University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy
Mikhail Shifman
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Professor Mikhail Shifman, recent Pomeranchuk prize winner, says that particle physicists are experiencing a crucial time. And he ought to know. Shifman has written several books on the history of elementary particle physics. "We are at a crossroads, we will go to the left or to the right or nowhere" Shifman says, referring to the fact that supersymmetry, the theory that states that there are superpartners for every known particle, has not yet been discovered at the Large Hadron Collider.


Researchers propose low-mass supernova triggered formation of our solar system

Yong-Zhong Qian

A research team led by Professor Yong-Zhong Qian uses new models and evidence from meteorites to show that a low-mass supernova triggered the formation of our solar system. More »

Colloquium to Examine Einstein's Politics

Albert Einstein at his desk

Robert Schulmann, independent scholar and former Director of The Einstein Papers Project will deliver a colloquium "Albert Einstein Political Consistency in Volatile Times" at 3:35 p.m. on Friday, February 25 in 275 Nicholson Hall. Schulmann's talk will discuss Einstein's consistent politics throughout his life with highlights on aspects that have particular significance in the current political climate. More »

Chaterjee wins CMS Award

Rajdeep Chatterjee (center) accepts an award from the CMS experiment

Dr. Rajdeep Chatterjee,Researcher at the School, was given an award for outstanding young scientists who have made significant contributions to the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment. More »

Local SPS named outstanding chapter

SPS Student at an outreach event

The School of Physics and Astronomy's Society of Physics Students was named an outstanding chapter for the year 2015. "SPS has continuously worked hard to provide opportunities for our members to thrive both in academic as well as social pursuits," said Chapter President, Levi Walls. More »

Scarlata named to NASA COPAG Executive Committee

Claudia Scarlata

Professor Claudia Scarlata was selected to be on the Executive Committee of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Cosmic Origins Program Analysis Group (COPAG). COPAG is the analysis arm of NASA's Cosmic Origins Program. More »


Thursday, February 23rd
10:10 am:
Biophysics Seminar in 120 PAN
To be announced. —
Ragnar Stefansson, University of Minnesota
12:05 pm:
Chris Nolting and Tom Jones
3:35 pm:
Economic and Societal Impacts of Severe Space Weather —
Daniel Baker, University of Colorado
Refreshments to be served outside Smith 100 after the colloquium.
Friday, February 24th
11:00 am:
Daniel Baker
The seminar will be held on Friday, this week only.
11:15 am:
Quark Matter 2017 - Synopsis —
Ming Li and Chris Plumberg, University of Minnesota
11:15 am:
Studying Relativistic Particle Acceleration and Loss in Our Cosmic Backyard: Van Allen Probes Radiation Belt Exploration —
Daniel Baker, University of Colorado
Please note change of time, room and day for the seminar, this week only.
12:20 pm:
The seminar has been cancelled for this week. The speaker will be rescheduled for a future date.
12:30 pm:
Historical Dark Matter Papers —
Yann Mambrini (CNRS, LPT of University Paris XI)
2:30 pm:
Using Galaxy Cluster Lenses as Extreme Probes —
Patrick Kelly, University of California - Berkeley
Candidate for the MIfA Assistant Professor position
3:35 pm:
"Albert Einstein: Political Consistency in Volatile Times" —
Robert Schulmann, The Einstein Papers Project
Refreshments served at 3:25 p.m.
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