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MSU Physics & Astronomy suffers another emeritus faculty loss
February 27, 2018
MSU Physics & Astronomy suffers another emeritus faculty loss

Professor Emeritus Peter Schroeder passed away at the age of 89 on February 25, 2018.

February 26, 2018
MSU Board of Trustees approves next stage of FRIB

At its February 16th meeting, the MSU Board of Trustees gave authorization to proceed with the next phase of the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams.

Two P-A faculty members receive 2018 MSU Teacher-Scholar Awards
February 20, 2018
Two P-A faculty members receive 2018 MSU Teacher-Scholar Awards

Danny Caballero and Vashti Sawtelle are among the six MSU faculty members awarded 2018 Teacher-Scholar Awards.

February 20, 2018
Unusual sub-atomic particle distributions calculated for oganesson

MSU nuclear theorists Witold Nazarewicz and Bastian Schuetrumpf join Massey University physicists in calculating the distributions of sub-atomic particles in oganesson (element 118), finding them highly unusual.

2018 William J. Beal Outstanding Faculty Award made to Alexandra Gade
February 13, 2018
2018 William J. Beal Outstanding Faculty Award made to Alexandra Gade

Professor Alexandra Gade receives one of ten 2018 William J. Beal Outstanding Faculty Awards.

January 15, 2018
Piecuch Research Group Proposes Novel Computational Approach

Adjunct P-A Professor Piotr Piecuch (and University Distinguished Professor in the Chemistry Department) and his research group have proposed a novel computational approach to solving the complex many-particle Schrödinger equation.

January 9, 2018
P-A Faculty members contribute article to "The Conversation"

The article “Atomic age began 75 years ago with the first controlled nuclear chain reaction”, by Artemis Spyrou and Wolfgang Mittig, was published in The Conversation web journal.

MSU Physics & Astronomy loses long-time faculty member
January 2, 2018
MSU Physics & Astronomy loses long-time faculty member

Professor Emeritus Tom Kaplan passed away at the age of 91 on December 30th, 2017.

Huey-Wen Lin receives prestigious awards
January 2, 2018
Huey-Wen Lin receives prestigious awards

Huey-Wen Lin has received NSF Early CAREER and DOE Leadership Computing Challenge awards.

Brian O'Shea research-related video wins scientific visualization award
January 2, 2018
Brian O'Shea research-related video wins scientific visualization award

Scientific video based on and narrated by Brian O'Shea wins award at SC17 Conference.

December 20, 2017
New "artificial brain" technology for NASA

Professor Chris Adami is working on new "artificial brain" technology for use in small spacecraft used for proposed NASA missions.

Vashti Sawtelle's BLiSS course highlighted
December 11, 2017
Vashti Sawtelle's BLiSS course highlighted

Assistant Professor Vashti Sawtelle's Briggs Life Science Studio (BLiSS) physics course is featured in a Dec. 5th, 2017 MSU Today article.

Danny Caballero receives President's Distinguished Teaching Award
November 30, 2017
Danny Caballero receives President's Distinguished Teaching Award

On Wednesday, 29 November 2017, MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon presented the President's Distinguished Teaching Award to Asst. Professor Danny Caballero.

HAWC gamma-ray observatory sheds light on origin of excess anti-matter
November 16, 2017
HAWC gamma-ray observatory sheds light on origin of excess anti-matter

The High-Altitude Water Cherenkov Gamma-Ray Observatory (HAWC) in Mexico, built and operated by an international team of scientists, has captured the first wide-angle view of gamma rays emanating from two rapidly spinning stars. The results may cast serious doubt on one possible explanation for a mysterious excess of anti-matter particles near Earth.

MSU to establish accelerator science & engineering traineeship program
November 16, 2017
MSU to establish accelerator science & engineering traineeship program

Michigan State University is establishing an Accelerator Science and Engineering Traineeship (AS&E) program to address a national shortage in accelerator scientists and engineers.

November 14, 2017
Jessica Micallef wins Association for Computing Machinery Fellowship

Jessica Micallef, a Michigan State University physics and computational science graduate student, has received one of twelve 2017 Association for Computing Machinery Special Interest Group on High Performance Computing (ACM SIGHPC)/Intel Computational and Data Science Fellowships.

Kendall Mahn named analysis coordinator for international T2K Experiment
November 7, 2017
Kendall Mahn named analysis coordinator for international T2K Experiment

Michigan State University high energy physicist Kendall Mahn is one of two analysis coordinators selected for the international Tokai-to-Kamioka (“T2K”) Experiment, which studies the properties of a subatomic particle called the neutrino.

Bradley M. Sherrill receives 2018 Tom W. Bonner Prize in Nuclear Physics
October 24, 2017
Bradley M. Sherrill receives 2018 Tom W. Bonner Prize in Nuclear Physics

University Distinguished Professor Bradley M. Sherrill, director of the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory (NSCL), was awarded the 2018 Tom W. Bonner Prize in Nuclear Physics by the American Physical Society (APS).

October 20, 2017
MSU astronomers help to confirm discovery of neutron star merger

Michigan State University contributed to the scientific confirmation of the observation of merging neutron stars, which made headlines around the globe this week.

"C.-P." Yuan Invested as Wu-Ki Tung Endowed Professor of Particle Physics
October 20, 2017
"C.-P." Yuan Invested as Wu-Ki Tung Endowed Professor of Particle Physics

In a ceremony held on 17 October 2017, Professor Chien-Peng "C.-P." Yuan was formally invested as Wu-Ki Tung Endowed Professor of Particle Physics.