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Sean Kalafut is a graduate student working on the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN under the direction of Professor Roger Rusack. Kalafut’s research focuses on particle reconstruction in high pile-up. Kalafut uses a physical analogy to describe high pile-up. “Imagine two people are each standing four feet in front of you, and the distance between the two people is four feet. Each person is holding a camera with a flash, and each person takes a photo of you with the flash turned on.


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 »

Woodward elected Vice President of AAS

Chick Woodward

Professor Charles "Chick" Woodward was elected Vice President of the American Astronomical Society. He will begin his term in the summer of 2015.

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 »


Friday, March 6th
11:00 am:
Special Space Physics Seminar in 435 Tate Lab of Physics
High Energy" Ion depletion in the Post-Midnight Plasmasphere - Using the Van Allen Probes Satellite Suite to Uncover Mysteries of the Inner Magnetosphere —
Lois Sarno-Smith, University of Michigan
2:30 pm:
Are All Galaxies the Same? A Synchronized, Uniform Framework for Galaxy and Black Hole Evolution —
Charles Steinhardt, IPAC
3:35 pm:
A Methodological Role for Explanation in Science: Mechanistic Explanation and the Functional Perspective —
Andrea Woody, Department of Philosophy, University of Washington
Refreshments served in Room 275 Nicholson Hall at 3:15 p.m.
3:35 pm:
Using Generation-2 Direct Measurement Videos for student inquiry —
Peter Bohacek, Sibley Senior High
4:40 pm:
To be announced. —
Boris Shklovskii, University of Minnesota
Monday, March 9th
12:15 pm:
A particle physics model for inflation and the baryon asymmetry of the universe —
Marco Peloso, University of Minnesota
Tuesday, March 10th
12:20 pm:
To be announced. —
Yangmu Li, UMN
1:25 pm:
To be announced.
1:25 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 210 Physics
Solar Flares —
Sabrina Savage, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center
2:30 pm:
Biophysics Seminar in 210 Physics
To be announced.
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