November 2017 Newsletter

Student Spotlight – Gary Uppal

Gary Uppal is a fourth year working with Dervis Vural. Gary’s research mainly involves population dynamics and understanding how cooperation might evolve in biological systems. The evolution of cooperation is still an active area of research, since social systems are always susceptible to exploitation by cheaters. In particular, he has been studying the effects of fluid dynamical forces on the social evolution of microbes. Originally from California, Gary did his undergrad at UC Davis. He first wanted to go into astronomy after reading a book on the solar system in the third grade, and later changed his interests to high energy physics and then to statistical physics. He enjoys collecting – and occasionally reading – books, traveling, live music, practicing meditation, and spending time with family and friends. After graduation, he wants to find a job either in academia or industry where he can continue to do research and continue to learn.

Game Night

Join GPS for a game night immediately following the Happy Hour this Thursday in NSH 202. We will provide pizza and other refreshments. Bring your favorite games to play!

Traditional Festival Celebration

Come taste some traditional teas and sweets in celebration of Diwali and the Mid-Autumn Festival.

October 2017 Newsletter

Student Spotlight – Michael Planar

Michael is a seventh year graduate student working for Professor Colin Jessop. He spent a few years measuring the properties of the Higgs boson through its decay into two photons as measured by the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) at the Large Hadron Collider. He also spent a few years working on the Electromagnetic Calorimeter for the CMS. This impressive assembly of crystal and electronics allows for precise measurement of photon and electron energy in the CMS and is especially important for the analysis that Michael performs. He chose to work with Prof. Jessop and the CMS detector because they use cutting edge technology and analysis techniques. Michael spent the last 4 years living in France and working at CERN in Switzerland. He enjoys swimming, playing card/board/video games, and helping out at his family farm in Minnesota.  After graduating from the University of Notre Dame, Michael plans to move into industry where he hopes to continue developing new hardware and innovative analysis techniques.

Football Night

Food, Fun, and Learn!!

Come cheer and shout for our Notre Dame Football team  when they will be playing with our historic rival Michigan State University, while watching the game LIVE ON SCREEN on campus with your fellow friends.  PIZZA will be provided, please bring snacks or drinks to share. If you want further more to know about the rules and techniques of the games, come earlier to learn and practice with your fellow friends at 7:00 p.m on the same day.  We are sure it will be a lot of fun.

This Saturday, NSH 184

Unofficial Happy Hour – TONIGHT!

Resume Preparation & Interview Techniques Seminar

Come join us for a professional development seminar hosted with the Chemistry Department!


Due to the impending thunderstorm this afternoon, the Welcome Back BBQ has been postponed until Friday. There will be more details when we get closer to the event.

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