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April 18, 2014
CGCA Seminar:
1:00-2:00 pm in Physics 481

Star formation in nearby molecular clouds
Shaye Storm

April 25, 2014
CGCA Seminar:
1:00-2:00 pm in Physics 481

Pushing the limiting magnitude of optical interferometers: application to the observation of AGN
Florentin Millour

April 25, 2014
Physics Colloquium:
2:45-4:00 pm in Physics 135

Probing Complex Materials One Atom at a Time by a Combination of Theory and Microscopy
Socrates Pantelides

May 2, 2014
Physics Colloquium:
2:45-4:00 pm in Physics 135

Simulating Cosmic Reionization
Nick Gnedin

May 9, 2014
Physics Colloquium:
2:45-4:00 pm in Physics 135

The Physics of the Games Cancer Plays
Robert Austin

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April 10, 2014
International Conference on Women in Physics names UWM Physics Assistant Research Professor as a Delegate

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee (UWM) Physics department Assistant Research Professor and American Physical Society Blewett Fellow, Dr. Sujatha Sampath, has been named as a delegate to the upcoming 5th IUPAP International Conference on Women in Physics. The International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) has long recognized a particular need to foster the participation of women in physics and is sponsoring the 2014 conference to be hosted at the Wilfrid Laurier University located in Waterloo, Canada. The conference gathers delegates from around the world to showcase scientific work in all areas of physics and to promote the participation of women in physics. At UWM Dr. Sampath pursues research in the experimental aspects of Molecular and Materials Physics.

April 2, 2014
UWM Physicists Collaborate in Two Papers on the Topological Insulator Bi2Se3

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee (UWM) condensed-matter physicists Dr. Lian Li, Dr. Michael Weinert, and other members of the department, recently published two papers on the properties of the topological insulator Bi2Se3. The research reports were published in Nature Nanotechnology (March 2014) and Nature Physics (April 2014 cover story) Topological insulators form a new quantum phase of matter that is distinct from metals and semiconductors. These materials are expected to produce new functionalities and enable insights into complex phenomena in many scientific areas.

March 13, 2014
UWM Physicist Helps Write First Paper in Inaugural Volume of New Journal in High Energy Physics

A team of high energy physicists, including UWM Physics Professor Luis Anchordoqui,were recently asked to write the first paper for the inaugural issue of the "Journal of High Energy Physics". The first two volumes of the journal are scheduled to appear in May of 2014 but the paper already appears on the internet.

The paper is a review article concerned with the observation and analysis of neutrinos as unique astronomical messengers. The study of these particles is important both in neutrino astrophysics and the study of new physics in the electroweak sector. Furthermore, observation of high energy neutrinos coming from the Sun may assist scientists trying to understand the properties of "dark matter" in the universe.

March 10, 2014
UWM Manfred Olson Planetarium Director Chosen for NASA Airborne Astronomy Program

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee Manfred Olson Planetarium director, Jean Creighton, has been chosen to participate in NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) program. A local high school teacher, (Kathy Gustavson), and Jean will form one of twelve two-person teams who have been selected as SOFIA Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors. Each team will be paired with a professional astronomer to observe first-hand how airborne infrared astronomy is conducted and bring their experiences back to their classrooms.

SOFIA is a highly modified Boeing 747SP jetliner fitted with a 100-inch (2.5 meter) effective diameter telescope. The aircraft flies at altitudes between 39,000 and 45,000 feet (12-14 kilometers), above the water vapor in the Earth's atmosphere, and collects data in the infrared spectrum.

March 3, 2014
UWM Physicist Becomes a Fellow of the Microscopy Society of America

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee Professor of Physics and Dean of the UWM Graduate School, Marija Gajdardziska-Josifovska, has been selected by the Microscopy Society of America (MSA) to become an MSA Fellow in the Class of 2014.

January 10, 2014
UWM Physicist Collaborates on Research of a Complex Gravitational System

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee Assistant Professor of Physics, David Kaplan, is part of an international astronomical team studying a recently discovered triple stellar system. The system consists of a superdense neutron star which is emitting millisecond pulses of radiation (a pulsar), a white dwarf orbiting the pulsar, and a second cooler white dwarf orbiting the pulsar-white dwarf pair. The entire triple system could fit within the Earth's orbit with the Sun. This unique system provides physicists with a tremendous opportunity to study the effects and nature of gravity and test Einstein's Theory of General Relativity under extreme conditions. Dr. Kaplan used the Green Bank Telescope (GBT) in West Virginia to determine a more precise location for the grouping and identify the white dwarf components. The team, led by Dr. Scott Ransom of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO), has outlined the discovery in a Jan. 5 paper published online in the journal Nature. Further details and an animation describing the motion of the system are presented in the title link.