News archive: 2012

Yearly listings of School news.

Post-grad stories: Karoline Selbach, Particle Physics Experiment group

21 December 2012
Karoline Selbach, a PhD student in the School's Particle Physics Experiment group, talks about researching the Higgs boson at CERN and explaining the mystery of music.

Symposium: Particle Physics at the crossroads

14 December 2012
The University is hosting a particle physics symposium in New Delhi, India to discuss the recent developments at the LHC, in particular the recent detection of a Higgs Boson candidate.

Astronomers shed new light on cosmic dawn

11 December 2012
University of Edinburgh astronomers have used the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope to reveal a population of primitive galaxies that formed more than 13 billion years ago, when the Universe was less than 4% of its present age.

A new theory of scalar gravity: star experiment on ISOLDE

06 December 2012
Alex Murphy of the Edinburgh Nuclear Physics group is part of an experiment at CERN which could allow a new theory of scalar gravity to be tested.

Revealing the secrets of glass formation

03 December 2012
School Researcher Dr James Drewitt is part of a team that has - for the first time - obtained a complete picture of the in situ structure of fragile glass-forming liquids at very high temperature. The results are published in Physical Review Letters.

Student Awards and Prizes

21 November 2012
Congratulations to all our students who received medals and certificates in recognition of outstanding marks achieved during the 2011/12 academic year.

New insights into rare isotope production in classical novae

14 November 2012
Study published in Physical Review Letters puts firmer constraints on the amount of 18F that can be produced.

MSc in High Performance Computing: UK/EU Master's Scholarships

13 November 2012
The School of Physics & Astronomy offers up to two Master's scholarships in High Performance Computing (HPC) for the 2013-2014 academic session.

"Cosmic GDP" crashes 97% as star formation slumps

07 November 2012
Study finds that star production in the Universe has been continuously declining over the last 11 billion years.

Dark riddle of the Universe is focus of global contest

01 November 2012
People around the world are invited to help solve one of the Universe's enduring mysteries.

Supercomputing for everyone

25 October 2012
EPCC demonstrated the power and utility of supercomputers at the British Science Festival in Aberdeen and Bang Goes The Borders in Melrose.

Postgrad Open Day: Friday 23 November 2012

24 October 2012
Prospective postgrad students are warmly invited to visit the School during the next Open Day.

Peter Higgs awarded medal by Royal Society of Edinburgh

18 October 2012
Specially-commissioned medal recognises Prof. Higgs' outstanding work.

Royal Society appoints two University Research Fellows from School of Physics

16 October 2012
Andy Buckley and Jennifer Smillie, both researchers in the Institute for Particle and Nuclear Physics, are among 36 UK scientists chosen for their potential to become leaders in their chosen fields.

SUPA Prize PhD Studentships

04 October 2012
Up to 15 fully-funded Prize PhD Studentships and over 100 other funded PhD places available in Physics in Scotland.

Paramagnetic and glass transitions in sudoku

04 October 2012
Fourth Year undergraduate project work published in Physical Review.

Modelling of bacteria sheds light on drug-resistance

19 September 2012
Research paper published in Physical Review Letters.

2012 Tait Medallists announced

30 August 2012
Congratulations to Alastair Heffernan, Vladimir Prochazka and Mara Ungureanu.

Mathematical Physics graduate awarded Fulbright scholarship

20 August 2012
Mathematical Physics graduate Alastair Heffernan is the only physicist among this year's Fulbright Commission Postgraduate scholars. He tells us how he won this prestigious scholarship.

COSMIC post-grad wins SUPA prize for E. coli study

10 August 2012
Alexander McVey awarded prize for his presentation on drug resistance in bacteria.

Industrial research: the science of chocolate

12 July 2012
Elena Blanco is investigating particle dispersion in chocolate making.

University supports new Theoretical Physics research

09 July 2012
Peter Higgs' achievements recognised with new Higgs Centre for Theoretical Physics.

Higgs search finds new particle

04 July 2012
Scientists at Cern have announced results giving the strongest indication yet that the Higgs boson particle exists.

Euclid mission jumps final hurdle

22 June 2012
University takes a leading role in the largest astronomical collaboration in history.

Student industrial placement report

15 June 2012
Thomas Scheler, a PhD student in the Extreme Conditions group of the Institute for Condensed Matter, describes his placement at Edinburgh Instruments Ltd.

School nuclear physicists' paper published in Physical Review Letters

13 June 2012
In the latest issue of the prestigious Physical Review Letters journal, School nuclear physicists report on the measurement of a nuclear reaction that is key to the understanding of type I X-ray bursts.

Art meets science in the search for exoplanets

31 May 2012
Two documentaries that tell the stories of planet hunters are touring Scotland.

Award supports School research into student learning

24 May 2012
The School's Dr Judy Hardy has won a Higher Education Academy Doctoral Programme award.

Research: simulating Mars on Earth

07 May 2012
Recently-appointed Research Fellow Derek Martin will be investigating the potential for microbial life on Mars.

Black hole caught red-handed in a stellar homicide

02 May 2012
British Astronomers have helped to gather the most direct evidence yet of a supermassive black hole shredding a star that wandered too close.

$1.2m grant for biophysics research

17 April 2012
International team will investigate self assembly of bacterial cells.

Asteroid craters on Earth give clues in search for life on Mars

17 April 2012
Craters made by asteroid impacts may be the best place to look for signs of life on other planets, a study suggests.

LHC begins 2012 with a world record in collision energy

11 April 2012
LHC physics data-taking gets underway with new record collision energy of 8 TeV

Kristel Torokoff wins student teaching award

10 April 2012
'Reliable and dedicated teacher' receives EUSA's Simon Van Heyningen Award for Teaching in Science and Engineering.

New phase of dense hydrogen discovered

03 April 2012
Graphene-like mixed atomic-molecular state points towards the metallization of hydrogen

Supercomputers help explain why Universe has almost no anti-matter

29 March 2012
A calculation that took 54 million processor hours leads to new understanding of kaon decay.

A billion stars revealed

27 March 2012
Astronomers release 150-billion pixel image of the Milky Way.

Wild youth of the Universe revealed by new SCUBA-2 camera

26 March 2012
New study of cosmic star-formation history looks back to Universe's lively youth.

Looking deep into the cosmos

21 March 2012
University-led team releases the widest deep view of the sky ever made using infrared light.

MSc in High Performance Computing: Virtual Open Days

20 March 2012
Our Virtual Open Days are a great opportunity to find out what it's like to study with us.

Innovative Learning Week at the University

19 March 2012
Our first ever week of experimental learning.

MSc in HPC: Cluster Building Challenge

13 March 2012
Our MSc students were recently set a ‘scrapheap challenge’ to put together small-scale parallel machines completely from scratch, using Open Source software and a range of otherwise unwanted computing and networking hardware.

Peter Higgs receives the Edinburgh Award

27 February 2012
Professor Peter Higgs, emeritus of the School, presented with the 2011 Edinburgh Award.

Releasing Zero-Point Energy

20 February 2012
School research published in top Physics journal Physical Review Letters.

Open data in science fellowships

15 February 2012
Panton Fellowships offer £8,000 to scientists who promote open data in science. Apply now!

Minister launches next generation of supercomputers for UK researchers

14 February 2012
HECToR and BlueGene/Q: the next chapter in the UK’s supercomputing programme.

L'Oréal-UNESCO's For Women in Science programme

01 February 2012
Applications for the 2012 UK & Ireland Fellowship cycle open on 1 February 2012.

School astronomers honoured by RAS awards

23 January 2012
Congratulations to the ROE astronomers who were honoured in the recent set of awards given out by the Royal Astronomical Society.

Science Education Research distance learning courses launched

20 January 2012
School to offer two innovative professional development courses for educators involved in the design and delivery of science teaching.

Postdoctoral and Early Career Researcher Exchanges

20 January 2012
The SUPA Graduate School requests applications for Postdoctoral and Early Career Researcher exchanges with Europe, North America, China and India.

We're recruiting

12 January 2012
The School of Physics & Astronomy is recruiting lecturers.

Astronomers reach new frontiers of dark matter

09 January 2012
Astronomers map dark matter on the largest scale ever observed.

City of Edinburgh honours Peter Higgs

09 January 2012
Professor Emeritus Peter Higgs has been given the City of Edinburgh Council's 2011 Edinburgh Award.