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Galaxy evolution KU Astronomer Explains "Mind-Blowing" Observation
Professor Greg Rudnick's research focus is the growth of mass in galaxies over cosmic time and how this growth is influenced by galaxy environment. He was called upon by the Lawrence Journal World to explain the recent discovery of a distant galaxy in the process of forming, the first time astronomers have caught a glimpse of the earliest stages of massive galaxy construction. NASA described the galaxy, nicknamed "Sparky," as “a dense galactic core blazing with the light of millions of newborn stars that are forming at a ferocious rate." The complete Journal World story can be found at this link.

Alice Bean Physics researcher to advise faith-based office in U.S. Department of State
Professor Alice Bean is best known for her work as a high-energy experimental particle physicist. In 2012, she was a member of the international consortium of scientists who detected the Higgs boson using the world’s most advanced scientific instrument: the Large Hadron Collider. Prof. Bean’s scholarly expertise and eagerness to carry science to society at-large has led the U.S. Department of State to name her as a Jefferson Science Fellow via a program that brings tenured American faculty in science, engineering and medicine to the department and USAID for a year, to contribute to and learn from foreign policy processes. Specifically, she’ll work with the State Department’s Office of Faith Based and Community Initiatives. The complete press release/interview can be found at this link.

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.

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