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The Society of Physics Students at the University of Minnesota has one of the most active and effective clubs for undergraduate physics majors in the country. The Minnesota chapter won a national award in 2013 for Outstanding Chapter.


Marx to deliver Erikson Public Lecture

Jay Marx

Dr. Jay Marx, Senior Advisor, LIGO Laboratory, California Institute of Technology will talk about "The Discovery of Gravitational Waves from Merging Black Holes" on May 6 at 4:00 p.m. in 101 Fraser Hall. More »

Pre-Commencement Reception

The College of Science and Engineering graduation ceremony will be Friday, May 13, 2016. There will be a pre-ceremony reception in PAN 110 at 4:00 p.m. for graduates, family, friends, and faculty.

Mandic Group Plays Role in Double Discovery

Vuk Mandic

Scientists at the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) confirmed that they have observed gravitational waves for the first time. These ripples in the fabric of spacetime caused by a cataclysmic event in the distant universe, were predicted by Einstein a hundred years ago, but never before observed. Physicists have concluded that the observed waves were produced during the final fraction of a second of the merger of two black holes to produce a single, more massive spinning black hole. This collision of two black holes had been predicted but never observed. More »

Janssen receives research award

Michel Janssen

Professor Michel Janssen has been elected the recipient of a Humboldt Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. Janssen was honored for his studies of the history of physics, especially the relativity and quantum revolutions in the early twentieth century. More »

Hanany receives Taylor Award


Professor Shaul Hanany has received the 2016 George W. Taylor Distinguished Teaching Award. He is being recognized for his exceptional contributions to undergraduate education, teaching and mentoring. The honor comes with $3,000 to be used in professional development. Hanany will be formally recognized at the College of Science of Engineering Commencement Celebration in May. More »


Wednesday, May 4th
10:10 am:
Biophysics Seminar in 120 PAN
Michael Guy Poirier, Ohio State University
To be announced.
1:25 pm:
There will no seminar this week.
3:35 pm:
There will be no seminar this week.
Thursday, May 5th
12:05 pm:
Karl Young and Claudia Scarlata
2:30 pm:
A Model of the Stochastic Gravitational-Wave Background due to Core Collapse to Black Holes —
Kyle Crocker, University of Minnesota
3:35 pm:
Neutrinos, Antineutrinos, and No Neutrinos —
Josh Klein, University of Pennsylvania
Refreshments to be served outside 101 Fraser after the colloquium. Student Awards will be presented at the start of Colloquium.
Friday, May 6th
08:00 am:
Last day of instruction before final exams.
11:15 am:
There will be no seminar this week.
12:20 pm:
Magnetotransport in NdTiO3/SrTiO3 Interface —
Yilikal Ayino, University of Minnesota
12:30 pm:
Some aspects of Axion Electrodynamics —
Chris Hill (Fermilab)
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