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Notable Alumni | Andreas Weichselbaum Models Quasiparticles That Could Be Future of Quantum Computing

Theoretical calculations performed by (left to right) Neil Robinson, Robert Konik, Alexei Tsvelik, and Andreas Weichselbaum of Brookhaven Lab's Condensed Matter Physics and Materials Science Department suggest that Majorana fermions exist in the boundaries of magnetic materials with different magnetic phases. Majorana fermions are particle-like excitations that emerge when single electrons fractionalize into two halves, and their unique properties are of interest for quantum applications.Editor’s Note: The College of Arts & Sciences Notable Alumni Awards honor alumni for broad career accomplishments, commitment to community service, and valuable contributions to Ohio University and the College of Arts & Sciences. Andreas Weichselbaum ’04 Ph.D. Physics Dr. Andreas Weichselbaum is working on a tiny puzzle that could […]

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Posted on 10/20/2019

Notable Alumni | Zainuriah Hassan Pioneers Scientific Advances in U.S., Malaysia

Zainuriah HassanEditor’s Note: The College of Arts & Sciences Notable Alumni Awards honor alumni for broad career accomplishments, commitment to community service, and valuable contributions to Ohio University and the College of Arts & Sciences. Zainuriah Hassan ’98 Ph.D. in Physics Dr. Zainuriah Hassan was an important member of the wide […]

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Posted on 10/20/2019

Physics Alumnus Returns to Lead Workshop on Software Design

Greg Petersen By Rachael Beardsley NQPI Editorial Intern Ohio University Nanoscale and Quantum Phenomena Institute hosted Ohio University alum Dr. Greg Petersen on Aug. 5-7 to lead a workshop on ‘Modern Software Design for Physicists’ aimed at teaching modern design principles. Students received instruction on a general framework to develop codes […]

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Posted on 10/08/2019

Jakkala Reflects on Physics Graduate Program Strengths

By Kate Nichols NQPI editorial intern Dr. Pratheesh Jakkala graduated from Ohio University with his Ph.D. in physics in 2016. His research focused on the fabrication of solar cells and III-V Nitrides using a sputtering method and characterization of solar cells and thin films. Jakkala has most recently served as […]

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Posted on 07/15/2019

Khosravi Khorashad Receives NQPI Outstanding Dissertation Award

By Ryan Flynn NQPI editorial intern Nanoscale and Quantum Phenomena Institute 2019 Spring Newsletter NQPI is proud to announce Larousse Khosravi Khorashad as the recipient of the 2018 Outstanding Dissertation Award. Khosravi Khorashad received his Ph.D. from Ohio University in 2017. His research area is a combination of computational physics and […]

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Posted on 05/15/2019

Ramakrishnan Receives Honorary Degree from OHIO

Honorary degree recipient Venkatraman "Venki" Ramakdrishnan speaks at gradute commencement. Photo by Ben SiegelOhio University President M. Duane Nellis conferred an OHIO Honorary Doctor of Science upon Nobel Prize laureate and OHIO alumnus Dr. Venki Ramakrishnan. “A graduate of Ohio University, Venki Ramakrishnan is President of the Royal Society and Group Leader at the Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, […]

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Posted on 05/04/2019

Nobel Laureate Decodes Answers about Life’s Beginning, Medicine’s Future

Dr. Venki Ramakrishnan, portrait with ribosome art from bookcover.By Lori Bauer As Nobel laureate and Ohio University alumnus Venki Ramakrishnan painted the big picture of his journey from graduate school in Athens to a molecular lab in Britain, he also showed the tiniest picture of life. It’s a discovery that won a Nobel prize, helps solve the riddle […]

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Posted on 05/04/2019

Nobel Laureate Ramakrishnan Implores Students to Follow Their Own Path

By Amanda Biederman NQPI editorial intern Venkatraman “Venki” Ramakrishnan was 19 years old when he left his home in Baroda, India to join the Ohio University community in 1971. A first-year graduate student in physics, he had never dreamed that he would one day earn the Nobel Prize in Chemistry […]

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Posted on 05/04/2019

WOUB Spectrum Interviews Nobel Laureate About His Career

Dr. Venki Ramakrishnan, portrait with ribosome art from bookcover.WOUB Digital’s Spectrum interviewed Nobel Prize laureate and Ohio University alumnus Dr. Venki Ramakrishnan in a story headlined “Royal Society President Explains Ribosomes & Charts His Career for Podcast.” Dr. Venki Ramakrishnan, a molecular biologist, is president of the Royal Society in Great Britain, the same organization formerly headed by Sir […]

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Posted on 05/01/2019

Colloquium | Dr. Venki Ramakrishnan on ‘Termination of Translation in Bacteria and Eukaryotes,’ May 2

Dr. Venki Ramakrishnan, portrait with ribosome art from bookcover.A colloquium features Nobel Prize laureate and Ohio University alumnus Dr. Venki Ramakrishnan discussing “Termination of Translation in Bacteria and Eukaryotes” on Thursday, May 2, at 11 a.m. in the Baker Center Theater. His book Gene Machine: The Race to Decipher the Secrets of the Ribosome will be available for […]

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Posted on 04/01/2019