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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!
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Commencement Ceremony

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.
Voyager 1

Kurth Ecstatic About Re-establishment of Voyager Communications

Voyager was operational again after receiving history’s most impressive and long-distance software patch. After falling silent in November, the Voyager spacecraft is operational again after receiving history’s most impressive and long-distance software patch. Bill Kurth, Research Scientist at the University of Iowa who has been a member of the Voyager science team since 1974, said “We were all ecstatic to re-establish two-way communications with Voyager 1.”
Voyager 1

Radio Iowa: Kurth Thrilled NASA Regains Link with Voyager

Dr. Bill Kurth, a research scientist in the Physics and Astronomy Department at the University of Iowa is delighted NASA engineers were able to reestablish communication with the Voyager 1 spacecraft, which has flown further into space than any human-made object.

2024 Awards Colloquium Held April 23

Tuesday, April 23, 2024
The Department of Physics and Astronomy honored several students, faculty, and staff for their achievements on April 23 at the 2024 Awards Colloquium.

Choate Receives Visiting Scholar Award to Work at Fermilab

Tuesday, April 23, 2024
Graduate Student Sarah Choate has been awarded $12,000 from the Universities Research Association's (URA) Visiting Scholars Program (VSP) to support work on “Study of the Neutrino Magnetic Moment with the NOvA Near Detector.”
Wayne Polyzou at STEAM day at Prairie Ridge Elementary

Polyzou Presents at STEAM Event

Tuesday, April 23, 2024
Prof. Wayne Polyzou presented at STEAM Day, April 19, 2024 at Prairie Ridge Elementary School in Cedar Rapids.
David Miles talking to NASA officials

Miles Receives Iowa Mid-Career Faculty Scholar Award

Associate Professor David Miles has been selected as a recipient of the Iowa Mid-Career Faculty Scholar Award, which provides funding and development opportunities for outstanding tenured associate professors who have established national or international reputations in their disciplines and are exceptional teachers in and out of the classroom.
NASA officials visit Casey DeRoo's lab

DeRoo To Receive CLAS Dean's Scholar Award

Casey DeRoo will receive the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean's Scholar Award, which recognizes faculty candidates for promotion who excel in both teaching and scholarship or creative work.