Department of Physics and Astronomy

University of Mississippi


Saeed Kamali is a Winner of the 2018 Graduate Student Achievement Award

Saeed Kamali will receive 2018 the College of Liberal Arts Graduate Achievement Award in Physics and Astronomy.

The Graduate School awards up to a total of eighteen Graduate Achievement Awards each year for recognition on Honors Day. These include a maximum of two each from Accountancy, Applied Sciences, Business, Education, Engineering, and Pharmacy, and six from the College of Liberal Arts. (In Liberal Arts, the two awards are given in each of the following three areas: Area A, which includes Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Philosophy and Religions, and Physics and Astronomy; Area B, which includes Art, Classics, English, Journalism, Modern Languages, Music, and Theatre Arts; Area C, which includes History, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology and Anthropology.)

PASS 2018 — Physical Acoustics Summer School

The Physical Acoustics Summer School (PASS) brings together graduate students and senior lecturers from around the world for an intensive five-day program on fundamental and cutting-edge topics in physical acoustics. PASS 2018 will be held June 3–8 on the Oxford campus. Student applications are due February 14th. The student cost of $200 includes lecture materials, food, and lodging.

More information and an application form can be found here. Questions can be addressed to Josh Gladden, PASS Director (

Dr Likun Zhang Applies Underwater Acoustics to the Problem of Oil Spill Detection

Dr Likun Zhang, an Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy, is part of a team (including Drs Zhiqu Lu and Lei Cao, also at the University of Mississippi) that is using acoustics techniques to identify leaks in undersea oil pipelines. The trio of scientists received a $591,000 grant from the Gulf Research Program of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to assist in their research.

Dr Emanuele Berti is recognized for his achievements in research by the College of Liberal Arts

Dr Emanuele Berti, an Associate Professor in the Department of Physics & Astronomy, has been granted the The University of Mississippi College of Liberal Arts Research, Scholarship, and Creative Achievement Award for 2017.

The 2017 Physics Nobel Prize

The Nobel Prize in Physics 2017 was divided, one half awarded to Rainer Weiss, the other half jointly to Barry C. Barish and Kip S. Thorne “for decisive contributions to the LIGO detector and the observation of gravitational waves”.