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Colleagues remember Steve Rader for technical skills, human touch
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Steve Rader, UW-Physics Department Director of Computing, was killed Friday May 24th in a bicycling accident. Colleagues remember him as easy-going and "a great listener who sought to understand people’s problems before recommending a solution.”

UW Physics Grad Heads to Berkeley for PhD
Friday, May 17, 2013
Jessie Otradovec, 27, graduated this year from UW-Madison with a bachelor’s degree in physics and astrophysics. Her next stop is UC-Berkeley to "play with the Universe".

IceCube Detects High-energy Neutrinos with Possible Cosmic Origin
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
A massive telescope in the Antarctic ice reports the detection of 28 extremely high-energy neutrinos that might have their origin in cosmic sources. Two of these reached energies greater than 1 petaelectronvolt (PeV), an energy level thousands of times higher than the highest energy neutrino yet produced in a manmade accelerator.

Unique engineering shop looks to another challenge of 21st century physics
Friday, May 3, 2013
Engineers at the UW Physical Sciences Lab plans to take on a new project to determine why the Universe is dominated by matter and not anti-matter.

Vaterite: Crystal within a crystal helps resolve an old puzzle
Thursday, April 25, 2013
A team of scientists from Wisconsin and Israel have figured out the puzzle of the crystal structure of vaterite, with the help of a needle like spicule from a sea squirt.

Elementary School Students Work on Their Own Rube Goldberg Contraptions
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Students at Emerson School in Madison participate in a Rude Goldberg Lab as a way to demonstrate a few physics principles. Mike Randall, a UW-Madison Physicist led the lab. Randall is the outreach coordinator for The Wonders of Physics.

Physics Fair at UW-Madison
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
The sixth annual Physics Fair will be held at Chamberlin Hall from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The 30th edition of emeritus Professor Clint Sprott's awarding winning show, The Wonder of Physics, will run Saturday February 16th at 1, 4 and 7 p.m, and Sunday February 17th at 1 and 4 p.m.

High-Altitude Water Cherenkov Observatory Results
Sunday, April 14, 2013
The High-Altitude Water Cherenkov (HAWC) Observatory, currently under construction near Puebla in Mexico, reported first results today at the April meeting of the American Physical Society. HAWC is designed to detect high energy gamma rays and cosmic rays from the most extreme astrophysical sources such as supernova remnants and the hot and dense surroundings of super massive black holes. HAWC is a collaboration of 11 Mexican and 17 US institutions, among them UW-Madison. Construction of HAWC began in 2011 and will be completed in 2014.

UW-Madison Physics Departments holds its sixth annual Physics Fair at Chamberlin Hall Saturday, February 16th
Saturday, February 16, 2013
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UW–Madison Physicist Wins Science Image Challenge
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Professor Pupa Gilbert, a UW-Madison physics professor, image of a sea urchin tooth imaged with a scanning electron microscope and false-collored earned top honors in the 2012 International Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the journal Science. The forming end of a sea urchin tooth is shown. While it is not apparent from their intricate and rounded shape, the single-crystals of calcite, which fill space, resist fracture, and make the tooth so hard and tough that it can grind rocks. Sea urchin teeth are essentially self-sharpening, a trick that human toolmakers may someday incorporate into cutting edges that never need honing.

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