Josh Steffen uses integral field spectroscopy to study galaxy evolution with a focus on merging galaxies. His work deals with the construction of galaxy pair samples and how merger-induced effects can influence properties such as star formation and supermassive black hole accretion.
Kory Stiffler is a theoretical physicist with research interests in supersymmetry, black hole physics, cosmology, and string theory. for black hole physics and cosmology research, Kory focuses on Thomas-Whitehead gravity developed by Professor Vincent G. J. Rodgers (University of Iowa). In supersymmetry research, Kory focuses on adinkras: colorful diagrams encoding supersymmetry. To aid in adinkra research for students and colleagues, as owner of the GitHub organization HEPTHools, Kory along with several student members has developed the adinkra.m mathematica package.
Dale has been with the University and the Department of Physics and Astronomy as the Instructional Resource Specialist for 35 years. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Buena Vista University in Storm Lake Iowa, and a Master’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Iowa. He is a member of the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT), American Physical Society (APS), and the Physics Instructional Resource Association (PIRA). He is also a Co-Coordinator of the Departments “Hawk-Eyes on Science”, and “Hawkeyes in Space” outreach programs.
John J. Sunderland is Professor of Radiology in the Division of Nuclear Medicine at the University of Iowa, and has a secondary appointment in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. He is also Director of the PET Imaging Center and is a Professor of Radiation Oncology. His research interests include medical physics.
Dustin Swarm is interested in high energy astrophysics and the application of machine learning in astronomy. He is currently working with Prof. Casey DeRoo studying X-ray sources in the Galactic center found using an outlier detection algorithm.
Jared Termini is interested in astronomical instrumentation and detector design. He is currently working with Professor Keri Hoadley on the Faint Intergalactic Medium Redshifted Emission Balloon (FIREBall) mission.
Ashok Tiwari is focusing his research on medical physics applications. His research concentrates on dosimetry post radiopharmaceutical therapy and quantitative imaging in nuclear medicine. He recently explored the dosimetry of beta-emitting radionuclides by employing the Monte Carlo simulations and performed its experimental validation using Radiochromic films.
Fatima Toor is an Associate Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Iowa and has a secondary appointment in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. She is a researcher at the Iowa Technology Institute, Iowa-CREATES and MATFab Facility.
Originally from Fairbanks, Alaska, Riley has been fascinated by the northern lights (aurora) for his entire life and is currently studying a dim but dynamic type called pulsating aurora. He is also interested in science policy and helped create Connecting Science to Society, a student science policy and communication organization. Riley works for Dr. Allison Jaynes and is funded under a NASA FINESST grant.
Ravi’s research investigates solid-state emitters coupled to a nanophotonic environment for realizing photonic qubits and spin-photon interfaces. He envisions that such nanophotonic devices will pave the way for real-world applications in quantum communication, simulation, and quantum-enhanced imaging. Ravi enjoys interacting with and training graduate and undergraduate students on optics, quantum physics, and statistical mechanics. Prior to UIowa, Ravi carried out research across the world [Niels Bohr Institute (Denmark), University of Twente (Netherlands), and TIFR (India)] and continues to maintain active international collaborations. Ravi is the lead PI of the UI-QuantumSimulation team that was awarded a Jumpstarting Tomorrow grant in 2021.
Keith Vidal is interested in space and plasma physics. He has studied strongly coupled and magnetized plasmas and is currently studying wave-particle interactions in the Earth's magnetosphere with Prof. Jaynes.
Wang has joint appointments in the University of Iowa Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering and the Iowa Informatics Initiative, and secondary affiliation with the Center for Global and Regional Environmental Studies, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Department of Physics and Astronomy, and Center for Computer-Aided Design. His current research focuses on the integration of satellite remote sensing and chemistry transport model to study air quality, wildfires, aerosol-cloud interaction, and land-air interaction.
Wetzel received his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa in 2014, where he develops R&D programs for Professor Yasar Onel. He was an visiting assistant professor of physics at Augustana College and is an adjunct assistant professor of physics at Coe College where he teaches its only Astronomy course and lab. His research interests include next generation radiation tolerant calorimetry.
I am interested in experimental plasma physics. In particular, I am studying dusty plasma, which is also considered to be a strongly coupled plasma. Because of strong coupling, dusty plasma can exist in a liquid or gas phases. My research focuses on structural properties of dusty plasma liquids.
Adam Zieser's research interests include proton CT imaging, multi-energy CT imaging, as well as other exotic medical imaging modalities. He is currently working with Dr. Ugur Akgun and Dr. Yasar Onel on Monte Carlo simulations of a proposed scintillating glass bar calorimeter for use in proton imaging.
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