Research is essential in the field of science, so each year the College of Natural and Applied Sciences recognizes exemplary work by its faculty, students and staff .
Dr. Michael Reed, professor in the department of physics, astronomy and materials science, received a grant for $12,000 from NASA for his projected titled “Understanding Extreme Horizontal Branch Stars via Asteroseismology.” The project will use NASA’s Kepler spacecraft to look at small variations in brightness of stars.
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.