Lad co-PI on $2.5M Dept. of Energy Grant

Professor Bob Lad is a co-PI with Laboratory for Surface Science and Technology colleague Mauricio Pereira da Cunha (electrical and computer engineering) on a $2.5 million grant from the Department of Energy to improve sensor technologies in coal-based power plants.  Lad and colleagues are building on their research on wireless, surface acoustic wave “harsh-environment” sensors, particularly sensors that […]

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Speirs Wins Award at 2018 UMaine Student Symposium

Physics Ph.D. candidate J. Caleb Speirs won an award at the third annual University of Maine Student Symposium on April 17.  Caleb won in the category of Education and Human Development for his oral presentation on “Investigating Student Reasoning Patterns via Dual-Process Theory.”  Caleb’s advisor is MacKenzie Stetzer.   Congratulations to Caleb, and to Mac.   The winners […]

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Physics Students Receive Awards and Honors

The Department of Physics and Astronomy is proud to announce that two of our students have received great honors within the University. Physics major, Graham Van Goffrier has been named Valedictorian for the class of 2018. The university published a press release which can be read here. Benjamin Schermerhorn, who just successfully defended his Doctoral […]

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Comins featured for Minecraft-based “What if” Project

Prof. Neil Comins was featured this week in an article in UMaine News.  Comins is a collaborator in an NSF-funded research project incorporating alternate models of Earth’s properties and surroundings into Minecraft, based on books he has written (including What If the Moon Didn’t Exist? and What If the Earth Had Two Moons?) that hypothesize these scenarios.  The goal of […]

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Maine Science Festival Starts Today!

The fourth annual Maine Science Festival starts today, March 15th and runs through the 18th, featuring a wide variety of activities and presentations for scientists of all ages! The festival launched in 2015 and has presentations, activities, talks and demonstrations spread across the city of Bangor. More information and a schedule can be found at […]

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UMaine Society of Physics Students named Outstanding Chapter

  Our very own Society of Physics Students (SPS) group was named an Outstanding Chapter for the 2016-2017 academic year, for the time, energy, and effort they devoted to the department and the local community.  This honor is awarded to less than 10% of chapters. Kudos to the SPS and to their advisor, Dr. Tom […]

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Prof. Stetzer Inducted Into Francis Crowe Society

On Monday, December 11, 2017, Associate Professor MacKenzie Stetzer was inducted into the College of Engineering’s Francis Crowe Society as an Honorary Engineer for his efforts in the Engineering Physics program and for his interdisciplinary research on the learning and teaching of analog electronics and laboratory instruction in physics and engineering. The purpose of the […]

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Physics Majors Receive Undergraduate Research Awards

Two physics majors have received undergraduate research awards for the 2017-2018 academic year. Samuel Borer was awarded a Maine Space Grant Consortium Undergraduate Fellowship Award for “Measuring the Cross Section of Charge Current Quasi-Elastic Neutral Hyperons in ArgoNeuT.”  Sam is advised by Dr. Saima Farooq. Paul Caruso was awarded a College of Liberal Arts and […]

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Spenciner Undergraduate Workspace Dedication Photos

Check out the Department of Physics and Astronomy’s Facebook page to see the photos taken from the dedication of the new Spenciner Family Undergraduate Workspace, held during homecoming weekend. Be sure to like our page while you’re there! The ceremony took during the morning of Saturday, October 14, with several faculty, students and University Administration […]

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