University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy
Dan Dahlberg
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Physicists at the University of Minnesota are using very small, magnetic particles to answer questions in fundamental physics that have broad reaching implications in understanding some difficult real-world problems.


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 »

Mandic receives Distinguished McKnight Professorship


Professor Vuk Mandic of the School of Physics and Astronomy has been selected as a 2019 Distinguished McKnight University Professor. The award recognizes Mandic's research in the field of experimental cosmology and astrophysics. Mandic will receive a grant of $120,000 to be used over a five year period. More »

Knauber wins Ovshinsky Award


Brenda Knauber, a physics Ph.D. candidate in Professor James Kakalios’s research group, has been selected for an Ovshinsky Student Travel Award to present her research at the 2019 March American Physical Society’s (APS) Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts. More »


Friday, April 26th
11:00 am:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in Physics Tate 301-20
“Hunting for dark matter with neutron stars” —
Sanjay Reddy, University of Washington
12:20 pm:
Signatures of Superconducting Fluctuations on the Nonlinear Susceptibility of Layered Superconductors —
Fei Chen
12:30 pm:
Entropy Bounds on Effective Field Theory from Rotating Dyonic Black Holes —
Grant Remmen (UC Berkeley)
2:30 pm:
There will be no colloquium today
3:35 pm:
Republic of Venus: Shopping for Venereal Cures in Early Modern London —
Olivia Weisser, History - University of Massachusetts
Refreshments served at 3:15 p.m.
3:35 pm:
How computer coaches impact math anxiety in introductory physics students —
Autumn Brower, University of Minnesota
4:40 pm:
Career Advisory Board Visit + Meet, no seminar this week.
Monday, April 29th
12:15 pm:
Patrick Kelly, UMN
Tuesday, April 30th
Wednesday, May 1st
1:25 pm:
A pedagogical introduction to the emergence of topology in non-Hermitian dynamics —
Jack Harris, Yale University
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