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Two physics students win awards for presentations at Sigma Xi

Posted on November 24, 2014

Physics major Iwnetim Abatate and chem major/physics minor Loza Tadesse each presented a poster on work research they did over the summer. The posters were presented at the annual Sigma Xi International Research Conference, held Nov 7-8, 2014 in GLendale, AZ. Read the rest of this entry →

“A few things great and small” this Friday

Posted on November 20, 2014

MSUM Physics & Astronomy Series Presents:
A few things great and small
Speakers: Aschalew Chamiso and Brandon Crowe
Time/location: Fri, Nov 21, 3PM in HA325
Abstract: Join us this week in seminar for two student presentations. The first will present a planned experiment to use the Department of Physics and Astronomy’s atomic force microscope (AFM) to image human blood cells. The second all provide an overview of black holes.

Light tricks and gravity treats today

Posted on October 31, 2014

MSUM Physics/Astronomy Seminar Series Presents:
Speakers: Nicholas Hensley, Nicholas Johnson, Elias Holte
Join us as several physics majors present short talks on a range of topics, including interference, diffraction, gravity boosts and more!

Friday, October 31
3:00pm
325 Hagen Hall

From floating CDs to acoustics: Student presentations in seminar

Posted on October 16, 2014

Physics & Astronomy Seminar Series presents:

Friday, October 17
3:00pm
325 Hagen Hall

Speakers: Tyle Meehleib, Adam Hanson, Zachary Deschene, Jared Saunders

Summary: Students will present short talks this week on topics that include summer internships, CDs that glide frictionlessly across a table, medical applications of 3D printing and acoustical testing.

Free Eclipse Viewing at MSUM

Posted on October 15, 2014

The Minnesota State University Moorhead Department of Physics and Astronomy, in cooperation with the F-M Astronomy Club, will be providing an opportunity for the public to safely view a solar eclipse on the afternoon of October 23.

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the earth and sun. On October 23, the moon will start passing in front of the sun (as seen from Moorhead) around 4:15 pm, blocking a maximum of about half of the Sun at 5:30pm, with the eclipse continuing through sunset at 6:26pm.  Read the rest of this entry →

Career Opportunities in the Motion Control Industry today

Posted on October 10, 2014

MSUM Physics & Astronomy Seminar Series Presents:
Career Opportunities in the Motion Control Industry

By: Richard Lukanen, Jr., Principal Engineer of Research and Development at Douglas Machine, Inc., Alexandria, MN

Friday, October 10
3:00pm-4:00pm
325 Hagen Hall Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM Astronomy Night Oct. 3

Posted on September 29, 2014

An Astronomy Night will be held Friday, October 3 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Minnesota State University Moorhead Regional Science Center.  The event is free and open to the public.

Astronomy Night takes the form of what astronomers call a “star party.” Members of the Fargo-Moorhead Astronomy Club and the MSUM Department of Physics and Astronomy will have telescopes set up to offer guided tours of the night sky.

Astronomy Nights are sponsored by the Regional Science Center, the MSUM Physics and Astronomy Department and the Fargo-Moorhead Astronomy Club.

The Regional Science Center’s Buffalo River Site is located 14 miles east of Moorhead on U.S. Highway 10.

Four Student Presentations during Physics & Astronomy Seminar Series

Posted on September 25, 2014

MSUM Physics & Astronomy Seminar Series Presents:

Four Student Presentations

Friday, September 26
3 p.m.
HA325
Open to the Public Read the rest of this entry →

Art for the Sciences today at 3 p.m.

Posted on September 19, 2014

Join the Department of Physics and Astronomy for its weekly seminar today (Fri, Sep 19) at 3PM in the Planetarium, BR 167. The talk this week is by Bruce Flaig, a professional nature photographer who is an alumnus of MSUM. The summary of his talk is: Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM Physics & Astronomy Seminar Series Presents Bruce Flaig, professional photographer

Posted on September 17, 2014

MSUM Physics & Astronomy Seminar Series Presents:

By: Bruce Flaig, professional photographer
Friday, September 19
3:00pm
MSUM Planetarium – Bridges 167 Read the rest of this entry →

Summer Research Experiences by MSUM physics students presented today at 3 p.m.

Posted on September 12, 2014

MSUM Physics and Astronomy Seminar Series Presents:

Summer Research Experiences by MSUM Students: Laura Herzog, Kyle Salk and Loza Tadesse

Three MSUM Physics students talk about their summer jobs doing physics-related research at other Universities for both fun and profit.

Friday, September 12 at 3pm in Hagen Hall 325

“Physics in unexpected places: the soda straw clarinet”

Posted on September 04, 2014

MSUM Physics & Astronomy Seminar Series Presents:
Physics in unexpected places: the soda straw clarinet

By MSUM Professor, Dr. Ananda Shastri
Friday, September 5
3:00pm
Hagen 325 Read the rest of this entry →

Physics and Astronomy faculty presented at American Association of Physics Teachers conference

Posted on August 04, 2014

John Buncher, Matt Craig, Steve Lindaas and Ananda Shastri, all of the Department of Physics and Astronomy, attended the American Association of Physics Teachers conference last week. Matt Craig presented a poster titled “Agile Development of a Python-based Image Analysis Tool” on his work developing a collaborative tool using iPython notebooks. Ananda Shastri presented his talk “Structured Progression in a Sophomore-level Experimental Physics Course “. Steve Lindaas presented the workshop “Demo Kit in a Box” which showed participants how to construct easy, inexpensive demos for just-in-time-teaching. Steve is also a committee member and past chair and attended meetings to plan next year’s conference. www.aapt.org/Conferences/sm2014/

Horizon Middle School’s FIRST LEGO League Robotics Competition

Posted on May 15, 2014

The Horizon Middle School robotics team, “Spudnik, the Next Generation,” placed first for their project presentation at the FIRST LEGO League robotics competition in Grand Forks on February 1. This year’s challenge was Nature’s Fury. The team presented about preventing, reducing and recovering from the damages caused by volcanoes. Team members are Paul Sternhagen, Kaeden Olthoff, Finn Harrison, Joe Eidsness, Jake Cameron, Jonathan Stalberger, Josh Hagen, Max Slicer and Chris Schmitt. Amber From is the team coach, and Matt Craig, MSUM physics professor, is the volunteer coach. Read the rest of this entry →

Three professors from the Department of Physics and Astronomy presented at the Minnesota Chapter of the American Association of Physics Teachers

Posted on May 14, 2014

Three professors from the Department of Physics and Astronomy presented at the Minnesota Chapter of the American Association of Physics Teachers held at Augsburg College in Minneapolis on April 26. John Buncher presented Why Elephants Really Are Big-Boned: Stress and Scaling in the IPLS Lab, Linda Winkler presented Rocket Science in Introductory Physics, and Ananda Shastri presented Matters of the Heart: Building an ECG Monitor in the Advanced Physics Lab.

Dave Weinrich retirement party today from 2-4 p.m.

Posted on May 09, 2014

Please join the Physics and Astronomy Department in wishing Dave Weinrich well as he retires from 31 years at MSUM. A farewell open house will be held Friday, May 9 from 2-4 p.m. in the Langseth Hall Atrium.

125 Faces of MSUM – Dennis Jacobs

Posted on May 02, 2014

Name: Dennis Jacobs
Profession: Professor of physics and astronomy
No. of years at MSUM: 26

Q: What has been one of the best experiences working here?
A: The first 23-24 years I taught in the Corrick Center. I think that was the best experience. It certainly helped a lot of students. The rest of it was just working with the faculty, the staff and the students. Read the rest of this entry →

Retirement party for Dennis Jacobs today

Posted on May 02, 2014

Please join the Physics and Astronomy Department in wishing Dennis Jacobs well as he retires from 26 years at MSUM. A farewell open house will be held today from 1-3 p.m. in the Hagen Hall Library (HA104). Read the rest of this entry →

Physics and Astronomy presented Expanding Your Horizons workshops

Posted on April 18, 2014

If you thought you saw rockets being launched in the parking lot last Saturday, you did. Faculty and students from the department of Physics and Astronomy presented Expanding Your Horizons workshops on April 12 for girls in 7th, 8th and 9th grade. Read the rest of this entry →

Sigma Pi Sigma inducts three new members

Posted on April 07, 2014

The MSUM chapter of Sigma Pi Sigma, the Physics Honors Society, inducted three new members during a ceremony on April 5. The inductees were chosen based on academic excellence, research and service to the community. MSUM students Iwnetim Abate and Andrew Larson were inducted as way MSUM Physics alumnus John Harris, currently a graduate student at NDSU.

http://physics.mnstate.edu/sps

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