University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy
Brian Andersson prepares a lecture demonstration
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Ask Brian Andersson, assistant education specialist, in charge of the School of Physics and Astronomy lecture demonstration area, what his favorite demo is and he’ll tell you: “anything that explodes.” Which could describe a significant number of the over 1,000 demonstrations that Andersson has in his repertoire.


Tate remodel slated for June 2015

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

Architects have completed a schematic design for an extensive remodel of Tate Laboratory of Physics. The building will be shutdown in June 2015 with work scheduled to be complete within 24 months. The renovation will seek to preserve the character of the building as a historic part of Northrop Mall while providing modern lecture halls and classrooms, instructional labs, study spaces, and conference rooms. More »

Burnell Receives Sloan Fellowship

Fiona Burnell

Fiona Burnell selected as a 2015 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow in Physics. Burnell is one of 126 early-career scholars or "rising stars" to receive a $50,000 grant this year. More »

MN PhysTEC Program in 5+ Club

Three men, two younger, one older, the older one is explaining a mettalic sphere and one of the younger ones is holding a stick up to the sphere

The Physics Teacher Education Coalition (PhysTEC) recently announced the initial inductees into “The 5+ Club,” a group of institutions that has graduated five or more physics teachers in a given year. Last year, the School of Physics and Astronomy graduated seven physics majors who are obtaining their high school physics teaching license. The great majority of institutions graduate less than two physics teachers a year, and the most common number of graduates is zero. More »

Kakalios Receives Public Engagement in Science Award

smiling man with glasses and red polka dot tie

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has named James Kakalios as the recipient of the 2014 AAAS Public Engagement with Science Award, recognizing "the unique ways he communicates the ideas and excitement of physics" and stimulates members of the general public to learn more about developments in science and technology that shape their lives." More »

Geller to deliver Van Vleck Lecture

Margaret J. Geller

Margaret J. Geller, Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics will deliver the 2015 Van Vleck Lecture on the topic of "Click: The 3D Universe," on Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. in 150 Tate Laboratory of Physics. The lecture is free and open to the public. More »


Monday, March 2nd
12:15 pm:
To be announced. —
Yong-Zhong Qian - University of Minnesota
Tuesday, March 3rd
12:20 pm:
There will be no sack lunch this week due to APS March Meeting
1:25 pm:
To be announced.
2:30 pm:
Biophysics Seminar in 210 Physics
There will be no seminar this week.
Wednesday, March 4th
1:25 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
To be announced.
3:35 pm:
There will be no Colloquium this week.
Thursday, March 5th
12:15 pm:
An asymptotic solution of large-N QCD, and of large-N n=1 SUSY YM —
Marco Bochicchio (INFN, Rome)
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
There will be no seminar this week due to APS March Meeting
2:30 pm:
Evan Nuckolls and Liliya Williams
Friday, March 6th
2:30 pm:
Charles Steinhardt, IPAC
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