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
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
Team 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.
From astronomers to outdoor enthusiasts, astrophysicists to laymen — many are giddy about the coming totality of a solar eclipse.
But 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
The College of Arts and Sciences is pleased to announce one staff award and four sets of faculty awards that were presented at the annual CAS Dean’s Fall Reception on September 11.
Faculty Awards are as follows:
Dean’s Outstanding Teaching Award (awarded to a tenure-track or tenured faculty member)
Royall Distinguished Professors (honors faculty committed to research excellence, creativity, and interdisciplinarity, as well as pedagogy)
Bernardin Research Development Grant (recipients are granted support to prepare a grant proposal in their chosen area of research)
Haskell Distinguished Research Award (recipients receive an award to support the completion of a scholarly project or creative work)
- Cristina Albu, Ph.D., from the Department of Art & Art History
- Hadara Bar-Nadav, Ph.D., from the Department of English
- Joseph Hartman, Ph.D., from the Latinx & Latin American Studies Program
- Sungyop Kim, Ph.D., from the Department of Architecture & Urban Planning + Design
- Fengpeng Sun, Ph.D., from the Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences
Staff Award is as follows:
Outstanding Staff Member
(awarded to recognize outstanding contributions made by staff members who are employed by the College of Arts & Sciences with strong characteristics including: respectful, responsible, resourceful, receptive, responsive, and reasonable)
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
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.
“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
Prof. Dan McIntosh has followed Astronomy Magazine since the early 1980s when his Grandpa Bill and Grandma Tressie McIntosh gave him an annual subscription. Just recently, Prof. McIntosh published the answer to an “Ask Astro” question. Ask Astro answers reader questions about the science and hobby of astronomy in every issue of the magazine so it is especially gratifying for Prof. McIntosh to have the opportunity to provide an answer as a professional astronomer.
The reader asked, “Since a great number of galaxies are spiral in shape and there is a black hole in the middle of them, is the shape of the galaxy influenced by the “sucking” power of the black hole, like water spiraling into the drain of the bathtub?” Prof. McIntosh provides the answer.
Students 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.”
How 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.
A GoFundMe page was established by A Bridge to the Stars members to help support the family of Marvin Francois.
Members of the A Bridge to the Stars family were deeply hurt and saddened to learn that Marvin Francois, the father of Jayden Francois, an ABttS scholar, tragically lost his life in an attempted robbery on May 31st. Please help us raise money to honor and remember his life as a father of four, an avid photographer, and a man who loved his family. Marvin, always made helping out anyone in his neighborhood/community a priority.
What stands out for us is Jayden bringing Marvin with him to class lectures and department group discussions. It was so obvious that Marvin loved to spend time with his son and loved learning all things Astronomy. He was the role model father, clearly engaged with Jayden’s interests and pursuits. Marvin Francois will be positively remembered by us all. At this moment, we wish we could tell Marvin how exceptional of a father he was in raising the thoughtful and bright son that Jayden is, and the good man like his father that Jayden is becoming. We hope that you are able to take a moment to hear Jayden’s words for hope in this brief June 3rd Fox4 news interview.
As a result of these circumstances, the Francois family is just only beginning the process of planning memorial services and trying to manage other unforeseen expenses during this terribly difficult time. If you are at all able, we would be eternally grateful for any monetary donations to assist in helping the Francois family bear the future expenses directly and indirectly related to this tragedy. During this time, it is unimaginable to consider the stress and grief this wonderful family is undeservedly dealing with – in hopes to remove financial stress from this time of grief, we ask for your help if you have the means to do so.
Exceptional is just one word to describe Kameswara Mantha, doctoral student at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Department of Physics and Astronomy.
He is one of five individuals who are vying to be the first physics doctoral graduate at UMKC specializing in astrophysics. He’s making a name for himself through his dedication to physics research, scholarship and mentorship.
Pure determination and talent brought Mantha to where he is. While physics is Mantha’s passion, the path to a career in the field hasn’t been easy. Owing to the very limited opportunities to pursue physics degrees in his native India, Mantha earned a bachelor’s degree in electronics and communication engineering instead. In order to apply for graduate schools, “I self-taught to take the physics GRE,” Mantha said, and applied to top graduate schools in the United States. However, he was denied admissions by several institutes due to a lack of the right undergraduate degree.
So, armed with an engineering degree, Mantha joined the UMKC School of Computing and Engineering as a master’s student in August 2014. One day before the scheduled UMKC engineering student orientation, he learned about the UMKC Physics and Astronomy program, which stoked his hopes to pursue astrophysics. In a desperate search for an opportunity, Mantha pondered, “I’m going to try one last time” before approaching Professor Daniel McIntosh in the UMKC Physics and Astronomy Department.
The James Webb Space Telescope, the scientific successor to the Hubble Space Telescope, is scheduled to launch in the spring of 2020. It is expected to make history as the largest astronomical observatory ever sent into space, and University of Missouri-Kansas City scientists and students will be among those getting the earliest access to it. Continue reading
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
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