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Arthur B. McDonald, 2015 Nobel Laureate Nobel Laureate Posted 2:01 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022 2015 physics award winner to speak at UW-La Crosse Read more about Nobel Laureate Jaden Stanelle, a psychology major and Spanish minor from Fredonia, is a student in the UWL McNair Scholars Program. Federal funds Posted 1:06 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26, 2022 $1.5 million grant fuels the McNair Scholars Program Read more about Federal funds UW-La Crosse Professor of Physics Seth King has been named the Carl E. Gulbrandsen Innovator of the Year by WiSys. The award is given to UW System faculty, staff or students who make exemplary contributions as a WiSys innovator. Top innovator Posted 2:16 p.m. Monday, Aug. 1, 2022 UW-La Crosse professor earns state innovation honor Read more about Top innovator Brian Soller, ’96, was recently named the chief operating officer for Luna Innovations, a fiber optics company based in Roanoke, Virginia. Climbing the ladder Posted 8:18 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021 Alum’s first job evolves into fulfilling career Read more about Climbing the ladder Shelly Lesher, chair of UWL’s Physics Department, is replacing Roger Haro as director of UWL's McNair Scholars Program. The program helps students from first-generation and diverse backgrounds prepare for graduate school. McNair program begins new chapter Posted 1:20 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10, 2021 Lesher succeeds Haro as program’s director Read more about McNair program begins new chapter UW-La Crosse Physics Professor Shelly Lesher’s new podcast series — “My Nuclear Life” — explores the intersection of nuclear science and society through interviews with historians, policy makers and others. Lesher says the podcast is geared toward those in the general public who are interested in history, science or learning something new. Nuclear navigation Posted 5 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021 UWL professor begins new podcast to spread knowledge about nuclear science Read more about Nuclear navigation UWL Physics Professor Bob Allen says the upcoming conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn just before Christmas has some calling it “The Christmas Star.” He says all eyes will focus on the astronomical rarity: these two planets will be visibly closer in the sky than they’ve been since medieval times. A Christmas Star? Posted 8:20 a.m. Monday, Dec. 14, 2020 UWL astronomer says the celestial show will be unusual Read more about A Christmas Star? UWL Physics Professor Shelly Lesher has been named an American Physical Society 2020 Fellow. National colleagues are recognizing her for “advocating on behalf of the essential role of physics in society, and for demonstrating the importance of physics education for all students.” Top physics prof Posted 7:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020 UWL’s Shelly Lesher named American Physical Society Fellow Read more about Top physics prof A series of portraits by UWL art professor Jennifer Williams. Williams and other members of the UWL community found a variety of ways to cope with COVID-19 this summer. Summer success stories Posted 1:15 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11, 2020 See how the UWL community spent the summer of COVID-19 Read more about Summer success stories Zach Heinkel, '18, a composite materials engineer with the Carderock Division of the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Bethesda, Maryland, is part of a four-person team using 3D printers to produce masks, visors and hands-free door openers for employees at various naval facilities. Engineering solutions to COVID-19 Posted 2:10 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31, 2020 Alum says dual degree program ‘opens many doors’ Read more about Engineering solutions to COVID-19

Physics kudos

Micah Atkins, Andrew Kaminsky, Peter Lynch, Andy Otto, Emily Friederick and Steven Verrall

Micah Atkins, Nuclear Medicine Technology; Andrew Kaminsky and Steven Verrall, both Physics; Peter Lynch, University College Dublin; Andy Otto, Biology student; and Emily Friederick, Exercise & Sport Science student; co-authored the article "Ground State Quantum Vortex Proton Model" in Foundations of Physics published on Jan. 23 by Springer Nature. Proton magnetic moment and charge radius accurately calculated from first principles. Mass energy explained via the circular Unruh effect. Ground state stability, spin, isospin, electric charge generation, strong force origination, color charge generation, and gravitational field explained geometrically.

Submitted on: Jan. 29

Shelly Lesher

Shelly Lesher, Physics, authored the article "Lifetime measurements of 0+ states in 168Er with the Doppler-shift attenuation method" in Physical Review C published on Oct. 7 by American Physical Society. This paper was published with five UWL undergraduate student authors.

Submitted on: Oct. 9, 2022

Shelly Lesher

Shelly Lesher, Physics, presented "Collectivity in Erbium" at Zakopane Conference on Nuclear Physics on Aug. 30 in Zakopane, Poland.

Submitted on: Sept. 19, 2022

Lee Baines, Markus Mika, Linda Dickmeyer, Darci Thoune, Naghmeh Gheidi, Daniel Bretl, Kamilo Lara, Seth King, Brian Kumm-Schaley and Jane Brannan

Lee Baines and Markus Mika, both Biology; Linda Dickmeyer, Communication Studies; Darci Thoune, English; Naghmeh Gheidi, Exercise & Sport Science; Daniel Bretl, Microbiology; Kamilo Lara, Military Science, ROTC; Seth King, Physics; Brian Kumm-Schaley, Recreation Management & Therapeutic Recreation; and Jane Brannan, Veteran Services; received a UWL Challenge Coin at the Stole & Recognition Ceremony on Friday, May 6 in La Crosse, WI. Students presented a challenge coin to the staff or faculty member of their choosing in recognition of the impact the staff/faculty had on their academic career. Challenge Coins are an enduring military tradition. Military Commanders often give a coin to service members as a mark of camaraderie or to recognize hard work and excellence. They are intended to instill unit pride, improve esprit-de-corps, and serve as a reward for a job well done. A challenge coin signifies the person went above and beyond in their duties.

Submitted on: May 6, 2022

Robert Ragan

Robert Ragan, Physics, co-authored the article "Progressive Quantum Collapse" in the American Journal of Physics and was accepted for publication by the American Institute of Physics.

Submitted on: Feb. 17, 2022