremy Ward Wins Best Presentation at ISDRS

    Jan 2012: Paper by Prof. Cho Highlighted in JACS




    Dec 2011: Physics Undergraduates Win Bronze Medal in International University Physics Competition

    Dec 2011: Dr. Carroll and the Nanotech Center are trying to develop a feasible solar collector for third world countries

    Nov 2011: Brandon Turner, senior biophysics major, wins Rhodes Scholarship

    Nov 2011: Physics Team is working toward understanding cancer

    Nov 2011: Prof. Carlson Interviewed by Press About the Public's Fascination with Numbers

    Nov 2011: Congratulations Samrat Dutta, Ph.D. Recipient

    Nov 2011: Prof. David Carroll interviewed on the importance of nanotechnology by Denise Franklin on Voices and Viewpoints Program on National Public Radio

    Nov 2011: Prof. Carlson Appears on News Program to Discuss the Public's Fascination with Numbers

    Sep 2011: Physics Department Announces the New Randall D. Ledford Scholarship II

    Sep 2011: Thonhauser group receives funding to investigate MOFs for hydrogen storage and gas separation

    Aug 2011: Published work advances flexible electronics at WFU Nanotech Center

    Aug 2011: Wake Forest University Selected as NVIDIA CUDA Teaching Center

    Aug 2011: Claire McLellan wins National Society of Physics Students Leadership Award

    Aug 2011: Congratulations to Xiao Xu, Recent Ph.D. Recipient

    Aug 2011: Congratulations to Jillian Bjerke, Recent M.S. Recipient

    Aug 2011: Williams Group Awarded Grant to Further Radiation Detector Research

    Jul 2011: Graduate Student Andrea Belanger Selected for NIH Predoctoral Fellowship

    Jul 2011: Kim-Shapiro lab helps discover why stored blood deteriorates

    Jul 2011: Dr. Thonhauser interviewed by ScienceWatch, Thomson Reuters for most-cited paper

    Jun 2011: Graduate Student Yuan Li Wins Award

    Jun 2011: Dr. Guthold named a Wake Forest Faculty Fellow for 2011-2013

    May 2011: Congratulations to Dr. Jerry Kielbasa, recent Ph.D. Recipient

    Apr 2011: 2011 Honors, Awards, and Graduate Recognition Day

    Apr 2011: Dr. Thonhauser named a Ranlet and Frank Bell Jr. Fellow for 2011-2013

    Apr 2011: Ivan Azarov named 2011 Gordon A. Melson Outstanding Doctoral Student

    Apr 2011: Prof. Jed Macosko and colleagues awarded grant to develop interactive e-textbook, BioBook

    Apr 2011: Undergraduate Student Claire McLellan wins Goldwater Scholarship

    Mar 2011: Congratulations to Ivan Azarov, Recent Ph.D. Recipient

    Feb 2011: Graduate Student Joel Grim Wins Award

    Feb 2011: Article by the Williams Research Group Selected for Journal Cover

    Feb 2011: Associate Prof. Fred Salsbury wins the Award for Excellence in Research

    Jan 2011: Prof. Thonhauser selected as 2011 - 2013 KITP Scholar




    Dec 2010: Congratulations to Ryan Best, Recent M.S. Recipient

    Nov 2010: WFU Team Wins Silver in University Physics Competition

    Oct 2010: Physics Undergraduates Present Research at International Conference

    Oct 2010: Physics Department Participates in Charity 5k Run

    Sep 2010: Congratulations to Dr. Todd Fallesen, Recent Ph.D. Recipient

    Jul 2010: Claire McLellan named a Duke Energy Scholar

    Jul 2010: Wesley Matthews named a Duke Energy Scholar

    Jul 2010: Physics Team works on Drug Development

    Jun 2010: Prof. Jurchescu receives the Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award

    May 2010: Graduate Student Jason Bates Awarded Best Student Talk at Eastern Gravity Meeting

    May 2010: Prof. Macosko's CellCraft Game to be Featured at the White House

    May 2010: Physics Undergraduate Brandon Turner Awarded APS Minority Fellowship

    May 2010: Congratulations to Dr. Christine Carlisle, Recent Ph.D. Recipient

    Apr 2010: Department Recognizes 2010 Graduates and Award Winners

    Apr 2010: WFU Undergraduate Physics Majors Present Research Results at SPS Meeting

    Apr 2010: Assistant Professor Jed Macosko promoted to the rank of Associate Professor

    Apr 2010: Associate Professor David Carroll promoted to the rank of Professor

    Apr 2010: Wake Forest receives patent for new fiber solar cells developed by Prof. Carroll's group at the Center for Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials

    Jan 2010: Prof. Jed Macosko helps create "Cell Side Story", an animated film by students at Atkins High School.




    Dec 2009: Prof Jed Macosko and two WFU graduates are developing "CellCraft" game.

    Dec 2009: Professor Kim-Shapiro's work cited in Wall Street Journal Article

    Oct 2009: Professor Kim-Shapiro Awarded Grant to Study Blood Storage

    Oct 2009: Physics Department Featured in Classroom Response Story

    Aug 2009: Graduate student Leo Ding's work featured on AIP web site

    July 2009: Prof. Carroll to appear on History Channel program

    July 2009: Welcome to Dr. Oana Jurchescu, new Assistant Professor

    Jun 2009: Congratulations to Dr. Jason D. Grigsby, Ph.D. Recipient

    Jun 2009: Congratulations to Dr. William H. Hirsch, Ph.D. Recipient

    May 2009: Eric Peterson awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

    May 2009: Prof. Macosko, Yuri Shtridelman, and a WFU alum win MacArthur Award

    May 2009: Prof. Thonhauser receives the Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award

    May 2009: 2009 Graduation Reception

    May 2009: Prof. Macosko presented with the first Hobbs Award for Faculty Entrepreneurial Achievement

    Apr 2009: Graduating Physics major Patrick Nelli wins US News All Academic Team Award

    Apr 2009: Congratulations 2009 Graduates and Award Recipients

    Mar 2009: Venture Directed by Prof. Macosko Funded by NC Grant

    Mar 2009: Prof. Martin Guthold is awarded the University's 2009 Award for Excellence in Research

    Feb 2009: Prof. Kim-Shapiro named Harbert Family Distinguished Chair




    Dec 2008: Reynolds Professor Fetrow named Dean of the College

    Oct 2008: Nanoscopic screening process to speed drug discovery

    Oct 2008: The Department welcomes its new Business Manager, Gloria Stickney

    Oct 2008: Research at the Nanotechnology Center has big potential

    Sep 2008: 2008 Undergraduate Research Symposium at WFU

    Sep 2008: Prof. Carlson explains the start-up of the Large Hadron Collider on WXII 12 News

    Sep 2008: Professor Kim-Shapiro to be first recipient of the new Harbert Family Distinguished Chair

    Aug 2008: Congratulations to Dr. Faith Coldren, Ph.D. Recipient

    July 2008: Congratulations to Dr. Douglas K. Bonessi, Ph.D. Recipient

    July 2008: Congratulations to Dr. William B. Hodge, Ph.D. Recipient

    July 2008: Welcome to Dr. Timo Thonhauser, new Assistant Professor

    July 2008: The Holzwarths Host a Summer Party

    July 2008: Prof. Carroll in TV interview July 6

    May 2008: Christine Carlisle wins prestigious American Heart Association Pre-doctoral Fellowship

    May 2008: Congratulations 2008 Graduates!

    May 2008: Department honors new Associate Provost of Information Systems, Rick Matthews

    May 2008: Prof. Bill Kerr Retires from the Department of Physics

    May 2008: Honors, Awards, and Graduate Recognition Day

    Apr. 2008: Rick Matthews Appointed WFU Associate Provost, Information Systems

    Mar. 2008: WFU Physicists Present Research at APS Meeting

    Feb. 2008: Congratulations to Dr. Kevin J. Conley, Ph.D. Recipient

    Feb. 2008: Prof. Carroll discusses nanotechnology on PBS

    Jan. 2008: Prof. Carroll featured in The Business Journal




    Dec. 2007: Physics Holiday Luncheon

    Nov. 2007: Prof. Carroll featured speaker at the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce

    Nov., 2007: WFU researchers discover new hemoglobin function

    Oct., 2007: WFU hosts Undergraduate Research Symposium

    Sep., 2007: Prof. Fetrow selected for NIH Center for Scientific Review study section

    Sept., 2007: Homecoming Weekend at WFU

    July, 2007: WFU Launches Two Nanotechnology Startup Companies

    July, 2007: Welcome to Eric Chapman, New Instructional Resources Manager

    June, 2007: Zachary Vance Wins Randall D. Ledford Scholarship

    June, 2007: Bonin Appointed Chair, Guthold Appointed Graduate Program Director

    June, 2007: Rick Matthews Named Associate Provost

    June, 2007: SCINT 2007 (IEEE - 9th International Conference on Inorganic Scintillators and their Applications), organized by Richard Williams at WFU.

    April, 2007: Prof. Jed Macosko Wins Teaching Award for Entrepreneurship Class

    April, 2007: Kim-Shapiro Wins Prestigious NIH Merit Award

    April, 2007: Martin Guthold Promoted to Associate Professor.

    Mar., 2007: Physics Major Patrick Nelli is awarded a scholarship by the Barry M. Goldwater Foundation

    Jan., 2007: Prize winning physicist David Vanderbilt gave Physics Colloquium




    Sept., 2006: Blood clot research by Guthold and colleagues published in Science

    Sept., 2006: Physics Fall Picnic

    June, 2006: Daniel Kim-Shapiro interviewed on WFDD Voices and Viewpoints

    June, 2006: 7th International Conference on Excitonic Processes in Condensed Matter

    April, 2006: Recognition of our Administrative Professionals

    March, 2006: Graduate Student Research Day

    March, 2006: Fetrow and John win Teaching Innovation Award

    February, 2006: Greg Cook wins Excellence in Research Award




    November, 2005: Breakthrough in organic photovoltaics

    November, 2005: Letter to Wall Street Journal regarding Intelligent Design article

    October, 2005: Project Pumpkin Mad Scientists

    September, 2005: Physics homecoming reception

    September, 2005: Homecoming announcement

    September, 2005: Fall Department Picnic

    May, 2005: Reception for Graduates

    April, 2005: Daniel Thomason wins Ledford Scholarship

    April, 2005: WFU welcomes 8th Eastern Gravity Conference

    March, 2005: Greg Cook Awarded Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation Fellowship

    February, 2005: Martin Guthold wins Reid-Doyle Prize for Excellence in Teaching




    October, 2004: Judy Swicegood named WFU Employee of the Year

    October, 2004: 2004 Nobel in Physics announced for explaining strong force

    October, 2004: Department Photo

    September, 2004: Carroll Co-organizer of MRS Nanotube Symposium

    September, 2004: Department invites applications for Ledford Scholarship

    August, 2004: New Generation of Physicists

    August, 2004: Cable elected PIRA VP

    August, 2004: Welcome Back!

    August, 2004: Welcome, Lucasz Turski

    July, 2004: George Holzwarth retirement celebration

    July, 2004: Ben Harrison wins ACS Fellowship

    June, 2004: Welcome, Jiwen Liu

    May, 2004: Reception for Graduates

    May, 2004: WFU Outstanding Doctoral Student

    March, 2004: Spring 2004 department photo

    March, 2004: Welcome, Jed Macosko

    February, 2004: One-Dimensional Metals -- new book by Dave Carroll




    November, 2003: New York Times Cites Department Research

    October, 2003: Mad scientists help host Project Pumpkin

    September, 2003: Nobel Prize in Physics announced for superconductivity and superfluidity

    September, 2003: Physicist wins Nobel in Medicine

    September, 2003: New Baby Guthold

    August, 2003: New Faces

    April, 2003: Graduate Research Day

    March, 2003: Welcome, Jacque Fetrow!

    March, 2003: Students and faculty present papers at national meetings




    December, 2002: Holiday party

    October, 2002: Homecoming reception

    September, 2002: New Physicist Ian Thomas Hirsch

    August, 2002: Welcoming Tea.

    May, 2002: Physics department spring photo.

    April, 2002: Physics Awards and Honors: Sigma Pi Sigma, Speas, Outstanding TA.

    April, 2002: John Wilkinson and Gang Xiong win Richter Awards.

    March, 2002: Faculty and Students attend APS March Meeting in Indianapolis.

    February, 2002: WFU physicists attend Biophysical Society Meeting in San Francisco.

    February, 2002: Daniel Kim-Shapiro wins Excellence in Research award.




    October, 2001: Students conduct research at NHMFL.

    October, 2001: Homecoming

    October, 2001: 2001 Nobel Prize in Physics awarded for Bose-Einstein Condensation. (Local note: Neil Claussen, '96, works with Cornell and Wieman on this problem.)

    September, 2001: University Open House

    August, 2001: Welcome back!

    July, 2001: Pizza at the Holwarth's.

    May, 2001: Howard Shields retires.

    April, 2001: Department honors administrative coordinator Judy Swicegood.

    April, 2001: Graduate research day.

    March, 2001: Physics welcomes Martin Guthold to faculty.

    February, 2001: Yip and Yue-Ling in WOWF.

    January, 2001: New physicists! (New babies.)




    December, 2000: Judy hosts the department for a holiday dinner and party.

    November, 2000: Welcome, Sebahattin Tüzemen, Visiting Fulbright Scholar

    November, 2000: International Who's Who publishes article by Judy Swicegood.

    October, 2000: Nobel Prize in Physics

    October, 2000: License tag spotting: DemoLady.

    September, 2000: Wave studies before seminar led by Ben Alston.

    September, 2000: Fall seminars begin

    July, 2000: Pizza! Pizza!

    July, 2000: Judy Swicegood admitted to Who's Who in Office Management

    May, 2000: Yip and Yue-ling win citzenship

    May, 2000: Awards Ceremony and Sigma Pi Sigma induction

    April, 2000: Wake Forest welcomes Jeremy Qualls.

    March, 2000: Physics major Jacob Klein and teammates win COMAP competition




    December, 1999: Holiday '99 party highlights

    December, 1999: Einstein chosen Time Magazine Person of the Century.

    November, 1999: SP2 arrives.

    October, 1999: Deborah Waldron wins teaching award.

    October, 1999: Celebrating 10 years in Olin Physical Laboratory

    August, 1999: Summer '99 Ph.D.'s.

    May, 1999: Jack Williams retires.







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