New Student Leadership

Every year, student leadership positions change as students graduate and new students arrive. Here is an overview of this year's changes.

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IYA 2009 Film Festival

As part of the ongoing celebration of the 2009 International Year of Astronomy, the department is hosting the University of Utah’s IYA 2009 Film Festival. An array of films for the whole family are viewed monthly in the A. Ray Olpin University Union Theater on the University of Utah campus. Popcorn provided and all shows are free and open to the public!

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2009-2010 Conferences & Workshops

During the last academic year, the Department of Physics & Astronomy sponsored three scientific conferences/workshops in Salt Lake City centered on the research strengths in the department: astrophysics and condensed matter physics.

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New Faculty Join Physics & Astronomy

This year, we have been fortunate in our ability to hire eight new faculty members from all over the world. Get to know more about these professors with these short biographies.

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Department Renamed

Name change reflects evolution in curriculum, research and department as a whole.

Speaking to students at the Spring 2009 Undergraduate Seminar, department Chairman Dave Kieda declared, “None of you here will ever receive a degree from the Department of Physics.” The room filled with shocked silence as Kieda continued, “The Department of Physics is officially the Department of Physics and Astronomy!”

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