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    Congratulations to Professor Sue Coppersmith on her retirement!

    With the best of wishes — and some sadness — the Department of Physics says “Happy Retirement” to Professor Sue Coppersmith. Her last day at UW–Madison was February 14. Coppersmith, the Robert E. Fassnacht Professor …

  • Victor Brar awarded prestigious Sloan Fellowship

    University of Wisconsin–Madison physics professor Victor Brar has been named a 2021 Sloan Research Fellow, a competitive award given to researchers in the early stages of their careers. “A Sloan Research Fellow is a rising …

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    Deniz Yavuz announced as Vilas Associate

    The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education has announced 23 faculty winners of the Vilas Associates Competition, including physics professor Deniz Yavuz. The Vilas Associates Competition recognizes new and ongoing research of …

  • Physics alum, professor emeritus Barney Webb remembered for his many contributions to the University and his field

    University of Wisconsin–Madison Professor Emeritus Maurice Barnett “Barney” Webb passed away January 15, 2021 in Middleton, WI. He was 94. Born and raised in Neenah, WI in 1926, Professor Webb earned his both his bachelor’s …

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    Welcome, Professor Moritz Münchmeyer!

    On January 1, assistant professor Moritz Münchmeyer joined the UW–Madison physics department. He specializes in theoretical and computational cosmology. His research combines theoretical investigation, the analysis of data from different observatories, and the development of …

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    Welcome, Professor Ke Fang!

    By Madeleine O’Keefe, WIPAC When you think of scientific meccas throughout the world, Madison, Wisconsin might not be the first place that comes to mind. But for astroparticle physicist Ke Fang, Madison is the place …

  • Welcome, Professor Lu Lu!

    New UW–Madison assistant professor of physics Lu Lu’s research program combines the past with the future. Her research looks for sources of ultrahigh energy particles, which is done by analyzing data that has already been …

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    Dark Energy Survey makes public catalog of nearly 700 million astronomical objects

    Note: this post is adapted from this article, originally published by Fermilab The Dark Energy Survey, a global collaboration including researchers at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, has released DR2, the second data release in the survey’s …

  • IceCube Collaboration awarded 2021 Rossi Prize

    The 2021 Bruno Rossi Prize was awarded to Francis Halzen and the IceCube Collaboration “for the discovery of a high-energy neutrino flux of astrophysical origin.” The Bruno Rossi Prize is awarded annually by the High Energy Astrophysics Division of …

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    Shimon Kolkowitz awarded two grants to push optical atomic clocks past the standard quantum limit

    Optical atomic clocks are already the gold standard for precision timekeeping, keeping time so accurately that they would only lose one second every 14 billion years. Still, they could be made to be even more …

  • Scientists Say Farewell to Daya Bay Site

    The Daya Bay Reactor Neutrino Experiment collaboration – which made a precise measurement of an important neutrino property eight years ago, setting the stage for a new round of experiments and discoveries about these hard-to-study particles – …

  • Researchers awarded Department of Energy Quantum Information Science Grant

    Three UW–Madison physics professors and their colleagues have been awarded a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) High Energy Physics Quantum Information Science award for an interdisciplinary collaboration between theoretical and experimental physicists and experts on …

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    Pupa Gilbert elected Fellow of the Mineralogical Society of America

    Congrats to Prof. Pupa Gilbert on her election as a Fellow of the Mineralogical Society of America! Members who have contributed significantly to the advancement of mineralogy, crystallography, geochemistry, petrology, or allied sciences and whose …

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    Mark Friesen promoted to Distinguished Scientist

    Congratulations to Mark Friesen on his promotion to Distinguished Scientist! The distinguished title is the highest title available to an academic staff member at UW–Madison. Friesen joined the physics department in 2004 as an associate …

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    Welcome, Professor Uwe Bergmann!

    From bird feathers that allow for perfectly efficient flight to the bacterial enzyme that fixes nitrogen to help plants grow, nature has had a lot of time to figure things out. “There are so many …

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    High Energy Physics group awarded three grants totaling over $14 million

    The High Energy Physics (HEP) group at UW–Madison, which broadly focuses on identifying and understanding the fundamental aspects of particles and forces in Nature, has been awarded three significant grants in 2020. The grants — …

  • Ellen Zweibel elected AAAS Fellow

    Congrats to Astronomy and Physics professor Ellen Zweibel on her election as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She was elected “for distinguished contributions to quantify the role of magnetic …

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    Cary Forest, Jay Anderson, and John Wallace part of WARF Innovation Awards finalist team

    Each fall the WARF Innovation Awards recognize some of the best of inventions at UW-Madison. WARF receives hundreds of new invention disclosures each year. Of these disclosures, the WARF Innovation Award finalists are considered exceptional in …

  • Jimena González named Three Minute Thesis® finalist

    Congrats to Jimena González, a physics graduate student in Keith Bechtol’s group, who is one of nine finalists for UW–Madison’s Three Minute Thesis® competition! Watch Jimena’s video on YouTube, and check out all nine finalists’ …

  • A better understanding of coral skeleton growth suggests ways to restore reefs

    Coral reefs are vibrant communities that host a quarter of all species in the ocean and are indirectly crucial to the survival of the rest. But they are slowly dying — some estimates say 30 …

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