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Reaching Out To Prospective Wildcats: A&S Ambassador Charlie Fieseler

Charlie Fieseler is an undergraduate student majoring in Physics and Mathematics. Charlie is also a member of A&S Ambassadors, a team of undergraduate students that visit neighboring grade schools to discuss what it's like to be a UK student. In this podcast, Cheyenne Hohman sat down Charlie Fieseler to discuss his personal experiences with the Ambassador program.

This podcast was produced by Sam Burchett.

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The Formation and Evolution of Galaxies Group: Isaac Shlosman

At UK, the Formation and Evolution of Galaxies Group is a team of graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and faculty, who use the University's Dell Cluster supercomputer to predict and simulate the galactic mechanics of the early universe.

In this podcast, we talk to Isaac Shlosman, the group's faculty lead, about an observational discovery made in the fall of 2011, what will replace the Hubble, and how dark matter forms the back-bone of the universe.

This podcast was produced by Stephen Gordinier.

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The 2012 Van Winter Memorial Lecture: Paul Steinhardt and Quasicrystals

Each year, the Department of Mathematics and the Department of Physics and Astronomy jointly organize the Van Winter Memorial Lecture, which brings in distinguished speakers to give lectures on matters of common interest to mathematicians and physicists.

This year's speaker is Paul Steinhardt, professor of physics and astrophysics at Princeton University, and director of the Princeton Center for Theoretical Sciences. In this podcast, we spoke to Sumit Das, who will be hosting the lecture, about some of professor Steinhardt's research.

Professor Steinhardt's lecture will be titled, "Once Upon a Time in Kamchatka: the Extraordinary Search for Natural Quasicrystals." The presentation will be on Friday, March 23, from 3:15 pm to 4:15 pm, in room 139 of the Chemistry-Physics building.

In short, a quasicrystal is a type of structure that shows rotational symmetry, but is not periodic -- it doesn't have a pattern that repeats over a distance. Quasicrystals can be composed of sets of a few shapes that are arranged to fill up a space, and although they may have radial patterns, these do not repeat around the crystal in any noticeable order. Usually, it has been thought that crystals can only have two-, four-, or six-sided radial patterns, but quasicrystals can have five-sided rotational symmetry as well, such as in these structures:

A Penrose tiling of thick and thin rhombi.An atomic model of fivefold icosahedral-Al-Pd-Mn quasicrystal surface.A Penrose tiling using thick and thin rhombi.

 

 

 

 

 

This podcast was produced by Stephen Gordinier.

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Xenon Research at UK's Particle Accelerator: Erin Peters

Erin Peters is a graduate student in the Chemistry Department, president of the Chemistry Graduate Student Association at UK, and graduate research assistant to Steven Yates. In this interview, Peters talks about her research at UK’s particle accelerator.

This podcast was produced by Stephen Gordinier.

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Pear-Shaped Nuclei, Particle Accelerators, and Zebras: Steven Yates

Steven Yates is an Arts & Sciences Distinguished Professor who works in the departments of both Chemistry and Physics and Astronomy.

In this interview, Yates discusses his recent collaboration with the iThemba Laboratory, a nuclear particle accelerator facility in Cape Town, South Africa.

This podcast was produced by Stephen Gordinier.

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The High Energy Theory Group: Particle Physics, String Theory, and the Big Bang with Sumit Das

In the Department of Physics and Astronomy, the High Energy Theory Group is a collection of faculty, students, and post-doctoral researchers, investigating the origin and nature of matter and forces. The six faculty members of the group are Sumit Das, Terrence Draper, Michael Eides, Bing-An Li, Keh-Fei Liu, and Alfred Shapere. In this interview, Sumit Das describes the diverse research goals of the group, talks about applying string theory to the origins of the universe, and tells young physicists to follow their hearts.

This podcast was produced by Stephen Gordinier

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Kentucky SkyTalks with Tim Knauer

Tim Knauer is a professor for the department of Physics and Astronomy, and the director of the MacAdam Student Observatory. Each month, he hosts the Kentucky SkyTalks, an ongoing series of discussions on the science of life and the universe.

This podcast was produced by Stephen Gordinier.

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A&S Alumni: How UK Prepared Me for My Career

During fall 2010, a panel of A&S alumni described how the University of Kentucky prepared them for their careers.

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Voices of Alumni: Jeffrey Burch

Jeffrey Burch is an aerospace engineer that started his career as a physicist.  Burch graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1977 with a BS in Physics, and went on to earn higher degrees from the University of Chicago and Rutgers University. In this interview, he discusses the faculty that influenced him during his time at UK.  

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