physics & astronomy

Prof. Yates elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society

Steven Yates Receives Funding from National Science Foundation and National Nuclear Security Administration

Steve Yates, a professor in the Departments of Chemistry and Physics & Astronomy and Director of the University of Kentucky Accelerator Laboratory (UKAL), recently received two grants.  One of these awards [1] is a renewal of funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), which extends continuous NSF funding of work at UKAL to greater than fifty years.  This research is focused on advancing our fundamental understanding of the atomic nucleus.  The nucleus, composed of protons and neutrons, is billions of times smaller than is visibl

Talk with Dr. Pam Marcum, NASA SOFIA Project Scientist

Please, join us as we welcome a very special guest to the University, Dr. Pam M. Marcum, SOFIA Project Scientist with the NASA Ames Research Center! The Department of Physics & Astronomy invited Dr. Marcum to visit Campus and talk about her work with NASA and the SOFIA (Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy) Project. Dr. Marcum will participate in several lectures and activities while on our Campus, and as she is a native of Lawrence County, Kentucky in the Appalachian Region of our State, The UK Appalachian Center is very excited to invite you to a talk and meet-and-greet here at the Center on Friday, April 15, 2016.  Dr. Marcum will talk about her Kentucky roots and her journey to the incredible work she does now. This is a free event, and UK Students, Staff, and Faculty are encouraged to attend and very welcome.  A light lunch will be served.  Please, read more about Dr. Marcum and her work here.

Date: 
Friday, April 15, 2016 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Location: 
UK Appalachian Center

The 2015-2016 Outstanding Teaching Award Recipients Announced

There will be an Awards Ceremony to honor the recipients of these and other College awards on Wednesday, April 22 at 4 pm in the WT Young Auditorium. A reception will follow the ceremony.

Shining a Light on Connections Between Worlds of Art and Science

The Art Museum at the University of Kentucky is hosting "Looking for Light: Chemistry, Art, Story, and Song," the third annual event of the Math, Arts, and Sciences Coalition (M.A.S.C.).

UK Students Win Kentucky Academy of Science Research Competitions

Thirteen University of Kentucky students took home top honors at the Kentucky Academy of Science 100th Annual Meeting in November, including eight students in the College of Arts & Sciences.

On The Road Again

Upward Curve: UK's Physics and Astronomy Faculty

UK Physicist Sumit Das discusses the unprecedented 70 percent acceptance rate of the department’s top-choice graduate students this spring — 16 of the 22 students accepted will enroll in the fall.

Rotation Fascination: Keh-Fei Liu

After being awarded a highly-competitive grant to perform Advanced Scientific Computer Research, UK physics professor Keh-Fei Liu and his collaborators hope to resolve what has been dubbed the Proton Spin Crisis.

Traveling Light: Gary Ferland

Research at the University of Kentucky expands well beyond campus, and thanks to Physics & Astronomy professor Gary Ferland we have to measure the distance in light years instead of miles.

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