Department News

Jan 29, 2018 - Alum Berdis wins prestigious NASA Fellowship

Physics & Astronomy undergraduate alumnus Jodi Berdis recently won a prestigious NASA Jenkins Fellowship, described in more detail here.  Congrats Jodi!!

Jan 25, 2018 - Neal Lane publishes op-ed piece in NYT

Neal Lane, a member of the department's Board of Visitors, recently coauthored an op-ed article in the New York Times. The piece alludes to the dangers of public policies that are not anchored in solid scientific advice, and notes that the White House has not nomimated a presidential science advisor yet. Neal Lane was the science advisor to President Bill Clinton and is a senior fellow in science and technology at the Baker Institute at Rice University. The complete article can be found at:


Jan 10, 2018 - Lecture series will take attendees to the stars

Like many things worth observing in astronomy, the University of Oklahoma is bringing back a lecture series that seemed to dazzle the last time around.  Read more here

Sep 14, 2017 - Newsletter 2017

Aug 18, 2017 - HLD faculty will be interviewed by CNN

OU Professor and VIDA Fellow Ferah Munshi will be interviewed live on "CNN's Eclipse of the Century" alongside former astronaut Mark Kelly on Monday August 21st.  CNN will present the solar eclipse from multiple locations, coast to coast, in an immersive two-hour 360° live-stream experience starting at 12pm CT.  Coverage will be available all around the world in 4K resolution at, CNN’s mobile apps, Oculus Rift via Oculus Video and through CNN’s Facebook page via Facebook Live 360.  More information can be found here:

Aug 15, 2017 - Advances in Casimir-Polder interactions between atoms and substrates

Dr. Kimball Milton has been awarded $70,000.00 by the National Science Foundation.

Aug 02, 2017 - Solar Eclipse Viewing on the South Oval

Lunar Sooners will be hosting a solar eclipse viewing for the August 21st eclipse on the South Oval of campus from 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM. Two solar telescopes, 500 solar glasses, and a few pinhole projectors will be set up for public viewing. The event will be co-sponsored with the Collage of Arts and Sciences. The eclipse will occur on the first day of classes, so spread the word!

Aug 01, 2017 - HLD members to be Interviewed on Discover Oklahoma

Professor Nate Kaib and graduate student Matt Clement will be interviewed on the weekly television show Discover Oklahoma. They will be answering questsions on "Great Balls of Fire", a new exhibit on asteroids, comets, and meteorites at the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History. The segment will air on KFOR (channel 4) this Saturday 8/5 at 6:30 PM. The segment can also be viewed at the week after airing.

Jul 28, 2017 - Doerte Blume and Kuver Sinha join faculty

The Department of Physics and Astronomy is pleased to welcome Kuver Sinha and Doerte Blume as new faculty members. Kuver is the new assistant professor of the high energy physics group. Doerte will join the AMO group as a professor of physics. Both will join the department early in the fall. Welcome!

Jul 01, 2017 - Connecting Variability and Metals in White Dwarfs

Dr. Mukremin Kilic has been awarded 24,811.00 by the Space Telescope Science Institute

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