K-State Provost Duane Nellis Visits the Physics Department
We invited Provost Duane Nellis to visit our department and share our excitement in ongoing novel research and teaching efforts. Provost Nellis kindly accepted our invitation and the visit was scheduled on Nov 1 from 10-12 in the morning. Two hours is a very long time commitment in Provost Nellis' extremely busy schedule but it is a limited opportunity for us to show him all the exciting work (in both research and teaching) that is going on in this premier department. With input from the Physics Advisory Committee members, I set up a schedule where we focused on his visiting research laboratories and teaching studios.
The visit was extremely successful in highlighting our efforts. For example, the Macdonald laboratory visit provided him with an overview of our nationally ranked Atomic-Molecular-Optical Physics program; the tour of High Energy Physics and Cosmology Lab provided an introduction to how the very small (leptons and quarks) and the very big (the Universe) are intimately connected; and the tour of some condensed matter laboratories provided a firsthand knowledge of our highly acclaimed semiconductor group and the interdisciplinary nature of nanoscience and technology research. We focused on the novel and highly effective teaching efforts in our department while he visited the NSF funded Optics and Engineering Physics Studios and our unique Physics Education group.
It seems like Provost Nellis has enjoyed his visit as evidenced from all the 'cool' photos and his e-mail to me:
Amit--A special thanks to you and your faculty colleagues for the excellent briefing I was provided on key research and teaching initiatives in the Department of Physics. I was very impressed and reminded again of the tremendous quality of our faculty we have in this high priority program at Kansas State University. With continued good wishesóDuane