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.

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Glesener receives NSF CAREER Award

Lindsay Glesener

Assistant Professor Lindsay Glesener received a 2018 National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award. Recipients will receive up to $500,000 from NSF for their projects. Her project “Focused Hard X-ray Study of Energy Releases on the Sun and Stellar Objects” is intended to form an important link between the high-energy solar and astrophysics communities, and offers an opportunity to study flares on the Sun and other stars. More »

Bagley wins STAR Prize

Micaela Bagley

Graduate Student Micaela Bagley received the Euclid Special Talent And Recognition (STAR) Prize. The award is a recognition of a valuable contribution to the Euclid mission. Bagley's advisor is Associate Professor Claudia Scarlata. 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 »


Calendar

Friday, July 20th
8:00 pm:
Minnesota Sky-lights in Southwest sky
Jupiter just below the Moon
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
Wednesday, August 1st
08:00 am:
This is the public portion of Vihang's PhD defense. —
Vihang Mehta
Friday, August 3rd
1:30 pm:
Ming Li
This is the public portion of Ming's PhD defense
Saturday, August 4th
8:30 pm:
Universe in the Park in Afton State Park
Tuesday, August 7th
11:00 am:
Thesis Defense in 201-20 Tate
Reionization from Z to A: Lessons from z~6-7 Lyman-alpha emitters and local analogs of high-redshift galaxies —
Micaela Bagley, University of Minnesota
This is the public portion of Ms. Bagley's PhD defense. Her Advisor is Claudia Scarlata.
Friday, August 10th
8:30 pm:
Universe in the Park in Lake Maria State Park
Saturday, August 11th
8:30 pm:
Universe in the Park in William O'Brien State Park
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