physics & astronomy

Renowned Physicist to Deliver Van Winter Memorial Lecture

Paul Steinhardt's lecture will focus on natural quasicrystals. He is a professor of physics and astrophysical sciences at Princeton University.

UK Founders Day Ceremony to Celebrate Faculty Achievement

A&S professors to receive awards include professors John Anthony, Phillip Crowley, Francie R. Chassen-Lopez, Joseph Straley, and Irene Chico-Wyatt

See What's New in Science

A&S is proud to launch What’s New in Science, a new series designed for science teachers interested in learning more about the most recent discoveries, events, and advances in science today.  The series is held in a casual round table format, with professors from different scientific disciplines and science teachers from Kentucky schools talking among themselves, asking questions, and getting answers about new and emerging knowledge. Each session focuses on a new topic in one of the sciences – there will be four different sessions this spring.

The series kicks off on February 2 with physics and astronomy and a discussion about the Big Bang event, dark energy, and dark matter. Panelists for the first talk include Randal Voss (Department of Biology), Ganpathy Murthy (Department of Physics & Astronomy), Karen Young, (Dunbar High School), John Anthony (Department of Chemistry), Susan Barron (Department of Psychology), and Gene Toth (Lafayette High School). Video of the sessions will also be recorded and uploaded to the A&S website, allowing science teachers across the state to view the discussions and incorporate them into their classes.

Dean's Channel: Figuring Physics with Mike Cavagnero

In part two of the Dean's interview with Mike Cavagnero, the Chair of Physics and Astronomy discusses the role of the department on campus and the possibilities and excitement of where the discipline may be headed.

Chellgren Center Names Three New Endowed A&S Professors

Janet Eldred, Michael Kovash, and Carl Lee are the three newest endowed professors at the Chellgren Center

A&S Wired: Measuring Science with an iPad

Mike Cavagnero, the Chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy, was one of the initial faculty members to teach a class in A&S Wired in Fall of 2011. His class was titled Measuring Science. This video showcases the students' final projects, in which they used their iPads as a tool to help in their research, data and analysis.

The High Energy Theory Group: Particle Physics, String Theory, and the Big Bang with Sumit Das

In the Department of Physics and Astronomy, the High Energy Theory Group is a collection of faculty, students, and post-doctoral researchers, investigating the origin and nature of matter and forces. The six faculty members of the group are Sumit Das, Terrence Draper, Michael Eides, Bing-An Li, Keh-Fei Liu, and Alfred Shapere. In this interview, Sumit Das describes the diverse research goals of the group, talks about applying string theory to the origins of the universe, and tells young physicists to follow their hearts.

This podcast was produced by Stephen Gordinier

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A&S Forms Partnership With Israeli University

UK President Capilouto signed a memorandum of understanding with University of Haifa Rector (Provost) David Faraggi, which bodes well for increased campus collaboration in the future.

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