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Vuk Mandic

New Traineeship will train researchers at the intersection of astrophysics and data science

School of Physics and Astronomy Professor Vuk Mandic is the principal investigator of a National Science Foundation Research Traineeship designed to train graduate students in data science, in the context of the nascent field of Multi-Messenger Astrophysics. The new training program will be conducted by an interdisciplinary group of faculty, cutting across two Colleges and five programs and will provide a total of 30 annual stipends for graduate students, during 2020-2024, each in the amount of $34,000 plus tuition and fees. More »

Patrick Kelly

Kelly receives grants to study extremely magnified stars

Prof. Patrick Kelly received more than $430,000 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study extremely magnified stars. Observing a very distant star whose image is being magnified by the gravity of a cluster of galaxies in the foreground, Kelly's group hopes to learn about stars and potentially dark matter in the form of black holes in the foreground cluster. The project will develop several exhibits for the Bell Museum. Kelly also received a grant for more than $447,000 and a large amount of time on the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) to study dark matter using similar technique. More »

Jenna Burgett and Kyle Houser with a model of the cubesat satellite SOCRATES

First University of Minnesota-built small satellite launches

Jenna Burgett a student in the School of Physics and Astronomy is a project leader for a group that will launch the first Minnesota-built 'cubesat' into space. A cubesat is a small research satellite the size of a shoebox. Signal of Opportunity CubeSat for Ranging and Timing Experiments (SOCRATES) will observe gamma ray photons from deep space. Burgett and Kyle Houser, another member of the The Small Satellite Laboratory delivered SOCRATES in person to Houston for launch on November 2. More »

Charles Marcus

Marcus to deliver Misel Public Lecture

Professor Charles Marcus, Center for Quantum Devices, Niels Bohr Institute, and Microsoft Quantum Lab – Copenhagen will deliver the Misel Public Lecture on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in the McNamara Alumni Center on the topic of Quantum Computing: Why, How and When. More »


Quataert to deliver Kaufmanis Public Lecture

Professor Eliot Quataert, UC Berkeley, will deliver the Kaufmanis Public Lecture on Thursday, October 10 at 7:00 p.m. in the Coffman Theater on the topic of Cosmic Gold: Neutron Star Mergers, Gravitational Waves, and the Origin of the Elements. More »


In Memoriam, Professor Cork Johnson

Professor Emeritus Walter "Cork" Johnson passed away in Minneapolis on September 24th at the age of 91. Cork was an expert on precision mass spectroscopy. A native of Minneapolis and a student of Al Nier, he received his BA, MA and PhD in Physics from the University. After a brief stint at General Electric, Cork joined the faculty of the School in 1958 and retired in 1993. More »

Lucy Fortson

Fortson receives Nicholson Medal for Outreach

Professor Lucy Fortson has been awarded the 2019 Nicholson Medal for Outreach by the American Physical Society "for extraordinary work in bringing the excitement and discovery of scientific research to the public through her leadership of the Zooniverse project." More »

Hans Courant

In Memoriam, Professor 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 »


Sieverding at Research Exhibition

Dr. Andre Sieverding, Post-doctoral Associate at the School of Physics and Astronomy, presented his research at Minnesota Supercomputing Institute annual Research Exhibition. His poster was titled "Exploring new dimensions: Nucleosynthesis based on 3D supernova simulations." 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 »

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