Department news and events


WMU joins 5+ Club for success in physics teacher preparation

WMU has joined only 29 institutions in the country that have graduated five or more physics teachers in a given year. For the 2014-15 academic year, WMU was one of only four universities to receive this honor. The Physics Teacher Education Coalition (PhysTEC) developed the 5+ Club to recognize institutions for their contributions toward addressing a severe national shortage of high school physics teachers. 

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Department of Physics Colloquium

Monday, January 25, 2016

"Nuclear Physics Inputs for Nucleosynthesis and Galactic Chemical Evolution"

Speaker Michael Famiano, Ph.D., associate professor in the WMU Department of Physics, will present a discussion of the stellar origins of the elements

Refreshments: 3:30 p.m., Bradley Commons, 2202 Everett Tower

Talk: 4 p.m., 1110 Rood Hall

All are welcome, free of charge


Faculty success

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Thomas Gorczyca, WMU professor of atomic and molecular physics, has been elected a Fellow of the Amercian Physical Society.He was nominated by the organization's Division of Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics for "advancing our fundamental understanding in the photoionization, spectra and opacities of atomic ions in astrophysical plasmas." Fellowship is a distinct honor signifying recognition by one's professional peers for exceptional contributions to the physics enterprise.

A new book by Dr. Arthur McGurn, Nonlinear Optics of Photonic Crystals and Meta-Materials has been released by Institute of Physics Publishing. It introduces graduate students in physics and engineering to nano-photonics, including topics relating to crystals, meta-materials and their nonlinear optical properties.

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