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Science Night Live: Kyle Dawson

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The College of Science will present a "Science Night Live!" event next Wednesday, October 21, 2015, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Keys on Main, 242 South Main St. (next to Sam Weller's bookstore). Invite a friend, make a date, and stop by after work!

Kyle Dawson, assistant professor in the Department of Physics & Astronomy at the U, will discuss how astronomers at the U and across the world are "Mapping Cosmic History 1,000 Galaxies at a Time"

In the early moments following the Big Bang, a sea of particles and fields permeated the Universe. This sea was nearly uniform, with only the tiniest fluctuations toward higher or lower density. Over the course of 14 billion years, these tiny fluctuations grew into vast filaments of matter spanning hundreds of millions of years and littered with galaxies. The exact way in which those structures grow is dependent on the lightest of particles and the most expansive fields, most of which we do not understand. By studying the nearest and most distant of those galaxies, we can map the course of cosmic history and gain insight into the nature of the Universe. We are now building that atlas of the Universe with a telescope in New Mexico that was designed to observe millions of galaxies and quasars over a decade. In this talk, I will describe what we don't know about particles and fields and how we hope to use these new measurements to better understand our Universe.

You are welcome to mix-and-mingle from 5:30 to 7:00 at Keys on Main. A complete food menu and drink menu will be available. Join us for a stimulating discussion and social event!

Event is free and open to the public. Must be 21 or over. Call (801) 581-6958 for more info.

[Ride the UTA TRAX to the Gallivan Plaza stop. Or, there is limited street parking available on 200 South and 300 South that is free after 6:00 pm. Perhaps the easiest parking is in the Wells Fargo building lot, accessible from 300 South. See]

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Pluto Palooza: July 14 at 6pm

Come celebrate NASA’s New Horizons mission to Pluto!

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The Department of Physics & Astronomy will be showing the NASA TV live broadcast as Mission Operations receives the “phone home signal” from the New Horizons probe after its closest approach to Pluto.

Free event open to the public.

Location: Language and Communications Building (LNCO) Auditorium Room 1100, at the University of Utah
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Date: Tuesday, July 14, 2015, 6:00 - 8:00pm

Learn more about the local event here.
Learn more about the New Horizons probe from NASA's site.


2015 Graduation Ceremony

From the Office of the Registrar

"The University of Utah commencement and convocation ceremonies are held annually at the conclusion of spring semester. Candidates for graduation in the summer 2014, fall 2014, spring 2015, or summer 2015 terms may attend. University Commencement will be held on Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 6:30pm in the Jon M Huntsman Center. This year's commencement speaker will be U.S. Secretary of Veteran Affairs and U alum Robert McDonald. Honorary degrees will be awarded to Anne Cullimore Decker, Henry B. Eyring, and Mark Fuller. For more information, please visit the Commencement Ceremony page.

Each college holds a convocation ceremony, where students are acknowledged individually by degree. For the date, time, and location of each convocation ceremony, please visit the College Convocations page.

Commencement and Convocation Ceremonies are open to the public and free to attend. No tickets or RSVP required. Those who are unable to attend commencement will be able to watch the live stream via the website, or watch the rebroadcast on KUED Channel 7 on Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 5:30pm."

Each college holds a convocation ceremony, where students are acknowledged individually by degree. For the College of Science Convocation Ceremony, this will take place at 6:00pm on Friday, May 8, 2015 at Kingsbury Hall. (Map)

The College of Science will hold a graduation reception. This will take place at 3:00pm on Friday May 8, 2015 at President's Circle.

To learn more, please visit the Commencement Ceremony page.

Graduation Events & Ceremonies

University of Utah

Thurs., May 7, 2015
Jon M Huntsman Center
College of Science
Graduation Reception

Fri., May 8, 2015
President's Circle
College of Science
Convocation Ceremony

Fri., May 8, 2015
6:00 pm
Kingsbury Hall


Parking & Transportation
Campus parking lots may be used at no charge during commencement and convocation ceremonies. Please see our commencement parking map for parking locations as well as shuttle and TRAX stops. Additionally, since campus parking is limited, we encourage the use of UTA on these days. The use of UTA while on campus is free both days, but fare is still required for any off campus travel.

To learn more, please visit the Commencement Ceremony Parking & Transportation page.


Field-Effect Transistors Made From Pybrid Perovskites

The remarkable crystalline materials may prove useful in many applications beyond solar cells

Valy Vardeny, distinguished professor of physics at the University of Utah. Photo Credit: University of Utah

The best hope for cheap, super-efficient solar power is a remarkable group of crystalline materials called hybrid perovskites. In just five years of development, organic-inorganic perovskite solar cells have attained power conversion efficiencies that took decades to achieve with the top-performing conventional materials used to generate electricity from sunlight.

In a scientific first, researchers at the University of Utah and Wake Forest University now have demonstrated that the materials can be used to make field-effect transistors operating at room temperature. The feat shows that hybrid perovskites have potential to be used in a great many optoelectronic applications beyond solar cells.

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