Black Lives Matter.  The Department of Physics at CWRU joins the call for equality, freedom, and justice for all Black people. These values represent fundamental human rights and present a clear moral imperative for action.  Unjust barriers to the full inclusion of people of color exist at all levels of our society, and we must acknowledge, address, and reverse historical and structural forms of racism.  We condemn the ongoing and pervasive police brutality and violence against Black people, including the murders of Black Americans like Tamir Rice, George Floyd and many others.  We stand with those who call for significant change and reform.  As a department we commit to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for all, to increasing the number of African-Americans, under-represented minorities  and women among our students, faculty and researchers and in STEM fields in general, and to bringing an ever-more diverse and representative set of people into all aspects of our departmental life.  We commit to evaluating our work by its results not by our efforts to achieve them.

Current concrete department-based efforts:
1. APS Bridge Program Partnership Institution (2018-) 
2. APS-IDEA Network inaugural member (2020-)
3. Women in Physics and Astronomy Club (2018-) 

The Department commits to developing, adopting and launching a new strategic plan for diversity, led by its APS-IDEA team, before the end of 2020.

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Physics Team Shares in Rapid Response COVID-19 Research Opportunity Award

Congratulations to Dr. Robert Brown (Co-PI), Dept. of Physics, Dr. Susann Brady-Kalnay (Co-PI) Dept. of Molecular Biology and Microbiology, School of Medicine; Dr. Bob Deissler, Dr. Brian Grimberg and colleagues for being named one of 18 CWRU and affiliated health care system research teams sharing more than $500,000 in...

Making Quantum Acoustic “Earthquake” Waves to Communicate

Michelson Postdoctoral Prize Winner Audrey Bienfait Delivers Lectures on “Quantum Sound” By Lydia Mandell, CWRU (B.A. - English | 2023) We are all familiar with communicating information with acoustic waves, better known as “sound.”  Now, sound has been brought into the quantum realm, where individual quanta of sound can be used...

Physics Finds a Foothold in Remote Dissertations

Department of Physics Students Are First in CWRU History to Defend PhD Theses 100% Remotely By Lydia Mandell,  CWRU (B.A. – English | 2023) Zoom’s Role The Zoom platform may not have meant anything to most people pre-March 2020, but now the program most certainly conjures an image of remote classes, business...

Frosty Foster’s Adventures in Antarctica

4th year CWRU physics graduate student winter-overs at the South Pole By Skylar Danhoff, CWRU (B.S. - Engineering, Engineering Physics | May 2021) March 27 – Day 88 on Ice: “We got our winter-over numbers yesterday; I’m number 1581. This means that (including this year) there have only been about 1600...

CWRU Physics Senior Projects Let Student Researchers Shine

Seniors conduct meaningful research across a variety of subjects By Hannah Messenger, CWRU (B.S. - Physics & B.A. - Music | Dec. 2020) The physics Senior Capstone has existed long before the University made a SAGES capstone a requirement in 2005. In fact, the CWRU Department of Physics started requiring a...

A screenshot from the 2020 CWRU Physics Senior Project Symposium

In Midst of COVID Disruption, CWRU Physics Seniors Present Interdisciplinary Research

Senior Project Symposium Showcases Student Work By Hannah Messenger, CWRU (B.S. - Physics & B.A. - Music | Dec. 2020) “I’m impressed that so many people showed up this morning without donuts supplied by the department,” commented Professor Gary Chottiner, chair of the Senior Project Committee, before pausing the Zoom recording...