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Chris Conklin, current coordinator for Grad Phi says he joined the organization to help other students with work and life balance. Conklin, a fourth year student working with Professor Jorge Vinals on liquid crystals, felt he had a good support system. "I felt like there were people who don’t have that and I wanted to contribute."


Shklovskii awarded 2019 Buckley Prize


Professor Boris Shklovskii of the School of Physics and Astronomy and William I. Fine Theoretical Physics Institute was jointly awarded the Oliver E. Buckley Prize in Condensed Matter Physics. The prize recognizes his "pioneering research in the physics
of disordered materials and hopping conductivity.” More »

Skillman elected as APS Fellow


Professor Evan Skillman was elected a 2018 Fellow of the American Physical Society. He was cited for his contributions to "observational constraints on the primordial helium abundance and significant contributions to understanding the chemical evolution of galaxies." More »

Chubukov Awarded Bardeen Prize

Andrey Chubukov

FTPI Professor Andrey Chubukov was a winner of the 2018 John Bardeen Prize for his "seminal contributions to the theory of unconventional superconductivity, including applications to the iron-based superconductors." The prize was given at the International Conference on the Materials and Mechanisms of Superconductivity. More »

Solar probe to provide closest-ever observations of a star

Parker Solar Probe

The Parker Solar Probe launched on August 12, 2018 will travel closer to the surface of the Sun than any previous spacecraft. Space physicist from the School contributed to the design and build of instruments on the probe. More »

Bagley wins STAR Prize

Micaela Bagley

Graduate Student Micaela Bagley received the Euclid Special Talent And Recognition (STAR) Prize. The award is a recognition of a valuable contribution to the Euclid mission. Bagley's advisor is Associate Professor Claudia Scarlata. More »


Friday, October 19th
12:20 pm:
Neutron scattering study of antiferromagnetic excitations in HgBa2CuO4+δ —
Zach Anderson
12:30 pm:
Hidden symmetries and Goldstone bosons from higher dimensions? —
Emilian Dudas (Ecole Polytechnique)
2:30 pm:
Blowing Away Exoplanets: The Photo-evaporation of Planetary Atmospheres —
Adam Frank, University of Rochester
3:35 pm:
Mechanical Quackery: Electrical Cures for Deafness in the United States, 1880-1930 —
Jaipreet Virdi, University of Delaware
Refreshments served at 3:15 p.m.
4:40 pm:
Novel Quantum Physics in van der Waals Nanostructures —
Ke Wang, Condensed Matter
Monday, October 22nd
12:15 pm:
Novel search for TeV-initiated pair cascades in the intergalactic medium —
Wenlei Chen, UMN
Tuesday, October 23rd
1:25 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in Tate 301-20
Investigating high-energy solar phenomena with the FOXSI-3 sounding rocket —
Julie Vievering, P.S. Athiray and Sophie Musset
Wednesday, October 24th
1:25 pm:
High-spin superconductivity in topological half-Heusler semimetals —
Johnpierre Paglione, University of Maryland, College Park
4:40 pm:
CM Journal Club in Tate 201
Boltzmann Transport Equation
Thursday, October 25th
10:10 am:
Biophysics Seminar in 120 PAN
T cell communication through cytokines follows a simple sink-diffusion model —
Oleg Krichevsky, Molecular Biophysics Lab, Ben-Gurion University
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