GE CLAS Core: Natural Sciences

Learn more about how our programs can satisfy the General Education CLAS Core requirement in Natural Sciences.

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News and Announcements

Howes Receives NASA Grant

Wednesday, November 29, 2023
Professor Greg Howes has received a NASA Heliophysics Supporting Research grant to support supercomputer simulations and analysis of spacecraft data to better understand how particles in space are accelerated to high energy.

Jaynes Receives Grant for LAMPsat Instrumentation

Tuesday, November 28, 2023
Associate Professor Allison Jaynes has received a $44,018 award from Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory to support the development of a University of Iowa energetic particle detector instrument for a CubeSat concept mission to study energetic precipitation into the atmosphere from space, particularly during times of a widespread, common type of aurora called pulsating aurora.

Students Present Posters at Fall Undergraduate Research Festival

Monday, November 13, 2023
Three Physics and Astronomy students presented posters at the Fall Undergraduate Research Festival (FURF) on Nov. 8 at the University Capitol Centre.
Craig Kletzing in front of a blackboard

Professor Craig Kletzing

In Memoriam

Craig Kletzing, the easygoing, humble University of Iowa professor who combined a zeal for teaching with a decorated research career in space plasma experimental physics passed away on August 10, 2023.

Upcoming Events

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Science Serenade (and Snacks)

Tuesday, December 12, 2023 11:00am to 1:00pm
Join us outside (weather permitting) in front of the Sciences Library along Iowa Ave on Tuesday, December 12 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm of Final Exams Week for scientific-themed songs, treats, and beverages. All are welcome! • Listen or join in on science songs such as Deck the Labs, The Twelve Days of Biology, and Frosty the Photon! • Enjoy cookies and warm apple cider while supplies last.
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