University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy
Linday Glesener and Kendra Bergstedt
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Lindsay Glesener is a new faculty member in the School of Physics and Astronomy, studying high energy events in the Sun. Glesener uses x-rays to observe solar flares and coronal mass ejections. These events throw intense amounts of of plasma and radiation into space, causing the Earth’s aurorae and causing high radiation environments in Earth’s orbit, adversely affecting spacecraft. Glesener studies this topic from a fundamental physics perspective, trying to answer remaining questions about how these solar events are energized and the high-energy nature of the Sun.


Heller to be awarded Millikan Medal

Kenneth Heller

Professor Kenneth Heller will receive the 2017 Millikan Medal from the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT). The medal recognizes "those who have made notable and intellectually creative contributions to the teaching of physics." More »

New Zooniverse Project: Muon Hunter

Lucy Fortson

A new citizen science project, led by Associate Professor Lucy Fortson, is asking for help from the public to identify and categorize hundreds of thousands of ring patterns within images produced by VERITAS gamma-ray observatory cameras. More »

Mandic to receive Taylor Award for research

Vuk Mandic

Professor Vuk Mandic will receive the 2017 Taylor Award for Distinguished Research. Mandic studies the earliest stages of the universe at the highest energy scales. He is a member of two collaborations: LIGO which recently confirmed the existence of gravitational waves and CDMS which is searching for Dark Matter. More »

Physics students visit 3M

3M visit

Seventeen graduate and undergraduate physics students visited the 3M corporate campus this spring. Trip co-organizer Professor Shaul Hanany says that the students visited the 3M Innovation Center and toured four research labs. More »

Fernandes to receive Taylor teaching award

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Assistant Professor Rafael Fernandes will receive the 2017 George W. Taylor Career Development Award. The award recognizes exceptional contributions to teaching by a candidate for tenure. More »


Monday, April 24th
12:15 pm:
Carbon —
Evan Skillman, UMN
4:40 pm:
Computational Studies of Defect Mediated Transport —
Bryan Chem
Tuesday, April 25th
12:20 pm:
There will be no seminar this week.
4:30 pm:
There will be no seminar this week.
Wednesday, April 26th
1:25 pm:
Correlated Materials by Design —
Turan Birol, CEMS, University of Minnesota
3:35 pm:
Paper Reading
4:30 pm:
CM Journal Club in PAN 120
There will be no CM Journal club
Thursday, April 27th
10:10 am:
Biophysics Seminar in 120 PAN
Uncovering How RNA Molecules ‘Make Decisions’ On the Fly: Towards Understanding and Engineering Cotranscriptional RNA Folding —
Prof. Julius Lucks, Northwestern University
12:05 pm:
Jett Priewe and Claudia Scarlata
1:00 pm:
Crystal Growth and Seebeck Coefficient Measurement of Hg1201 —
Jingnan Cai
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