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Dan McCammon receives the 2016 NASA Exceptional Public Service Achievement Medal

Prof. Dan McCammon is being awarded a 2016 NASA Exceptional Public Service Achievement Medal in recognition for pioneering work in the study of the celestial diffuse x-ray background and the development of low temperature x-ray spectrometers that have enabled numerous NASA projects.

This award was presented to Dan at the Agency Honor Awards Ceremony, September 14, at the NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center.

Zweibel wins 2016 Maxwell Prize for Plasma Physics

Ellen Gould Zweibel has won the American Physical Society’s 2016 James Clerk Maxwell Prize for Plasma Physics.

The prize citation recognizes Zweibel for “seminal research on the energetics, stability and dynamics of astrophysical plasmas, including those related to stars and galaxies, and for leadership in linking plasma and other astrophysical phenomena.”

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Walt Wigglesworth has passed away

Walt Wigglesworth, former student/staff shop supervisor (02/20/1995-01/22/2002), and for whom our stockroom is named “Walt Mart,” has passed away.


Board of Visitors Examine Badgerloop Pod Prototype

Members of the Department of Physics Board of Visitors Robert Leach, Gregory Piefer, Thomas Dillinger, Lloyd Hackel, and Craig Heberer (left to right) on an imagined trip in the frame of the Badgerloop pod prototype under construction in Chamberlin Hall, 6 May 2016.

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Prototype of LUX-ZEPLIN Dark Matter Detector Tested at SLAC

Prototyping of a new, ultrasensitive “eye” for dark matter is making rapid progress at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory: Researchers and engineers have installed a small-scale version of the future LUX-ZEPLIN (LZ) detector to test, develop and troubleshoot various aspects of its technology.

Photo: Knut Skarpaas (left, SLAC) and Kimberly Palladino (SLAC/University of Wisconsin) during the assembly of the TPC prototype. (Photo Credit: SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory)

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Alexander Carver (BS ’06) is now an assistant professor

Alexander ‘AJ’ Carver, (BS ’06 physics and astronomy-physics), recently became an assistant professor at SolBridge International School of Business, Daejeon, South Korea where he teaches courses in quantitative methods and critical thinking.

Mark Eriksson awarded Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professorship

This award recognizes distinguished scholarship as well as standout efforts in teaching and service.

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Ellen Zweibel awarded Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professorship

This award recognizes distinguished scholarship as well as standout efforts in teaching and service.

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UW journal of undergraduate research publishes first issue

Last week, The Journal of Undergraduate Science and Technology (JUST) — completely run by undergraduate volunteers — published its first issue.

One of the students making this possible is Noah Johnson, Editor of Content. Johnson is a junior studying physics and mathematics. He also performs physical chemistry research in the Ediger lab, where he studies the effect of aspect ratio on molecular orientation in organic semiconductor glass films. He is interested in pursuing a career in the research of solid state realizations of quantum information processors and also wants to teach at the university level. Other interests of his include Bob Dylan, the Beat Movement and 60’s counterculture, Kurt Vonnegut, Woody Allen and French New Wave cinema, and corduroy pants.

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UW-Madison part of new search for signals from the early universe

In an effort to probe the first few moments of time after the Big Bang some 13.8 billion years ago, a consortium of researchers, including from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is planning a new observatory in Chile’s Atacama Desert to measure the cosmic microwave background (CMB).

The $40 million initiative, known as the Simons Observatory, was announced today (May 9, 2016) and is being funded by major grants from the Simons Foundation and the Heising-Simons Foundation.

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