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Paul Crowell

Crowell receives Taylor Teaching Award

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 »

James Kakalios

Kakalios Receives Taylor Service Award

Professor James Kakalios of the School of Physics and Astronomy received the 2018 George W. Taylor Award for Distinguished Service. Kakalios will receive $3,000 to be used for professional development in teaching and research. More »

Martin Greven

Greven named McKnight Professor

Professor Martin Greven of the School of Physics and Astronomy has been selected as a Distinguished McKnight University Professor. The award recognizes Greven's research in the field of experimental condensed matter physics. Greven will receive a grant of $100,000 to be used over a five year period. More »

Dan Dahlberg

Dahlberg receives education award

Professor Dan Dahlberg of the School of Physics and Astronomy will receive the 2017-2018 Award for Outstanding Contributions to Graduate and Professional Education by the University. Recipients of the award are made members of the University's Academy of Distinguished Teachers and are conferred with the title of "Distinguished University Teacher." Dahlberg will also receive a $15,000 award to go toward toward research support. More »

Levi Walls at the Family Fun Fair outreach event

SPS Named Outstanding Chapter

The School's chapter of the Society of Physics Students (SPS) was named "Outstanding Chapter" by the national organization. Chapter President Levi Walls said that "despite being confined to Shepherd Labs due to the Tate remodel, SPS was able to increase the number of opportunities for members to volunteer within the department and community at large." More »

Aaron Breneman

Minnesota space physicists make discovery that may help improve space weather predictions

Dr. Aaron Breneman, researcher in the School of Physics and Astronomy, was lead author on a paper which helps explain the mechanism which causes highly energetic electrons that reach the Earth’s atmosphere. Such particles can cause the auroral displays--the Northern Lights in Northern Minnesota, for example, and can damage satellites and other spacecraft. One of the goals of this research is to help predict space “weather” which can adversely affect human activity and technology. More »

Lindsay Glesener

Real rocket science for undergraduates

Professor Lindsay Glesner and her research group were featured in an article about young scientists working on a NASA satellite project called EXACT. The article focuses on Abi Valero, a junior majoring in aerospace engineering and mechanics, who is part of Glesener's space physics research laboratory. More »

Kurt Wick

Wick wins Reichert Award

Senior Scientist, Kurt Wick will receive the American Physical Society 2018 Jonathan F. Reichert and Barbara Wolff-Reichert Award for Excellence in Advanced Laboratory Instruction. Wick has guided the Methods of Experimental Physics courses in the School of Physics and Astronomy for thirty years. More »

Keith Olive

Olive to receive Bethe Prize

Professor Keith Olive was named as the recipient of the 2018 Hans A. Bethe Prize from the American Physical Society (APS). Olive received the prize for his research across a number of disciplines including nuclear physics, particle physics, theoretical and observational astrophysics, and cosmology, and Big Bang nucleosynthesis and the properties of Dark Matter. More »

An artist's rendering of the collision of two neutron stars

LIGO detects gravitational waves from Neutron Star collision

For the first time, physicists have detected gravitational waves from the collision of two neutron stars. The observation was made by LIGO, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, a collaborative project with over one thousand researchers from more than twenty countries, including the University of Minnesota. More »


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