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The Physical Sciences Complex (PSC) will host state of the art office and laboratory space, making it the nation's finest university research facility in the physical sciences. The PSC will house the departments of Astronomy, Physics, and the Institute for Physical Sciences and Technology. We invite you to track the construction progress of this remarkable building.
News and Special Events
Passing of Professor Marshall Ginter
December 12, 2013. We are sad to inform you that our colleague Professor Marshall Ginter passed away December 9 at his home in Laurel, Maryland. His wife Dorothy called with the news.
Marshall joined the Institute for Molecular Physics of the University of Maryland in 1966 from the University of Chicago where he worked with Nobel Laureate Robert Millikan in the area of molecular spectroscopy. At Maryland, he was an energetic and productive scientist, who made important contributions to the understanding of highly excited Rydberg states in small molecules. He welcomed new ideas and mentored many students and colleagues as well as contributing to the field through extensive national and international collaborations. For his distinguished contributions, he received an honorary doctorate from California Sate University, Chico CA. Marshall became Emeritus Professor in 2008 and continued active research well into 2012. Those of us who knew him will miss his quick wit and perceptive remarks, his encouragement of others and positive attitude.
Marshall is survived by his long-time companion and wife Dorothy, their daughter Gretchen, son Karl, and several grand children.
Michael Coplan and Rajarshi Roy
The Olver Staff Development Activities Fund
December 11, 2013. Dr. Frank W. J. Olver (1924 – 2013), Professor Emeritus, Institute for Physical Science and Technology, and the Department of Mathematics, bequeathed a gift of $10,000 to support the professional development activities of IPST staff members. Dr. Olver was a friend to IPST staff members, and his gift is a tribute to his support and advocacy for the pursuit of professional and educational development. This is the first gift to the Institute dedicated solely to staff use. Mrs. Claire (Frank) Olver and Dr. Peter Olver (Frank’s son) were instrumental in facilitating the gift. The Olver family’s thoughtfulness and generosity are much appreciated. The charter of The Olver Staff Development Activities Fund reads:
The Olver Staff Development Activities Fund will support professional development activities for exempt and non-exempt staff working in the Institute for Physical Science and Technology at the University of Maryland, College Park. Such activities may include but are not limited to courses at educational institutions, professional development courses, conferences, seminars, and on-line courses. Support can include expenses for travel to attend off-campus professional development activities. If campus tuition support is available for the activities, it should be used first, however, additional funds may be requested from the fund for expenses not covered (i.e., books, course materials, fees, etc.)
The Olver Staff Development Activities Fund will be administered by the Director of the Institute for Physical Science and Technology or his/her designee.
Full or Part-time Staff employed by the Institute may apply to the Director or his/her designee in writing for support from the Olver Staff Development Activities Fund for any professional development activity which will advance and enrich their career whether or not it is related to their current job responsibilities. In requesting support, the staff person should detail the professional development activity and the reason the activity will assist their career. The Director and/or his/her designee shall review the request for support and distribute funds from the Olver Fund to serve the best interests of the staff and the Institute. Multiple awards may be given in a year but no one staff person may expend the entire balance of the fund.
Rajarshi Roy to travel to India in January
December 11, 2013. In January, Rajarshi Roy will be a keynote speaker at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay - Techfest 2014. Dr. Roy will also speak at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi and Delhi University.