Department of Physics


The USM Update taping December 2019

Replay: 'The USM Update,' December 2019

In the final 2019 episode of "The USM Update,” USM President Glenn Cummings talks with guests about programming for student veterans, experiential learning partnerships and students in the arts.

Associate Prof. Nakroshis and Prof. Ziffer receive funding from the Maine Space Grant Consortium

A member of the Physics faculty, Dr. Ziffer teaches astronomy and physics courses and provides exciting opportunities for undergraduates through her research projects. Dr. Nakroshis' main inspiration for physics education came from reading the works of Carl R. Rogers (Freedom to Learn and it's revisions). He has been incorporating authentic assessment and conceptual questioning into his introductory physics classes.
Kallee Gallant, USM student as Titania_Maine State Ballet

Future engineer/STEM student dances lead with Maine State Ballet

Triple STEM major Kallee Gallant hopes someday to use her education to work for the CERN particle accelerator or for NASA, and in the meantime, while pursuing her studies, she's also pursuing her passion as a dancer with a lead role in Maine State Ballet's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream!
Julie Ziffer

Physics professor to teach astronomy to Buddhist monks in India

USM Professor of Physics Julie Ziffer will spend part of her summer in India, where she will teach astronomy to Tibetan Buddhist monks and nuns as part of the 2019 Robert A. Paul Emory-Tibet Science Initiative.

USM unveils collaboration with Maine composites industry leaders

The University of Southern Maine announced a new collaboration that will bring the Composite Engineering Research Laboratory (CERL) and $1.5 million worth of equipment into the Michael E. Dubyak Center for Digital Science & Innovation at USM.

USM professor says Oumuamua is a 'rocky body,' not an alien creation

USM Professor Julie Ziffer believes that a tumbling, cigar-shaped object in space — named “Oumuamua” — is more likely to be debris than an alien “light sail” or probe, two theories raised by a Harvard University astronomer.
Westbrook ice disk, Jan. 22, 2019

Not 'just ice': USM faculty, alumni weigh in on Westbrook ice disk

USM faculty and alumni weigh in on the phenomenon that is the Westbrook "ice disk," and why it's gaining the global attention they think it deserves.
Westbrook floating 'ice disk' courtesy of Maine Public

USM's Nakroshis talks Westbrook's floating 'ice disk' on Maine Public

USM Associate Professor of Physics Paul Nakroshis discusses the possible causes of a massive, floating "ice disk" that appeared earlier this week in the middle of the Presumpscot River in downtown Westbrook.

USM's LaSala and Ziffer answer space questions on 'Maine Calling'

USM physicists Julie Ziffer and Jerry LaSala marked the 60th anniversary of NASA recently on the Maine Public’s talk show “Maine Calling.”
Julie Ziffer's Physics Students Dec 2017

Physics professor and student team analyze asteroids with NASA telescope

USM's associate physics professor Julie Ziffer and her team of students controlled NASA's infrared telescope remotely at midnight from the Portland campus to analyze asteroids.