University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy
Elias Puchner
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A group of researchers at the School of Physics and Astronomy are working to uncover how cells and their signaling networks detect and respond to stimuli. Elias Puchner is new faculty member in the area of experimental biological physics. Through his research he intends to provide “a nano-scale view of cell communication.”


Heller to be awarded Millikan Medal

Kenneth Heller

Professor Kenneth Heller will receive the 2017 Millikan Medal from the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT). The medal recognizes "those who have made notable and intellectually creative contributions to the teaching of physics." More »

New Zooniverse Project: Muon Hunter

Lucy Fortson

A new citizen science project, led by Associate Professor Lucy Fortson, is asking for help from the public to identify and categorize hundreds of thousands of ring patterns within images produced by VERITAS gamma-ray observatory cameras. More »

Mandic to receive Taylor Award for research

Vuk Mandic

Professor Vuk Mandic will receive the 2017 Taylor Award for Distinguished Research. Mandic studies the earliest stages of the universe at the highest energy scales. He is a member of two collaborations: LIGO which recently confirmed the existence of gravitational waves and CDMS which is searching for Dark Matter. More »

Pribiag receives young scientist prize

Vlad Pribiag

Professor Vlad Pribiag was named as a recipient of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics Young scientist prize in Low Temperature Physics for 2017. He will be presented with the prize at the International Low Temperature Physics Conference in Gothenburg Sweden this August. More »

Physics students visit 3M

3M visit

Seventeen graduate and undergraduate physics students visited the 3M corporate campus this spring. Trip co-organizer Professor Shaul Hanany says that the students visited the 3M Innovation Center and toured four research labs. More »


Thursday, April 27th
10:10 am:
Biophysics Seminar in 120 PAN
Uncovering How RNA Molecules ‘Make Decisions’ On the Fly: Towards Understanding and Engineering Cotranscriptional RNA Folding —
Prof. Julius Lucks, Northwestern University
12:05 pm:
Jett Priewe and Claudia Scarlata
1:00 pm:
Crystal Growth and Seebeck Coefficient Measurement of Hg1201 —
Jingnan Cai
3:35 pm:
The Large Binocular Telescope from first stars to exoplanets: challenges and results. —
Adriano Fontana, National Institute for Astrophysics (Italy)
Refreshments to be served outside Smith 100 after the colloquium.
Friday, April 28th
11:15 am:
There will be no seminar this week.
12:20 pm:
Magnetic Order and Excitations in Y1-xLaxTiO3 —
Sajna Hameed, University of Minnesota
12:30 pm:
Antonio Delgado, (Notre Dame U.)
2:30 pm:
No MIfA speaker this week. See the SPA colloquium April 27th
Adriano Fontana, Nat'l Institute for Astrophysics (Italy)
3:35 pm:
"How the Mouse Lost its Tail, Or, Lamarck's Dangerous Idea" —
Jessica Riskin, Stanford University
Refreshments served at 3:25 p.m.
3:35 pm:
Antiferromagnetic Excitations in Underdoped HgBa_2CuO_(4+delta) —
Vikram Nagarajan
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