News Archive

Zhen Liu

The School Welcomes Zhen Liu to the faculty

Posted January 8, 2021

Assistant Professor Zhen Liu joined the school on December 28, 2020. He is originally from Zhenghou, an ancient city in central China. “I grew up near the old dirt city wall built 2200 years ago,” Liu says.

Vlad Pribiag
Research, Research News

Pribiag to help lead NSF-funded ‘Global Quantum Leap’

Posted October 30, 2020

Effort aims to accelerate the discovery of next generation computing and communications systems

Cecil J. Waddington

Remembering Cecil “Jake” Waddington, 1929-2020

Posted October 21, 2020

Emeritus Professor Jake Waddington of the School of Physics and Astronomy passed away on October 1, 2020. He was 91 years old.

Bob Pepin (man with gray hair and mustache standing in front of trees)

AGU Honors Pepin’s Distinguished Career in Planetary Science

Posted October 1, 2020

Professor Emeritus Robert Pepin of the School of Physics and Astronomy will receive the 2020 Fred Whipple Award from the American Geophysical Union (AGU).

Lucy Fortson

Fortson Named APS Fellow

Posted October 1, 2020

Lucy Fortson, Professor and Associate Head of the School of Physics and Astronomy, has been named a Fellow of the American Physical Society.

Cynthia Cattell

Cattell named CSE Distinguished Professor

Posted September 10, 2020

Cynthia Cattell has been named as a College of Science and Engineering (CSE) Distinguished Professor.

Man wearing bright blue shirt and glasses
Research, Research News

Minnesota physicists complete detailed study of Higgs boson decays

Posted August 20, 2020

Physicists at the University of Minnesota have announced a detailed study of the physical processes where a Higgs boson is produced and decays to two photons.

Michael Coughlin
Research News

Light from a black hole?

Posted July 1, 2020

Michael Coughlin, Assistant Professor in the School is part of an international team of astronomers who have seen what might be the first light ever detected from a black hole merger.

Lucy Fortson
General, Research, Research News

Zooniverse Experiences Quarantine Surge

Posted July 1, 2020

Zooniverse is the world’s largest and most successful citizen science platform, with over 2 million people contributing to research worldwide.

Jochen Mueller with device
General, Research

Physics Professor creating a smartphone device for COVID-19 diagnostic test

Posted July 1, 2020

Professor Jochen Mueller of the School of Physics and Astronomy is part of a collaboration at the University of Minnesota that is building a device for smartphones that will help health care providers identify the COVID-19 virus, i.e., SARS-CoV-2. The collaboration is accelerating research during this unprecedented crisis directed at the development of a point-of-care diagnostic test for use by healthcare providers - particularly in resource poor locations - to rapidly identify the virus in under ten minutes.