Past and Present Research Stories
Over the years we've done some great research here in the department that you may have been a part of. Below, we've collected a group of stories detailing many of these projects. Enjoy.
News and Events
Teaching has always had a huge impact on BYU physics professor Duane Merrell—an impact that has both affected his life and guided his career and passion for teaching physics.
Sunshine matters. A lot. The idea isn’t exactly new, but according to a recent BYU study, when it comes to your mental and emotional health, the amount of time between sunrise and sunset is the weather variable that matters most.
BYU once again received The PhysTEC 5+ Club Award. The award is reserved for U.S. colleges that graduate five or more certified physics teachers in a year. Only nine schools received the award this year, with BYU leading the pack.
Throughout his life, Dr. Harvey Fletcher boosted BYU’s reputation through an array of impressive accomplishments. Fletcher, BYU’s first ever physics graduate, will bring recognition to his alma mater once more this spring by winning a Grammy Award.
The Eyring Science Center exploded with life as people of all ages made star charts, rock climbed, slid down blow-up slides, built rockets and paper airplanes, and viewed countless exciting demonstrations at Astrofest on Saturday, May 16.
Most people don’t wear a Superman logo to work under their shirt and tie. Most people also don’t shoot themselves with a Ping-Pong ball going over 500 miles per hour. Apparently BYU physics professor Harold Stokes is not like most people.
One and a half years after a mirror created by Brigham Young University students left Earth onboard the European Space Agency’s Mars Express spacecraft, a second mirror – this one on the Venus Express – will be launched from Baikonur, Kazakhstan.
With a specialized 3-D projector and state-of-the-art acoustics, the completely rebuilt Brigham Young University planetarium was unveiled by physics and astronomy department officials in March.
Liz Finlayson, who is graduating from the Physics Teaching program, was recently highlighted in the APS Spring 2020 newsletter
New telescope installed in the campus dome on February 22, 2020
Cougar Queries is a series profiling BYU employees by asking them a few simple questions about their work, interests and life. Today we meet Denise Stephens, professor of Astronomy.