University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy
Filippo Caschera
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Filippo Caschera is a Research Associate working on synthetic biology with Professor Vincent Noireaux. Synthetic biology is a multidisciplinary field that combines physics, biology and chemistry. Caschera has a Ph.D. in chemistry, but has always worked in physics because he likes the approach. ‘We build things from the bottom up, like legos, using pieces to build a system that will evolve. We are building to understand.”


Gov. Dayton signs bonding bill which includes $119.4 million for U of M projects

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Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton signed a bonding bill that includes funding to renovate, furnish, and equip the Tate Laboratory of Physics building on the Minneapolis campus. Tate Lab renovation was a top priority for the Governor, the House and the Senate bonding requests. The project is now in the schematic design phase. More »

Veit chosen as finalist for Apker Award

Michael Veit

Recent University of Minnesota graduate, Michael J. Veit, has been selected as a finalist for the 2014 Leroy Apker award of the American Physical Society. Veit earned his Bachelor's of Science degree in Physics with high distinction. During his time as an undergraduate, he worked for more than two years in Professor Martin Greven's laboratory, were he grew crystals and pursued state-of-the-art charge transport measurements of cuprate superconductors. More »

School welcomes AAPT National Meeting

The School of Physics and Astronomy welcomes the national summer meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers. Over 1100 people have registered for the meeting which will run from July 26-30th. More information on the event can be found here.

School to add five new faculty in 2014

The School of Physics and Astronomy will welcome five new faculty members in the 2014-2015 academic year: Andrey Chubukov, Natalia Perkins, Elias Puchner, Vlad Pribiag and Jake Koralek. Professor Chubakov has accepted the the William and Bianca Fine Chair in Theoretical Physics. Professor Perkins specializes condensed matter theory. Elias Puchner specializes in biologic physics and Professors Pribiag and Koralek are condensed matter experimentalists.

Multiverse controversy subject of Misel Lecture


Professor Andrei Linde of Stanford University will deliver the 9th Annual Misel Lecture, "Universe or Multiverse?" on September 16th at 7:00 p.m. in the Memorial Hall of the McNamara Alumni Center. Professor Linde will also deliver a School of Physics and Astronomy Colloquium, on September 17th entitled, "Inflation and Cosmological Attractors." More »


Friday, August 8th
Wednesday, August 13th
3:30 pm:
Search for a Heavy Right-Handed W Boson and Heavy Neutrino of the Left-Right Symmetric Standard Model —
Joe Pastika
Friday, August 22nd
Sunday, August 24th
2:30 pm:
Dr. Enrique Rodriguez, U Texas-San Antonio
Monday, September 1st
Wednesday, September 10th
3:35 pm:
Dark Energy and Type 1a SN —
Greg Aldering
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics after colloquium
Thursday, September 11th
12:15 pm:
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Erez Berg
Friday, September 12th
2:30 pm:
Dr. Jeff Larsen, USNA
Tuesday, September 16th
7:00 pm:
Misel Public Lecture in 150 Tate Lab of Physics
Universe or Multiverse? —
Andrei Linde, Stanford University
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