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  • Department of Physics

Gave an invited talk, "Comprehensive review and strategic planning of a physics department: how to make it work for your program", at the April meeting of the American Physical Society in a session titled "Status of the Effective Practices for Physics Program (EP3) Project" organized by the APS Forum on Education. (April 20, 2020)


National Science Foundation (NSF) subaward from Harvard for "STC Center for Integrated Quantum materials" The project is for seven years.


Supplemental funding from Harvard on National Science Foundation CIQM subaward to fund MakerFaire. (April, 2020)


Awarded the 2020 Prize for a Faculty Member for Research in an Undergraduate Institution by the American Physical Society. The award recognizes Aidala's exceptionally creative and interdisciplinary research using scanning probe microscopy for novel studies of magnetic nanorings, biofilms and organic semiconductors and her outstanding mentoring of women undergraduates, particularly through research collaborations.


Was named a Fellow of the American Physical Society, "for innovative development of scanning probe techniques to characterize soft materials, study disordered semiconductors, and apply azimuthal magnetic fields to magnetic nanostructured materials; for exceptional mentoring of undergraduate women in physics; and promoting public appreciation of science.” Each year, no more than one half of one percent of the Society’s membership is recognized by their peers for election to the status of Fellow.  


Alexi Arango was invited to speak at the 40th Annual Alumnae Seminar about how current and emerging technologies might counter global warming.


Harada, A. B., & Nordstrom, K. N. (2020). Gravity-Driven Flow and Clogging in the Presence of an Intruder. In I. Zuriguel, A.  Garcimartin, & R.C. Hidalgo (Eds.), Traffic and Granular Flow (pp. 365-371). Springer.


Beck J., Burton J.C., Kamela M., Kuchera M.P., Lovell A.J., Nordstrom K., Tenzin T., Ziffer J. (2021). Reflections on Physics Education and Communication with Tibetan Monastics. Frontiers in Communication (6), 221. 10.3389/fcomm.2021.731074