Kyle Mandli, assistant professor in applied physics and applied mathematics, was named to a new interdisciplinary program from the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). He is one of nine early career faculty members from U.S. universities chosen to work with NCAR scientists to investigate the impact of climate change and natural hazards on coastal areas with the goal of building greater societal resilience.
Simon Billinge, Professor of Materials Science and Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics, along with a team of scientists from UC Berkeley, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and Brookhaven National Laboratory, have made important progress in understanding one of the most promising artificial photosynthesis catalysts, cobalt oxide. Their findings were published in PNAS.
Adam Sobel, Professor of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematicsand of Earth and Environmental Sciences, was recently featured on Sea Change Radio, a nationally syndicated weekly radio show and podcast. Sobel discussed the difference between climate and weather, the importance of accurate forecasts in the age of extreme weather, and dispelled myths about climate scientists.
Congratulations to Michal Lipson, the Eugene Higgins Professor of Electrical Engineering and Professor of Applied Physics, for her election into the National Academy of Sciences! Lipson pioneered critical building blocks in the field of Silicon Photonics, which today is recognized as one of the most promising directions for solving the major bottlenecks in microelectronics. She was awarded the MacArthur Fellow, the Blavatnik Award, the Optical Society’s R.W. Wood Prize, the IEEE Photonics Award, the NAS Comstock Prize in Physics, and an honorary degree from Trinity College, University of Dublin.
A team of scientists from Columbia Engineering and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory, led by Prof. Oleg Gang, has shown that cube-shaped nanoparticles, or nanocubes, coated with single-stranded DNA chains assemble into an unusual “zigzag” arrangement that has never been observed before at the nanoscale or macroscale. Their discovery was reported in the May 17 online issue of Sciences Advances.