Exploring Stellar Processes More Efficiently at LENA

May 9, 2016

The Laboratory for Experimental Nuclear Astrophysics (LENA), located at the Triangle Universities Nuclear Laboratory (TUNL), is noted internationally for its precision nuclear reaction rate measurements of rare astrophysical processes. These are critical to stellar nucleosynthesis of heavier elements from hydrogen … Continued

Othman, Went Receive NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

March 30, 2016

Two UNC Physics and Astronomy students, Joule Othman and Cora Went, have been awarded National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships for 2016. Joule is a second year graduate student at UNC, concentrating in Nuclear Physics. She completed her undergraduate work … Continued

Kannappan Honored With University Award for the Advancement of Women

March 10, 2016

UNC Physics and Astronomy Professor Sheila Kannappan was among four university leaders who received the University Award for the Advancement of Women for 2016. The award, which was introduced in 2006, recognizes significant accomplishment in mentoring, recruiting, offering professional development … Continued

Engel Awarded DOE Nuclear Physics Grant for UNC-Led Research

January 28, 2016

The Department of Energy recently announced grant awards for three Topical Theory Collaborations, multi-institution research collaborations to address particularly important topics in nuclear physics. “Nuclear Theory for Double-Beta Decay and Fundamental Symmetries (DBD Collaboration),” led by UNC Physics and Astronomy … Continued

UNC Research Receives RCSA Scialog Award

January 22, 2016

The Research Corporation for Science Advancement (RCSA) recently announced that six Scialog team awards would be dispersed between thirteen research fellows. The Scialog Time Domain Astrophysics conference in October 2015 included forty-nine Scialog fellows, considered top early career researchers in … Continued

Drut, Heckman Receive Junior Faculty Development Awards

December 28, 2015

UNC Physics and Astronomy Professors Joaquin Drut and Jonathan Heckman have both received Junior Faculty Development Awards this year. Dr. Heckman won his award to support research in “compactified” string theory, and seeks ways to extend the standard model of … Continued

Breaking the Silos

December 15, 2015

The Institute for Cosmology, Subatomic Matter, and Symmetries (CoSMS Institute) is currently profiled on the UNC College of Arts and Sciences website. The Institute is a scientific collaboration between the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina State … Continued

Probing Nuclear Reactions in Stars

December 14, 2015

Research conducted by the Laboratory for Experimental Nuclear Astrophysics (LENA) has been given a spotlight at the US Department of Energy website. UNC Physics and Astronomy Professors Christian Iliadis and Art Champagne are collaborators in experiments which measure thermonuclear fusion … Continued

Forged in the Heart of Stars

November 16, 2015

UNC Professor Christian Iliadis, along with Prof. Sumner Starrfield and Frank Timmes of Arizona State, were awarded a $700,000 NASA grant to better understand how supernovae evolve prior to explosion. Their study seeks to resolve uncertainties in how stars create … Continued