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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 and Astronomy Colloquium

Join us to learn more about student research and find out what physicists from around the country are exploring. We meet in the Neils Science Center, Room 224. All are welcome! NEW TIME!  Fridays, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Refreshments at 2:15 p.m in the Neils Science Center lobby. Spring 2020 Colloquium Schedule Date Speaker Affiliation & Presentation Title 01/10/20 Valpo Faculty Valparaiso University, Dept. of Physics and Astronomy “Some of Our Favorite Demonstrations” 01/17/20 Valpo Faculty Valparaiso University, Dept. of Physics and Astronomy “Summer 2020 Research Opportunities at Valpo” 01/24/20 Dr. Barrett Caldwell Purdue University, Dept. of Industrial Engineering Director,…

’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 2020.  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…