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Society of Physics Students: New Officers

The University of Utah Society of Physics Students has held elections for the 2018-2019 school year and we are excited to announce the results:

President- Jared Coles

Vice President- Galen Bergsten

Treasurer- Maria Stokes

Outreach Coordinator- Maile Marriott

Outreach Coordinator- Jesse Snow

Secretary- Sage Yaeger

Historian- Zane Gerber

Historian- Jordan Lybarger

We look forward to your involvement in our activities for the remainder of this semester, and under new leadership next year. Thank you for your support!
The SPS leadership team



Results of the Department of Physics & Astronomy Review Released

In October 2017 we experienced the tragic death of one of our graduate students.  As a department we vowed to learn from this tragedy and to improve our graduate program. The university commissioned an outside review of all issues and concerns related to the experience of graduate students on our campus.  More details are available here. We are strictly following the department-related recommendations of the review and directives from the administration to help our students succeed in the best way we can.


Science Night Live with Dr. Sophie Caron

Wednesday, April 4, 2018  @ 5:30 p.m. - Science Night Live with Dr. Sophie Caron! "Brains Don’t Play Dice – or do They?" at Sky SLC (149 Pierpont Ave) in downtown Salt Lake City!


"Science Night Live public lectures offer a casual social and educational event in downtown Salt Lake. All events are held at Sky SLC (149 Pierpont Ave), beginning with a social at 5:30 and a lecture at 6:00 p.m. Free and open to the public! Must be 21 years of age or older."

with Dr. Sophie Caron,
Department of Biology, University of Utah

Brains Don’t Play Dice – or do They?

Date & Time: Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at 6:00pm (Social begins at 5:30pm)

Location: Sky SLC (149 Pierpont Ave)
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Animals are endowed with a range of sensory systems that gather information about the outside world. This information is processed by the brain and, sometimes, stored as a memory. Animals constantly use memories of past experiences to adjust their behavior. The smell of a nutritious fruit, for instance, will become attractive while that of a sickening chemical will be avoided. We know a great deal about how sensory input is received and processed by various sensory organs but we know much less about how experiences are stored as memories in the brain. How the brain — and in particular neuronal networks — is organized to provide both the flexibility and specificity required for memory formation is the topic I will be discussing.

Science Night Live is free and open to the public 21 or over. Please arrive early, as seating and parking will be limited. Click here to learn more about the Science Night Live lecture series.


Anil Seth Receives Early Career Teaching Award

Anil Seth

Associate Professor Anil Seth has received a 2016 Early Career Teaching Award from the University of Utah. This award is given each year to only a few faculty members at the University of Utah for "distinction in teaching, demonstrated by activities that result in increased learning by students, such as the development of new methods or other curricular innovation"

With his passion for teaching astronomy, Anil has opened the Universe to our students and our community in imaginative and effective ways.


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