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Physics students who defended thesis at University of Iowa in July

Three Graduate Students Successfully Defend Theses

Monday, July 24, 2023
Congratulations to three graduate students in the Department of Physics and Astronomy who successfully defended their doctoral theses in July!
Zone Plate prototype

DeRoo Group To Collaborate on X-Ray Telescope Optics Project

Tuesday, July 11, 2023
Assistant Professor Casey DeRoo and his research group will collaborate with researchers at Pennsylvania State University on a NASA grant entitled “Large-Format X-ray Zone Plates: Enabling Flight-like Calibrations for Future Missions.”
supermoon

DeRoo Comments on Super Moons

When the full moon rises over Iowa next Monday night, it’ll be the first of what may end up being three “supermoons” in each of the next three months. University of Iowa astronomy professor Casey DeRoo says supermoon isn’t a scientific term, as it comes more from astrology, but whatever the origin, it’ll be a sight to see. “It looks like we’re going to have at least two pretty dramatic supermoons, one in July, one in August,” DeRoo says, “and then depending on how you want to classify it, perhaps one in September as well.”

Reno Comments on Astronomy Project Delays at Antarctic Facilities

Tuesday, June 27, 2023
Professor and Department Chair Mary Hall Reno was quoted in a news article in the June 23, 2023 edition of Science about the NSF's plans to delay new astroparticle/astronomy projects in Antarctica to focus on infrastructure improvements at polar facilities. 
Kenton Greene

Greene’s Paper on Fluxgate Magnetometers Published

Tuesday, June 27, 2023
A leading space physics journal recently published a paper written by Graduate Research Assistant Kenton Greene, who devised a low-cost method to understand how temperature changes experienced in space affect fluxgate magnetometer measurements.

DeRoo Receives Two Grants from NASA

NASA has awarded two grants to Assistant Professor Casey DeRoo for his work developing technologies for X-ray astronomy.

Folland Receives Funding to Develop Quantum Sensor

Thursday, June 22, 2023
Assistant Professor Thomas Folland has received a $235,000 grant from the University of Iowa Office of the Vice President for Research Interdisciplinary Scholars program to develop a quantum sensor to detect polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and hydrogen molecules.
Folland visit to Canada center

Folland Receives Travel Grant from International Programs

Monday, June 12, 2023
University of Iowa International Programs awarded Assistant Professor Tom Folland a $1200 travel grant to visit Professor Nabil Bassim at the Canadian Center for Electron Microscopy.
Allison Jaynes with award from Univ. of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Jaynes Appointed F. Wendell Miller Distinguished Professor

Friday, June 2, 2023
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has appointed Allison Jaynes as the F. Wendell Miller Distinguished Professor. 

Onel team uses LHC technology to develop a device used in radiation oncology

Tuesday, May 30, 2023
As part of his work in high-energy particle physics, Prof. Yasar Onel has invented a scintillator that would be used in an ultra-fast radiation treatment for cancer. Onel and his High Energy Physics group in the Department of Physics and Astronomy are working on developing a fast dose monitoring system using their recently patented radiation hard scintillator, and Large Hadron Collider technology. They are working with the University of Iowa Department of Radiation Oncology in the Carver College of Medicine on the “Midwest FLASH Lab: Developing Next-Generation Radiotherapy Delivery and Expertise at the UI” project.