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Outstanding Senior

Physics major Sam Myers is using techniques developed in the University of Idaho Barnes Lab to research the origin of exoplanets.

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Vandals Go for Launch

U of I Researcher's Dream to Study Titan Realized

Discover Dragonfly

Exploring the Moon from Earth

Physics researchers use satellite images to map the moon’s geology.

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Engaging with Saturn

A team of University of Idaho physics students and their professor study Saturn’s mysterious rings through NASA's Cassini mission.

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Meet Hayden Smotherman

Hayden is the recipient of the John B. George Award which is awarded to the outstanding graduating senior in the college.

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Meet Kelly Christensen

Kelly is the recipient of the Dean's Award which is awarded to the outstanding senior in each department.

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Math to the Rescue

College of Science grad Kelly Christensen uses mathematical modeling skills to tackle global problems.

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In Control

Electrical engineering and physics student Phillip Kearns designs device that uses body signals to trigger camera and prosthetics.

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Exploring the Unexplored

Physics student Brice McLaughlin studies unusual state of matter with industry partner.

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Confronting Ebola with Computers

New working group uses advanced modeling techniques to understand evolution, spread of deadly virus.

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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.

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Big Award for Tiny Research

Physics Professor David McIlroy Recognized with Idaho NSF EPSCoR Award for Work with Nanomaterials

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Waves on an Alien World

UI physics researchers find first evidence of waves in Titan’s methane seas

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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.

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Studying Sand Dunes on "Tatooine" (and Titan)

Physics Professor Jason Barnes worked with U.S. and Tunisian researchers to study the movement of barchans (crescent-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.

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Turning Opportunity into Gold(water)

Goldwater Scholar Rebecca LaVerne Winzer uses her research to provide a foundation for future physics success.

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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.

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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.

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Department of Physics

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Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive, MS 0903
Moscow, ID 83844-0903

Phone: 208-885-6380

Fax: 208-885-4055


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