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News and Special Events
Professor Christopher Jarzynski announced new IPST director
February 24, 2014. Professor Christopher Jarzynski, from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and the Institute for Physical Science and Technology (IPST) has been offered and has accepted the position of Director of IPST, effective July 1, 2014. Dr. Jayanth R. Banavar, Dean of the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences, made the announcement at a short meeting with IPST faculty and staff on Thursday February 20. Dr. Jarzynski and his research group focus on statistical mechanics at the molecular level, the foundations of non-equilibrium thermodynamics, the application of statistical mechanics to problems of biophysical interest, and the development of efficient numerical schemes for estimating thermodynamic properties of complex systems. “He brings to the position an exceptionally distinguished scientific career and a broad understanding of science and technology”, Dr. Rajarshi Roy, current IPST director, said. Dr. Roy’s term will end June 30, 2014.
First Frank B. McDonald Award given at American Geophysics Union 2013 meeting
February 17, 2014. Ms. Beate Krøvel Humberset, a Ph.D. student at Birkeland Centre for Space Science, University of Bergen, Norway, was awarded the first Frank B. McDonald Award at the December 2013 American Geophysics Union (AGU) meeting. The award was presented to Ms. Humberset by Rene McDonald, wife of the late Dr. McDonald. This is a travel grant award that was instituted after the passing of Dr. McDonald from contributions from his friends and colleagues. In the picture above Dr. James A. Klimchuk, president of the Space Physics and Aeronomy Section of the AGU accompanies Ms. Humberset, center, and Rene McDonald.
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