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  • Like much of the known universe — not to mention all that rests beyond it — Marcelo Gleiser eludes straightforward classification. He is a theoretical physicist, a cosmologist, an Ivy League professor, an ultramarathon runner, an author, a blogger and book reviewer for NPR, a starry-...

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  • Congratulations to Professor Jedidah Isler on her recent video feature on PBS News' Brief but Spectacular — a recurring segment dedicated to exploring the lives and minds of extraordinary people and the causes that drive them. During the clip, which aired along with the daily broadcast on Jan. 4, Prof. Isler discusses her lifelong love of astrophysics (and especially blazars) as well as her experiences as a black women pursuing a career in STEM.

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  • Every other winter, the department sends a handful of motivated students to Cape Town, South Africa, where they spend ten weeks conducting independent research, doing youth outreach at local schools, and taking courses in astronomy. This includes one full week at the South African Astronomical Observatory, home to the largest telescope in the southern hemisphere, SALT. Pictured above are the 2019 student participants, enjoying a day off to go sightseeing along the Cape of Good Hope.

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  • Symmetry Magazine lists 10 seemingly normal words that mean something different in a scientific context.

  • "I study supermassive, hyperactive black holes called blazars in order to understand how nature does particle acceleration. I use blazars–supermassive black holes at the centers of massive galaxies that “spin up” jets of particles moving at nearly the speed of light–as my laboratory. By obtaining observations across the electromagnetic spectrum from radio, optical, and all the way through to gamma-rays, I piece together how and why these black holes are able to create such efficient particle...

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  • "I use observations to study the most common type of star in our Galaxy: small, cool stars called M dwarfs. How do these stars' spins and magnetic properties change over time? What types of planets orbit them?"

    Read more about the 2019 incoming Faculty members including Professor Newton from Dartmouth News

  • On Jan. 4, Dartmouth Professor James Labelle’s electromagnetic sounding equipment became a payload for NASA’s CAPER-2 rocket above Norway's Andøya Space Center. Data transmitted by the rocket on its ascent will provide valuable insight into the interactions of charged particles and electromagnetic waves in space — specifically, how nature tends to create its own particle accelerators above our atmosphere. “Our goal is the prediction of weather in space the way we predict it here in the...

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  • Christine Qi '19 pictured second from left, visited The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) for four months as a research intern in particle physics analysis.  CERN operates the largest particle physics laboratory in the world and is responsible for the discovery of Higgs boson in 2012.  There she designed a set of event selections for Higgs boson pair production which will confirm the existence of Higgs self-coupling predicted by the Standard Model.

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  • The Balloon Array for Radiation belt Relativistic Electron Losses (BARREL) is a NASA sponsored, multiple-balloon investigation that studies Earth's radiation belts. The most recent launch was designed and overseen by Dartmouth physics Professor Robyn Millan and her "Balloon Group", who released the atmospheric sounding device from McMurdo Station, Antarctica on Dec. 9, 2018, as pictured above. Their BARREL payload flies as a mission of opportunity on a NASA superpressure balloon, and is...

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  • It gets cold outside in the winter, but the coldest spot around is in Prof. Wright's lab in the basement of Wilder where an array of lasers traps these small clouds of lithium atoms and cools them almost to absolute zero temperature. The pictures show how the temperature of a cloud is measured: by releasing it and allowing it to expand for a fraction of a second. Colder clouds expand less, because the atoms are moving more slowly. The smallest cloud has a temperature of less than one...

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