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[Effective August 20, 2018]


APS, AAAS Fellowship & Other External Recognitions Committee

Brad Cox (Chair)
Gordon Cates (Member)
Nilanga Liyanage (Member)
Despina Louca (Member)
Diana Vaman (Member)

Atomic Physics Seminars

Peter Schauss (Chair)

Chair’s Advisory Committee

This committee advises the Chair and Department on standards for faculty hiring and tenure/promotion, research activities for merit raises, and promotion of faculty for awards and recognitions.

Despina Louca (Chair)
Bob Hirosky (Member)
Israel Klich (Member)
Olivier Pfister (Member)
Diana Vaman (Member)
Nilanga Liyanage (Ex-Officio)

Colloquia and Special Lectures Committee

This committee is responsible for the Friday Colloquia and Hoxton Lecture as well as any other special lectures.

Cass Sackett (Chair)
Bob Hirosky (Member)
Israel Klich (Member)
Seunghun Lee (Member)
Simonetta Liuti (Member)
Marija Vucelja (Member)
Nilanga Liyanage (Ex-Officio)

Condensed Matter Seminars

Jeffrey Teo (Chair)

Committee on Diversity and Inclusion

Extending beyond faculty and staff search, this committee is responsible for recommending ways to increase the diversity in the department and ways to create a more welcoming environment.

Xiaochao Zheng (Chair)
Gordon Cates (Member)
Bob Hirosky (Member)
Israel Klich (Member)
Cass Sackett (Member)

Faculty Associates for Lower Division Advising

These faculty members serve as advisors to first and second year students in Arts and Sciences.

Lou Bloomfield (Advisor (Alternate))
P.Q. Hung (Advisor (Fall Semester))
Chris Neu (Advisor (Fall Semester))
Maxim Bychkov (Advisor)
Brad Cox (Advisor)
Donal Day (Advisor)
Craig Dukes (Advisor)
Eugene Kolomeisky (Advisor)
Simonetta Liuti (Advisor)
Despina Louca (Advisor)
Rick Marshall (Advisor)
Joe Poon (Advisor)
Bellave Shivaram (Advisor)
Marija Vucelja (Advisor)
Kent Yagi (Advisor)
Jongsoo Yoon (Advisor)
Xiaochao Zheng (Advisor)
Utpal Chatterjee (Advisor (Spring Semester))
Craig Group (Advisor (Spring Semester))

Faculty Honor Advisor

The honor advisor answers questions of the faculty about the honor system and its procedures.

Blaine Norum (Member)

Financial Aid Committee

This committee recommends graduate student financial support policies and levels; candidates for awards and fellowships.

Olivier Pfister (Chair)
Bob Hirosky (Member)
Blaine Norum (Member)

Graduate Program Committee

This committee will assume overall responsibility for advising the graduate students concerning their academic programs and course requirements. The committee is also responsible for reviewing the graduate programs and recommending appropriate changes to the Department faculty.

Olivier Pfister (Chair)
Utpal Chatterjee (Member)
Craig Dukes (Member)
Simonetta Liuti (Member)
Kent Paschke (Member)
Joe Poon (Member)
Jeffrey Teo (Member)
Bob Hirosky (Ex-Officio)

Graduate Student Admissions Committee

This committee has the responsibility for advertising the graduate programs, recruiting graduate students, and evaluating applications.

Bob Hirosky (Chair)
Gordon Cates (Member)
Utpal Chatterjee (Member)
Gia-Wei Chern (Member)
Peter Schauss (Member)
Blaine Norum (Ex-Officio)
Olivier Pfister (Ex-Officio)

Grievance Committee

This committee is available to consider grievances from students that are not resolved through direct discussion with the faculty member.



Kent Paschke (Chair)
Nilanga Liyanage (Member)
Despina Louca (Member)

HEETF Committee

This committee is responsible for reviewing request for equipment purchases with HEET funds.

Bob Jones (Chair)
Nilanga Liyanage (Member)
Rick Marshall (Member)

High Energy Physics Seminars

Craig Dukes (Chair)

Committee on Infrastructure and Safety

This committee is responsible for overseeing and recommending changes in the operation of Departmental machine shop, electronic shop, computer facilities, and stockroom. It is also charged with carrying out safety analyses of the department and working to ensure the safety of employees and students.

Bob Hirosky (Chair)
Gordon Cates (Member)
Utpal Chatterjee (Member)
Donal Day (Member)
Craig Group (Member)
Rick Marshall (Member)
Jongsoo Yoon (Member)
Nilanga Liyanage (Ex-Officio)

Committee on Instructional Laboratories and Technologies

This committee is responsible for the instructional laboratories and technological support for lecture courses.

Lou Bloomfield (Chair)
Maxim Bychkov (Member)
Craig Dukes (Member)
Rick Marshall (Member)
Bellave Shivaram (Member)
Jongsoo Yoon (Member)

Library Committee

P.Q. Hung (Chair)
Eugene Kolomeisky (Member)
Bellave Shivaram (Member)

Long Range Planning Committee

This committee advises the Department and Chair on hiring and long range vision.

Bob Jones (Chair)
Peter Arnold (Member)
Israel Klich (Member)
Seunghun Lee (Member)
Chris Neu (Member)
Kent Paschke (Member)
Olivier Pfister (Member)
Joe Poon (Member)
Diana Vaman (Member)
Nilanga Liyanage (Associate Chairman)

Nuclear Physics Seminars

Kent Paschke (Chair)

Organization of Teaching Assistants and Graders

Blaine Norum (Chair)

Outstanding Undergraduate and Graduate Student Award Committee

This committee will determine all applicable student awards to be presented at the May graduation ceremony. Consultation with the undergraduate and graduate program committees will be needed, as appropriate.

Craig Group (Chair)
Gordon Cates (Member)
Eugene Kolomeisky (Member)
Kent Paschke (Member)
Marija Vucelja (Member)
Jongsoo Yoon (Member)
Stefan Baeßler (Ex-Officio)
Olivier Pfister (Ex-Officio)

Ph.D. Qualifying Examination Committee

This committee has the responsibility for writing, administering, and grading the Ph.D. qualifying examination. The committee normally includes the instructors of the following courses: Stat. Mech. I, Classical Mech., Quantum I and II, and E & M.

Eugene Kolomeisky (Chair)
Utpal Chatterjee (Member)
P.Q. Hung (Member)
Israel Klich (Member)
Cass Sackett (Member)
Bellave Shivaram (Member)
Diana Vaman (Member)
Marija Vucelja (Member)
Kent Yagi (Member)
Olivier Pfister (Ex-Officio)

Physics Outreach and Education Committee

This committee is responsible for promoting science education efforts and for outreach to the University, public schools, and the community. As part of these efforts, the committee has the responsibility for coordinating Department efforts with those of the Center for Science Education; for planning Physics Day activities; for coordinating connections with the Virginia Academy of Sciences; and for maintaining and improving connections with the Thomas Jefferson High School of Science, Charlottesville and Albemarle public schools, and other schools and school systems throughout the state.

Cass Sackett (Chairman)
Lou Bloomfield (Member)
Kent Yagi (Member)
Xiaochao Zheng (Member)
Richard Lindgren (Ex-Officio)
Nilanga Liyanage (Ex-Officio)

Research Talks

Kent Paschke (Chair)

Society of Physics Students Advisor

Craig Group (Advisor)

Committee on Teaching Organization, Assignments and Evaluation

This committee is responsible for arranging teaching assignments and evaluating the quality of teaching in all of the Department’s courses.

Xiaochao Zheng (Chair)
Lou Bloomfield (Member)
Craig Dukes (Member)
Eugene Kolomeisky (Member)
Seunghun Lee (Member)
Stefan Baeßler (Ex-Officio)
Olivier Pfister (Ex-Officio)

Undergraduate Program Committee

This committee will assume overall responsibility for advising the undergraduates concerning their academic programs and course requirements. It will meet with the teachers of the courses for physics majors from time to time as required to discuss matters of common concern. The committee is also responsible for recommending appropriate changes in the undergraduate program to the Department faculty.

Introductory Course Teaching
The Chair of this committee will convene the teachers in the introductory courses from time to time as required to discuss matters of common concern.

Stefan Baeßler (Chair)
Craig Group (Member)
Eugene Kolomeisky (Member)
Despina Louca (Member)
Jeffrey Teo (Member)
Diana Vaman (Member)
Rick Marshall (Ex-Officio)

Undergraduate Scholarships and Fellowships Committee

This committee will oversee the awards of all applicable undergraduate scholarships and fellowships.

Gordon Cates (Chair)
Stefan Baeßler (Member)
Brad Cox (Member)
Seunghun Lee (Member)
Jongsoo Yoon (Member)

Web Committee

This committee is responsible for keeping the departmental website functional and its content current. The committee ensures that the website continues to serve the department’s internal and external needs satisfactorily. Technical aspects of the website’s implementation are handled by the staff.

Rick Marshall (Chair)
Lou Bloomfield (Member)
Craig Dukes (Member)
Simonetta Liuti (Member)
Marija Vucelja (Member)
Xiaochao Zheng (Member)
Bryan Wright (Ex-Officio)