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2017-03: MSU Nuclear Physics graduate program retains #1 national ranking in latest report

Article posted March 20, 2017; program rankings

MSU’s nuclear physics graduate program, part of the College of Natural Science’s Department of Physics and Astronomy, is among seven MSU graduate programs that rank No. 1 nationally in the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings.

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2017-02: Michael Thoennessen becomes Chair of APS Division of Nuclear Physics

Article posted February 9, 2017; faculty honors

Starting in February 2017 and continuing until March 2018, MSU Physics & Astronomy University Distinguished Professor Michael Thoennessen will serve as the Chair of the Executive Committee of the American Physical Society's Division of Nuclear Physics.

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2017-02: Megan Donahue elected AAS President

Article posted February 13, 2017; not filed under anything

The American Astronomical Society (AAS) has announced the results of its 2017 elections, and MSU Physics & Astronomy Professor Megan Donahue has been elected as the new AAS President. She will take office this summer.

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2017-02: Chris Wrede research highlighted in MSU Today article

Article posted February 22, 2017; faculty research

An article published on 18 February 2017 in MSU Today features MSU Physics & Astronomy Assistant Professor Chris Wrede, giving details of some of his research into the generation of nuclear isotopes in stellar explosions, which was the topic of a presentation he made recently at a meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He explains how experiments done at the NSCL provide real evidence linking astronomical observations with theoretical and computational models of how heavy nuclei are formed and distributed in nature.

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2017-01: William J. Beal Outstanding Faculty Award made to David Tománek

Article posted February 9, 2017; faculty awards

Physics & Astronomy Professor David Tománek is one of ten recipients of MSU's 2017 William J. Beal Outstanding Faculty Award.

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2017-01: Tyce DeYoung neutrino research highlighted in MSU Today article

Article posted February 8, 2017; faculty research

An article published on 31 January 2017 in MSU Today features MSU Physics & Astronomy Associate Professor Tyce DeYoung and his research connections with the IceCube Neutrino Observatory at the South Pole. Measurements of neutrino properties have traditionally been very difficult, and the IceCube detector is refining those measurements in an unprecedented way. This may allow comparisons of natural results with theoretical models which can help scientists to understand relationships between certain fundamental particles and forces.

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2017-01: Filomena Nunes receives award from MSU Center for Gender in Global Context

Article posted January 18, 2017; faculty awards

The MSU Center for Gender in Global Context has announced that Physics-Astronomy Professor Filomena Nunes has received its 2017 Inspirational Woman of the Year Award in the Professional Achievement category.

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2016-10: NSCL researchers characterize unusual nuclear structure

Article posted November 2, 2016; faculty research

In a recent Nature Physics article, an international research group including MSU P-A faculty members Alexandra Gade and Hironori Iwasaki, working at the NSCL, describe the results of their study of the structure of the nucleus of the isotope silicon-34.

There have been hints in past research that the protons in that nucleus do not follow the typical even mix among the neutrons seen in most nuclei, and the new results confirm that they tend to group themselves towards the outside of the nucleus, forming a bubble-like shell around a space containing mostly neutrons.

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2016-10: MSU P-A faculty members named APS Fellows

Article posted October 12, 2016; faculty honors

In October 2016, Professor Megan Donahue and Associate Professor Brian O'Shea were named Fellows of the American Physical Society.

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2016-09: Lisa Lapidus' lab measures peptide behavior important to Alzheimer's disease

Article posted September 14, 2016; faculty research

Physics & Astronomy Professor Lisa Lapidus and her colleagues have published a paper in the 04 August 2016 edition of the journal ChemPhysChem which describes their work using lasers to observe the behavior of a number of peptides (strings of amino acids) which are associated with neurological disorders such as Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease.

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