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NSF Dark Matter Research Project
NSF Dr. Orin Harris and collaborators from Indiana University South Bend and Penn State University were awarded a $770,500 grant to develop and mantain software for the PICO collaboration.
ead more details about this announcement in the following link.
Dr. Acioli earns Northeastern research professor award
Acioli Professor of Physics Paulo Acioli has been honored with Northeastern Illinois Universitys 2018 Bernard J. Brommel Distinguished Research Professor award. Bernard J. Brommel, Professor Emeritus of Communication, Media and Theatre, established the award to be given annually to the tenured or tenure-track member of the Northeastern faculty who best demonstrates excellence in research and scholarship. link .

Dr. Orin Harris and Three Students Visit SNOLAB
SNOLAB SNOLAB Northeastern Illinois University Assistant Professor of Physics Orin Harris, and three of his students, Karl Amjad-Ali, Patrick Dowdle, and Sam Pate, attended a collboration meeting at SNOLAB. SNOLAB is a research lab 2 miles underground in Canada that is focused in the direct detection of dark matter. For more information about SNOLAB and Dark Matter research visit Dr. Harris's webpage in the following link .

This vist was made possible through the financial support provided by the NEIU Physics Foundation and the College of Arts and Sciences Indirect Funds.
Undergaduate Student Posts Videos of The Tocal Solar Eclipse on Facebook
SNOLAB Northeastern Illinois University Undergraduate Student Brian Urban posted videos of the Aug. 21, 2017 total solar eclipse from Chester IL. To check the postings visit the NEIU Physics Facebook page.

Paulo Acioli Published in Journal of Physical Chemistry C
NSF Northeastern Illinois University Physics Professor and Department Chair Paulo Acioli published in collaboration with his Argonne National Laboratory Collaborator Julius Jellinek a new article "Theoretical Analysis of Photoelectron Spectra of Pure and Mixed Metal Clusters: Disentangling Size, Structure and Composition Effects" in the prestigious Journal of Physical Chemistry C. In this article Acioli and Jellinek propose a new method to analyze experimental photo-electron spectra using state of the art density functional theory computations. In this analysis they were able to explain the remarkable difference in spectra on atomic clusters that differ by a single atom in terms of size, structure and composition effects. This methodology, together with advances in synthesis techniques, will become an indispensable computation-based aid in the design of controlled synthesis protocols for manufacture of nanosystems and nanodevices with precisely desired electronic properties and characteristics.
The full article can be found online at the Journal's website .
NSF-IUSE Peer Enhanced Experiential Research in STEM (PEERS) Project
NSF The PEERS project funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) program is a collaborative project involving the departments of Physics, Earth Science, Chemistry, Computer Science and Mathematics at NEIU to increase student engagement in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). The PEERS project seeks to advance the research skills of undergraduate majors through the inclusion of hands-on research activities, expansion of computer simulations, and most importantly, through the use of peer mentors to facilitate these activities, in the introductory courses in Chemistry, Earth Science, Physics, Mathematics, and Computer Science. The project involves Professors Paulo Acioli (Principal Investigator, Physics), Elisabet Head (Earth Science), Joseph Hibdon (Math), Ken Nicholson (Chemistry), Sudha Srinivas (Physics), Rachel Trana (Computer Science), Lidia Filus(Mathematics), and Marcelo Sztainberg (Computer Science). More information about the project can be found here.
Lunar Eclipse Viewing on September 27, 2015
The NEIU Chapter of the Society of Physics Students together with Faculty from Physics hosted a viewing party of the supermoon eclipse on September 27, 2015 on the top floor of the Main Campus parking garage. Additional pictures can be found in the NEIU Physics facebook page.
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