International Summer Research Exchange

A Telescope Array cosmic ray detector station (Delta, Utah) surrounded by the visiting Jazan University Saudi students, Dr. Mohammed Al Seady of Jazan University (right center), and Prof. John Matthews of the University of Utah Cosmic Ray Research group (right)

Piloted With Students From Jazan University, Saudi Arabia

by David Kieda & Brian Saam

Prof. David Kieda, Chair of the Department of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Utah, and Prof. Brian Saam, head of the Organic Spintronics Materials Research Center at the University of Utah, have been working with one of their department’s Ph.D graduates, Mohammed Al-Seady (now professor at Jazan University), to develop a scientific and cultural exchange program with Jazan University (Jazan University), Saudi Arabia.

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Awards, Promotions & Recognition: 2011-2012

Our world-class faculty are renowned scholars, recognized both nationally & internationally for their research achievements. in 2011 and 2012, many were recognized for their achievements in research and teaching.

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Chairman ’s Welcome

Hello Friends,

Welcome to the fall 2012 edition of Spectrum, the newsletter of the Department of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Utah. In this edition, we are pleased to highlight the growth of the various research, teaching, and public outreach programs in our department. Key developments include the creation of the six-year, $20 million NSF Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC), led by Profs. Valy Vardeny and Brian Saam of our Department, and the recent $1 million Keck Foundation Award to Prof. John Belz for development of a novel radio detection technique for high energy cosmic rays. The department has welcomed two new tenure-track faculty members in Condensed Matter Research; Prof. Dimytro Pesin (University of Texas Austin, Theoretical Condensed Matter) and Prof. Vikram Deshpande (Columbia University, Experimental Condensed Matter). The department facilities have undergone major renovations, including a rebuild of the JFB Rotunda lecture halls, renovations to the second floor library, and addition of a $750k five-axis CNC machining center to the research facilities. The department also has increased its outreach to the general community through public science events centered upon the annular Solar eclipse, the transit of Venus across the sun, and the recent landing of the rover `Curiosity’ on Mars.

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