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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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Oleg Starykh

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Oleg Starykh, professor of physics and astronomy, has been recognized as an Outstanding Referee by the editors of the American Physical Society’s (APS) Physical Review Journals. The Outstanding Referee program was instituted in 2008 to recognize scientists who have been exceptionally helpful in assessing manuscripts for publication in the APS journals. Referees help keep the […]

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Miguel Rodriguez awarded Fulbright Scholarship

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  Miguel Rodriguez, postdoc research associate in the Department of Physics & Astronomy, is ready to pack his bags for travel. Rodriguez has received a Fulbright Scholarship to do research for a year at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel. “Being awarded a Fulbright means getting the opportunity to absorb another culture’s way […]

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Astronomer Juna Kollmeier to present at Frontiers of Science on March 22

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MAPPING THE COSMOS Tuesday, March 22, 6 p.m. Juna Kollmeier Director at CITA Aline W. Skaggs Biology Building (ASB), Room 220 Virtual: http://www.kaltura.com/tiny/0n1bo Humans have been mapping the sky for thousands of years. In this talk, I will describe our current efforts as undertaken by the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. SDSS is an unprecedented spectroscopic survey that has revealed […]

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1st study of LGBT+ physicists reveals red flags

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1st study of LGBT+ physicists reveals red flags LGBT+ physicists often face harassment and other behaviors that make them leave the profession, according to a new study, which comes as physics as a discipline has attempted to grapple with equity and inclusion issues. The authors found that the two biggest factors that influence a person’s […]

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Vikram Deshpande’s research on carbon nanotubes featured in Physics Today

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  The research of Assistant Professor Vikram Deshpande and his team is featured below and in the March 2022 issue of Physics Today, page 9. From Physics Today By Phil Dooley Long carbon nanotubes reveal subtleties of quantum mechanics Vikram Deshpande had a hunch that carbon nanotubes held a lot of promise as a building […]

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Gail Zasowski Receives Early Career Teaching Award

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Early Career Teaching Award Gail Zasowski, Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics & Astronomy, has been awarded an Early Career Teaching Award from the University of Utah. This is considered the highest teaching award for pre-tenured faculty and recognizes significant contributions to teaching at the university through new and innovative methods. The University Teaching Committee […]

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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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