University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy
< >

When one imagines a room full of physicists in training, the image that comes to mind is perhaps not a group of students sitting around playing with Legos. But that is precisely the metaphor used by Kurt Wick to describe his classes in the Methods of Experimental Physics. The students do not play with actual interlocking colored bricks, but rather bits of computer systems that might fit together in larger experiments.


Pribiag receives young scientist prize

Vlad Pribiag

Professor Vlad Pribiag was named as a recipient of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics Young scientist prize in Low Temperature Physics for 2017. He will be presented with the prize at the International Low Temperature Physics Conference in Gothenburg Sweden this August. More »

Physics students visit 3M

3M visit

Seventeen graduate and undergraduate physics students visited the 3M corporate campus this spring. Trip co-organizer Professor Shaul Hanany says that the students visited the 3M Innovation Center and toured four research labs. More »

Heller to be awarded Millikan Medal

Kenneth Heller

Professor Kenneth Heller will receive the 2017 Millikan Medal from the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT). The medal recognizes "those who have made notable and intellectually creative contributions to the teaching of physics." More »

New Zooniverse Project: Muon Hunter

Lucy Fortson

A new citizen science project, led by Associate Professor Lucy Fortson, is asking for help from the public to identify and categorize hundreds of thousands of ring patterns within images produced by VERITAS gamma-ray observatory cameras. More »

Mandic to receive Taylor Award for research

Vuk Mandic

Professor Vuk Mandic will receive the 2017 Taylor Award for Distinguished Research. Mandic studies the earliest stages of the universe at the highest energy scales. He is a member of two collaborations: LIGO which recently confirmed the existence of gravitational waves and CDMS which is searching for Dark Matter. More »


Friday, April 28th
11:15 am:
There will be no seminar this week.
12:20 pm:
Magnetic Order and Excitations in Y1-xLaxTiO3 —
Sajna Hameed, University of Minnesota
12:30 pm:
Searching for compressed spectra —
Antonio Delgado, (Notre Dame U.)
2:30 pm:
No MIfA speaker this week. See the SPA colloquium April 27th
Adriano Fontana, Nat'l Institute for Astrophysics (Italy)
3:35 pm:
"How the Mouse Lost its Tail, Or, Lamarck's Dangerous Idea" —
Jessica Riskin, Stanford University
Refreshments served at 3:25 p.m.
3:35 pm:
Antiferromagnetic Excitations in Underdoped HgBa_2CuO_(4+delta) —
Vikram Nagarajan
4:40 pm:
Group presentations #1
4:40 pm:
There will be no seminar this week.
Monday, May 1st
12:15 pm:
A High Space Density of Luminous Lyman-alpha Emitters at z~6.5 —
Micaela Bagley, UMN
12:20 pm:
Jacob Freyermuth
Subscribe to Physics Calendar RSS feed | Full Calendar »