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School of Physics & Astronomy
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Ask Brian Andersson, assistant education specialist, in charge of the School of Physics and Astronomy lecture demonstration area, what his favorite demo is and he’ll tell you: “anything that explodes.” Which could describe a significant number of the over 1,000 demonstrations that Andersson has in his repertoire.


Kakalios video goes viral


Professor James Kakalios of the School of Physics and Astronomy made a video "Physicist Breaks Down The Science Of 10 Iconic Marvel Scenes" that has had 1.6 million views in less than a week. Kakalios has written three popular physics books including the "Physics of Superheroes" making him a much sought-after expert commentator. More »

Scarlata receives Taylor Research Award

Claudia Scarlata

Associate Professor Claudia Scarlata won the College of Science and Engineering George W. Taylor Distinguished Research Award. The award comes with $3,000 to be used in Scarlata's research in astrophysics. The Distinguished Research Award recognizes younger faculty members who have shown outstanding ability in research. More »

Pribiag Named McKnight Land-Grant Professor

Vlad Pribiag

Vlad Pribiag was named a 2019 McKnight Land-Grant Professor. The program is designed to advance the careers of new assistant professors at a crucial point in their professional lives. Pribiag's research is in novel low-dimensional quantum materials and devices for information processing. This research investigates new materials, aimed at transcending the limitations of traditional semi-conductor computers. More »

Gherghetta receives Simons Fellowship

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Professor Tony Gherghetta received the 2019 Simons Fellowship. The Simons Fellows program extends academic leaves from one term to a full year, enabling recipients to focus solely on research for the long periods often necessary for significant advances. Gherghetta is a theoretical physicist specializing in physics beyond the standard model. More »

Mandic receives Distinguished McKnight Professorship


Professor Vuk Mandic of the School of Physics and Astronomy has been selected as a 2019 Distinguished McKnight University Professor. The award recognizes Mandic's research in the field of experimental cosmology and astrophysics. Mandic will receive a grant of $120,000 to be used over a five year period. More »


Thursday, August 22nd
1:00 pm:
Thesis Defense in PAN 110
Magnetism in correlated electron systems —
Mengxing Ye, University of Minnesota
This is the public portion of Ms. Ye's thesis defense. Her advisor is Andrey Chubukov
3:00 pm:
Thesis Defense in 120 PAN
Disorder effects and non-equilibrium dynamics on the electronic orders of strongly correlated materials —
Tianbai Cui, University of Minnesota
This is the public portion of Mr. Cui's thesis defense. His advisor is Rafael Fernandes.
Friday, August 23rd
09:00 am:
Astrophysics Cosmology Outreach in University of Minnesota Building, Minnesota State Fair
11:00 am:
Thesis Defense in PAN 110
Electronic Properties of Oxide and Semiconductor Heterostructures —
Michael Sammon, University of Minnesota
This is the public portion of Mr. Sammon's thesis defense. His advisor is Boris Shklovskii.
Thursday, September 5th
10:10 am:
Biophysics Seminar in 120 PAN
There will be no seminar this week.
12:10 pm:
No Journal Club this week
3:35 pm:
Cristina Marchetti, UCSB
Friday, September 6th
12:20 pm:
"Kitaev-Heisenberg Model on the Kagome Lattice". —
Yang Yang
12:30 pm:
2:30 pm:
No colloquium today - 1st week of school
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