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Likun Zhang has received the R. Bruce Lindsay Award from the Acoustical Society of America

Likun Zhang has received the R. Bruce Lindsay Award from the Acoustical Society of America

“The R. Bruce Lindsay Award is presented in the spring to a member of the Society who during a period of two or more years immediately preceding the award, has been active in the affairs of the Society and has contributed substantially, through published papers, to the advancement of theoretical or applied acoustics, or both. Eligible members must be no more than 10 years post terminal degree at the time of award acceptance.  The award was presented biennially until 1986. It is now an annual award and consists of a cash award of $3000 USD.”

The list of former winners includes many of the most important names in all of acoustics (including former department chair and NCPA director Hank Bass).

Likun will be recognized today in the ASA Spring meeting plenary session.

UMiss Physicists with the Muon g-2 Experiment Find Strong Evidence for New Physics

Professor Breese Quinn’s research group at the University of Mississippi is playing key roles on the Muon g-2 experiment. The first results from the Muon g-2 experiment, hosted at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, show fundamental particles called muons behaving in a way not predicted by the Standard Model of particle physics. These results confirm an earlier experiment of the same name performed at Brookhaven National Laboratory. Combined, the two results show strong evidence that our best theoretical model of the subatomic world is incomplete. One potential explanation would be the existence of undiscovered particles or forces.

For more details see the University of Mississippi News article and our web page.

2021 Henry E. Bass Basic Acoustics Summer School — June 7 – July 30, 2021.

Henry E. Bass Basic Acoustics Summer School

The program will take place June 7 – July 30, 2021. Application deadline is April 15, 2021.

The 2021 Basic Acoustics Summer School Program (BASS) will celebrate its 12th year this summer. The program was first created in memory of Dr. Henry E. Bass, who was a physicist and acoustics researcher that led efforts to create the National Center for Physical Acoustics (NCPA) in the 1980s and served as the Center’s director from 1992 until his passing in 2008. He was a talented researcher and a gifted teacher. Up-to-date, 20 undergraduate students from various backgrounds and universities have successfully completed the program.

The following are from the PDF announcement:

PURPOSE: The purpose of the Henry E. Bass Basic Acoustics Summer School (BASS) is to bring undergraduate students, distinguished Research Scientists of the National Center for Physical Acoustics (NCPA), and Discussion Leaders together to explore a wide variety of topics in physical acoustics and engineering. BASS will give students opportunities to do research directed by experts, exploring topics that are not ordinarily encountered in the undergraduate experience.

STUDENTS: The focus of BASS is on intermediate and advanced undergraduate students. A limited number of undergraduate students will be selected.

RESEARCH PARTICIPATION: Each student will be assigned a research advisor and a research topic for the program. The student will work in the lab, attend organized lectures, take training courses, and participate in discussion groups.

STIPEND: Participants will receive a $4,000 stipend. Participants provide their own housing and transportation to and from The University of Mississippi.

PROGRAM DATES: The Program will be held June 7, 2021 to July 30, 2021.

APPLICATION: The application can be downloaded from Bass Acoustics summer school website. There is no application fee. The deadline for submission is April 15, 2021. The application and required attachments should be submitted to Marta Panickar (

For further questions, please contact:

Marta Panickar, BASS Program Director
National Center for Physical Acoustics
The University of Mississippi
University MS 38677-1848


The National Center for Physical Acoustics invites undergraduate students to apply for the BASS Program that will take place June 7 – July 30, 2021. Application deadline is April 15, 2021. Further information and application can be found at  –

Physics Graduate Student Meghna Bhattacharya is a Winner of the 2021 Graduate Student Achievement Award

Meghna Bhattacharya received the Graduate Achievement Award in Physics and Astronomy. She will be recognized at the 2021 Honors and Awards Convocation, which will be held in The Pavilion at Ole Miss at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 8, 2021.

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.)

University of Mississippi SPS Chapter has been selected as a 2020 Blake Lilly Prize recipient!

The University of Mississippi Society of Physics Students (SPS) Chapter has been selected as a 2020 Blake Lilly Prize recipient. “Your Chapter’s outreach efforts and dedication to physics education has visibly made a difference in your community and the SPS National Office is proud to present you with this prestigious award.”

All Blake Lilly Prize winners will be officially announced on the SPS National website within the coming weeks and will be sent a set of Feynman books. Please click on the image for a larger view of the certificate.Blake Lilly Prize certificate