William Anderegg, an assistant professor of biology, has received one of 18 Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation for his research on the effects of climate change and drought on forests. Packard Fellows receive a five-year, $875,000 grant to pursue research directions of their choosing. The Packard Foundation requires little paperwork connected to the grant, allowing fellows wide latitude to pursue risky and creative research ideas, dubbed “blue-sky thinking” by the foundation.
“I felt honored, thrilled, and surprised all at once,” Anderegg says. “I was pretty overwhelmed by the exciting news.”
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John Belz, Associate Professor of Physics & Astronomy, became interested in cosmic rays in the late 1990s.
“There was an interesting, unsolved problem at that time,” said Belz. “Cosmic rays were observed with energies greater than predicted – something we hadn’t expected to see. Eventually the problem was resolved by Utah’s High Resolution ‘Fly’s Eye’ detector.” The “Fly's Eye” detector was an ultra-high energy cosmic ray observatory located in the west desert of Utah from 1997 to 2006.
MURRAY, Utah (News4Utah) -- September is Lice Awareness Month. Head lice can be a big fear for families especially as kids go back to school. One local researcher and doctor believes he discovered a cure-all. University of Utah biology professor, Dale Clayton, invented One Cure, a heated technology to kill lice and its eggs. Mary Ashton, a mother of 16, says it worked for herself and her children. Mary is also a teacher. Lice were bound to hit.
For nearly 20 years, scientists and universities around the world – including the University of Utah – have been part of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS). The unprecedented project has helped map millions of stars and galaxies and created the most detailed three-dimensional images of the universe.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Aaron Bertram, professor of mathematics, recently was awarded a 2018 fellowship from the Simons Foundation, which will allow him to continue research in his specialty area of algebraic geometry. Bertram will be studying questions about moduli or meta-geometry, in which points in a meta-space represent different curved spaces. The Simons Foundation named 40 mathematicians and 12 theoretical physicists from universities across the United States and Canada for its 2018 awards.