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As early as 2030, engineers and robots from Earth could begin construction on FarView, an astronomical observatory that would expand over 200 square kilometers of the Moon’s surface—almost entirely using materials mined from the Moon itself.
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Physics concentrator Lucas Brito was recently awarded a prestigious Goldwater scholarship. Goldwater Scholarships are awarded to second- or third-year students planning research careers in mathematics, the natural sciences or engineering.
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The Physics Department is pleased to announce that Daniel Li was honored with a Graduate Student Leader of the Year Award by the Student Activities Office (SAO) in the Leung Gallery of the Campus Center on May 3rd. Daniel was one of three recipients of the award for 2023.
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Dean of the Faculty Leah Van Wey announced that Vesna Mitrović, L. Herbert Ballou University Professor of Physics and Engineering, will assume the position of Chair of the Department of Physics on July 1, 2023.
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Physics PhD student Shayan Lame successfully defended her thesis "Electrokinetic Noise Driven Dynamics of DNA Molecules and Dynamics of Nanoparticles in Diffusivity Gradients" on Friday, March 24th.
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The Brooke Owens Fellowship—a nationally-acclaimed nonprofit program recognizing exceptional undergraduate women and gender minorities with space and aviation internships, senior mentorship, and a lifelong professional network—announces its Class of 2023 Brooke Owens Fellows.
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2023 APS CUWiP at Brown

2023 CUWiP at Brown

Professor Vesna Mitrovic opened the 2023 CUWiP at Brown on Friday evening with introductory remarks, including a reflection of Dr. Meenakshi Narain’s impact on women in physics: “There isn’t anybody better that you should aim to be like.”
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News from Brown

Passages: Professor of Physics Meenakshi Narain

A renowned physicist who collaborated with researchers globally and mentored young scientists exploring physics careers, Narain spent 15 years on the Brown faculty and was the first woman to chair the physics department.
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Meenakshi Narain, 1964-2023

It is with deep sadness that we inform you that our colleague and friend, Meenakshi Narain, passed away on January 1, 2023. Meenakshi joined the Brown University Department of Physics faculty in 2007 and served as the first woman to chair the department beginning on July 1, 2022.
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Quanta Magazine

Asymmetry Detected in the Distribution of Galaxies

New experimental findings bolster Stephon Alexander's 2006 theory that suggested that Chern-Simons gravity could also potentially solve one of the biggest mysteries in cosmology: why our universe contains more matter than antimatter. Alexander's theory predicted that the Chern-Simons interaction could have yielded a relative abundance of left-handed gravitons, which would, in turn, preferentially create left-handed matter over right-handed antimatter.
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Imagine

Imagine 2022, News From Brown Physics

The Fall 2022 edition of Imagine, Brown University's Department of Physics magazine, is here. In this issue, you will learn about the latest cutting-edge research being done in our department, as well as stories about our students, alumni, and more.
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As a software engineer intern, Allen Dufort is supporting a Brown physicist’s NASA-funded project to help build a telescope that will enable the study of distant planets.
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Assistant Professor of Physics Jia (Leo) Li published "Zero-field superconducting diode effect in small-twist-angle trilayer graphene" in Nature Physics. Co-authors include Phum (Gene) Siriviboon Sc.B. '22, and Brown Postdoctoral Research Associate Jiangxiazi Lin.
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