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Two LSU Research Projects Featured in Discover Magazine’s Top 100 Stories of 2013

02/17/2014 02:04 PM

BATON ROUGE – LSU faculty accomplishments get more impressive each year, with bigger grants, awards and discoveries being announced all the time. Last year was no exception, proving to be a banner year for three LSU researchers whose work has been featured in Discover Magazine’s Top 100 Stories of 2013.


"We selected the top 100 stories based in part on each item’s impact and implications on its particular field," said Steve George, editor of Discover.


Brent Christner, associate professor of biological sciences; Thomas Kutter, professor of physics and astronomy; and Martin Tzanov, assistant professor of physics, conducted research recognized in the magazine’s annual listings.

Christner’s work on the exploration of lakes beneath Antarctica’s ice sheet came in at number 12 in the list. His groundbreaking work in this arena has been attracting international attention for years, and this is his second time being featured in Discover’s Top 100.


“Understanding how microorganisms live in sub-freezing, hostile conditions like those found beneath deep ice in Antarctica offers new scientific new insights that could aid in identifying environments for microscopic life on other planets,” said Christner. “This type of research is ushering in a new era of polar science.”


Kutter’s and Tzanov’s work with the Tokai to Kamioka, or T2K, international collaboration has also received international attention for several years. Coming in at number 66 in Discover’s list, the magazine describes the team’s discovery of new evidence of neutrino oscillations from one “flavor” to another as information that “may lead to insights about why there is more matter than antimatter in the universe.”


"Our team at LSU is proud to contribute to the T2K experiment. It is fantastic to see such a strong evidence of muon neutrinos transform into electron neutrinos as they travel 295 km through the crust of the Earth. It’s mind boggling in many ways,” said Kutter. “Our results just cracked open a door to allow further exploration of nature; in particular, whether neutrinos and their anti-matter partners behave differently. Future work on neutrinos may reveal why our universe is made of matter rather than anti-matter. It is a crucial stepping stone toward resolving one of the biggest mysteries of our own universe and existence."


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