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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

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.

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