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12/18/09 - IUCF postdoc Ilya Selyuzhenkov played a leading role in this recent experiment reporting evidence for parity violation in heavy ion collisions.... [Physical Review Focus: Looking for parity violation in heavy-ion collisions]

11/24/09 - First collisions from the Large Hadron Collider recorded in ATLAS Detector: After more than 20 years of planning and construction, and despite a 14-month setback from damage sustained due to an electrical fault, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) produced its first proton-proton collisions on Monday, November 23, 2009 at 2:22 pm local time. IU postdoc Peter Cwetanski and graduate student John Penwell (first two from right in photo) were in the control room of the ATLAS experiment when the big event happened. They were monitoring the operation of the Transition Radiation Tracker (TRT), a piece of the ATLAS detector with Hoosier origins, since more than half of it was built here at IU by a team of physicists, engineers, technicians, and students led by Prof. Harold Ogren. The TRT performed beautifully, being the first part of the ATLAS experiment to detect clearly the presence of proton-proton collisions from the LHC. More details on the LHC and the ATLAS experiment, including pictures of the control room and reconstructions of collision events, can be found at

11/23/09 - IU physicists celebrate restart of world's largest particle accelerator: Fourteen years and billions of dollars later, physicists at Indiana University celebrated their collaboration in the successful restart of the world's most powerful particle accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider at CERN laboratory near Geneva, Switzerland, on Nov. 23... [IU News Room]

10/28/09 - The 2009 Physics and Astronomy Open House will be on Saturday, October 31 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. : Free parking and admission! Explore How Things Work in Hands-On Science Rooms! Test Your Science Knowledge & Compete for Prizes! - ... [IU News Room]

10/14/09 - Prof. Herb Fertig has been recently appointed as Divisional Associate Editor for condensed matter physics for Physics Review Letters, the premier journal of our field [PRL]

08/31/09 - Fresh from completing her PhD in nuclear physics at Indiana University, Crystal Bailey assumed the position of Education and Careers Program Manager at APS in early July [APS]

08/21/09 - Prof. Roger Newton publishes a new book 'HOW PHYSICS CONFRONTS REALITY: Einstein was Correct, but Bohr Won the Game' [More info]

07/31/09 - The NOvA neutrino experiment has recently received the final go-ahead (CD-3b in Dept. of Energy lingo) for full construction. This large ~$280M project includes involvement from Profs. Mark Messier, Jim Musser, and Jon Urheim, with Messier being one of the co-spokesmen for the collaboration.[Fermilab Today] ... and Blasting Neutrinos Under Wisconsin May Yield Big Payoff [Washington Post]

07/28/09 - When the producers of radio station WTIU's "A Moment of Science" decided to create online video segments for their popular question-and-answer program, which is broadcast nationally on NPR, they had a problem. Their studio has plenty of equipment to make the videos, and they have access to some of the country's top scientists to answer the most challenging of questions. But they needed some flashy demonstrations to add punch to their opening sequence. Luckily, the IU Physics Department was able to help out by loaning some of our equipment to the station. Check out the results at! []

07/17/09 - Catching relativity violations with atoms: Steve Chu et al. test Kostelecky's model of Lorentz violation...... [Physics - spotlighting exceptional research]

07/16/09 - IU physicist's study of nucleon interactions funded for NIST lab: Indiana University nuclear physicist Mike Snow's investigations into the weak interactions of low energy neutrons will advance using equipment funded by the IU Office of the Vice Provost for Research and then put into use at the National Institute of Standards and Technology ... [IU News Room]

06/30/09 - Disorderly genius: How chaos drives the brain: In 2003, John Beggs of Indiana University in Bloomington began investigating spontaneous electrical activity in thin slices of rat brain tissue. ... [New Scientist]

06/29/09 - IU Bloomington faculty receive $1 million boost from campus research funding. Selected projects include: William Snow, a professor in the Department of Physics and at the IU Cyclotron Facility, is developing a highly sensitive neutron spin rotation facility in collaboration with the National Institute of Standards and Technology Center for Neutron Research... [IU News Room]

05/07/09 - EVERYONE has heard of Newton's apple. He watched it drop to the ground in the autumn of 1666, prompting him to ask a series of questions. "Why should that apple always descend perpendicularly to the ground?" Newton wondered. "Why should it not go sideways or upwards, but constantly to the Earth's centre?" One question Newton didn't ask is whether apples or oranges fall differently. Or whether an apple would fall differently in the spring. They might seem peculiar concerns, but Alan Kostelecký, a physicist based at Indiana University in Bloomington, thinks they are important.... [New Scientist]

05/01/09 - Roger Pynn received the Gunnar Randers prize from the King of Norway, 'for his pioneering work in neutron scattering studies and uses in= advanced materials science.'"... [IUCF NEWS]

04/21/09 - Indiana University and Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center recognized the success of an ongoing partnership to enhance national security and advance research opportunities in life sciences, physics and other fields during a April 13 ceremony at IU's Cyclotron Facility. IU has received $7.83 million in collaboration with Crane since 2007 to design improvements and upgrade equipment on a linear accelerator (LINAC) that will be used at the Cyclotron to test the effects of radiation on Department of Defense space and missile systems. [IU News Room]

04/21/09 - For more than a decade Indiana University physicists have only been able to theorize about the nature of exotic hybrid mesons, unique particles that may be the key to unlocking how quarks bind together to form matter's building blocks. But the journey to move beyond theory in the search for these elusive particles moved a step closer on April 14 with the turn of a shovel in Newport News, Va., where IU physicists were on hand to break ground on a $14.1 million, 8,000-square-foot experimental hall designed to test theories about exotic hybrid mesons. [IU News Room]

04/15/09 - Professor Chuck Horowitz talks to New Scientist magazine: "Star crust is 10 billion times stronger than steel"; [IU News Room]

04/07/09 - IU Homepages Profile: Distinguished Professor Steven Gottlieb. [IU Homepages]

03/24/09 - IU physics team helps bring foundation of Big Bang evidence, particle mass closer. With Europe's collider down, U.S. facility in line to identify Higgs boson.. [IU News Room]

03/04/09 -If physics were basketball then physicist Alan Kostelecky is shooting for one of the biggest upsets in the history of modern science... [IU Homepages]

03/04/09 - IU Homepages: Indra Das - Professor of Clinical Radiation and Chief of Radiotherapy Physics, IU School of Medicine-Indianapolis, Midwest Proton Radiotherapy Institute-Bloomington [IU Homepages]

01/16/09 - The deadline for applying to the IU REU Program is Feb 15. To apply or to find out more go to

1/5/2009 - Physicists at Indiana University have developed a promising new way to identify a possible abnormality in a fundamental building block of Einstein's theory of relativity known as "Lorentz invariance." If confirmed, the abnormality would disprove the basic tenet that the laws of physics remain the same for any two objects traveling at a constant speed or rotated relative to one another.

IU distinguished physics professor Alan Kostelecky and graduate student Jay Tasson take on the long-held notion of the exact symmetry promulgated in Einstein's 1905 theory and show in a paper to be published in the Jan. 9 issue of Physical Review Letters that there may be unexpected violations of Lorentz invariance that can be detected in specialized experiments. [IU News Room]