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UIC Physics Prof Honored by White House

Night vision. Photo: Flickr/U.S. Army (cc).

Sivalingam Sivananthan’s innovation helped take down Osama Bin Laden.

A distinguished professor of physics at University of Illinois at Chicago and an immigrant to the United States, Dr. Sivalingam Sivananthan was recently named a White House Champion of Change.

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DØ Wraps at Northern Illinois University

The Tevatron accelerator, home of DØ. Photo: Flickr/Mista Sparkle (cc).

After 30 years of intensive involvement in Fermilab’s world-famous DØ (aka DZero) experiment, the Department of Physics at Northern Illinois State University is now playing host to the experiment’s final workshop.

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Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joins Dark Matter Hunt

JinPing

China has joined Italy, the United States and Japan in the hunt for the elusive dark matter. The team, led by Dr. Xiangdong Ji, a physicist and Dean of the Department of Physics and Astronomy, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, has set up the deepest laboratory in the world, 2,500 meters under the marble mountain of JinPing in Sichuan province, in the southwest of China.

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University of Arizona Digs Bennu

OSIRIS-REx. Image: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona

What is Bennu, and what does the University of Arizona’s College of Optical Sciences have to do with it? Here’s a hint: UA really digs space rocks.

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A New Magnetic State?

Photo: Flickr/Oskay (cc).

Besides being your best and most comprehensive source for grad programs in the physical sciences, AIP’s GradSchoolShopper.com also features a handful of outstanding programs representing a cross-section of what’s out there in the world of the physical sciences. Today’s case in point: University of Arkansas researchers have discovered a new magnetic state, never before observed.

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