University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy
Jian Kang
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One of the goals of superconductor research, apart from understanding the physics phenomena, is to discover ways to enhance the transition temperature in superconductors so that they can be made more practical for use in devices. Jian Kang is a postdoctoral researcher, working with Professor Rafael Fernandes in the area of iron-based superconductors. Kang is a theoretical physicist whose research is particularly to understand the mechanism of high Tc superconductors.


Shifman elected to National Academy of Sciences

Mikhail Shifman

Professor Mikhail Shifman was elected to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). Membership in the NAS is one of the highest honors given to a scientist or engineer. Shifman is one of only 84 researchers nationwide to be elected to the National Academy of Sciences this year. He will be inducted into the Academy next spring during the National Academy of Sciences 156th Annual Meeting. More »

Physics and Astronomy major wins Astronaut Scholarship

Aliza Beverage

Aliza Beverage, a junior studying the origin of stars with Professor Robert Gehrz, has been named a 2018 Astronaut Scholar. The scholarship provides $10,000 for a year of study for sophomores and juniors pursuing a research-oriented career. More »

Greven named NSSA Fellow

Martin Greven

Professor Martin Greven has been named a 2018 fellow of the Neutron Scattering Society of America (NSSA). The Fellowship recognizes members who have made significant contributions to the neutron scattering community in North America. Greven was cited for "world-class efforts in the growth and neutron scattering study of bulk oxides, especially for his influential work on cuprate high-Tc superconductors." More »

Bergstedt receives NSF Fellowship

Kendra Bergstedt

Kendra Bergstedt a graduating senior in the School of Physics and Astronomy has received a fellowship from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The program recognizes outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science. Bergstedt was one of 12,000 applicants competing for 2,000 awards. She will receive a stipend of $34,000 for three of the next five years and will use the fellowship to pursue a Ph.D. in Plasma Physics at Princeton University. More »

Crowell receives Taylor Teaching Award

Paul Crowell

Professor Paul Crowell of the School of Physics and Astronomy received the 2018 George W. Taylor Distinguished Teaching Award from the College of Science and Engineering. Crowell will receive $3,000 to be used for professional development in teaching and research. More »


Thursday, May 24th
3:30 pm:
“On the role of fast inwards and outwards ULF wave radial diffusion in shaping radiation belt morphology “ —
Professor Ian Mann, University of Alberta
Monday, May 28th
Monday, June 11th
Friday, June 22nd
8:30 pm:
Universe in the Park in Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve
Saturday, June 30th
8:30 pm:
Universe in the Park in Lowry Nature Center
Wednesday, July 4th
Saturday, July 7th
8:30 pm:
Universe in the Park in William O'Brien State Park
Saturday, July 14th
8:30 pm:
Universe in the Park in Afton State Park
Friday, July 27th
8:30 pm:
Universe in the Park in Dodge Nature Center
Saturday, July 28th
8:30 pm:
Universe in the Park in Lowry Nature Center
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