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Maria Cranor (1946 – 2023)

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We are sorry to  report that Maria Cranor, former departmentInstructor, died January 15 of natural causes. She led a storiedlife. Perhaps some of you saw Julie Jag’s excellent article in theSports section of the January 27 issue of the Salt Lake Tribune(https://www.sltrib.com/sports/2023/01/27/maria-boone-cranor-black-diamond/)about her.  After a career as a legendary climber, as a co-founder ofBlack Diamond, […]

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Physics and Astronomy Weekly (PAW)

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Professors Tugdual LeBohec and Eugene Mishchenko have initiated a friendly problem solving competition, Physics and Astronomy Weekly (PAW). Every week, the first participant to submit a correct solution for the week’s problem will be awarded a $75 prize. If you wish to participate, send an email to tugdual.lebohec@gmail.com with PAW followed by your UID in the subject line. You […]

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U of U PandA alum is Voyagers’ deputy project scientist

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This article originally appeared in the  Princeton University news The twin Voyager spacecraft captured the public imagination in the 1970s and ’80s as Earth’s first ambassadors to the outer planets, providing close-up images of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. Voyager 2 leapt skyward first, on August 17, 1977, followed a few weeks later by Voyager […]

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Mysterious bright flash is a black hole jet pointing straight at Earth

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This article originally appeared in the @THEU Earlier this year, astronomers at the Palomar Observatory detected an extraordinary flash in a part of the sky where no such light had been observed the night before. From a rough calculation, the flash appeared to give off more light than 1,000 trillion suns. The team, led by […]

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Catching neutrinos in Utah – CERN Courier

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This article originally appeared in the CERNCourier   Neutrinos are the least understood of all elementary particles, and the fact that they have mass is a firm indication of physics beyond the Standard Model. Decades of effort have been devoted to exploring the properties of neutrinos. However, there are still many important questions to address. For […]

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IceCube neutrinos give us first glimpse into the inner depths of an active galaxy

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Adapted from a release by the IceCube Collaboration. For the first time, an international team of scientists have found evidence of high-energy neutrino emission from NGC 1068, also known as Messier 77, an active galaxy in the constellation Cetus and one of the most familiar and well-studied galaxies to date. First spotted in 1780, this galaxy, […]

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Physics professors named APS fellows

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Two professors in the U’s Department of Physics & Astronomy—Christoph Boehme, Professor and Chair of the department, and Ramón Barthelemy, Assistant Professor, have been elected fellows of the American Physical Society (APS). The APS Fellowship Program was created to recognize members who may have made advances in physics through original research and publication, or made […]

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Alumnus Profile: Nick Borys

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Nick Borys, who received his Ph.D. in Physics from the U, is now Assistant Professor of Physics at Montana State University (MSU) in Bozeman, Montana. He has had an interesting journey from receiving an undergraduate degree in mathematics and computer science at the Colorado School of Mines to leading an experimental condensed matter physics and […]

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U students create new presentations during planetarium internship

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This past summer Keegan Benfield, Ethan Lamé, and Christian Norseth, in the U’s Department of Physics & Astronomy, participated in an internship program at Evans & Sutherland, a Cosm company. Cosm/E&S, considered the world’s first computer graphics company, has developed advanced computer graphics technologies for more than five decades. Their technology developed Digistar 7, the world’s […]

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Physics Dept. hosts NuFact International Workshop at Snowbird

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  Professor Carsten Rott and colleagues from the Department of Physics & Astronomy recently hosted an international workshop on neutrinos at Snowbird. Known as NuFact, the workshop brought together experimentalists, theorists, and accelerator physicists from all over the world to share their knowledge and expertise in the field. NuFact had more than 150 in-person participants […]

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