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February 3, 2017
February 2017: Chris Wrede research highlighted in MSU Today article

An article published on 18 February 2017 in MSU Today features MSU Physics & Astronomy Assistant Professor Chris Wrede, giving details of some of his research into the generation of nuclear isotopes in stellar explosions, which was the topic of a presentation he made recently at a meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He explains how experiments done at the NSCL provide real evidence linking astronomical observations with theoretical and computational models of how heavy nuclei are formed and distributed in nature.

February 2, 2017
February 2017: Megan Donahue elected AAS President

The American Astronomical Society (AAS) has announced the results of its 2017 elections, and MSU Physics & Astronomy Professor Megan Donahue has been elected as the new AAS President. She will take office this summer.

February 1, 2017
February 2017: Michael Thoennessen becomes Chair of APS Division of Nuclear Physics

Starting in February 2017 and continuing until March 2018, MSU Physics & Astronomy University Distinguished Professor Michael Thoennessen will serve as the Chair of the Executive Committee of the American Physical Society's Division of Nuclear Physics.

Million-dollar gift establishes endowed professorship in honor of the late Dr. Wu-Ki Tung
January 18, 2017
Million-dollar gift establishes endowed professorship in honor of the late Dr. Wu-Ki Tung
January 3, 2017
January 2017: William J. Beal Outstanding Faculty Award made to David Tománek

Physics & Astronomy Professor David Tománek is one of ten recipients of MSU's 2017 William J. Beal Outstanding Faculty Award.

January 2, 2017
January 2017: Tyce DeYoung neutrino research highlighted in MSU Today article

An article published on 31 January 2017 in MSU Today features MSU Physics & Astronomy Associate Professor Tyce DeYoung and his research connections with the IceCube Neutrino Observatory at the South Pole. Measurements of neutrino properties have traditionally been very difficult, and the IceCube detector is refining those measurements in an unprecedented way. This may allow comparisons of natural results with theoretical models which can help scientists to understand relationships between certain fundamental particles and forces.

January 1, 2017
January 2017: Filomena Nunes receives award from MSU Center for Gender in Global Context

The MSU Center for Gender in Global Context has announced that Physics-Astronomy Professor Filomena Nunes has received its 2017 Inspirational Woman of the Year Award in the Professional Achievement category.

October 2, 2016
October 2016: NSCL researchers characterize unusual nuclear structure

In a recent Nature Physics article, an international research group including MSU P-A faculty members Alexandra Gade and Hironori Iwasaki, working at the NSCL, describe the results of their study of the structure of the nucleus of the isotope silicon-34.

October 1, 2016
October 2016: MSU P-A faculty members named APS Fellows

In October 2016, Professor Megan Donahue and Associate Professor Brian O'Shea were named Fellows of the American Physical Society.

September 2, 2016
September 2016: Lisa Lapidus' lab measures peptide behavior important to Alzheimer's disease

Physics & Astronomy Professor Lisa Lapidus and her colleagues have published a paper in the 04 August 2016 edition of the journal ChemPhysChem which describes their work using lasers to observe the behavior of a number of peptides (strings of amino acids) which are associated with neurological disorders such as Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease.

September 1, 2016
September 2016: Elizabeth Simmons appointed associate provost

Physics & Astronomy University Distinguished Professor and Dean of Lyman Briggs College Elizabeth Simmons has been appointed MSU's Associate Provost for Faculty and Academic Staff Development.

June 3, 2016
June 2016: NSCL researchers find constraints on elusive nuclear reaction rates

The origin of the elements in the Universe is one of the big unsolved questions in science. Nuclear fusion reactions in stars are responsible for creating most of the light elements up to iron. Heavier elements are produced in a network of nuclear reactions and decays, mainly involving the capture of neutrons by unstable nuclei that only exist for fractions of a second. Therefore, it is essentially impossible to measure the majority of these rates directly in the laboratory because the unstable nuclei involved cannot be made into targets for irradiation with neutrons.

June 2, 2016
June 2016: MSU Physics-Astronomy alumnus receives Woodrow Wilson New Jersey Teaching Fellowship

The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation announced on Wednesday, 15 June&2016 the selection of 62 WW New Jersey Teaching Fellows for 2016. Among them is Michigan State University alumnus (M.S. 2016) Walter Buhro. The new Fellows were introduced at an event today with Governor Chris Christie.

The highly competitive program recruits both recent graduates and career changers with strong backgrounds in science, technology, engineering, and math – the STEM fields – and prepares them specifically to teach in high-need secondary schools.

June 1, 2016
June 2016: Evidence found supporting MSU astronomers' theoretical model

In earlier research, described here, MSU Physics & Astronomy Professors Mark Voit and Megan Donahue, along with other astrophysicists from other institutions, presented an explanation of the differing rates of star formation in different galaxy clusters which used analogies to rain formation in our own planet's atmosphere.

April 2, 2016
April 2016: Yearly Departmental Awards for 2016

The 2016 Department of Physics & Astronomy Awards were presented at a reception held at 3:00 pm on Thursday, 28 April 2016 in the main conference room, 1400 BPS Bldg.

The award presentation was followed by a concert by the Grand Canonical Ensemble (Physics Choir).

April 1, 2016
April 2016: HAWC researchers release detailed high energy gamma-ray sky map

The High Altitude Water Cherenkov Observatory (HAWC)has been in operation for just over a year, collecting detailed observations of approximately two-thirds of the sky at high energy gamma-ray wavelengths with about 15 times the sensitivity of previous gamma-ray survey instruments.

March 2, 2016
March 2016: NSCL research team finds evidence for pre-solar system content in meteoritic material

Analysis of the composition of meteorites by a research team at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory (NSCL) has turned up evidence that microscopic dust particles imbedded in some meteoritic materials show signs of possibly having been produced in stellar explosions long before the solar system formed.

March 1, 2016
March 2016: Chris Adami makes progress in unravelling black hole information paradox

Chris Adami, Professor in the Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Physics & Astronomy, has partnered with Kamil Brádler of the University of Ottawa to create a detailed model of a black hole's interaction with its surrounding field of Hawking radiation.

January 6, 2016
January 2016: New Abrams Planetarium show "Skywatchers of Africa"

Abrams Planetarium has a new featured show, "Skywatchers of Africa", which explores African cultural uses of astronomical information which have developed over time. Aspects of societies in Africa, ranging from spirituality to ritual to ordinary survival needs, have for thousands of years been influenced by their knowledge of the sky.

January 5, 2016
January 2016: Mark Voit wins William J. Beal Outstanding Faculty Award

Physics and Astronomy Professor Mark Voit is one of ten winners of the 2016 William J. Beal Outstanding Faculty Award. This award will be one of many which will be presented to various accomplished members of the MSU Community at the annual MSU Awards Convocation at 3:30 pm on February 9th at Wharton Center's Pasant Theatre.