A Valuable Human Symbiont
Bryn Dentinger, Associate Professor of Biology, focuses his research on fungal diversity and coevolution. He also is the Curator of Mycology at the Natural History Museum of Utah where he has established a fungus collection already numbering about 500 specimens. His goal is to build a permanent collection with thousands of specimens to document fungi in Utah and worldwide.
Designing More Efficient Electronics
Rodrigo Noriega, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, uses ultrafast laser pulses and his interdisciplinary training to tackle tough problems in energy science. “My scientific interests are at the intersections of chemistry, physics, materials science, and biology – which requires a variety of complementary tools,” says Noriega.
There’s an App for That
Akil Narayan, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, is also a computer scientist who combines his expertise to develop computational tools and software. Recently, Narayan helped biomedical engineers at the U build a simulation codebase for understanding how physiological factors influence the ability of human blood to carry and release oxygen. The codebase used mathematical work that Narayan had developed to understand optimal ways to build computational emulators for physical models.
Physics & Astronomy
Solving a Cosmic Mystery
Daniel Wik, Assistant Professor of Physics & Astronomy, helped conclude a study using data from NASA’s NuSTAR space telescope to confirm that Eta Carinae, the most luminous and massive stellar system within 10,000 light-years, is accelerating particles to ultra-high energies. Some of the particles could reach Earth as cosmic rays.