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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.
December 17, 2013
UWM Planetarium Director Jean Creighton Publishes an Article in the December 2013 Issue of Planetarium
The December 2013 issue of 'Planetarium', the Journal of the International Planetarium Society, contained an article by UWM Planetarium Director Jean Creighton. The article "Monsters in the family tree" introduces stories from the Greek myths that are connected to some of the patterns of stars seen in the night sky. The history of familiar myths such as those of Perseus, Medusa, Atlas, and Andromeda are presented and discussed.
November 25, 2013
Two UWM Physics Groups Publish Paper on Properties of Graphene Interfaced With a Semiconductor
Two UWM Condensed Matter Physics groups, led by Dr. Lian Li and Dr. Michael Weinert, recently published a paper on the electron transport characteristics of graphene on semiconductor surfaces. The study was published in the Nov. 21 issue of Nature Communications and reported intrinsic ripple- and electric field-induced effects at the graphene semiconductor Schottky junction. Their findings reveal fundamental properties of the Schottky junction - a key component of vertical graphene devices. Knowledge of these properties may assist in the future engineering of a transistor with graphene and the creation of other more complicated nano-devices.
November 6, 2013
UWM Physicists Partner in $25M Grant to Image Proteins
A team of five UWM physicists have received a portion (almost $4M) of a recent $25M National Science Foundation (NSF) grant for developing three-dimensional images of protein structure and motion. The grant award is being shared between UWM and seven other institutions and will be in effect for five years. The UWM team consists of Distinguished Professor of Physics and Electrical Engineering Abbas Ourmazd, Distinguished Professor of Physics Dilano Saldin, Associate Professor of Physics Marius Schmidt, and Senior Scientists Peter Schwander and Russell Fung. The work at UWM will utilize powerful X-ray lasers to construct atomic level pictures of proteins. These images will potentially assist scientists and physicians in the development of vaccines and other applications.