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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.