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Christopher Jarzynski
Christopher Jarzynski

The mission of the Institute for Physical Science and Technology (IPST) is to foster excellence in interdisciplinary research and education at the University of Maryland. IPST accomplishes this by integrating people, science and technology.

Our selective and highly ranked graduate programs in the fields of

provide specialized training at the intersection of traditional fields, and are a central component of our mission.

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News and Special Events

Dan Lathrop's research is showcased in Voice of America

July 22, 2015. Professor Dan Lathrop and his research studying the magnetic field of the Earth was highlighted in an article and video segment in Voice of America. Lathrop's research aims at understanding the mechanisms by which the Earths magnetic field flip over time.

Eugenia Kalnay elected into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

May 12, 2015. Professor Eugenia Kalnay was elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Founded in 1780, the Academy is a leading center for independent policy research. The 197 new members will be inducted at a ceremony at the Academy’s headquarters in Cambridge, MA, on October 10.

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We have entered the inter-semester break, bringing a hiatus to the regularly schedule seminars. Special seminars may still be posted here when such exist.

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