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Levi Walls at the Family Fun Fair outreach event

SPS Named Outstanding Chapter

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 »

Aaron Breneman

Minnesota space physicists make discovery that may help improve space weather predictions

Dr. Aaron Breneman, researcher in the School of Physics and Astronomy, was lead author on a paper which helps explain the mechanism which causes highly energetic electrons that reach the Earth’s atmosphere. Such particles can cause the auroral displays--the Northern Lights in Northern Minnesota, for example, and can damage satellites and other spacecraft. One of the goals of this research is to help predict space “weather” which can adversely affect human activity and technology. More »

Lindsay Glesener

Real rocket science for undergraduates

Professor Lindsay Glesner and her research group were featured in an article about young scientists working on a NASA satellite project called EXACT. The article focuses on Abi Valero, a junior majoring in aerospace engineering and mechanics, who is part of Glesener's space physics research laboratory. More »

Kurt Wick

Wick wins Reichert Award

Senior Scientist, Kurt Wick will receive the American Physical Society 2018 Jonathan F. Reichert and Barbara Wolff-Reichert Award for Excellence in Advanced Laboratory Instruction. Wick has guided the Methods of Experimental Physics courses in the School of Physics and Astronomy for thirty years. More »

Keith Olive

Olive to receive Bethe Prize

Professor Keith Olive was named as the recipient of the 2018 Hans A. Bethe Prize from the American Physical Society (APS). Olive received the prize for his research across a number of disciplines including nuclear physics, particle physics, theoretical and observational astrophysics, and cosmology, and Big Bang nucleosynthesis and the properties of Dark Matter. More »

An artist's rendering of the collision of two neutron stars

LIGO detects gravitational waves from Neutron Star collision

For the first time, physicists have detected gravitational waves from the collision of two neutron stars. The observation was made by LIGO, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, a collaborative project with over one thousand researchers from more than twenty countries, including the University of Minnesota. More »

Rafael Fernandes

Fernandes named APS Fellow

Associate Professor Rafael Fernandes was named a Fellow of the American Physical Society for "pioneering works on nematic order and nematic fluctuations in iron-based superconductors and other strongly correlated materials." More »

Vuk Mandic

Vuk Mandic named APS Fellow

Professor Vuk Mandic has been named a Fellow of the American Physical Society for "significant contributions to searches for primordial gravitational waves using LIGO data and for pioneering studies of the ultimate limits to low frequency sensitivity of ground-based gravitational-wave detectors." More »

Lawrence Rudnick

MIFA Public Lecture: A walk on the Dark Side

Professor Lawrence Rudnick will deliver the Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics Public Lecture, "A Walk on the Darkside," at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, October 12 in Tate Hall, Room B50. More »

The Physics Force on stage at Northrop in 2017.

Physics Force to appear on public television program

The Physics Force will appear on the Twin Cities Public Television program "Hands-on Science." The program will air on Sunday, October 15 at 7:00 p.m. on TPT's Minnesota Channel.

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