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April 2012—Matt Povich has accepted an offer to join the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Cal Poly Pomona as an Assistant Professor. Matt is currently an NSF Astronomy and Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics at Penn State University. Along with Alex Rudolph, Matt will support the strong and growing Astronomy Program within the department. In addition, Matt will become the Associate Director of CAMPARE (California-Arizona Minority Partnership for Astronomy Research and Education), an NSF-funded program providing research experiences in Astronomy at the University of Arizona Steward Observatory, the SETI Institute, and JPL for undergraduates at Cal Poly Pomona and other Southern California universities and community colleges. Matt will begin teaching at Cal Poly Pomona in the fall. Read more...


February 2012—The Calpoly Physics department delegation to the 2012 conference for undergraduate women in physics at Stanford won an award for being the largest (and most awesome!) delegation from one school. The Cal Poly women who attended included Courtney Lemon, Cassandra Ortiz, Sheetal Shukla, Gina Labriola, Jessica Maldonado, Angelica Figueroa, and Sarah Garcia.

As part of the award they received the book "Out of the Shadows: Contributions of Twentieth-Century Women to Physics" which they have donated to the department.

February 2012—Professors in the Cal Poly Pomona science, math and education departments are coming together to train middle school teachers with the help of a grant funded by the National Science Foundation's Noyce Master Teacher Fellows Program. The $1.4 million grant, going toward the Center for Excellence in Mathematics Training, allows CPP professors to work with 20 science and math teachers in the Pomona-Montclair school district.
November 2011—A former JPL intern from Cal Poly Pomona, Gregory Galgana Villar III '10 was one of the youngest verification and validation engineers for the Mars Science Laboratory mission launched on Nov. 26, 2011.
September 2011—We have changed our name! It is now Department of Physics and Astronomy. Read more...
August 2011—Courtney Lemon '12, was a Society of Physics Students intern at the Capitol Hill in Summer 2011.
August 2011—Karen Speaks, Physics Department Administrative Assistant, receives the College of Science Distinguished Staff Award.
September 2010—Dr. Alex Rudolph receives $1.24 Million NSF Grant to Advance Astronomy Education, Research, in collaboration with University of Arizona. The 5-year project is titled: The California-Arizona Minority Partnership for Astronomy Research and Education (CAMPARE). Read more about the news featured at PolyCentric...
September 2009—Prof. Kai S. Lam's new book titled Non-relativistic Quantum Theory: Dynamics, Symmetry, and Geometry (August 2009) has just been published. This textbook is mainly for physics students at the advanced undergraduate and beginning graduate levels, especially those with a theoretical inclination.

April 2009—Biological Physics Research and Teaching at Cal Poly Pomona Physics Department features in the April 2009 issue of The Biological Physicist Newsletter, which is published by the Division of Biological Physics of the American Physical Society.

May 2009—Gregorio Villar III, a physics major at Cal Poly Pomona features in a video on the website of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The video is entitled “Student of the Stars”

May 2009: Mark Massie, president of Nova Sensors and a Cal Poly Pomona Physics alumnus, presented a talk entitled "Night Vision Technology, Or What It’s Like To See The World Through Infrared Eyes." Pictures during and after the talk can be viewed here. Please check back later for pictures and videos taken by the thermal camera manufactured by Nova Sensors.

May 2009: PHYSICS and ASTRONOMY RESEARCH OPEN HOUSE: Tuesday, May 12 and Wednesday, May 13. Learn about research projects and opportunities, and visit your professors at their offices and labs. Start your visit at room 3-2011 for refreshments and general information. Click here for available times, rooms, and research specialty of the participating professors, with links to professors' websites.

Jan 2009: Dr. Alex Small receives prestigious Cotrell College Science Award from Research Corporation.

November 2008: Drs. Alex Rudolph, Nina Abramzon, and Ertan Salik have presented at the First National Clicker Conference in Louisville, Kentucky. Classroom Response Systems, or clickers, are used to conduct interactive classes, which have become widspread in recent years at college campuses across the US. About 170 people participated in this first conference. Recently, Cal Poly Pomona adopted iclicker as the officially supported clicker on campus. Recent research show much higher learning gains in classes taught in interactive mode relative to traditional lectures.

October 2008: Physics Dept. hosted American Association of Physics Teachers Souther California Chapter (SC-AAPT) meeting. SC-AAPT meets twice a year, once in the Fall, and once in the Spring. Durin the Fall 2008 meeting at Cal Poly Pomona, Dr. Peter Siegel and Dr. Antonio Aurilia gave invited talks, and Dr. Barbara Hoeling gave a contributed talk.

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Last modified on April 12, 2012
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