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Syracuse University, College of Arts and Sciences

Faculty Highlights

Posted on: Dec. 2, 2020


Prof. M. Lisa Manning Named William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of Physics . She was also promoted to full professor and was named Fellow of the American Physical Society, Division of Condensed Matter Physics.


Professor Jack Laiho was promoted to Associate Professor.


The Physics Department has been awarded three CUSE grants to expedite new research directions. The faculty leading these three efforts are Duncan Brown, Jay Hubisz, and Jennifer Ross.

Prof. Stefan Ballmer has been awarded new funding from the National Science Foundation for his experimental work on gravity waves. We are excited about all the new discoveries you will find with the upgraded gravity wave observation apparatus.

Prof. Simon Catterall wins a grant from the Department of Energy to study Quantum Information Science.

Prof. Eric Coughlin awarded a new grant from the National Science Foundation to study the evolution of supermassive black holes.

Prof. Walter Freeman honored for teaching award! Syracuse University highlights Walter’s work here.

Prof. Lisa Manning awarded a new grant from the National Science Foundation to understand active and unstable solids.

Prof. Lisa Manning awarded a new five-year, $2M research grant from the National Institutes of Health to study how physical forces impact organogenesis in zebrafish.

Prof. Liviu Movileanu was awarded an equipment supplement to his funding from the National Institutes of Health.

Prof. Alison Patteson awarded another grant from the National Science Foundation to uncover the physical principles governing emergent collective behavior in the model bacteria, Myxococcus xanthus.

Prof. Alison Patteson awarded a new grant from the National Science Foundation on bacterial biofilms.

Prof. Britton Plourde awarded new funding Air Force and Office of Naval research for potentially game-changing concepts in quantum communications. This initiative was also part of the Innovare Advancement Center’s Quantum U’s Tech Accelerator.

Prof. Jennifer Ross awarded a new grant from the National Science Foundation to create to study active matter at the nano and mesoscales using DNA-origami technology.

Prof. Christian Santangelo named Fellow of the American Physical Society, Division of Soft Matter Physics.

Prof. Mitch Soderberg and Prof. Denver Whittington awarded a new grant from the National Science Foundation to work on neutrinos.

Professor Denver Whittington received NSF CAREER award and is featured on the Arts and Sciences News.


Instructional Lab Manager Sam Sampere and Prof. Walter Freeman presented talks at the American Association for Physics Teachers (AAPT) 2020 virtual summer meeting workshop.

Prof. Marina Artuso and Prof. Simon Catterall were both selected to fulfill important roles at the Frontier of Snowmass 2021, a long-term planning exercise for particle physics in the U.S. whose goal is to make recommendations for directions for US Particle Physics over the next decade. Prof. Artuso co-led the Rare Processes and Precision Measurements meeting and gave a plenary talk at the event. Prof. Catterall served as a topical group convener for Quantum Information Science meeting.

Emeritus Professor, Aiyalam Balachandran appointed to the Governing Board of the School of Theoretical Physics, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies.

BioInspired Institute Awarded NSF Grants to Study Material and Living Systems. Read more on the A&S News.

Professor Liviu Movileanu and Ph.D. Graduate Avinash Thakur presented their research on molecular "fishing” at the Biophysical Society Annual Meeting.


Professor and Chair, Jennifer Ross, had a commentary published at last week on how our research can help support our international students. Check it out here. There was another commentary the day before on a similar topic from Prof. Sara Burke from the Psychology Dept on the same week.

Prof. Lisa Manning and Prof. Jenny Ross were recognized for their recent NSF grants. Find out more SU News story.

LHCb Research Group makes important new discoveries and is highlighted in a recent article from the Cerncourier.

Prof. Sheldon Stone writes an article on the high energy physics experimental group from Syracuse University on the LHCb Collider! Check out the article here (page 46).

Prof. Alison Patteson publishes new paper in BioEssays and got the back cover (picture left). She also had a news article about her science published at the SU News.

Prof. Ballmer is featured in A&S News article Coming Into Focus.