- The Senate Commerce Committee approved the nomination today for Christopher Hart to serve as chairman of the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board.
- Lex Smits will be the next Editor-in-Chief of the AIAA Journal. He will assume this leadership position on January 12, 2015. Congratulations Lex!
- Professor Emily Carter has been named a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, which honors academic inventors whose inventions have made a tangible impact on society.
- After several years of creating these photographic prints, Mr. Button was curious about the underlying science of what was going on. Mr. Button typed "fluid mechanics" and "art" into Google. Up popped a list of search results that included Dr. Howard Stone.
Katharine Jensen will present "Surface Tension and the Mechanics of Soft Materials" at 3:30 pm in Bowen Rm 222
Surface tension is usually neglected in solid mechanics because elasticity dominates the mechanical response of stiff materials. However, for very compliant solids, the surface tension can compete with and even dominate over the elastic response.
The talk will describe the deeper understanding of the effects of strong fields on atomic and molecular physics made possible by his invention of high-power short-pulse X-ray lasers based on optical-field multiphoton ionization.
Prof. William Irvine will be presenting "The Life of a Vortex Knot: Linking Coiling and Twisting Across Scales" at 3:30 pm in Bowen Hall Rm 222