Are there planets out there like ours? Could they be capable of sustaining life? It’s questions like these that have been motivating Dr. Peter Plavchan, assistant professor of astronomy at Missouri State University, as he has been studying planets that orbit other stars besides our sun, known as exoplanets.
What do you know about physics? Is your perception of the science more driven by intense study or pop culture?
The Missouri Space Grant Consortium recently granted $57,530 to Missouri State University from NASA. This money will be used to pay the salaries of five undergraduate and one graduate student researcher as they work with faculty, researching projects related to both astronomy and materials science (nanocomposites).
The faculty in the College of Natural and Applied Sciences (CNAS) were recently awarded for their work.
Faculty from the physics, astronomy and materials science department have been spending the summer sharing the excitement of science with students in the community.
Dr. Mike Reed, professor of astronomy at Missouri State University, and two of his students explain their research of the night sky.
In physicist Dr. Robert Mayanovic’s laboratory at Missouri State University, which is one of 12 partner institutions in the United States funded through the Department of Energy’s Energy Frontier Research in Extreme Environments (EFree) center, he and his students are researching materials to extract hydrogen more efficiently to make it a readily available energy source.
Faculty from the physics department love getting young students excited about science! Recently, Dr. Dave Cornelison received a thank you card from Phelps students who participated in several of his experiments.
Congratulations to Dr. Robert Mayanovic! The incredible work in his lab will be featured in the 2014 issue of Mind’s Eye, Missouri State University’s research publication. His story was also featured throughout the month of March on Missouri State’s research website.
Watch him describe the significance of the Energy Frontier Research in Extreme Environments (EFree) center and explain the challenges of extracting hydrogen efficiently.
Read the full story on the Mind’s Eye.
March marks the beginning of tornado chasing season, and residents of the Ozarks are all too aware of the devastation tornadoes can cause. According to Dr. Emmett Redd, professor of physics at Missouri State University, the inner workings of this natural phenomenon highlight the principles of physics.