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When one imagines a room full of physicists in training, the image that comes to mind is perhaps not a group of students sitting around playing with Legos. But that is precisely the metaphor used by Kurt Wick to describe his classes in the Methods of Experimental Physics. The students do not play with actual interlocking colored bricks, but rather bits of computer systems that might fit together in larger experiments.


Crowell receives Taylor Teaching Award

Paul Crowell

Professor Paul Crowell of the School of Physics and Astronomy received the 2018 George W. Taylor Distinguished Teaching Award from the College of Science and Engineering. Crowell will receive $3,000 to be used for professional development in teaching and research. More »

Kakalios Receives Taylor Service Award

James Kakalios

Professor James Kakalios of the School of Physics and Astronomy received the 2018 George W. Taylor Award for Distinguished Service. Kakalios will receive $3,000 to be used for professional development in teaching and research. More »

Greven named McKnight Professor

Martin Greven

Professor Martin Greven of the School of Physics and Astronomy has been selected as a Distinguished McKnight University Professor. The award recognizes Greven's research in the field of experimental condensed matter physics. Greven will receive a grant of $100,000 to be used over a five year period. More »

Dahlberg receives education award

Dan Dahlberg

Professor Dan Dahlberg of the School of Physics and Astronomy will receive the 2017-2018 Award for Outstanding Contributions to Graduate and Professional Education by the University. Recipients of the award are made members of the University's Academy of Distinguished Teachers and are conferred with the title of "Distinguished University Teacher." Dahlberg will also receive a $15,000 award to go toward toward research support. More »

SPS Named Outstanding Chapter

Levi Walls at the Family Fun Fair outreach event

The School's chapter of the Society of Physics Students (SPS) was named "Outstanding Chapter" by the national organization. Chapter President Levi Walls said that "despite being confined to Shepherd Labs due to the Tate remodel, SPS was able to increase the number of opportunities for members to volunteer within the department and community at large." More »


Friday, April 20th
12:20 pm:
Interplay between interaction and disorder: Existence of many-body mobility edge in a modified Sachdev-Ye-Kitaev model. —
Hanteng Wang, University of Minnesota
12:30 pm:
SU(5) x U(1)_X grand unification with Minimal Seesaw and Z′-portal dark matter —
Nobuchika Okada (U. Alabama)
2:30 pm:
No colloquium - See info for the Kaufmanis Public Lecture on the 18th
3:35 pm:
Roberta Humphreys, Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics, University of Minnesota
Refreshments served at 3:15 p.m.
3:35 pm:
Using the Claim, Evidence, and Reasoning Framework to Develop Prospective Teachers’ Scientific Explanations in Physics —
Jennifer Docktor, University of Wisconsin – La Crosse Dept. of Physics
4:40 pm:
Career Panel in Tate 120
Careers in Industry and Academia for Physics PhDs
Everyone welcome, see abstract for full information.
Monday, April 23rd
12:15 pm:
Broadband anti-reflection coatings using “moth-eye” structures in millimeter and submillimeter astronomy —
Qi Wen, UMN
4:40 pm:
Bolometer Response to Elevation Angle in EBEX: How can we detect evidence of inflation in the early universe? —
Irene Moskowitz (University of Minnesota)
Tuesday, April 24th
12:20 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in Tate 301-20
To be announced.
Wednesday, April 25th
1:25 pm:
Spin-Dependent Transport and Superconductivity in SrTiO3-Based Heterostructures —
Vlad Pribiag (University of Minnesota)
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