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.
Researchers propose low-mass supernova triggered formation of our solar system
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
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
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
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
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
Biophysics Seminar in 120 PAN
To be announced. —
Ragnar Stefansson, University of Minnesota
MN Institute for Astrophysics Journal Club in PAN 130
Chris Nolting and Tom Jones
Physics and Astronomy Colloquium in Smith 100
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
Space Physics Seminar in 120 PAN
The seminar will be held on Friday, this week only.
Nuclear Physics Seminar in PAN 110
Quark Matter 2017 - Synopsis —
Ming Li and Chris Plumberg, University of Minnesota
Special Space Physics Seminar in 120 PAN
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.
Condensed Matter Sack Lunch Seminar in 110 PAN
The seminar has been cancelled for this week. The speaker will be rescheduled for a future date.
High Energy Theory Lunchtime Seminar in 142 WBOB
Historical Dark Matter Papers —
Yann Mambrini (CNRS, LPT of University Paris XI)
MN Institute for Astrophysics Colloquium in Smith 231
Using Galaxy Cluster Lenses as Extreme Probes —
Patrick Kelly, University of California - Berkeley
Candidate for the MIfA Assistant Professor position
History of Science and Technology/Minnesota Center for Philosophy of Science Colloquium in 275 Nicholson
"Albert Einstein: Political Consistency in Volatile Times" —
Robert Schulmann, The Einstein Papers Project
Refreshments served at 3:25 p.m.