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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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Student office in IPST building
Student office in IPST building
The newly renovated Michael Coplan Student Study Room has opened to students of the Chemical/Physics and Bio/Physics Graduate programs for the Fall 2014 semester. This renovation and new furnishings were made possible by the financial partnership between IPST; the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences (CMNS); and UMD Campus Facilities. Many thanks go to Jack Baker, Director of Facilities for his support for this renovation and Tom McMullen, Assistant Dean for Facilities, CMNS, providing financial support without which the furnishings for 19 graduate students would not have been possible.

News and Special Events

Washington Post Features UMD/Goddard Collaboration and Dr. Seo’s ISS-CREAM Project

October 31, 2014. Professor Eun-Suk Seo's ISS-CREAM probe and Michael Coplan's ISEE-3 satellite have been featured in a Washington Post article highlighting the long collaboration between the University of Maryland, College Park, and NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC). The proximity of campus to GSFC has fostered a long time collaboration between both institutions that has translated into great learning and job opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students at UMD. It is projects such as ISS-CREAM, lead by Dr. Seo, whose purpose is to detect cosmic rays at wide energy ranges with the ultimate goal of understanding the origin of cosmic rays and the implications that these phenomena carry for the universe, that capture the imagination and labor of students. The proximity to GSFC, the mentorship and direction of Dr. Seo, and the abundance of interest among students, have resulted in a very successful cosmic ray physics program at UMD that will see its culmination with the launch in February or June next year of ISS-CREAM.

20th Annual Shih-I Pai Lecture

September 22, 2014. The Institute for Physical Science and Technology and the Department of Physics announce the 20th Annual Shih-I Pai Lecture. This year's lecture will be presented by Scientist Emeritus Dr. Johanna M. H. (Anneke) Levelt Sengers, National Insititue of Standards and Technology. Her talk, Pride and Prejudice in Science and Engineering, will be given on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at 4 p.m. 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 the Mathematics building from 3 to 3:50 p.m. All are invited.

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Mathematics Colloquium
Fri, Oct 31, 2014
3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
3206 Mathematics (Bldg. 084)

An introduction to the theory of noncommutative motives
Goncalo Tabuada

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