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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.

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.

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.