Articles from July 2023

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NSF Awards Folland and Prineas Grant to Develop Optical Infrared Detector

Friday, July 28, 2023
The National Science Foundation has awarded Assistant Professor Tom Folland and Professor John Prineas a $411,378 grant to develop long wavelength infrared detectors that can measure atmospheric chemicals using optical antennas.
Team ALEX presenting poster

Students Present Posters at Summer Undergraduate Research Conference

Thursday, July 27, 2023
Physics student Owen Fiedorowicz and students in the Edge of Space Academy presented their research at the Summer Undergraduate Research Conference on July 26 at the Iowa Memorial Union. Sponsored by the University of Iowa Graduate College, this conference brought together undergraduate students who have been conducting summer research projects in UI departments and programs across the University's colleges.
Physics students who defended thesis at University of Iowa in July

Three Graduate Students Successfully Defend Theses

Monday, July 24, 2023
Congratulations to three graduate students in the Department of Physics and Astronomy who successfully defended their doctoral theses in July!
Zone Plate prototype

DeRoo Group To Collaborate on X-Ray Telescope Optics Project

Tuesday, July 11, 2023
Assistant Professor Casey DeRoo and his research group will collaborate with researchers at Pennsylvania State University on a NASA grant entitled “Large-Format X-ray Zone Plates: Enabling Flight-like Calibrations for Future Missions.”

DeRoo Comments on Super Moons

When the full moon rises over Iowa next Monday night, it’ll be the first of what may end up being three “supermoons” in each of the next three months. University of Iowa astronomy professor Casey DeRoo says supermoon isn’t a scientific term, as it comes more from astrology, but whatever the origin, it’ll be a sight to see. “It looks like we’re going to have at least two pretty dramatic supermoons, one in July, one in August,” DeRoo says, “and then depending on how you want to classify it, perhaps one in September as well.”