University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy
Elias Puchner
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A group of researchers at the School of Physics and Astronomy are working to uncover how cells and their signaling networks detect and respond to stimuli. Elias Puchner is new faculty member in the area of experimental biological physics. Through his research he intends to provide “a nano-scale view of cell communication.”


Minnesota physicists receive grant to develop quantum computing

Vlad Pribiag

Professors Vlad Pribiag and Paul Crowell from the School of Physics and Astronomy are part of a group that will receive a $2.25 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to develop materials and device knowledge for creating quantum computing. More »

Skillman elected as APS Fellow


Professor Evan Skillman was elected a 2018 Fellow of the American Physical Society. He was cited for his contributions to "observational constraints on the primordial helium abundance and significant contributions to understanding the chemical evolution of galaxies." More »

Shklovskii awarded 2019 Buckley Prize


Professor Boris Shklovskii of the School of Physics and Astronomy and William I. Fine Theoretical Physics Institute was jointly awarded the Oliver E. Buckley Prize in Condensed Matter Physics. The prize recognizes his "pioneering research in the physics
of disordered materials and hopping conductivity.” More »

Chubukov Awarded Bardeen Prize

Andrey Chubukov

FTPI Professor Andrey Chubukov was a winner of the 2018 John Bardeen Prize for his "seminal contributions to the theory of unconventional superconductivity, including applications to the iron-based superconductors." The prize was given at the International Conference on the Materials and Mechanisms of Superconductivity. More »

Solar probe to provide closest-ever observations of a star

Parker Solar Probe

The Parker Solar Probe launched on August 12, 2018 will travel closer to the surface of the Sun than any previous spacecraft. Space physicist from the School contributed to the design and build of instruments on the probe. More »


Thursday, January 24th
10:10 am:
Biophysics Seminar in 120 PAN
There will be no seminar this week.
12:10 pm:
Frontiers Of Multi-Messenger Gravitational-Wave Astrophysics —
Stephen Taylor, California Institute of Technology
Today's Journal Club meeting will be the faculty candidate presentation
3:35 pm:
From the Old to the New World of Nuclear Physics, 1919-1939 —
Roger Steuwer, U of Minnesota
Refreshments in atrium after the Colloquium.
Friday, January 25th
11:00 am:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in Tate 301-20
Organizational Meeting
12:20 pm:
Anomalous Electronic Conduction in Composite Silicon Films —
Nathan Bosch
12:30 pm:
1:15 pm:
Thesis Defense in PAN 110
High charge-to-spin and spin-to-charge conversion enhanced by quantum confinement effect in sputtered topological insulator thin films" —
Mahendra DC, University of Minnesota
This is the public portion of Mr. DC's thesis defense. His advisor is Jian-Ping Wang.
2:30 pm:
There will be no colloquium this week. (Faculty candidate presentation on Thursday).
4:00 pm:
Optimizing the Human-Machine Partnership with Zooniverse —
Lucy Fortson, School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Minnesota
Note change of Colloquium time, this week only. Refreshments at 3:45 p.m.
4:40 pm:
Jochen Mueller, Biophysics
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