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UVa Physics - Committees

[Effective August 15, 2016]


APS, AAAS Fellowship & Other External Recognitions Committee

Despina Louca (Chair)
Peter Arnold (Member)
Brad Cox (Member)
Bob Jones (Member)
Dinko Počanić (Member)

Atomic Physics Seminars

Tom Gallagher (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.

Bob Jones (Chair)
Peter Arnold (Member)
Brad Cox (Member)
Israel Klich (Member)
Despina Louca (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)
Gordon Cates (Member)
Bob Hirosky (Member)
Bob Jones (Member)
Marija Vucelja (Member)
Nilanga Liyanage (Ex-Officio)

Condensed Matter Seminars

Utpal Chatterjee (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)
Despina Louca (Member)
Diana Vaman (Member)
Jongsoo Yoon (Member)

Faculty Associates for Lower Division Advising

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

Peter Arnold (Advisor)
Lou Bloomfield (Advisor)
Maxim Bychkov (Advisor)
Utpal Chatterjee (Advisor)
Gia-Wei Chern (Advisor)
Donal Day (Advisor)
Craig Dukes (Advisor)
Tom Gallagher (Advisor)
Craig Group (Advisor)
Bob Hirosky (Advisor)
Bob Jones (Advisor)
Israel Klich (Advisor)
Nilanga Liyanage (Advisor)
Despina Louca (Advisor)
Rick Marshall (Advisor)
Chris Neu (Advisor)
Joe Poon (Advisor)
Cass Sackett (Advisor)
Jeffrey Teo (Advisor)
Diana Vaman (Advisor)
Marija Vucelja (Advisor)

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)
Chris Neu (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)
P.Q. Hung (Member)
Eugene Kolomeisky (Member)
Chris Neu (Member)
Kent Paschke (Member)
Hank Thacker (Member)
Diana Vaman (Member)

Graduate Student Admissions Committee

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

Chris Neu (Chair)
Gia-Wei Chern (Member)
Craig Dukes (Member)
Jeffrey Teo (Member)
Marija Vucelja (Member)
Jongsoo Yoon (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.



Bob Hirosky (Chair)
Despina Louca (Member)
Xiaochao Zheng (Member)

HEETF Committee

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

Joe Poon (Chair)
Nilanga Liyanage (Member)
Rick Marshall (Member)
Dinko Počanić (Member)

High Energy Physics Seminars

Bob Hirosky (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.

Donal Day (Chair)
Gordon Cates (Member)
Brad Cox (Member)
Bob Hirosky (Member)
Bob Jones (Member)
Seunghun Lee (Member)
Rick Marshall (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)
Steve Thornton (Member)
Jongsoo Yoon (Member)

Library Committee

Michael Fowler (Chair)
Eugene Kolomeisky (Member)
Bellave Shivaram (Member)

Long Range Planning Committee

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

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

Nuclear Physics Seminars

Don Crabb (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.

Despina Louca (Chair)
Utpal Chatterjee (Member)
Tom Gallagher (Member)
Bob Hirosky (Member)
P.Q. Hung (Member)
Kent Paschke (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.

Michael Fowler (Chair)
Utpal Chatterjee (Member)
Israel Klich (Member)
Cass Sackett (Member)
Bellave Shivaram (Member)
Hank Thacker (Member)
Diana Vaman (Member)
Marija Vucelja (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)
Michael Fowler (Member)
Steve Thornton (Member)
Richard Lindgren (Ex-Officio)
Nilanga Liyanage (Ex-Officio)

Physics Teacher Scholarship Committee

This committee seeks and reviews applications for the Physics Teacher Scholarship, normally awarded to an undergraduate physics major planning to teach high school physics.

Steve Thornton (Chair)
Randy Bell (Curry School of Education)
Lou Bloomfield (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.

Peter Arnold (Chair)
Craig Dukes (Member)
Michael Fowler (Member)
Steve Thornton (Member)
Xiaochao Zheng (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)
Tom Gallagher (Member)
Craig Group (Member)
Eugene Kolomeisky (Member)
Despina Louca (Member)
Cass Sackett (Member)
Rick Marshall (Ex-Officio)

Undergraduate Scholarships and Fellowships Committee

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

Michael Fowler (Chair)
Stefan Baeßler (Member)
Tom Gallagher (Member)
Bob Hirosky (Member)
Despina Louca (Member)
Steve Thornton (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)
Seunghun Lee (Member)
Simonetta Liuti (Member)
Hank Thacker (Member)
Bryan Wright (Ex-Officio)