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Wave At Saturn Event

Dr. Tabitha Buehler & Dr. Ben Bromley

Come be a part of human history! Wave at Saturn as the NASA Cassini probe takes our photo!

There will be telescopes, lectures, and hands-on activities for the whole family!

Free event open to the public.

Location: Natural History Museum of Utah at the University of Utah
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Date: Friday, July 19, 2013, 2:00 - 4:00pm (photo at 3:27pm)

From JPL's website:

"One of the most exciting Cassini events in 2013 will be the unusual opportunity on July 19 to image the whole Saturn system as it is backlit by the sun. With Saturn covering the harsh light of the sun, we will be gathering unique ring science and also catching a glimpse of our very own home planet.

The main science goal for the mosaic we are making of the Saturn system is to look at the more diffuse rings that encircle Saturn and check for change over time. A previous mosaic of the Saturn system Cassini made in 2006 revealed that the dusty E ring, which is fed by the water-ice plume of the moon Enceladus, had unexpectedly large variations in brightness and color around its orbit. We'll want to see how that looks seven Earth years and a Saturnian season later, giving us clues to the forces at work in the Saturn system. We'll do this analysis by collecting data from our visual and infrared mapping spectrometer, composite infrared mapping spectrometer and ultraviolet imaging spectrograph in addition to the imaging cameras."

Learn more here.


University of Utah Names Physics Chairman Dean for Graduate School

June 4, 2013 – The Office of Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of Utah announced that David Kieda has been selected to be the new dean of the Graduate School. He replaces Charles A. Wight, who left in 2012 to become the president of Weber State University.

As professor and current chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the U, Kieda has worked closely with faculty and administrators to establish and expand the astronomy program. He helped set up both a public observatory on campus and a high-altitude research telescope in southern Utah.

“Professor Kieda has shown tremendous leadership skills through his research programs and administrative accomplishments,” said Michael Hardman, interim senior vice president for Academic Affairs “He has successfully led graduate students in rigorous disciplines and has effectively managed major academic ventures. I am confident he will serve the Graduate School with professionalism and integrity.”

Read the announcement here.


2013 List of Graduates & Awards

Graduation and commencement exercises for the University of Utah took place on May 3, 2013. The Department of Physics & Astronomy congratulates all of its 2013 graduates and welcomes them to their alumni family.


Leah Papadopoulos

Dave Kieda

Yuting Hu

Shawn Merrill & parents

Christoph Boehme & Scott Temple

Carleton DeTar

Rhett Zollinger

Graduation Party

Mark Limes

Congratulations to our 2013 graduates and scholarship recipients!

2013 Awards & ScholarshipsBaccalaureate DegreesMasters DegreesPh. D Degrees

Swigart Scholarship for Outstanding Graduate Student
Mark Limes

Outstanding Graduate Student
Bhoj Gautam
Yuting Hu

Outstanding Postdoctoral Research
Nick Borys

Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistants
Yuting Hu
Rhett Zollinger

Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Assistants
Jon Drake
Lea Papadopoulos

Paul Gilbert Outstanding Undergraduate Research
Joshua Wallace

Martin Hiatt Outstanding Undergraduate Research
Scott Temple

Outstanding Undergraduate - Senior
Lea Papadopoulos

Outstanding Undergraduate - Junior
Joshua Wallace

Outstanding Undergraduate - Sophomore
Ariel Herbert-Voss

Tyler Soelberg Memorial Award
Shawn Merrill

Departmental Scholarship
Laurel Hales
Christopher Harker
Shawn Merrill
Joshua Wolfe

Christopher Ahn
Kyle Arslanian
Matthew Baird
Sean Burns
Alexandria Burringo
Keyton Clayson
Brian Colson
Trevor Dick
Jon Drake
Haleigh Van Eerden Emerson
Dan Filler
Eric Grimm
Jeffrey Healey
Pyong Hlaing
Daniel Hoyt
Brian Kimmig
Gavin Kindall
Wade Jensen
Richard Jones
David Lawrence
Samuel Leventhal
Max Llamozas
Gannon McDonald
Michelle Miller
Travis Nielsen
Eric Peterson
Brian Pfenning
Matthew Shaw
Eric Swenson
Christopher Tellesbo
Sky Blue Thai
Shai Vardeny
Mary Walton
Branson Williams
Thomas Woodland
Sarah Yenchik
Anil Ghimire
Nabraj Sapkota
Alex Thiessen
Tek Basel
Jacqualine Butterfield
Mahamadou Diakite
Bhoj Gautam
Jeff Hodges
Yuting Hu
Mark Limes
Ella Oljenik
Matt Olmstead
Bill Pandit
Kipp van Schooten
Kamdem Thaddee


Charlie Jui Awarded Honors Professorship

Prof. Charlie Jui has been awarded a University-wide Honors Professorship for the 2013-2014 academic year.

Prof. Jui was also a recipient of a College of Science Professorship as well. Both professorships will allow Prof. Jui to develop a new course in complex systems.

Prof.Jui is one of the department's most dedicated and talented lecturers and researchers. The award is very well deserved as recognition of his recognized leadership in both teaching and science.


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