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News and Announcements

Record-Breaking Voyager Spacecraft Begin to Power Down

Friday, June 17, 2022
The work of the late Professor Donald Gurnett is highlighted in this Scientific American article about the Voyager spacecraft, which are still running after nearly 45 years in space but will soon lose some of their instruments. Gurnett was one of the original scientists on the Voyager team, designing and building plasma wave instruments on both the Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 spacecraft.

Reno Wins NASA Funding for Simulation Package

Friday, June 10, 2022
Mary Hall Reno, a professor in the UI Department of Physics and Astronomy, has received an award from NASA as part of a simulation package that will aid in the design of new instruments aboard balloons and satellites.

Gazette: NASA report finds vast diversity leadership gap, suggests solutions

Monday, May 23, 2022
Assistant Professor Allison Jaynes was on a 14-member National Academies committee that wrote a new report titled “Advancing Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility in the Leadership of Competed Space Missions.”

Upcoming Events

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Observation Night

Friday, July 8, 2022 9:00pm to 11:00pm
Van Allen Hall
Please join the University of Iowa Physics & Astronomy Department as we use small telescopes to tour the summer sky on the lawn south and sidewalk east of Van Allen Hall. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Caroline Roberts in advance at 319-467-1481
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Observation Night

Saturday, July 9, 2022 3:30am to 5:30am
Van Allen Hall
Please join the University of Iowa Physics & Astronomy Department as we use the Van Allen Observatory and small telescopes to tour the summer sky and view the summer 2022 planetary alignment visible in the morning hours. To attend this Astronomy observation session, follow the signs in Van Allen Hall to reach the roof. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in...
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Observation Night

Friday, July 22, 2022 9:00pm to 11:00pm
Van Allen Hall
Please join the University of Iowa Physics & Astronomy Department as we use the Van Allen Observatory and small telescopes to tour the summer sky. To attend this Astronomy observation session, follow the signs in Van Allen Hall to reach the roof. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Caroline Roberts in...
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$ 19 m

In annual research expenditures

Top 15 %

Among physics departments in the US
(U.S. News and World Reports)

Very High

Research 1: Doctoral Universities
Research Activity
(Carnegie Classification)

29

Full-time Faculty

3600

Students taught in introductory courses per year (2015-2019)

153

Undergraduate Physics and Astronomy Majors

69

Graduate Students in Physics and Astronomy