University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy
Anthony Villano
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Anthony Villano is a post-doc working on the Cryogenic Dark Matter Search (CDMS) and Super CDMS experiments. CDMS is looking for weakly-interacting massive particles (WIMPs) that are a possible dark matter candidate. Physicists have not convincingly isolated a WIMP signal, but their new, more-advanced WIMP detector, SuperCDMS-Soudan, has the best sensitivity of any detector they have ever made.


SPS Named Outstanding Chapter

Levi Walls at the Family Fun Fair outreach event

The School's chapter of the Society of Physics Students (SPS) was named "Outstanding Chapter" by the national organization. Chapter President Levi Walls said that "despite being confined to Shepherd Labs due to the Tate remodel, SPS was able to increase the number of opportunities for members to volunteer within the department and community at large." More »

Minnesota space physicists make discovery that may help improve space weather predictions

Aaron Breneman

Dr. Aaron Breneman, researcher in the School of Physics and Astronomy, was lead author on a paper which helps explain the mechanism which causes highly energetic electrons that reach the Earth’s atmosphere. Such particles can cause the auroral displays--the Northern Lights in Northern Minnesota, for example, and can damage satellites and other spacecraft. One of the goals of this research is to help predict space “weather” which can adversely affect human activity and technology. More »

Real rocket science for undergraduates

Lindsay Glesener

Professor Lindsay Glesner and her research group were featured in an article about young scientists working on a NASA satellite project called EXACT. The article focuses on Abi Valero, a junior majoring in aerospace engineering and mechanics, who is part of Glesener's space physics research laboratory. More »

Wick wins Reichert Award

Kurt Wick

Senior Scientist, Kurt Wick will receive the American Physical Society 2018 Jonathan F. Reichert and Barbara Wolff-Reichert Award for Excellence in Advanced Laboratory Instruction. Wick has guided the Methods of Experimental Physics courses in the School of Physics and Astronomy for thirty years. More »

Olive to receive Bethe Prize

Keith Olive

Professor Keith Olive was named as the recipient of the 2018 Hans A. Bethe Prize from the American Physical Society (APS). Olive received the prize for his research across a number of disciplines including nuclear physics, particle physics, theoretical and observational astrophysics, and cosmology, and Big Bang nucleosynthesis and the properties of Dark Matter. More »


Monday, December 18th
12:00 pm:
Thesis Defense in 301-20 Tate
Integrating human and machine intelligence in galaxy morphology classification tasks —
Melanie Beck
This is the public portion of Ms. Beck's thesis defense. Her advisor is Claudia Scarlata.
12:15 pm:
There will be no seminar this week.
Tuesday, December 19th
11:00 am:
Thesis Defense in 110 PAN
Generation and Absorption of Pure Spin Currents Using Graphene Nonlocal Spin Valves —
Gordon Stecklein, University of Minnesota
This is the public portion of Mr. Stecklein's thesis defense. His advisor is Paul Crowell.
1:00 pm:
Thesis Defense in Tate 201-20
End-Effects in Diblock Copolymer Melts —
Mark Mackey, University of Minnesota
This is the the public portion of Mr. Mackey's MS Thesis defense.
4:30 pm:
Experimental signatures of Majoranas —
Gino Graziano, University of Minnesota
Friday, December 22nd
2:30 pm:
No colloquium this week.
Friday, December 29th
2:00 pm:
Thesis Defense in M10 library
Dose enhancement in bone due to the 16O(γ,n)15O reaction —
Pamela Sooriyan, University of Minnesota
This is the public portion of Ms. Sooriyan's thesis defense. Her thesis advisor is John Broadhurst.
2:30 pm:
No colloquium this week.
Friday, January 5th
2:30 pm:
No colloquium this week.
Friday, January 12th
2:30 pm:
No colloquium this week.
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