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Professor Al Nier in 1940 with his mass spectrometer

Nier inducted into MST Hall of Fame

On November 3, 2010 the late Professor Alfred O. C. Nier was inducted into the Minnesota Science and Technology Hall of Fame. Nier was honored for his development and application of mass spectrometry, which most famously included isolating the first pure sample of the fissionable isotope Uranium-235 in Tate Lab in 1940. A St. Paul native, Nier was a University of Minnesota alumnus (Ph.D., Physics - 1936), a faculty member for more than forty years, and physics chair from 1953 until 1965. More »

Lead-lead collisions at CMS

Heavy ion research begins at CMS

The Compact Muon Solenoid CMS experiment at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) has recorded its first Lead-Lead collisions at a centre-of-mass energy of 2.76 TeV per nucleon pair, marking the start of its heavy ion research programme. Physicists around the world expect a wealth of new results and phenomena from these collisions, which occur at energies 14 times higher than previously achieved by the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC, Brookhaven, USA). More »

Matthew Coudron, the Astronaut Scholarship recipient, with shuttle astronaut Captain Daniel Brandenstein.

Physics student wins Astronaut Scholarship

Matthew Coudron, a physics and mathematics major received a $10,000 Astronaut Scholarship. He received the scholarship from Space shuttle astronaut Capt. Daniel Brandenstein, who has flown four shuttle missions, logged more than 780 hours in space and commanded the maiden voyage of Endeavour. More »

Physics Force at the State Fair

Open House featuring Physics Force

Undecided majors and high school students are cordially invited to the School of Physics and Astronomy Open House on Thursday, November 11, 2010. There will be a pizza lunch from 11:30 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. featuring straight talk about jobs in physics and lab tours. The Physics Force will perform at 7:00 p.m. preceded by an overview of the Physics Undergraduate Program. You'll be eligible to win a copy of The Physics of Superheroes just by attending this event. More »

James Kakalios

Kakalios to deliver Amazing Story of Quantum Physics lecture

Professor James Kakalios of the School of Physics and Astronomy will deliver a talk about The Amazing Story of Quantum Mechanics on Tuesday, October 26 at 7:00 p.m. in room 150 physics. More »

Liliya Williams

Inventive Women: Portraits of Scientists and Engineers

Inventive Women, is a photography exhibit featuring female College of Science and Engineering faculty, including School of Physics and Astronomy profressors Priscilla Cushman, Liliya Williams and Cindy Cattell. More »

Physics Force at the State Fair

Math and Science Family Fun Fair featuring Physics Force

Physics Force will perform two free, public shows at Coffman Union on November, 13, 2010. The shows are part of the Math and Science Family Fun Fair and will be held at 10:30 a.m. and Noon. There will also be a Mystery Science Room in Room 332 Coffman Union from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. More »

Gravitational Waves

Gravitational Waves workshop

The Fine Theoretical Physics Institute will host the 2010 Gravitational Waves Workshop from October 14-16, 2010. More »

Keith Goetz and John Wygant

Probe gets up close to the Sun

Researchers in the School of Physics and Astronomy will be part of an experiment on NASA's Solar Project Plus, a spacecraft that will travel closer to the sun than ever before. The project is slated to launch no later than 2018. More »


Physics Force on opening day of the State Fair

The Physics Force will perform four shows opening day of the Minnesota State Fair on Thursday, August 26th. They performances will take place at the Carousel Park Outdoor Stage at 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. More »

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