In this edition of the Friday Newsletter, we meet the newest member of the Physics Phamily and we take a look at Admitted Student Day on March 4.Continue reading “Physics Department Friday Newsletter for February 25, 2022”
In this edition of the Friday Newsletter, we look at a major publication marking the upgrade of electronics for a key system in the ATLAS Experiment, give a heads up about some possible power outages, and glance at a number of other issues!Continue reading “Physics Department Friday Newsletter for February 18, 2022”
In this edition of the Friday Newsletter, we look at the next Astro Lunch event and otherwise reflect on those unexpected teachable moments.Continue reading “Physics Department Friday Newsletter for February 11, 2022”
In this edition of the Friday Newsletter, we enjoy the best parts of our snow and ice days and mark the lunar new year!Continue reading “Physics Department Friday Newsletter for February 4, 2022”
In this edition of the Friday Newsletter, we remind the community about how to use shared workspaces in the department and remind everyone of the pause on the Wednesday Hbar Coffee break and Friday Department Lunches.Continue reading “Physics Department Friday Newsletter for January 28, 2022”
In this edition of the Friday Newsletter, we preview the first Speaker Series event of the term and announce the pause of unstructured social events in the department to help inhibit the spread of Omicron. Check out the Physics Challenge, now open to faculty, staff, SMU SPS members, and physics students!Continue reading “Physics Department Friday Newsletter for January 21, 2022”
In this edition of the Friday Newsletter, we celebrate a graduation, gingerbread physics art, the promotion of one of our post-doctoral researchers, and a lot more!Continue reading “Physics Department Friday Newsletter for December 17, 2021”
In this edition of the Friday Newsletter, we look at summer research opportunities for undergraduates outside of SMU and announce the Graduate Director ad Interim for the Spring term.Continue reading “Physics Department Friday Newsletter for December 10, 2021”
In this edition of the Friday Newsletter, we look at the exciting Winter Colloquium coming up on Monday, as well as the final project presentations by the Honors Physics students that same evening, and the graduate core proficiency exams in December and January.Continue reading “Physics Department Friday Newsletter for December 3, 2021”
A version of the following was sent at a letter to the Physics Department at 4pm today, and is reproduced here as an announcement for the SMU Physics Community.
I write to you with some bittersweet news. Lacey Breaux, our department’s Academic Operations Coordinator, has been offered and accepted the position of Senior Graduate Advisor in the Department of Economics. This is not only a promotion to a more significant position at SMU but one deeply aligned with her core values and interests in supporting graduate students. First and foremost, please congratulate Lacey on this outstanding achievement. I know you all join me in wishing her great happiness and success as she launches the next phase of her career.
This, of course, means that we will initiate a search for a person to step into the role of our Academic Operations Coordinator. I have already begun a conversation with both the Dean of Dedman College and with Human Resources to move this process forward. I will have more information for the Physics Department in the coming days and weeks.
Lacey begins her new position on December 1, 2021. She has been a key member of our Department since joining us in July, 2014. Her more than seven years of commitment, service, and excellence to the Department of Physics is deeply appreciated. I am sure we all agree that the process of hiring a new staff member to fill this role will be made challenging simply by virtue of how much she has become a cornerstone of this Department.
This will be a challenging period for the Department until we are able to identify a new person for this role. The goal remains to advance the twin missions of this Department: teaching and research.
If you have specific questions, please direct them to me. I ask that you join me once more in congratulating Lacey on this outstanding evolution in her support of graduate students at SMU.
Stephen Jacob Sekula
Chair, Department of Physics