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Vote for 'Spannungsfeld' in public art competition

Those who have enjoyed the art at the new Physics and Nanotechnology Building titled 'Spannungsfeld'--the two 'disappearing' sculptures can show their appreciation by voting for the work in a public art competition. Voting is open until June 30 at online. Please scroll down to 'education' and vote with the Facebook "like" button above the image.


Highlights of the Physics and Nanotechology Building

The University has created a short video featuring highlights of the new Physics and Nanotechnology building.


Fernandes wins Early Career Research Grant

Professor Rafael Fernandes of the School of Physics and Astronomy is one of only 35 scholars across the country to receive an Early Career Research Grant from the Department of Energy. The program seeks "outstanding scientists early in their careers" and provides an award of $750,000 over five years. Fernandes was cited for his paper "Competing Orders in Correlated Materials: Impact of Disorder and Non‐Equilibrium Perturbations," by the Office of Basic Energy Sciences. More »

Fernandes paper in Nature

Professor Rafael Fernandes and collaborators from Columbia University and the Chinese Academy of sciences have published a paper on unconventional superconductors in the journal "Nature." More »


Cushman named chair of AAAC

Professor Prisca Cushman was named as chair of the Astronomy and Astrophysics Advisory Committee of the National Science Foundation for the 2014-2015 term. The AAAC advises the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) on selected issues within the fields of astronomy and astrophysics that are of mutual interest and concern to the agencies.

Meier wins outstanding service award

Jerry Meier, Director of the Soudan Underground Laboratory, has won a 2014 President's Award for Outstanding Service. The award recognizes staff who have provided outstanding service to the University.


Free Screening of Particle Fever

There will be a free screening of the film "Particle Fever," which tells the story of the creation of the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland. The screening will be held at 7:00 p.m. on April 30 in Northrup Auditorium. It will be followed by a question and answer session with Professors Tony Gherghetta, Jeremy Mans and Prisca Cushman. More »

Architect's rendering showing the new exterior of the Tate Lab of Physics

Tate Renovation: Construction is Under Way

The Tate Science and Teaching Renovation project has moved into its two-year construction phase. In preparation, more than two hundred School of Physics and Astronomy faculty members, students and staff had to be relocated to other campus locations. This move was completed in less than the allocated time, allowing for restoration work and demolition for new construction to begin on schedule. More »

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When Gravity Rocked the Universe

Right after its birth in the Big Bang, the infant universe threw the mother of all tantrums. In an instant it ballooned from smaller than an atomic nucleus to something much larger than its currently observable size. (Yes, the universe is bigger than we can currently observe.) More »

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First Results from BICEP2 CMB Telescope

The first results from the BICEP2 CMB telescope will be presented on a special web cast on Monday, March 17 at 10:45-11:30 EDT. Minnesota is a major contributor to BICEP2, under the leadership of Professor Clem Pryke. The webcast will begin with a presentation 10:45-11:30 EDT, followed by a news conference 12:00-1:00 EDT. More »

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