Physics & Astronomy News

Monday, August 21, 2017
Solar Eclipse Information and Viewing Guide
Monday, August 7, 2017
UCI celestial census indicates that black holes pervade the universe
Monday, July 24, 2017
UCI-led team led by Jing Xia finds evidence for theorized particle
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
UCI astronomer is appointed to chair users committee for James Webb Space Telescope
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Jing Xia’s group discovered 2D materials for future quantum computers
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Astrobiology’s rising star

UCI faculty member Aomawa Shields studies the climate on distant planets

Tuesday, January 24, 2017
A guiding light

Native American physicist Franklin Dollar blazes trail for others at UCI

Monday, November 21, 2016
UCI Professor Jonathan Feng Elected as 2016 AAAS Fellow.

Jonathan Feng elected for his efforts on behalf of the advancement of science, Physics Section.

Monday, November 7, 2016
UCI Professor Tim Tait awarded the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel fellowship [Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany].

Annual award winners are honored for their outstanding research record in their discipline.

Thursday, November 3, 2016
UCI Professor Daniel Whiteson's Physics Book Published in Spring, 2017

Daniel Whiteson's book is a hilarious and helpful guide to the biggest mysteries in the Universe.

Monday, October 31, 2016
UCI Professor Toshiki Tajima elected as foreign member of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS)

Congratulations to UCI Professor Toshiki Tajima who has been elected as foreign member of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS).

Wednesday, October 12, 2016
UCI Professor Daniel Whiteson named 2016 American Physical Society (APS) Fellow

Congratulations to UCI Professor Daniel Whiteson, who has been Elected a 2016 American Physical Society (APS) Fellow.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016
UCI group awarded $2 million by NSF for light and sound wave research

UCI team led by I. Krivorotov is one of nine groups to share a new $18 million research grant.

Thursday, June 2, 2016
Professors Jonathan Feng and Tim Tait Find Evidence for 5th Force of Nature.

Professors Jonathan Feng & Tim Tait featured in Nature.com.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016
UCI astronomers determine precise mass of a giant black hole

UCI Professor Aaron Barth is the lead author on the study published in the Astrophysical Journal Letters.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016
UCI astrophysicist Asantha Cooray to head NASA group designing future space telescope

NASA has selected UCI astrophysicist Asantha Cooray as community chair...

Thursday, April 14, 2016
UCI Professor Franklin Dollar is Awarded a Sloan Foundation Fellowship.

UCI Professor Franklin Dollar has been awarded a Sloan fellowship in the field of Physics.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016
National Science Foundation Awards UCI $1 Million for Scholarships

Laura Tucker and Di Xu will work with UCI graduate students to measure the success of each project component.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016
2016 Reines Lecture - Steven Chu

The Industrial and Agricultural Revolutions are fantastic examples of how science and technology have profoundly transformed the world.

Thursday, February 18, 2016
UCI’s Trimble attends announcement of LIGO gravitational wave discovery

Virginia Trimble was a special guest at the National Science Foundation’s major announcement Feb. 12, 2016

Friday, January 29, 2016
Matter of fact: Physics and Astronomy Professor Henry Sobel featured in UCI News

UCI is world-renowned leader in experimental particle physics, especially neutrinos.

Monday, November 9, 2015
Super-Kamiokande Experiment Awarded the Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics

Prizes were Presented at a Live Ceremony Sunday, Nov. 8, on the National Geographic Channel.

Thursday, October 8, 2015
2015 Nobel Prize in Physics Recognizes Super-K and SNO Collaborations; UCI Physicists played key role in both experiments

UCI physicists were honored with the announcement that the Super-Kamiokande (Super-K) experiment in Japan and the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO)...

Thursday, October 1, 2015
UCI Physical Sciences Founders Video

Check out the UCI Physical Sciences Founders Day video!

Monday, August 24, 2015
Norman Rostoker Memorial Symposium

A Memorial Symposium is being held August 24th-25th, 2015, to honor Norman Rostoker.

Friday, June 19, 2015
UCI Professor Zachary Fisk Awarded the Bernd T. Matthias Prize

Texas Center for Superconductivity Sponsors Awards for Advances in the Field.

Monday, June 15, 2015
UCI Assistant Professor Sid Parameswaran Receives NSF CAREER Award.

Assistant Professor Sid Parameswaran receives CAREER Award from National Science Foundation.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015
UCI physicist Jonathan Feng named Simons Investigator

Prestigious award will provide five-year appointment with $100,000 of research support per year.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015
UCI Professor Simona Murgia quoted in Nature.com

"Mysterious galactic signal points LHC to dark matter"

Saturday, May 2, 2015
UCI Professor Daniel Whiteson receives Webby Award for CRAYFIS Collaboration Smartphone Technology.

The Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet.

Thursday, April 30, 2015
Researchers propose zapping space debris with laser

NASA: Thousands of tons of space debris encircle the planet.

Thursday, April 30, 2015
UCI Assistant Professor Jun Allard Receives NSF CAREER Award.

Assistant Professor Jun Allard receives CAREER Award from National Science Foundation.

Friday, March 20, 2015
UCI Professor Simona Murgia's research featured on a recent episode of the BBC series “Horizon".

Visit the BBC Horizon website to view episode 10: Dancing in the Dark-The End of Physics?

Monday, March 16, 2015
UCI Professor Mu-Chun Chen awarded Humboldt Research Fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

The foundation enables highly-qualified scientists and scholars from abroad to perform research in Germany.

Monday, March 16, 2015
UCI Professor Kevork Abazajian Featured on Union of Concerned Scientists Web.

Union of Concerned Scientists: Science for a healthy planet and a safer world.

Thursday, March 12, 2015
UCI Professor Steve White: Outstanding Referee for the journals of the American Physical Society.

Editors select the honorees based on the quality, number, and timeliness of their reports.

Monday, March 9, 2015
UCI Professor Alexei A. Maradudin: Outstanding Referee for the journals of the American Physical Society.

Editors select the honorees based on the quality, number, and timeliness of their reports.

Saturday, February 28, 2015
UCI Professor Kevork Abazajian published in Nature Magazine.

Thought to make up the Universe’s missing matter, WIMPs are running out of places to hide.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015
In Memory of Dr. Norman Rostoker
Monday, December 15, 2014
UCI Professor S. Parameswaran: collaborating investigator on UCSB "UC President’s Research Catalyst Award"

UC President announces $10 million research awards initiative (first group of recipients)

Wednesday, December 3, 2014
UCI Professor Phil Collins Elected as 2014 AAAS Fellow.

2014 AAAS Fellows Recognized for Their Contributions to Advancing Science.

Monday, November 10, 2014
UCI Professor Asantha Cooray in Science Magazine Online Article, 2014.

You’ve heard of rogue planets, floating through the universe untethered to any solar system.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014
UCI Physicist Jonathan Feng Named 2014 Guggenheim Fellow

UCI Professor Jonathan Feng was honored with a 2014 Guggenheim Fellowship.

Thursday, June 26, 2014
UCI Assistant Professor Jing Xia Receives NSF CAREER Award.

Assistant Professor Jing Xia receives CAREER Award from National Science Foundation.

Saturday, June 21, 2014
"VISITOR NIGHT AT THE UCI OBSERVATORY"

This will be our *VERY LAST* Visitor Night at our current location!

Friday, June 20, 2014
UCI Professor Simona Murgia Awarded Hellman Fellowship Award.

Simona Murgia, Physics and Astronomy Assistant Professor, has been awarded the 2014-15 Hellman Fellowship.

Thursday, June 12, 2014
A Full Circle: Connecting Accelerators and Fusion

“I have a very vivid memory of our first encounter,” says Toshi Tajima, speaking of Professor Norman Rostoker.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014
UCI research team pioneers imaging technique that clearly reveals structure, individual chemical bonds.

“Shocking!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” Overjoyed researcher Chi-lun Chiang of UC Irvine physicist Wilson Ho’s group penned that inscription, complete with 14 exclamation points, in a laboratory notebook.

Friday, May 2, 2014
"Synopsis: Sterile Neutrino as Dark Matter Candidate"

Resonantly Produced 7 keV Sterile Neutrino Dark Matter Models and the Properties of Milky Way Satellites

Thursday, April 10, 2014
UCI Professor Jonathan Feng is awarded a 2014 Guggenheim Fellowship (US & Canada) for his research in Natural Sciences.

Awarded by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation (Fellowships to Assist Research and Artistic Creation).

Tuesday, March 25, 2014
PARTICLE FEVER - A documentary filmed during the launch of the Large Hadron Collider.

PARTICLE FEVER: Now showing at the University Edwards Regal Cinema in Irvine.

Thursday, February 27, 2014
Gamma-rays tighten window on dark matter theories

UC Irvine researchers reveal more data from NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Telescope

Thursday, December 5, 2013
UCI Professor Timothy Tait named 2013 American Physical Society (APS) Fellow

Congratulations to UCI Professor Timothy Tait, who has been Elected a 2013 American Physical Society (APS) Fellow.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013
UCI Professor Zuzanna Siwy named 2013 American Physical Society (APS) Fellow

The APS has named UCI Professor Zuzanna Siwy an APS Fellow, a distinct honor signifying recognition by one's professional peers.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013
UCI Professor Kevork Abazajian honored with the Academic Senate’s Distinguished Assistant Professor Award for Research.

The award is conferred by the Senate on those who have made significant contributions to scholarship through distinguished research.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Scientists Celebrate Their Roles in Physics Nobel

Eight UCI physics & astronomy professors are involved in Higgs boson data analysis

Friday, July 19, 2013
UCI Professor Henry Sobel in the News: Muon Neutrino Scientific Breakthrough

Tiny neutrino that could solve cosmic mystery is observed shifting form.

Thursday, May 23, 2013
UCI Professor Asantha Cooray in the News!

Astronomers Get Rare Look At Ancient Galaxy Collision

Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Physics Lab Innovation Takes Top Prize in Business Competition
Friday, May 10, 2013
Eyes on the Skies: UC Irvine Telescope has Viewing Parties

UCI opens the observatory to the public.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
UCI Professor Wilson Ho Elected to the National Academy of Sciences

National Academy of Sciences Members and Foreign Associates Elected Tuesday, April 30, 2013.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Two UCI Physics and Astronomy Professors Named UCI Chancellor's Fellows, 2013-2016
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Dr. Michael Moe - 2013 Tom W. Bonner Prize in Nuclear Physics Recipient.

"For his leadership in the first observation of the rare process of two neutrino double beta decay...

Friday, March 1, 2013
UCI Professor Asantha Cooray Published in Nature International Weekly Journal of Science

An explanation has been proposed for the observed excess of cosmic light at infrared wavelengths...

Friday, February 15, 2013
UCI Professor Jing Xia is Awarded a Sloan Foundation Fellowship.

The Foundation announces recipients of the 2013 Sloan Research Fellowships, 126 early-career scientists and scholars who represent the very best that science has to offer.

Thursday, February 14, 2013
UCI Astronomy Research Covered in Discover Magazine's top 10 science discoveries of 2012

Mapping the Dark Cosmos: Dark matter—the unseen stuff that makes up more than four-fifths of the matter in the universe—is finally coming into view.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013
UCI Graduate David Sanford is Awarded the APS J.J. and Noriko Sakurai Dissertation Award in Theoretical Particle Physics.
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
W.M. Keck Foundation Grants UCI $1 Million for Deep-Ocean Power Science Lab

The W.M. Keck Foundation has granted $1 million to UC Irvine to build a campus laboratory in which researchers can explore the potential of using the...

Thursday, January 3, 2013
In Memory of Myron Bander

The School of Physical Sciences laments the death of Professor Myron Bander.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012
A Remembrance and Celebration of the Life of Hardy Mayer

Please join us as we remember Hardy Mayer, December 12th, 2012, 3:00-5:00 at the UCI University Club.

Saturday, December 8, 2012
John Rosendahl Memorial Celebration at the University of California, Irvine

"Between the Nails: a Celebration of the Life of John Rosendahl"

Tuesday, November 13, 2012
UCI Professor David Kirkby to give First Physical Science Breakfast Lecture of the Year.

Physical Science BreakfastLecture: "Mapping the Universe: From Black Holes to Dark Energy"

Monday, November 5, 2012
UCI Professor Wilson Ho: Recipient of the APS Prize "Langmuir Prize in Chemical Physics"

UCI Professor Wilson Ho: Recipient of the APS Prize "Langmuir Prize in Chemical Physics"

Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Cool Science: Travelling Back Through Time

SINCE THE FIRST infrared space telescopes were sent into orbit in the 1980s, infrared technology in astronomy has transformed knowledge of the Universe.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012
In Memory of John Rosendahl

The School of Physical Sciences mourns the loss of John Rosendahl, Instructional Programs Director in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Rosendahl died in the early morning hours on Saturday. On

Wednesday, August 15, 2012
UCI Professors K. Abazajian, M. Kaplinghat and S. Murgia Published in space.com

Dark Matter Exposed? Gamma-Ray Find Excites Scientists

Monday, July 30, 2012
UCI Professors Kevork Abazajian and Manoj Kaplinghat Published on Sciene Magazine's ScienceNOW Website.

Gamma-Ray Glow Hints at Dark Matter in the Center of Our Galaxy.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Prof. Liu Chen: Awarded 2012 James Clerk Maxwell Prize for Outstanding Contributions to Plasma Physics

The Prize will be bestowed at the annual meeting of the Division of Plasma Physics in Providence, Rhode Island, October 29-November 2, 2012.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Search for Higgs boson at Large Hadron Collider reveals new particle, UCI Physicists play key role in ATLAS experiment

The UCI team – composed of eight faculty members and many postdoctoral researchers and staff -- joined hundreds of scientists and graduate students from American institutions...

Monday, April 30, 2012
UCI Assoc. Prof. Whiteson has collaborated with Dr. Jorge Cham of PhD Comics to produce a series of comic books
Monday, April 16, 2012
In Memory of Professor Douglas L. Mills

With the death of Douglas L. Mills the world of physics lost a major figure and a dear colleague.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012
UCI Professor Jonathan Feng-Awarded Fellowship by the Simons Foundation

In 2011, there were 27 Fellows awarded in Theoretical Physics.

Monday, March 5, 2012
UCI Assoc. Professor Timothy Tait-Mentioned in CERN Bulletin

Searches for Dark Matter, SUSY and other exotic particles

Wednesday, February 15, 2012
UCI Asst. Professor Jason Alicea receives 2012 Sloan Research Fellowship.

Prof. Alicea to be recognized in Physics nationally.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011
UCI Professor Liu Chen, Fellow of the American Geophysical Union.

UCI Professor Liu Chen, Fellow of the American Geophysical Union.

Monday, December 12, 2011
UCI Professor David Kirkby - In The News

UC Irvine Professor David Kirkby-Mentioned in Wired.com Article: Working with UCI graduate student Daniel Margala, he calls the dark matter contest a “general problem.”

Thursday, December 8, 2011
UCI Professor Steven Barwick In The News - On ice shelf, a hunt for ghostly particles

A UC Irvine team is braving fierce wind chill on a vast Antarctic ice shelf to capture one of science's most elusive prey: ghostly particles called neutrinos.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011
UCI Biophysicist Thorsten Ritz Named a Fellow in Britain's Royal Institute of Navigation

UCI biophysicist Thorsten Ritz has been named a fellow in Britain's Royal Institute of Navigation for his work on animals' "magnetic compass."

Tuesday, August 16, 2011
OCW People's Choice Award Winner: Best User Experience

Winner: Professor Michael Dennin, UC Irvine OCW, Science from Superheroes to Global Warming.

Monday, August 1, 2011
Professor Wilson Ho Receives 2011 American Vacuum Society Medard W. Welch Award

Professor Wilson Ho receives the 2011 Medard W. Welch Award "For the development and application of atomic scale inelastic electron tunneling with the scanning tunneling microscope."

Wednesday, June 29, 2011
UCI Professor Timothy Tait appears in "Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman"

Physics Professor Timothy Tait appears in the episode of the TV series "Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman" titled "Are There More Than Three Dimensions"

Monday, June 20, 2011
Quantum Leaper-acclaimed for a breakthrough algorithm

Acclaimed for a breakthrough algorithm, physicist Steven White is now first to model a new state of matter, and his research is featured on the June 3, 2011 issue of Science magazine.

Friday, June 17, 2011
UCI Professor Henry Sobel- Ghostly Particle Could Solve Cosmic Mystery

The transformation of a ghostly particle called the neutrino could help solve a mystery that has haunted physics for decades: Why so much matter in the universe, and so little antimatter?

Monday, May 16, 2011
Flu fighter

“The idea is to have a very easy, inexpensive, quick method of detecting viruses,” says Zuzanna Siwy, associate professor of physics & astronomy. “The current techniques are not that precise, and they

Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Under the Milky Way

The Milky Way galaxy consists of stars, gas and, most abundantly, dark matter, which, by nature, is dark and remains unseen.

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Hosted by UC Irvine Professor Toshiki Tajima