- January 1, 2012
- 2012: MSU P-A Professor Describes How Recent Subatomic Particle Collision Results May Be Signs of the Elusive Higgs Boson
After 40 years of searching, physicists have the elusive Higgs boson in their sights. Wade Fisher, Michigan State University assistant professor of physics, presented the team’s results March 7 at a physics conference in La Thuile, Italy.
- November 1, 2011
- November 2011: P-A Faculty honored by national scientific organizations
On 18 November 2011, P-A Chair Wolfgang Bauer made the announcement that the following faculty members had received honors from prestigious national scientific organizations.
- October 2, 2011
- October 2011: "Relics of the Big Bang" planetarium show opens
Relics of the Big Bang is a new show designed and produced by researchers in the MSU Department of Physics and Astronomy and the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory in conjunction with Abrams Planetarium staff, with the assistance of MSU students in many fields including graphic design, narrative writing and sound engineering.
- October 1, 2011
- October 2011: "Nature News" features Michael Thoennessen's isotope-discovery database
Physics-Astronomy Professor Michael Thoennessen and a team of students have compiled a new database containing discovery information on all known isotopes of the chemical elements, which makes it easy to see the locations and researchers involved in such discoveries and trends in the technologies involved over the years. This has led to a ranking of labs and researchers for the number of isotopes initially isolated by each.
- August 1, 2011
- August 2011: Future of nuclear physics draws hundreds of scientists to MSU
The first annual Joint ATLAS-GRETINA-HRIBF-NSCL-FRIB Users Meeting will be held at the MSU Biomedical & Physical Sciences Building in East Lansing, Michigan, from 18-20 August, 2011. Many scientists in low-energy nuclear physics now carry out experiments at several user facilities, and major equipment such as GRETINA will rotate between the respective laboratories. Hence the time is right to bring the U.S. low-energy user community together to discuss science, plans, and needs within a single user meeting.
- June 2, 2011
- June 2011: Raymond "Chip" Brock named University Distinguished Professor
Physics-Astronomy Professor and former departmental chair Raymond "Chip" Brock was one of 10 MSU faculty members named University Distinguished Professor by the MSU Board of Trustees in recognition of achievement in the classroom, laboratory and community at its 17 June 2011 meeting. This honor is awarded at the MSU President's recommendation to ten faculty members campuswide every two years.
- June 1, 2011
- June 2011: MSU Receives Nuclear Security Training Grant Share
MSU has been selected to share a 5-year $25M grant to prepare students for future nuclear security needs. This will involve several MSU units, including the P-A Department and the NSCL.
- April 1, 2011
- April 2011: Physics major Fei Yuan honored by MSU Board of Trustees
Physics major Fei Yuan was one of 33 graduating students honored by the MSU Board of Trustees for high scholastic achievement at its 15 April 2011 meeting.
- January 2, 2011
- 2011: P-A Department's Visit by Nobelist John Mather
The MSU Department of Physics and Astronomy is honored to welcome a visit by John C. Mather, who shared the 2006 Nobel Prize in Physics for his leadership of the team which succeeded in making precise measurements of the black body form of the cosmic background radiation and its anisotropy. He will be with us on Wednesday and Thursday the 19th and 20th of October 2011.
- January 1, 2011
- 2011: MSU P-A Professor Pengpeng Zhang Selected for U.S. Department of Energy Early Career Research Program Award
The U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) recently announced 68 Early Career Research Program financial awards for young faculty from amongst 1150 applicants for the fiscal year 2011. One of the awardees was Dr. Pengpeng Zhang of the MSU P-A department. Dr. Zhang's project, Utilizing Molecular Self-Assembly to Tailor Electrical Properties of Si Nanomembranes has potential applications ranging from nano-electronics to energy harvesting. It was selected for funding by the DoE's Office of Basic Energy Sciences (BES).
- December 1, 2010
- December 2010: Physics and astrophysics senior Jessica Muir named 2010 Marshall Scholar
In 2010, Physics and astrophysics senior Jessica Muir was named 2010 Marshall Scholar.
- September 5, 2010
- September 2010: Physics graduate student Sarah Heim receives award
In 2010, Physics graduate student Sarah Heim received one of two Tracy A. Hammer Graduate Student Awards For Professional Development from the MSU College of Natural Science.
- September 4, 2010
- September 2010: Physics alumna Dr. Azam Niroomand-Rad receives award
Physics alumna Dr. Azam Niroomand-Rad (M.S. 1971, Ph.D. 1978) received the 2010 MSU College of Natural Science Outstanding Alumni Award.
- September 3, 2010
- September 2010: Nathan Sanders received an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
Nathan Sanders, a Physics/Astrophysics senior, recieved a NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.
- September 2, 2010
- September 2010: Interview with two incoming freshmen physics/astronomy majors on 1320 WILS
Two incoming freshmen to MSU with physics/astronomy majors interview on 1320 WILS.
- September 1, 2010
- September 2010: Bernard Pope is one of ten 2010 Distinguished Faculty Award recipients.
In 2010, Bernard Pope is one of ten Distinguished Faculty Award recipients.
- April 1, 2010
- April 2010: Physics major Gabrielle Tepp is honored by the MSU Board of Trustees
In 2010, Physics major Gabrielle Tepp was one of 23 students honored by the MSU Board of Trustees for academic excellence.
- January 2, 2010
- 2010: P-A Professor Lisa Lapidus & Collaborators Refine Protein Folding Timescale
How proteins spontaneously “fold” from wiggling chains of amino acids into a wide variety of functional – or malfunctioning – three-dimensional molecules is one of the biggest mysteries in biochemistry.
Dr. Lisa Lapidus and her research collaborators have found some surprises in investigating the details of this process, which may have consequences in the future study of diseases and genetic disorders.
- January 1, 2010
- 2010: MSU Nuclear Physics Graduate Program Number 1 in 2010 U.S. News & World Report Rankings
In the 2010 rankings of graduate programs across the United States, announced by U. S. News & World Reporton 15 April 2010, to appear in the 27 April 2010 issue, Michigan State University's Nuclear Physics program was ranked number one, after several years of placing second behind MIT.
- December 1, 2009
- December 2009: Timothy Beers receives a 2009 Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Senior Research Award
In 2009, Timothy Beers received an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Senior Research Award and achieved ISI's "Highly Cited Researcher" rating