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Stille Wins 2024 Mary Louise Kelley Professional Development Award

Wednesday, February 21, 2024
Dale Stille has been selected to receive a $500 Mary Louise Kelley Professional Development Award to attend the 2024 American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) conference.
Students enjoying the Acevedo Poster Contest 2024

Choate, Leiberton Named Winners at Inaugural Acevedo Poster Contest

Monday, February 19, 2024
On February 15th, the department hosted the first annual Acevedo Poster Contest, giving participating students a change to show how they used computing resources, tools, or techniques in their research.
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Hartley Awarded Travel Grant to Present at URSI Meeting

Thursday, February 15, 2024
International Programs at the University of Iowa has awarded a travel grant to Assistant Research Scientist/Engineer David Hartley to give two presentations on his research at the 4th International Union of Radio Science (URSI) Atlantic Radio Science Meeting (AT-RASC) May 19-14, 2024 in Gran Canaria, Spain.

Miles Receives NASA Award for MAGSTAR Project

Tuesday, January 30, 2024
Associate Professor David Miles has received a $33,947 award from NASA for the Multi-Mission MAGnetometer Denoising and Sensor Resiliency through Statistical Decomposition and ARtificial Intelligence (MAGSTAR) project.
Magnon Image Illustration

In novel quantum computer design, qubits use magnets to selectively communicate

Profs. Michael Flatte and Denis Candido collaborated on research that uses magnets to entangle qubits, the building blocks of quantum computers; the simple technique could unlock complex capabilities.
PhD students Sanjay Chepuri and Cecilia Fasano

Chepuri, Fasano Featured in Dare to Discover Campaign

Friday, January 26, 2024
PhD students Sanjay Chepuri and Cecilia Fasano are among 80 University of Iowa undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers and scholars in the Dare to Discover campaign, sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research. The ninth installation of the campaign showcases UI researchers, scholars, and creators on banners hung in downtown Iowa City from January to March 2024.
Jacob Payne at Mission Design School

Payne Designs Big-Ticket Mission at NASA Design School

Graduate student Jacob Payne went to school—but not just any school. Payne earlier this year attended NASA’s Astrophysics Mission Design School, the first ever in astrophysics offered by NASA that teaches grad students how to write proposals for grand-idea, big-budget missions.
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Kurth Discusses Voyager Mission

Friday, December 22, 2023
Bill Kurth was interviewed on the Dec. 21 BBC Science in Action program about the iconic Voyager 1 craft, which has started sending back nonsense data.   Kurth, who has worked on Voyager since its launch in 1977, reveals his personal and scientific connection to the mission.
Image of Jovian Whistlers from Voyager I

Kurth Describes How Sounds from Space Revealed Lightning on Jupiter, Saturn

In this AGU Eos article "The 21st Century’s “Music of the Spheres”about how data sonification is used to analyze and appreciate cosmic objects, Research Scientist/Engineer Bill Kurth describes how Voyager 1 recorded signals known as whistlers to detect lightning in the roiling clouds of Jupiter. The Cassini spacecraft, which orbited Saturn for 13 years, similarly revealed lightning in the ringed planet’s atmosphere.