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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Prof. Pavel Fileviez Perez to host virtual workshop “BLV circa 2020”

  We are pleased to announce that Prof. Pavel Fileviez Perez will host on July 6-8, 2020, a virtual workshop “BLV circa 2020” in the CWRU Department of Physics as part of Snowmass 2021. Postdoctoral scholar Alexis Plascencia and graduate students Clara Murgui and Elliot Golias serve on the workshop...

Celebrating the life of Keith Robinson

Keith Robinson played an important role in physics education and research at CWRU for 36 years. He arrived in Cleveland in July 1966 to assume leadership of a new high energy physics group being formed at Western Reserve University as a result of a National Science Foundation Centers of...

Physics admin Betty Gaffney and other members of the Juneteenth Committee of the African American Campus Community Resource Group share informational slides

The Juneteenth Committee of the African American Campus Community Resource Group has worked on a virtual/digital Juneteenth Celebration Friday, June 19. Members of the campus community can view slides that includes multifaceted information on slavery in the United States, voting rights, protesting/rioting/looting and other pertinent current issues.  

Congratulations to Diana Driscoll, 2020 Carl F. Wittke Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Recipient

Diana Driscoll likes to ask her students, “Why do we care?” The inspiration for that challenge came from a former student who ended each class by asking her that same question.  “He was not being disrespectful,” she said. “He really wanted to understand the connection between physics and real life.” Driscoll...

Congratulations to Ken Singer, 2020 Faculty Distinguished Research Award Recipient

Four Named Winners of Faculty Distinguished Research Award For the past 15 years, Research ShowCASE has brought the Case Western Reserve University community together to celebrate remarkable inventions, solutions and discoveries of research. In recent years at this event, the university has recognized outstanding faculty contributions with the Faculty Distinguished...

Nominations Are Invited for the 24th Annual Michelson Postdoctoral Prize

Nominations are invited for the 24th annual Michelson Postdoctoral Prize Lectureship to be held Fall 2020 in the Department of Physics, Case Western Reserve University. The prize is awarded annually to a postdoctoral scholar active in any field of physics. The winner will spend one week in residence at...