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Cinema from Video Games, April 23

Video games aren’t just for play anymore. On Wednesday, April 23, University of Utah students will screen short animated films they made using video games – a technique known as “machinima,” or machine cinema.

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Major League Baseball Owner, Nobel Laureate Among Award Recipients

Of the four University of Utah graduates selected to receive the Alumni Association’s 2008 Distinguished Alumni awards, one is a woman currently leading her second U.S. university, one an accomplished scientist and two are highly successful businessmen-one of whom saw his baseball team go to the World Series for the first time this past fall. And the accomplishments of this year’s Honorary Alumnus have raised him to international recognition.

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The Utah Science Center’s “Science in Society” free public dialogue series will present “The Shaky Wasatch,” Thursday March 2, 2006 from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. in the auditorium of the main downtown Salt Lake City Public Library, 210 East 400 South.

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Science at Breakfast

Professor Jing Shi and colleagues have used an organic semiconductor – instead of a conventional semiconductor such as silicon – to make switch-like “spin valves” that can control the flow of electrical current. The researchers were able to change the flow of electricity through the valves by 40 percent. This advance in a field known as “spintronics” is an early step toward a new generation of miniature electronic devices such as computer memory chips, light-emitting diodes for displays and sensors to detect radiation, air pollutants, light and magnetic fields.

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Distinguished Professor Gerald Stringfellow Receives 2004 Rosenblatt Prize at U of U Commencement

Gerald B. Stringfellow, Distinguished Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering, was honored at today’s Commencement with the Rosenblatt Prize, the University of Utah’s highest award for excellence. The $40,000 gift is presented annually to a faculty member who displays excellence in teaching, research, and administrative efforts.

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