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Fiona Burnell is a condensed matter theorist who studies exotic phases of matter. These are materials which do not display long-ranged order at low temperatures (which is typical of low-temperature behaviour in many materials, such as magnets), but are also not ordinary metals. One of the most bizarre examples of an exotic phase is a fractionalized system, where there appear to be particles that carry a fraction of the charge of the electron. “This seems very surprising because we know that you can’t subdivide an electron,” Burnell explains.

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Shifman elected to National Academy of Sciences

Mikhail Shifman

Professor Mikhail Shifman was elected to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). Membership in the NAS is one of the highest honors given to a scientist or engineer. Shifman is one of only 84 researchers nationwide to be elected to the National Academy of Sciences this year. He will be inducted into the Academy next spring during the National Academy of Sciences 156th Annual Meeting. More »

Physics and Astronomy major wins Astronaut Scholarship

Aliza Beverage

Aliza Beverage, a junior studying the origin of stars with Professor Robert Gehrz, has been named a 2018 Astronaut Scholar. The scholarship provides $10,000 for a year of study for sophomores and juniors pursuing a research-oriented career. More »

Greven named NSSA Fellow

Martin Greven

Professor Martin Greven has been named a 2018 fellow of the Neutron Scattering Society of America (NSSA). The Fellowship recognizes members who have made significant contributions to the neutron scattering community in North America. Greven was cited for "world-class efforts in the growth and neutron scattering study of bulk oxides, especially for his influential work on cuprate high-Tc superconductors." More »

Bergstedt receives NSF Fellowship

Kendra Bergstedt

Kendra Bergstedt a graduating senior in the School of Physics and Astronomy has received a fellowship from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The program recognizes outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science. Bergstedt was one of 12,000 applicants competing for 2,000 awards. She will receive a stipend of $34,000 for three of the next five years and will use the fellowship to pursue a Ph.D. in Plasma Physics at Princeton University. More »

Crowell receives Taylor Teaching Award

Paul Crowell

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 »


Calendar

Friday, June 22nd
8:30 pm:
Universe in the Park in Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve
Friday, June 29th
3:00 pm:
Thesis Defense in PAN 110
2D Mott Hopping of Vortices in an Amorphous Indium Oxide Film —
Ilana Percher, University of Minnesota
This is the public portion of Ms. Percher's Thesis Defense. Her adviser is Allen Goldman
Saturday, June 30th
8:30 pm:
Universe in the Park in Lowry Nature Center
Sunday, July 1st
11:00 am:
Vihang Mehta
This is the public portion of Vihang's PhD defense
Wednesday, July 4th
Saturday, July 7th
8:30 pm:
Universe in the Park in William O'Brien State Park
Thursday, July 12th
1:00 pm:
Untitled in Tate 201-20
Michael Gordon
This is the public portion of Michael's PhD defense
Saturday, July 14th
8:30 pm:
Universe in the Park in Afton State Park
Friday, July 27th
8:30 pm:
Universe in the Park in Dodge Nature Center
Saturday, July 28th
8:30 pm:
Universe in the Park in Lowry Nature Center
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