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Texas Redbird nabs new teacher award article thumbnailTexas Redbird nabs new teacher award. Award-winning teacher Joe Duda is one of 15 Illinois State alumni educators working in a Houston-area school district. [Read the rest]
Cosmic Colors at the Planetarium through July 22 article thumbnailCosmic Colors at the Planetarium through July 22. The Illinois State University Planetarium will present the family show Cosmic Colors, running May 18 through July 22. [Read the rest]
ISU physics star receives prestigious National Science Foundation Research Fellowship article thumbnailISU physics star receives prestigious National Science Foundation Research Fellowship. Illinois State senior Samantha Norris research on fundamental particle interactions with Illinois State Distinguished Physics Professors Rainer Grobe and Charles Su helped her land the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship. [Read the rest]
New video system enhances Planetarium shows article thumbnailNew video system enhances Planetarium shows. A new projection system is lighting up the Illinois State University Planetarium’s dome.  [Read the rest]
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Skadron Prize!

The Skadron Prize is a computational physics competition. Each year we pose a challenge to our physics majors, and reward the best solution with the honor of Skadron Prize first place (and a cash prize). Download this year's challenge problem at this link: Skadron competition: "Win the election" (.nb)

The deadline for submission is April 9. Have fun with this one! For further information, check the Skadron Awards web page

Calendar

Informal Seminar Series - Fall 2015
Physics Colloquia - Fall 2015
ISU Planetarium presents Cosmic Colors
Wed, July 6, 2016 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Planetarium - Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for children ages 5-12 and seniors, and $2.00 for children ages 3-4
ISU Planetarium presents Cosmic Colors
Fri, July 8, 2016 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM Planetarium - Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for children ages 5-12 and seniors, and $2.00 for children ages 3-4
ISU Planetarium Celebrates The Sugar Creek Arts Festival with Free Shows
Sat, July 9, 2016 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Planetarium - Free and open to the public
ISU Planetarium Celebrates The Sugar Creek Arts Festival with Free Shows
Sat, July 9, 2016 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Planetarium - Free and open to the public

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Podcast: Uncommon Knowledge

Dr. Jay Ansher Dr. Jay Ansher co-hosts the Uncommon Knowledge podcast, which tackles everyday science, busts myths, and entertains as well. Produced by WGLT public radio.

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Physics News from Around the World

Quantum computer simulates fundamental particle interactions for the first time

Thu, 30 Jun 2016 16:03:17 GMT

Trapped ions model the creation and annihilation of electron–positron pairs
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NIST-4 watt balance weighs in on Planck's constant

Wed, 29 Jun 2016 15:59:43 GMT

Most precise measurement of h is one step closer to redefining the kilogram
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Relativistic codes reveal a clumpy universe

Tue, 28 Jun 2016 15:30:25 GMT

Computer codes simulate the universe using Einstein's full theory for the first time
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