University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy
Evan Skillman
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Evan Skillman is an astrophysicist who studies helium abundances in dwarf galaxies to learn more about the very early universe. In the Big Bang theory, within the first three minutes, the material cools sufficiently to form the lightest elements—hydrogen, helium, and a tiny bit of lithium. All of the heavier elements are made later by stars, so the amount of helium relative to hydrogen is a prediction and therefore a strong constraint on the Big Bang theory.

News

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 »

Pribiag receives young scientist prize

Vlad Pribiag

Professor Vlad Pribiag was named as a recipient of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics Young scientist prize in Low Temperature Physics for 2017. He will be presented with the prize at the International Low Temperature Physics Conference in Gothenburg Sweden this August. 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 »


Calendar

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
3:35 pm:
The Large Binocular Telescope from first stars to exoplanets: challenges and results. —
Adriano Fontana, National Institute for Astrophysics (Italy)
Refreshments to be served outside Smith 100 after the colloquium.
Friday, April 28th
11:15 am:
There will be no seminar this week.
12:20 pm:
Magnetic Order and Excitations in Y1-xLaxTiO3 —
Sajna Hameed, University of Minnesota
12:30 pm:
TBA —
Antonio Delgado, (Notre Dame U.)
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