Morty Khakoo was this year's recipient of the CNSM Distinguished Faculty Award for his dedication and commitment to his students and his profession for the past 22+ years here at CSUF. Morty was also selected for this year's department Faculty Achievement Award for recent publications with his students. Morty had a remarkably productive sabbatical this past fall including collaborations in England and Brazil resulting in several publications.

Mike Loverude has been named Director of the CSUF Catalyst Center, whose mission is to coordinate research in science and math education across the college and with the College of Education. Mike is also currently serving on the campus-wide WASC Accreditation Steering Committee.

Josh Smith has been named chair of the LIGO Detector Characterization Group and will oversee LIGO-related activities and the work of some 50 participating scientists from around the country.

Josh is our newest faculty member specializing in gravitational-wave astronomy with LIGO. He arrived last spring and has worked this year to put the finishing touches on his lab in Dan Black Hall and already has several students working on a variety of LIGO detection technologies. He has received funding for his research and his students from NSF and Research Corporation, and his links with LIGO will provide additional research opportunities for CSUF students to travel to LIGO facilities.

Greg Childers was asked to serve on the newly formed Advisory Board of the new campus Academic Technology Center established as a partnership between the Divisions of Academic Affairs and Information Technology.

Ionel Tifrea and Greg Childers collaborated this past March with visiting faculty from Osaka University as part of an International Faculty/Teaching Development program organized through Extended Ed.

Greg Childers and Dave Bowman, chair of Geology, updated the public in special seminars this past March here on campus and at Fullerton Library on the Sendai tsunami disaster. Dave presented details on the earthquake and the resulting tsunami while Greg gave perspective and prognosis on the fate of the nuclear reactors to allay public concerns.

Heidi Fearn was granted a sabbatical leave for the coming fall semester to pursue her research interests with light in stong (black-hole) gravitational fields and with the origins of the Aharahnov-Bohm effect.

Greg Childers will participate in an outreach program this summer with visiting faculty from Duy Tan University, Vietnam, to share with them an intensive overview of our introductory physics curriculum for engineers.

Ionel Tifrea will cohost an international workshop this July in Brasov, Romania, on the nano science of low-dimensional systems.

Leigh Hargreaves joined the department in January from Australia as a visiting NSF scholar to work with Morty Khakoo and lecture part time in the department.

We have had two huge retirements this year. Roger Nanes finishes up five years of FERP and 35 years of exemplary department service. Roger is a past CSUF Outstanding Professor and along with his lengthy and productive career in physics education research, he helped create and for the past 10 years has directed our Dan Black Phys-Bus Program.

Staff tech Fred Engelhard finished up 20+ years of dedicated service to the department last December and is looking forward to touring the country with his wife Debbie in their new trailer.

Budget permitting, the department is looking to open a search in the fall for a new full-time faculty member who can contribute to the more theoretical elements of our upper-division undergraduate and masters curriculums while complementing and strengthening our department research. Technically, this new person would be a theorist, rather than an experimentalist, and thus should require minimal startup resources. Although we would search for a good overall fit for the department, we would favor someone with interests in gravitational-wave astronomy who could collaborate with Josh and take advantage of the federal funding available with LIGO.