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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. 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.

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