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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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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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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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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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