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2019 U.S. News and World Reports Ranks Five MSU Grad Programs No. 1

Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Erickson Hall is home to the College of Education, which has a new No. 1 graduate program for 2019. Photo by Derrick L. Turner

Five Michigan State University graduate programs have been ranked No. 1 nationally in the U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 Best Graduate Schools release. Once again, the College of Education’s elementary…

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Chasing Ghost Particles from MSU to Antarctica

Monday, March 5, 2018
Devyn Rysewyk (R) stands next to Martin Rongen, of RWTH Aachen University in Germany and Rysewyk's teammate, and the finished particle detector prototype atop the IceCube Laboratory located at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station.

Ever since she was an undergraduate student, Devyn Rysewyk aspired to travel to Antarctica and study neutrinos, or ghost particles. “Neutrinos are very elusive and mysterious particles,” said…

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New Findings on Superheavy Element ‘Oganesson’: Not A Gas

Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Witek Nazarewicz

Scientists at Michigan State University and Massey University have calculated the structure of oganesson, a relatively new element which has proved elusive to study. First synthesized in 2002…

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Novel Computational Approach to Electronic Structure Theory

Friday, January 12, 2018
(L to R) Chemistry senior postdoctoral associate Jun Shen, graduate student J. Emiliano Deustua and University Distinguished Professor Piotr Piecuch point to the three computers (named Coupled, Cluster and Theory) they use for their research. Courtesy of MSU

A group of Michigan State University researchers specializing in quantum calculations has proposed a radically new computational approach to solving the complex many-particle Schrödinger equation, which holds the…

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75 Years Ago: First Controlled Nuclear Reaction

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

As published in The Smithsonian, Newsweek and Scientific American. MSU FRIB faculty members Artemis Spyrou, associate professor of Nuclear Astrophysics and Wolfgang Mittig, professor of Physics, wrote this piece for The Conversation, an independent collaboration between…

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MSU Physicist Gets NSF Early CAREER and DOE Awards

Friday, January 5, 2018

Huey-Wen Lin, assistant professor in the Michigan State University (MSU) Department of Physics and Astronomy in the College of Natural Science (NatSci), was recently awarded a five-year National Science Foundation (NSF)…

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MSU’s Adami to Develop New Brains for Tiny NASA Spacecraft

Friday, December 15, 2017
Chris Adami

A Michigan State University scientist will help create artificial “brains” for tiny spacecraft that will mine asteroids between Mars and Jupiter, as part of NASA’s Small Spacecraft Technology…

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MSU Doctoral Student Gets National Fellowship for Computational Studies

Friday, November 17, 2017
Jessica Micallef, a Michigan State University physics and computational science doctoral student

Jessica Micallef, a Michigan State University physics and computational science doctoral student, is the recipient of the 2017 Association for Computing Machinery Special Interest Group on High Performance…

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Observatory Sheds Light on Origin of Excess Anti-Matter

Friday, November 17, 2017
MSU College of Natural Science. Physics and Astronomy, HAWC, Full, unlimited usage rights granted to MSU College of Natural Science, no expiration, prior contact for any use is not required. hjseeley@gmail.com

A mountaintop observatory in Mexico, built and operated by an international team of scientists, has captured the first wide-angle view of gamma rays emanating from two rapidly spinning…

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New MSU Grad Training to Address Shortage of Accelerator Scientists

Thursday, November 16, 2017
Training at MSU's Facility for Rare Isotope Beams

Michigan State University is establishing an Accelerator Science and Engineering Traineeship program to address a national shortage in accelerator scientists and engineers. The AS&E program will bring together MSU’s strengths to…

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