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Two University astronomers, Kris Davidson and Roberta Humphreys have discovered that a massive binary star system, Eta Car is returning to its original state: that of a hot star easily visible in the sky of the Southern Hemisphere. Davidson and Humphreys have observed Eta Car since the Hubble Space Telescope first came online in 1990. This series of observations has given them solid evidence that Eta Car-- sometimes called the poster child for very massive stars, because it is the most massive star that is close enough to Earth to be easily observed—is experiencing dramatic changes.


Kakalios receives Honorary Degree

James Kakalios

Professor Jim Kakalios recently received an Honorary Degree from the University of Lincoln in the United Kingdom for his "significant contribution to pioneering research and public dissemination in physics." More »

Robinson receives DOE Graduate Student Research Program Award

Zachary Robinson

Physics Ph.D. Candidate Zachary Robinson received the DOE’s 2017 Office of Science Graduate Student Research Program Award. Robinson was one of only 52 students nationwide selected for the award. More »

Minnesota to play key role in planned neutrino experiment

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On Friday, July 21 the international neutrino research community will celebrate a ceremonial groundbreaking at the Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF) in Lead SD. Scientists and political leaders will mark the beginning of construction of the Long Baseline Neutrino Facility (LBNF). More »

Vievering wins Doherty Award

Julie Vievering

Julie Vievering received the 201-2018 Sharon L. Doherty Award. The award honors University of Minnesota students who have demonstrated outstanding volunteer service concerning women's issues on campus or in the broader community. More »

Latest Zooniverse project searches for "baby" galaxies

Claudia Scarlata

Professor Claudia Scarlata is lead researcher on a new citizen science project that is asking volunteers to help them with web classifications of galaxy spectra to find "baby" galaxies that are giving birth to new stars.The project, named Galaxy Nurseries, marks the 100th project and 10-year anniversary of Zooniverse, the world’s largest and most popular people-powered research platform. More »


Sunday, September 24th
08:30 am:
An International Conference Honoring Mitchell Luskin on the Occasion of his 65th Birthday
Monday, September 25th
08:30 am:
An International Conference Honoring Mitchell Luskin on the Occasion of his 65th Birthday
12:15 pm:
There will be no seminar this week.
Tuesday, September 26th
12:20 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in Tate 301-20
There will be no seminar this week.
4:30 pm:
See Joint Quantum Materials & Condensed Matter Seminar on Wednesday this week only.
Wednesday, September 27th
1:25 pm:
Bose condensation of excitons in a transition metal dichalcogenide —
Peter Abbamonte, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
3:35 pm:
To be announced.
7:00 pm:
2017 Misel Lecture in Memorial Hall, McNamara Alumni Center
Wendy L. Freedman
Thursday, September 28th
10:10 am:
Biophysics Seminar in 120 PAN
To be announced. —
Dr. Tejas M Gupte, University of Minnesota
12:05 pm:
Matt Gomer
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