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									                 Department of Physics
                       Outline
•   Introduction/Vision Statement
•   Strengths and Weaknesses
•   History/Standing
•   Research Program (numbers)
•   Funding
•   Faculty Hiring/Retirement/Movement
•   How does the Department work
•   New Initiatives
•   Outreach
•   Facilities
     J Goodman        University of Maryland   March 2005
                     Introduction
• Vision for the Department
  –   Be leaders in the field of physics research
  –   Top 10 status
  –   Leaders in innovation
  –   Attract top faculty and students
  –   Provide top quality educational experience
  –   Strengthen our community (schools, labs, government)
  –   Provide leadership at the University of Maryland
  –   Strengthen the field of physics (outreach, diversity)
  –   Provide positive environment within the Department for
      faculty, staff and students


      J Goodman       University of Maryland      March 2005
                    Realizing the Vision
• Commitment to excellence in all areas
• Make outstanding hires – retain outstanding faculty
• Be innovative in starting new initiatives & programs
    – Move in new research directions while reducing efforts in other areas
• Provide support for our people (faculty, students, staff)
    – Provide a supportive environment
    – Mentor students and junior faculty
• Take advantage of our location
    – Strengthen ties to local labs/government/universities
• Aggressively seek funding -
    – research
    – new initiatives/partnerships
    – facilities
• We need a commitment and strong support from the University to
  reach our goals
    – The University of Maryland has to want a top 10 Physics Department!
• Reach out to our alumni and friends


      J Goodman              University of Maryland               March 2005
                    Department Strengths
•    Quality of Faculty
    – Vast majority highly productive
    – Outstanding new hires
•    Research Program (quality, breadth & funding)
•    Quality of Students
•    Quality of Staff – both professional and support staff
•    Adaptability of faculty and staff– willingness to do new things
•    Location – near government labs – Internet II crossroads (MAX)
•    Connection to other units – IPST, IREAP, ECE, Materials
•    Shops
•    Education program – innovation, Lec Demo, Clickers
    –     Using PERG findings and implementing them in the classes
•    University Support - College (CMPS), Provost
•    Collegial environment – collective decision making
•    Strong program for students (classes/research/social)
•    Strong outreach program
        J Goodman             University of Maryland             March 2005
               Department Weaknesses
• Facilities
   –   Quality of Space
   –   Spread of Department
   –   Quantity of Space
   –   Cost of renovation
   –   Infrastructure problems – HVAC/Power
• State Support - Recent cuts
   – Reduced Fellowship/TA support – big impact on some theory groups
   – Increase in Grad Student TuitionResearch groups can’t afford
     RGAs
   – Need to raise TA/RA salaries in order to remain competitive w/o
     University Support
   – Rapidly rising undergraduate tuition – limiting our pool of students
   – Availability of startup and lab space for new faculty
   – Cutbacks in teaching lab renewal – crisis will result
   – Shop rates rising
   – More buyouts needed to run department  less graduate courses


       J Goodman          University of Maryland             March 2005
                 Department History
• Started as Department of Physics and
  Astronomy
  – Department grew from ~6 in 1953 to ~100 in 1965
    under John Toll
      • Weber, Alley, Misner, Prange, Ferrell, Snow, Pati,
        Greenberg, Greim …
  – During the 60’s – 80’s Physics was really the only
    department at Maryland of academic distinction
      • “Physics Department with a University attached”
• Center for Superconductivity Research added in
  1988
• Astronomy separates ~1992
• Last External Review 1995
    J Goodman          University of Maryland         March 2005
                     Physics by Numbers
• Faculty
   – 72 Faculty
          • 6 Assistant Profs
          • 8 Associate Profs
          • 58 Professors
              – 11 Distinguished Univ. Profs (out of campus total of 38)
          • 21 Joint Appointments (15 are with IPST)
   – Research Faculty
      • 34 Research Scientists
      • 61 Post-docs
• Students
   – 200 Undergraduate Majors (up from 125 in 1999)
   – 200 Graduate Students (2/3 domestic incoming)
• Staff
   – 31 Professional (exempt)
   – 21 Support (non-exempt)

     J Goodman               University of Maryland            March 2005
–
–
    1. California Institute of Technology
       Massachusetts Institute of Technology
                                                 5.0
                                                 5.0
                                                       US News –
–   3. Harvard University (MA)                   4.9   Top 20
–      Princeton University (NJ)                 4.9
–      Stanford University (CA)                  4.9
                                                       Physics
–      University of California-Berkeley         4.9   Programs
–   7. Cornell University (NY)                   4.6   (2002)
–      University of Chicago                     4.6
–   9. University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign   4.5
–   10. Columbia University (NY)                 4.3
–       University of California-Santa Barbara   4.3
–   12. Yale University (CT)                     4.2   + 0.2
–   13. University of Maryland-College Park      4.1
–       University of Michigan-Ann Arbor         4.1
–       University of Texas-Austin               4.1
–   16. University of California-Los Angeles     4.0
–       University of California-San Diego       4.0
                                                        - 0.2
–       University of Washington                 4.0
–       University of Wisconsin-Madison          4.0
–   20. Johns Hopkins University (MD)            3.9
–       University of Colorado-Boulder           3.9
–       University of Pennsylvania               3.9
                Research Groups-PI Grants
Group                           # Faculty    # Grd Std   # Ph.Ds.   $(K) Funding
Particle Astrophysics- PAS          3            5           2               2,600
Space Physics - ESP                 4            1           2               2,310
Gen. Relativity Exp.- GRE           1            2           1                 750
High Energy Physics - HEE           6            8           3               2,800
Plasma Exp. - PE                    3            5           7               1,300
Non-linear Dynamics - NLD           6           36          19               2,400
Plasma Theory - PT                  7           16           6               2,500
Condensed Matter Th. - CMT          4            5           7                 950
Physics Education - PERG            2            8           3                 475
Nuclear Theory - TQHN               4            4           5                 665
Atomic Mol. & Optical - AMO         3            9           6                 438
Nuclear Experiment - EN             5            2           4                 565
Gen. Relativity Theory - GRT        3            7           6                 412
Elementary Particle Th. - EPT       6           12           3                 263
Condensed Matter Exp-CME*          15           45          31               7,640

Total                              72           165        95              26,068
          * includes CSR
        J Goodman               University of Maryland                     March 2005
                                   The Research Program
         EPT                                                      PAS - Particle Astrophysics
         GRT                                                      ESP - Experimental Space Physics
          EN                                                      GRE - Gravity Experiment
        AMO                                                       CME3- Condensed Matter Exp+ CSR
        TQHN                                                      HEE - High Energy Experiment
        PERG                                                      PE - Plasma Experiment
         CMT                                                      NLD - Nonlinear Dynamics
Group




          PT                                                      PT - Plasma Theory
        NLD                                                       CMT - Condensed Matter Theory
        Total                                                     PERG - Physics Education Research
          PE                                                      TQHN - Theoretical Quarks
        CME*                                                      Hadrons and Nuclei
         HEE
                                                                  AMO - Atomic Molecular and Optics
         GRE
                                                                  EN - Experimental Nuclear Physics
         ESP
                                                                  GRT - Gravity Theory
         PAS
                                                                  EPT - Elementary Particle Theory
                0     0.2    0.4   0.6   0.8    1     1.2   1.4

                            Dollars per Member [M$]


                    J Goodman                  University of Maryland                  March 2005
                                    The Research Program
         EPT                                                              ESP
         HEE                                                               EN
         ESP                                                             TQHN
          PT                                                              HEE
         GRE                                                             CMT
         PAS                                                               PE
          EN                                                              EPT




                                                                 Group
Group




        TQHN                                                              GRE
        Total                                                              PT
        PERG                                                              GRT
        AMO                                                              Total
         GRT                                                              PAS
        CME*                                                             AMO
        CMT                                                              CME*
          PE                                                             PERG
         NLD                                                              NLD
                0   0.5   1       1.5   2    2.5     3     3.5                   0   1       2     3     4     5        6   7

                              Ph.Ds per Member                                           Graduate Students per Member




                    J Goodman                      University of Maryland                                 March 2005
           The Research Program
          EPT
           EN
         TQHN
         PERG
         AMO
          GRT
           PT
 Group




          HEE
          ESP
         Total
          NLD
         CME*
          GRE
         PAS
          PE
         CMT
                 0    1        2         3           4   5

             Research Scientists and Post Docs per Member


J Goodman                   University of Maryland           March 2005
           The State Budget (excluding CSR)
Year                                          FY 01       FY 02    FY 03     FY 04      FY 05
Itemized Detail - Revenue and Expenses                                                 (Estimated)

State Budget Income                           $7,942k    $8,337k   $8,449k   $7,696k   $7,922k
Less State Budget Reductions                    $0        $116k    $449k      $41k       $85k
Revised State Budget                          $7,942k    $8,221k   $8,000k   $7,655k   $7,837k
Faculty Salary Expenses                       $4,866k    $4,931k   $5,355k   $4,909k   $5,364k
Savings -Buyouts, Sabb. & Vacant lines        $569k       $598k    ($23k)     $551k     $337K

Staff Salary Expenses                         $1,855k    $1,886k   $1,897k   $1,709k   $1,777k
Teaching Assistants Salary Expenses           $729k       $694k    $675k      $720k     $757k
Number of TAs                                  56.5        53.5     45.0      50.5       50.5
TAs' Academic Year Salary                     $12.8k     $12.8k    $14.5k    $14.5k      $15k

Operations Expense                            $648k       $818k    $654k      $578k     $677k

Teaching Labs Expenses                        $180k       $101k     $44k      $41k       $69k

Expenses Not Paid by State Budget            ($336k)    ($209k)    (625K)    (302k)    (807k)
Income                                         917k       879k     $942k     $1,004k    $309k
Department DRIF Balance at Year End           $346k       $598k    $611k     $716k      $213k

         J Goodman                    University of Maryland                     March 2005
                    Budget Issues
• How did we survive the cuts?
  – Reduced the subsidy to the Electronics Shop by
    approximately 75%;
  – Shifted some of the salaries of staff associated with the
    Physics shops and stores to overhead of these units;
  – Reduced staff through attrition in the business office by
    21% (3.5 FTEs);
  – Reduced staff through attrition in the teaching labs by
    .5 FTE;
  – Reduced the number of TAs required to assist in
    teaching – electronic homework grading;
  – Increased teaching loads for less productive faculty

     J Goodman        University of Maryland      March 2005
                    Budget Issues

– Reduced the number of instructors being used for
  teaching;
– Reduced support to the teaching labs by 50%;
– Reduced the amount of DRIF distributed to faculty for
  administrative expenses;
– Established new procedures on the purchase of liquid
  helium to reduce the rental costs of containers;
– Eliminated excess telephone lines;
– Stabilized the financial structure of our shops and stores;
– Established a royalty fee for the publication of lab
  manuals;
– More buyouts (less graduate offerings – rotation system)
    J Goodman         University of Maryland      March 2005
     Faculty Changes in the Last 5 Years
• Retirements in the last 5 years
   – Goldenbaum (EPL), Banerjee (NT), Dragt (DS),
     Fivel(EP), Prange(CMT), Misner(GR)…
• Planning to retire this year
   – Roos(ENP), Chang(EXP), Pati(PT), Dorfman(Stat),
     Mason (SP)
• Faculty who have left
   – Webb(CME/CSR), Ramesh(Mat/CSR),
     Venkatesan(CME/CSR) (partial)
   – Becker (PT) (leaving)
• Retention keeps
   – Das Sarma(CMT), Gates(EPT), Williams(CME)


    J Goodman       University of Maryland     March 2005
      Faculty Changes in the Last 5 Years
• New Hires
  –   Michael Fuhrer – nano
  –   Wolfgang Losert – NLD
  –   Bill Phillips (AMO)
  –   Steve Rolston (AMO)
  –   Luis Orozco (AMO)
  –   Bill Dorland (Plasma Theory)
  –   Andrey Chubukov (CMT)
  –   Eun-Suk Seo (CR)
  –   Kara Hoffman (Part Astro)
  –   Min Ouyang (CME)
  –   Alessandra Buonanno (Gravity Theory)

  *Note: 3 female faculty hires last year

      J Goodman          University of Maryland   March 2005
                  Current Faculty Searches
•   Particle Theory Phenomenology
•   String/Gravity (possibly 2 positions)
•   Nuclear Experiment (Dark Matter/Neutrinos/2bdk)
•   Lattice / QCD
•   Biophysics with IPST
•   Materials (offer underway – joint with Mat. Eng.)




      J Goodman          University of Maryland   March 2005
                  Future Searches
•   Targets of opportunity – NAS members, etc
•   Biophysics – 1 more with IPST
•   CMT
•   Gravity Experiment
•   AMO Theory
•   Theme Group Searches
    – Cosmology
    – NLD




     J Goodman      University of Maryland   March 2005
          How does the Department work?
• Rotating Chair (nominal 5 year term)
    – This is my 6th year of 7
• Three associate chairs
    – Undergrad
    – Grad
    – Facilities and Personnel
• Financial Offices
    – CFO
    – Contracts and Grants, Billing, Purchasing, Payroll
• Student Services
    – Advising – graduate and undergraduate
    – Grad admissions
• Self-Support Units
    – Shops – electronic, mechanical, copy center
• Chair’s Office
    – Coordinator – faculty affairs, development
    – Outreach – publications
• Intranet interface – forms, searches, meetings, etc

      J Goodman                  University of Maryland    March 2005
J Goodman   University of Maryland   March 2005
           How does the Department work?
•   Priorities Process for Hiring
    –     Elected Priorities Committee of six faculty plus Chair
    –     Elected from research areas
    –     Hearings held for all research groups
    –     Annually updated five year hiring plan
    –     Approved by faculty (up/down vote)
    –     New directions like NLD have originated with this process
•   Last year’s committee
    –     Produced new plan
    –     Developed Theme Group concept
          • Three broad areas
             1. Condensed matter and AMO
             2. Particle, nuclear, astrophysics, GR
             3. NLD, Plasma


        J Goodman            University of Maryland           March 2005
                         Hiring Plan
                       Search Categories
I. Targets of opportunity in exceptional cases

II. Searches to bolster core areas

III. Searches in new areas

IV. Searches seeking exceptional candidates in several related
fields (Theme Groups).
        Some existing groups to move in new directions:
             Experimental Nuclear looking at neutrinos/DM
             Experimental Gravity looking at LIGO
             String and Gravity Groups moving together

       J Goodman         University of Maryland     March 2005
       How does the Department work?
• Hiring Process
  – Search committee with broad composition
  – Candidates visit
      • Seminar (recorded)
      • Teaching interview (graded)
      • Meetings with faculty and chair
  – Choice or choices presented to departmental APT
  – Entire faculty votes on candidate (2/3 required).
• Startup resources come from Dept/College/Univ.
• Strong mentor program /teaching support
• Success in promoting junior faculty

    J Goodman          University of Maryland   March 2005
       How does the Department work?
• Elected Salary Committee
  – Reviews faculty accomplishments in research
    teaching and service
  – Advises chair on merit increases
• Yearly Faculty Retreat
  – Day for discussion
• Annual reviews for junior faculty
  – Meeting held with faculty mentor and jr faculty
• Peer Review of teaching



    J Goodman        University of Maryland       March 2005
                Recent New Initiatives
• AMO
   – Phillips hire generated funds ($450k/yr + $2M startup)
   – Two full prof hires plus future theory hire
   – Ties to existing IPST faculty /NIST program
• Nanoscience
   – Campus initiative started by Ellen Williams
   – Two hires in physics so far (Ouyang, Fuhrer)
   – Kim building will provide shared clean room space
• Joint Quantum Institute
   – JILA-like partnership with NIST
   – Strong institutional commitment – details being worked out.
• Biophysics
   – Joint search with IPST underway
• Joint Particle Theory program with JHU

    J Goodman             University of Maryland              March 2005
                 Centers within Physics
• Center for Superconductivity Research (CSR)
   – Major State Support
   – Faculty lines
   – Shared Facilities
• MRSEC (shared with Engineering)
   – NSF Funded
   – Highly competitive
   – Major outreach component
• Condensed Matter Theory Center (CMTC) – Das Sarma
   – State + LPS support
• Center for String and Particle Theory (CSPT) – Gates & Mohapatra
   – State Support
• Center for Multiscale Plasma Dynamics (CPMD) with UCLA - Dorland
   – DoE Support
• East-West Space Science Center (WSSC) - Sagdeev



     J Goodman             University of Maryland        March 2005
                         Outreach
•   Physics is Phun (~3k students per year)
•   Summer Girls
•   Question of the Week
•   MRSEC
    – GK-12
    – Homeschooling
    – Summer Workshops for kids
•   Physics Olympics
•   High School visitation programs
•   Quarknet
•   Maryland Day
•   What’s New – Bob Park
•   World Year of Physics

      J Goodman         University of Maryland   March 2005
            World Year of Physics




J Goodman        University of Maryland   March 2005
                   Support Services

• Computing
  –   Building on 10 Based T network – rewiring underway
  –   Established wireless throughout major areas
  –   Departmental Server system is strong
  –   Lots of computers in TA offices
• Self-Support units
  – Shops
  – Stores
  – Copy Center




      J Goodman       University of Maryland    March 2005
                      Departmental Computing
• Services:
   – Web hosting (dept, research, personal), login, file service, backup, email,
     database, printing, software licensing, hardware
     acquisition/installation/maintenance
• Hardware maintained (#PCs)
   – Desktops: Teaching labs (150), Open Workstation Lab (26), Student
     offices/lounge (30), Faculty/staff (140)
   – Servers: Unix cluster (13), Linux (8), Sun (6), Misc(3)
   – Network Storage: 2 TB Raid10
   – Compute engines (new): 9 new high end machines
   – Network: configuration/debugging
• Staff
   – 1 FTE supervisor for a staff of 4 others
   – Primary support in order: business computing, staff, teaching, research

          J Goodman           University of Maryland             March 2005
                          Facilities
• Facilities are a major problem for the Department
• We lost a NAS member (Webb) because of
  infrastructure problems
• 2002 fire resulted in loss of life and major disruption of
  research
• The cost of renovation limits our ability to hire
  experimentalists
• The conditions limit our ability attract theorists and
  students
• We are running out of room to put new hires
• It is a major task for Drew Baden (assoc Chair) and
  Lorraine Desalvo to keep things going.

     J Goodman          University of Maryland       March 2005
                     Fundraising
• University is doing OK, but few major donors for
  Physics
• We raise $20k/yr for scholarships from our
  faculty!
• Snow Scholarship (promote women in physics)
• Zorn Professorships (2 endowed professorships)
  – Total ($1.6M) (recently available)
• Bardasis Donation for Undergraduate Education
  – Total (~$1.M) (near future)



    J Goodman        University of Maryland   March 2005
              The Current Physics Building

The Physics Building just
after completion in 1950             The Physics building in 1967 before
                                     the addition of the lecture halls




  The building still has                                The building was built
  fuses in many places and                              when environmental
  was designed without                                  control meant it had heat!
  provisions for central air
  conditioning



       J Goodman               University of Maryland                 March 2005
               Potential Site for the new PSC




   *Current Physics Building is in red
Proposed Site of The New Physical Sciences Complex is highlighted in Rainbow Colors.



         J Goodman              University of Maryland               March 2005
          Physical Science Complex (PSC)
• PSC stats:
   – 3 phases of construction, 193k ft2 NASF, 372k ft2 GASF
   – Physics, IPST, Astronomy – all in one place!
   – Approximately $200M
• Status…
   – The Plan has been accepted by the University and the
     Governor as of Jan 2005
      • We will get planning money starting in FY 2010
         – Few $M for architects and engineering July 2009
         – Construction ~2 years later, begin Summer 2011
   – We are actively working on looking for major donors to
     accelerate the project and to make the kind of facility we
     want.


       J Goodman            University of Maryland            March 2005
            Uppsala Physics Building




J Goodman         University of Maryland   March 2005
                       Summary
• Top department with many strengths
• Need a strong commitment from University to
  increase or even maintain our status
  –   A major new facility (PSC) is essential
  –   Resources to maintain programs/labs
  –   Fellowship support
  –   Increase graduate student stipends & TA Support
  –   Funding Mechanism (Lab Fees)
  –   Need to reduce our dependence on buyouts to get
      money for operating budget
• The University of Maryland has to want a top 10
  Physics Department!

      J Goodman       University of Maryland    March 2005

								
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