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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.

January 1, 2009
2009: U.S. Department of Energy Selects MSU for FRIB Site

On 11 December 2008, the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science named Michigan State University as the site for the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB), a proposed new $550 million facility for conducting cutting-edge research in nuclear physics and astrophysics, with potential applications in medicine and materials science to go along with its contributions toward advancing pure scientific knowledge.

October 1, 2008
October 2008: Kyoko Makino & Martin Berz receive 3rd R. E. Moore Prize for Applications of Interval Analysis at SCAN 2008

 At SCAN in 2008, Kyoko Makino & Martin Berz receive the3rd R. E. Moore Prize for Applications of Interval Analysis.

September 3, 2008
September 2008: Georg Bollen shares 2008 SUNAMCO Medal awarded by IUPAP Commission C2

IUPAP Commision awarded Georg Bollen the SUNAMCO Medal in 2008.

September 2, 2008
September 2008: David Tománek receives the 2008 Japan Carbon Award for Life-Time Achievement

Carbon does not stop amazing the scientific community – again and again. Until the 1980s, elemental carbon was believed to crystallize either as diamond, an ultra-hard and transparent solid, or graphite, a grayish layered substance used in pencils and lubricants. This perception changed completely with the discovery of the C60“buckyball” and other fullerenes, deemed significant enough to warrant the 1996 Chemistry Nobel prize.

September 1, 2008
September 2008: Alexandra Gade named 2008 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow

In 2008, MSU Physicist Named Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow.

April 1, 2008
April 2008: Martin Berz receives honorary doctorate from St. Peterburg University in Russia

In 2008, Martin Berz recieved an honorary doctorate from St. Petersburg University in Russia.

January 2, 2008
2008: Jerry Cowen Endowed Chair of Experimental Physics

April 29, 2008: In a ceremony in the MSU Abrams Planetarium, Dr. Chih-Wei Lai was installed as the first “Jerry Cowen Chair of Experimental Physics”. The Chair’s donor and Jerry Cowen’s son, Randy Cowen, two daughters of Jerry’s, as well as his widow Elaine, were in attendance to help celebrate the occasion.

January 1, 2008
2008: Halo 2: Opposite Spin

January 2008

A team of scientists, led by University Distinguished Professor Timothy C. Beers, have used data from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey to demonstrate that the halo surrounding the Milky Way comprises two stellar components rotating in opposite directions about the center of the Galaxy.

June 1, 2007
June 2007: Timothy Beers and Wolfgang Bauer named University Distinguished Professors

Tim Beers and Wolfgang Bauer were among the ten MSU professors that have been named University Distinguished Professors in recognition of their achievements in the classroom, laboratory and community. The designations, recommended by Interim President Lou Anna K. Simon, were approved by the MSU Board of Trustees on June 15, 2007.

March 1, 2007
March 2007: Physics senior Victoria Moeller wins prestigious Gates Scholarship

MSU’s Gates Scholar has high energy for high-energy particles.

February 2, 2007
February 2007: Jack Baldwin wins 2007 MSU Distinguished Faculty Award

In 2007 Jack Baldwin won the MSU Distinguished Faculty Award.

February 1, 2007
February 2007: Adjunct Professor Albert Fert wins prestigious prizes

Feb. 1, 2007: We are pleased that one of our Adjunct Professors of Physics, Prof. Albert Fert of CNRS/Thales and the University of Paris Sud, in Orsay, France, was just awarded the 2007 Wolf Prize and the 2007 Japan Prize, both jointly with Peter Grünberg of the KFA Jülich, Germany.

January 5, 2007
2007: MSU-PA Adjunct Professor Albert-Fert wins Nobel Prize

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Albert Fert, Professor at the Université Paris-Sud and also Adjunct Professor at the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Michigan State University (MSU), and Peter Grünberg, Scientist at the Forschungszentrum Jülich, are sharing the 2007 Nobel Prize in Physics “for the discovery of Giant Magnetoresistance”.

January 4, 2007
2007: MSU-UM Tier 2 Computing Center

EAST LANSING, Mich. - That giant is 750 miles of fiber optic cable that lassoes its three biggest research universities and Van Andel Institute to the future. Its first mission: To uncover the nature of the Big Bang by connecting U.S. physicists to their huge experiment ATLAS in Geneva, Switzerland, at the European Centre for Nuclear Research, or "CERN." The University of Michigan and Michigan State University together are creating one of the portals to these secrets for hundreds of U.S. physicists.

January 3, 2007
2007: The Nanostructure Problem

May 2007

Modern high performance materials are revolutionizing our lives, from light high strength metals in aviation to exotic electronic materials in our computers. The frontier in materials research is to design novel materials where we control the atomic arrangements on the nano-meter scale to obtain some desired functionality: the dream of nanotechnology.

January 2, 2007
2007: Evidence for Rare Single Top Quarks

Several members of the MSU physics department played a key role in the recent finding of evidence for single top quarks produced in a rare subatomic process involving the weak nuclear force. The MSU scientists are members of the DZero collaboration at the Department of Energy's Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory near Chicago, Illinois, where the measurement was made. C.-P. Yuan, professor of physics at MSU, was excited to hear about the result; after all, he had predicted how the discovery could be accomplished back in 1990.