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.
SALT LAKE CITY — Just five years ago, Hodan Abdi, a petite, 18-year-old Somalian, left an Ethiopian refugee camp and headed to the U.S. armed with only five years of formal education and English language skills she acquired while watching movies.
On Thursday, she will graduate from the University of Utah with a chemistry degree. Later this summer she will begin medical school at the University of Minnesota.
Distinguished professor of mathematics Christopher Hacon, who has significantly advanced the field of algebraic geometry, was elected May 1 as a member of the National Academy of Sciences. Hacon is among 84 U.S. scientist-scholars and 21 foreign associates from 15 countries elected at the Academy’s Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. He joins 20 other current University of Utah researchers who’ve been elected to one of the three National Academies, which also include the National Academy of Engineering and National Academy of Medicine. The National Academies recognize scholars and researchers for significant achievements in their fields and advise the federal government and other organizations about science, engineering and health policy. With today’s elections, the number of National Academy of Sciences members stands at 2,382, with 484 foreign associates.
Sophie Caron, an Assistant Professor of Biology, will present a “Science Night Live” talk on April 4 at the Sky Lounge, 149 Pierpont Ave, 6 p.m. She will discuss how the brain – and in particular neuronal networks – is organized to provide both the flexibility and specificity required for memory formation. The event is free and open to the public. Must be 21. Call Paige Berg for details at (801) 587-8098 or email@example.com.
Curza is a pharmaceutical startup company focused on small-molecule therapeutics. The company is in the early stages of developing two novel classes of antibiotics. Curza's technology originates from the laboratories of Ryan Looper, in Chemistry, and Dustin Williams at the University of Utah. CARB-X - the Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria Biopharmaceutical Accelerator - is funding Curza of Salt Lake City to support the development of a new class of antibiotics to treat a broad spectrum of life-threatening Gram-negative bacteria that are resistant to existing antibiotics.
The College of Science Research Scholar Award is given annually to one graduating student the graduating class who demonstrates a record of exceptional success in research and education. From the Class of 2018, we have selected Rebecca Hardenbrook, a highly-accomplished student who is graduating with a bachelor’s degrees in Mathematics this year.
In 1991, University of Utah chemist Joel Miller developed the first magnet with carbon-based, or organic, components that was stable at room temperature. It was a great advance in magnetics, and he’s been exploring the applications ever since.
Twenty-five years later, physicists Christoph Boehme and Valy Vardeny demonstrated a method to convert quantum waves into electrical current. They too, knew they’d discovered something important, but didn’t know its application.
Now those technologies have come together and could be the first step towards a new generation of faster, more efficient and more flexible electronics.
Braxton Osting, assistant professor of math, has been interested in mathematics and science since he was a child, and one thing that still amazes him is math's "unreasonable effectiveness in the natural sciences." By that, Osting is referring to a term coined by Eugene Wigner, a Hungarian-American mathematician, theoretical physicist, and engineer, in which Wigner discussed that mathematical concepts can turn up in entirely unexpected places and with unexpected connections that often prove useful in problem solving.
Scott Neville of Clearfield, Utah, who graduated from the University of Utah in December with a degrees in mathematics and computer science has received the prestigious Churchill Scholarship to study at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. He becomes one of only 15 students nationally to receive the award this year and is the third Churchill Scholar for the U, all of whom are mathematicians. “Having three Churchill scholars in the last four years is truly remarkable,” said Ruth Watkins, senior vice president for academic affairs and president designate. “There is no doubt that Scott will continue to successfully represent the University of Utah at Cambridge.”
For nearly 20 years, scientists and institutions around the world have been part of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS), which has helped map millions of stars and galaxies and created some of the most detailed three-dimensional images of the universe.