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U Physicists in Gamma Ray Search

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About a dozen faculty members and students from the University of Utah Dept. of Physics are involved in VERITAS, a $13.1 million gamma ray observatory to be built in Arizona. The observatory will be an array of dish-shaped telescopes designed to observe extremely violent events in the universe that generate high-energy gamma rays.

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U of U PreMed Students to Collect Donations for “Cure For The Cold”

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The University of Utah’s Premed Chapter of the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) will sponsor its second annual “Cure For The Cold” campaign to help the homeless. The event is designed to raise awareness of homeless issues while providing an opportunity for students, faculty and staff, community members and local businesses to make a meaningful contribution to Salt Lake’s homeless population.

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U of U Rape Aggression Defense Course Teaches Self-Defense Options, Simulates Attacks

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On Wednesday the University of Utah Police Department launched a six-week Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) course, part of a national program to teach and enhance self-defense options for women. The weekly, three-hour, women-only project will be held in the Huntsman Center lounge. The course advocates awareness, prevention, risk reduction, avoidance and then progresses onto the basics of hands-on defense training. Students participate in simulated attacks, which are videotaped and then reviewed to identify students’ strengths and vulnerabilities. (Female members of the media interested in covering the class should call 801-585-1162.)

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Tunneling Into An Earthquake Fault

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The news release below, about earthquake research by University of Utah hydrogeologist Craig Forster, was adapted from the American Geophysical Union’s AGU Journal Highlights dated May 13, 2003. Contact information and the dates of online and journal publication have been added.

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Silicon Spin Transistors Heat Up

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University of Utah researchers built “spintronic” transistors and used them to align the magnetic “spins” of electrons for a record period of time in silicon chips at room temperature. The study is a step toward computers, phones and other spintronic devices that are faster and use less energy than their electronic counterparts.

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University of Utah Students to Raise Money for Cancer Research

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When you look at it one way, Louise Butler has little to gain from organizing a fund-raising effort for cancer research at the University of Utah. In fact, she could refuse to utter the word “cancer” again for her entire life. She could say that she lost her dad to cancer and she doesn’t owe anyone anything. Who would blame her?

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