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U astronomers tackle decade’s biggest questions

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The innovative research from U physics and astronomy hit the areas that the national community determined as priorities in a once-in-a-decade report that guides the direction of astro-research for years to come. Lisa Potter, research communications specialist, University of Utah Communications Astronomers and astrophysicists at the University of Utah have been driving discoveries in the […]

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Out with a bang: explosive neutron star merger captured for the first time in millimeter light

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In a first for radio astronomy, scientists have detected millimeter-wavelength light from a short-duration gamma-ray burst. This artist’s conception shows the merger between a neutron star and another star (seen as a disk, lower left) which caused an explosion resulting in the short-duration gamma-ray burst, GRB 211106A (white jet, middle), and left behind what scientists […]

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the Spectrum 2022

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Featured: black holes, student awards, research awards, LGBT+ physicists, and more. Read here.

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Are scientists about to unveil the mysteries of dark matter?

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The Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland, is the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator, developed and managed by the European Organization for Nuclear Research . The collider became operational in 2008 and has since led to numerous landmark discoveries. On Tuesday, July 5, 2022, the third phase of experiments using the collider began […]

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Ramón Barthelemy

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Ramón S. Barthelemy, Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Utah, has been awarded the 2022 WEPAN (Women in Engineering ProActive Network) Betty Vetter Research Award for notable achievement in research related to women in engineering. The award is named in memory of Betty M. Vetter, long-time director of the Commission on […]

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Cyri Dixon

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Cyri Dixon, the Undergraduate Academic Advising Coordinator for the Department of Physics & Astronomy, has won the Outstanding New Advisor Award – Primary Role Category – from the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA). Award selection is extremely competitive and designed to honor and recognize professionals who have made significant contributions to the field of academic […]

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Luis Rufino

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Luis Rufino, a senior who will graduate with a degree in physics, has overcome many academic challenges at the U. His efforts were rewarded when he received the College of Science Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award. “When I first heard the news, I was surprised because I didn’t feel I deserved it, even though I’ve worked […]

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Pearl Sandick

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Pearl Sandick, Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy and Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs for the College of Science, has received the Linda K. Amos Award for Distinguished Service to Women. The award recognizes Sandick’s contributions to improving the educational and working environment for women at the University of Utah. Amos was the founding chair […]

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Vicki Nielsen

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Vicki Nielsen, Accountant in the Department of Physics & Astronomy, has received a Staff Excellence Award from the College of Science. “It’s an honor and very exciting to be selected by the College for this special recognition,” said Nielsen. “I’m humbled by the nomination. I’ve received kudos at other jobs but nothing compared to this […]

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Claudia De Grandi

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Claudia De Grandi, Assistant Professor (Lecturer) of educational practice in the Department of Physics & Astronomy, has been recognized for her exceptional contributions to the educational mission of the College of Science by receiving the 2021-2022 College of Science Distinguished Educator Award. Nominations for the award include faculty who have gone above and beyond to […]

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