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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.
URSI logo

Hartley Awarded Travel Grant to Present at Radio Science Conference

Wednesday, February 22, 2023
International Programs at the University of Iowa has awarded David Hartley,  assistant research scientist in Physics and Astronomy, a $1,200 travel grant to give a presentation on his research in Sapparo, Japan.
Kawther Rouabhi at AGU 2022

Alumna Rouabhi Honored for AGU Presentation

Monday, February 20, 2023
University of Iowa alumna Kawther Rouabhi, now in a Ph.D. program at the University of Colorado, Boulder, received an Outstanding Student Presentation Award for her talk at the AGU Fall Meeting Dec. 12-16, 2022 in Chicago. The honor is awarded for only the most exceptional presentations during the meeting, as determined by judge evaluations.
Students check in at CUWiP 2023 at University of Iowa

Physics and Astronomy Celebrates International Day of Women and Girls in Science

Friday, February 10, 2023
Saturday, February 11 is the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. To mark the event, the Physics and Astronomy DEI committee has produced a video. It includes remarks from Sara Sanders, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Science followed by highlights of the APS Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP).
fireball launch

NASA Awards Additional Flight Funding for FIREBall-2 Mission

Friday, February 10, 2023
NASA has awarded the FIREBall-2 UV balloon telescope mission $644,229 over four years to perform two more flights. Assistant Professor Keri Hoadley is a co-investigator in this multi-international research collaboration.