News

June 2, 2015

Research on advanced methods for semiconductor development and manufacture by members of the MSU Department of Physics and Astronomy, in conjunction with a research team from Northwestern University was featured in this June 26th, 2015 article in MSU Today. The article includes comments on the groups' research by Associate Professor Chong-Yu Ruan and Professor Phillip Duxbury.

June 1, 2015

Each year, ten Michigan State University faculty members are designated as University Distinguished Professors, one of the highest honors that can be granted to faculty members by the university, in recognition of their achievements in teaching, research and community involvement.

May 3, 2015

MSU Department of Physics and Astronomy Professors Megan Donahue and Mark Voit are featured in a May 26th MSU Today article entitled "Making a Difference with Science", describing their commitment to MSU's science program and their support of it using donations.

May 2, 2015

MSU Department of Physics and Astronomy Professors Megan Donahue and Mark Voit,  joined by Associate Professor Brian O'Shea and researchers from Columbia University, Stanford University and the University of Alabama at Huntsville, have determined that supernovas play a role in keeping certain galaxies' gas abundance low enough to prevent large-scale star formation.

May 1, 2015

Chris Adami, Professor in the Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Physics & Astronomy, does research in diverse fields ranging from computational biology to quantum information theory.

April 4, 2015

The 2015 Department of Physics & Astronomy Awards were presented at a reception held at 3:00 pm on Thursday, 30 April 2015 in the main conference room, 1400 BPS Bldg.

The award presentation was followed by a concert by the Grand Canonical Ensemble (Physics Choir).

April 3, 2015

WKAR Radio's Current State program aired an interview on April 21st with MSU Physics & Astronomy Professor Joey Huston and Associate Professor Wade Fisher about the recent re-start of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), which had been down for two years for maintenance and upgrades. MSU's High Energy Physics group has an extensive presence in the LHC research program. The interview may be heard online via this article on the WKAR web site.

April 2, 2015

Physics & Astronomy Associate Professor Tyce DeYoung discusses his research into high energy neutrino physics in an April 1st, 2015 "Faculty Voice" piece at MSU Today. He is part of the research team for the IceCube Neutrino Observatory at the South Pole and tells of its role in trying to unravel mysteries related to the elusive elementary particle.

April 1, 2015

Chris Adami, Professor in the Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Physics & Astronomy, does research in diverse fields ranging from computational biology to quantum information theory.

March 1, 2015

In the 2014 US News and World Report's rankings of graduate school programs published Monday, March 9, 2015, Michigan State University's Nuclear Physics graduate program continues its placement at the top of the list, a position it has held since 2010:
http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-science-schools/nuclear-science-rankings

February 2, 2015

The Physics Teacher Education Coalition ("PhysTEC", a partnership between the American Physical Society and the American Association of Physics Teachers) has recognized Michigan State University as a member of its "5+ Club" - institutions of higher education which have granted five or more physics education degrees in a single year over the past few academic years. Since the typical number for most universities is zero, MSU's 7 graduates during the 2012-2013 academic year is notable.

February 1, 2015

Brian O'Shea, who specializes in computational astrophysics and is jointly appointed to the faculties of Lyman Briggs College and the Department of Physics and Astronomy, is one of four recipients of MSU's 2015 Teacher-Scholar Award.

January 6, 2015

The Department of Physics and Astronomy has welcomed three new faculty members in the 2015-2016 academic year.

January 5, 2015

On October 15th, Assistant Professor Jay Strader of the MSU Department of Physics and Astronomy was named one of this year's 18 recipients nationwide of a Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering. Accompanying this prestigious honor is an individual research grant of $875,000 distributed over the next five years.

January 4, 2015

In lieu of the weekly Physics-Astronomy Colloquium, members of the department (and others) are invited to the Scientific Symposium Honoring Former NSCL Director Konrad Gelbke at the Wharton Center for Performing Arts' Pasant Theatre from 2:00 to 5:30 pm on Thursday, 08 October 2015. P-A attendees of the symposium do not have to register.

January 3, 2015

The MSU Department of Physics and Astronomy will host noted astronomer Andrea Ghez of UCLA, Monday, September 28th and Tuesday, September 29th.

January 2, 2015

Members of the Michigan State University Department of Physics and Astronomy are major players in the new High-Altitude Water Cherenkov (HAWC) Gamma-Ray Observatory in Puebla, Mexico, which will observe very high-energy gamma rays and cosmic rays coming from extreme sources in the universe, such as black holes, dark matter and exploding stars. HAWC is a collaborative effort between the United States and Mexico. The site was chosen for its high altitude (13,500 feet) and proximity to the LMT Alfonso Serano, a large radio telescope.

January 1, 2015

The majority of the hundreds of millions of galaxies in the universe are members of giant clusters of galaxies, ranging from small groupings of 50 or so (such as the Local Cluster that our own Milky Way galaxy is part of) to larger collections of over 1000 galaxies. Observations over the years of the rates of star formation in the central bright galaxies in these clusters have shown a wide variation. It has not been clear why these galaxies in some clusters have formed millions of stars in the past million years (and seem to have done so at similar rate for a good part of their lifetimes), while similar, central galaxies in other clusters appear to have formed no new stars for a substantial fraction of their lifetimes. There are some clusters whose brightest galaxy lies between these extremes as well, showing evidence of ample star formation during some periods of time and little star formation at other times.

September 1, 2014

In September 2014, MSU officially joined the ICECUBE collaboration, which runs a high energy neutrino observatory located at the South Pole. Particle Astrophysics is an emerging area in the PA department with strong representation in ICECUBE, as well as involvement in the HAWC experiment, which is a high energy gamma ray detector in the mountains of Mexico. Professor Jim Linnemann has played a key role in promoting particle astrophysics at MSU, and the arrival of Ty DeYoung and Kendall Mahn, who are members of ICECUBE, is a very significant expansion of effort in this area.