University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy
Filippo Caschera
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Filippo Caschera is a Research Associate working on synthetic biology with Professor Vincent Noireaux. Synthetic biology is a multidisciplinary field that combines physics, biology and chemistry. Caschera has a Ph.D. in chemistry, but has always worked in physics because he likes the approach. ‘We build things from the bottom up, like legos, using pieces to build a system that will evolve. We are building to understand.”


Five New Faculty 2014-15

The School of Physics and Astronomy welcomes five new faculty members in the 2014-2015 academic year: Andrey Chubukov, Natalia Perkins, Elias Puchner, Vlad Pribiag and Jake Koralek. Andrey Chubukov, a theoretical condensed matter physicist, holds the William and Bianca Fine Chair in Theoretical Physics. Natalia Perkins’ research is in condensed matter theory. Elias Puchner focusses on biologic physics. Vlad Pribiag and Jake Koralek are condensed matter experimentalists. Professors Chubukov, Perkins and Pribiag joined the School in summer 2014. Elias Puchner arrives in December, and Jake

Gov. Dayton signs bonding bill which includes $119.4 million 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 »

Burnell wins CAREER Award

Fiona Burnell

Professor Fiona Burnell of the School of Physics and Astronomy has received an NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award. Burnell's project is titled, "Topology and Symmetry in Physics Beyond the Landau Paradigm" and has received grant support for five years at $90,000 per year. There are only about 600 CAREER Awards given out per year across all fields of scientific endeavor. More »

Physics Force at Northrup Auditorium

Jon Anderson and Shaul Hanany

The Physics Force will present their annual winter shows for Minnesota's school-age children. The highly popular show - performed for over 20,000 spectators every year - demonstrates that physics is interesting, understandable and fun!The performances will be held at Northrop Auditorium on January 12-16, 2015. The Physics Force will also perform on Thursday, January 15 at 7 PM for other students and the public; it is free. The show lasts about an hour. To sign up to attend the show, go to our Eventbrite More »

A New Way to Die? Simulations Show Ancient Supermassive Stars Could Supernova

If supermassive stars—55,500 times the mass of our Sun, or solar masses—did exist when the Universe was very young, they could have died in a special kind of supernova. But if the stars were slightly more massive—56,000 solar masses—they would have become supermassive black holes, say astrophysicists at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) and the University of Minnesota. Their findings were recently published in Astrophysical Journal (ApJ). More »


Wednesday, October 1st
1:25 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
Beryllium Synthesis in the Early Galaxy —
Projjwal Banerjee, U Minnesota
3:35 pm:
Complex Oxides: From Minerals, to Electronic Heterogeneity, to Oxide Electronics —
Chris Leighton, University of Minnesota
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics after colloquium
Thursday, October 2nd
12:05 pm:
Tessa Vernstrom, U British Columbia
12:15 pm:
Photon Lines From Decaying Goldstini Dark Matter —
Zachary Thomas (U. Minnesota)
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
"Quantum phase transitions in topological Anderson insulators and superconductors" —
Alex Kamenev, University of Minnesota
Friday, October 3rd
2:30 pm:
Star Formation as Seen by Low Mass Stars —
Dr. Nino Pangia, STSci
3:35 pm:
Author Meets Readers: —
Author: Roy Cook, Department of Philosophy, University of Minnesota. Readers: Stephen Donaho, Department of Philosophy, Normandale Community College and Roy Sorensen, Department of Philosophy, Washin
Refreshments served in Room 275 Nicholson Hall at 3:15 p.m.
4:40 pm:
Spin Transport in Semiconductors —
Paul Crowell, University of Minnesota
Monday, October 6th
12:15 pm:
Kyle Willett, University of Minnesota
Wednesday, October 8th
3:35 pm:
Dan Cronin-Henessey
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics after colloquium
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