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.”


Veit wins Apker Award

Michael Veit

Recent University of Minnesota graduate Michael J. Veit has won the 2014 Leroy Apker award of the American Physical Society. The prestigious Apker award recognizes outstanding achievements and potential for future scientific accomplishment in physics by undergraduate students. Only two winners are selected, one from a Ph.D.-granting institution, and one from a non-Ph.D-granting institution. More »

Gov. Dayton signs bonding bill which includes full funding for Tate Lab Remodel

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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 »

Goldman wins Buckley Prize

Allen Goldman

Allen Goldman has won the 2015 Oliver E. Buckley Condensed Matter Physics Prize for his "discoveries and pioneering investigations of the superconductor-insulator transition, a paradigm for quantum phase transitions." More »

Physics Force at Northrop Auditorium

Jon Anderson and Shaul Hanany

The Physics Force will present their annual winter shows for Minnesota's school-age children. The highly popular show - performed for over 20,000 spectators every year - demonstrates that physics is interesting, understandable and fun!The performances will be held at Northrop Auditorium on January 12-16, 2015. The Physics Force will also perform on Thursday, January 15 at 7 PM for other students and the public; it is free. The show lasts about an hour. To sign up to attend the show, go to our Eventbrite More »

Five New Faculty 2014-15

The School of Physics and Astronomy welcomes five new faculty members in the 2014-2015 academic year: Andrey Chubukov, Natalia Perkins, Elias Puchner, Vlad Pribiag and Jake Koralek. Andrey Chubukov, a theoretical condensed matter physicist, holds the William and Bianca Fine Chair in Theoretical Physics. Natalia Perkins’ research is in condensed matter theory. Elias Puchner focusses on biologic physics. Vlad Pribiag and Jake Koralek are condensed matter experimentalists. Professors Chubukov, Perkins and Pribiag joined the School in summer 2014.


Tuesday, October 21st
12:20 pm:
Composite Silicon Thin Films for Particle Detectors and Solar Cells —
Zvie Razieli, University of Minnesota
12:20 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 210 Physics
A survey of the cusp ion outflow’s kinetic energy flux measured by Polar and FAST during conjunction events —
Sheng Tian, University of Minnesota
1:25 pm:
Searching for Leptonic CP Violation with T2K and Hyper-Kamiokande —
Matthew Malek, Imperial College London
2:30 pm:
Biophysics Seminar in 210 Physics
Engineering Synthetic Ligands for Molecular Imaging —
Ben Hackel, University of Minnesota
7:00 pm:
Café Scientifique in Bryant Lake Bowl
Café Scientifique: Einstein: The Old Sage Versus Young Turk —
Michel Janssen, University of Minnesota
Wednesday, October 22nd
1:25 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
There will be no seminar this week.
3:35 pm:
Magnetotransport in two-dimensional systems —
Michael Zudov, University of Minnesota
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics after colloquium
Thursday, October 23rd
12:05 pm:
Taryn Heilman
12:15 pm:
Light Hidden Sectors and Low-Energy Searches —
David Morrissey (TRIUMF)
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Probing Biological Systems Using Frequency Swept Pulses: MRI Contrasts in High Rotating Frames " —
Shalom Michaeli, Department of Radiology, UMN
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