University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy
Professor Robert Lysak
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The aurora borealis, or Northern Lights have long been a subject of fascination in folklore and for those of us lucky enough to see them in northern latitudes. Professor Bob Lysak is a theoretician who has been studying the unique physics of aurora since the 1970’s. The classic model of the Aurora is that electrons trapped in the Earth’s magnetosphere are accelerated by quasi-static electric fields that form parallel to the Earth’s magnetic field and cause the light display.


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 »


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)
2:30 pm:
There is no colloquium this week.
3:35 pm:
Author Meets Readers: David M. Miller's "Representing Space in the Scientific Revolution"
Refreshments served at 3:25 p.m.
4:40 pm:
Noise in Mesoscopic Magnetic Systems —
Dan Dahlberg, University of Minnesota
4:40 pm:
Redesigning an advanced lab course to promote experimental design —
Melissa Eblen-Zayas, Carleton College
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