SMU physicist Jodi Cooley will receive the 2019 Klopsteg Award

Eureka Alert Originally Posted: April 17, 2019 SMU physicist Jodi Cooley has been named the 2019 Klopsteg Memorial Lecture Award recipient. The award, given by the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT), recognizes educators who have made notable and creative contributions to the teaching of physics. Cooley will be honored in July during the AAPT Summer Meeting in Provo, Utah. Past recipients of the award include well-known physicists such as Michio Kaku, Lisa Randall and Neil deGrasse Tyson. Cooley, who joined Southern Methodist University in 2009, is an associate professor of experimental particle physics in SMU's Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences who opens her research lab to undergraduates. She will organize a campus rock hunt on Dark Matter Day, analyze an action film or [...]

By | 2019-04-17T09:40:45-07:00 April 17th, 2019|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Physics|Comments Off on SMU physicist Jodi Cooley will receive the 2019 Klopsteg Award

Watch: Unlocking the Mystery of Dark Matter

FOX 4 Originally Posted: April 15, 2019 An SMU physics professor has a special talent for making her field of study, understandable to the rest of us.   She's also among the leading researchers, trying to confirm the presence of dark matter in the universe.   Dan Godwin gets a few quick science lessons, in this Fox4ward. WATCH

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Seeing The Unseeable: Peering Into A Black Hole

CBS Originally Posted: April 11, 2019 Scientists on Wednesday revealed the first image ever made of a black hole, depicting a fiery orange and black ring of gravity-twisted light swirling around the edge of the abyss. WATCH

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Scientist With A Heart

Global Golf Post Dr. Ryszard Stroynowski, professor of experimental physics at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, admits to being slightly disappointed in his former student Bryson DeChambeau. Like others at SMU, Stroynowski is happy for DeChambeau’s success as a golfer, the 25-year-old having climbed to fifth in the world ranking, but there’s a twinge of regret about the road not taken. “I was hoping he would become a scientist,” Stroynowski says. Dr. Roberto Vega, associate professor of theoretical physics at SMU, agrees. “He could have been successful in physics,” Vega says. “He’s a serious thinker. He was a serious student. He wanted to know. He wanted to understand.” Physics’ loss is golf’s gain. While stretching convention and doing his best to turn the imperfect game [...]

By | 2019-02-06T06:24:27-07:00 February 6th, 2019|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Physics|Comments Off on Scientist With A Heart

Teaching innovation

SMU News Originally Posted: February 4, 2019 Tracking history through algorithms – using an iconic childhood toy to demonstrate physics – trading traditional diversity training for real communication skills – storytelling. SMU professors bring innovative tools and techniques to wherever the students are. And it only starts in the classroom. READ MORE

By | 2019-02-05T11:13:49-07:00 February 6th, 2019|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, History, Physics|Comments Off on Teaching innovation

SMU Physicist Honored for Dark Matter Research

SMU Research Originally Posted: November 28, 2018 Jodi Cooley named fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science SMU physicist Jodi Cooley has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Election as an AAAS Fellow is an honor bestowed by their peers upon the group’s members for scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. Cooley is one of 416 fellows to be honored during the 2019 AAAS annual meeting in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, Feb. 16. She is being honored for her contributions to the search for dark matter scattering with nuclei, particularly using cryogenic technologies. The nature of dark matter is unknown, but is believed to make up about 85 percent of [...]

By | 2018-11-29T08:53:32-07:00 November 29th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Physics|Comments Off on SMU Physicist Honored for Dark Matter Research

Dark Matter is a huge mystery. This device is trying to detect it.

National Geographic Originally Posted: October 8, 2018 Jodi Cooley, a physicist at Southern Methodist University and a principal investigator at the SuperCDMS dark matter detector was quoted in this article. In an otherwise unassuming facility in northern Seattle, a supercooled tangle of tubes and wires is poised to remake the world. Coursing with liquid helium, the device's interior hovers less than a tenth of a degree above absolute zero, the coldest possible temperature. Inside the frigid cavity, carefully shielded from noise, microwave radiation can resonate like sound waves in a bell, hunting for hints of particles whizzing through that, in all other contexts, would be invisible. Meet the Axion Dark Matter eXperiment, or ADMX: the most sensitive scientific instrument of its kind ever built. If ADMX confirms the existence of [...]

By | 2018-10-08T14:04:44-07:00 October 8th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Physics|Comments Off on Dark Matter is a huge mystery. This device is trying to detect it.

LHC CERN Announcement: Why Higgs Boson Decay Observation Matters

Newsweek Originally Posted: August 30, 2018 Higgs boson, the once-theoretical particle that backs up our best scientific model of the universe, has been observed decaying for the first time—and this is excellent news as it means everything we understand about our physical world still holds true. The discovery of Higgs boson in 2013 provided support for the Standard Model of particle physics. It describes three of the four fundamental forces in the universe—the strong force, the weak force, the electromagnetic force and the gravitational force—and explains how matter interacts. While incomplete, it is our best understanding of how the universe works. By observing the Higgs boson decaying, scientists have more evidence in support of the Standard Model. Scientists working at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider made [...]

By | 2018-09-06T07:57:28-07:00 September 6th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Physics|Comments Off on LHC CERN Announcement: Why Higgs Boson Decay Observation Matters

SMU Physicist Explains Significance of Latest Cern Discovery Related to the Higgs Boson

SMU Research Originally Posted: August 28, 2018 Stephen Sekula says observation of the Higgs particle transforming into bottom quarks confirms the 20th-century recipe for mass Scientists conducting physics experiments at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider have announced the discovery of the Higgs boson transforming, as it decays, into subatomic particles called bottom quarks, an observation that confirms that the “Standard Model” of the universe – the 20th century recipe for everything in the known physical world – is still valid. This new discovery is a big step forward in the quest to understand how the Higgs enables fundamental particles to acquire mass. Many scientists suspect that the Higgs could interact with particles outside the Standard Model, such as dark matter – the unseen matter that does [...]

By | 2018-08-29T06:21:41-07:00 August 29th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Physics|Comments Off on SMU Physicist Explains Significance of Latest Cern Discovery Related to the Higgs Boson

SMU Physicists Part of First Team to Observe Higgs Boson, Bottom Quarks Interaction

Dedman College News Originally Posted: July 13, 2018 In a breakthrough development in the field of physics, Associate Professor Stephen Sekula and his group of researchers in the SMU Department of Physics are part of the ATLAS Experiment team to first observe the direct interaction between the Higgs boson and the bottom quark. After several years of dedicated research, the ATLAS Experiment is the first to announce their success and definitively prove the interaction between the particles, ahead of other research groups who were focused on the task. From left to right: Maddie McKay, Matthew Feickert, Peilong Wang, and (seated) Jeff Hetherly. The Higgs boson is a special particle that plays an essential role in the Standard Model of particle physics, the theory [...]

By | 2018-07-13T13:31:59-07:00 July 13th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Graduate News, Physics|Comments Off on SMU Physicists Part of First Team to Observe Higgs Boson, Bottom Quarks Interaction
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