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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.


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 »

Fernandes to receive Taylor teaching award

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Assistant Professor Rafael Fernandes will receive the 2017 George W. Taylor Career Development Award. The award recognizes exceptional contributions to teaching by a candidate for tenure. More »

Pribiag receives Sloan Fellowship

Vlad Pribiag

Assistant Professor Vlad Pribiag has been selected as a 2017 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow in Physics. Pribiag is one of only 23 physicists to receive the fellowship this year. Pribiag's research focuses on electronic transport in low-dimensional materials. 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 »


Tuesday, March 28th
4:30 pm:
There will be no seminar this week.
Wednesday, March 29th
1:30 pm:
There will be no seminar this week.
3:35 pm:
Neutrino-Nucleus Coherent Pion Production at MINERvA —
Aaron Mislivec, University of Minnesota
4:30 pm:
CM Journal Club in PAN 120
Kitaev Spin Liquid —
Mengxing Ye
Refreshments will be served.
Thursday, March 30th
10:10 am:
Biophysics Seminar in 120 PAN
Wavefront Correction for Superresolution Microscopy —
Prof. Peter Kner, University of Georgia
12:05 pm:
Matt Gomer and Liliya Williams
3:35 pm:
Mechanism of Olfaction —
Alex Koulakov, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Refreshments to be served outside Smith 100 after the colloquium.
Friday, March 31st
11:15 am:
Density Matrix Treatment of Neutrino Oscillations In Vacuum —
Cheng-Hsien Li, University of Minnesota
12:20 pm:
Searching for Topological Superconductivity in MoS_2 (and other transition metal dichalcogenides) —
Daniel Shaffer, University of Minnesota
12:30 pm:
Alex Kamenev (UMN)
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