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Physics

Davide Lazzati to lead Physics Department

Davide Lazzati has been selected as the new Head of the Department of Physics.

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Physics

Oregon State leading $17M effort to understand universe via low-frequency gravitational waves

Funded by the NSF as a Physics Frontiers Center, the North American Nanohertz Observatory for Gravitational Waves, or NANOGrav, research group at OSU operates under the direction of Xavier Siemens, professor of physics. 

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Students

The Class of 2021 succeeds against all odds

The College of Science will graduate 670 undergraduate students with baccalaureate degrees in 2020-21, including 68 Honors graduates.

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Students

From a construction job to Hewlett Packard, a physics major takes an unconventional path to reach his goals

Rohal Kakepoto valued the expertise of the faculty and the intimate and supportive atmosphere of the physics department. Like many of Oregon State physics graduates, Kakepoto landed a job as an engineer at Hewlett Packard in Corvallis, which he will start right before graduation.

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Faculty and Staff

2020-21 College of Science awards: Celebrating excellence in teaching and advising

On April 22, the College of Science celebrated its 2021 faculty and staff awards in a virtual ceremony, recognizing excellence in teaching, mentoring and advising.

Faculty and Staff Awards
Faculty and Staff

2020-21 College of Science awards: Celebrating excellence in research and administration

The College of Science celebrated research and administrative excellence at its virtual 2021 awards ceremony on April 22.  

Planetary geologist and OSU alumna Briony Horgan in front of an image of the Perseverance rover.
Alumni and Friends

Oregon State alum plays integral role in Perseverance landing

2005 physics alumna and planetary geologist Briony Horgan's research was key to determining the location on Mars for the Perseverance rover to explore. Explaining the challenge her team faced, she said, "“If we had to choose just one spot on Earth to gather all the data about the entire history of the planet — well, where would you go?”

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Research

Research by OSU biophysicist shows how tissue's microscopic geometry affects spread of cancer

Research led by Bo Sun, associate professor in the Department of Physics, has revealed a crucial mechanism behind one of humankind’s most deadly physiological processes: the movement of malignant cells from one part of the body to another.

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Research

New grants to expand research on cancer imaging and quantum materials

New awards from the College of Science will support research on quantum information applications, better cancer screening and bioimaging technologies.

Biochemistry and biophysics research labs persist during a pandemic at Oregon State.
Students

Adapting to a new normal: student research labs persist during a pandemic

Lab work plays a critical role in many scientific fields – which is why this year, as classes moved online, Oregon State’s science labs moved quickly to adapt.

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Alumni and Friends

Meet a Science Grad - Drew Haven

Meet Drew Haven, physics and engineering physics graduate and current Research & Development Manager for Saint-Gobain Crystals.  

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News

Gravitational wave search finds hopeful new clue

An international team, which includes Oregon State graduate and undergraduate students, has gotten closer than ever before to detecting evidence of supermassive black holes.