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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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).
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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.
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Bounds Is PI for ACES II Mission Launched from Andøya Space

Tuesday, February 7, 2023
Assistant Research Scientist Scott Bounds is serving as the principal investigator for the Aurora Current and Electrodynamics Structures II (ACES II) mission, which launched rockets from Andøya Space in Norway on Nov. 20, 2022. The NASA-funded project measured the global electric circuit underlying the Northern Lights. 
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Physics and Astronomy hosts conference to empower women in physics, STEM

Women in physics have been grossly underrepresented for decades, but a recent conference hosted by the UI Department of Physics and Astronomy, a program housed in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, is working to help change that.  The American Physical Society selected Iowa to host a regional Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics, or CUWiP. The January 20-22 event brought dozens of undergraduates from the UI and other Midwest colleges and universities to Iowa City to learn about the industry, how to get involved in research, and best practices for applying to graduate school.