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Image of Jovian Whistlers from Voyager I

Kurth Comments on Origins of Astronomical Sonification

In this article in Salon about astronomical sonification, Bill Kurth says its origins can be traced back to at least the 1970s when the Voyager-1 spacecraft recorded electromagnetic wave signals in space that were sent back down to his team on Earth, where they were processed as audio recordings.
Allison Jaynes at Van Allen Observatory

Daily Iowan: Jaynes breaks barriers, wins two prestigious awards

In a male-dominated field, University of Iowa space and plasma physics associate professor Allison Jaynes faces inequity without hesitation. Jaynes recently won the Katherine E. Weimer Award for women working in the plasma physics field as well as the 2023 American Geophysical Union James B. Macelwane Medal, which recognizes early career scientists for their contributions to earth and space science.
A team of students at the HackUIowa event 2023

Physics and Astronomy Students Win Award at HackUIowa

Monday, October 9, 2023
A team that included two Physics and Astronomy students won the "Best use of Auth0" award for their YouNeighbor web application at the HackUIowa event Sept. 23-24 at the Iowa Memorial Union.
graphic of Sarah Henderson PhD Defense

Henderson Successfully Defends Thesis

Tuesday, October 3, 2023
Congratulations to Sarah Henderson who successfully defended her doctoral thesis "Characterizing Global Behaviors of Precipitating Solar Wind Hydrogen at Mars" on Sept. 26!

Prof. Emeritus Schweitzer Passes Away

Thursday, September 28, 2023
John W. Schweitzer, Professor Emeritus, and a condensed matter physicist, died on September 28, 2023.

QuLAT Grant Receives Additional Year of Funding

Thursday, September 28, 2023
An additional year of funding in the amount of $737,298 has been awarded to the "Foundations of Quantum Computing for Gauge Theories and Quantum Gravity" grant by the Department of Energy.  Prof. Yannick Meurice is the principal investigator for the grant.
David Miles with ICI 4 instrument

Miles Named PI of TRACERS Mission

Monday, September 25, 2023
Associate Professor David Miles has been named Principal Investigator of the Tandem Reconnection and Cusp Electrodynamics Reconnaissance Satellites (TRACERS) Mission following the passing of Prof. Craig Kletzing in August.
Allison Jaynes in front of Van Allen Hall sign

APS Honors Jaynes with Katherine E. Weimer Award

Monday, September 25, 2023
The American Physical Society Division of Plasma Physics will honor Prof. Allison Jaynes with the Katherine E. Weimer Award, which recognizes and encourages outstanding achievement in plasma science research by a woman physicist in the early years of her career. Prof. Jaynes is being recognized for outstanding scientific contributions to understanding fundamental space plasma physics processes in the Earth’s magnetosphere and exemplary leadership. Her research focuses on the aurora, the inner magnetosphere, and the radiation belts and how those regions of geospace connect to atmospheric physics.

Buffo Earns NASA's FINESST Award

Thursday, September 21, 2023
Graduate Student Kenny Buffo, under the guidance of Associate Professor Casey DeRoo, has been awarded NASA's Future Investigators in NASA Earth and Space Science and Technology (FINESST) Award in Astrophysics.

Physics Alumni Awarded Grant to Investigate 'Brain on a Chip'

Yohannes Abate, Susan Dasher and Charles Dasher MD Professor of Physics in the University of Georgia Franklin College of Arts and Sciences department of physics and astronomy, has been awarded a $1.25 million grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Experimental Physics Investigators Initiative. Abate received a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Iowa in 2006 and was a student of Prof. Paul Kleiber.