Kristen McQuinn, Research Associate at the School of Physics and Astronomy, studies star bursts in dwarf galaxies. A starburst is a period of relatively active star-making in the normally quiet realm of dwarf galaxies. Starbursts are thought to be more common in the early universe, but Astrophysicists still do not understand the evolutionary connection between starbursts and their host galaxies.
Tate Renovation Ground Breaking
University officials broke ground on the renovation of the Tate Science and Teaching building (formerly Tate Laboratory of Physics) at a ceremony on September 30, 2015. The occasion marked the official beginning of the two-year renovation scheduled to be completed in Fall of 2017 that will transform the 89 year old building into the joint home of the School of Physics and Astronomy and the Newton Horace Winchell School of Earth Sciences. More »
The public can view the renovation live on this web cam.
Kakalios receives APS Fellowship
Professor James Kakalios was named a APS Fellow "for innovative efforts to engage the public in the excitement of physics through popular science books, general audience talks, and on-line videos that use examples taken from popular culture." Kakalios was was named a fellow from the Forum on Outreach and Engaging the Public. The list of 2015 APS Fellowships includes four faculty from the School, bringing the total number of active faculty who hold APS Fellowships to 32.
Rusack elected APS Fellow
Professor Roger Rusack was elected an APS Fellow "for leadership in the development of advanced photodetector systems used in the Higgs boson discovery and realization and exploitation of the electromagnetic calorimeter of the CMS experiment." Rusack was named in the Division of Particles and Fields. The list of 2015 APS Fellowships includes four faculty from the School, bringing the total number of active faculty who hold APS Fellowships to 32.
Zudov named APS Fellow
Professor Michael Zudov was named a Fellow of the American Physical Society "for seminal experiments on nonequilibrium transport in high Landau levels of 2D systems, including discovery of microwave-induced resistance oscillations and zero-resistance states." Zudov was named in the Division of Condensed Matter. The list of 2015 APS Fellowships includes four faculty from the School, bringing the total number of active faculty who hold APS Fellowships to 32.
Gherghetta named APS Fellow
Professor Tony Gherghetta was named a Fellow of the American Physical Society "For contributions to theories of extra dimensions and supersymmetry, advancing our understanding of grand unification, supersymmetry-breaking and the fermion mass hierarchy." Gherghetta was named in the Division of Particles and Fields. The list of 2015 APS Fellowships includes four faculty from the School, bringing the total number of active faculty who hold APS Fellowships to 32.
Thursday, October 8th
School Photo in Steps of Civil Engineering Building
Refreshments will be served in the PAN lobby at 3:00 p.m.
Physics and Astronomy Colloquium in 230 STSS/Bruininks Hall
Nature’s molecular machines: a materials science approach —
Giovanni Zocchi, UCLA
Refreshments to be served outside 230 SSTS after the colloquium.
Friday, October 9th
Nuclear Physics Seminar in PAN 120
There will be no seminar this week.
Condensed Matter Sack Lunch Seminar in 110 PAN
Surface acoustic wave induced optical transparency in photonic crystal cavity —
Semere Tadesse, University of Minnesota
High Energy Theory Lunchtime Seminar in WBOB 142
Black Hole Thermality from Conformal Field Theory —
Matthew Walters (BU)
MN Institute for Astrophysics Colloquium in 331 Smith Hall
Synthesis of Silicon to Zinc Elements as a Function of Galactic Mass —
Jim Truran, U Chicago
History of Science and Technology Colloquium in 275 Nicholson
The Revolution in Computational Causal Discovery —
Richard Scheines, Carnegie Mellon University
Refreshments served at 3:15 p.m.
Introduction to Research Seminar in 110 PAN
To be announced. —
Michael Zudov, University of Minnesota
Monday, October 12th
Cosmology Lunchtime Seminar in 110 PAN
Using Lyman-alpha to detect galaxies that leak Lyman continuum —
Ivana Orlitova & Anne Verhamme, Geneva Observatory, Switzerland
Tuesday, October 13th
Space Physics Seminar in 120 PAN
Van Allen Probes Electric Fields and Waveforms (EFW) Survey of Chorus Waves with the Filterbank Instrument —
Aaron Breneman, University of Minnesota