It’s an exciting time to be part of the Physics and Astronomy faculty at UK. “I think we are in the midst of a pretty steep upward curve, particularly in terms of our research but also in terms of our education,” said the department’s Chair, Sumit Das, a high-energy physicist whose research interests focus on string theory and black hole physics.
As evidence of UK’s increasingly high-profile national reputation, Das points to the unprecedented 70 percent acceptance rate of the department’s top-choice graduate students this spring — 16 of the 22 students accepted will enroll in the fall.
After being awarded a highly-competitive grant to perform Advanced Scientific Computer Research (ASCR) from the ASCR Leadership Computer Challenge (ALCC), UK physics professor Keh-Fei Liu and his collaborators (including colleague Terrence Draper, post-docs and students at UK, as well as 2 co-PIs at George Washington University) hope to resolve what has been dubbed the Proton Spin Crisis.
Research at the University of Kentucky expands well beyond campus, and thanks to Physics & Astronomy professor Gary Ferland we have to measure the distance in light years instead of miles.
A portion of Rose Street closes today in connection with construction of the new $112 million Academic Science Building.
Nine incoming freshmen, including students planning to studying chemistry, physics, and political science, have been selected to receive the T.W. Lewis Scholarship.