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starburst galaxies Better to Burn Out Than Fade Away
Like hedonistic rock stars that live by the "better to burn out than to fade away" credo, certain galaxies flame out in a blaze of glory. Astronomers have struggled to grasp why these young "starburst" galaxies — ones that are very rapidly forming new stars from cold molecular hydrogen gas up to 100 times faster than our own Milky Way — would shut down their prodigious star formation to join a category scientists call “red and dead.” Dr. Greg Rudnick and his collaborators have exposed the real cause of death for some starburst galaxies. To learn the secret, the complete press release can be accessed at this link.

AAS 2015 Postdoc Honored by the American Astronomical Society
Congratulations to postdoc Dr. Tyler Desjardins who received an honorable mention for the Doxsey Prize for his thesis research. The Rodger Doxsey Travel Prize provides graduate students or postdocs within one year of receiving or receipt of their PhD a monetary prize to enable the oral presentation of their dissertation research at a winter meeting of the American Astronomical Society. Honorable mention ensures that his meeting registration is waived for the meeting in Seattle January 4-8, 2015 where he will present his dissertation research. The complete news release can be found at this link.

Single atom layer Research yields material made of single-atom layers that snap together like Legos
KU Physicists Dr. Hsin-Ying Chiu and Dr. Hui Zhao have fabricated an innovative substance from two different atomic sheets that interlock much like Lego toy bricks. The researchers said the new material — made of a layer of graphene and a layer of tungsten disulfide — could be used in solar cells and flexible electronics. Dr. Chiu and grad student Matt Bellus fabricated the new material using “layer-by-layer assembly” as a versatile bottom-up nanofabrication technique. Then, Jiaqi He, a visiting student from China, and Nardeep Kumar, a grad student now at Intel Corp., investigated how electrons move between the two layers through ultrafast laser spectroscopy in KU’s Ultrafast Laser Lab, supervised by Dr. Zhao. The complete press release can be found at this link. The news item has been featured on the NSF web site at this link.

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Kim Hubbel College staff honored at reception
Congratulations to Kristin Rennells and Kim Hubbel for being selected and honored by the College of Liberal Arts and Science. They were among 36 staff members recognized at a reception on Nov. 20 for their exceptional work for the Department over the past year. The appreciation reception was held at the Oread and more than 100 staff members were in attendance. The complete press release can be accessed at this link.

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