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Instrument to detect dark energy is poised for debut

Tue, 02 Jun 2020

Members of a University of Rochester cosmology group who are a key part of a multi-institutional effort to create the most detailed 3-D map ever made of the universe are looking forward to the launch of the instrument later this year in Arizona.

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Mathematical model will monitor spread of COVID-19

Wed, 20 May 2020

Computational scientists win a National Science Foundation grant to develop a tool to provide accurate, timely information to local-level policymakers monitoring the spread of COVID-19.

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Ethan Fahnestock ’21 receives Goldwater Scholarship

Wed, 29 Apr 2020

The national scholarship, which helps cover tuition, room, board, and fees, was authorized by Congress to ensure a continuing source of highly qualified STEM professionals pursuing careers in research.

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Fatima Zaidouni ’20 awarded Gates Cambridge Scholarship

Thu, 23 Apr 2020

The award will allow the physics and astronomy major to pursue a postgraduate degree at the University of Cambridge in the UK beginning this fall.

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Two LLE scientists awarded DOE funding for fusion research

Mon, 20 Apr 2020

Two awards from the Department of Energy will help Rochester scientists work to develop timely, commercially viable fusion energy.

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Why is the universe made up almost exclusively of matter? Neutrinos may hold the key

Thu, 16 Apr 2020

Experiments conducted in a mine in Japan may hold clues to explain why the matter than makes up the universe escaped annihilation by anti-matter during the Big Bang.

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COVID-19 pandemic a ‘fire drill’ for climate change

Mon, 30 Mar 2020

Like infectious disease researchers, climate change scientists have warned for decades that we are unprepared. Rochester astrophysicist Adam Frank says, “It’s time to wake up.”

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Rochester scientists receive NSF CAREER awards

Tue, 11 Feb 2020

The National Science Foundation has granted its most prestigious award in support of junior faculty, the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award, to several University of Rochester researchers this year.

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Lasers etch a ‘perfect’ solar energy absorber

Tue, 04 Feb 2020

The University of Rochester research lab that recently used lasers to create unsinkable metal structures has now demonstrated how the same technology could be used to create highly efficient solar power generators.

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Rochester astronomers reflect on their contributions to Spitzer Space Telescope

Thu, 30 Jan 2020

As NASA retires its Spitzer Space Telescope, the Rochester scientists who were involved in its development, look back on the project.

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