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University Establishes Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics

Bob Gehrz

Friday, July 1 marks the creation of the Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics (MIfA). The Institute brings together 20 faculty members of the School of Physics and Astronomy conducting research in astronomy, astrophysics, cosmology, planetary science, and space science under a single banner. As an institute within the School, the MIfA will replace the current Department of Astronomy in administering the University's undergraduate and graduate programs in astrophysics.

It will also help coordinate astrophysics research in the current Department of Astronomy with the growing astrophysics program in the physics portion of the School. The MIfA will work actively to develop new research funding opportunities and to seek endowed support for its key functions, including the University's involvement in the Large Binocular Telescope project.

Bob Gehrz has accepted appointment as the founding Director of the MIfA. Professor Ron Poling, Head of the School of Physics and Astronomy said, "Please join with me in congratulating Bob and all of the Institute's members on the launch of this new flagship for astrophysics research in Minnesota. I expect the MIfA will bring even greater success and visibility to this exciting and successful part of the University's research portfolio."

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