Science Night Live with Dr. Christoph Boehme

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 @ 6:00 p.m. - Science Night Live with Dr. Christoph Boehme! "The Spin Behind Modern Electronics" at Keys on Main (242 South Main Street) in downtown Salt Lake!


"Science Night Live public lectures offer a casual social and educational event in downtown Salt Lake. All events are held at Keys on Main (242 South Main Street), 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. Right across the street from the Gallivan TRAX station."

with Dr. Christoph Boehme,
Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Utah

The Spin Behind Modern Electronics

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Date & Time: Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at 6:00pm (Social begins at 5:30pm)

Location:Keys on Main (242 South Main Street)
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For more than half a century, the development of new and better semiconductor materials has driven the continuous innovation in electronic devices like computers and cell phones. “Better semiconductors” are materials with fewer impurities (“nanodirt”), missing atoms, or defects (“nanocracks”) which slow down or even destroy electric current, limiting performance.

The way defects affect materials frequently involves a property of electrons that physicists call “spin”. Spin makes electrons act like tiny magnets with a north and a south pole. This talk is about using spin and magnetism to find out which culprits make an electronic material worse, how exactly they do this, and how to fix this.

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.



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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