Dana Beasley, 575-646-7953, danab@nmsu.edu Nakotte, of the NMSU College of Arts and Sciences, and his research partner, John Rakovan, a geologist from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, are studying rare, single-crystal pieces of gold by looking at the atomic structure or, in essence - how they are put together. (Photo by Darren Phillips). Occasionally, the project will support undergraduates who may work a few hours a week on a project or spend the summer at one of the laboratories. The win comes with a $300 prize. Dani De Luca, (575) 646-1957, ddeluca@nmsu.edu Over the last decade, this grant has grown to be the largest in the physics department, with these successes enabling joint faculty positions with other research organizations. Determining the origin could be the difference between a piece that's worth little to a piece that's worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, since single crystals are extremely rare, he said. New Mexico State University ... Undergraduates. A subset of our faculty and students have access to the most up-to-date SDSS database; everyone has access to the public part of the database, and experience exists in the department to facilitate use of this exciting resource. "I spend as much time in the lab as possible and drive from Los Alamos to Las Cruces frequently to teach classes," he said. Physics professor receives NMSU's highest faculty award. Not to encourage a gold rush, he added that collecting gold in its raw form is very dangerous and could, in some cases, cost your life as was the case of one collector who found the Venezuelan gold crystal. NMSU physics professor researches rare, single-crystal gold pieces. 3 Credits (3) Algebra-level introduction to topics required for the Health Sciences including basic mechanics (including sound, mechanical waves and fluids), heat and thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism, optics and electromagnetic waves, atomic and nuclear physics and applications to medical imaging. Quick links to Physics at NMSU Research efforts include both observational and theoretical aspects.   Twitter   Facebook Galactic research includes the study of stellar populations as a function of location in the Milky Way galaxy and nearby galaxies such as the Andromeda galaxy. Department of Astronomy New Mexico State University PO Box 30001, MSC 4500 Las Cruces, NM 88001 phone: 575.646.4438, fax: 575.646.1602 NMSU College of Arts and Sciences NMSU Graduate School NMSU Course Catalog The Astronomy Department at NMSU is actively engaged in a variety of research programs, including planetary science, solar physics, interstellar medium, variable stars, and extragalactic and cosmological studies. The PDS node employs several researchers full-time, and offers a possibilities for archival planetary atmospheres research. Amorphous materials don't exhibit a definite atomic structure as seen in crystals. The single-crystal diffractometer used to determine the gold or crystal's origin is a machine housed in the Lujan Center. Dr. Lauren Waszek (lwaszek@nmsu.edu): Global Seismology NMSU faculty and students also study of the interstellar medium in star forming regions. Currently, NMSU has three doctoral candidates in residence at Brookhaven, and one at Fermilab, with the project also supporting two post-doctoral appointments, one at each laboratory. Dr. James Ni (jni@nmsu.edu): Earthquake Seismology The resources below are a great place to start your research. This "cutting-edge" technology differs from other appraising methods used even prior to the Klondike Gold Rush in the late 1840s. Others have been appraised at close to $1 million. Department of Physics MSC 3D 1255 N Horseshoe (shipping) New Mexico State University Las Cruces, NM 88003-8001 Phone: 575-646-3831 Fax: 575-646-1934 NMSU Home Phonebook