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Wolfgang Losert Named Interim Director of IPST

July 16, 2019. Professor Wolfgang Losert (IPST / Physics / IREAP) has been appointed interim director of the Institute for Physical Science and Technology, effective July 1, 2019. "When I look at our institute, interdisciplinary graduate training really stands out as a major accomplishment."

Losert, who earned his Ph.D. in Physics from the City College of the City University of New York in 1998, will serve in this position while the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences conducts a national search to find a replacement for Christopher Jarzynski, who recently completed his five-year term as director.

American Physical Society awards

October 26, 2018. Christopher Jarzynski, Dave Thirumalai, former IPST postdoc Christina Marchetti and UMD alumnus Jordan Horowitz were among the American Physical Society’s spring 2019 prize and award winners. All four conduct research in statistical physics.

Distinguished University Professor Christopher Jarzynski (IPST / Chemistry and Biochemistry / Physics) has been awarded the 2019 Lars Onsager Prize for "...seminal contributions to non-equilibrium thermodynamics and statistical mechanics that have had remarkable impact on experimental research in single-molecule and biological physics, engendering whole new fields of theoretical, numerical, and laboratory research, as well as for groundbreaking work on the thermodynamics of small systems."

The prize is presented in recognition of outstanding research in theoretical statistical physics including the quantum fluids.

Jarzynski joins IPST Distinguished University Professor Emeritus Michael E. Fisher who received the inaugural Onsager prize in 1995 for "...his numerous and seminal contributions to statistical mechanics, including but not restricted to the theory of phase transitions and critical phenomena, scaling laws, critical exponents, finite size effects, and the application of the renormalization group to many of the above problems."

Pratyush Tiwary is featured in Biochemistry

February 6, 2019. IPST and Chemistry/Biochemistry Assistant Professor Pratyush Tiwary is one of 34 early career biological chemists profiled in Biochemistry’s 2019 special issue "Future of Biochemistry: The International Issue". Tiwary's multi-disciplinary research group aims to "...develop and apply the next generation of all-atom resolution simulation methods, based on statistical mechanics and artificial intelligence, that can transcend time scales from femtoseconds to days".

He joins 2 alumni listed in the 2018 special edition, Bryan Dickinson and Sarah Slavoff who both earned their B.S. degree in Biochemistry in 2005. For more, you can read the College of Computer, Mathematical & Natural Sciences' news release.