University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy
Jonathan Garamella
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Biological physicists at the University of Minnesota are breaking apart the components of a cell, taking out the molecular machinery responsible for protein synthesis from DNA to reconstruct specific cellular functions such as cytoskeleton-based cell division. The goal of this research is ultimately to create a synthetic cell in a test tube that can divide and evolve on its own.


In Memoriam, Professor Cork Johnson


Professor Emeritus Walter "Cork" Johnson passed away in Minneapolis on September 24th at the age of 91. Cork was an expert on precision mass spectroscopy. A native of Minneapolis and a student of Al Nier, he received his BA, MA and PhD in Physics from the University. After a brief stint at General Electric, Cork joined the faculty of the School in 1958 and retired in 1993. More »

Fortson receives Nicholson Medal for Outreach

Lucy Fortson

Professor Lucy Fortson has been awarded the 2019 Nicholson Medal for Outreach by the American Physical Society "for extraordinary work in bringing the excitement and discovery of scientific research to the public through her leadership of the Zooniverse project." More »

In Memoriam, Professor Hans Courant

Hans Courant

Professor Emeritus Hans Courant, the founder of the high energy physics group at the University of Minnesota, died in Minneapolis on August 21, 2019. He was 94 years old. More »

Kakalios video goes viral


Professor James Kakalios of the School of Physics and Astronomy made a video "Physicist Breaks Down The Science Of 10 Iconic Marvel Scenes" that has had 1.6 million views in less than a week. Kakalios has written three popular physics books including the "Physics of Superheroes" making him a much sought-after expert commentator. More »

Scarlata receives Taylor Research Award

Claudia Scarlata

Associate Professor Claudia Scarlata won the College of Science and Engineering George W. Taylor Distinguished Research Award. The award comes with $3,000 to be used in Scarlata's research in astrophysics. The Distinguished Research Award recognizes younger faculty members who have shown outstanding ability in research. More »


Friday, October 18th
12:20 pm:
"Possible origin of nematic superconductivity in twisted bilayer graphene". —
Dmitry Chichinadze
12:30 pm:
Quantum gravity in a finite box —
Edgar Shaghoulian (Cornell U.)
2:30 pm:
No Colloquium. Physics Colloquium speaker Thurs: Charles M. Marcus, Niels Bohr Institute
4:40 pm:
Understanding particle acceleration is space plasmas using radio waves and lab plasma experiments —
Cynthia Cattell
Monday, October 21st
12:15 pm:
Multi-Wavelength Observatories: New probes of GWs from the Center of Galaxies —
Razi Emami Melbody, Harvard CfA
1:25 pm:
Decarbonizing Heat and Transport – a role for hydrogen from natural gas? —
William J. Nuttall (The Open University, UK)
Tuesday, October 22nd
11:15 am:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in Tate 301-20
Relaxation Time for Strange Quark Spin in Rotating Quark-Gluon Plasma —
Joe Kapusta, University of Minnesota
1:25 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in Tate 201-20
Trevor Knuth
3:30 pm:
Detecting plant biodiversity across scales using hyperspectral sensors —
Jeannine Cavender Bares
Wednesday, October 23rd
1:25 pm:
Exact Eigenstates in Non-Integrable Systems: A violation of ETH —
Andrei Bernevig, Princeton University
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