Science Night Live: John Belz

On November 10, at Keys on Main, research professor John Belz gave his presentation “Desert Rain: Particle Astrophysics Under Utah Skies” as part of the College of Science’s Science Night Live Lecture series. The previous Science Night Live presentation given from a member of the department was “Stellar Imaging: Back to the Future” presented by Professor Stephan LeBohec in April 2009.

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Engineer etches microscopic U of U medallion

Appeared on September 14th, 2010. Images & text reprinted with permission. Article available here.

SALT LAKE CITY -- A University of Utah fan expressed his Ute pride in a tiny way. An engineer created a golden University of Utah logo that is smaller than the width of an average human hair at less than three-one-thousandths of an inch.

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W.L. Eccles Observatory

by Kyle Dawson - Development Chairman

Thanks to the generous support of the W.L. Eccles Foundation and E.R. and E.W. Dumke Foundation, the Department of Physics and Astronomy finished the construction of the new Willard L. Eccles Telescope at Frisco Peak Observatory in October 2009. The significant investment in this new telescope has already started paying dividends; the department has made pristine observations of supernovae, gravitationally lensed quasars, and clusters of galaxies. Our faculty are thrilled that the quality of the data is superior to any other telescope of its size in the continental United States. These new images were used for student projects in a new course in observational astronomy taught by Prof. Kyle Dawson.

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In Memorium: Fred Slock

Fred Slock (1938 - 2010) In Memorium by Ed Mundord, Machinist

Fred Slock, who worked for the department as building maintenance and Woodshop Specialist for more than 33 years, passed away Thanksgiving morning of heart failure. He was 72 years old. He started at the University in April 1971 as a Lab Maintenance Technician, and moved up to Maintenance Technician later on. He retired in 2004, but was still around through the end of 2005 and into 2006.

I wanted to say a little something about one of my past friends, Fred “Freddy” Slock. When I started in the department ten years ago, both Freddy and the lecture demonstration specialist Ziggy Peacock, made it a point to befriend me and make me feel a part of the physics department. It was routine almost every morning, around 7:00 a.m. before classes started, for all of us to meet and have a cup of coffee in the lecture demo room. During the morning coffee, Freddy and Ziggy always delighted in a round of verbal bantering with professors such as Sid Rudolph. Rich Ingebretsen, Orest Symko and many others as they would prepare for their day’s lectures. This is how I was introduced to many of the faculty.

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2nd Annual Research Open House

by Ben Bromley - Director of Graduate Studies

Last year, Professor Jordan Gerton, then the department’s Director of Graduate Studies, initiated a symposium to showcase faculty research and to help graduate students find thesis research advisors. Running with the success of this event, the Department of Physics & Astronomy held a second incarnation of the Graduate Research Symposium in November. This time, potential graduate students, including seniors at other Utah colleges and universities, attended as well.

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