Missouri S&T observatory to hold April visitors’ night

The public is invited to view the planet Jupiter through Missouri University of Science and Technology’s telescope on Monday, April 3.

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Missouri S&T Observatory to host second March visitors’ night

The Beehive Cluster.

The public is invited to view the Beehive Cluster of stars through Missouri University of Science and Technology’s 16-inch-diameter telescope on Tuesday, March 21.

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Vojta named Curators’ Distinguished Professor at Missouri S&T

Dr. Thomas Vojta

Dr. Thomas Vojta

Dr. Thomas Vojta, professor of physics at Missouri University of Science and Technology, has been named Curators’ Distinguished Professor of physics at Missouri S&T. Vojta will be officially recognized during Missouri S&T’s commencement ceremonies on Saturday, Dec. 17.

The University of Missouri System Board of Curators bestows the Curators’ Distinguished Professor title upon outstanding scholars with established reputations in their field of study. Vojta is recognized for his work in quantum physics. [Read more…]

Physicist works to explain atom motion

NSF CAREER Award recipient Dr. Daniel Fischer, assistant professor of physics, and his laser research setup. Sam O'Keefe/Missouri S&T

NSF CAREER Award recipient Dr. Daniel Fischer, assistant professor of physics, and his laser research setup. Sam O’Keefe/Missouri S&T

By laser-cooling atoms and studying their movements, a Missouri University of Science and Technology researcher hopes to better understand how atoms and their components are affected and directed by environmental factors. [Read more…]

Master mentor

Student Success Center mentor Juan Semolina works with Megan Bax on Thursday April 28, 2016. Aimee Whitmire/Missouri S&T

Student Success Center mentor Juan Remolina works with Megan Bax on Thursday, April 28, 2016. Aimee Whitmire/Missouri S&T

When he wasn’t studying for his own classes, Juan Remolina, a 2016 Missouri S&T graduate in economics, mathematics and physics, spent much of his academic career at S&T mentoring others. Instead of sleeping in, he got up early to open the Burns and McDonnell Student Success Center or the student ID office. Twelve-hour days on campus were the norm for Remolina, who plans to start work on a graduate degree in astrophysics at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor this coming fall. [Read more…]

Visiting professor to discuss ‘baloney’ science Feb. 25

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Dr. Charles Adler.

Dr. Charles Adler, professor of physics at St. Mary’s College in Maryland, will discuss the good and bad science presented in popular science fiction books, TV shows and movies as a guest lecturer at Missouri University of Science and Technology this month.

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Visitors’ Nights at the Observatory to resume with viewing of Orion Nebula

Orion Nebula. Photo courtesy of NASA.

Orion Nebula. Photo courtesy of NASA.

The public is invited to view the Great Orion Nebula, one of the brightest of its kind in the night sky, through Missouri University of Science and Technology’s 16-inch telescope on Wednesday, Feb. 10.

The Missouri S&T Observatory will open its doors at 7 p.m. that night for the viewing. The sky must be clear for observing and the session length will vary. [Read more…]

S&T physicist earns NSF grant to study new states of matter

Thomas Vojta, professor of physics, poses with the Pegasus IV High-Performance Computing Cluster, a supercomputer he built with his colleagues and students to model quantum phase transitions and to compute various materials’ properties. Sam O’Keefe/Missouri S&T

Thomas Vojta, professor of physics, poses with the Pegasus IV High-Performance Computing Cluster, a supercomputer he built with his colleagues and students to model quantum phase transitions and to compute various materials’ properties. Sam O’Keefe/Missouri S&T

By studying how materials transform at ultra-low temperatures, a Missouri S&T theoretical physicist hopes to discover new states of matter. [Read more…]

41 S&T faculty members honored for outstanding teaching

Forty-one Missouri University of Science and Technology faculty members will receive the Outstanding Teaching Award for 2014-15. The winners will be recognized at a ceremony scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 30, in St. Pat’s Ballroom A of the Havener Center.

The Outstanding Teaching Award is given each year to faculty members by the Outstanding Teaching Award Committee, which bases its selections on student evaluations. [Read more…]

Missouri S&T professor named American Physical Society Fellow

VojtaDr. Thomas Vojta, professor of physics at Missouri University of Science and Technology, has recently been named a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS).

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