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Physicists at the School of Physics and Astronomy are using modeling techniques to make things easier for chemists working with polymers. Taher Ghasimakbari is a graduate student working in theoretical condensed matter physics on diblock copolymers, a family of materials with wide range of applications from drug delivery to strengthening plastics. Spandex and polyurethane are examples of block copolymers in the same family of materials as diblock copolymers ever since. This class of polymers were invented in the 1950s and have been studied extensively.


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 »


Wednesday, September 20th
1:25 pm:
From spin liquid candidate to dipole liquid in quasi-two dimensional organic Mott insulators: a Raman scattering study. —
Natalia Drichko, Johns Hopkins University
3:00 pm:
3:35 pm:
Paper reading: "Mechanical Detection and Measurement of the Angular Momentum of Light" by Richard A. Beth —
D. Cronin-Hennessy, University of Minnesota
4:30 pm:
CM Journal Club in PAN 120
No CM Journal Club
Thursday, September 21st
10:10 am:
Biophysics Seminar in 110 PAN
Watching in the inner life of a cell: beyond super-resolution microscopy —
Prof. Bo Huang UCSF, Pharmaceutical Chemistry
Note room change, this week only.
12:05 pm:
Evan Tyler and Pat Kelly
3:35 pm:
Formation of Alfvenic Electromagnetic Plasma Structures and Auroral Particle Acceleration: -- Exploring Theory of High Energy Plasma Physics —
Yan Song, University of Minnesota
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
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