University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy
Roberta Humphreys
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CSE Distinguished Professor Roberta Humphreys likes them big – stars, that is. For many years her research has focused on the evolved, most massive stars and the unstable final stages before they explode as supernovae. These very massive and very large stars have relatively short lifetimes of a few million years. Near the ends of their lives, due to still poorly understood physics, they shed a lot of mass, and in many cases producing visible circumstellar nebulae as a record of their instabilities.


Kakalios receives Honorary Degree

James Kakalios

Professor Jim Kakalios recently received an Honorary Degree from the University of Lincoln in the United Kingdom for his "significant contribution to pioneering research and public dissemination in physics." More »

Robinson receives DOE Graduate Student Research Program Award

Zachary Robinson

Physics Ph.D. Candidate Zachary Robinson received the DOE’s 2017 Office of Science Graduate Student Research Program Award. Robinson was one of only 52 students nationwide selected for the award. More »

Minnesota to play key role in planned neutrino experiment

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On Friday, July 21 the international neutrino research community will celebrate a ceremonial groundbreaking at the Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF) in Lead SD. Scientists and political leaders will mark the beginning of construction of the Long Baseline Neutrino Facility (LBNF). More »

Vievering wins Doherty Award

Julie Vievering

Julie Vievering received the 201-2018 Sharon L. Doherty Award. The award honors University of Minnesota students who have demonstrated outstanding volunteer service concerning women's issues on campus or in the broader community. More »

Latest Zooniverse project searches for "baby" galaxies

Claudia Scarlata

Professor Claudia Scarlata is lead researcher on a new citizen science project that is asking volunteers to help them with web classifications of galaxy spectra to find "baby" galaxies that are giving birth to new stars.The project, named Galaxy Nurseries, marks the 100th project and 10-year anniversary of Zooniverse, the world’s largest and most popular people-powered research platform. More »


Friday, September 22nd
10:10 am:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in Tate 301-20
There will be no seminar this week.
12:20 pm:
Properties of the Superconducting Gap in NbSe_2 Monolayers in Presence of in-Plane Magnetic Field. —
Daniel Shaffer, University of Minnesota
12:30 pm:
Neutrinos, Quintessence, and Structure Formation in the Universe —
Marilena Loverde (Stonybrook U.)
2:30 pm:
There will be no colloquium this week.
3:35 pm:
When Children are Better Learners than Adults: Theory Formation, Causal Models, and the Evolution of Learning —
Alison Gopnik, Department of Psychology, University of California - Berkeley
Refreshments served at 3:15 p.m.
4:40 pm:
Doped Mott insulators and unconventional superconductors: exciting experimental research opportunities —
Martin Greven, University of Minnesota
Monday, September 25th
12:15 pm:
To be announced.
Tuesday, September 26th
12:20 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in Tate 301-20
There will be no seminar this week.
4:30 pm:
See Joint Quantum Materials & Condensed Matter Seminar on Wednesday this week only.
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