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Photos of students who defended their physics thesis at UI

Four Graduate Students Successfully Defend Theses

Thursday, April 13, 2023
Congratulations to four graduate students in the Department of Physics and Astronomy who successfully defended their doctoral theses in April!
James Van Allen

Van Allen Recognized in Iowa Stories Article

Dr. James Van Allen is listed among "9 Hawkeyes Who Deserve Recognition," a recent Iowa Stories article by the Iowa Center for Advancement.
Sawsan Daws at graduation

UI encouraged alumna Sawsan Daws to continue leading in STEM

Sawsan Daws graduated from the University of Iowa (UI) in 2020 with a Bachelor of Science degree in applied physics with a concentration in optics. Originally from Saudi Arabia, Daws chose to pursue her undergraduate studies in STEM at the UI because she was intrigued by the research facilities and resources the UI offered to its students. 

Jaynes Calls Moon Mission Crew Historic

This week’s NASA announcement naming the four astronauts who will crew the Artemis Two mission to the Moon is being called “historic” by a physics and astronomy professor at the University of Iowa. Associate Professor Allison Jaynes says she was thrilled to see astronaut Christina Koch assigned to the lunar mission, the first in more than 50 years.

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.