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The physics of vert skating

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This article originally appeared in @THEU “Would you consider Tony Hawk a physicist?” “I would consider Tony Hawk a physicist. If nothing else, he’s an intuitive scientist, right?” It looks like magic. When skateboarders launch off the lip of a vert ramp to fly into flips and spins, it appears they’re defying gravity. In fact, these […]

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Marriott Library announces 2024 Honors thesis awards

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This article originally appeared in @THEU MARRIOTT LIBRARY The J. Willard Marriott Library is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2024 Alison Regan Library Thesis Award: Eliza Diggins, Savannah McDaniel and J. Clista Galecki. These students were chosen for their exceptional senior theses in the fields English, of physics and astronomy, and chemistry. Each […]

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Milestone in Neutrino Oscillation Physics with Neutrino Telescopes

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This article originally appeared in Ice Cube Neutrino Observatory As cosmic rays crash into the Earth’s atmosphere, air showers containing atmospheric muons and neutrinos are produced. The atmospheric neutrinos are then detected by DeepCore, a denser array of sensors in the center of the IceCube detector at the South Pole. Compared to the main IceCube […]

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B.O.A.T. Brightest of All Time

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This Article originally appeared in @THEU Intro adapted from a Northwestern article written by Amanda Morris. In October 2022, an international team of researchers, including University of Utah astrophysicist Tanmoy Laskar, observed the brightest gamma-ray burst (GRB) ever recorded, GRB 221009A. Now, physicists have confirmed that the phenomenon responsible for the historic burst—dubbed the B.O.A.T. (“brightest […]

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InSPIRE Detector Installation & Ceremony

This Article originally appeared in @THEU On April 9, 2024, a community of refugee students and their families, scientists, educators and policymakers celebrated an event three years in the making—the installation of five cosmic ray detectors atop the Department of Workforce Services Utah Refugee Center in downtown Salt Lake City. The detectors, which measure echoes […]

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Thank,U

On behalf of the Department of Physics & Astronomy, I would like to thank all of you for making Giving day a big success this year! In particular I would like to thank those who participated in the giving day via donation, advertising, becoming a champion, or rallying support in other ways. This year we […]

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THE FUTURE OF PHYSICS EDUCATION

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This page originally appeared in @THEU & CoS The March issue of Nature Physics, a premier academic publication, was all about education. Physics Education Research (PER) is a scientific field of study in which researchers collect and analyze data related to the learning environment. “Physics curricula and education systems have remained largely unchanged for decades, and much […]

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6th annual Giving Day

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Support the Department of Physics & Astronomy Giving Day event.  Join our supporters by participating in the 6th annual Giving Day event. Generous and thoughtful alumni and donors like you are helping students succeed in Physics & Astronomy!   Our goal is to raise $25,000 in support of our top priorities:  Applied Science Building Project   Undergraduate […]

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