Department News

Jan 01, 2017 - Precovery of Super-flaring G Dwarfs for TESS using PTF and ZTF

Dr John Wisniewski was awarded 50,000.00 by Research Corporation for Science Advancement 

Jan 01, 2017 - WISE Disks Around Cool Stars

Dr John Wisniewski was awarded 74,943.00 by NASA - Goddard Space Flight Center

Nov 22, 2016 - Measuring the Innermost Stable Orbit using Microlensing of the FE K Line

Dr Xinyu Dai was awarded 50,000.00 by Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory

Nov 01, 2016 - Program Development for Infrared Detectors

Dr Michael Santos was awarded $44,150.00 by Amethyst Research Inc.

Nov 01, 2016 - Spiral Structure and Clump Kinematics in the Gravitationally Unstable Disk Around L1448-IRS3

Dr John Tobin has been awarded $29,973.00 by the National Radio Astronomy Observatory 

Oct 26, 2016 - OU-Led Team Discovers Rare, Newborn Tri-Star System

Prof. John J. Tobin led a global team of researchers who discovered a rare triple star system surrounded by a disk with a spiral structure.  Recent observations from the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array—a revolutionary observatory in northern Chile, commonly known as ALMA—resulted in the discovery, lending support for evidence of disk fragmentation—a process leading to the formation of young binary and multiple star systems. Until ALMA, no one had observed a tri-star system forming in a disk like the one discovered by the OU team.

More info: Featured research

Oct 25, 2016 - Department accepted to join APS Bridge Program

The Department has been accepted to join the APS Bridge Program, which seeks to increase the number of physics PhDs awarded to underrepresented minority students, including African American, Hispanic American, and Native American students:

http://www.apsbridgeprogram.org/about/

Acceptance into the program affirms the commitment of the department to enhancing diversity in physics.  OU represents the only institution in Oklahoma that has been accepted to join the program.

Oct 21, 2016 - OU Astronomers Team with Citizen Scientists to Discover a Rare Circumstellar Disk

A team led by a University of Oklahoma astronomy graduate student Steven Silverberg discovered a rare and surprising new circumstellar disk: the oldest of its kind.  Read more here and here

Oct 16, 2016 - OU alumnus launches hurricane measurements partnership

OU alumnus and Board of Visitor A. T. Stair, founder/CEO of Tropical Weather Analytics, Inc (TWAI) and Chief Scientist of many space programs, has recently launched a partnership between TWAI and the Applied Physics Laboratory of Johns Hopkins University (JHU/APL). Along with Paul Joss, founder/CTO of TWAI, and Professor emeritus of Physics at the Massachusetts institute of Technology, the TWAI team will use space-based data acquisition technologies and analytic tools to develop the world most accurate measurements and forecasts of tropical cyclones to date. This technology will have enormous impact on reduction of loss of life and property caused by hurricanes.

The Johns Hopkins's team has been a prime contractor on several upper-atmospheric and space program at NASA, including numerous missions using low-cost micro satellites. Once fully operational, TWAI will provide proprietary data, including 3D, wide field, high resolution cloud maps and thermal maps with more than 50 meter resolution and 3 degrees Celcius temperature accuracy.

For more information:  news link

Oct 07, 2016 - Alumna awarded prestigious postdoc in Norway

Former student Prachi Parashar has just started a prestigious postdoc at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, funded by a rather large international grant from the Norwegian Research Council. At OU, Prachi worked with Prof. Kim Milton on different projects involving the Casimir effect. Congratulations to Prachi!

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Postcards from the Universe

Jul 19, 2018 7:00 pm

Sam Noble Museum of Natural History - Dr. Nate Kaib
The Solar System's Adolescent Years

Postcards from the Universe

Aug 16, 2018 7:00 pm

Sam Noble Museum of Natural History - Dr. John Wisniewski
The Search for Habitable Planets

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Sep 06, 2018 4:00 pm

Nielsen Hall 170 - Aida Wofford
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