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Origins Science Scholars Series

"Zombie DNA: Why Do Vistigial Organs and Genes Persist" The Origins Science Scholars Series continues with a talk by Patricia Princehouse, director of the Program in Evolutionary Biology and outreach director of the Institute for the Science of Origins. Princehouse will present “Zombie DNA: Why Do Vestigial Organs and Genes Persist”...

Losing the Nobel Prize: A Cosmic Memoir

As part of the 2018 Homecoming Festivities, CWRU’s College of Arts and Sciences presented a public talk (available on youtube) and book signing with CWRU alumnus and astrophysicist, Dr. Brian Keating (Class of 1993), who also delivered the Department of Physics weekly colloquium. 

2018 Michelson Postdoctoral Prize lectures

The 2018 Michelson Postdoctoral Prize was awarded to Tim Linden for his work bridging Astrophysics and Particle Physics. Dr Linden is currently a Center for Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics fellow at the Ohio State University; he received his PhD from the University of California at Santa Cruz. He will...

Physics department celebrated the 50 years of the Standard Model

SM@50 The Standard Model at 50 Years took place in the Physics Department Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, Ohio, June 1-4, 2018. For more information see: http://artsci.case.edu/smat50/


Department hosted PASCOS 2018

The physics department hosted the 24th International Symposium on Particle, Strings, and Cosmology between June 4-8, 2018. For details see:  http://artsci.case.edu/pascos2018/

Beaming random lasers with soliton control

Article | OPEN | Published: 21 September 2018 Sreekanth Perumbilavil, Armando Piccardi, Raouf Barboza, Oleksandr Buchnev, Martti Kauranen, Giuseppe Strangi  Gaetano Assanto Random lasers are resonator-less light sources where feedback stems from recurrent scattering at the expense of spatial profile and directionality. Suitably-doped nematic liquid crystals can random lase when optically pumped near resonance(s); moreover, through molecular...

Our own Galaxy Spotter in the House!

Meet undergraduate, Chris Carr.  Chris is a rising senior studying physics and astronomy.  See what he spotted on images from the university's Burrell Schmidt telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory in southwest Arizona. Read more: http://thedaily.case.edu/5questions-chris-carr/

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Application Deadlines

Application deadlines:
• Ph.D. program: January 15

• M.S. in Physics and M.S. in Physics Entrepreneurship track programs:

  • May 1 for international students who require a new visa for study in the US (e.g., F-1)
  • August 15 for students who do not require a visa. Admission to the MS programs is on a rolling basis.