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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

MSUM Physics and Astronomy Seminar Series continues Friday

Posted on April 02, 2014

MSUM Physics and Astronomy Seminar Series Presents:

Driving to Root Cause
Using Scientific Training and Analytical Thinking to Solve Industrial Problems

By William Cooper, Technical Manager and Heather Jarski, Lab Manager
John Deere Electronic Solutions

Friday, April 4
3-3:50 p.m.
325 Hagen Hall Read the rest of this entry →

Physics major to conduct research at University of Maine’s Laboratory for Surface Science and Technology

Posted on March 28, 2014

Kyle Salk, a sophomore Physics major, was offered and has accepted a position as a summer researcher at the University of Maine’s Laboratory for Surface Science and Technology. The goal of this summer research program is to get students “involved in fundamental and applied sensor research” using state-of-the-art research equipment and facilities at the University of Maine.

ece.umaine.edu/research/805-2

Physics student presents research at conferences; receives internship at IBM Research-Almaden

Posted on March 28, 2014

Iwnetim Abate, junior physics student, recently accepted an internship with IBM Reserach-Almaden located in Silicon Valley in San Jose, Calif. Abate will be working on increasing the energy densities of Li ion batteries for electric vehicles.

Abate recently presented research at the American Physical Society’s March meeting, which was held in Denver from March 3-7. There were around 10,000 physicists who attend the conference from all over the world.

“I made professional friendships and learned a lot from the conference and the people.” Read the rest of this entry →

Student accepted into MIT summer program

Posted on March 27, 2014

Tadesse to present at Student Academic Conference

By Danielle Rebel

Greatness is often born from wild, far-fetched ideas.

For Loza Tadesse, this was exactly the case.

The international student from Ethiopia is studying physics and biology at MSUM. Earlier this year, she was hired in the biosciences department – not as a researcher, but to clean the fish tank.

“That’s when I first got interested in the fish,” Tadesse said. “I’m really interested in cardiology-related research.”

Being around the zebra fish in the biosciences department each day sparked an idea in Tadesse. After doing some research, she further developed the idea, which she will be presenting at the Student Academic Conference April 15.

“I’m modifying an ECG (electrocardiogram) that is already here,” Tadesse said. “Zebra fish are now top in medical research because they resemble the various human body systems, including the heart. I am trying to make the heart ECG recoding procedure less invasive.” Read the rest of this entry →

Physics in Life topic of March 28 seminar

Posted on March 27, 2014

Friday, March 28 | 3-3:50 p.m. | 325 Hagen Hall

MSUM Physics and Astronomy seminar series presents “Physics in Life, AFTER , A “lifetime” in Physics,” featuring Bruce Flaig
(1972, Physics & Chemistry).

Flaig writes about his presentation: Or, “How I’ve tried to use physics throughout a life that never quite went in the direction I planned.” I am currently mostly retired. I have degrees in physics, chemistry and meteorology. I’ve worked as an analytical chemist, biochemistry lab assistant, computer programmer, climatologist, meteorologist, physics instructor, aquatic weed harvester, and carpenter. I hope to give interesting answers to why I found and find physics both fascinating and useful no matter where I went or what I did. I may talk about the joy in F=ma, dropping calculators for profit, shining lights through cameras the wrong way or why Euclidean geometry gives me headaches.

Local scientist to deliver polymer seminar Friday

Posted on March 26, 2014

Effect of polymer structure on properties and their applications

Friday, March 28 | 2 p.m. | SL 102

Featuring: Neena Ravindran, Ph.D., Principal R&D Scientist, Tecton Products, Fargo, N.D.

This talk will focus on structure-property relationships in coating systems based on unsaturated polyester chemistry and their effect on end-use properties. Examples of applications will include laser ablatable coatings, coatings for electronic packaging applications, and low surface energy coatings. These applications will demonstrate how changes in the polymer backbone can significantly change properties of the coating system and therefore the end application. A brief overview of Tecton Products, the pultrusion process, and examples of the products we make will also be included.

Student accepts summer research position at the University of Wyoming’s Department of Astronomy

Posted on March 21, 2014

Laura Herzog, a sophomore Physics and Mathematics double major, was offered and has accepted a position as a summer researcher at the University of Wyoming’s Department of Astronomy. She will be involved in a research project involving the use of the University’s 2.3 meter and 0.6 meter telescopes in imaging and analysis of the environment around other galaxies.

www.uwyo.edu/physics/reu-info

MSUM Physics/Astronomy Seminar Series continues

Posted on March 12, 2014

MSUM Physics/Astronomy Seminar Series Presents:

Calculation of Optical Absorption Spectra of Large Molecules and Quantum Dots
By Deyan Mihaylov, MSUM Alum, Ph.D. student, NDSU Department of Physics

Friday, Mar. 14
3-3:50 p.m.
325 Hagen Hall Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM Physics/Astronomy Seminar Series

Posted on March 04, 2014

MSUM Physics/Astronomy Seminar Series Presents:

You’re Hired! – Infusing STEM and 21st Century Skills to Improve Students’ Attitudes Towards Engineering

By Kristin Brevik,
Logistics and Outreach
NDSCS-Fargo / Skills & Technology Training Center Read the rest of this entry →

Students present work at poster session in St. Paul

Posted on February 25, 2014

Minnesota Undergraduate Scholars, a consortium of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities institutions that supports research, scholarly works and creative activity of undergraduates, is pleased to host the first Posters at St. Paul. The poster session will allow undergraduate students to share the results of their work with leaders in our state government and highlight the exciting work being done on MnSCU campuses throughout the state. Read the rest of this entry →

A Stellar Night

Posted on February 25, 2014

Physics and astronomy department captures day-old supernova

Jan. 22 was a stellar night for MSUM’s physics and astronomy department.

Professor Juan Cabanela, physics and astronomy, and physics majors Nathan Heidt, Laura Herzog, Michael Meraz, and Beau Scheving, made a trek to the Paul P. Feder Observatory in an attempt to capture images of a day-old supernova.

The supernova, located in the galaxy M82, was temporarily designated PSN J09554214+6940260. Now confirmed, the supernova has been renamed SN 2014j. The stellar explosion, marking the last moments of a star’s life, happened to be one of the closest, and therefore brightest, to occur near the Earth in the last 25 years. Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM Physics and Astronomy Seminar Series

Posted on February 25, 2014

MSUM Physics and Astronomy Seminar Series Presents:

Using Softchalk to Increase Immediacy by Embedding Pop-Ups in Student Handouts

By: Richard Lahti, Ed.D.
Chemistry & Biochemistry
Physics & Astronomy

Friday, Feb. 28
3-3:50 p.m.
325 Hagen Hall

Softchalk is a program that allows faculty to create interactive lessons and upload them to a learning management system (such as D2L). Read the rest of this entry →

Annual SPS Physics Show

Posted on February 20, 2014

MSUM’s Society of Physics Students would like to invite you to the annual Physics Show on March 9, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

The show will be held in Langseth 105 and the show is for all ages with no entrance fees.

The events will include but are not limited to,
Liquid nitrogen
Reuben’s tube
Tesla coils
Exploding balloons

If you would like any more information, please email koczurda@mnstate.edu.

Making Strides

Posted on February 19, 2014

Physics student scores prestigious internship in fuel cell lab
2014 Student Academic Conference presenter

Half a world away, a young Iwnetim (Tim) Abate dreamed of a world free from global warming.

Years later, Abate is taking part in making his dream a reality.

The junior physics major at MSUM is making strides in the field of physics and engineering. Abate, an international student from Ethiopia, is already making a name for himself, scoring prestigious internships and winning major awards in his field.

The last two summers, Abate interned at the California Institute of Technology, working under Sossina Haile in her fuel cell lab.

“When I was working there I was exposed to a new kind of engineering,” Abate said. “Now I want to do it in the future.” Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM Physics/Astronomy Seminar Series Friday

Posted on February 04, 2014

MSUM Physics/Astronomy Seminar Series Presents:

Git Organized: Introduction to Version Control (part 1 of a two-part series)

By Dr. Matt Craig
Friday, Feb. 7
3 p.m.
325 Hagen Hall

Abstract: git is a tool for keeping track of changes you make to files. Systems like this—called version control or source control systems—were originally developed to keep track of changes made to computer programs. Read the rest of this entry →

Faculty receive Galileo donation

Posted on February 03, 2014

Andrew Chen, Computer Science and Information, Linda Winkler and Steve Lindaas, Physics and Astronomy, along with Daniel Heckaman, Chief Information Officer, applied to the Intel Corporation Galileo program and were awarded 20 development kits. The Galileo kit is an Arduino compatible development board that will be used to explore new directions in CSIS and Physics courses. The Galileo boards will also be used in ongoing research projects, such as the self-balancing skateboard.

www.intel.com

Sustainability Student Association officers elected

Posted on February 03, 2014

Officers for the new Sustainability Student Association were elected this week. The new officers are Ben LeMay, president; Sydney Stracke, vice-president; Alex McIntyre, treasurer; and Liz Overbo, secretary. The SSA focuses on academic aspects of the sustainability program. Just like the Green Dragons, membership is open to all students. The next meeting of the SSA will be in two weeks. Read the rest of this entry →

Molecular machines: a problem at the intersection of the sciences

Posted on January 30, 2014

MSUM Physics/Astronomy Seminar Series Presents:

“Molecular machines: a problem at the intersection of the sciences”
By: Ananda Shastri, Department of Physics and Astronomy- MSUM

Friday, Jan. 31
3 p.m.
325 Hagen Hall

The ability to build and control machines at the nanoscale—the distance scale of atoms and molecules–would dramatically change science, technology, and how we live. Read the rest of this entry →

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