Kate O'Neill was selected as one of two speakers for UMD's Big10 Neuroscience Virtual Seminar held on Oct 15, 2021! Her talk's title was "Astrocytes display dynamic actin waves and reoriented actin filaments in response to chemophysical cues" [flyer].

Wolfgang Losert is a project lead for the Data Science Education Community of Practice (DSECOP) team that received a 2021 Innovation Fund award from the American Physical Society.

We enjoyed a outdoor, socially distanced, summer picnic on August 20, 2021!

Samira Aghayee defended her PhD thesis on July 27, 2021. Congratulations Dr. Aghayee!

Lenny Campanello defended his PhD thesis on June 26, 2020. Congratulations Dr. Campanello!

Graduate student Nick Mennona is part of a group organizing an online workshop series "Understanding and Exploring Network Epidemiology in the Time of Coronavirus. [Physics Department Announcement]

We enjoyed our annual summer picnic on July 31, 2019!

Wolfgang Losert was named interim director of the university’s Institute for Physical Science and Technology (IPST), effective July 1, 2019. [Physics Department Announcement]

Lab members organized and volunteered at a "Can You Move Like a Cell" demonstration at the 2019 Maryland Day.

Several members of the lab gave presentations at the 2019 APS March Meeting in Boston.

John Giannini defended his PhD thesis on Dec 14, 2018. Congratulations Dr. Giannini!

Sylvester Gates was recognized as a Biosafety All-Star by the UMD Department of Environmental Safety, Sustainability & Risk. Congratulations Sylvester! [PDF of Annoucement]

We enjoyed our end-of-summer picnic on August 23, 2018!

Desu Chen defended his PhD thesis on Aug 13, 2018. Congratulations Dr. Chen!

Congratlations to Leonard Campanello, who was named an Outstanding Graduate Assistant by the Graduate School! [Announcement in UMD Physics Department News]

Yang Shen defended her PhD thesis on May 7, 2018. Congratulations Dr. Shen!

Thank you to Deborah Hemingway for updating our group photo (April 11, 2018)!

Deborah Hemingway defended her PhD thesis on April 5, 2018. Congratulations Dr. Hemingway!

Professor Wolfgang Losert was elected a fellow of the American Physical Society for his imaginative studies of complex living systems, and for numerous contributions to understanding dynamical properties of complex systems at the convergence of physics, materials science, and biology. [Announcement in UMD Physics Department News]

We took part in the Department of Astronomy's viewing of the the 2017 eclipse.

We enjoyed our our end-of-summer picnic despite the extreme heat (July 19, 2017)!

Professor Wolfgang Losert was an invited keynote speaker at the Frontiers of Mathematical Oncology conference.

Deborah Hemingway was a poster winner at Bioscience Day 2016 for her poster titled "Incorporating Research-Based, Biologically-Authentic Physics Problems in IPLS"! Congratulations, Deborah!

October 17, 2016: Dr. Wolfgang Losert and Dr. Stuart Martin presented work from the lab at the 9th Annual UMD-UMB Research and Innovation Seed Program and Reception.

Thank you to Deborah Hemingway for updating our group photo (October 12, 2016)!

EChO Ory defended her PhD thesis on July 29, 2016. Congratulations, Dr. Ory!

Rachel Lee defended her PhD thesis on July 27, 2016. Congratulations Dr. Lee!

July 5, 2016 CMNS News: Physics Professor Wolfgang Losert Named College's Associate Dean for Research, Faculty Affairs and Graduate Education

Chenlu Wang defended her PhD thesis on June 6, 2016. Congratulations Dr. Wang!

The 2016 MATLAB Bootcamp has been announced!

Sept 28, 2015: Nanostructured Surfaces Give Cells a Ticket to Ride

We had a great time at our end-of-summer picnic (Aug 19, 2015)!

Professor Wolfgang Losert has been named interim associate dean for faculty affairs and graduate education in CMNS effective August 15, 2015. Read more in the CMNS news.

Xiaoyu Sun defended her PhD thesis on May 7, 2015. Congratulations Dr. Sun!

Thank you to Deborah Hemingway for updating our group photo (April 29, 2015)!

Joshua Parker defended his PhD thesis on April 13, 2015. Congratulations Dr. Parker!

Matt Harrington defended his PhD thesis on April 9, 2015. Congratulations Dr. Harrington!

Kerstin Nordstrom was quoted in PNAS's Inner Workings about her postdoctoral work on RoboClam.

UMD and NIH Researchers Receive $1.7M BRAIN Grant to Investigate How Crowds of Neurons Process Sensory Information

Wolfgang Losert will serve as Interim Associate Dean for Research in the College of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences (CMNS). Additional details are available in the Physics Department's News from the Chair.

Can Guven defended his PhD thesis on July 8, 2014. Congratulations Dr. Guven!

Graduate student Rachel Lee was profiled by LabTV as part of project to interest high school students in science. Kai Keefe, the University of Maryland undergraduate student who produced the video, was honored at the Tribeca Film Festival for his work!

Postdoctoral researcher Kerstin Nordstrom's work on granular flows near an undersea digging robot, RoboClam, was featured in the Los Angeles Times, in Science News, in the Physics Central Buzz Blog, an in the BBC News (Radio Version).

Fall 2012: Thank you to Deborah Hemingway for taking our group photo!

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