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Fiona Burnell is a condensed matter theorist who studies exotic phases of matter. These are materials which do not display long-ranged order at low temperatures (which is typical of low-temperature behaviour in many materials, such as magnets), but are also not ordinary metals. One of the most bizarre examples of an exotic phase is a fractionalized system, where there appear to be particles that carry a fraction of the charge of the electron. “This seems very surprising because we know that you can’t subdivide an electron,” Burnell explains.

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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 Laboratory (SUL) 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 »

Fernandes selected as McKnight Presidential Fellow

Rafael Fernandes

Assistant Professor Rafael Fernandes has been named as a McKnight Presidential Fellow for his scholarly accomplishments. He will receive $15,000 to be used over the next three years for his research. More »

2017 Fellowship Winners

From Left to Right: Argha Banerjee, D'ann Barker, Peter Grul, Allison Kennedy, Kyle Greene, Evan Tyler, Yuting Wang, Samuel Ducatman and Mengxing Ye

Chun Chen and Caner Unal won the 2017 Aneesur Rahman Award. Hannah Rogers won the 2017 Robert E. Greiling Jr. Fellowship for her research in Cosmic Rays. Mengxing Ye won The 2017 Robert E. Greiling J. Fellowship for her research in condensed matter theory. More »


Calendar

Saturday, July 29th
8:30 pm:
Universe in the Park in Afton State Park
Presentations typically run from 8:30 to 10:00 or 11:00pm, including telescope observing. This event is free and open to the public, though a vehicle permit is usually required to enter state parks.
Friday, August 4th
8:30 pm:
Universe in the Park in Mille Lacs kathio State Park
Presentations typically run from 8:30 to 10:00 or 11:00pm, including telescope observing. This event is free and open to the public, though a vehicle permit is usually required to enter state parks.
Saturday, August 5th
8:30 pm:
Universe in the Park in Father Hennepin State Park
Presentations typically run from 8:30 to 10:00 or 11:00pm, including telescope observing. This event is free and open to the public, though a vehicle permit is usually required to enter state parks.
Friday, August 11th
8:30 pm:
Universe in the Park in William O'Brien State park
Presentations typically run from 8:30 to 10:00 or 11:00pm, including telescope observing. This event is free and open to the public, though a vehicle permit is usually required to enter state parks.
Saturday, August 12th
8:30 pm:
Universe in the Park in Lake Maria State Park
Presentations typically run from 8:30 to 10:00 or 11:00pm, including telescope observing. This event is free and open to the public, though a vehicle permit is usually required to enter state parks.
Tuesday, August 29th
3:35 pm:
To be announced —
Melanie Galloway, University of Minnesota
This is the public portion of Ms. Galloway's thesis defense.
Friday, September 8th
12:30 pm:
TBA —
Bharat Ratra (Kansas State U.)
Monday, September 11th
12:15 pm:
Kelley Hess, Department of Astronomy, University of Cape Town
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