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Prof. Vincent Rogers presents a physics demo as NASA's Eddie Gonzales looks on

Physics and Astronomy Hosts SPARK May 20

Wednesday, May 24, 2023
The Department of Physics and Astronomy hosted the Space Physics and Astronomy Research Kamp (SPARK) May 20 at  Van Allen Hall. Twelve Iowa City-area high school students attended SPARK, which focused on astronomy, astrophysics, space physics, and promoted the STEM field toward typically underrepresented groups.
David Miles looks at a magnetic furnace

Miles To Receive CLAS Dean's Scholar Award

Associate Professor David Miles will receive the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean's Scholar Award, which recognizes faculty candidates for promotion who excel in both teaching and scholarship or creative work.
UIowa Physics advanced degree grads

Congratulations Spring 2023 Graduates!

Wednesday, May 17, 2023
Congratulations to our students who were candidates for degrees at the University of Iowa Spring Commencement Ceremonies on May 12 and 13, 2023! 

Shaevitz to Receive CLAS Mary Louise Kelley Staff Excellence Award

Tuesday, May 9, 2023
Andrea Shaevitz, a senior financial analyst in Physics and Astronomy, will receive the Mary Louise Kelley Staff Excellence Award at the 2023 College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Staff Recognition Reception on June 15. This award recognizes staff members in CLAS who have performed exceptional service to their department or the College.
Prof. Wayne Polyzou demonstrates a device to school children

Polyzou Presents at STEAM Day

Friday, May 5, 2023
For an outreach event, Prof. Wayne Polyzou presented at STEAM Day, April 21, 2023, at Prairie Ridge Elementary School in Cedar Rapids.

Payne Awarded Iowa Science Academy Graduate Assistantship

Wednesday, May 3, 2023
The Iowa Science Academy (ISA) has awarded Physics and Astronomy Graduate Student Jacob Payne a Community Engagement Graduate Assistantship for 2023-2024.
Allison Jaynes  DI heliophysics award

Jaynes Honored with Mid-Career Faculty Scholar Award

Associate Professor Allison Jaynes is among University of Iowa faculty members who have been selected as recipients of the Iowa Mid-Career Faculty Scholar Awards for 2023.
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2023 Awards Colloquium Held April 25

Wednesday, April 26, 2023
The Department of Physics and Astronomy honored several students, faculty, and staff for their achievements on April 25 at the 2023 Awards Colloquium.
Thomas Folland lab

Folland To Collaborate on MURI Grant To Study Twist Optics

Monday, April 24, 2023
Assistant Professor Thomas Folland has been awarded a grant from the Office of Naval Research’s Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI). The five-year grant, which provides up to $1.5 million in funding annually, is led by Josh Caldwell at Vanderbilt University, and will be shared with the University of Minnesota and Stanford University. The work proposes to study twist optics to better predict emergent properties created by stacking and misorienting various two-dimensional materials.