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Leo C. Stein

Truth of Black Holes Topic of April Science Cafe

UM physicist Leo Stein to discuss deep-space phenomena APRIL 5, 2019 BY EDWIN B. SMITH The latest observations about the deep-space phenomena of black holes is the topic for a monthly public science forum organized by the University of Mississippi Department of Physics and Astronomy. The spring semester’s final meeting of the Oxford Science Cafe […]


Aliens are Coming to March Edition of Science Cafe

UM chemistry professor Ryan Fortenberry to discuss molecules from deep space MARCH 11, 2019 BY EDWIN B. SMITH The detection and possible impact of alien molecules from deep space are the topic for a monthly public science forum organized by the University of Mississippi Department of Physics and Astronomy. The spring semester’s third meeting of […]


Leo C. Stein

Q&A with Leo Stein, Black Hole Researcher

Leo C. Stein, assistant professor in the Department of Physics and Astronom


This illustration simulates what an observer might see if he or she were close to a pair of black holes orbiting each other, close to merging. Photo courtesy of SXS Lensing, Simulating eXtreme Spacetimes Collaboration

Making Better Predictions of Black Hole Smash-Ups

Caltech, UM physicists use supercomputers and AI to create most accurate model of stellar mergers JANUARY 30, 2019 BY WHITNEY CLAVIN/CALTECH STRATEGIC COMMUNICATIONS One of the most cataclysmic events to occur in the cosmos involves the collision of two black holes. Formed from the deathly collapse of massive stars, black holes are incredibly compact – […]


Neutron stars – pictured in this artist’s illustration of two merging neutron stars – are among the phenomena to be studied at the new UM Center for Multi-messenger Astrophysics. The narrow beam represents the gamma-ray burst, and the rippling spacetime grid indicates the isotropic gravitational waves that characterize the merger. Swirling clouds of materials ejected from the collision are a possible source of the light that was seen at lower energies. Graphic courtesy National Science Foundation/LIGO/Sonoma State University

UM Establishes Center for Researching Multi-messenger Astrophysics

Emergent scientific field arose from discovery of gravitational waves NOVEMBER 15, 2018 BY SHEA STEWART Riding a new frontier of scientific discovery into gravitational waves, the University of Mississippi is now home to the Center for Multi-messenger Astrophysics. The center was launched Nov. 1 after the center’s creation was approved by the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning […]


An Oxford Elementary School student lies on a bed of nails as a volunteer places a weight on her while other Spooky Physics Night participants observe. Photo by Nathan Latil

Fun, Frights and Food Set for Annual ‘Spooky Physics’ Night

UM Department of Physics and Astronomy hosts hands-on event Oct. 26 OCTOBER 19, 2018 BY EDWIN B. SMITH New frights and fresh takes on old delights are the order of the evening when the University of Mississippi Department of Physics and Astronomy presents “Spooky Physics Demonstrations” from 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 26 in Lewis […]


Versatility of Wheat in Cooking Topic for October Science Cafe

OCTOBER 16, 2018 BY STAFF REPORT University of Mississippi professor Susan Pedigo will lead a program Oct. 16 examining “The Versatility of Wheat in Cooking” at this month’s Science Cafe. Pedigo, a professor of chemistry and biochemistry, will speak on the subject at 6 p.m. at Uptown Coffee. The event is free and open to […]


Josh Gladden Appointed to Top Research Position at UM

Vice chancellor role oversees Office of Research and Sponsored Programs OCTOBER 2, 2018 BY SHEA STEWART Josh Gladden has been named vice chancellor for the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs at the University of Mississippi following a nationwide search. The vice chancellor serves as the university’s chief research officer. Gladden, who joined the university in July 2005 as […]


Jennifer Meyer, a visiting assistant professor of physics and astronomy from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will discuss the discovery if liquid water on one of Saturn’s moons Sept. 18 at Uptown Coffee.

Moon of Saturn Topic for First Science Cafe of Fall Semester

Visiting professor Jennifer Meyer discusses tides, oceans and the possibility of life on Enceladus SEPTEMBER 13, 2018 BY EDWIN B. SMITH The surprising discovery of liquid water on one of Saturn’s moons is the topic for a monthly public science forum organized by the University of Mississippi Department of Physics and Astronomy. The fall semester’s […]


Marco Cavaglia, a UM professor of physics and astronomy, spends his spring break educating Mississippi high school students about physics as part of a Global Teaching Project program. Ph

Students Study Physics During Spring Break Visit

Project prepares high school students for AP Physics APRIL 4, 2018 BY SHEA STEWART It was probably the first time Yung Bleu’s hip-hop had been used to teach physics. Yet, in Marco Cavaglià’s University of Mississippi classroom during spring break, the artist’s music played, causing the electronic waves of an oscilloscope to bounce and jiggle with the […]