News

Steven Lund chosen as new head of U.S. Particle Accelerator School
October 12, 2017
Steven Lund chosen as new head of U.S. Particle Accelerator School

The U.S. Particle Accelerator School has selected MSU Professor Steven Lund as its new Director, effective 01 December 2017.

October 12, 2017
Remco Zegers and Chris Adami named 2017 APS Fellows

MSU Professors Remco Zegers and Chris Adami were elected as 2017 American Physical Society Fellows.

October 12, 2017
Two P-A graduate students selected for U.S. DoE program

Two Michigan State University Physics & Astronomy graduate students – Crispin Contreras-Martinez and Roy Ready – were among 52 graduate students from across the nation selected by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for its 2017 Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Program.

October 10, 2017
Abrams Planetarium to Display Michigan Meteorites

Abrams Planetarium, Michigan State University has received a grant of $97,259.00 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services that will enable the planetarium to update its exhibition space with a new display featuring its collection of meteorites, which includes seven specimens of the 10 known Michigan meteorites.

October 6, 2017
U.S. DoE Awards Grants for Nuclear Physics Related Computing Projects

Three nuclear physics related computational research projects involving MSU researchers have won grants from the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science (DOE-SC).

Johannes Pollanen invested as Jerry Cowen Chair of Experimental Physics
September 14, 2017
Johannes Pollanen invested as Jerry Cowen Chair of Experimental Physics

In a ceremony held on 14 September 2017, Johannes Pollanen, Assistant Professor in the MSU Physics & Astronomy Department, was formally invested as a Jerry Cowen Chair of Experimental Physics.

September 7, 2017
Philipp Grete wins German Astronomical Society 2017 Doctoral Thesis Award
September 6, 2017
MSU Astronomers confirm shockwave theory for nova behavior

A research team including MSU P-A faculty members Laura Chomiuk and Jay Strader has made and analyzed observations which confirm a theory concerning the role of shockwaves in the behavior of certain types of stellar explosions called novae.

August 31, 2017
Heiko Hergert receives DoE Early Career Award

Assistant Professor Heiko Hergert of the P-A Dept. and NSCL/FRIB received one of 59 Early Career Research Program Awards for 2017 from the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science.

August 16, 2017
Abrams Director Shannon Schmoll discusses upcoming solar eclipse

Abrams Director Shannon Schmoll contributes MSU Today "Faculty Voice" article "The Great American Eclipse"

July 21, 2017
LBNF/DUNE Groundbreaking broadcast live, 21 July 2017
July 1, 2017
July 2017: Interstellar ion research highlighted

The research of MSU Foundation Professor Marcos Dantus, faculty member in the Chemistry Department and adjunct professor in the Department of Physics & Astronomy is highlighted in two online articles published on 05 July 2017.

American Physical Society names Michael Thoennessen new Editor in Chief
June 23, 2017
American Physical Society names Michael Thoennessen new Editor in Chief
NASA Renames Solar Probe Mission in Honor of MSU Physics Alumnus Eugene Parker
June 1, 2017
NASA Renames Solar Probe Mission in Honor of MSU Physics Alumnus Eugene Parker

In a ceremony at the University of Chicago on 31 May 2017, NASA announced that the former Solar Probe Plus mission, which will launch in 2018, was being renamed the Parker Solar Probe in honor of MSU alumnus solar astrophysicist Eugene Parker. This is the first time a spacecraft has been named for a living person.

June 1, 2017
June 2017: Muon g-2 collaboration featured in MSU Today article

The Muon g−2 Experiment at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (FNAL, or "Fermilab") and its members within the MSU Department of Physics and Astronomy, Prof. Martin Berz, Research Prof. Kyoko Makino, and their team of graduate students, are featured in the June 8th MSU Today article "Muon Magnet's Moment Has Arrived".

May 1, 2017
May 2017: Witek Nazarewicz receives Flerov Prize

Hannah Professor of Physics Witold "Witek" Nazarewiczhas been awarded the G. N. Flerov Prize by the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR) in Dubna, Russia, for his theoretical studies of the atomic and nuclear properties of the heaviest elements.

April 2, 2017
April 2017: Joey Huston named MSU Foundation Professor

In an investiture ceremony held in room 1415 BPS Building on 20 April 2017, Physics & Astronomy Professor Joey Huston was honored as an MSU Foundation Professor.

April 1, 2017
April 2017: Physics and Astronomy Day at Impression 5 Science Center

On Saturday, 15 April 2017, the MSU Department of Physics & Astronomy will be a sponsor of Physics and Astronomy Day at Impression 5 Science Center in Lansing from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Students and faculty will lead hands-on interactive activities for children of all ages.

March 1, 2017
March 2017: MSU Nuclear Physics graduate program retains #1 national ranking in latest report

MSU’s nuclear physics graduate program, part of the College of Natural Science’s Department of Physics and Astronomy, is among seven MSU graduate programs that rank No. 1 nationally in the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings.

Laura Chomiuk named 2017 Cottrell Scholar
February 28, 2017
Laura Chomiuk named 2017 Cottrell Scholar

MSU Physics & Astronomy Assistant Professor Laura Chomiuk has been named as one of two dozen 2017 Cottrell Scholars by the Research Corporation for Science Advancement.