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U Chemist Leads $3.5 Million Project

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A University of Utah chemist will lead a new $3.5 million project to develop the next generation of computer simulation technology to study collections of molecules, including their chemical reactions.

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Wendover Officials Will Convene at Roundtable Meeting to Discuss the Process and Timeline for Annexation

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The issue of annexing Wendover City, Utah, into West Wendover, Nev., is back at the forefront of discussion for officials of both cities and states. The proposal to merge both cities has faced decades of interest, numerous studies and widespread attention. Now, for the first time, all of the stakeholders involved will convene at a roundtable meeting on Nov. 4, in West Wendover, Nev., to resolve the issues involved with the proposed annexation.

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Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge To Speak at U of U Commencement

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Today the University of Utah announced that Tom Ridge, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, will deliver this year’s commencement address on Friday, May 7, 2004, in the Jon M. Huntsman Center. He will be presented with an honorary Doctorate of Laws. Earlier this month it was announced that former University President Bernie Machen would give the commencement address. Several months ago, Machen, president of the U from 1998 through the end of 2003, invited Ridge to be the U’s commencement speaker. The Secretary’s office could not confirm his schedule at that time. Machen, who will be in attendance at commencement to accept an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, agreed to give the address if Ridge was unavailable. Ridge’s office confirmed his participation today.

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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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