Department of Physics
USM professor says Oumuamua is a 'rocky body,' not an alien creation
USM Professor Julie Ziffer believes that a tumbling, cigar-shaped object in space — named “Oumuamua” — is more likely to be debris than an alien “light sail” or probe, two theories raised by a Harvard University astronomer.
Not 'just ice': USM faculty, alumni weigh in on Westbrook ice disk
USM faculty and alumni weigh in on the phenomenon that is the Westbrook "ice disk," and why it's gaining the global attention they think it deserves.
USM's Nakroshis talks Westbrook's floating 'ice disk' on Maine Public
USM Associate Professor of Physics Paul Nakroshis discusses the possible causes of a massive, floating "ice disk" that appeared earlier this week in the middle of the Presumpscot River in downtown Westbrook.
USM's LaSala and Ziffer answer space questions on 'Maine Calling'
USM physicists Julie Ziffer and Jerry LaSala marked the 60th anniversary of NASA recently on the Maine Public’s talk show “Maine Calling.”
Physics professor and student team analyze asteroids with NASA telescope
USM's associate physics professor Julie Ziffer and her team of students controlled NASA's infrared telescope remotely at midnight from the Portland campus to analyze asteroids.
Physics Professor Paul Nakroshis and Maine professors recruit 706 colleagues to sign letter to President Trump on climate change
A letter co-authored by USM Physics Professor Paul Nakroshis imploring newly-elected President Donald Trump to make climate change an "urgent priority" has earned the attention of Maine media.
Asteroid to give Earth a close shave, and USM expert is looking forward to it
Dr. Julie Ziffer, Associate Professor of Physics, spoke with the Bangor Daily News about the asteroid that came 'close' to Earth on February 15, 2013.
Asteroid named for USM Physics Professor
Dr. Ziffer, Assistant Professor of Physics,has been studying and researching asteroids in our Solar System for several years with a focus on asteroids made of ice rather than rock.