Gwynne Crowder is a Research Associate working on the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) with Professor Vuk Mandic. LIGO is a ground-based observatory that is searching for gravitational waves, which have yet to be directly detected. Gravitational waves are one of the last predictions of Einstein’s theory of general relativity that has not been directly observed. “There have been a lot of checks on Einstein’s theories, but it’s good to cross all the t’s and dot the i’s,” Crowder says.
Tate Renovation Ground Breaking
University officials broke ground on the renovation of the Tate Science and Teaching building (formerly Tate Laboratory of Physics) at a ceremony on September 30, 2015. The occasion marked the official beginning of the two-year renovation scheduled to be completed in Fall of 2017 that will transform the 89 year old building into the joint home of the School of Physics and Astronomy and the Newton Horace Winchell School of Earth Sciences. More »
The public can view the renovation live on this web cam.
Kakalios receives APS Fellowship
Professor James Kakalios was named a APS Fellow "for innovative efforts to engage the public in the excitement of physics through popular science books, general audience talks, and on-line videos that use examples taken from popular culture." Kakalios was was named a fellow from the Forum on Outreach and Engaging the Public. The list of 2015 APS Fellowships includes four faculty from the School, bringing the total number of active faculty who hold APS Fellowships to 32.
Rusack elected APS Fellow
Professor Roger Rusack was elected an APS Fellow "for leadership in the development of advanced photodetector systems used in the Higgs boson discovery and realization and exploitation of the electromagnetic calorimeter of the CMS experiment." Rusack was named in the Division of Particles and Fields. The list of 2015 APS Fellowships includes four faculty from the School, bringing the total number of active faculty who hold APS Fellowships to 32.
Zudov named APS Fellow
Professor Michael Zudov was named a Fellow of the American Physical Society "for seminal experiments on nonequilibrium transport in high Landau levels of 2D systems, including discovery of microwave-induced resistance oscillations and zero-resistance states." Zudov was named in the Division of Condensed Matter. The list of 2015 APS Fellowships includes four faculty from the School, bringing the total number of active faculty who hold APS Fellowships to 32.
Gherghetta named APS Fellow
Professor Tony Gherghetta was named a Fellow of the American Physical Society "For contributions to theories of extra dimensions and supersymmetry, advancing our understanding of grand unification, supersymmetry-breaking and the fermion mass hierarchy." Gherghetta was named in the Division of Particles and Fields. The list of 2015 APS Fellowships includes four faculty from the School, bringing the total number of active faculty who hold APS Fellowships to 32.
Wednesday, October 14th
Biophysics Seminar in 120 PAN
There will be no seminar this week.
Condensed Matter Seminar in 110 PAN
Anyons in solvable models of quantum magnets —
Oleg Tchernyashov, Johns Hopkins
Elementary Particle Physics Seminar in 110 PAN
Exotic quark states at BESIII —
Jianming Bian, University of Minnesota
Thursday, October 15th
MN Institute for Astrophysics Journal Club in PAN 110
Karlen Shahinyan and Soroush Sotoudeh
Physics and Astronomy Colloquium in 230 STSS/Bruininks Hall
Mechanics of magnetic solitons —
Oleg Tchernyshyov, Johns Hopkins University
Refreshments to be served outside 230 SSTS after the colloquium.
Friday, October 16th
Nuclear Physics Seminar in PAN 120
There will be no seminar this week.
Condensed Matter Sack Lunch Seminar in 110 PAN
Quantum Hall stripes in tilted magnetic fields —
Qianhui Shi, University of Minnesota
High Energy Theory Lunchtime Seminar in WBOB 142
Towards a No-Lose Theorem for Naturalness —
David Curtin (Maryland)
MN Institute for Astrophysics Colloquium in 331 Smith Hall
Nanofabrication for Astronomy: Small Features for Small Wavelengths —
Randall McEntaffer, U Iowa
History of Science and Technology Colloquium in 275 Nicholson
How to be a Patient: Patienthood and Medical Thinking in the Medieval Islamicate World —
Ahmed Ragab, Harvard Divinity School
Refreshments served at 3:15 p.m. Co-sponsored with the Institute for Advanced Studies, the Center for Early Modern History, and the Consortium for the Study of the Premodern World