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Physics Professors Present at National Conference

The COVID-19 pandemic did not stop Erden Ertorer, PhD, and his colleagues from presenting their research on ultrafast lasers on May 14 at a national conference.

The CLEO Conference ( is a prominent meeting for the field of photonics or the technical applications of light.  The laser is the most recognizable example of photonics.  Ertorer and his colleagues at the University of Toronto are studying the application of ultrafast lasers to medical procedures, as well as precision manufacturing.  An ultrafast laser concentrates the laser’s power in quick bursts on time scales of attoseconds (one quintillionth of a second) to picoseconds (one trillionth of a second).  Having a laser on for such short periods of time reduces the damage to the material or tissue.

The virtual CLEO talk, titled “Femtosecond Laser Nano-Filament Explosion: Opening Fiber Bragg Gratings for Opto-Fluidic Sensing,” was presented by Peter Herman, a professor at the University of Toronto.  Ertorer’s work was partially funded by a Dean’s Summer Grant.

Submitted by: Michael Wood, PhD, chair, Physics

Register for an Ignatian Virtual Retreat


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The Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies invites you to participate in 12 Weeks in Manresa: Spiritual Exercises for Our Times, a virtual retreat in daily life based on the Spiritual Exercises, using a text offered through Jesuit Sources: “Finding Christ in the World: A Twelve Week Ignatian Retreat in Everyday Life.” The book, written by Rev. Joseph Tetlow, SJ and Carol Atwell Ackels, is an extended adaptation for praying with the Exercises. It provides daily content for prayer and space for taking notes.

In addition to the book, which will guide daily prayer, there are two additional components of the retreat: presentations on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, led by Rev. Casey Beaumier, SJ and optional small group faith sharing.

The Institute’s involvement in the retreat is minimal. The organization distributes the text and assigns participants to small groups, which are facilitated by one or two fellow retreatants. The facilitators’ role is simply to schedule the timing of the small group meetings, ensure that everything is set in place to hold the virtual meetings and then to start the weekly meetings on time. There will be five presentations by the Institute that will be available to all participants.

The deadline to register is May 29. The retreat will begin on June 7 and concludes on August 30. Those who are interested can register below. To ensure that you receive the book by June 7, please order as soon as possible, especially given the potential shipping delays related to COVID-19.

All of this information and more can be found at The Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies website. If you have questions, please contact the Institute, at

Submitted by: Sarah Signorino, director, Office of Mission & Identity

Finding God in Architecture

“The Catholic imagination,” wrote the late Rev. Andrew Greeley in his aptly named book The Catholic Imagination, “can appropriately be called sacramental. It sees created reality as a sacrament, that is, a revelation of the presence of God.”

This “religious sensibility,” Greeley said, “inclines Catholics to see the Holy lurking in creation.”

St. Ignatius of Loyola would certainly agree. The idea that God is everywhere, that everything can reveal to us something about God is foundational to Ignatian spirituality.

It is a reassuring reminder during this time of social distancing that God does not solely reside in church buildings and sacred spaces. All of creation is holy – is sacramental – because it reveals something of the Creator.

This thinking was the inspiration for the Center for Ignatian Spirituality’s new video series entitled “God in 5 Things.” Throughout the series, viewers are asked to reflect on where they find God – and why.

In the first installment, Rev. Gilbert Sunghera, SJ, professor of architecture at the University of Detroit Mercy, finds God in five different buildings. Click the YouTube link above to start the series.

Submitted by: Sarah Signorino, director, Office of Mission & Identity

ITS Server Maintenance Scheduled

ITS will be applying security patches to a few operating systems on Saturday, May 23 from 7:00 – 10:00 a.m. During this maintenance window, there will be interruptions to Self Service Banner 8 applications such as employee time sheets, grade entry or any portal links that have the (SSB) designation.

As always, if anyone encounters any issues accessing resources from within the portal or with Self Service Banner, please email for resolution.

Submitted by: Michele Folsom, director, Administrative Computing, ITS