Lindsay Glesener is a new faculty member in the School of Physics and Astronomy, studying high energy events in the Sun. Glesener uses x-rays to observe solar flares and coronal mass ejections. These events throw intense amounts of of plasma and radiation into space, causing the Earth’s aurorae and causing high radiation environments in Earth’s orbit, adversely affecting spacecraft. Glesener studies this topic from a fundamental physics perspective, trying to answer remaining questions about how these solar events are energized and the high-energy nature of the Sun.
Chubukov, Fernandes and Greven given grant to form research center
Three faculty members in the School have been given $2.6 million over the next three years from the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Basic Energy Sciences. The new Center for Quantum Materials brings together an interdisciplinary research team of Professors Andrey Chubakov, Rafael Fernandes and Martin Greven from the School and Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science professors Bharat Jalan and Chris Leighton. More »
Perkins named APS Fellow
Professor Natalia Perkins was named a Fellow of the American Physical Society for "theoretical studies of the low-energy behavior of strongly correlated electron systems that exhibit an interplay of orbital and spin degrees of freedom."
Two School alumni receive Outstanding Achievement Awards
John Bowers, (physics '76) and Bradley Peterson (Physics '74) received the University's highest alumni accolade, the Minnesota Board of Regents' Outstanding Achievement Award. More »
Pryke named APS Fellow
Professor Clement Pryke was named a Fellow of the American Physics Society for "groundbreaking measurement and data analyses of the polarization of cosmic microwave background radiation, and for using the data to provide strong constraints on the composition and initial conditions of the early universe." More »
Wygant named APS Fellow
Professor John Wygant has been named a Fellow of the American Physical Society for "advancing our understanding of energy flows by Alfvén waves and particle acceleration in regions of magnetic reconnection and collisionless shocks and the design and implementation of the space-borne electric field instruments that enabled these studies." More »
Thursday, October 27th
Biophysics Seminar in 120 PAN
Centromere Mechanical Maturation: A New Theory for Regulation of Mechanical Signaling during Mitotic Progression —
Lauren Jelenchick, University of Minnesota Medical School,
Note: change of speaker and program from last announcement.
MN Institute for Astrophysics Journal Club in PAN 130
(Lang) The Big Impact of Big Ideas Courses at U Iowa – Creating and Teaching —
Trevor Knuth and Cornelia Lang, University of Iowa.
Physics and Astronomy Colloquium in Keller 3-210
A New Spin on Superconductivity —
Amir Yacoby, Harvard University
Refreshments to be served outside Keller 3-210 after the colloquium.
Friday, October 28th
Nuclear Physics Seminar in PAN 120
Effects of eV-Scale Sterile Neutrinos on Supernova Explosion and Nucleosynthesis —
Yong-Zhong Qian, University of Minnesota
Condensed Matter Sack Lunch Seminar in 110 PAN
Counting Zero Energy States in the Penrose Lattice —
Ezra Day-Roberts, University of Minnesota
High Energy Theory Lunchtime Seminar in 142 WBOB
Revisiting mirror symmetry in three dimensions —
Peter Koroteev (Perimeter)
MN Institute for Astrophysics Colloquium in Smith 331
The Central Molecular Zone of the Galaxy: Dense Molecular Clouds, Massive Stars and Magnetic Fields —
Dr. Cornelia Lang, U. Iowa
History of Science and Technology/Minnesota Center for Philosophy of Science Colloquium in 275 Nicholson
"Forging the Moon; Or, How to Spot a Fake Galileo" —
Nick Wilding, Georgia State University
Refreshments served at 3:15 p.m.
Introduction to Research Seminar in PAN 110
To be announced. —
Cindy Cattell, University of Minnesota
Monday, October 31st
Cosmology Lunchtime Seminar in 130 Ford
Multi-Dimensional Effective Field Theory Analysis for Direct Detection of Dark Matter —
Hannah Rogers (University of Minnesota)