Global energy needs are a major concern for our future. World-renowned MIT Professor Mildred Dresselhaus offers hope for the world energy outlook in her lecture “The Promise of Nanomaterials for Thermoelectric Applications” at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 26 at the Tate Laboratory of Physics, Room 150, The lecture is part of the annual Van Vleck Lecture Series. The lecture is free and open to the public. It will also be streamed live. More »
Professor Allen Goldman of the School of Physics and Astronomy has won a 2012 Awards for Outstanding Contributions to Postbaccalaureate, Graduate and Professional Education. As part of this award Goldman was admitted to the Academy of Distinguished Teachers.
Professor Serge Rudaz of the School of Physics and Astronomy won the Horace T. Morse-University of Minnesota Alumni Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education. Rudaz will also be inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Teachers as part of the award.
The Fannie and John Hertz Foundation announced today that University of Minnesota Honors Program student Grant Remmen has been awarded a prestigious Hertz Fellowship to support his future graduate studies. Considered to be the nation’s most prestigious and generous support for graduate education in applied sciences and engineering, the Hertz Fellowship is valued at more than $250,000 per student, with support lasting up to five years. More »
University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering astronomers Robert Gehrz and Charles Woodward are part of an international team that have, for the first time, discovered buckyballs in a solid form in space. The discovery of these carbon molecules in space may provide clues about the origins of the Universe and if life could exist on other planets. More »
Tate Laboratory of Physics has been selected by the American Physical Society (APS) as a historically significant site for physics. This designation honors the pioneering work of the late Regents Professor Alfred O.C. Nier and his colleagues in the development and application of mass spectrometry, including the first-ever separation of the Uranium-235 isotope. More »
The Physics Force performed a series of shows at the Minneapolis Convention Center for more than 21,000 people. The bulk of the audience were elementary school children bused in for the shows. There was an evening show open to the general public attended by about 3,000 people.
Mike Brown, astronomer from the California Institute of Technology will deliver the Kaufmanis Public Lecture on the topic of "How I Killed Pluto and Why it Had it Coming" The lecture will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 12 in Room 150 Tate Lab. More »
David Weitz, Harvard University will deliver a public lecture on "The Physics of Cooking." The lecture will take place at 7:00 p.m., in Room 150 of the Tate Laboratory of Physics. It will be preceded by a reception at 6:45 p.m. in the foyer of the building. The lecture will also be webcast and available online after the fact. More »
Ke-Jun Chen a graduate student in the School of Physics and Astronomy has received the Stanwood Johnston Fellowship for 2012-2013. Mr. Chen is currently working on Multi-Dimensional Simulations of Pair-Instability Supernovae with his adviser Professor Alexander Heger. Chen plans to use his stipend to support this research. He is originally from Taiwan. More »