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Humphreys named AAS Fellow

Posted July 20, 2021

Professor Roberta Humphreys of the School of Physics and Astronomy has been named a 2021 Fellow of the American Astronomical Society (AAS).

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Collaboration uncovers unique properties of a promising new material

Posted July 14, 2021

A collaboration that includes four faculty members of the School of Physics and Astronomy, Vlad Pribiag, Fiona Burnell, Rafael Fernandes, and Ke Wang, has discovered that a unique superconducting material has unforeseen properties when it was studied in a very thin layer. It is not uncommon for materials to behave differently when they are at a very small size, but this material has potentially beneficial properties.

Nadja Strobbe
Research, Research News

Searching for Stealth SUSY

Posted June 28, 2021

Nadja Strobbe, who joined the School as an assistant professor in 2019, is leading an investigation into what she calls “stealth Supersymmetry (SUSY).” The elusive process of supersymmetry is a theoretical extension of the Standard Model that predicts a partner particle for every particle. These new particles could solve a major problem with the Standard Model – fixing the mass of the Higgs boson. To date, there has been no evidence for supersymmetry, although experiments at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) have ruled out some of the simplest models.

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2021 Graduate Awards and Fellowships

Posted May 17, 2021

There are 14 graduate award and fellowship recipients in the School for 2021.

Scholarship and Awards

2021 Undergraduate Scholarship Recipients

Posted May 11, 2021

There are 29 undergraduate recipients for 13 separate scholarships.

Rafael Fernandes

Fernandes Receives Research Award

Posted May 7, 2021

Professor Rafael Fernandes of the School of Physics and Astronomy has received the 2021 George W. Taylor Award for Distinguished Research from the College of Science and Engineering.

Evan Skillman

Skillman named CSE Distinguished Professor

Posted May 7, 2021

Professor Evan Skillman of the School has been named a College of Science and Engineering Distinguished Professor.

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Research, Research News

Mu2e an (almost) impossible experiment

Posted April 14, 2021

Physicists at the University of Minnesota are building an experiment that they readily admit is almost impossible.

Shaul Hanany

New Careers Program brings new opportunities for students

Posted April 14, 2021

Professor Shaul Hanany has led a new effort to address the large gap in career opportunities in academia and the number of physics and astronomy graduates in the U.S.

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Zhen Liu: Hidden Sector Physics

Posted April 14, 2021

Zhen Liu is a new theoretical high energy physicist at the School, whose research focuses on “hidden sector physics” which seeks to answer fundamental questions in particle physics.