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July 1, 2003

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.”

January 2, 2003

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

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

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

January 4, 2002

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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January 1, 2000

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.