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Ernst recognized for excellence in physics

Sep. 26, 2011—Vanderbilt’s David Ernst, professor of physics and astronomy, has won the Francis G. Slack Award from the Southeast Section of the American Physical Society. The award is given for “excellence in service to physics in the Southeast.” The Slack Award cites Ernst’s “work toward diversifying physics through his many accomplishments with the National Society of...

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Vanderbilt physicist honored for mentoring Hispanic, Native American students

Aug. 17, 2011—Physicist David Ernst has received a 2011 Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science award for his mentorship of underrepresented minority students.

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Ernst recognized for distinguished mentorship to minority students

Jun. 28, 2011—David Ernst, professor of physics at Vanderbilt and an adjunct professor at Fisk University, has won the 2011 Distinguished Professional Mentor Award from the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS).

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Stamping out low cost nanodevices

May. 31, 2011—A team of Vanderbilt engineers have developed a rapid and low-cost imprinting process that can stamp out a variety of devices that have unique optical, electrical, chemical and mechanical properties.

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Stellar Nights program at Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory examines age of universe

Apr. 19, 2011—Vanderbilt University Professor of Astronomy David Weintraub will present the second half of a lecture series titled "How Old is the Universe?" at the Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory on Tuesday, May 3, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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Beyond knot theory

Apr. 14, 2011—I’ve always been fascinated, and occasionally frustrated, by the tendency of string, yarn, rope and wire – any thing that is long, thin and flexible – to knot and tangle. Clearly, I’m not the only one. Mathematicians have been studying knots since the early 1800’s and the field of knot theory is alive and well...

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Big Bang or Big Bounce?

Apr. 5, 2011—There is a new dark-horse entry in the cosmological sweepstakes. In the last 50 years, the Big Bang theory has gradually become the standard scientific model for how the universe began and has been written into the grade school science textbooks. That is because it has done an amazing job of explaining many of the...

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Graphene expert receives NSF CAREER award

Mar. 21, 2011—Vanderbilt physicist Kirill Bolotin has received NSF’s CAREER award, which supports exceptionally promising junior faculty members.

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Inflationary cosmology on trial

Mar. 21, 2011—Watch video of the Seyfert Lecture featuring Dr. Paul J. Steinhardt, the Albert Einstein Professor in Science and director of the Princeton Center for Theoretical Science at Princeton University. Steinhardt, who is also on the faculty of both the Department of Physics and the Department of Astrophysical Sciences, spoke at Vanderbilt March 17. He is the...

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Large Hadron Collider could be world’s first time machine

Mar. 15, 2011—If the latest theory of Tom Weiler and Chui Man Ho is right, the Large Hadron Collider – the world’s largest atom smasher that started regular operation last year – could be the first machine capable of causing matter to travel backwards in time. “Our theory is a long shot,” admitted Weiler, who is a...

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Future of the Parable of the Lost Sheep

Mar. 3, 2011—Bob Scherrer is bicultural: Not only is he a practicing theoretical physicist, but the chairman of Vanderbilt’s physics department is also a published author of science fiction. Several years ago we did a story about his split personality. Normally, Scherrer keeps his physics and science fiction efforts separate. So far he has published eight science...

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Tuning graphene film so it sheds water

Feb. 1, 2011—Windshields that shed water so effectively that they don’t need wipers.  Ship hulls so slippery that they glide through the water more efficiently than ordinary hulls. These are some of the potential applications for graphene, one of the hottest new materials in the field of nanotechnology, raised by the research of James Dickerson, assistant professor...

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