Indiana University scientist named American Physical Society fellow

Indiana University professor J. Timothy Londergan has been elected as a fellow in the Division of Nuclear Physics of the American Physical Society, the pre-eminent organization of physicists in the United States. An emeritus professor in the IU Bloomington College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Physics, Londergan was honored for his “work on approximate […]

IU physicist played early role in history of Nobel Prize-winning theory

A physicist at Indiana University played an important role in the history of the work of two scientists honored by today’s Nobel Prize in Physics. The winners of the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics are David J. Thouless, Michael Kosterlitz and F. Duncan M. Haldane, who were recognized Oct. 4 for theoretical discoveries of topological […]

Indiana University physicists playing key roles in quest for new particles

The building blocks that make up the elements on the periodic table are straightforward. Atoms are composed of protons, neutrons and electrons. But two of those particles – neutrons and protons – haven’t been considered elementary particles since the 1960s. They’re hadrons, composed of three quarks: subatomic particles that come in six “flavors,” up, down, top, […]

IU scientists, alumni among winners of 2016 Breakthrough Prize in Physics

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has been in the news this week for the announcement that he and his wife will give 99 percent of their wealth to charity over the course of their lives. But this isn’t the tech entrepreneur’s first foray into philanthropy. He and other leaders at tech giants such as Google and […]

La traviata vs. Grand Theft Auto: How will scientists referee the cultural cage match?

Last week Clifford Lynch, executive director of the Coalition for Networked Information, kicked off an impressive run of technology-oriented speakers here at IU Bloomington that continues next week with Google’s Blaise Agüera y Arcas on Monday and Research Data Alliance chair Fran Berman on Tuesday. It goes to show you timing is everything … like […]

Scientists confirm beautiful nano-butterflies, predicted decades ago by Hofstadter

Butterflies were in the news last week. Hofstadter butterflies that is – the self-similar patterns of electrons in a magnetic field that Indiana University distinguished professor Douglas Hofstadter predicted to exist in 1976, shortly after Hofstadter had received his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Oregon. Hofstadter’s nearly 40-year-old prediction of one of the […]

Science at Work: A rare science story with “legs,” and IU’s Ogren carrying the baton

The news media love stories with “legs,” those gifts that just keep on giving, keep on going, and in science news – short of the natural disaster – they come few and far between. Take the sports cliché, “You’re only as good as your last game,” and replace “game” with “research paper” and you get […]

Science at Work: IU’s IT plan is working … again and again

It wasn’t exactly a shocker when the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Energy announced last week that IU would receive $3.82 million as the university’s share in a $27 million second round of funding for the Open Science Grid, initiated in 2008 with $30 million from NSF and DOE to advance state-of-the-art […]