Department of Physics and Astronomy

University of Mississippi


Brazilian researchers receive Fulbright and APS Awards to visit UM

Two Brazilian researchers received prestigious awards to visit the Physics Department in the Spring and Fall of 2017.

Professor Maurício Richartz (Centro de Matemática, Computação e Cognição, Universidade Federal do ABC, São Paulo, Brazil) was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to visit our department. Professor Richartz will visit for about four months, two in the Spring 2017 (starting on January 24) and two in the Fall 2017. On February 7 he will give a Physics colloquium with title “Analogue Black Holes: Theory and Experiments”.

Caio Macedo, currently a postdoctoral researcher at Federal University of Pará (Belém, Brazil) in professor Luís Crispino’s Grav@Zon group, also received a grant from the APS International Research Travel Award Program to visit our department.

Physics’ Ranking in U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 Best Global Universities

According to the U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 Best Global Universities List, the School of Pharmacy and the Department of Physics and Astronomy are the highest ranked units at the University of Mississippi. The best single-indicator rankings for our department are “Physics percentage of total publications that are among the 10 percent most cited”, “Physics international collaboration” and “Physics normalized citation impact”.

Adjunct Professor Sperhake named APS Fellow

Ulrich Sperhake, Adjunct Professor at the University of Mississippi and long-term collaborator of the gravity group, was named a Fellow of the American Physical Society from the Division of Gravitational Physics. The list of new Fellows for 2016 is available at the APS website.

The 2016 Physics Nobel Prize

The 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics was divided, one half awarded to David J. Thouless, the other half jointly to F. Duncan M. Haldane and J. Michael Kosterlitz “for theoretical discoveries of topological phase transitions and topological phases of matter”.

Physics Graduate Student Wanwei Wu has received a Fermilab Fellowship

Wanwei Wu has received a URA Visiting Scholar Award from Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory to continue his work with Dr. Breese Quinn on the muon g-2 experiment.