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Unusually massive polymer brush
A fortuitous slip in the lab leads to the creation of a monstrously large polymer brush
David Ballantyne
Results open a new way to study the physics of accretion disks.
Current, heavy silicon solar panels
A minuscule chemical tweak is advancing an organic solar technology that was believed unviable.
Jess Hunt-Ralston
Jess Hunt-Ralston returns to alma mater, former employer, for new role
Andrea Welsh and Flavio Fenton of the School of Physics.
Study shows how to use less pricey, more powerful computer processors for simulations


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Exploring the nature of diverse environments, understanding how the world evolved to its present state
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The SCMB holds its 2nd annual symposium on the intersection of math and biology.

A Frontiers in Science Lecture by Elizabeth Loftus, University of California, Irvine

A Frontiers in Science Lecture by William Daniel Phillips, Winner of the 1997 Nobel Prize in Physics
Frontiers in Science Lecture and 2020 Karlovitz Lecture by Moon Duchin, Tufts University

College of Sciences in the News

  • Capturing Extra Energy From the Sun: Harnessing Hot Carriers for High Efficiency Solar Cells

    Perovskites may sound like menu items at your favorite Eastern European restaurant, but they serve up tasty options for those trying to extract more energy from solar cells. Two-dimensional perovskites offer even more flexibility for scientists to fine-tune those structures, which could mean more efficient, longer-lasting solar cells. That's the gist of new research from a team that includes Jean-Luc Brèdas, Regents Professor in the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

    SciTechDaily, Jan 12, 2020

  • This Was the Decade Climate Scientists Stopped Being Polite

    The arrival of a fresh decade gives climate scientists like Kim Cobb, professor in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, an opportunity to look back on the last 10 years of alarming data on climate change. The focus is now on stronger warnings and direct engagement with policy makers. “You can see evidence of it in speech patterns as scientists communicate with the public,” Cobb says. “There’s none of this business we used to have of, ‘well, ‘I’m not a policy expert.’ People are digging their stake in the ground and saying here are a couple of options.” The same message comes through in a Washington Post story that also features Cobb's insights.

    Gizmodo, Dec 31, 2019

  • To grab nectar, moths rely on split-second timing

    Simon Sponberg is back to experimenting with some of his favorite subjects: Hawkmoths. The School of Physics and School of Biological Sciences assistant professor, who studies the neuromechanics of animal movement, has tethered the large moths to video game joysticks in earlier studies to find out how the insects track targets. Now he's gathering data about just how fast the moths decide on which muscles to use as they hover near flowers. Sponberg's latest study also attracted the attention of The Scientist.

    Futurity, Dec 30, 2019