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July 2, 2015 July 2015: New 3-D models of supernova process presented by MSU astrophysicist's research team

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.

July 1, 2015 July 2015: MSU astronomer on research team re-evaluating population of early galaxies

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.

June 2, 2015 June 2015: Semiconductor research highlighted in MSU Today article

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.

June 1, 2015 June 2015: Physics & Astronomy faculty members named University Distinguished Professors

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.

May 3, 2015 May 2015: Professors Donahue and Voit featured in MSU Today article on supporting science via donations

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.

May 2, 2015 May 2015: Galaxy evolution researchers quantify supernova role in gas clearing

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.

May 1, 2015 May 2015: Chris Adami to appear on May 27th episode of "Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman"

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.

April 4, 2015 April 2015: Yearly Departmental Awards for 2015

The 2015 Department of Physics & Astronomy Awards were presented at a reception held at 3:00 pm on Thursday, 30 April 2015 in the main conference room, 1400 BPS Bldg.

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

April 3, 2015 April 2015: WKAR Radio interviews Joey Huston & Wade Fisher about LHC research

WKAR Radio's Current State program aired an interview on April 21st with MSU Physics & Astronomy Professor Joey Huston and Associate Professor Wade Fisher about the recent re-start of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), which had been down for two years for maintenance and upgrades. MSU's High Energy Physics group has an extensive presence in the LHC research program. The interview may be heard online via this article on the WKAR web site.