University of Minnesota
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Two University astronomers, Kris Davidson and Roberta Humphreys have discovered that a massive binary star system, Eta Car is returning to its original state: that of a hot star easily visible in the sky of the Southern Hemisphere. Davidson and Humphreys have observed Eta Car since the Hubble Space Telescope first came online in 1990. This series of observations has given them solid evidence that Eta Car-- sometimes called the poster child for very massive stars, because it is the most massive star that is close enough to Earth to be easily observed—is experiencing dramatic changes.


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 »

Pribiag Named McKnight Land-Grant Professor

Vlad Pribiag

Vlad Pribiag was named a 2019 McKnight Land-Grant Professor. The program is designed to advance the careers of new assistant professors at a crucial point in their professional lives. Pribiag's research is in novel low-dimensional quantum materials and devices for information processing. This research investigates new materials, aimed at transcending the limitations of traditional semi-conductor computers. More »

Gherghetta receives Simons Fellowship

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Professor Tony Gherghetta received the 2019 Simons Fellowship. The Simons Fellows program extends academic leaves from one term to a full year, enabling recipients to focus solely on research for the long periods often necessary for significant advances. Gherghetta is a theoretical physicist specializing in physics beyond the standard model. More »


Monday, September 16th
12:15 pm:
There will be no seminar this week.
2:30 pm:
Physics Education in Japan and Hokkaido University —
Professor Hisao Suzuki, Professor of Theoretical Particle Physics, Director of General Education, Deputy Director General Institute for the Advancement of Higher Education Hokkaido University
Tuesday, September 17th
11:15 am:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in Tate 301-20
Nucleosynthesis in core-collapse supernovae —
Sanjana Curtis, North Carolina State University
1:25 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in Tate 201-20
no seminar this week
To be announced.
3:30 pm:
There will be no seminar this week.
Wednesday, September 18th
1:25 pm:
Vison crystals in an extended Kitaev honeycomb model —
Gabor Halasz, ORNL
3:35 pm:
To be announced.
Thursday, September 19th
10:10 am:
Biophysics Seminar in 120 PAN
12:10 pm:
Sharan Banagiri
3:35 pm:
"Evolution and robustness in genetic networks" —
Leon Glass, McGill University
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