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News from the Chair

Latimer wins Hulsman Undergraduate Library Research Award

Patrick Latimer
Patrick Latimer

The inaugural Jim and Mary Lois Hulsman Undergraduate Research Award, implemented specifically to recognize undergraduate research, announced that Astrophysics Junior Patrick Latimer won third place in the Advanced Researchers category, with his paper "’Water Fountain’ Masers in Proto-Planetary Nebulae”. Congratulations, Patrick! Read more.

News from the Chair

Neil McFadden wins US DOE Graduate Student Research Award

Neil McFadden
Neil McFadden

Neil McFadden has been selected to receive the US Department of Energy Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) award with his proposal "Light Yield Studies on Active Veto Schemes for a Tonne Scale 76Ge Neutrinoless Double Beta Decay Experiment" to pursue his PhD this summer at Los Alamos National Lab on experiments that will search for neutrino-less double-beta decay with germanium detectors.

Neil is a member of the UNM group (Boyd, Fields, Gibbons, Gold, Loomba and Quintana) which is part of the international Large Enriched Germanium Experiment for Neutrinoless Double Beta Decay (LEGEND) collaboration.

Read more about his award, and congratulations, Neil!

News from the Chair

P&A Welcomes New Faculty Member Elizabeth Crosson

Elizabeth Crosson
Elizabeth Crosson

Starting in September, Elizabeth Crosson will join the Department of Physics and Astronomy as an assistant professor in the Center for Quantum Information and Control. Crosson comes to UNM from Caltech Institute for Quantum Information and Matter where she has been a postdoctoral scholar since 2015.

Visit her website at elizabethcrosson.com to find out more. Welcome, Dr. Crosson!


Upcoming Events


Fri 4/27, 3:30PM in Room 125, Carlton Caves, Quantum-limited measurements: One physicist's crooked path from relativity theory to quantum optics to quantum information

Other Events:

Thu 4/26, 2:00PM in Room 190, Tim Braun (UNM), Probing the Cause of Lagging Gaseous Halos with Radio Continuum Observations

Tue 5/1, 2:00PM in Room 190, Neil McFadden (UNM), TBA


Physics & Astronomy and Interdisciplinary Science building

A digital rendering of what the Physics & Astronomy and Interdisciplinary Science center will look like

New center north of Yale and Central will foster collaboration between disciplines

The groundbreaking ceremony was held March 2018. The facility will be completed by 2019.


Interactive Astronomy Apps

Javascript apps

9 Educational Apps

Written by Kevin Dilts for the Astro 101 Lab, these free interactive javascript apps illustrate common astronomy concepts. Enjoy!

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