Welcome to the University of Florida physics department's most recent in-depth articles on faculty, staff, students, and alumni. We also feature articles on activities and events in the department. We hope you find these items interesting, informative, and maybe even useful.

Alumni Profile

Cristina Marchetti

In a career spanning 30 years at Syracuse University, Dr. Cristina Marchetti has been a department chair, distinguished professor, endowed academic chair, APS Fellow, AAAS Fellow, and leader in both theoretical and applied physics institutes from coast to coast.

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Faculty Profile

Mark Meisel

What would you rather do – drill water wells or study physics? UF physics professor Dr. Mark Meisel has tried both and would definitely recommend the latter.

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Staff Profile

Art Greenberg

It all started when Art was age thirteen with his love for amateur (ham) radio. Plying the airwaves and pulling in faint signals so he could talk with strangers from around the world made it an exciting and fairly exotic hobby for a teenager.

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Student Profile

Daniel Brooker

Growing up in a suburb outside of Columbus, Ohio, young Daniel came from a family of scientists – his father was a biologist and his grandfather an atomic chemist.

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Project Profile

Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory

According to Einstein’s theory, from back in 1915, gravitational waves should be out there.

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Faculty Profile

Hai-Ping Cheng

When UF Professor Hai-Ping Cheng was growing up in Shanghai, nothing could have prepared her for what happened in the second grade.

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Staff Profile

John Mocko

John Mocko always knew he didn’t want a desk job. In 1985, as a UF undergraduate majoring in physics education, he designed his own Independent Study course in physics demonstrations.

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Faculty Profile

Art Hebard

Graphene and buckyballs (both unusual forms of carbon) are just two of the substances that fascinate the University of Florida’s Art Hebard, a Distinguished Professor of Physics.

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Faculty Profile

Pierre Ramond

The quest to explain literally everything, i.e., how to harmonize the principles of quantum mechanics on the atomic scale to those of general relativity on the cosmic scale, led Pierre Ramond to play a major role in the development of superstring theory.

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Student Profile

Maria Viitaniemi

As an incoming freshman at the University of Florida, Maria Viitaniemi was a chemical engineering major on a pre-health track. However, she soon turned her interest to physics.

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Alumni Profile

Ron Turner

Dr. Ron Turner (BS ’77, MS ’78) is definitely a product of the space age. His father was a NASA technician during the Apollo program.

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