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Adam Beehler Awarded Governor’s Medal for Science

From the Utah Governor's Office of Economic Development website.

Adam Beehler

Adam Beehler, the Department of Physics & Astronomy's Lecture Demonstration Specialist, has been awarded the 2016 Utah Governor's Medal for Science and Technology in the category of Higher Education.
Adam is being recognized for his contributions to Higher Education as the university's own "Bill Nye", sharing his passion for physics with thousands of Utahns!

The medal recipients are true leaders in innovation, serving as educators, mentors and influencers statewide,” State Gov. Gary Herbert said. “Innovation drives Utah’s thriving economy and unmatched quality of life. I commend the winners for excellence in their fields and for their important work, which will benefit Utah residents for generations.

Adam Beehler's Award Bio

Adam Beehler’s preferred title of “phyzard” was dubbed by his daughter, but his official designation is lecture demonstration specialist for the University of Utah Department of Physics and Astronomy. With more than 20 years of experience in physics teaching, Adam is passionate about community engagement and outreach. He has reached more than 65,000 Utah students and members of the general public through his volunteer lecture-demonstration presentations and outreach activities at elementary and middle schools. Adam’s demonstration activities have been published as a national best practice and have been adopted by many peer institutions due to their effectiveness for increasing student learning. Adam loves physics and loves sharing it. Some would say that getting into the details of science to explain something as beautiful as a rainbow would dampen the experience. For Adam, understanding the science behind a rainbow opens his eyes even more to its beauty.


The Utah Governor's Medal for Science and Technology is awarded to residents and companies who have provided distinguished service or made significant contributions to Utah’s advanced scientific and technological knowledge, education and industry.

Click here to learn more and to see past recipients.
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Frontiers of Science with Dr. Siegfried S. Hecker

Thursday, January 19, 2017 @ 6:00 p.m. - Frontiers of Science with Dr. Siegfried S. Hecker! "North Korean Nukes: What, How & Why?" in room 220 of the Aline Wilmot Skaggs Building (ASB) on the U of U Campus!


with Dr. Siegfried S. Hecker,
Research Professor of Management Science and Engineering, Stanford University

North Korean Nukes: What, How & Why?

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Date & Time: Thursday, January 19, 2017 at 6:00pm

Location: 220 Aline Skaggs Building at the University of Utah
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After nearly 60 years of slow but steady progress toward nuclear energy and nuclear weapons, North Korea has greatly accelerated its drive for nuclear weapons with more than 20 missile launches and two nuclear tests in 2016. I will provide a historical perspective of what nuclear capabilities North Korea has, how it obtained them, and why. I will also compare North Korea’s quest with the Iranian nuclear program and address the decisions facing the new U.S. president on how to confront these nuclear threats.

Frontiers of Science is free and open to the public. Please arrive early, as seating and parking will be limited. Click here to learn more about the Frontiers of Science lecture series.


Prof. Gerton Awarded University Distinguished Teaching Award

Dr. Jordan Gerton

Jordan Gerton has been awarded the University's Distinguished Teaching Award. This is one of the University's highest faculty awards for teaching, and is well deserved. The Distinguished Teaching Award is set aside for faculty with eight or more years of service as the University of Utah and recognizes outstanding teaching, innovative pedagogy, concern for students, and exemplary contributions to the educational process outside the classroom.

Prof. Gerton will be formally recognized for this achievement during University and College Commencement Exercises in May 2017.

The University Distinguished Teaching Award honors significant contributions to the teaching mission of the University of Utah. Click here to learn more and to see past recipients.


Inese Ivans Receives Students' Choice Award

Dr. Inese Ivans

The Department of Physics & Astronomy Students' Choice Award for the Best Undergraduate Seminar Speaker goes to Inese Ivans, for her presentation, "Galactic Archaeology via the Compositions of Stars Using Stellar Spectroscopy" . This award is given by the students enrolled in the department's Undergraduate Seminar courses (PHYS 1970 & PHYS 1980) - a seminar series with research presentations from departmental faculty members and occasional local employers, providing an introduction to opportunities for undergraduate research in Physics and Astronomy.
The department congratulates Dr. Ivans for her fun and inspiring talk!


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