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Colliding Neutron Stars Produce Gold, Silver and Platinum

A conversation with Mark Brodwin, assistant professor in the University of Missouri-Kansas City Department of Physics and Astronomy

Scientists recently witnessed the spectacle of colliding neutron stars. What are they?

Brodwin: When a very massive star runs out of fuel to burn, it explodes in a huge supernova leaving behind a neutron star or, if the star is very massive, a black hole. A neutron star is a very compact ball of neutrons with the extreme density of an atomic nucleus. A typical neutron star has a mass twice that of our sun, but a size about that of Overland Park. It’s so dense that a teaspoon would weigh about as much as Mount Everest! Continue reading

Dark? Cold? Here’s what to expect with Monday’s solar eclipse

Sky already looks different

We all know Monday’s eclipse [August 21, 2017] will be a rare sight, and one you should view with safety-approved glasses.

But if you want to be the smartest person at your eclipse watch party, there’s more you should know.

Professor Mark Brodwin“It gets dark, and it gets cold, and the wind picks up, and the birds freak out, and you can see stars,” said Mark Brodwin, a UMKC astronomy and astrophysics professor.

“It’s a very surreal and emotional experience, I’ve read. I can’t wait to experience it myself,” Brodwin said. Continue reading

Astronomer shares pro tip for finding the best place to watch the eclipse

From astronomers to outdoor enthusiasts, astrophysicists to laymen — many are giddy about the coming totality of a solar eclipse.

2017 Solar eclipse path in MissouriBut where to watch it unfold is a question facing eclipse hunters as the Aug. 21 event approaches.

Daniel McIntosh, a distinguished professor of astronomy and physics at UMKC, has diligently plotted out where he’ll observe the eclipse, and he shared a pro tip that he himself is using to pick out a location: find a hill with a view to the west.

“So you can see the western horizon,” he said. “You’ll see the shadow as it comes toward you.” Continue reading

Two CAS Professors Receive President’s Awards from UM System

The University of Missouri System presented two University of Missouri-Kansas City College of Arts and Sciences professors with President’s Awards on Friday, April 14.

Joan McDowd, professor of psychology, was awarded the President’s Award for Community Engagement by Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs Bob Schwartz and Interim Chief of Staff David Russell and Wai-Yim Ching, Curators’ Distinguished Professor of Physics, was awarded the President’s Award for Sustained Career Excellence by UMKC Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Barbara Bichelmeyer. Continue reading

UMKC Physics and Astronomy Professor, Mark Brodwin, is a Consultant on the Stars

KCREP Constellations imageHow can actors become knowledgeable on complex subjects for their plays? They consult with a college professor, of course.

Mark Brodwin, Ph.D., professor in the UMKC Department of Physics and Astronomy, recently collaborated with the Kansas City Repertory Theatre on their current play, Constellations.

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Honeywell and UMKC Expand Science and Innovation Collaboration

Physics Honeywell collaborators Wrobel and LambtonStudents and faculty gain improved access to new technology

The University of Missouri-Kansas City has signed a master collaboration agreement with Honeywell Federal Manufacturing & Technologies (FM&T), creating closer collaboration on research and development of new technology to meet national security needs.

“UMKC is proud to partner with Honeywell,” said UMKC Chancellor Leo E. Morton. “The collaboration will allow us to bring UMKC and Honeywell’s research expertise together, which will not only benefit our students and faculty, but also our national security.”

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ALMA telescope to unlock mysteries of giant galaxy…

Phoenix Cluster impression by B. SaxtonTeam used ALMA telescope to unlock mysteries of giant galaxy at the center of Phoenix Cluster

A team of astronomers including Mark Brodwin, assistant professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, have discovered a surprising connection between a supermassive black hole and the galaxy in which it resides.

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UMKC professor recognized by NASA for work on galaxies

Mark Brodwin, UMKC Physics and Astronomy Professor A UMKC professor has been recognized for his work studying galaxies.

Mark Brodwin, associate professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, won a NASA Group Achievement Award from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

Brodwin was one of six recognized for groundbreaking research as part of the Massive and Distant Clusters of WISE (Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer) Survey team, called MaDCoWS, for short. Continue reading

A Bridge to the Stars

An innovative pipeline to improve STEM diversity

Inner-city high school students in Kansas City now have a unique opportunity to learn in a college classroom with a professional astronomer through A Bridge to the Stars Scholarship and Mentoring Program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

The man behind the program is Daniel H. McIntosh, Ph.D., an award-winning professor of physics and astronomy, and a scientist researching the birth and growth of galaxies using the Hubble Space Telescope. As a teacher, McIntosh shares his knowledge, and his enthusiasm, to inspire others. Continue reading

UMKC research team receives award for device that may help prevent a nuclear attack

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A new tool may soon help the U.S. military stop a nuclear attack, and it was made in Kansas City.

For the past 8 years, UMKC physics professor, Anthony Caruso, has led a research team of students and professors from UMKC, K-State and University of Missouri – Columbia to develop a new way to find radiation.

“There’s just not that many options available because there are so many containers and it’s so easy to hide special nuclear material on one of these container ships,” said Caruso. Continue reading