University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy
Robert Schwarz at the South Pole
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University of Minnesota astrophysicist Robert Schwarz holds the record for spending the most number of winters--14--at the South Pole.


Kelly receives grants to study extremely magnified stars

Patrick Kelly

Prof. Patrick Kelly received more than $430,000 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study extremely magnified stars. Observing a very distant star whose image is being magnified by the gravity of a cluster of galaxies in the foreground, Kelly's group hopes to learn about stars and potentially dark matter in the form of black holes in the foreground cluster. The project will develop several exhibits for the Bell Museum. Kelly also received a grant for more than $447,000 and a large amount of time on the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) to study dark matter using similar technique. More »

New Traineeship will train researchers at the intersection of astrophysics and data science

Vuk Mandic

School of Physics and Astronomy Professor Vuk Mandic is the principal investigator of a National Science Foundation Research Traineeship designed to train graduate students in data science, in the context of the nascent field of Multi-Messenger Astrophysics. The new training program will be conducted by an interdisciplinary group of faculty, cutting across two Colleges and five programs and will provide a total of 30 annual stipends for graduate students, during 2020-2024, each in the amount of $34,000 plus tuition and fees. More »

First University of Minnesota-built small satellite launches

Jenna Burgett and Kyle Houser with a model of the cubesat satellite SOCRATES

Jenna Burgett a student in the School of Physics and Astronomy is a project leader for a group that will launch the first Minnesota-built 'cubesat' into space. A cubesat is a small research satellite the size of a shoebox. Signal of Opportunity CubeSat for Ranging and Timing Experiments (SOCRATES) will observe gamma ray photons from deep space. Burgett and Kyle Houser, another member of the The Small Satellite Laboratory delivered SOCRATES in person to Houston for launch on November 2. More »

In Memoriam, Professor Cork Johnson


Professor Emeritus Walter "Cork" Johnson passed away in Minneapolis on September 24th at the age of 91. Cork was an expert on precision mass spectroscopy. A native of Minneapolis and a student of Al Nier, he received his BA, MA and PhD in Physics from the University. After a brief stint at General Electric, Cork joined the faculty of the School in 1958 and retired in 1993. More »

Fortson receives Nicholson Medal for Outreach

Lucy Fortson

Professor Lucy Fortson has been awarded the 2019 Nicholson Medal for Outreach by the American Physical Society "for extraordinary work in bringing the excitement and discovery of scientific research to the public through her leadership of the Zooniverse project." More »


Thursday, November 21st
10:10 am:
Biophysics Seminar in 120 PAN
Sensitive Detection of Protein Binding to the Plasma Membrane with Dual-Color Z-Scan Fluorescence —
Isaac Angert, UMN (Mueller group)
12:10 pm:
Evan Skillman and Liliya Williams
3:35 pm:
Stellar UV Light and the Origins of Life's Building Blocks —
Dimitar Sasselov, Harvard University
Friday, November 22nd
12:20 pm:
Emptiness formation probability in Lieb-Liniger model. —
Hsiu-Chung Yeh
12:30 pm:
Have we seen new physics in short-baseline neutrino experiments? —
Matheus Hostert
2:00 pm:
New insight into high-Tc cuprates offered by photon scattering —
Yuan Li (Peking University)
Please note date and time of seminar.
2:30 pm:
No Colloquium. Physics Colloquium speaker Thurs: Dimitar Sasselov, Harvard University
3:35 pm:
"The Methodologists – Following the Scientists who make Tools, not Facts” —
Nicole Nelson, Medical History and Bioethics, University of Wisconsin - Madison
Refreshments served at 3:15 p.m.
4:40 pm:
Vlad Pribiag
to be announced
Monday, November 25th
12:15 pm:
Flashlights: Many Extremely Magnified Individual Stars as Probes of Dark Matter and Stellar Populations to Redshift z~2 —
Patrick Kelly, UMN
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