Professor Richter’s article featured as cover story

The June 2014 issue of "Langmuir" featured the work of Andrew Richter, Ph.D., as the cover article. "Langmuir" is a highly-ranked journal in the area of polymers, particles, and surfaces, and is published by the American Chemical Society. Professor Richter was a co-author of the article, which reports on a new, simple, and inexpensive way to create polymer nanocapsules using widely-available chemicals (surfactants) to form vesicle templates. Professor Richter and his co-workers have been studying these nanocapsules for the past five years using a different fabrication method. The new method promises to open up the process to more labs, including — eventually…

Physics Colloquium

Join us to learn more about student research and find out what physicists from around the country are exploring. Fridays, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Spring 2019 Colloquium Schedule Date Title/Subject Presenter 1/11/19 The Abnormally Normal Behavior of the Nonlinear Schrodinger Equation Dr. Katelyn Leisman, University of Illinois in Urbana Champaign 1/18/19 Video and Discussion Department Faculty & Students 1/25/19 Summer Research Information Talks VU Physics & Astronomy Faculty 2/1/19 Computational Astrophysics Joint Colloquium with Math Department - Dr. Dinshaw Balsara, Univ. of Notre Dame 2/8/19 Astronomy Dr. Bruce Hrivnak, Valparaiso University 2/15/19 Darwin Day Colloquium Joint Colloquium with Biology 2/22/19 Nuclear and Particle…

Neils Colloquium on Innovative Science

Numerous times each semester a speaker at the forefront of science will speak to a joint physics, biology, and chemistry audience. These talks are free and open to the University community and the public. The NCIS colloquia take place on several Fridays, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m., in Neils Science Center 224.

’03 alum wins teaching award

Aaron Reinhard, Ph.D. '03 was named New Teacher of the Year (2014) at Otterbein University. This singular honor was awarded for Professor Reinhard's passion and clarity in teaching physics, and for his work in engineering program development at Otterbein. Great job, Professor Reinhard, and congratulations! Read Otterbein's profile of Reinhard »

Professor Hillwig’s Research Highlighted in Science Magazine

Professor Todd Hillwig and his collaborators have recently published research showing that many of the beautiful and elaborate planetary nebulae we see in space may have been shaped by two stars acting together at the core of the gas cloud. The work, to be published in the Astrophysical Journal, has also been highlighted in Science magazine, an international and highly regarded journal that covers all areas of scientific research. The article can be found online at the Science Magazine website.

Valpo Observatory Open House

Come and enjoy views of the moon, planets, star clusters, and galaxies. The observatory has several free opportunities for the public to observe using both Valpo's telescope and the remotely-controlled telescope of the Southeastern Association for Research in Astronomy (SARA). The Department of Physics & Astronomy, Valparaiso University continues its series of public astronomy programs for Spring 2019.  In addition to our regular Observatory Open House program we plan to give popular, illustrated public talks on two of these evenings (see below for details).  Each evening will include telescope viewing at the VU Observatory (clear nights) or a constellation program at…