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Professor Emeritus Gary Chottiner Reflects on 42 Years of Service

EXCERPT:  Countless faculty members have called Case Western Reserve University their professional home over the years—and recently, the university bid farewell to some of them as they chose to retire. The Daily reached out to faculty members who announced their retirement after more than 40 years of service to the university...

Physics’ Betty Gaffney Awarded 2022 Staff Diversity Excellence Award

Our beloved Betty Gaffney was honored with the 2022 Staff Diversity Excellence Award for her ongoing work to promote a culture of inclusion that encourages relationships and interactions among people of diverse backgrounds within the CWRU Department of Physics and across the university.  Each year, the Office for Inclusion, Diversity and...

Physics, math and music collide in ‘Crystals of Sound’ with Professor Jesse Berezovsky

As seen in The Daily - 4.9.2022 Sunday performance at Cleveland Institute of Music features innovative, real-time compositions from Case Western Reserve University physics professor, CIM instructor Physics, mathematics and music will collide in real time in an unusual joint concert Sunday afternoon at the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM). “Crystals of...

Physicist Lydia Kisley wins National Science Foundation early career award

As seen in The Daily - 3.30.2022 Lydia Kisley focuses on single-molecule microscopy, method to observe how molecules behave on metal surface as it corrodes (This story is one of several about 2022 winners of the NSF CAREER award at Case Western Reserve University.)   Case Western Reserve University physicist Lydia Kisley—whose single-molecule-focused...

Physic’s Harsh Mathur discusses possible nuclear sharing deal with Japan

From The Daily: International Business Times - Physics professor Harsh Mathur broke down the symbolism behind a potential, if unlikely, agreement between the United States and Japan for a nuclear sharing deal, noting that Japan is essentially already under the U.S. “umbrella.” “Placing nuclear weapons in Japan would only have a symbolic effect of...

Before and after images of Supernova 1987A

Real-Time Supernova 187A … on Twitter

  Follow Professor Ben Monreal and students on Twitter to replay the historic February 1987 events showing a supernova, visible to the naked eye, exploding in the sky. Now known as “Supernova 1987A,” it was the first nearby supernova in the era of modern telescopes, cameras, and instrumentation, launching some of...