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.
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.
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.
MSU’s Gates Scholar has high energy for high-energy particles.
In 2007 Jack Baldwin won the MSU Distinguished Faculty Award.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.