January 1, 2007
2007: $100 Million Grant for NSCL

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded the National Super-conducting Cyclotron Laboratory at MSU more than $100 million to fund operations through 2011, highlighting the lab's status as a world-leading nuclear science facility.

Arden Bement, director of NSF, will visit East Lansing today to formally acknowledge the grant renewal, which will allow the cyclotron laboratory to continue pushing the frontiers of knowledge in rare isotope science, training the nation's next generation of nuclear scientists, and attracting undergraduate students to basic science.

February 1, 2006
February 2006: Timothy Beers receives the MSU Distinguished Faculty Award

Timothy C. Beers' scientific vision and pursuit of excellence in research, education and outreach has made him the worldwide leader in the search for the oldest and most chemically primitive stars in the galaxy and the universe. His efforts have led to the identification of more than 2,000 stars with metal abundances less than one percent of the solar value.

January 3, 2006
2006: 21st Century Jobs

September 2006: Ruby Ghosh, research associate professor of physics, led an interdisciplinary team that received a $914,000 grant from the Michigan 21st Century Jobs Fund ( to commercialize a "Dissolved Oxygen Sensor for Continuous (24/7) Monitoring in Aquaculture Applications". The team is comprised of researchers from three colleges at MSU: Per Askeland (Composite Materials & Structures Center), Gregory Baker (Dept.

January 2, 2006
2006: Record Haul

Professors Bass, Beers, Billinge, Donahue, and Voit win CNS faculty awards

April 2006

A record five faculty members of the Department of Physics and Astronomy received awards at the annual College of Natural Science awards ceremony. Professors Megan Donahue and Mark Voit won the CNS Teacher-Scholar award, Professors Tim Beers and Simon Billingewon the CNS Distinguished Faculty award, and Professor Jack Bass won the Meritorious Faculty award.

January 1, 2006
2006: MSU will go to the big DANSE

$12M National Science Foundation grant is awarded for physics data analysis software development.

November 1, 2005
November 2005: Michael Thoennessen and Thomas Glasmacher elected APS fellows

EAST LANSING, Mich. Two Michigan State University faculty members have been named fellows of the American Physical Society, one of the world's largest and most respected physics organizations.

Thomas Glasmacher, professor of physics and associate director for operations at the MSU National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory, and Michael Thoennessen, professor of physics and associate director for nuclear science at the laboratory, were among this year's group of new fellows, all of whom were selected for their outstanding and innovative research.

February 1, 2005
February 2005: Michael Thoennessen receives the MSU Distinguished Faculty Award

Michael Thoennessen, a researcher and member of the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory (NSCL), has achieved worldwide renown for his pioneering work in the field of experimental nuclear physics, in particular the area of exotic nuclei.

January 3, 2005
January 2005: Randy Cowen adds $1,000,000 to the Cowen Chair endowment fund

New York City, January 5, 2005: Randy Cowen adds $1,000,000 to the endowment fund he created to establish the Cowen Chair, an endowed chair in experimental condensed matter physics in memory of his father, long-time MSU physics/astronomy faculty member Jerry Cowen

January 2, 2005
2005: Forschungspreis: Prestigious Alexander von Humboldt Foundation award for Prof. Tomanek

November 2005, Berlin, Germany: The German Alexander von Humboldt Foundation announced that Prof. David Tomanek, Michigan State University, will receive the prestigious "Forschungspreis", the senior distinguished scientist award.

This prize is valued at up to 75,000 euro and will enable Prof. Tomanek to spend a research year at the University of Regensburg in Germany, where he will collaborate on nanoscience projects with nominating scholars and hosts in Germany, Prof. K. Richter, Dr. G. Cuniberti and Prof. M. Grifoni.

January 1, 2005
2005: Perfect Fluid

April 18, APS Spring Meeting 2005, Tampa: Gary Westfall announces the discovery of a new state of matter created in ultra-relativistic heavy ion collisions.

December 1, 2004
December 2004: Krauss Family Foundation endows Graduate Fellowship in High Energy Physics

The Jenny H. and Otto F. Krauss Charitable Foundation has entered an agreement to commit at least $60,000 to fund an endowed fellowship program in the Michigan State University Department of Physics and Astronomy. The family foundation has made an initial payment of $12,000 to begin building the Krauss Endowed Fellowship Fund. This endowment will support a needy and deserving graduate student with a high grade point average who is seeking an advanced degree in high-energy physics.

July 1, 2004
July 2004: George Brown donates Endowed Chairs for physics and chemistry

EAST LANSING, Michigan. A retired paper industry engineer who attended Michigan State in his youth has made the Michigan State University (MSU) College of Natural Science (CNS) the recipient of a rare dual endowment.

George A. Brown of Dallas, Texas, has created two endowed professorships, one each in the Department of Chemistry and the Department of Physics and Astronomy, and named them after illustrious Spartans in his family.

February 1, 2004
February 2004: Raymond Brock and Alex Brown receive MSU Distinguished faculty Award

Raymond Brock has established an international reputation for pioneering research into the fundamental constituents of matter. He is a leading member of a team working at the world's most powerful particle accelerator, and he already occupies the role of elder statesman in the particle physics community.

January 2, 2004
2004: Center for the Study of Cosmic Evolution

The CSCE: An Interdisciplinary Center at Michigan State University, bringing together astronomers, nuclear physicists and particle physicists to study the Evolution of the Cosmos.

January 1, 2004
2004: SOAR Dedication Ceremonies - April 17, 2004

EAST LANSING, Mich. When the SOuthern Astrophysical Research (SOAR) telescope opens its eye later this year and captures what astronomers call "first light," it will not only open a new window on the night skies of the Southern Hemisphere, but will also shine new light on science research and education at Michigan State University.

November 1, 2003
November 2003: PA-alumnus Parker wins Kyoto Prize, donates 1/4 to SOAR

KYOTO, JAPAN - November 10, 2003 - The Inamori Foundation today presented its 19th annual Kyoto Prizes. Considered among the world's leading awards for lifetime achievement, the Kyoto Prizes are presented to individuals and groups worldwide who have contributed significantly to human progress in the areas of "Advanced Technology," "Basic Sciences," and "Arts and Philosophy."

October 1, 2003
October 2003: Brad Sherrill and Gary Westfall named University Distinguished Professors

Brad Sherrill and Gary Westfall 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 27, 2003.

September 1, 2003
September 2003: Milton Muelder endows distinguished lectureship

Sept. 10, 2003: Dr. Milton E. Muelder has endowed an annual lectureship for the Department of Physics and Astronomy. He intended to name it in honor of his long-time friend Dr. Henry Blosser. However, Henry insisted that he would only accept this honor if the lectureship would also carry Milton's name. And so they compromised, and the lectureship will be known as the Dr. Henry Blosser and Dr. Milton E. Muelder Endowed Lectureship.

July 1, 2003
July 2003: Carl L. Foiles Award for Physics Students endowed

The family and friends of Dr. Carl L. Foiles have created an endowed student award in his memory at the Michigan State University in the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

“He was a loving husband and wonderful father to our children, Allen and Andrea,” shared his wife, Ruth Ann. “He was an avid teacher and physicist, and let this love for his work touch every aspect of his life.”

April 30, 2003
April 2003: First-ever Ohio-Michigan conference of the APS hosted by MSU in April 2003

The first-ever Ohio-Michigan conference of the APS was hosted by MSU in April 2003.