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Evan Frodermann

The Next Generation of Computer Coaches

Evan Frodermann is a post doc in the Physics Education Group, working with Ken Heller in a cross- discipline collaboration between the School and the College of Education and Human Development. Frodermann is helping to develop the second generation of computer coaches for use in physics classrooms. These computer coaches are designed to help teaching the skill of problem-solving in a physics context. More »

Vlad Pribiag

Towards Topological Quantum Computing

Vlad Pribiag is a condensed matter experimental physicist. His research focuses on novel low-dimensional semiconductors. He is particularly interested in materials with strong spin-orbit coupling, studying how the unique properties of certain materials can be used for information processing. Spin orbit coupling refers to the interaction between a particle’s spin and its motion. Physicists can control the spin by manipulating the motion of the particle. Physicists have found ways to encode either classical information or quantum information in the spin. More »

Eta Car

Eta Car: The Great Imposter

Two University astronomers, Kris Davidson and Roberta Humphreys have discovered that a massive binary star system, Eta Car is returning to its original state: that of a hot star easily visible in the sky of the Southern Hemisphere. Davidson and Humphreys have observed Eta Car since the Hubble Space Telescope first came online in 1990. This series of observations has given them solid evidence that Eta Car-- sometimes called the poster child for very massive stars, because it is the most massive star that is close enough to Earth to be easily observed—is experiencing dramatic changes. More »

Liliya Williams

Where is Dark Matter?

Liliya Williams is a Professor of Astrophysics working on the distribution of dark matter throughout the Universe. Using luminous matter such as stars and gas, Williams can trace dark matter and find patterns in the distribution. More »

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Searching for Gravitational Waves

Tanner Prestegard is part of the search for gravitational waves with Vuk Mandic. He is a graduate student working on the Laser Infermeter Gravitational Observatory (LIGO) experiment. Prestegard’s role is primarily in data analysis-- looking through data and trying to pick out anything that is an actual gravitational wave. More »

Andy Julin

Mysterious Charm

Andy Julin is a fourth year graduate student in experimental particle physics. He is part of the BESIII collaboration working under Professor Ron Poling and Dan Cronin-Hennessy. BESIII is an electron-positron detector located in Beijing, China which analyzes charm physics. Charm physics is the name given to the study of the charm or c quark, a subatomic particle that makes up other subatomic particles such as mesons and hadrons. More »

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