- After an international search that produced over 60 candidates, Dr. Kat Barger (Ph.D., Wisconsin-Madison, 2012) was appointed assistant professor in astronomy.
- Six students entered the Biophysics track of the Physics Ph.D. in its inaugural year.
- Two faculty members secured major funding for their research in biophysics (Dr. Hana Dobrovolny, Janssen Pharm.) and in astronomy (Dr. Peter Frinchaboy, NSF).
- The Research Experience for Undergraduates program directed by Peter Frinchaboy was awarded a new 3-year grant from the National Science Foundation.
- Two Ph.D.s in Physics were conferred.
- 11 undergraduate students were involved in research projects in the Department.
- Undergraduate students were co-authors on 8 research papers presented at local and international meetings and co-authors on 5 papers published in international peer-reviewed astronomy and physics journals.
- Graduate students were co-authors on 9 journal articles and 12 conference presentations.
- Faculty members were authors on 20 refereed papers in national and international journals and 28 presentations at international, national, and state scientific meetings.
- Faculty members secured $555,000 in external funding for their research.
- The department secured $220,000 in funding from NSF for the Research Experience for Undergraduates Program.
- New assistant professor of biophysics position filled by Dr. Hana Dobrovolny after international search.
- New Biophysics track in the Physics Ph.D. and new undergraduate courses in Biophysics approved and slated for introduction beginning in Fall 2013.
- Major upgrade in equipment and laboratory exercises in Physics III-Modern Physics Lab and Astronomy labs in progress
- Two PhDs, one each in Physics and in Physics with Astrophysics option conferred
- Enrollments in undergraduate Physics and Astronomy courses at all-time highs
- Undergraduate students were co-authors on 5 research papers presented at local and international meetings.
- Graduate students were co-authors on 5 journal articles and 13 conference presentations.
- The high school outreach program, Research Apprentices in Physics provided opportunities for 3 area high school students to participate in research projects. They were all co-authors on posters at the SRS Symposium and 2 were co-authors on 4 papers presented at national conferences.
- Faculty members were authors on 32 refereed papers in national and international journals and 39 presentations at international, national, and state scientific meetings.
- Two patents were granted to Karol Gryczynski and collaborators.
- Faculty members secured $3,120,000 in external funding for their research.
- The Department was host to the Sloan Digital Sky Survey III/Apache Point Observatory Galactic Evolution Experiment (APOGEE), Science Meeting and Workshop during January 12–15, 2012.
- A new course PHYS 10503: Energy debuted.
- A new Minor in Applied Physics has been approved and will be offered beginning in Fall 2012
- Two PhDs in Physics were conferred
- A total of 10 undergraduates including 2 engineering students were engaged in research projects with faculty.
- Graduate students were co-authors on 8 journal articles and 16 conference presentations.
- 8 students from undergraduate institutions participated in the Research Experience for Undergraduates program. They have subsequently presented 3 papers on their summer research at state and national meetings.
- The high school outreach program, Research Apprentices in Physics provided opportunities for 4 area high school students to participate in research projects.
- Faculty members published 33 refereed articles in international journals, 5 book chapters, and 1 book, and made 33 presentations at state, national, and international venues.
- Doug Ingram was recognized for his outstanding teaching by the Deans’ 2011 Teaching Award.