The MSU Cyclotron facility, which has since become the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory, is celebrating 50 years of producing nuclear particle beams this year, and there is an MSU Today article exploring several facets of its history and events celebrating the anniversary.
The "Faculty Voice" item in the 22 July 2015 MSU Today 360 Viewpoint section was written by Abrams Planetarium Director Shannon Schmoll, who has recently returned from a visit to several observatories in the mountains of Chile as part of the National Science Foundation-funded Astronomy in Chile Educator Ambassador Program, which she describes in her article.
MSU P-A Assistant Professor Sean Couch is part of a research team developing advanced models of stellar structure and evolution. They have recently published results describing the events leading up to massive stars' collapse and explosion as supernovae, based on computer models treating the process fully in three dimensions.
In this July 1st, 2015 article in MSU Today, research by a group including MSU P-A Associate Professor Brian O'Shea is described. Using computer modeling of galaxy formation, the group is predicting a smaller number of faint galaxies in the very early universe than earlier models had suggested.
Research on advanced methods for semiconductor development and manufacture by members of the MSU Department of Physics and Astronomy, in conjunction with a research team from Northwestern University was featured in this June 26th, 2015 article in MSU Today. The article includes comments on the groups' research by Associate Professor Chong-Yu Ruan and Professor Phillip Duxbury.
Each year, ten Michigan State University faculty members are designated as University Distinguished Professors, one of the highest honors that can be granted to faculty members by the university, in recognition of their achievements in teaching, research and community involvement.
MSU Department of Physics and Astronomy Professors Megan Donahue and Mark Voit are featured in a May 26th MSU Today article entitled "Making a Difference with Science", describing their commitment to MSU's science program and their support of it using donations.
MSU Department of Physics and Astronomy Professors Megan Donahue and Mark Voit, joined by Associate Professor Brian O'Shea and researchers from Columbia University, Stanford University and the University of Alabama at Huntsville, have determined that supernovas play a role in keeping certain galaxies' gas abundance low enough to prevent large-scale star formation.
Chris Adami, Professor in the Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Physics & Astronomy, does research in diverse fields ranging from computational biology to quantum information theory.