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RECON: Self-Gated Cardiac Perfusion MRI: Edward DiBella

Self-Gated Cardiac Perfusion MRI by Edward DiBella

Thursday Apr. 19, 2:00-2:45pm,
INSCC Large Conference Room

RECON (UCAIR REsearch CONnections) provides a scientific forum for Ph.D.–level exchange of ideas, concepts, and research of broad interest in medical imaging.  Meeting 2-3 times monthly, 30 min. presentations are given by UCAIR faculty, postdocs, collaborators, and late-stage graduate students.  Topics will range broadly across medical imaging and the related sciences, and should include general-interest content that is not modality-specific.  The emphasis is on physics and engineering research, with some translational clinical components; more clinically-oriented presentations can be found at the monthly UCAIR Seminar held at SOM Classroom A/B.  Special-interest topics that delve deeper into a specific modality, problem, or theory will also be occasionally presented. RECON attendees are asked to request special-interest topics that would be appealing to a wide audience.  Everyone with an interest in medical imaging, small animal imaging, image processing, or just science in general is invited to attend (attendance by UCAIR students and trainees is mandatory).  Each RECON will begin with a few minutes of general UCAIR announcements and accolades, etc.; and coffee-&-bagel snacks will be provided.

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Dustin Winslow Thesis Defense 03/12/12

Thesis Defense

Dustin Winslow

Thursday, March 12, 2012
3:00pm (334 JFB)

Title: Atomic Scale Study of Dielectric Trap States Using Single Electron Tunneling Force Spectroscopy


The rapid advancement of technology has led to increasingly faster and smaller solid state devices. One reason for this rapid development is the dedicated effort to characterize the defects in the dielectric materials used in solid state electronics. However there are no techniques which allow for characterization of localized electron and hole trap states, in completely nonconducting films, with atomic scale spatial resolution. This talk will focus on the force detected tunneling techniques developed in the Williams lab over the last decade, with an emphasis on the recently developed single electron tunneling force spectroscopy (SETFS) technique. The density of localized trap states in SiO2, Si3N4 and HfO2 measured using SETFS will be compared to experimental results and theoretically predicted values found in the literature. The SETFS results from measurements made on each of these films is in good agreement with standard techniques. However, several states have been characterized that have only been theoretically predicted or are not identified in the literature. Finally, evidence of mobile charge in HfO2 will be presented and a possible mechanism proposed to explain the irreversible nature of the surface charging.


The Nature of Things Keynote Lecture Dr. Brian Greene

From the Natural History Museum of Utah's website.

"Dr. Brian Greene
Professor of Physics and Mathematics at Columbia University

Location: Kingsbury Hall at the University of Utah
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Join Dr. Brian Greene for a whirlwind exploration of one science story -- the quest to unravel some of the biggest mysteries of space and time -- and come away with a visceral understanding of why science matters.

Greene distills impossibly complex theoretical physics, like the concept of the multiverse, into a form we can all understand, and is dedicated to sharing science stories with broad audiences to combat perceptions of science as cold, distant, or irrelevant. Greene argues that understanding the transformative power of science – just like great music, art, or literature -- should be considered an indispensable part of what makes life worth living.

String theorist and author of The Elegant Universe, Brian Greene is one of the world’s leading theoretical physicists and a brilliant, entertaining communicator of cutting-edge scientific concepts. The Washington Post described him as “the single best explainer of abstruse concepts in the world today.”

In addition to writing best-selling books, Greene shares science stories through a range of interdisciplinary media.  He co-founded the World Science Festival, an annual celebration of science from cutting-edge research to works in theatre, film, and the arts inspired by scientific ideas. A graduate of Harvard and a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, Greene is a professor in both Physics and Mathematics at Columbia University.

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Nature of Things 2012 is underwritten by the R. Harold Burton Foundation. 

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Science Night Live: Kyle Dawson

The College of Science will present a "Science Night Live!" event next Wednesday, January 25th, 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 of physics & astronomy at the U, will discuss how astronomers at the U and across the world are "Revealing the Secrets of the Universe."

How does the universe grow and evolve with time?  How did the universe look ten billion years ago, and how will it look in another ten billion years?  How can we build an experiment to address these questions?
“In the last 15 years, we have made startling discoveries about the universe as we have attempted to answer these questions,” says Dawson.
As members of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, astronomers at the U are mapping more than 1.5 million galaxies. Join us to learn how we will find those galaxies and use that information to better understand the nature of the 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!  
In addition, this month's Science Night Live will feature a brief science trivia contest, as well as a free raffle for some awesome prizes!  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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