Two of the Department's smaller classes this semester (PHYS 110B and 250) have been testing the waters of meeting in the brand new upper-floor classrooms of the recently fully-opened Interdisciplinary Science Building (ISB). These classrooms "belong" to the College of Professional and Global Education, but College of Science instructors have gotten permission to use the classrooms when they would otherwise be empty. There are whiteboards in front and back, and a dedicated desktop computer with a touch screen, projector, Zoom access, and webcams, and the view is spectacular!
Assistant Professors Gina Quan and Brianne Gutmann have received $57k from the National Science Foundation as part of grant entitled "Collaborative Research: Evaluating Access: How a Multi-Institutional Network Promotes Equity and Cultural Change through Expanding Student Voice." The award amount, consisting of $895k in total, has been shared across five institutions. It continues Quan and Gutmann's work with the Access Network, a research-practice community of students, faculty, and staff across the country working toward a more diverse, equitable, inclusive, and accessible STEM community.
Assistant Professor Brianne Gutmann has been elected as an APS-AAPT Member-at-Large. The position was granted as an internal election within the APS Forum on Education. The American Physical Society (APS) is the preeminent professional organization for physicists in the United States, and is engaged in widespread conference organization and facilitation. It also oversees the publication of important journals in physics including Physical Review Letters. The American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) is the nation's most prominent educationally oriented professional organization in physics. Congratulations, Dr. Gutmann!
A session at the March Meeting of the American Physical Society this year features invited speakers from the leading research groups in the world studying the behavior of atoms cooled to temperatures one billion times colder than outer space. These experiments can be used to emulate exotic superconductors, magnetic systems, and topological materials. Dr. Eduardo Ibarra Garcia Padilla, a SJSU Postdoctoral Scholar, is a member of the group of Prof. Ehsan Khatami, and is involved in quantum simulation and machine learning studies of cold atoms. He has been invited to chair the session.