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Hoadley and DeRoo See Explorer I Model at JPL

Wednesday, May 15, 2024
Faculty members Keri Hoadley and Casey DeRoo were at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory last week for the UV Science and Instrumentation Workshop, which aims to define the technology and science for the Habitable Worlds Observatory, a future NASA flagship mission. Outside the public auditorium, JPL has an engineering model of Explorer 1 which has been restored and mounted on a mock-up of the rocket that delivered it into orbit. It was a great opportunity to have University of Iowa faculty visit our legacy of Explorer 1 while “on the job” for their current research!

Congratulations Spring 2024 Graduates!

Monday, May 13, 2024
Several students in the Department of Physics and Astronomy were candidates for degrees at the University of Iowa Spring Commencement Ceremonies on May 9, 10 and 11, 2024.

Professor Jun Wang and Aerospace Principal Engineer Richard Dvorsky Recognized at Faculty & Staff Awards Ceremony

Wednesday, May 1, 2024
Professor Jun Wang and Aerospace Principal Engineer Richard Dvorsky were among others recognized at the Faculty & Staff Awards Ceremony held on April 30, 2024, at Hancher Auditorium.

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$ 26 m

In annual research expenditures (averaged over FY18-22)

Top Fifth

of Global Universities in Physics
(U.S. News and World Report 2022)

Very High

Research 1: Doctoral Universities
Research Activity
(Carnegie Classification)


Full-time Faculty


Students taught in introductory courses per year (2017-2022)


Undergraduate Physics and Astronomy Majors


Graduate Students