University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy
Liliya Williams
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Liliya Williams is a Professor of Astrophysics working on the distribution of dark matter throughout the Universe. Using luminous matter such as stars and gas, Williams can trace dark matter and find patterns in the distribution.


Gov. Dayton signs bonding bill which includes full funding for Tate Lab Remodel

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Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton signed a bonding bill that includes funding to renovate, furnish, and equip the Tate Laboratory of Physics building on the Minneapolis campus. Tate Lab renovation was a top priority for the Governor, the House and the Senate bonding requests. The project is now in the schematic design phase. More »

Geller to deliver Van Vleck Lecture

Margaret J. Geller

Margaret J. Geller, Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics will deliver the 2015 Van Vleck Lecture on the topic of "Click: The 3D Universe," on Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. in 150 Tate Laboratory of Physics. The lecture is free and open to the public. More »

Fernandes named McKnight Professor

Rafael Fernandes

Rafael Fernandes was named a 2015-2017 McKnight Land-Grant Professor for his research, which "combines theoretical models and close collaboration with experimental groups to unravel the relationship between the microscopic behavior of quantum materials and their macroscopic properties."

Lysak wins Alfvén Medal

Bob Lysak

Professor Robert Lysak of the School of Physics and Astronomy has been awarded the Hannes Alfvén Medal by the European Geosciences Union. The Medal honors scientists who have achieved exceptional international standing in Solar-Terrestrial Sciences. Lysak will deliver a lecture and receive the medal at a meeting in Vienna, Austria in 2015.

Vainshtein wins Wess Award

Arkady Vainstein

Professor Arkady Vainshtein of the School of Physics and Astronomy and the Fine Theoretical Physics Institute has won the 2014 Julius Wess Award, presented by the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Center for Elementary and Astroparticle Physics (KCETA). More »


Friday, January 30th
2:30 pm:
No colloquium this week.
3:35 pm:
Gravity Models, Information Flows, and Inefficiency of Early Railroad Networks —
Andrew Odlyzko, School of Mathematics, University of Minnesota
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
3:35 pm:
To be announced.
4:40 pm:
To be announced. —
Jochen Mueller, University of Minnesota
Tuesday, February 3rd
12:20 pm:
Yang Tang, UMN
1:25 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
To be announced.
Wednesday, February 4th
3:35 pm:
Solar Flares, X-ray Astronomy, and Black Swans —
Hugh Hudson
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics after colloquium
Thursday, February 5th
12:15 pm:
The Orbifold Higgs —
Simon Knapen (UC Berkeley / LBL)
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Hidden order in URu2Si2: hybridization with a twist —
Rebecca Flint, Iowa State
Friday, February 6th
2:30 pm:
Ed Loh, Michigan State
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