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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.”


In a sort of a merger between the laboratory and the stars, Michigan State has joined with two other Midwestern universities to establish a nuclear astrophysics center.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $10 million to the University of Notre Dame, Michigan State University and the University of Chicago to establish a Physics Frontier Center for Nuclear Astrophysics.

January 1, 2003 2003: LON-CAPA receives Computerworld Honors

Washington, D.C. - June 3, 2003  - Michigan State University's College of Natural Science received the coveted 21st-Century Achievement Award last night from the Computerworld Honors Program for visionary use of information technology in the category of Education & Academia. Merritt Lutz, Managing Director of Morgan Stanley nominated Michigan State University, College of Natural Science in recognition of its contributions to the global information technology revolution and its positive impact on society.

March 1, 2002 March 2002: Gary Westfall receives the MSU Distinguished Faculty Award

Professor Gary D. Westfall received one of ten MSU Distinguished Faculty Awards for 2002.

January 4, 2002 2002: Oldest Star

By Tom Oswald

An MSU astronomer is part of an international team that has identified an ancient star, one that may be the oldest ever found and that provides clues to what the universe was made of shortly after the Big Bang.

The finding of the star, which is known as “HE 0107-5240,” is chronicled in the Oct. 31 issue of the British journal Nature.