Physics

Asteroid named for USM Physics Professor

Assistant Professor Julie Ziffer of USM's Physic's Department

USM Professor Julie Ziffer was recently recognized by the International Astronomical Union for all her work in Asteroid research, by having Asteroid 7909 named after her. 

Ziffer is an Assistant Professor of Physics, who has been studying and researching asteroids in our Solar System for the past couple years. Focusing more on asteroids made of ice rather than rock. 

Edward D. Murphy, of The Portland Press Herald, quoted Ziffer as saying: It's not on a collision course with Earth -- that's one of the first things I checked. It's like, you don't want a hurricane named after you."

 

For the Full Article:

http://www.pressherald.com/news/usm-prof-attains-fame-thats-out-of-this-world_2012-05-20.html

For 2010 Video Interview of Ziffer Talking About Her Research: 

http://origin.wcsh6.com/news/article/118897/50/portland.highschoolsports.net

For more information on USM's College of Science Technology and Health:

http://usm.maine.edu/csth

For more information on USM's Physics Department:

http://usm.maine.edu/phy