Director's Welcome

Christopher Jarzynski
Christopher Jarzynski

The mission of the Institute for Physical Science and Technology (IPST) is to foster excellence in interdisciplinary research and education at the University of Maryland. IPST accomplishes this by integrating people, science and technology.

Our selective and highly ranked graduate programs in the fields of

provide specialized training at the intersection of traditional fields, and are a central component of our mission.

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IPST Spring Assembly Meeting

Date: Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Time: 2:00 to 4:00 pm
Place: 1116 IPST Bldg. - Conference Room

News and Special Events

IPST External Review

April 17, 2018. On Monday and Tuesday, April 23-24, IPST will host a highly distinguished External Review Committee consisting of Professors Russel Caflisch (New York University, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences), Jean Carlson (UC Santa Barbara, Physics), Herbert Levine (Rice University, Bioengineering), and Steven Sibener, (University of Chicago, Chemistry). This committee has been invited by the College of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences to review the Institute and to provide advice regarding its interdisciplinary research and education missions. The committee will meet with IPST faculty, staff and students, and with Dean Amitabh Varshney, and will conclude the visit by writing a report on their findings.

Lise-Marie Imbert-Gérard joins the faculty of IPST, Mathematics, and CSCAMM

April 13, 2018. Dr. Lise-Marie Imbert-Gérard joined the campus community as an Assistant Professor in January 2018, with a joint appointment in the Department of Mathematics, the Center for Scientific Computation and Mathematical Modeling, and IPST.

She earned her Ph.D. in 2013 from Université Pierre et Marie Curie, where she studied with Bruno Després at the Laboratoire Jacques-Louis Lions in Paris, after which she was a postdoctoral research associate at the Courant Institute at New York University. Her research in the propagation of time-harmonic waves in variable media has, more recently, focused on time-dependent problems for resonances.

John Weeks to give inaugural David Chandler Memorial Lecture in Physical Chemistry

April 12, 2018. Distinguished University Professor John Weeks (IPST / Chemistry and Biochemistry) will give the inaugural David Chandler Memorial Lecture in Physical Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley, on April 17. Sponsored by the UC Berkeley College of Chemistry, the lecture series was established in 2017 to carry forward the scientific vision of David Chandler (1944-2017), a pillar of the theoretical physical chemistry community.

In the early 1970's, John Weeks, David Chandler, and Hans Andersen established the foundations of modern liquid state perturbation theory, providing accurate expressions for calculating thermodynamic properties of liquids, as well as deep insights into the crucial roles of short- and long-range forces in determining those properties.

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Biophysics Seminar
Mon, Apr 23, 2018
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
0112 Chemistry Building (Bldg. 091)

Two-Way Transmembrane Signaling in an Outer-Membrane Transport Protein or why do spectroscopy when we have a crystal structure?
David Cafiso
University of Virginia

Space and Cosmic Ray Physics Seminar
Mon, Apr 23, 2018
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
2400 Atlantic (Bldg. 224)

The South Pole IceCube Neutrino Detector and the Era of Multi-Messenger Astronomy
Greg Sullivan
Department of Physics, University of Maryland

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