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MSU Students Earn National STEM Scholarships

Friday, March 26, 2021
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Two Michigan State University undergraduate students have been named recipients of the nationally competitive Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. MSU has produced 49 Goldwater Scholars. MSU’s Goldwater Scholars are:…

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New IceCube Detection Proves 60-Year-Old Theory

Wednesday, March 10, 2021
The Northern Lights

On December 6, 2016, a high-energy particle called an electron antineutrino was hurtling through space at nearly the speed of light. Normally, the ghostly particle would zip right…

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IceCube Collaboration Awarded 2021 Bruno Rossi Prize

Sunday, February 7, 2021
Ice Cube Observatory

The international IceCube Collaboration, which includes several researchers from Michigan State University, was awarded the 2021 Bruno Rossi Prize by the High Energy Astrophysics Division of the American Astronomical Society (AAS),…

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Defying Gravity: A New Spin On Intro Physics For Life Sciences

Wednesday, December 16, 2020
Fluorescent image of bacteria

A new curriculum developed and tested at MSU puts the focus on the physics that life scientists need The basic physics that a budding biologist needs to know…

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MSU’s Ringle Earns U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science Funding Award

Friday, December 4, 2020
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Michigan State University’s Ryan Ringle won a $356,000 U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science (DOE-SC) funding award for research and development in accelerator science and technology for…

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Best Of 2020: Supernova Surprise Creates Elemental Mystery

Wednesday, December 2, 2020
Image of Cassiopeia A is a supernova remnant

One of the top Phys.org articles of 2020. Michigan State University researchers have discovered that one of the most important reactions in the universe can get a huge…

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Celebrating An MSU Milestone In Nuclear Science

Friday, October 23, 2020
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Michigan State University not only has the nation’s top nuclear physics program, it’s also home to one of the field’s most prolific authors, B. Alex Brown. The professor…

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Bringing The Promise Of Quantum Computing To Nuclear Physics

Thursday, October 8, 2020
Graphic depiction of quantum computing

Quantum mechanics, the physics of atoms and subatomic particles, can be strange, especially compared to the everyday physics of Isaac Newton’s falling apples. But this unusual science is…

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Two NatSci Faculty Members Named MSU Foundation Professors

Tuesday, October 6, 2020
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Two Michigan State University College of Natural Science (NatSci) professors, Piotr Piecuch and Guowei Wei were recently named 2020 MSU Foundation Professors, a designation given to outstanding faculty who demonstrate excellence in research. The MSU…

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MSU Researchers Team with Multi-Institutional Colleagues in $3.7M Project to Advance Nuclear Physics Experiments

Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Showing the increase in the experiment

Five Michigan State University researchers from the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) and the Department of Statistics and Probability (STT) are participating in a new $3.7 million National Science Foundation (NSF) project to…

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