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Reno Recognized as Outstanding APS Journal Referee

Monday, April 10, 2023
Professor and Departmental Executive Officer  Mary Hall Reno has been recognized as an Outstanding Referee for APS Physical Review Journals.

Buffo Given Honorable Mention for Poster Presentation

Friday, April 7, 2023
Graduate student Kenny Buffo was awarded an honorable mention for "Best Student Poster Presentation" at the American Astronomical Society's High Energy Astrophysics Division meeting, March 26-30, 2023.
diffuse auroral eraser

Troyer's Diffuse Auroral Eraser Paper Recognized by Journal

Thursday, April 6, 2023
Physics and Astronomy graduate student Riley Troyer received an acknowledgment from the Wiley Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics for having a publication in the top 10 percent of downloaded papers from the journal in 2021. The paper was a report on a new type of auroral emission called the Diffuse Auroral Eraser.
Cluster 2 spacecraft

Pickett Awarded Grant For Cluster Mission

Thursday, April 6, 2023
Jolene Pickett, a researcher in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, has been awarded a $62,099 grant from NASA to study data from the Cluster mission's Wide Band Data (WBD) plasma wave instrument.

Hawk-Eyes on Science Present Demos at Horn Elementary

Tuesday, April 4, 2023
The Hawkeyes on Science team participated in a recent Family STEM Night at Horn Elementary.
EUSO SPB2 fluorescence telescope

Reno Earns Grant for EUSO-SPB2 Project

Tuesday, April 4, 2023
Professor Mary Hall Reno has been awarded a $225,229 grant from NASA for the EUSO-SPB2 (Extreme Universe Space Observatory on a Super Pressure Balloon 2nd generation) project.
Sarah Conley

Conley Recognized for Top Paper Published in 2022 Physics of Plasmas

Congratulations to graduate student Sarah Conley for being recognized for having a top paper published in Physics of Plasmas.

Gunderson wins 2023 Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award

Thursday, March 30, 2023
Congratulations to graduate student Sean Gunderson for winning 2023 Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award. The award recognizes teaching assistants who have demonstrated outstanding abilities at the University of Iowa.
Tom Folland in lab with grad student

Folland Awarded NSF Grant to Study Photonics in Crystals

Monday, March 13, 2023
The National Science Foundation has awarded Assistant Professor Tom Folland a $604,691 grant for a project that will determine how certain classes of crystals can be used to control both direction, and orientation of light waves. These materials can form a key part of creating advanced optical technologies including laser imaging, optical biosensors, and quantum optics.
SpaceX crew-6 launch

Hawkeye alumni view SpaceX launch

Thursday, March 2, 2023
University of Iowa alumni and SpaceX employees, Zachary Luppen and Suman Sherwani, watched the successful launch of Crew-6 to the International Space Station.