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Shaul Hanany’s observational cosmology group is flying balloon-borne instruments to search for signatures of the Big Bang. Cosmologists posit that as early as 10 -35 seconds after the Bang, the Universe underwent a period of immense inflation during which its size inflated many trillions fold.

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Scarlata named to NASA COPAG Executive Committee

Claudia Scarlata

Professor Claudia Scarlata was selected to be on the Executive Committee of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Cosmic Origins Program Analysis Group (COPAG). COPAG is the analysis arm of NASA's Cosmic Origins Program. More »

Researchers propose low-mass supernova triggered formation of our solar system

Yong-Zhong Qian

A research team led by Professor Yong-Zhong Qian uses new models and evidence from meteorites to show that a low-mass supernova triggered the formation of our solar system. More »

Cushman elected Vice-Chair of DPF; plans to improve funding success for young physicists

Priscilla Cushman

Professor Priscilla Cushman was elected Vice-Chair of the Executive Committee of the American Physical Society (APS) Division of Particles and Fields (DPF). The DPF is one of fifteen divisions within the APS focused on specialized research areas and includes scientists who study fundamental particles and fields, the design and development of accelerators and instrumentation techniques to carry out this research. Cushman plans to use her term to start a campaign of public and political visibility, including the creation of a policy track to improve career options for graduate students. More »

Local SPS named outstanding chapter

SPS Student at an outreach event

The School of Physics and Astronomy's Society of Physics Students was named an outstanding chapter for the year 2015. "SPS has continuously worked hard to provide opportunities for our members to thrive both in academic as well as social pursuits," said Chapter President, Levi Walls. More »

Chubukov, Fernandes and Greven given grant to form research center

Center for Quantum Materials faculty Andrey Chubukov, Martin Greven, Bharat Jalan, Rafael Fernandes, and Chris Leighton

Three faculty members in the School are part of a $2.6 million grant over the next three years from the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Basic Energy Sciences. The new Center for Quantum Materials brings together an interdisciplinary research team of Professors Andrey Chubakov, Rafael Fernandes and Martin Greven from the School and Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science professors Bharat Jalan and Chris Leighton. More »


Calendar

Wednesday, January 18th
1:25 pm:
Charge dynamics in iron-based superconductors —
Aliaksei Charnukha, University of California, San Diego
Candidate for the Condensed Matter Experimental Assistant Professor Position
3:35 pm:
There will be no seminar this week.
4:30 pm:
CM Journal Club in PAN 120
There will be no journal club this week.
Thursday, January 19th
11:15 am:
Biophysics Seminar in 120 PAN
There will be no seminar this week.
3:35 pm:
There will be no colloquium this week.
Friday, January 20th
11:15 am:
Organizational Meeting
12:20 pm:
There will be no seminar this week.
12:30 pm:
There will be no seminar this week.
2:30 pm:
No Colloquium
3:35 pm:
"Considering Temporal Heterogeneity in Autism” —
Jed Elison, Institute of Child Development - University of Minnesota
Refreshments served at 3:25 p.m.
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