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Free Star Viewing Changed to Saturday

Posted on August 26, 2016

Saturday, Aug. 27 | 7:30 p.m. | Regional Science Center  Read the rest of this entry →

Alumnus Wins Prestigious Poster Competition

Posted on August 17, 2016

Tim Abate ’15 (physics), who is will be starting his Ph.D. at Stanford University this fall, won a prestigious competition this summer. He was at Los Alamos National Labs doing a summer internship in materials science. Abate won their poster competition in the category of materials science. There were a total of 500 entries across all categories of the competition.  Read the rest of this entry →

Lindaas Attends AAPT Summer Conference

Posted on July 26, 2016

Steve Lindaas, Physics and Astronomy, attended the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) summer conference last week. He presented a workshop, “Demo Kit in a Box: Mechanics,” gave an invited talk, “Deepening Understanding by Implementing (Simple) Systems Modeling,” contributed a talk, “Adding Arduinos to a traditional Analog Electronics course,” to the “Ardiuno, Teensy, FPGA’s et al.” session and participated in the annual Demo Show. Read the rest of this entry →

Dragons Witness Transit of Mercury

Posted on May 12, 2016

On Monday morning, thanks to the efforts of the Department of Physics and Astronomy and several members of the FM Astronomy Club, members of the MSUM community moving to and fro between finals got to witness the rare sight of the planet Mercury passing between Earth and the Sun.  Read the rest of this entry →

View ‘Transit of Mercury’ Today in Front to Hagen Hall

Posted on May 09, 2016

On Monday between 6:12 a.m. and 1:42 p.m., Mercury will pass between us and the Sun for the first time in almost 10 years in what astronomers call a “transit of Mercury.” Assuming clear skies, the MSUM Department of Physics and Astronomy will have solar telescopes out in front of Hagen Hall from about 9 a.m. onward to allow you to safely view this rare celestial event. Come on by between your exams to view the transit. This is your last chance to view a transit until November 11, 2019 (and after that, no chance to view it from Minnesota until May 2049)!

Lifelong Journey

Posted on May 03, 2016

MSUM Couple Continues Education at Stanford University

By Danielle Rebel

It took traveling nearly 7,700 miles from Ethiopia to Minnesota for Iwnetim (Tim) Abate, 2015 (Physics), and Loza Tadesse, 2016 (Chemistry), to meet. Read the rest of this entry →

Interim Dean of the College of Science, Health and the Environment to Hold Open Forum Today

Posted on April 21, 2016

A finalist for Interim Dean of the College of Science, Health, and the Environment will hold an open forum today.

Dr. Steve Lindaas is Professor of Physics and Chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Minnesota State University Moorhead. He has been at MSUM since 2001. He received his Ph.D. in Physics from State University of New York at Stony Brook. Dr. Lindaas is Director of the Learning Assistant Program and was Director of the Sustainability program from 2012 to 2015. He has taught at the University of North Dakota and worked for the Dakota Science Center and Grand Forks Public School District. . His open forum is from 11:00 to 12:00 in CMU 203.

MSUM Physics and Astronomy Seminar Series this Friday

Posted on April 15, 2016

Friday, Apr. 15 | 3 – 3:50 pm | Hagen 325

Ryan Bosca, research associate, (Department of Medical Physics, University of Wisconsin, Madison) will present on “Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging: A Pathway to Objectively Quantifying Biological Processes.” Read the rest of this entry →

Physics & Astronomy seminar April 1

Posted on March 29, 2016

Friday, April 1 | 3-3:50 p.m. | Hagen 325

MSUM Physics & Astronomy seminar series presents “Soft, Squishy and Long Molecules at Interfaces” by Damith Rosario, a Ph.D. candidate in Materials Science and Nanotechnology at NDSU.

A polymer is a long molecule consisting of covalently bonded small repeating molecules which are called monomers. The two words polymer and monomer are derived from the ancient Greek words monos- (one), polus- (many) and -meros (part). Read the rest of this entry →

Erin Aadland has been accepted into Notre Dame’s research program

Posted on March 23, 2016

Erin Aadland, a physics major with astronomy emphasis, has been accepted into the summer research program at the University of Notre Dame for the summer of 2016. This 10-week program will have Ms. Aadland working with Notre Dame astronomer Peter Garnavich on an observational astronomy project studying cataclysmic variable stars.

MSUM Physics and Astronomy Seminar Series Presents: New Stars, Exoplanets, Looking for Asteroids and Squashing Bugs

Posted on February 29, 2016

Join the Department of Physics and Astronomy on Friday, March 4 from 3-3:50 p.m. in Hagen 325. Several undergraduates at MSUM are working a variety of research projects using data from MSUM’s telescope. The students will each present a summary of the work they are doing, which includes a search for new variable stars, measurements of the properties of planets in other solar systems, contributions to astronomy software packages, and a search for asteroids. This event is free and open to the public.

MSUM Physics & Astronomy Seminar Series

Posted on February 24, 2016

MSUM Physics & Astronomy Seminar Series Presents Senior Project Proposals: Introduction to Research Students
on Friday, Feb. 26 from 3-3:50 p.m. in Hagen 325.

Students in Professor Cabanela’s Introduction to Research class will present their proposals for senior projects. These senior projects will be completed Fall 2016. The student presenters and their project titles are:
• Jared Saunders, “Observing How the K-Absorption Edge of a Material Affects X-Ray Imaging Contrast”
• James Diem Jr., “Electromagnetic Coil Gun”
• Tony Woltman, “Winter Cycling”

MSUM Physics & Astronomy Seminar Series

Posted on February 18, 2016

On Friday, February 19 from 3 – 3:50 p.m. the MSUM Physics & Astronomy Seminar Series presents Senior Project Proposals: Introduction to Research Students

Students in Professor Cabanela’s Introduction to Research class will present their proposals for senior projects. These senior projects will be completed Fall 2016. The student presenters and their project titles are:

  • Dana Koczur, “Measuring the Accuracy of Fluoroscopic Dose-Area Product”
  • Kyle Hurley, “Live, Love, and the Pursuit of Volleyball: The Study of the Magnus Effect”
  • Tyler Meehleib, “Modeling the Elasticity of the Ground Based on its Moisture Content”

A Closer look at Pluto and Charon

Posted on February 10, 2016

On Friday, Feb. 12 from 3-3:50 pm, Dr. Matt Craig, Department of Physics and Astronomy will present images from the New Horizons spacecraft in the MSUM Planetarium. The New Horizons spacecraft continues to send back images from its close encounter last summer with Pluto and its moon Charon. After a quick introduction to the Pluto-Charon system and how it differs from real planets we will look at some of the surprising images from New Horizons. Both Pluto and Charon were expected to have very old, heavily cratered surfaces; instead New Horizons discovered ice mountains over 10,000 feet high, a canyon that spans half of Charon, and some very young surfaces.

Society of Physics Students awarded a 2014-15 Distinguished Chapter Award

Posted on February 09, 2016

The Society of Physics Students (SPS) chapter from Minnesota State University Moorhead has been awarded a 2014-15 Distinguished Chapter Award from the National Society of Physics Students. This award is given to SPS chapters that “build community and propel students into their careers as prepared professionals.” This is the third year in a row that the campus’ SPS chapter has been recognized as Distinguished chapter (2012-13 and 2014-15) or Outstanding chapter (2013-14) by the national organization.

Annual Physics Show on April 2

Posted on February 08, 2016

The Society of Physics Students invites you to its annual physics show on Saturday April 2nd from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM, in Langseth 104. Come see exciting demonstrations of the physical laws that govern our world. There is no charge for admission, and the show is family friendly.

Juan Cabanela, Professor of Physics and Astronomy, featured on KFGO and WDAY

Posted on February 02, 2016

Juan Cabanela, Professor of Physics and Astronomy, is used to answering questions about astronomy from the public. However, this past week he was interviewed by three different local media organizations on three separate astronomy related issues. On Thursday, January 21 he was interviewed by Jack Sunday on KFGO about evidence for a large ninth planet in the outer reaches our solar system. Then on Tuesday, January 26, he talked with Sandy Buttweiller of WDAY to discuss the fact that for the first time in a decade, we can simultaneously observe all five of the visible planets in the morning sky. Finally, an interview with both Dr. Cabanela and Sara Schultz, MSUM planetarium director, about memories of the Challenger disaster on its 30th Anniversary appeared in the Forum on Thursday, January 28.

MSUM Physics & Astronomy Seminar Series Presents: “Faculty Talks”

Posted on January 26, 2016

Join MSUM Physics & Astronomy this Friday, January 29, from 3 – 3:50 p.m. in Hagen Hall 325 as they present Seminar Series:”Faculty Talks.”

Richard Lahti, Patterns in citations on Teacher Performance Assessment submissions at Minnesota State University Moorhead. Students completing their education programs at Minnesota State University Moorhead must complete the Teacher Performance Assessment (TPA) as a final assessment for graduation. Students are expected to cite research and/or theory at three points in their TPA. Read the rest of this entry →

Physics and Astronomy Seminar Series

Posted on January 22, 2016

On Friday, Jan. 22, 3-3:50 pm (Hagen 325), faculty members will give 10-15 minute talks about current projects of interest.

Juan Cabanela, Color Imaging in Astronomy: More than Just a Pretty Picture. I will briefly discuss the testing of a color astronomical camera and the new science that can be done using such a camera at a small observatory like Feder. Read the rest of this entry →

Physics and Astronomy Presents Senior Seminar Projects II

Posted on December 08, 2015

Physics and Astronomy Seminar Series Presents:
Senior Projects II
Wednesday, December 9 | 1:30 pm | HA 325
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