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Apr
15
2021
On April 15, 2021, Baylor University announced an estate gift from John and Eula Mae Baugh, creating an endowed chair in physics. The Eula Mae and John Baugh Chair in Physics, which will receive matching funds through the Baylor Academic Challenge, will provide faculty funding within the department of physics and focus on innovative research and teaching in the area of materials science.
Dec
1
2020
The Texas Section APS (TSAPS) meeting was held virtually during Nov. 12-14 and several Baylor physicists presented their research in this meeting. Caleb Smith was one of them, and he received the TSAPS graduate student presentation award.
Nov
5
2020
Recent Baylor graduate won the APS history of physics essay contest
Mr. Garrett Williams who graduated Baylor in Spring 2019 won the 2020 APS History of Physics Essay Contest).
Sep
30
2020
U.S. News, Wall Street Journal rank Baylor among nation’s best student experiences
A Baylor education is about more than just what you learn in the classroom — it’s really the complete Baylor experience that makes this place special. Two new rankings this fall — one from U.S. News & World Report, the other from the Wall Street Journal — show others outside the Baylor Family are beginning to recognize that fact.
Sep
29
2020
Very few universities today can (or would) claim to be preeminent research institutions that fearlessly proclaim the name of Jesus — but that is Baylor’s aim. We recognize that all truth is God’s truth — so at Baylor, our academic strivings and research efforts are all about learning more about what God has made on this earth, and inspired in human hearts.
May
4
2020
Physics professors Dr. Ken Hatakeyama and Dr. Howard Lee were both selected as outstanding faculty this year for their scholarship.
Apr
6
2020
Physics professor Lorin Matthews has been selected to receive the 2020 URSA Mentor of the Year Award in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics in recognition of her dedication to undergraduate research.
Mar
1
2020
Mr. Christopher Madrid, a graduate student in the experimental high energy physics group, received the "HCAL Achievement Award" from the CMS Collaboration at CERN, Switzerland for his extensive contributions to several aspects of the CMS HCAL Barrel and Endcap upgrades.
Feb
25
2020
CASPER scientists design experiments which take advantage of "weightlessness" on the International Space Station to investigate the fundamental origins of order and chaos in smart fluids.
Feb
21
2020
Augusto Carballido, Ph.D., assistant research professor in Baylor's Center for Astrophysics, Space Physics and Engineering Research (CASPER), is one of the creators of a TED-Ed lesson titled "There may be extraterrestrial life in our solar system”.
Feb
13
2020
Lorin Matthews, Ph.D., professor of Physics and associate director of Baylor's Center for Astrophysics, Space Physics and Engineering Research (CASPER), has been named to the editorial board of Physics of Plasmas.
Sep
26
2019
Dr. Howard Lee of our department enjoyed receiving two prestigious awards over this past summer. He was awarded the DARPA "Director Fellowship". The Director Fellowship selects a limited number of awardees who demonstrate exceptional DARPA Young Faculty Award (YFA) project performance over the 24-month base period. He was also awarded the Young Scientist Award at the 2019 Optoelectronics Global Conference (OGC) in Shenzhen, China.

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Aug
30
2019
Aug. 30, 2019 Baylor formally announced plans to join the top tier of American research universities by pursuing the Research 1 classification. The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education defines its R1 classification as one given to universities with “very high research activity.” Interviewed for the article were Provost Nancy Brickhouse, Ph.D., and Charles Weaver, Ph.D., professor and chair of psychology and neuroscience in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences.
Jun
4
2019
Baylor graduate student, Jingyi Yang, from the Dr. Howard Lee's group is selected as one of the six who are awarded the 2019 Scholarship from the international society for optics and photonics (SPIE). Congratulations!
May
17
2019
It is always nice to see our physics students graduating and moving on to their next career paths. This May, seven students completed our program. Congratulations!
Apr
30
2019
Baylor University seniors - Garrett Williams, a physics and chemistry major, and Catherine Arndt, a physics major - have been selected to participate in the 2019 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program. Catherine will pursue her doctorate in the Applied Physics Graduate Program at Rice University, while Garrett will attend the Physics Ph.D. program at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champagne, the top-ranked university in the country for condensed matter physics. Congratulations!
Apr
23
2019
APS annually organizes national meetings in March and April covering a wide variety of physics topics. As usual, many of Baylor physicists attended these meetings and gave a series of talks.
Mar
6
2019
Baylor graduate student, Jingyi Yang awarded prestigious OSA (Optical Society of America) Emil Wolf Outstanding Student Paper Award. Congratulations!
Mar
6
2019
Dr. Howard Lee received the NSF MRI award to acquire an Ebeam lithography system. Congratulations!
Jan
7
2019
WACO, Texas (Jan. 7, 2019) – Baylor University is mourning the passing of beloved Professor Emeritus of Physics and Master Teacher Robert G. Packard – “Waco’s Mr. Wizard,” as one newspaper called him – who blazed a unique trail for nearly 60 years in how thousands of students related to physics. Dr. Packard died Jan. 5 in Waco at the age of 94.
Jan
1
2019
Baylor postdoc, Dr. Joe Pastika, and Baylor graduate student, Caleb Smith and Chris Madrid, who work in the experiment high energy physics group, received prestigious scholarships/awards. Congratulations!
Dec
31
2018
Many Baylor physicists attended the annual meeting of the American Physical Society--Division of Plasma Physics held in Portland, Oregon, during November 5–9, 2018, and gave a series of talks.
Dec
18
2018
By Don Lincoln, Senior Scientist, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory; Adjunct Professor of Physics, University of Notre Dame

Black holes may not have singularities at their center. Instead, the matter they suck in may be spit out across the universe at some time in the future, a new theory suggests.
Dec
17
2018
“Far Out!”

It’s official: astronomers found a new dwarf planet in our solar system — and it’s the most distant object ever observed in our solar system.
Dec
13
2018
Rings Of Fire

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A protoplanetary disk is the ring of dust and gas that surrounds a young star. As time passes, the material in the disk begins to coalesce into larger and larger objects, forming everything from asteroids to entire planets.
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