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Hoadley awarded grant for FIREBall-2 mission

Keri Hoadley, assistant professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Iowa, recently won a $99,880 award from the California Institute of Technology to continue her work on the Faint Intergalactic-medium Redshifted Emission Balloon (FIREBall-2) mission.

Heitritter wins award for quantum computing work at Fermilab

The Universities Research Association has awarded $2,000 to UI Visiting Assistant Professor Kenneth Heitritter as part of its Visiting Scholars Program. The award will allow him to work at Fermilab on "Toward applications of quantum computing for string fragmentation in the context of the PYTHIA event generator." Professor Yannick Meurice is the principal investigator on the project.

Physics & Astronomy PhD student receives $4000 fellowship

Congratulations to Physics & Astronomy PhD student, Cecilia Fasano, for winning a competitively-awarded fellowship from the Iowa Space Grant Consortium in the amount of $4000. The fellowship supports Fasano's work in making high performance echelle gratings for UV astronomy.

Congratulations Professor Michael Flatté on new funding from the Department of Energy!

Flatté is a collaborator on the research team that received $1.8 million in new funding for three years from the DOE’s Office of Science. The funding supports researchers who are developing the next generation of quantum smart devices and computer technology.

Congratulations Professor Casey DeRoo on new NASA award

DeRoo earned an award from NASA  entitled “Quantifying the Spectral Resolution of Next-Generation Diffraction Gratings for Ultraviolet Astronomy”

Congratulations to Professor Fred Skiff on a new award from NRL

Skiff earned an award from the Naval Research Laboratory entitled “Measurements of suprathermal electron distributions using whistler wave absorption”

Congratulations to Joshua Doucette on a new award from BNL

Congratulations to Joshua Doucette for a new award from Brookhaven National Lab.

Congratulations to Professor Phil Kaaret on his new SAO award

Congratulations to Professor Phil Kaaret on his new award from the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) titled “X-Ray Jets in Microquasars”!

Congratulations to Dr. Rachael Filwett on her new NASA award!

The award is for myself and 3 Co-I's (located at APL, SwRI, and University of Alabama Huntsville) to investigate the 'seed' particles, also called suprathermal particles. Seed particles are the particles that are accelerated most efficiently in shocks. When coronal mass ejections come off the sun they are often accompanied by shocks, and these shocks pick up the particles hanging around in the near-Sun environment and accelerate them up to high energies. It's not just coronal mass ejections that accelerate particles but other solar wind interaction mechanisms, such as stream interaction regions too.
University of Iowa professor Craig Kletzing

Could space storms affect life on Earth? University of Iowa researchers are trying to find out

Beginning around the time of the Space Age, a trove of researchers at the University of Iowa have asked the right scientific questions and, as a result, launched the first successful U.S. spacecraft, discovered the Earth's radiation belts, gotten an up-close glimpse of interstellar space and explained the phenomena of the Northern Lights, among many other milestones.