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Misha Medvedev Researcher Advances a New Model for Dark Matter
Astrophysicists believe that about 80 percent of the substance of our universe is made up of mysterious “dark matter” that can’t be perceived by human senses or scientific instruments. Mikhail Medvedev, professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Kansas has just published breakthrough research on dark matter that merited the cover of Physical Review Letters, the world’s most prestigious journal of physics research. Medvedev proposes a novel model of dark matter, dubbed “flavor-mixed multicomponent dark matter.” For more insight, the full press release can be found at this link. The paper itself can be accessed in the Paper of the Week, at left.

Judy Wu KU Women of Distinction - 2014/15
The Emily Taylor Center for Women & Gender Equity has announced 27 honorees for the 2014-15 Women of Distinction calendar. The women were selected for their outstanding contributions to the university and community. Congratulations to Distinguished Professor Judy Wu on her selection for the Women of Distinction calendar. The reception for this year’s Women of Distinction will take place from 4 - 5:30 PM Thursday, Sept. 4, in the Big 12 Room in the Kansas Union. The press release can be found at this link. The calendar will be available at the reception and also at the Student Involvement & Leadership Center in the Kansas Union.

LHC Forward KU Hosts Forward Physics Workshop: Sept. 3 - 6, 2014
The KU Department of Physics and Astronomy, in collaboration with the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the KU Office of Research, and CERN, is hosting the Forward Physics Workshop . These meetings will bring together members of all CERN LHC collaborations and other U.S. national labs, as well as colleagues from the theory community to discuss their latest research progress, upgrade LHC plans and future ideas on forward physics, diffraction, ultra-peripheral collisions and forward heavy-ion physics in general. This is the first time that this CERN LHC Working Group meeting is being held outside Europe. Details on meeting locations and schedules can be found at this link.

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!

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