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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.”