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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.

January 4, 2016
January 2016: Marcos Dantus named MSU Foundation Professor

Marcos Dantus, University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Physics & Astronomy, is a leading expert on ultrafast laser pulse technology.

January 3, 2016
2016: Two P-A faculty members receive 2016 DOE Early Career Research Program Funding

MSU Physics and Astronomy Assistant Professors Sean Couch and Chris Wrede are among the 49 scientists nationwide to be selected by the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Office of Science to receive significant funding for their research as part of the DOE's 2016 Early Career Research Program. Of these 49 recipients, 27 are from U.S universities and 22 are from DOE's national laboratories.

January 2, 2016
2016: Research Team Makes Advances in Computer Memory Technology

Advances in the speed of computer hardware have been accompanied by massive increases in the amount of memory which the faster processors can handle. While these advances enable systems to process larger and more detailed sets of data ranging from scientific analysis to website content to online gaming to streaming video, the vast amount of information needs to be stored for access, and that takes a considerable amount of electrical power.

January 1, 2016
2016: Kendall Mahn Receives Sloan Research Fellowship

MSU Physics & Astronomy Assistant Professor Kendall Mahn has been named a recipient of a 2016 Sloan Research Fellowship.

The Sloan Research Fellowships seek to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise. These two-year fellowships are awarded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation yearly to 126 researchers in recognition of distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field. They provide $55,000 of research funding over the two years of the fellowship.

December 3, 2015
December 2015: P-A Faculty members receive all-university awards

Physics and Astronomy Professor Mark Voit is one of ten MSU Faculty members to receive one of this year's ten William J. Beal Outstanding Faculty Awards.

Richard Lunt, a Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, received one of this year's six Teacher-Scholar Awards.

December 2, 2015
December 2015: Nuclear physics grad student Amy Lowell receives DOE fellowship

MSU Physics and Astronomy theoretical nuclear physics graduate student Amy Lowell was among the six new recipients of the U. S. Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) Stewardship Science Graduate Fellowship this year.

December 1, 2015
December 2015: Inert gas magnetization research for use in MRI scans featured in MSU Today article

MSU Physics & Astronomy Assistant Professor Jaideep Singh's research into magnetizing the inert gases helium and xenon for use in enhancing MRI scans, especially for the lungs, is featured in a December 9th MSU Today article.

November 3, 2015
November 2015: Tyce DeYoung article published in 'The Conversation' online magazine

The online magazine "The Conversation" published an article on 13 November 2015 by MSU Physics & Astronomy Associate Professor Tyce DeYoung describing research with the IceCube experiment at the South Pole, which uses a billion tons of Antarctic ice to detect the by-products of high energy neutrino collisions.

November 2, 2015
November 2015: Nuclear properties calculated precisely by research group including MSU physicists

A November 3rd, 2015, MSU Today article highlights a set of computational results newly released by an international team of theoretical nuclear physicists including MSU Physics & Astronomy Professors Witold Nazarewicz and Morten Hjorth-Jensen.

November 1, 2015
November 2015: Anti-proton interactions measured by STAR Collaboration

The STAR Collaboration, with nearly 600 members from 57 research institutions around the world, including MSU/NSCL physicists Gary Westfall, John Novak and Terry Tarnowsky, has published an article in Nature describing the first direct measurements of interactions among anti-protons.

October 1, 2015
October 2015: MSU Cyclotron celebrates 50 years of beam

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.

July 3, 2015
July 2015: Shannon Schmoll, Abrams Director, provides "Faculty Voice" article for MSU Today

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.

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.