- January 2, 2003
- 2003: JINA NEW PHYSICS CENTER BRINGS GALAXY TO THE LABORATORY
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.
- January 3, 2002
- 2002: Fall Meeting of the Division of Nuclear Physics of the American Physical Society held in East Lansing
Approximately 600 physicists from around the country and around the World gathered in East Lansing from October 8 to October 12 to hold the fall meeting of the Division of Nuclear Physics (DNP) of the American Physical Society (APS).
Before the official opening, an evening reception was hosted by Michigan State University at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory (NSCL) and the new Biomedical Physical Science Building (BPS), home to the Department of Physics and Astronomy.
- January 2, 2002
- 2002: BPS Building Dedication
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Following in the tradition of scientists who have discovered cancer treatments, made milk safer to drink, and found ways of making crops more resistant to cold, researchers at Michigan State University today enter a new era of scientific advancement with the opening of the new Biomedical and Physical Sciences Building.
- January 1, 2002
- 2002: NSCL Scores Twice
January 23, 2002 - Gov. John Engler, in his State of the State address Wednesday night, declared Michigan the “Technology State” and backed Michigan State University’s bid to be the home of one of the world’s most powerful research facilities.
- October 1, 2001
- October 2001: Hantel Fellowship for undergraduate students established with $300,000 gift
The late Lawrence Hantel ('60, '62) and his wife Elizabeth recently donated $300,000 to the Department of Physics and Astronomy to create the Lawrence W. Hantel Endowed Fellowship Fund in Memory of Professor Donald J. Montgomery. Lawrence Hantel received both his undergraduate and Master's degrees in physics from Michigan State University. A golfing scholarship brought Hantel to MSU, but he developed a keen interest in chemistry and physics and never played for the golf team.
- June 1, 2001
- June 2001: Milton Muelder gives over $300,000 to the SOAR Telescope project
The SOAR (SOuthern Astrophysical Research) consortium - in which Michigan State University is a key partner - will play a major role in the next generation of astronomy research in large part due to the development of a state-of-the-art telescope to be located in the mountains of Chile.
- March 1, 2001
- March 2001: Randy Cowen endows chair in honor of his father with $1.5M donation
MSU graduate Randolph L. Cowen of New York has donated $1.5 million to the Department of Physics and Astronomy to create the Jerry Cowen Endowed Chair in Experimental Physics. It is named in memory of Randy's father, to honor his life and physics career at Michigan State University.
- February 2, 2001
- February 2001: Strosacker Foundation donates $250,000 for the Physics Learning Center in our new science building
The Charles J. Strosacker Foundation of Midland has given Michigan State University a grant of $250,000 to be used toward the new Biomedical and Physical Sciences Facility currently under construction on campus.
The grant will specifically fund the Collaborative Teaching Laboratory in that part of the facility that will be utilized by the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Such a laboratory gives the department an opportunity to teach in a setting that best allows students to interact and develop their science skills.
- February 1, 2001
- February 2001: Prof. Raymond (Chip) Brock steps down as P-A chairperson
After guiding the Department of Physics and Astronomy as chairperson for the last seven years, Prof. Chip Brock has stepped down, effective February 15, 2001, in order to concentrate on his research and teaching duties. He was instrumental in the Department's efforts to join the SOAR telescope project, and he played a major role in moving us into a new state-of-the-art science building. His seven-year term was extremely successful and saw the Department rise in most major national rankings.
- January 4, 2001
- 2001: Dr. Gary Westfall: The Little Big Bang
A few microseconds after the big bang, the universe existed as a soup of quarks and gluons. These quarks and gluons were not confined in nucleons as we find them today but instead formed a plasma of nearly massless quarks and gluons. Using the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) at Brookhaven National Laboratory on Long Island, New York, nuclear physicists are attempting to recreate this state of matter (on a small scale, of course!) by colliding two beams of gold nuclei each with kinetic energies of 100 GeV/nucleon. This energy is thought to be high enough
- January 3, 2001
- 2001: President McPherson Donates to SOAR
Peter McPherson will donate $25,000 back to the University to help support two programs with ambitious international goals.
He has designated $15,000 for scholarships to study abroad for students in the College Academic Achievement Program (CAAP), which serves first-generation and low-income MSU students, and $10,000 in support for the SOuthern Astrophysical Research (SOAR) telescope project in Chile.
- January 2, 2001
- 2001: Modeling the Sun
Robert Stein, Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Michigan State University, and Aake Nordlund of Copenhagen University Observatory in Denmark are using NCSA's SGI Origin2000 supercomputer to simulate the processes behind the sun's smaller-scale features. Creating massive models of portions of the sun, their research team is focused on understanding convection and magnetic flux near the solar surface.
- January 1, 2001
- 2001: Coupled Cyclotron Facility Inaugurated
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Michigan State University introduced its newly renovated, state-of-the-art cyclotron laboratory on Friday, a facility that will enable groundbreaking research in nuclear physics. After a $20 million, five-year renovation that connected and revamped two existing cyclotrons at Michigan State, researchers can now do in half a day experiments that used to take them a year, said Konrad Gelbke, director of the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory.
- January 1, 2000
- 2000: Lifelike Recorded Music
In a talk presented at the 2 November 1999 meeting of the Acoustical Society of America in Columbus, OH, William Hartmann described and demonstrated a new method of sound recording and reproduction called "Local Performance Recording/Reproduction (LPR/R)." In his demonstration, he applied the technique to a Mozart string quartet.