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Matt Craig presented at the SciPy 2015 conference

Posted on August 04, 2015

Department of Physics and Astronomy professor Matt Craig gave a talk titled “Widgets and Astropy: Accomplishing Productive Research with Undergraduates” and organized the Astropy code sprint at the 14th Annual SciPy conference. SciPy is devoted to applications of the computer language python to a wide area of physical, social and data sciences.

Steve Lindaas and students presented at American Association of Physics Teachers conference

Posted on August 04, 2015

Steve Lindaas, Physics and Astronomy, along with students Jared Saunders and Isaac Skalsky attended the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) summer conference last week. The conference was held at the University of Maryland. Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM Physics majors bring hands-on science projects to kids and families

Posted on July 17, 2015

A group of MSUM Physics majors took time out of their busy summer work and research schedules to bring some hands-on science to kids and families attending the Clay County Fair last Saturday. Dana Koczur, Kyle Salk, Elias Holte and Andrew Block took a subset of hands-on physics activities traditionally used at the Annual Physics Demo Show to the fair. Their efforts were well received by the crowds at the fair. If you want to know more about the Society of Physics Students visit them on Facebook or stop by the department.

Bike Education and Bike Share Prompt Students to Seek out Bicycle Friendly Status

Posted on June 02, 2015

Bike Education and Bike Share Prompt Students to Seek out Bicycle Friendly Status

By Natalie Gille

League of American Bicyclists‘ Bicycle Friendly America program offers states, communities, businesses and universities an opportunity to be nationally recognized as bicycle-friendly. Minnesota was recently recognized as the #2 Bicycle Friendly State in the country, holding strong with this ranking for the fourth year in a row.   Read the rest of this entry →

Three students volunteer for Formula E race in Long Beach, Ca.

Posted on May 22, 2015

MSUM students Kate Sullivan, Waylon Macek and Ben LeMay made the journey to Long Beach, Ca., for the Formula ePrix race. They volunteered to help with the event and were interviewed for the Formula E website.

INSIGHT: Volunteering for Formula E

Long Beach|30 Apr 15

Motorsport inhabits a glamorous world. Fast cars, cutting-edge technology, high-end hospitality.

But for all the star-studded parties and exotic travel, the races themselves require an army of staff, working long and hard hours, to make the magic happen. At Formula E, the events wouldn’t be possible without the amazing help of the vast array of volunteers, who generously give their time in exchange to be part of the show.

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Dr. Ananda Shastri and Dr. Linda Winkler presented at the Minnesota Area Association of Physics Teachers meeting

Posted on April 30, 2015

Dr. Ananda Shastri and Dr. Linda Winkler, both of the MSUM Department of Physics and Astronomy, recently presented at the Minnesota Area Association of Physics Teachers meeting held April 25 at St. Cloud State University. Dr. Shastri presented “A versatile lab for teaching the physics of reed instruments using soda straws”; Dr. Winkler presented “Resources for teaching about sustainable energy”.

Five new members inducted into ΣΠΣ (Sigma Pi Sigma)

Posted on April 27, 2015

The Department of Physics and Astronomy inducted five new members into ΣΠΣ (Sigma Pi Sigma), the National Physics Honor Society. Sigma Pi Sigma chapters are restricted to colleges and universities of recognized standing that offer a strong physics major. Read the rest of this entry →

Woodlawn Park Clean-up and Barbecue today at 3 p.m.

Posted on April 23, 2015

Thursday, April 23 at 3 p.m. in Woodlawn Park (5th Ave and 4th Street Moorhead), start the clean up and then end with grub! Please join the Office of Campus Sustainability, Green Dragons, and Sustainable Students Association in litter pick up at Woodlawn Park and a barbecue to follow!

Stephanie Reynolds to receive Sustainability Leadership Award

Posted on April 22, 2015

The Office of Campus Sustainability is proud to announce that Stephanie Reynolds, a junior Sustainability major, has been selected to receive the Spring 2015 Sustainability Leadership Award.

“Stephanie has been a tireless champion for sustainability at MSUM as well as in the community.  Among her many contributions to making MSUM greener, as acting President of the MSUM Green Dragons Steph has taken a lead role in planning this year’s Earth Day events,” said Joe Herbst, sustainability coordinator. Read the rest of this entry →

Spend a little $ to save BIG $

Posted on April 22, 2015

Purchase LED bulbs!

The “Sustainable Energy–Science and Application” class did the research for you. Here is why you should use LEDs:

  • The most energy efficient bulb on the market
    • 18 Watts – 82% more efficient that 100W incandescent
    • Use less that 20% of the energy required by an incandescent
  • 25,000 hour average operating life which is 33 times that of a conventional incandescent bulb. This is over a 20-year lifespan if you use the bulb an average of 3 hours a day
  • No mercury!
  • Omni directional and dimmable
  • 10-year warranty
    • LED :: 88.9 % efficient, lifespan 25,000 hours
    • CFL (fluorescent) :: 69.6 % efficient, lifespan 12,000 hours
      Incandescent :: 16.9 % efficient, lifespan 750 hours

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Celebrate Earth Day at MSUM on April 22

Posted on April 15, 2015

The Green Dragons and the Office of Campus Sustainability has a great Earth Day celebration in store for this year. We’ll have music, food, giveaways, a sustainability expo complete with latest hybrid and electric cars! Please see the attached flyer for more information. Read the rest of this entry →

Nominations open through April 14 for Sustainability Leadership Award

Posted on April 14, 2015

Do you know a student who reflects a dedication to uphold sustainability and make a difference here at MSUM?

The new Sustainability Leadership Award has been developed to encourage and recognize students who stand out in the realm of environmental sustainability.  Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM Physics & Astronomy Seminar Series continues today

Posted on April 10, 2015

MSUM Physics & Astronomy Seminar Series Presents:
Inspiring the Future ENGINEERS with STEM
&
Bernoulli’s Principle- Fluids, the Air, and…. the
Throat
Friday, April 10 | 3:00 pm | HA 325
Abel Tilahun & Kyle Hurley

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Earth Month Challenge

Posted on April 10, 2015

The Department of Physics and Astronomy has an Earth Month Challenge. Read the rest of this entry →

Sustainable Students Association and the Green Dragons invite you to join in Earth Month Challenge

Posted on March 25, 2015

Instead of celebrating just Earth Day, we hope to bring environmental awareness to our campus each school day in April, but we can only do this with your help. The purpose of this challenge is to build stronger campus community relationships between all departments and student organizations by challenging groups to participate in Earth Month. Read the rest of this entry →

Campus Sustainability looking for junk car batteries

Posted on March 19, 2015

The Office of Campus Sustainability is collecting old, junk car batteries to support fundraising for a new battery bank for their electric Chevy S-10. Known as ‘Tron’ the converted S-10 was donated to the department last year, and is powered by an electric motor and 24 deep cycle batteries. Read the rest of this entry →

Annual Physics Show April 11

Posted on March 12, 2015

The annual physics show will be on April 11th from 3pm-4:30pm. Please come and join us and enjoy the show! Read the rest of this entry →

“It’s My Job: MSUM planetarium coordinator says her job is a little like being ‘Master of the Universe'”

Posted on February 23, 2015

Professor in Department of Physics and Astronomy a co-author on two recently published papers

Posted on February 11, 2015

Matt Craig, Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, is a co-author on two recently published papers. One, in the Proceedings of the 125th Annual Meeting of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, is entitled “Writing and Assessing Student Learning Objectives: Tips, Techniques, and What Our Community Needs.” Read the rest of this entry →

“Shedding Light on Dark Matter using Cryogenic Detectors” presentation today

Posted on February 06, 2015

MSUM Physics and Astronomy Seminar Series Presents:

Shedding Light on Dark Matter using Cryogenic Detectors Read the rest of this entry →

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