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Cougs take over Prague

Four Cougs descended on Prague at a recent conference. Dr. Jose Marcial, Emily Nienhuis, Dr. Travis Olds, and Dr. John McCloy.  Pražský hrad (Prague castle) is in the background.

Our local Rock Star

See this nice article about our very own Dr. Travis Olds.

Rock star

Then check out him presenting last week in the Brevnov monastery in Prague, where several of us recently attended the 9th European Conference on Mineralogy and Spectroscopy. And ‘yes’ that is a fresco and giant painting behind him!

If that weren’t enough, later we went to look at all the minerals he collected in the Jáchymov mine with in the Czech Republic with friend and colleague Jakub Plášil.  They found some things that ‘might be interesting.’  Perhaps another new mineral?


Congratulations to Muad Saleh!

Muad was recently awarded one of the best graduate student posters at the 9th International Conference on Crystal Growth and Epitaxy (ICCGE-19).  The poster title was “Electrical and Optical Properties of Zr doped β-Ga2O3 Single Crystals Grown by Czochralski Method”.

Congratulations Muad!


Congratulations graduates! Mostafa Ahmadzadeh, PhD and Maddison Heine, BS

Saturday was graduation, and two NOME students walked at Graduation.  Maddisson Heine got her BS in Materials Science & Engineering, and will be moving on to be a reactor operator for WSU’s Nuclear Science Center.  Jonathan Moore also graduated with an MSE degree.  Mostafa Ahmadzadeh earned his doctorate, and will be remaining with us at NOME for a little while.  Congratulations all!


Hua Chen’s Last Day

Last Friday we had to say goodbye to a friend and a colleague. Hua was a visiting scholar from Baotou, China. She is a brilliant, hard working woman who provided us with insight into her research and helped us with our research. Her smile always brightened the office, and she will be deeply missed. We look forward to seeing her and her daughter Dora again in the future. Thank you Hua for spending the last year with us. We miss you already!

Congratulations Dr. Ahmadzadeh!

Congratulations to Mostafa, who yesterday successfully defended his dissertation, “Systematic Investigation of Effects of Fe on Crystallization of Iron-containing Sodium-Aluminosilicate Glasses.”  Great job!

Congratulations to Sam!

Congratulations to Sam Karcher who received the 2019 Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium scholarship.  Great job!