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Mike Taylor passes the torch of groundbreaking NASA-funded AWE science mission to fellow USU professor Ludger Scherliess.
A Dream Realized: USU Physicist Pioneers New Era of Atmospheric Waves Research

A Dream Realized: USU Physicist Pioneers New Era of Atmospheric Waves Research

Mike Taylor passes the torch of groundbreaking NASA-funded AWE science mission to fellow USU professor Ludger Scherliess.

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With team members from NASA, Space Dynamics Laboratory and other institutions across the nation, Utah State University physicists look forward to the Nov. 5 launch of the Atmospheric Waves Experiment, known as AWE, to the International Space Station.
New Frontier: With NASA-Funded Mission, USU Physicists Seek Novel Discoveries

New Frontier: With NASA-Funded Mission, USU Physicists Seek Novel Discoveries

With team members from NASA, Space Dynamics Laboratory and other institutions across the nation, Utah State University physicists look forward to the Nov. 5 launch of the Atmospheric Waves Experiment, known as AWE, to the International Space Station.

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All are invited to a free screening of the documentary, 'Ultimate Weapon: The H-Bomb Dilemma,' Thursday, Oct. 19, at 6 p.m. in FAV 262.
Ultimate Weapon: The H-Bomb Dilemma

Ultimate Weapon: The H-Bomb Dilemma

All are invited to a free screening of the documentary, 'Ultimate Weapon: The H-Bomb Dilemma,' Thursday, Oct. 19, at 6 p.m. in FAV 262.

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NASA’s Atmospheric Waves Experiment (AWE) will study atmospheric gravity waves to understand the flow of energy through Earth’s upper atmosphere and space. AWE is led by Michael Taylor at Utah State University in Logan, and it is managed by the Explorer
NASA AWE Mission

NASA AWE Mission

NASA’s Atmospheric Waves Experiment (AWE) will study atmospheric gravity waves to understand the flow of energy through Earth’s upper atmosphere and space. AWE is led by Michael Taylor at Utah State University in Logan, and it is managed by the Explorer

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USU Students of the Gravitational Theory Group embarked on a summer of scientific exploration.
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Physics Research Beyond Borders

USU Students of the Gravitational Theory Group embarked on a summer of scientific exploration.

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Jeffrey Hazboun is among researchers featured in a June 29 briefing from NSF-funded North American Nanohertz Observatory for Gravitational Waves Physics Frontier Center
USU Physics Alum on International 'NANOGrav' Team Reports New Gravitational Wave Findings

USU Physics Alum on International 'NANOGrav' Team Reports New Gravitational Wave Findings

Jeffrey Hazboun is among researchers featured in a June 29 briefing from NSF-funded North American Nanohertz Observatory for Gravitational Waves Physics Frontier Center

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Abstract submission for APS 4 Corners Conference in October is now open! The Four Corners Meeting of the American Physical Society unites participants from colleges, universities, industry, and government laboratories within the states of Arizona, Colorad
APS 4 Corners Call for Abstracts

APS 4 Corners Call for Abstracts

Abstract submission for APS 4 Corners Conference in October is now open! The Four Corners Meeting of the American Physical Society unites participants from colleges, universities, industry, and government laboratories within the states of Arizona, Colorad...

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Heather Allen, now off to Penn State to pursue a Ph.D., honed her skills as a member of professor JR Dennison’s Material Physics Group
Recent USU Graduate Uses Vacuum Chamber to Study Effects of ‘Moon Dust’

Recent USU Graduate Uses Vacuum Chamber to Study Effects of ‘Moon Dust’

Heather Allen, now off to Penn State to pursue a Ph.D., honed her skills as a member of professor JR Dennison’s Material Physics Group

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Ready, set, GO: It’s been a long winter and one of Utah State University’s favorite harbingers of spring — USU Physics Day at Lagoon — is ready to provide thrills, chills and STEM-learning fun Friday, May 12, at Davis County’s popular amusement park.
It's USU Physics Day at Lagoon Amusement Park Friday, May 12, 2023

It's USU Physics Day at Lagoon Amusement Park Friday, May 12, 2023

Ready, set, GO: It’s been a long winter and one of Utah State University’s favorite harbingers of spring — USU Physics Day at Lagoon — is ready to provide thrills, chills and STEM-learning fun Friday, May 12, at Davis County’s popular amusement park.

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Maria J. Rodriguez, faculty member in the Department of Physics, has been named one of the "50 Most Influential Aggies" by The Utah Statesman to honor her contributions to Utah State University. These individuals were nominated by USU campus members and t
Physics Faculty Member in the list of “50 Most Influential Aggies” of 2023

Physics Faculty Member in the list of “50 Most Influential Aggies” of 2023

Maria J. Rodriguez, faculty member in the Department of Physics, has been named one of the "50 Most Influential Aggies" by The Utah Statesman to honor her contributions to Utah State University. These individuals were nominated by USU campus members and t...

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For the celebration of 2023 International Women’s Day on March 8, the USU Women and Minorities in Physics (WaMiP) group organized a trip to the Christa McAuliffe Space Center in Pleasant Grove, Utah. There were two activities that the group participated i
Christa McAuliffe Space Center visit - USU Women and Minorities in Physics Group

Christa McAuliffe Space Center visit - USU Women and Minorities in Physics Group

For the celebration of 2023 International Women’s Day on March 8, the USU Women and Minorities in Physics (WaMiP) group organized a trip to the Christa McAuliffe Space Center in Pleasant Grove, Utah. There were two activities that the group participated i...

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The Fall Student Research Symposium is USU’s non-competitive celebration of undergraduate research and creative work. Each December, students from every discipline share poster or oral presentations to the broader public.
USU Undergrads Celebrate, Showcase Work at Fall Student Research Symposium

USU Undergrads Celebrate, Showcase Work at Fall Student Research Symposium

The Fall Student Research Symposium is USU’s non-competitive celebration of undergraduate research and creative work. Each December, students from every discipline share poster or oral presentations to the broader public.

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Inquiring minds of all ages are invited to learn answers to these questions and more at the Utah State University Department of Physics’ 15th annual November Demo Show on Friday, Nov. 18.
All Invited to USU Physics' November Demo Show Friday, Nov. 18

All Invited to USU Physics' November Demo Show Friday, Nov. 18

Inquiring minds of all ages are invited to learn answers to these questions and more at the Utah State University Department of Physics’ 15th annual November Demo Show on Friday, Nov. 18.

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Utah State University physics professor Vincent Wickwar, an early pioneer in the field of aeronomy — the study of the upper atmosphere — died unexpectantly at his Logan, Utah home Sept. 27. He was 79.
USU Mourns Passing of 'Green Beam' Researcher Vincent Wickwar

USU Mourns Passing of 'Green Beam' Researcher Vincent Wickwar

Utah State University physics professor Vincent Wickwar, an early pioneer in the field of aeronomy — the study of the upper atmosphere — died unexpectantly at his Logan, Utah home Sept. 27. He was 79.

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The public is invited to view the night sky through the telescope at the USU Observatory. Admission is free and masks are welcome. (Photo: Steve Sellers, CC BY-SA 2.0)
USU Observatory Welcomes the Public on Friday, Sept. 16

USU Observatory Welcomes the Public on Friday, Sept. 16

The public is invited to view the night sky through the telescope at the USU Observatory. Admission is free and masks are welcome. (Photo: Steve Sellers, CC BY-SA 2.0)

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Peak Fellow, Undergraduate Research Fellow and Honors student Zachary Zito, left, meets with faculty research mentors Brittany Gentry, postdoctoral fellow in USU's Philosophy group, and Physics Professor Charlie Torre.
USU Physics, Philosophy Scholar Asks 'What, How, Why is Time?'

USU Physics, Philosophy Scholar Asks 'What, How, Why is Time?'

Peak Fellow, Undergraduate Research Fellow and Honors student Zachary Zito, left, meets with faculty research mentors Brittany Gentry, postdoctoral fellow in USU's Philosophy group, and Physics Professor Charlie Torre.

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In a USU Physics lab, undergrad researcher Heather Allen adjusts the control unit of an electron flood gun she's built to study simulated lunar dust. Allen is among USU’s 10 2022 Peak Summer Research Fellows.
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Shooting for the Moon

In a USU Physics lab, undergrad researcher Heather Allen adjusts the control unit of an electron flood gun she's built to study simulated lunar dust. Allen is among USU’s 10 2022 Peak Summer Research Fellows.

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SU Physics Day at Lagoon, among the West's longest-running STEM outreach programs, returns to an in-person event Friday, May 13. More than 10,000 Intermountain teens are expected to descend on Utah’s über-playground for a day of learning and fun.
USU Physics Day at Lagoon is Back to In-Person Event, Friday, May 13

USU Physics Day at Lagoon is Back to In-Person Event, Friday, May 13

SU Physics Day at Lagoon, among the West's longest-running STEM outreach programs, returns to an in-person event Friday, May 13. More than 10,000 Intermountain teens are expected to descend on Utah’s über-playground for a day of learning and fun.

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In-person activities for USU Physics Day at Lagoon 2021 have been postponed. While the future looks bright and things continue to improve, the size of this event has necessitated that we hold off for one more year. Virtual events are being developed.
Physics Day at Lagoon Cancelled But Will Be Back in 2022 | Physics

Physics Day at Lagoon Cancelled But Will Be Back in 2022

In-person activities for USU Physics Day at Lagoon 2021 have been postponed. While the future looks bright and things continue to improve, the size of this event has necessitated that we hold off for one more year. Virtual events are being developed.

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Utah State University Physics Graduate Students carved pumpkins and then took them to the roof of the SER building to freeze them in liquid nitrogen and toss them over the edge.
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2nd Annual Pumpkin Drop

Utah State University Physics Graduate Students carved pumpkins and then took them to the roof of the SER building to freeze them in liquid nitrogen and toss them over the edge.

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Three USU undergrads were among just 40 students from around the world selected to participate in the prestigious Jürgen Ehlers Spring School 2018.
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Students Study Gravitational Physics in Germany

Three USU undergrads were among just 40 students from around the world selected to participate in the prestigious Jürgen Ehlers Spring School 2018.

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David Peak is the 2018 recipient of the national Council on Undergraduate Research-Goldwater Scholars Faculty Mentor Award
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David Peak Receives National Award

David Peak is the 2018 recipient of the national Council on Undergraduate Research-Goldwater Scholars Faculty Mentor Award

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USU physicist Maria Rodriguez with Stephen Hawking and colleagues at the International Centre for Theoretical Cosmology Conference in Cambridge, England in July 2017.
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Maria Rodriguez Remembers Hawking

USU physicist Maria Rodriguez with Stephen Hawking and colleagues at the International Centre for Theoretical Cosmology Conference in Cambridge, England in July 2017.

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Dr. Varela’s work was recently recognized by the National Science Foundation.
New Tools For The Fabric of Reality | Physics

New Tools For The Fabric of Reality

Dr. Varela’s work was recently recognized by the National Science Foundation.

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Dr. Maria Rodriguez is the principal investigator of this National Science Foundation (NSF) award that will support research at USU on relativistic outflow mechanisms from black holes.
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The Physics of Cosmic Lighthouses

Dr. Maria Rodriguez is the principal investigator of this National Science Foundation (NSF) award that will support research at USU on relativistic outflow mechanisms from black holes.

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Physicists, l-r, Yucheng Zhao, Mike Taylor, Pattilyn McLaughlin, Jon Pugmire, Kenneth Zia and Mike Negale, hold an imager used to map gravity waves from Earth-bound sites. Taylor leads a NASA-funded study to develop an imager to fly on the ISS.
USU Physicist Leads NASA-funded ISS Project | Physics

USU Physicist Leads NASA-funded ISS Project

Physicists, l-r, Yucheng Zhao, Mike Taylor, Pattilyn McLaughlin, Jon Pugmire, Kenneth Zia and Mike Negale, hold an imager used to map gravity waves from Earth-bound sites. Taylor leads a NASA-funded study to develop an imager to fly on the ISS.

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USU undergrad physicist Jonh Mojica displays equipment he's configured to monitor very low frequency radio waves during the Aug. 21 solar eclipse.
Physicist to Monitor VLF Radio Waves During Eclipse | Physics

Physicist to Monitor VLF Radio Waves During Eclipse

USU undergrad physicist Jonh Mojica displays equipment he's configured to monitor very low frequency radio waves during the Aug. 21 solar eclipse.

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Ivana Molina, a doctoral student in USU’s Department of Physics, is one of nine scholars selected nationally for a 2017 NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship in heliophysics research.
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Ivana Molina Awarded NASA Fellowship

Ivana Molina, a doctoral student in USU’s Department of Physics, is one of nine scholars selected nationally for a 2017 NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship in heliophysics research.

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Physics major Jake Christensen continues the long tradition of USU physics students becoming Goldwater scholars.
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Physics Student Strikes Gold

Physics major Jake Christensen continues the long tradition of USU physics students becoming Goldwater scholars.

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Nine Utah State University scholars are among the honorees of the prestigious 2017 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship search.
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Physicists Are NSF Graduate Fellows

Nine Utah State University scholars are among the honorees of the prestigious 2017 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship search.

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