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PhD student Carl Fields named to Forbes "30 under 30" in science

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Michigan State University's Department of Physics and Astronomy is one of the top-ranked departments in the country. It offers many diverse courses in physics and astronomy. Undergraduate programs are available with different emphases and mixes with other branches of science and engineering. It also offers graduate (M.S. & Ph.D.) degree programs with specializations in many sub-fields.


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October 23, 2021 Prof. Paul Gueye receives 2022 Edward A. Bouchet Award from the APS

Congratulations to Professor Paul Guèye for being selected as the 2022 Edward A. Bouchet Award winner by the American Physical Society in recognition of his “many seminal experimental contributions to understanding the structure of nuclear particles and decades of service to physics outreach, diversity and inclusion”. Paul Guèye holds appointments at the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams and the Department of Physics & Astronomy. Prof. Guèye has a distinguished career in forefront research and research leadership in nuclear physics. He is currently both PI on a National Science Foundation group grant focused on isotope discovery science and PI of a Department of Energy funded institute called INSIGHT (Institute for Nuclear Science to Inspire the Next Generation of a Highly Trained Workforce), which serves to coordinate nationwide training for undergraduates in nuclear science, with a special focus on close collaborations with minority serving institutions.

October 17, 2021 Prof. Artemis Spyrou Named APS Fellow

Congratulations to Prof. Artemis Spyrou on her election as an APS Fellow. Professor Spyrou, who holds appointments both in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and at FRIB, received this recognition for her groundbreaking studies in experimental nuclear astrophysics. Her leadership in nuclear science and her efforts to inform the public has helped maintain the top ranking of our nuclear physics graduate program.

September 30, 2021 Physics Teaching Innovation at the new STEM Teaching Building

The new STEM teaching building was dedicated recently with many dignitaries and much emphasis on the critical role of STEM education for the future of the state and country. As the speeches and ribbon cutting were going on outside, Physics faculty were teaching introductory physics using new curricula that take full advantage of the new classrooms in the building. These innovative new curricula were developed using evidenced-based practices to better serve the students in these courses as part of the department's longstanding commitment to MSU's mission of excellence in both teaching and research.

April 27, 2021 Ph.D. student Justin Lane awarded Yale Mossman Postdoctoral Fellowship

Congratulations to Physics Ph.D. student Justin Lane who has been awarded the 2021 Mossman Prize Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Yale University Physics Department. Justin works in the area of quantum information systems (QIS) with this Ph.D. advisor Johannes Pollanen, the Jerry Cowen Chair of Experimental Physics, and other collaborators at the MSU Laboratory for Hybrid Quantum Systems. They are investigating a wide variety of QIS and condensed matter systems ranging from atomically thin layers of carbon (graphene) to trapped electrons systems floating above the surface of superfluid helium to color-center qubits in diamond with the goal of revealing fundamentally new physical phenomena and developing next generation technologies for QIS.

December 11, 2020 PhD student Carl Fields named to Forbes "30 under 30" in science

MSU astronomy PhD student Carl Fields was recently recognized as one of Forbes' "30 under 30" in Science for 2021. Carl is a theoretical and computational astrophysicist specializing in the evolution of massive stars and how they explode as supernovae at the end of their lives. He has published a number of papers on these and related topics.

December 10, 2020 Prof. Alexandra Gade named AAAS fellow

Congratulations to Professor Alexandra Gade for being elected an AAAS fellow. Prof. Gade was recognized by the AAAS for distinguished contributions to the field of nuclear physics, particularly for gamma-ray spectroscopy of rare isotopes and elucidating the structural properties of nuclei.