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Snapshots: Ethan Lame

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Ethan Lame is a junior majoring in physics, with an emphasis in astronomy and astrophysics. As a sophomore, he participated in the Science Research Initiative (SRI) program, sponsored by the College of Science. The SRI puts students in a lab to do research as soon as they arrive on campus. After Ethan was admitted to […]

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Extraordinary black hole found in neighboring galaxy

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Astronomers discovered a black hole unlike any other. At one hundred thousand solar masses, it is smaller than the black holes we have found at the centers of galaxies, but bigger than the black holes that are born when stars explode. This makes it one of the only confirmed intermediate-mass black holes, an object that […]

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Tabitha Buehler Honored with U’s Distinguished Teaching Award

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Tabitha Buehler, Associate Lecture Professor of Physics and Astronomy, has been recognized for her significant contributions to teaching by receiving a Distinguished Teaching Award from the University of Utah. Only five faculty members are honored each year with the award. Faculty who are selected must meet several criteria, including a consistent record of outstanding teaching […]

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Swigart Fellowship Program Provides Support for Grad Student Research

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Ten graduate students in Physics and Astronomy spent the summer conducting research with the support of the Swigart Fellowship program. The purpose of the program is to encourage students to explore research opportunities in the summer after their first year in the Department of Physics and Astronomy Ph.D. program. This year, Swigart Fellowship recipients created […]

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Joel Brownstein Receives Award for SDSS Work

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The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) has given its 2021 Special Interest Group on Management of Data (SIGMOD) Award to Joel Brownstein, research associate professor in the Physics and Astronomy Department.

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Yue Zhao Receives Physics Innovation Award

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Yue Zhao, assistant professor in Physics and Astronomy, has received a Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Fundamental Physics Innovation Award, in association with the American Physical Society. This award supports extended visits between researchers to learn, develop, and share techniques or scientific approaches.

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In Memoriam: Emeritus Professor William D. Ohlsen

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Emeritus Professor William David Ohlsen died peacefully at his home in Salt Lake City on August 9, 2021, following a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. He joined the University of Utah faculty in 1961, where he spent 36 years teaching physics and mentoring graduate students. We will miss him.

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Alumnus Spotlight: Bert VanderHeiden

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Bert VanderHeiden Bert VanderHeiden’s (BS Physics ’82, MS Physics ’84 and Ph.D. Physics ‘88) first passions were swimming and water polo. In fact, he won the state championship in swimming in 1975, representing Kearns High School. He was also gifted academically—he excelled in math and was interested in the one physics course that was offered […]

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