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Physicist Carl Rodriguez receives 2022 Packard Fellowship

October 17, 2022

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation has announced that Carl Rodriguez, who will join UNC’s department of physics and astronomy in January 2023, is one of 20 recipients of the 2022 Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering.

Hall receives award to conduct research at DOE national laboratory

October 4, 2022

Ph.D. candidate Zack Bruce Hall II is one of 44 awardees of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Program, which will allow him research opportunities at the DOE Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Loftin named University Manager of the Year

June 21, 2022

Beverly Loftin, business manager in the department of physics and astronomy and applied physical sciences in the College of Arts & Sciences, was named the 2022 University Manager of the Year.

Astronomers find hidden trove of massive black holes

May 24, 2022

Scientists at UNC-Chapel Hill, led by faculty-graduate student team Sheila Kannappan and Mugdha Polimera, have found a previously overlooked treasure trove of massive black holes in dwarf galaxies that offer a glimpse into the life story of the supermassive black hole at the center of our own Milky Way galaxy.

A new way to explore the night sky

November 11, 2021

A group of graduate students led by associate professor Nick Law have spent the past year designing, engineering and developing a prototype for a new telescope system that will allow researchers to explore phenomena that no one has been capable of exploring before.

Graduate students pioneer peer mentorship program

November 10, 2021

Graduate students in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and in the Department of Chemistry pioneered a peer-mentorship initiative, alongside The Graduate School’s professional development program, in order to better serve incoming graduate students.

$3 million grant will expand Skynet telescope network

November 1, 2021

A proposal submitted by an international team, led by professor Dan Reichart in the department of physics and astronomy, has been selected to receive a $3 million grant from the Department of Defense’s National Defense Education Program (NDEP).

Understanding our universe

October 8, 2021

Morgan Clark, a Ph.D. candidate in the department of physics and astronomy, studies neutrinos, a tiny particle in our universe. She will join 64 other graduate students in gaining access to world-class training and state-of-the-art facilities at the Department of Energy’s national laboratories.