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Aurora borealis caught on video

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This page originally appeared on @THEU   On April 21, the sun released huge coronal mass ejection (CME). Magnetic fields pulsed across the surface of the sun’s southern hemisphere; hurling charged particles toward our planet. Two days later in the nighttime hours of April 23, the particles hit Earth’s atmosphere and treated Utah’s skies to […]

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P&A faculty mentor’s global impact

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This page originally appeared on GLOBAL U   Around the world, our University of Utah international alumni are making an impact. In this series, “U International Alumni Abroad” we spotlight some of their stories. Since 2017, Dr. Ehab Abdel-Rahman has served as Provost of top-ranked The American University in Cairo (AUC). Below he reflects on […]

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Goldwater Scholarship for 2023

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This page originally appeared on College of Science   Three College of Science students awarded a prestigious Goldwater Scholarship for 2023-24 As the result of an ongoing partnership with the Department of Defense National Defense Education Programs (NDEP), Dr. John Yopp, Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in […]

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New study questions decades-long understanding of gamma ray bursts

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This page originally appeared on @THEU Adapted from a release by Francis Reddy, senior science writer for NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.   On Sunday, Oct. 9, 2022, a pulse of intense gamma-ray radiation swept through our solar system, saturating detectors on numerous spacecraft and sending astronomers across the world scurrying to train their fastest and […]

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In Memory of Frank E. Harris

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The University of Utah’s Physics & Astronomy community is deeply saddened by the passing of Frank Ephraim Harris, a renowned theoretical physicist and physical chemist, who passed away on March 9, 2023, at the age of 93. Frank was born on August 26, 1929, in Boston, Massachusetts. After earning an A.B. in Chemistry from Harvard […]

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Meeting the Mission Remembering Maria Cranor

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By Alastair Boone “A lot of us have inflection points in our lives,” says Ryan Behunin, physics professor at Northern Arizona State University. “And oftentimes, at that inflection point there’s a person who can change the trajectory of your life. [For me] she was absolutely one of them. I can say with 100% certainty that […]

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Nyawelo wins 2023 Spirit of Salam Award

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This Article originally appeared on @THEU  The family of International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) founder and Nobel Laureate Abdus Salam announced that Tino Nyawelo, associate professor of physics at the University of Utah, is a recipient of the 2023 Spirit of Salam Award. Revealed annually on Abdus Salam’s birthday, the award recognizes those who, […]

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Groundbreaking for Applied Sciences Project

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This page originally appeared on @THEU On Friday, Feb. 10, the University of Utah held a groundbreaking ceremony for the Applied Sciences Project, a $93.5 million endeavor that includes renovation of the historic William Stewart Building and a new 100,000-square-foot building with modern teaching labs and state-of-the-art research facilities. The completed spaces will house world-class scientists […]

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Space dust as Earth’s sun shield

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This page originally appered on @THEU & PLOS Climate Access with password: M00n   Dust launched from the moon’s surface or from a space station positioned between Earth and the sun could reduce enough solar radiation to mitigate the impacts of climate change. On a cold winter day, the warmth of the sun is welcome. […]

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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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