Partnership for Research and Education in Materials
PCCM Collaborates with California State University - Northridge to Improve Diversity in Materials Science
For the past 5 years, California State University at Northridge (CSUN) has partnered with PCCM through a PREM (Partnership for Research and Education in Materials) award (DMR-0611562 with PI: Nicholas Kioussis, CSUN). The co-PI representing PCCM is Annabella Selloni. CSUN is a minority-serving university, granting degrees through the Master’s level. Each summer, 4-5 CSUN students, supported through the PREM, participate in PCCM’s REU program. In April 29, 2011 PCCM Education Director visited Donna Sheng and Nicholas Kioussis, gave a presentation, met with local teachers and met with CSUN/ REU students. As part of our outreach to minority students we continued partnership with the Mathematics, Engineering, and Science Achievement (MESA) program of California’s community college system. Donna D.N. Sheng, Professor of Physics at CSUN and a Senior Investigator in IRG-A, has co-authored 5 Phys. Rev. Letts. and 4 Phys. Rev. Bs with Duncan Haldane. She recently published a theory of the Nernst and thermopower results in graphene measured by Ong’s group.
In April 2012, CSUN learned that the PREM award has been renewed. The new cycle, led by CSUN faculty Gang Lu, will run from 2012 to 2017. PCCM anticipates forging an even closer collaboration with the new CSUN PREM team.
PCCM director N. P. Ong gave a seminar on Topological Insulators at the Department of Physics, Cal State University, Northridge. Nov. 1, 2012. See the presentation here.
Professor Donna Sheng visited the Department of Physics, Princeton University for 1 week in December, 2014.She gave a seminar reporting numerical evidence for a novel quantum state, the chiral spin-liquid, on the 2D Kagome lattice (see poster).