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Dr. Ilija Zeljkovic Joins Faculty as Assistant Professor

June 4, 2015 -

The Department of Physics is pleased to welcome Dr. Ilija Zeljkovic as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Zeljkovic earned his Ph.D. at Harvard University working with Dr. Jennifer E. Hoffman and was a Post Doctoral Fellow with Dr. Vidya Madhavan at Boston College. He is an experimental condensed matter physicist interested in studying emergent phenomenology in a variety of quantum materials, including topological insulators, unconventional superconductors and transition-metal dichalcogenides. In his research, Dr. Zeljkovic employs a combination of low-temperature scanning tunneling microscopy and thin film growth techniques.

Professor Ruihua He Receives National Science Foundation’s CAREER Award

May 20, 2015 -

Boston College Assistant Professor of Physics Ruihua He, whose research explores new classes of quantum materials, has received a CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation, the agency’s most prestigious grant for early-career faculty who best exemplify the role of teacher-scholar.

Markian Bojko, Class of 2015, honored with George J. Goldsmith Award

April 28, 2015 -

Congratulations to Physics major and graduating senior Markian Bojko for his achievement in receiving the 2015 George J. Goldsmith award. Named in memory of longtime Physics Department faculty member George J. Goldsmith, who is remembered for both his scholarship and his selfless dedication to the students of Boston College, this award is given annually to a graduating physics major in recognition of excellence in academic achievement and research.

Mr. Bojko is exceptionally accomplished student and a skilled researcher.  Studying transport properties in correlated electron systems, he has co-authored a published paper and an abstract for this year's March Meeting of the American Physical Society, with a second manuscript in preparation for submission.  Mark will be attending medical school in the fall.

Yitzi Calm and Matthew Gochan recipients of Donald J. White Teaching Excellence Award

April 28, 2015 -

Congratulations to Yitzi Calm and Matthew Gochan, graduate students in the Department of Physics who were awarded the Donald J. White Teaching Excellence Award. The Donald J. White Teaching Excellence Awards program was established to underscore and reinforce the importance of the pursuit of teaching excellence of graduate Teaching Fellows and Teaching Assistants. Awards are for students who have assisted in laboratories in the sciences, and for those students in other disciplines who assist in teaching by leading discussion groups.

Physics Majors Win Undergraduate Awards

April 10, 2015 -

2015 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

The Department of Physics is happy to congratulate James Brogan, class of 2016, as the recipient of the 2015 Goldwater Scholarship. The Excellence in Education Foundation established the scholarship fund named for former Senator Barry M. Goldwater of Arizona, to support the undergraduate study of students who demonstrate talent and interest in Mathematics or the Natural Sciences. The purpose of the scholarship is to strengthen the training of American students in Science and Mathematics and to encourage talented students to pursue graduate study, teaching, and research in these areas.

The scholarship will cover undergraduate expenses for tuition, books, fees, and room and board up to a maximum of $7,500 per year for two years. Goldwater Scholarships thus represent outstanding opportunities for those students who have a demonstrated interest in a career in Science or Mathematics.

Dean’s Scholars

The Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences selected the brightest scholars from the junior class based on their overall academic performance, recommendations from their departmental faculty, co-curricular initiatives, and their sense of purpose in how they approach their future. The Department of Physics congratulates the following students for being named Dean’s Scholars: Andrew Boyce, James Brogan, Peter Czajka, Ian Madden

Sophomore Scholars

The Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences selected academically distinguished members of the Sophomore Class, who are ranked in the top three percent of their class, to receive this award. The Department of Physics congratulates the following students for being named Sophomore Scholars: Andrew Gross, Thomas Kessler, Sarah Steiger, Ao Zeng

Burch group work published in Physical Review Letters reports signs of a new fractionalized particles

April 7, 2015 -

The combination of electronic correlation and spin-orbit coupling is thought to precipitate a variety of highly unusual electronic phases in solids, including topological and quantum spin liquid states. The burch group has found evidence for such frtionalized excitations in the compound RuCl3 using Raman spectroscopy, as reported in Physical Review Letters.

Professors Kempa and Herczynski co-author a Nature Communication article

December 17, 2014 -

Professors Kempa and Herczynski co-author a Nature Communication article proposing a new direction in optoelectronics research, based on Nature's own designs. Titled "Bio-inspired Networks for Optoelectronic Applications," and written in collaboration with researchers in South China Normal University, (Guangzhou, China), the paper shows that using natural structures such as spider webs and leaf venation networks can lead to a new generation of highly efficient solar cells, flexible touch screens, and other devices.

Prof. David Broido elected Fellow of American Physical Society

December 16, 2014 -

David Broido, Professor of Physics at Boston College, has been elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS). The APS's Fellowship Program recognizes members who have made exceptional contributions to the physics enterprise; e.g., outstanding physics research, important applications of physics, leadership in or service to physics, or significant contributions to physics education. Election to Fellowship is a distinct honor signifying recognition by ones peers and limited to no more than one half of one percent of the over 50,000 APS members.

Professor Broido was cited for his outstanding research, which is focused on developing predictive theoretical approaches to better understand heat conduction in solid materials. Discovery of new materials with very low and very high thermal conductivity can aid in efficient harvesting of electricity from heat and in cooling of microelectronic devices.  The APS citation reads: “For seminal theoretical contributions to the fundamental understanding of thermal and thermoelectric transport in bulk and nanostructured materials”.

BC Physics now has four of its faculty selected for this highly competitive honor, with Professor Broido joining Rourke Professor Kevin Bedell, Distinguished Research Professor Gabor Kalman and the department's chairman, Ferris Professor Michael Naughton.