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Physics and Astronomy are fundamental sciences that explore the very essence of the universe and our existence within it. Because of the immense range of time and length scales that Physics and Astronomy cover, we find that they reveal in humanity a unique juxtaposition of absolute insignificance and vital importance. Through that juxtaposition we see an inextricably linked dependency among all things and thus all life and thus all persons regardless of status in any of the official classes protected by US law, but also extending to gender identity, sexual orientation, relationship status, etc. even to include percent representation in the fields of Physics and Astronomy.

The view of the faculty, staff, students, and associates of the UMKC Department of Physics and Astronomy is that we are all on this grand expedition together. We celebrate each other’s accomplishments and we help each other up and dust each other off after a failure. We stand ready to support each other with flexibility and understanding when the work, family, and social facets of our lives compete for finite time.

Ours is a culture of shared success, individual growth, and an unyielding mission to explore the mysteries of nature and to share what we discover with the world.