A bolt of insight

In the western Utah desert, the Telescope Array sprawls across an area the size of New York City, waiting for cosmic rays. The facility detects the high-energy particles that collide with Earth’s atmosphere constantly; the cosmic rays trigger the 500-plus sensors once every few minutes.

While pouring over data in 2013, Telescope Array physicists discovered a strange particle signature; the photon equivalent of a light drizzle punctuated by a fire hose. … Read more

U center receives grant from Boeing to expand treatment program for military service members

An innovative program at the University of Utah proven to be effective in treating military service members and veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder and suicidal thoughts has received a significant grant from the Boeing Company that will allow its expansion.

With the $3.1 million grant, the National Center for Veterans Studies — in collaboration with the National Ability Center in Park City — will be able to accept 200 military service … Read more

New fund to advance commercialization at University of Utah

The Center for Technology & Venture Commercialization at the University of Utah announced a new funding program for early stage technology development and commercialization. The University of Utah Seed Fund will allocate up to $1 million to help university researchers develop promising technologies, enable commercialization and attract additional funding sources. The fund will be focused on technologies at an early stage of development.

“The Seed Fund will help inventors at the … Read more

Engineering dean Richard Brown awarded 2018 Rosenblatt Prize for Excellence

Richard B. Brown, dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Utah, was honored with the Rosenblatt Prize for Excellence, the U’s highest faculty accolade. The $50,000 cash award is presented annually to a faculty member who transcends ordinary teaching, research and administrative efforts.

A group of distinguished faculty members on the Rosenblatt Prize Committee recommended esteemed colleagues for consideration, and university President Ruth V. Watkins made the final … Read more

Mathematician Christopher Hacon elected to National Academy of Sciences

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 … Read more

Daniel A. Reed named Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of Utah

Daniel A. Reed, Ph.D., has been named senior vice president for academic affairs at the University of Utah. Reed, who currently serves on the faculty at the University of Iowa, will start on July 1.

“Dan is an exceptional addition to the university’s leadership team and the thought leadership of our state,” said university President Ruth V. Watkins. “He is a talented scholar and administrator and the perfect fit in our … Read more