News

June 1, 2017

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

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

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

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

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.

February 3, 2017

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

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

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.

January 3, 2017

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

January 2, 2017

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

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

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

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

September 2, 2016

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

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

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

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

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.