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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

April 1, 2009
April 2009: Two Physics/Astronomy juniors named Goldwater Scholars

In April 2009, two Physics/Astronomy juniors, Nathan Sanders and Jessica Muir, were named Goldwater Scholars for 2009-10.

January 4, 2009
2009: Collisions Observed in the ATLAS detector at CERN's Large Hadron Collider

The long wait is over! Collisions were observed in the ATLAS detector at CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC) on Monday, November 23. A picture of the first collision is shown above. This event, along with almost all of the events taken by ATLAS so far, was triggered by the MBTS (Minimum Bias Trigger Scintillators), constructed at MSU and installed at CERN (the signals from the MBTS counters can be observed as the yellow quadrangles in the top left).

January 3, 2009
2009: Strategic Partnership Group (SPG) Funded for Material Imaging at the Space-Time Limit

The MSU Foundation, through the Strategic Partnership Fund initiative, has funded a group of scientists based in Physics (Chong-Yu Ruan, Martin Berz, and Phil Duxbury), NSCL (Marc Doleans), Chemistry (Marcos Dantus), and Material Sciences (Martin Crimp) for a joint effort to push the current limit of material imaging capabilities to the most fundamental level.

January 2, 2009
2009: Single Top Quark Production Found

MSU physicists and their colleagues from around the world have confirmed the existence of a fundamental building block of nature. The recent discovery of a single top quark at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (FNAL) near Chicago fills in another piece of the puzzle of how the most fundamental components of matter and energy relate to one another.