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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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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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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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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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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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Celebrating IceCube’s First Decade of Discovery

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By IceCube Collaboration It was the beginning of a grand experiment unlike anything the world had ever seen. Ten years ago today, the IceCube Neutrino Observatory fully opened its eyes for the first time. Over the course of the previous seven years, dozens of intrepid technicians, engineers, and scientists had traveled to the South Pole—one […]

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