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Higgs toy Higgs Toy Makes its KU Debut!
A new Higgs Boson plush doll (above) was developed by the KU Quarked! team of physicists, museum educators and designers, aided by KU Innovation and Collaboration. It is now available online at the KU Bookstore and at the KU Natural History Museum store. The Higgs Boson is a sub-atomic particle. The six-inch doll ($12) comes with printed information about the Higgs field and its importance, i.e., without it atoms and molecules would not be able to form, and the world of matter as we know it would not exist. So, BUY ONE NOW and KEEP the UNIVERSE ALIVE! Rock Chalk HiggsHawk!

Department Banquet

GRADS of 2013/2014
The annual department banquet was held on May 10 at the Lawrence Art Center. The record attendance at the event was coupled to a bumper crop of new graduates. The students graduating over the last 12 months included:
Engineering Physics (BS)
Griffin Adams, Caleb Christianson, Han Zhongyi, Dustin Kerby, Jake Meeth, Phuc Nguyen, Alexander Polsley, Ben Weintrub
Physics BS:
Johnathan Croxell, Abhinav Kumar, Katrina Martin, Greg Pach, Brian Schafer, Benjamin Vail, Amie Vo, Ben Weintrub, Jill Wenderott
Physics BA:
Yasen Ivanov, Daniel Webb
Astronomy BA:
Daniel Webb
Astronomy BS:
Abhinav Kumar, Brian Schafer
Brian Schafer (Astrobiology)

At the Graduate Level:
Masters Recipients:
Chris Gerstenkorn, Yonatan (Jonny) Israeli, Sarah LeGresley, Eddie (James) Orcutt, Matt Russell

Gene Feaster

The Department of Physics and Astronomy is thrilled to announce the receipt of the largest single donation ever to the Department endowed funds. Dr. Gene Feaster (PhD Physics 1953), inventor of Superflab, a medical device used in radiology clinics across the country which has made a lasting improvement in the field of health care, has made a $2 million gift to KU. Of his gift, $1 million established the Ida Johnson Feaster Professorship in the KU School of Nursing. It is named for his late wife, who grew up on a ranch near Emporia and attended graduate school at KU. His gift also created two $500,000 endowed scholarship funds - one in nursing and the other in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Full details on the donation and Dr. Feaster's exceptional career can be found at this site.



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