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SPS Chapter receives outreach award

The Minnesota chapter of the Society of Physics Students (SPS) received a Marsh W. White Award for physics outreach. The group received $300 to use toward outreach activities. The group used the money to purchase items for their outreach demo box.

Al Knutson

Al Knutson Remembered

Long-time School of Physics and Astronomy staff member, Al Knutson died Tuesday, August 4th in a bike/car accident that occurred while he was commuting to work. Knutson joined the School in December, 1961 and ran the Electronics Shop for most of his career. There will be a memorial bike ride for Al on Saturday, August 15th at 11:00 a.m. departing from Stinson Blvd and 37th Ave. NE. More »

NOvA Far Detector

NOvA Experiment Announces First Results

University of Minnesota physicists Professor Greg Pawloski and Dr. Jianming Bian recently presented the first results from the NOvA experiment at a special seminar delivered to the School of Physics and Astronomy. The University of Minnesota is by far the largest university group in NOvA, which is the flagship experiment of the U.S. neutrino program. The 14 kiloton far detector is located near Ash River in Northern Minnesota. More »

Terry Jones

Jones on Pluto Flyby

School of Physics and Astronomy Professor Terry Jones talks to local news about the Pluto mission and why it's important to astrophysicists.

Terry Jones

Jones Explains the Extra Second

School of Physics and Astronomy Professor Terry Jones explains to local news why international time-keepers need a "Leap Second" every few years.

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LHC Start-up Breaks Energy Record

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN in Switzerland ended a two-year shut down recently. The LHC is now providing collisions to all of its experiments at the unprecedented energy of 13 TeV, almost double the collision energy of its first run. The collider will now run round the clock for the next three years. University of Minnesota Professors Yuichi Kubota, Jeremiah Mans and Roger Rusack are part of the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment at the LHC. “We start a new era in LHC operations: search and discovery in a new energy regime," Rusack said. More »

Kanika Sachdev

Sachdev receives Lederman Fellowship

Research Assistant Kanika Sachdev recently received the Lederman Fellowship in Experimental Physics from Fermilab. The Lederman Fellowship is one of the most distinguished postdoctoral fellowships in experimental particle physics. More »

Chen receives dissertation honor

Ke-Jung Chen, received an Honorable Mention in the 2015 Best Dissertation of the Year Awards from the University of Minnesota Graduate School. Chen received his Ph.D. from the School in 2013. His adviser on his thesis was Alexander Heger, currently at Monash University in Australia.

Chris Phenicie

Phenicie wins SPS Leadership award

Chris Phenicie has received an Society of Physics Students (SPS) Leadership Award. The award recognizes SPS members with high scholarship performance both in physics and overall studies and the exhibition of the potential and intention for continued scholastic development in physics. Phenicie is the President of the University SPS chapter. The award in the amount of $2000 was funded by alumni of Sigma Pi Sigma.

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Did Dark Matter Just Get A Little Less Mysterious?

Using Hubble Space Telescope images, a team of astronomers studied a nearby cluster of galaxies that shows an unusually dense concentration of bright galaxies in its center. More »


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