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