Steve Wins Broad of Trustees’ Scholarship Award!

The Weekly Win goes to Director’s Research Scholar Steve Fromm, who was awarded a Board of Trustees Scholarship Award! This award is given to only ~50 out of ~10,000 graduating seniors (top 0.5%!) every year who have “the highest cumulative grade-points at the close of semester prior to graduation.” Furthermore, “To be eligible for these ...

painting by Rowena Morrill for the german edition of Asimov's 1980 book "Opus 200" published by Bastei Lubbe

Isaac Asimov Asks, “How Do People Get New Ideas?”

A few years ago Arthur Obermayer found an essay Isaac Asimov wrote in 1959 on how to foster creativity within a group setting. This essay titled “On Creativity” was published in MIT Technology Review in 2014 and can be accessed via this link. The process of creativity appears to be universal and is often not obvious to ...

Did you find out about the award?

Click here for MSU College of Natural Sciences writeup about Roy’s SCGSR! Click here for MSU Today writeup about Roy’s SCGSR! What does it mean to you, both personally and professionally, to receive this award? From a professional standpoint I’m thrilled to be working with and learning from world experts in atomic and nuclear physics. My advisor, Dr. ...

Preprint of EDM Review Paper posted to arXiv:1710.02504

This paper has been seven years in the making and counting. I have only participated in the last two and half years of this massive undertaking and found the process to be profoundly humbling.  I am tremendously relieved to see this posted online and am looking forward to all of the feedback from the community. . -JTS ...

The VOLVO Rule: When troubleshooting, turn only ONE knob at a time!

        Notes from the lecture: Advanced Knobs & Needles: Thinking About Experiments FAQ: Do we need to use Python and/or am I not allowed to use KGraph/Excel? No – but the quality and completeness of your data analysis should not be limited by your choice of tools not designed for the task at ...

Prime Directive of the Knob-Turner: The knob-turner must stare at the correct needle when turning the knob.

  Notes from lecture: Colorado-Boulder Modeling Framework by the Lewandowski Group Failure is a gift. When I say that your only obligation is to be honest, I am not saying that you must not knowingly lie – that is of course a given. What I am saying is that you must be vigilant against letting ...

Roy Ready receives a DOE SCGSR Award!

Roy Ready has been selected to receive the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) award for the proposed research project, “Towards a More Sensitive Measurement of the Electric Dipole Moment of Radium-225”, to be conducted at Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) with our collaborator Matt Dietrich. Roy was selected is ...

Six Undergrads Receive Support to Participate in CEU-DNP 2017

Six students were selected to participate in CEU-DNP this October in Pittsburgh and were offered support for lodging for their participation: Courtney Nelson (REU Student): Optical Thin Film Thickness Measurement for the Single Atom Microscope Daniel Coulter: Design of a Prototype Single Atom Microscope for Nuclear Astrophysics Evan Ryan (Honors College Seminar): Characterizing Optical Backgrounds ...

Summer LODY!

This summer has been a very productive summer for the Spinlab group, but to get all that work done we had to get down and dirty. So much excellent work was being done that the lab became a war zone of tools, equipment, and circuit diagrams. Organizing it would prove to be a herculean task ...

The Great Bipolar High Voltage Power Supply Installation of 2017

What is a bipolar power supply and why do we need it? In the Ra EDM experiment, a high electric field flips sign on a roughly 1-minute cycle. The direction of the field is changed by reversing the sign, or polarity, of the voltage being applied across the “hot” cathode (field is defined by positive-to-negative charge direction). ...

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