Articles from March 2022

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Howes Wins Scholar of the Year Award from OVPR

Thursday, March 31, 2022
The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) at the University of Iowa has selected associate professor Gregory Howes as a Scholar of the Year as part of its annual Discovery and Innovation awards program. 

Gross To Receive Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award

Tuesday, March 29, 2022
The University of Iowa Council on Teaching has selected Arran Gross to receive the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award.
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Research Team Finds Potential New Method to Control Light

Assistant Professor Tom Folland is part of an international research team that has discovered a potential new method for controlling light.

Halekas Awarded Grant to Investigate Lunar Magnetic Anomaly

Friday, March 18, 2022
Associate Professor Jasper Halekas recently received a grant award to investigate the environment in Reiner Gamma, a strongly magnetized region of the surface of the Moon.   NASA, via the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL), awarded Halekas $160,433 for the investigation, “Lunar Vertex: Exploring the Intersection of Geoscience and Space Plasma Physics.”  Halekas is the deputy principal investigator for the investigation.  

Successful NASA Confirmation Review for MAGIC

Friday, March 11, 2022
The MAGnetometers for Innovation and Capability (MAGIC) Technology Demonstration on the TRACERS SMEX satellite mission passed its confirmation review at NASA on March 8.  Dr. Nicola Fox, Heliophysics Division Director, approved MAGIC to formally proceed into the implementation phase, which means the MAGIC team can start flight build.

Pres. Wilson Visits Van Allen Hall

Friday, March 11, 2022
The Department of Physics and Astronomy hosted President Barbara Wilson on March 9 with a tour of Van Allen Hall to highlight all the fantastic work being done by faculty, staff, graduate, and undergraduate students.
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University of Iowa, NASA, successfully launch rocket to study aurora

CBS 2/Iowa's News Now: University of Iowa scientists are back home after a weeks-long trip to Alaska to study the aurora borealis.
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NASA Sounding Rocket Launches into Aurora

The LAMP mission, short for Loss through Auroral Microburst Pulsations, launched on Saturday, Mar. 5, 2022, on a Black Brant IX suborbital sounding rocket. 

Piker to Receive CLAS Mary Louise Kelley Staff Excellence Award

Friday, March 4, 2022
Chris Piker, senior database administrator, has been selected as a recipient of the 2022 College of LIberal Arts and Sciences  Mary Louise Kelley Staff Excellence Award. This award recognizes staff members in CLAS who have performed exceptional service to their department or the College.
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Kletzing Speaks at 39th Annual Presidential Lecture

Thursday, March 3, 2022
Professor Craig Kletzing was one of three distinguished University of Iowa faculty members who gave presentations at the 39th Presidential Lecture on Feb. 27.