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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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News and Special Events

23rd Annual Shih-I Pai Lecture

September 19, 2017. The Institute for Physical Science and Technology and the Department of Physics announce the 23rd Annual Shih-I Pai Lecture. This year's lecture will be presented by Danielle S. Bassett, Eduardo D. Glandt Faculty Fellow, Bioengineering Department, University of Pennsylvania, MacArthur Fellow 2014. Her talk, "Perturbation and Control of Human Brain Network Dynamics," will be given on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 4:00 pm in room 1412 of the Physics building at the University of Maryland, College Park. A reception preceding the lecture will take place at the James A. Yorke Rotunda in William E. Kirwan Hall from 3 to 3:50 pm. All are invited. Further details can be found at the Annual Shih-I Pai Lecture news announcement.

Michelle Girvan and Wolfgang Losert elected Fellows of the American Physical Society

October 12, 2017. Michelle Girvan (IPST / Physics) and Wolfgang Losert (IPST / Physics / IREAP) have been elected Fellows of the American Physical Society (APS) by the APS Council of Representatives upon the recommendations of the Topical Group on Statistical and Nonlinear Physics, for the former, and the Division of Biological Physics, for the later. Election to Fellowship in the APS is limited to no more than one half of one percent of the membership and it is a prestigious recognition by peers of outstanding contributions to physics. The citation for Michelle Girvan reads: For seminal contributions to the nonlinear and statistical physics of complex networks, including the characterization of network structures and dynamics, and interdisciplinary applications. The citation for Wolgang Losert reads: For his imaginative studies of complex living systems. We congratulate both Michelle and Wolfgang for their honors.

Miguel Sanjuán, Fulbright Visiting Scholar, elected member to the Academia Europaea: The Academy of Europe

October 6, 2017. Professor Miguel A. F. Sanjuán (Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Spain), who is currently at IPST as a Fulbright Visiting Scholar, has been elected into the Academia Europaea: The Academy of Europe. He is a regular collaborator with Distinguished University Professor James A. Yorke (IPST / Mathematics / Physics). We congratulate Professor Sanjuán.

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