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Physics Students Present at Planetarium Conference

Posted on October 25, 2016

For the first time, MSUM students presented at the Great Lakes Planetarium Society held in Flint, Mich., last week. Dana Koczur and Anthony Woltman from the Department of Physics and Astronomy were the first students to attend the annual conference and present on the research they completed over the summer under a Strong Endowment grant.  Read the rest of this entry →

Department of Physics and Astronomy Seminar Series: Seven Short Experiments

Posted on October 19, 2016

Friday, Oct. 21 | 3 p.m. | Hagen 325  Read the rest of this entry →

Symposium for Strong Summer Scholars

Posted on October 14, 2016

Friday, Oct. 14 | 3 p.m. | Hagen 104

Strong Summer Research Scholars will be recognized at a symposium on Friday, Oct. 14 at 3 p.m. in Hagen 104. Student Researchers and faculty mentors will be honored. Posters highlighting their summer research projects will be displayed.  Read the rest of this entry →

Dr. Cabanela Recognized by American Astronomical Society

Posted on October 10, 2016

Physics and Astronomy professor Dr. Juan Cabanela was recently recognized by the American Astronomical Society (AAS). Dr. Cabanela received an award of thanks and recognition for the creation and sharing of the “Contacting the Congress” website for more than two decades.  Read the rest of this entry →

Department of Physics and Astronomy Seminar Series: NASA Internships

Posted on September 30, 2016

Friday, Sept. 30 | 3-3:50 p.m. | Hagen 325

Join us as Tyler Lane, class of 2014, summarizes his internships at NASA and explains the application process. He will focus on what he did, and what you can do, to prepare to be a strong candidate for those internships. Extra time will be set aside for questions and answers at the end.

Getting the LED Out: Applied Electronics in the Planetarium

Posted on September 22, 2016

Friday, Sept. 23 | 3-3:50 p.m. | Planetarium (BR 167) Read the rest of this entry →

Department of Physics and Astronomy Seminar Series: Internships, Research and You!

Posted on September 09, 2016

Friday, Sept. 9 | 3-3:50 p.m. | Hagen 325  Read the rest of this entry →

Department of Physics and Astronomy Seminar Series Today

Posted on September 02, 2016

Friday, Sept. 2 | 3-3:50 p.m. | Hagen 325 
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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”

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