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Amit Kashi is a postdoc working on very massive stars with Kris Davidson and Roberta Humphreys. Kashi is working on stars that are typically a hundred times more massive than the Sun. Kashi says that these very massive stars are fundamentally different from others in that they are very unstable due to their size. The radiation from these objects, coming from the nuclear burning core, is so intense that it almost overcomes the gravity that is holding them together.


Physics Force at the Fair

The Physics Force is a group of wild and crazy physicists who use highly visual and entertaining demonstrations to teach elements of physics. The Physics Force goes above and beyond (literally) to educate and entertain. Their blend of slapstick, prop comedy and science is fun and educational for audiences of all ages. Performances are on August 31 at 10:00 and 11:00 at the U of M Stage/ University of Minnesota Central and on September 2 at 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. at the U of M Stage/University of Minnesota Central. More »

NOvA Experiment Announces First Results

NOvA Far Detector

On Wednesday August 12, University of Minnesota physicists Professor Greg Pawloski and Dr. Jianming Bian presented the first results from the NOvA experiment at a special seminar delivered to the School of Physics and Astronomy. The University of Minnesota is by far the largest university group in NOvA, which is the flagship experiment of the U.S. neutrino program. The 14 kiloton far detector is located near Ash River in Northern Minnesota. More »

Tate Renovation: Construction is Under Way

Architect's rendering showing the new exterior of the Tate Lab of Physics

The Tate Science and Teaching Renovation project has moved into its two-year construction phase. In preparation, more than two hundred School of Physics and Astronomy faculty members, students and staff had to be relocated to other campus locations. This move was completed in less than the allocated time, allowing for restoration work and demolition for new construction to begin on schedule. More »

Al Knutson Remembered

Al Knutson

Long-time School of Physics and Astronomy staff member, Al Knutson died Tuesday, August 4th in a bike/car accident that occurred while he was commuting to work. Knutson joined the School in December, 1961 and ran the Electronics Shop for most of his career. There will be a memorial bike ride for Al on Saturday, August 15th at 11:00 a.m. departing from Stinson Blvd and 37th Ave. NE. More »

SPS Chapter receives outreach award

The Minnesota chapter of the Society of Physics Students (SPS) received a Marsh W. White Award for physics outreach. The group received $300 to use toward outreach activities. The group used the money to purchase items for their outreach demo box.


Thursday, August 27th
2:00 pm:
Physics Force Public Show in Carousel Park, MN State Fair
Monday, August 31st
10:00 am:
Physics Force Public Show in University of Minnesota Stage, MN State Fair
11:00 am:
Physics Force Public Show in University of Minnesota Stage, MN State Fair
Wednesday, September 2nd
10:00 am:
Physics Force Public Show in University of Minnesota Stage, MN State Fair
11:00 am:
Physics Force Public Show in University of Minnesota Stage, MN State Fair
Thursday, September 3rd
2:00 pm:
Surprising New Insights into Quasars from WISE and the Future of Wide-Field Infrared Surveys from Space —
Daniel Stern, JPL
Monday, September 7th
Wednesday, September 9th
1:25 pm:
Electron correlation physics revealed in high mobility MgZnO/ZnO heterostructures —
Joseph Falson, University of Tokyo
Thursday, September 10th
7:00 pm:
The 2015 Edythe and Irving Misel Family Lecture Series in McNamara Alumni Center, Memorial Hall
Spacetime versus the Quantum —
Joseph Polchinski, The Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara
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