Four University of Utah faculty members, including Anil Seth from the Department of Physics & Astronomy, have been named Presidential Scholars. This award honors extraordinary research and academic efforts of early to mid-career faculty.
The National Science Foundation has awarded $1,635,591 to scientists from the University of Utah and a collaborator from University of California, Los Angeles, to research one of the biggest hurdles to quantum computing—the quantum logic units, or “qubits,” that carry information. The award is one of 19 Quantum Idea Incubator grants totaling $32 million funded this year as part of the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Quantum Leap, one of NSF’s “10 Big Ideas” that represent bold, long-term research ideas at the cutting-edge of science and engineering.
Assistant professor Ramón Barthelemy is a former Fulbright Scholar and an American Association for the Advancement of Science Policy (AAAS) Fellow dedicated to equity and inclusion in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). He joined the U in July 2019 to begin serving as the first tenure-track faculty member in the U’s Physics Education Research (PER) Program.
Assistant Professor Ramón Barthelemy (far right) recently traveled to the University of Helsinki in Finland to build a new connection focused on physics education research (PER). As part of his trip, Dr. Barthelemy met with the Fulbright Finland Foundation to discuss opportunities available to graduate students and post-doctoral scholars to travel from the USA to Finland.
Cyri Dixon has joined the Department of Physics & Astronomy as an undergraduate academic advisor, replacing Tamara Young. She will advise new, current, and transfer students; oversee course planning and prerequisites, review DARS reports and degree requirements, and perform other academic duties. Her office is located in the Crocker Science Center, 240-D. Please join us in welcoming Cyri!