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Physics explains the natural world in the most universal manner possible. Physicists look for the hidden symmetries that underlie and govern the multitude of phenomena in the world around us. Our department has active research programs in areas ranging from theoretical astrophysics and observational astronomy to complex systems, condensed matter physics, atomic, molecular and optical physics, and high-energy physics.

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Prof. Mayda Velasco Wins the Dean's Award for Diversity

January 15, 2015 - Prof. Mayda Velasco has been awarded the Graduate School's Dean's Award for Diversity.  The award recognizes Prof. Velasco's strong impact on the Graduate School's aim to become a national leader in diversifying our population of enrolled students, as well as fostering best practices for recruiting, retaining, and encouraging the success of underrepresented minority students.


Fall 2014 Department Newsletter

Read the lastest issue Dimensions here.



Department Bids Fond Farewell to Prof. Heidi Schellman

After 24 years in the Department Prof. Heidi Schellman has accepted a position as Professor and Chair of the Department of Physics at Oregon State University.  Prof. Schellman chaired the Department from 2010-2014. The move to Oregon brought her to live nearby family members, but she will be missed at Northwestern.

Prof. Sara Solla Named APS Fellow

December 17, 2014 - Prof. Sara Solla was recently named a 2014 fellow of the American Physical Society.  Her citation is for "applications of statistical physics to problems concerning learning, adaptation, and information coding in neural systems."

Read about all the 2014 APS fellows here.



January 15, 2015