Recent Events

Physics Astronomy Project Featured on NSF Website

The SC State astronomy project, POCA, was recently featured on the NSF website.

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Physics Researcher Studies Hurricanes

Dr. Steve Katzberg, a research scientist in the physics area in the Department of Biological and Physical Sciences at SC State, is part of a NASA satellite project that studies hurricanes. His work was recently featured in the Post and Courier at the 25th anniversary of the landfall of hurricane Hugo.

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Go here for an earlier article on this project.

NSF Awards SC State University with $399,940 Grant

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $399,940 to SC State University and OCtech to develop a partnership that will enhance the physics programs at each institution.

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Physics Students Graduate

Four physics majors at SC State graduated with their B.S. degrees on Friday, May 10, 2013. Two previous physics graduates earned their M.S. degrees.

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Astronomy Students and Faculty Present at MASC

April 13, 2013
Clemson, SC

Two astronomy students and three faculty members from the SC State Physics program presented at the annual Meeting of Astronomers in South Carolina.

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Faculty and Students Present at AAS Meeting

January 6-10, 2013
Long Beach, California

Three undergraduates and two faculty members attended and presented at the recent meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Long Beach, California.

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Quadrennial Physics Conference

November 8-10, 2012
Orlando, Florida

SC State Physics Faculty Member and Students Attend and Present at the Quadrennial Physics Conference.

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3rd ANNUAL Physics Visitation Day

Saturday, November 3, 2012
9:00 am to 2:30 pm

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Charles Kurgatt

Fall 2012 Observing Run At KPNO

October 4-6, 2012
Kitt Peak National Observatory, Tucson, AZ

First time observers Charles Kurgatt and Joe Bartolini joined Dr. Walter for a three night observing run on the Coude Feed telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory.

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SC State to Participate in NASA Satellite Mission

Read about SC State's participation here.


SC State Observes Venus Transit - A Once (or twice) in a Lifetime Event

June 6, 2012
Orangeburg, SC

Students, faculty and members of the general public turned out to watch a real-time event that occurs only once or twice in a person's lifetime, a transit of the planet Venus.

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Will and Maria

Summer Interns Observe At KPNO

May 31- June 2, 2012
Kitt Peak National Observatory, Tucson, AZ

Interns Maria Martinez and Will Hernandez traveled with Dr. Walter to Kitt Peak at the beginning of their Summer 2012 POCA internship, observing with the Coude Feed telescope and touring other facilities.

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POCA Faculty and Student to KPNO

May 16-18, 2012
Kitt Peak National Observatory, Tucson, AZ

POCA Faculty Drs. Cash and Walter and Undergraduate physics major Bryan Pugh visited Kitt Peak National Observatory for a 3-night observing run on the Coude Feed Telescope.

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Partnership in Observational and
Computational Astronomy (POCA)

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POCA, funded under an National Science Foundation Program: Partnerships in Astronomy and Astrophysics Research and Education (PAARE), represents a partnerships between South Carolina State University, the National Optical Astronomy Observatory and Clemson University. The mission of POCA is to develop an effective, long-term partnership that combines the strengths of the three institutions to increase the scientific and educational output of all the partners with special emphasis on enhancing diversity in the field of astronomy.

Minority Consortium for Earth and Space Sciences

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The mission of MUCESS is to increase minority participation in the Earth and space sciences. This includes faculty and student research, K-16 education and public outreach.

Robotically Controlled Telescope


SC State is a charter member of the RCT Consortium which has taken over management of the 1.3-meter telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory, approximately 50 miles west of Tucson, Arizona. Faculty members and students use the facility in its robotic mode by submitting observing scripts each night. The telescope carries out the requests without human intervention and delivers the data each morning over the Internet. A wide range of astronomical objects are studied by SC State and its RCT partners Western Kentucky University and Villanova University as well as by other national and international groups.

NASA Programs

Center for NASA Research & Technology

CNRT telescope

From August 1995 through February 2009, NASA funded research, educational and public outreach programs at SCSU. This link will open a collection of web pages describing these programs.

Some of this material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number AST-0750814.
Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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Cosmology for Non-Science Majors


Cosmology is the scientific study of how the universe began and evolved, and the people who do this work are called cosmologists.

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