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Faculty recognized as AS&E data science fellows

Faculty recognized as AS&E data science fellows

July 2, 2020

Physicist Gourab Ghoshal and electrical and computer engineer Gonzalo Mateos received alumni-supported fellowships to use data science in exploring their fields.

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Is teleportation possible? Yes, in the quantum world

Is teleportation possible? Yes, in the quantum world

June 19, 2020

Rochester physicists are exploring new ways of creating quantum-mechanical interactions between distant electrons. The research marks an important advance in quantum computing.

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Does intelligent life exist on other planets? Technosignatures may hold new clues

Does intelligent life exist on other planets? Technosignatures may hold new clues

June 18, 2020

Adam Frank, professor of physics and astronomy, is searching for “technosignatures,” or the physical and chemical traces of advanced civilizations, among the 4,000 or so exoplanets scientists have found so far.

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Instrument to detect dark energy is poised for debut

Instrument to detect dark energy is poised for debut

June 2, 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.

The team—Regina Demina, professor of physics; Satya Gontcho A Gontcho, postdoctoral research associate; Segev BenZvi, assistant professor of physics; and Kelly Douglass, visiting assistant professor of physics and astronomy—are working on the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI) project, an initiative to provide a more comprehensive look at dark energy and how it’s influencing the expansion of the universe. The instrument—including the 5,000 robotic positioners of the telescope’s focal plane (above)—will capture data from 35 million galaxies, potentially providing insight about the life cycle of galaxies and about the cosmic web that connects matter in the universe.

The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the lead institution on the project, announced on June 1 that DESI was complete and was moving toward its startup.

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Mathematical model will monitor spread of COVID-19

Mathematical model will monitor spread of COVID-19

May 20, 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

Ethan Fahnestock ’21 receives Goldwater Scholarship

April 29, 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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Two LLE scientists awarded DOE funding for fusion research

Two LLE scientists awarded DOE funding for fusion research

April 20, 2020

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

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

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

March 30, 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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