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Cool UD research on display at NSF Polar Weekend, April 4-5, in Baltimore

March 26, 2009 - University of Delaware research in Antarctica will be among the cutting-edge science featured at the International Polar Weekend, April 4-5, at the Maryland Science Center in Baltimore. Xinhua Bai, associate scientist, and James Roth, senior electronics instrument specialist, veteran travelers to the South Pole from the UD Department of Physics and Astronomy, will have a display on “IceCube,” a giant telescope being built deep in the Antarctic ice to look for neutrinos from far away in the universe.

Bartol Research Institute featured in Arctic research publication

March 10, 2009 - The University of Delaware's Arctic research and educational resources, including current projects in the DPA's Bartol Research Institute, are featured in a special insert in the current edition of Witness the Arctic, the biannual newsletter published by the Arctic Research Consortium of the United States (ARCUS). Cosmic ray research, including the Anti-Electron Sub Orbital Payload (AESOP) and Spaceship Earth projects are both highlighted in the publication,  among many Bartol Research Projects.

Professor Tom Gaisser greets new Blue Hens

March 1, 2009 - Professor Thomas Gaisser, the Martin A. Pomerantz Chair of Physics & Astronomy, was one of several faculty chosen by  Admissions to record brief introductory and welcome remarks to the class of 2013. View Dr. Gaisser's  video greeting from his "simulated" research  headquarters at the South Pole Station.

University acquires collection of pioneering astrophysicist Martin Pomerantz

Feb. 17, 2009 - The University of Delaware has acquired a large collection of papers and records belonging to the pioneering South Pole explorer and astrophysicist Martin A. Pomerantz. Pomerantz served as the director and then president of the Bartol Research Institute from 1959-1987. In 1977, he moved the institute to the University of Delaware, where it is a research center in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. He died Oct. 25, 2008, at the age of 91.

Professor Tom Gaisser to present IPY speaker highlighting South Pole Station Construction

February 4, 2009 - On Wednesday, February 11 at 5 p.m. in 123 Memorial Hall, Jerry Marty, facilities construction and maintenance manager for the National Science Foundation's Office of Polar Programs, Division of Antarctic Sciences, will present “Building for Science at the South Pole.”  Thomas Gaisser, UD's Martin A. Pomerantz Chair of Physics and Astronomy will introduce Jerry Marty facilities construction and maintenance manager for the South Pole station.

UD researchers show that plants can accumulate nanoparticles in tissues

Nov. 11, 2008 - Interdisciplinary research at the University of Delaware, involving group of Prof. John Q. Xiao from the Department of Physics and Astronomy, has provided what is believed to be the first experimental evidence that plants can take up nanoparticles and accumulate them in their tissues. The laboratory study, which involved pumpkin plants, indicates a possible pathway for nanoparticles to enter the food chain. The research also reveals a new experimental approach for studying nanoparticles and their potential impacts.