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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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Physics and Astronomy Presents Senior Seminars

Posted on December 03, 2015

Physics and Astronomy Seminar Series Presents:
Senior Projects I
Friday, December 4 | 3:30 pm | HA 325
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Physics & Astronomy Seminar Series continues today

Posted on November 13, 2015

Physics & Astronomy Seminar Series Present:
Coherent Raman Standoff Detection with Shaped Femtosecond Pulses
By: Marshall Bremer
Applied Physicist
Appareo Systems
Friday, November 13 | 3:30 pm | HA 325 Read the rest of this entry →

Physics & Astronomy Seminar Series Present: Caterpillar Remanufacturing: A More Sustainable Solution

Posted on November 06, 2015

By: John Johnson
Salvage Engineer
Caterpillar Remanufacturing Drivetrain LLC
Friday, November 6 | 3:30 pm | HA 325 Read the rest of this entry →

Physics & Astronomy Seminar Series Present: Fire Suppression

Posted on October 30, 2015

Physics & Astronomy Seminar Series Present:
Fire Suppression
By: Reed A. Roisum, SET
Senior Fire Protection Designer
Karges-Faulconbridge, Inc.
Friday, October 30 | 3:30 pm | HA 325 Read the rest of this entry →

Physics and Engineering: Grad School and Beyond

Posted on October 23, 2015

Physics & Astronomy Seminar Series Present:
Physics and Engineering: Grad School and Beyond
By: Dr. Fenner Colson
Santa Fe College and Florida Department of Transportation
Friday, October 23 | 3:30 pm | HA 325 Read the rest of this entry →

Celebrating White House Astronomy Night Early: Star viewing Fri, Oct 16 at the RSC

Posted on October 16, 2015

The Fargo-Moorhead Astronomy Club, MSUM Planetarium, MSUM Department of Physics and Astronomy and MSUM Regional Science Center will have telescopes set up for viewing the stars this Friday, Oct 16, from 7:30-10PM at the RSC.

The event is in celebration of the White House Astronomy Night early next week. Read the rest of this entry →

“Single-Molecule Nano-Circuits” this Friday

Posted on October 09, 2015

Physics and Astronomy Seminar Series Presents
Single-Molecule Nano-Circuits
By Dr. Yongki Choi
Department of Physics
North Dakota State University
Friday, October 9 | 3:30 pm | HA 325 Read the rest of this entry →

Introduction to Careers in Medical Physics Oct. 2

Posted on October 02, 2015

Medical physics is a dynamic field where physics and biological sciences are used to enhance the effectiveness of medical diagnosis and treatment. This presentation will present an overview of the field, pathways to training and examples of employment opportunities in medical physics.

Physics and Astronomy Seminar Series Presents:
Introduction to Careers in
Medical Physics
By: John Pfund
Director of Radiation Physics Read the rest of this entry →

“Giant Molecules to Soft Materials” presented this Friday

Posted on October 01, 2015

Physics & Astronomy Seminar Series Present:
From Giant Molecules to Soft Materials
By: Dr. Alan Denton
Department of Physics
North Dakota State University
Friday, October 16 | 3:30 pm | HA 325 Read the rest of this entry →

NSF Noyce grant celebration this evening

Posted on September 28, 2015

Monday, September 28, 2015
 | 5:00 – 5:30 p.m. | Langseth Hall Atrium 

Come celebrate Minnesota State University Moorhead’s recently awarded National Science Foundation Robert Noyce Scholarship grant of nearly $1.2 million for the project, “Preparing STEM Teachers to Successfully Navigate the Urban to Rural Gradient in Outstate Minnesota.”

We will celebrate with words, food and cool science demos the new five-year award as well as the successful conclusion of the $262,000 NSF Noyce Capacity Building grant, which led to the development of an MSUM Learning Assistant Program and a summer internship program with our public school partners. Read the rest of this entry →

Clear as a Bell: Seeing how the Bell-Curve Arises in Nature

Posted on September 25, 2015

MSUM Physics & Astronomy Seminar Series Presents:
Clear as a Bell: Seeing how the Bell-Curve Arises in Nature
Friday, September 25 | 3:30 pm | HA 324

The bell curve, or Gaussian distribution, shows up in many interesting, practical situations. It arises when measurements are independent, and measurement variations are small and random. Would you like to see an interesting example of this? Come to the presentation! Read the rest of this entry →

Lunar Eclipse Viewing Party this Sunday

Posted on September 25, 2015
Lunar Eclipse Viewing Party this Sunday from  7:30 – 10:30 p.m.
Come join the MSUM Planetarium, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Fargo-Moorhead Astronomy Club and the Society of Physics Students on campus Sunday, September 27 to view the SUPER BLOOD MOON ECLIPSE!
FREE planetarium shows, professional grade telescopes, activities and fun for everyone!

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Astronomy Research for MSUM Undergraduates this Friday

Posted on September 18, 2015

MSUM Physics & Astronomy Seminar Series Presents:

Astronomy Research
for MSUM Undergraduates
Friday, September 18 | 3:30 pm | HA 325 Read the rest of this entry →

International Observe the Moon Night

Posted on September 18, 2015

You are invited to MB Johnson Park for International Observe the Moon Night on Saturday, September 19, from 8-10:30 p.m. Moorhead Parks and Recreation is teaming up with the Fargo-Moorhead Astronomy Club, the NASA-JPL Solar System Ambassadors of North Dakota, and the MSUM Department of Physics and Astronomy, to provide an evening of stargazing. Telescopes for observing the moon and other celestial objects, as well as moon-related educational activities will be available. Attendees are welcome to bring their own telescopes too.

Physics/Astronomy Seminar Series

Posted on September 03, 2015

Summer Experience: Internship, Research and Conferences
Friday, September 4 | 3:30 p.m. | HA 325

Aschalew Chamiso — AFM analysis of Biological Samples: an ongoing research project
Jared Saunders and Isaac Skalsky — Educational adventures attending the American Association of Physics Teachers conference
Tyler Meehleib — Work as a STEM education intern
Dillon Hylton — An update on TRON (an electric truck) What does a solar panel installation intern do

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.

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