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The Rutgers Physics & Astronomy Newsletter       Number S22-16  2022-May 9

            Editor: Daniel Friedan        Publisher: Christina Pettola
Contributions should be sent to

Congratulations to the 17 seniors graduating with honors and as SAS Paul Robeson Scholars:

Honors in Astronomy:  Barbara N. Benda, Brandon F. Shane, Michael A. Wozniak

Honors in Physics: Paul Boerstoel, Lucas W. Clement, Kyle R. Conway, Nicole C. Falcone, Ta Wai Hu, Rakshay S. Kanthadai, Samuel E. Leigh, Rujuta Y. Mokal, Apurva Narde, Anirudh Patel, Shiv R. Patel, Kailash A. Raman, Matthew Wang, and Yuhao Zhu

In addition, congratulations to the seven honors students receiving the SAS Henry Rutgers Scholar Award that recognizes graduating seniors who have completed outstanding independent research projects: Lucas W. Clement, Nicole C. Falcone, Ta Wai Hu, Samuel E. Leigh, Apurva Narde, Anirudh Patel, Kailash A. Raman

All our honors students and Class of 2022 Physics and Astronomy Majors and Minors will be recognized at the Department’s (virtual) event on Friday, May 13 at 1:00 pm.  Link:

     Seminars and colloquia are being conducted either in-person, on the web, or hybrid. See below the events listing for pages giving instructions for connecting to the web seminars.

CQB Mon May 9 Kevin Michael Ellis, Cornell University
12:00  Zoom       "The Role of Higher-level Knowledge in Discovery Problems: Programs and Hierarchical Bayes"

CMS Tues May 10 Sang-Wook Cheong, Rutgers University
1:30  330W and Zoom     "Emergent Phenomena and Broken Symmetries: One-dimensional Approach"

MPS Wed May 11 Peter Fratzl, Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces
10:45  Zoom       "Simple mechanobiological models for tissue growth and regeneration"
                For Zoom link, please contact Avishag (

SPECIAL Fri May 13 Celebrating the Class of 2022 in Physics and Astronomy
1:00  Zoom      link:

*********Partial List of Next Week's Seminars**************

HET Tues May 17 Prasanth Shyamsundar, Fermilab
2:30  330W and Zoom     "Constructing sensitive and robust collider observables with machine learning"

MPS Wed May 18 Sriram Ramaswamy, Indian Institute of Science
10:45  Zoom       "Directions in Active Matter"
                For Zoom link, please contact Avishag (


The departmental calendar of colloquia and seminars is

For instructions for connecting to the web seminars, see

     AST        Astrophysics Seminar               
     CCB        Chemistry & Chemical Biology       
     CMS        Condensed Matter Seminar           
     COL        Colloquium                         
     CQB        Center for Quantitative Biology    
     DELTA-P    Developing Educators and Leaders 
                       Among TAs in Physics        
     GAP        Geometry & Physics Seminar
     HET        High Energy Theory Seminar         
     HEX        High Energy Experimental           
     HON        Honors Seminar
     IQB        Institute for Quantitative Biomedicine
     LSM        Lab for Surface Modification       
     MiPA/EIJC  RU Minorities in Physics & Astronomy/Equity
                       & Inclusion Journal Club
     ML         Machine Learning Group Meeting
     MPS        Mathematical Physics Seminar       
     MSE        Materials Science & Engineering    
     NPS        Nuclear Physics Seminar            
     PAER       Physics and Astronomy Education Research
     PCS        Physical Chemistry Seminar         
     SIP        Seminar in Physics                 
     SPS        Society of Physics Students Talk Series
     SSPAR      Student Seminars in Physics and Astronomy
                       at Rutgers 

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