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microscopic view of the ebola virus
Confronting Ebola with Computers
New working group uses advanced modeling techniques to understand evolution, spread of deadly virus
» Learn how modeling is helping fight Ebola
Streamlining the Nuclear Force
Physics professor Ruprecht Machleidt’s work related to nuclear force models has been highlighted on the U.S. Department of Energy website.
» Learn more about Ruprecht Machleidt’s work
Professor David McIlroy
Big Award for Tiny Research
Physics Professor David McIlroy Recognized with Idaho NSF EPSCoR Award for Work with Nanomaterials
» More about Professor McIlroy's work with nanotechnology
A sun glint off the methane see on Staturn's moon Titan
Waves on an Alien World
UI physics researchers find first evidence of waves in Titan’s methane seas
» Read about Professor Jason Barnes's research
UI Researchers Help Decode New View of Saturn’s Moon Titan, Contribute to Cassini Mission
A team of NASA researchers around the nation, including Physics Assistant Professor Jason Barnes and his team of students, revealed this week a new view of Saturn’s moon Titan.
» Reab more about Jason Barnes and Matt Hedman's work
Studying Sand Dunes on "Tatooine" (and Titan)
Physics Professor Jason Barnes worked with U.S. and Tunisian researchers to study the movement of barchans (cresent-shaped dunes) on a Star Wars film set. Barnes is interested in the movement of barchans because he studies sand dunes on Saturn’s moon Titan.
» Read more from BBC News
Rebecca LaVerne Winzer, Goldwater Scholar recipient 2013
Turning Opportunity into Gold(water)
Goldwater Scholar Rebecca LaVerne Winzer uses her research to provide a foundation for future physics success.
» Read more about Rebecca
Larz White and Chris Mirazadeh working on the supercomputer, Dirac, they built in the Physics Department.
More Power: Taking Education Up a Notch
One computer just wouldn’t cut it for Larz White's research. Larz found fellow physics graduate Chris Mirabzadeh with an interest in computer to help with his plan. Together they built Dirac, a supercomputer.
» Read more about Dirac
a drawing of the Aerial Vehicle for In-situ and Airborne Titan Reconnaissance (AVIATR)
Proposed AVIATR Project Captures the Scientific Imagination
Jason Barnes of the Physics Department is the lead scientist on an exciting proposal for unmanned exploration of Saturn's moon Titan.
» Read more about AVIATR
High school students watch a physics demonstration during the 2012 Jazz Fest
Sciences Makes Waves at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival
The Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival had a new feature this year: academic-themed workshops for for visiting high school students. Faculty from Physics and Mathematics conducted workshops highlighting connections between music and the fields they teach.
» Read more about the Science workshop
Out-of-this-World Research
Jacob Bow, a 2011 Goldwater Scholar and a National Merit Scholar, maps the surface of a Saturn moon and researches nanomechanics.
» Follow Jacob's Journey
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Witness to an explosive history
Retired physics professor, Lawrence H. Johnston, is only man alive who saw all three atomic explosions.
» Read more about Johnston's experience
Infrared color image of Titan from the Cassini Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (VIMS) instrument.
NASA Fuels U-Idaho Scientist’s Research of Outer Space
Physicist Jason Barnes studies Titan, one of Saturn’s moons
» Learn about Jason's research
Quinn MacPherson - Changing the World One Nanoparticle at a Time
Changing the World One Nanoparticle at a Time
Quinn MacPherson's achievements led to him being named a Goldwater Scholar – a prestigious national award that recognizes excellence in science and mathematics.
» Learn about Quinn's achievements in materials science engineering and physics
Patrick Hrdlicka looking at "No see" explosives
Idaho “Nose” Explosive Detection: Grant Helps Develop Electronic Sniffer
University of Idaho researchers are nose-deep in sniffing out explosive vapors thanks to a recent $900,000 three-year grant from the Department of Defense for the detection of explosives.
» Read more about Professors Hrdlicka & McIlroy's explosive detecting device.
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Jacob Turner - Physics Graduate Student
Get advice from a current graduate student in our physics department.
» Read Q&A session
Physics Students Earns Top Internship at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center
Kathryn Tomaszewski studies dark matter, dark energy and black holes at NASA.
» Read the story
Brian Faulkner
The John B. George Award
Presented to an outstanding graduating senior
"For academic achievement and service to the university"
» Read about Brian Faulkner, 2010 Award Recipient
Dan Frye - Alumni Hall of Fame
Alumni Hall of Fame
Recognizing alumni who have achieved national or international distinction
» Daniel Frye - 2010 Inductee