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Tanner Prestegard is part of the search for gravitational waves with Vuk Mandic. He is a graduate student working on the Laser Infermeter Gravitational Observatory (LIGO) experiment. Prestegard’s role is primarily in data analysis-- looking through data and trying to pick out anything that is an actual gravitational wave.


Pribiag receives young scientist prize

Vlad Pribiag

Professor Vlad Pribiag was named as a recipient of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics Young scientist prize in Low Temperature Physics for 2017. He will be presented with the prize at the International Low Temperature Physics Conference in Gothenburg Sweden this August. More »

Physics students visit 3M

3M visit

Seventeen graduate and undergraduate physics students visited the 3M corporate campus this spring. Trip co-organizer Professor Shaul Hanany says that the students visited the 3M Innovation Center and toured four research labs. More »

Heller to be awarded Millikan Medal

Kenneth Heller

Professor Kenneth Heller will receive the 2017 Millikan Medal from the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT). The medal recognizes "those who have made notable and intellectually creative contributions to the teaching of physics." More »

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 »


Monday, May 1st
12:15 pm:
A High Space Density of Luminous Lyman-alpha Emitters at z~6.5 —
Micaela Bagley, UMN
12:20 pm:
Growth Optimization Studies and Measurement of the Cuprate Superconductor HgBaCaCuO —
Jacob Freyermuth
Tuesday, May 2nd
12:20 pm:
What do we know about Type II and III radio bursts —
Cindy Cattell, University of Minnesota
4:30 pm:
There will be no seminar this week.
Wednesday, May 3rd
1:25 pm:
Bulk-boundary correspondence for three dimensional topological phases —
Michael Levin, University of Chicago
3:35 pm:
To be announced.
3:35 pm:
Detecting Very-High-Energy Gamma Ray Sources with Machine-Learning —
Michael Hank
4:30 pm:
CM Journal Club in PAN 120
To be announced —
Daniel Shaffer, University of Minnesota
Refreshments will be served.
Thursday, May 4th
10:10 am:
Biophysics Seminar in 120 PAN
There will be no seminar this week.
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