News from Atmospheric Sciences

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Atmospheric Sciences graduate student takes third place in poster competition.

Mohammad Sadrian is presenting his research at the 18th AMS Annual Student Conference Poster Session Atmospheric Chemistry, Aerosols, and Air Quality.The Graduate Student Association hosted a poster and research symposium for graduate students. Atmospheric Sciences student Mohammad Sadrian (advisor: Wendy Calvin) won the third place Science prize for his poster “Determination of Dust Particles Mineral Percentages by Semiquantitative Analysis Using X-Ray Powder Diffraction and Linear Spectral Unmixing”

Atmospheric Sciences Ph.D. student wins scholarship

Chiranjivi Bhattarai working on a computer

Atmospheric Sciences Ph.D. student Chiranjivi Bhattarai (Advisor: Andrey Khlystov, Division of Atmospheric Sciences, Desert Research Institute) received the Outstanding International Graduate Student Scholarship. Congratulations, Chiranjivi!

Colin Warden Memorial Paper Award winner!

Headshot of Saroj DhitalAtmospheric Sciences Ph.D. student Saroj Dhital received the 2020 Colin Warden Memorial Paper Award. (Advisor: Mike Kaplan, Division of Atmospheric Sciences, Desert Research Institute)

Successful dissertation defense!

Deep Sengupta working in a lab wearing protective gear. Atmospheric Sciences Ph.D. student Deep Sengupta successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis on May 6th, 2020 (Advisor: Andrey Khlystov, Division of Atmospheric Sciences, Desert Research Institute)

 

Congratulations to Hatef Firouzkouhi on being awarded a Graduate Dean's Merit Scholarship!

Atmospheric Sciences graduate student Hatef Firouzkouhi (MS advisor Professor Xiaoliang Wang, DRI) received the Graduate Dean's Merit Scholar Award.  The amount of the one-year scholarship is $10,000 ($5,000 per semester) for new admits or $5,000 ($2,500 per semester) for continuing grad students per academic year. Learn more about the Graduate Dean Awards

Congratulations to the Atmospheric Sciences Ph.D. student Deep Sengupta!

Deep Sengupta, currently a Ph.D. student in the Atmospheric Sciences Graduate Program, accepted a postdoctoral position working with Allen Goldstein, Ph.D. in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of California, Berkley.

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Nevada Today news stories from Atmospheric Sciences and the departments and centers that contribute to the program.

Kyra Morgan and Paul Hurtado stand on the quad wearing masks.
Taking on COVID-19 with math and stats

Professor of Mathematics and Statistics Paul Hurtado and Nevada State Biostatistician and College of Science alumna Kyra Morgan talk COVID-19 and how they’re using numbers to make sense of it all.

Satellite imagery of a plume of smoke covering a vast swathe of California
“Our lives should not be sacrificed this easily”: Camp Fire tragedy leads to new wildfire research

The National Science Foundation has awarded Assistant Professor Hamed Ebrahimian a $2 million grant to develop novel wildfire risk assessment and mitigation tools.

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Exploring the relationship between space, race and STEM attainment on the Discover Science podcast

Dr. William F. Tate IV speaks with the College of Science about his research revealing the uneven contours of the education pipeline.

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Scientists develop numerical capability of laser-driven x-ray imaging

College of Science experiments validate numerical modeling method for variety of uses

Professor Geoff Blewitt sits alongside a GPS station on a mountain that overlooks the valley of Reno and Sparks, Nev.
Using worldwide GPS data to study changes in Earth’s crust, from the Ice Age to today

The University’s 2020 Outstanding Researcher award recognizes the amazing discoveries, scientific contributions and career of Geoff Blewitt

University of Nevada, Reno chemical biologist Yftah Tal-Gan
Department of Chemistry’s Yftah Tal-Gan receives the 2020 Foundation Early Career Innovator Award

In his first five years, the chemical biologist has led important research on bacterial communication and raised the bar for grant funding

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National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF GRFP) awarded to five College of Science students and one recent graduate

Faculty share congratulations with NSF GRFP recipients and students offer advice for others interested in applying.

Matteo Aureli, Mohammed Ben-Idris and Jamie Voyles-Ensor are panel presentation speakers.
What does it take to receive a National Science Foundation CAREER award?

The latest prestigious early-career awards will advance research in wildfire-smoke forecasting, battery performance and understanding brain function

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Shedding new light on black hole behavior

Physics department assistant professor part of international team that tracked jets ejected from black hole

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At the Putnam Mathematical Competition and Intermountain Math Competition, the University's team showed up strong

Between the two competitions, the Department of Mathematics and Statistics brought home numerous prizes and accolades.

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A promising breakthrough against a deadly foe: Streptococcus pneumoniae

Prestigious science journal publishes College of Science researchers’ milestone findings

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Young alum Zachary Brounstein is moving forward and giving back

Brounstein, Class of 2016, endowed the Zachary R. Brounstein Scholarship fund.

Mathematics & Statistics Department Chair Tin-Yau “T.Y.” Tam stands in the department’s hallway.
Building it bigger

Department Chair Tin-Yau Tam on his growing Mathematics & Statistics Department

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Bringing chemistry into K-12 classrooms

The Chemistry Demonstration Series, launched by a professor-student duo, ignites a passion for science in K-12 learners.

Doug Smith posing for a photo with a gray wolf in snowy Yellowstone National Park.
College of Science honor exceptional alumni

The College of Science and Mackay School honored an impressive group of alumni at the annual Alumni of the Year reception on September 25.

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Community leaders, science experts featured at 2019 Global Climate Change Summit

The Sept. 23 conference will discuss how climate change is impacting Nevada

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Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) awarded to alumnus Rick Kraus

Department of Physics alumnus Rick Kraus ('07) was awarded the PECASE for materials and planetary science research

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Faces of the Pack: Undergraduate student wins Goldwater Scholarship for work on dark matter detection

Guglielmo Panelli continues research with hopes of furthering his knowledge in grad school

Ken Nussear sits in a plane wearing vintage army gear and a vintage parachute pack. He sits behind another similarly dressed man.
Remembering Normandy, a commemorative jump

Professor of Geography and US Army veteran paratrooper Ken Nussear participated in the 75th anniversary reenactment of D-Day

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Scientists reveal how an ultrashort-pulse laser heats metal to one million degrees in one trillionth of a second

College of Science physics professor Hiroshi Sawada leads high-energy-density plasma group

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Big data brings new era for tracking wildfire smoke and predicting air quality

The interdisciplinary research is between University researchers in the College of Engineering and the College of Science, along with associates at the College of William and Mary

Four high school students with hand-held tools in a makerspace
New Robotics Academy of Nevada to offer K-12 teacher trainings

University joins with DRI and UNLV to announce new Tesla-supported programs to advance STEM interest and education

The Lady Muckers take on the 41st Annual International Collegiate Mining Competition

The Mackay Muckers had enough female recruits for both men's and a women's teams for the first time in five years.

Barile lab makes windows smart
Adjustable tinted windows now electronically controlled

Chemistry professor creates new technology for vastly improved smart window performance

Paul Hartley and Yanji Xu in genomics lab
Building research infrastructure: Investment in Core Labs

New directors named to centers for bioinformatics and genomics

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A place in history: the Mackay School

A look back at some remarkable images from the Mackay School's past.

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Environmental discoveries, men's hoops lead most popular stories of 2018

Lahontan cutthroat trout species re-discovery was the most clicked on Nevada Today story in 2018

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The Promise of Chemical Ecology

The Hitchcock Center for Chemical Ecology welcomes Dr. Paul Cox at December 2018 Launch Symposium

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Scientists find causes of firenado in deadly Carr Fire

Climate, weather set the stage for uncontrollable inferno in Redding, California

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Decoding the mind

Mathematics & Statistics Assistant Professor Mihye Ahn on her research and rise in academia

A group of students working on computers.
College of Engineering announces big data minor

The interdisciplinary minor has valuable skills that local businesses need

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Geography students help Reno refugees cultivate roots through community garden

Service learning opportunities offered in the geography department at the University of Nevada, Reno has students building community ties for marginalized populations

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Member of the Pack: One of the first women to graduate in new dance major offered through the School of the Arts

Noelle Ruggieri grows as a dancer and choreographer after summer internship

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The Hitchcock Center for Chemical Ecology opens, supports collaboration across disciplines

The Hitchcock Center will formalize and enhance the highly successful interdisciplinary and international collaborations in the fields of chemical ecology and natural products chemistry.

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University adds 13 new academic programs

New programs range from a minor in graphic design to a B.S. in biotechnology

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Center for Advanced Studies advocates for researchers

Past University research honorees offer faculty community a voice on campus and beyond

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Smart Window technology, adjustable tinted glass, offers energy saving solutions

University’s Christopher Barile discusses how smart windows can be the future of windows

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Chalifoux, Snow named 2018 Regents’ Rising Researchers

Recognized for early successes and discoveries in research fields of chemistry, psychology

Professor holds a large-scale model of a molecule.
Innovation and commercialization: Chemistry research by Tom Bell has global impact

2018 Foundation Established Innovator Awardee is working with compounds that have the potential to save lives and improve health

Student Jolene Norton holds up her report titled "Reno Local Food Assessment."
Developing regional solutions through undergraduate research (May 2018)

Through Community-Based Research, students explore problems and offer understanding, tools and ideas to make a difference

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Sierra mountaintop laboratory keeps track of some of the worst weather in the country

Sugar Bowl Resort, University partner to study regional weather, climate and water impacts for California and Nevada

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Biochemist and developer of groundbreaking anti-viral drugs to speak at the College of Science

Mick Hitchcock will speak April 5 at 7 p.m. as part of the Discover Science Lecture Series

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College of Science talks with S. James Gates, Jr.

S. James Gates, Jr. talks about his career, the physics question that has become his "white whale," and what fulfills him most in life.

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The messy history of pristine landscapes

Researchers reconstruct the relationship between changing sociopolitical conditions and their effect on the landscape.

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S. James Gates Jr. to speak at the College of Science March 8

World-renowned theoretical physicist S. James Gates Jr. is known for his research on supersymmetry as well as his advocacy for diversity in education.

Fulgurite on display at the W.M. Keck Earth Science and Mineral Engineering Museum.
Mineral Monday: Fulgurite

Each Monday, explore the many amazing minerals, fossils and historical objects on display at the W.M. Keck Earth Science and Mineral Engineering Museum with curator Garrett Barmore.

A group of students dressed in lab coats and goggles pose in a chemistry lab around their TA.
New program awards chemistry lab safety

Three Teaching Assistants recognized for their success in undergraduate chemistry lab safety

Fang Jiang studies fMRI technology images
Lightning Talks provide early-career faculty members opportunity to network, collaborate

Presentations represented a variety of disciplines, including sustainable plant production and street art in virtual reality

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Two faculty members named AAAS Fellows

David Leitner and Wei Yan receive national recognition for their distinguished contributions to science

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NASA Chief Scientist Julie Robinson visits with students, community

College of Science and Davidson Academy students and professors meet with Julie Robinson prior to her lecture

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19 new programs join University academics

New programs include a doctorate in mathematics, a major in dance, a minor in Middle Eastern studies and more

Explaining search for dark matter
One step closer to defining dark matter, celebrate Dark Matter Day

Cross-campus collaboration brought together a quantum physicist and a geophysicist to look for particles

Andrew Geraci and his team work in an environment of laser light and super-clean equipment as they study the mysteries of matter.
College of Science professor seeks to answer the mysteries of the universe

Experimental physicist and professor, Andrew Geraci, studies ultralight matter at the College of Science

A photo showing the mountain range and fault line in Pleasant Valley following the 1915 earthquake.
Get Ready for Shaking during Annual Earthquake Drill

The Great Nevada ShakeOut is Oct. 19

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The Graduate School Honors Graduate Dean’s Award Winners
Davidson Math and Science Center at University of Nevada, Reno
College of Science talks Diversity, Space, Superstrings, HIV

Discover Science Lecture Series begins its seventh year at Nevada

Photographer in wet suit takes photos under water in Lake Tahoe
InNEVenture Fund enters second year of ramping up ideas and technologies for commercialization

Early-stage proof-of-concept funding applications now open for Nevada Research and Innovation Corporation program

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University collaboration leads HIL Applied Medical to name Reno as North American headquarters

Win-win-win: Nevada Terawatt Facility hosts research, Israeli-based company invests in equipment and proton-therapy advances for cancer treatment

Collage includes artist's rendering of the Switch facility located east of Reno, known as The Citadel Campus, plus a laboratory work space and computer circuit board.
Major, new high-performance computing cluster to advance research and industry

Technology leader Switch provides critical data-ecosystem infrastructure to power Pronghorn, the University's new cluster, and the regional economy

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Meet more of the University's student and faculty Regents’ award winners

University honorees receive Teaching Award, Academic Advising Awards and Student Scholar Awards; in addition to Regents' Researcher and Rising Researcher of the Year

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The University invites you to a 'Day at the Museum'

11 museums covering a range of interests will participate in the campus-wide event

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Planetary scientist and Saturn expert Carolyn Porco will speak at University of Nevada, Reno

Discover Science Lecture Series turns its eyes to the sky March 16 as part of the series

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Climate change increases lethal dehydration risk in desert songbirds

College of Science-led multi-institution study focuses on southwest United States

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University scientists unite to study biodiversity with help of NSF grant

The five-year grant will fund research on interactions between insects, microbes and their environment

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Ambitious, University-led effort explores mobility technologies

Coalition of partners launches Intelligent Mobility to develop and test solutions for safe, clean and efficient transportation in Reno-Sparks-Carson ‘Living Lab’

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What Namibia can teach us

University of Nevada, Reno associate professor Jill Heaton's work in the southern African nation benefits students both there and here

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The University offers new undergraduate and graduate level programs

Among others, the University will offer a bachelor’s degree in dance, thanks to popular demand

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University adds 16 new academic programs

New programs range from a minor in geography geotechnologies to graduate certificates in nuclear packaging

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Plants may be key to new medicines with chemical ecology program

College of Science researchers looking for solutions to world’s need for new medicines

2016 Douglas High Signing Day
Nevada Scholars Signing Days celebrate 8 years

The University includes 50 National Merit Scholarship Finalists and 300 Presidential Scholars - and growing

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Tibbitts 2016 Award winners: Two disciplines, two human-based approaches

Don Hardy in English and Sarah Cummings in Chemistry, the University's finest teachers for 2016, share many common traits

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Motivated senior becomes the University’s 9th Barry Goldwater Scholar

Brandon Rasmussen receives scholarship to pursue research in geophysics and geology

Raul Rojas Autonomous Drive in Mexico
Autonomous car finishes record-setting trip in Mexico

University of Nevada, Reno math professor, researcher successfully rides from Nogales to Mexico City

Steven DelaCruz and Vaidyanathan (Ravi) Subramanian
Steven DelaCruz named University’s 2015 Herz Gold Medalist

Canyon Springs High School graduate caps academic career as top-achieving student

Governor calls on University drought experts

As appointees to the Nevada Drought Forum, Doug Boyle and Mark Walker will help set the course to water sustainability for Nevada

Grad schools, programs ranked among the nation’s best

University of Nevada, Reno earns four graduate school, 23 graduate program rankings

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Robotics and intelligent systems math professor Raul Rojas joins College of Science

Sets his sights on cross-discipline and industry collaborations

University leads multi-institution team to improve public safety communications
National Science Foundation supports University networking event

Students engage with professionals for Statfest 2014

Mathematics comes to life in a musically entertaining evening of education

Award-winning professor David Kung featured in Discover Science Lecture Series.

Statisticians play “Moneyball” to accurately predict how weather impacts baseball

University of Nevada, Reno student and faculty member find temperature directly impacts Major League Baseball teams and how they perform at home, on the road and in different stadiums

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University leaders applaud Tesla gigafactory decision

Colleges contributes to economic development through workforce development, research, and industry collaboration

Young students play at computer programming and 3D design in NCLab summer camp

Professor makes learning mathematics and logic fun for elementary, middle and high school students

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Award-winning summer statistics institute prepares students for graduate studies

New Math Department Chair Javier Rojo brings program to University

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Tracking socio-environmental systems of mountain areas topic of international meeting

University of Nevada, Reno chosen for first-of-its-kind scientific gathering

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Mountain ecosystems scientists to convene at University July 16-19

International workshop to discuss socio-ecologic issues of mountain environments

Interdisciplinary graduate programs give University distinction

Offers academic buffet for tailoring degree program, contributes to student employability

University’s College of Science debuts first art exhibit

Half of Nevada’s counties represented in 85 scenic photos available to public

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Grad programs ranked among the nation’s best

University of Nevada, Reno earns four graduate school, 24 graduate program rankings

University alumna receives prestigious mathematics research fellowship

Deanna Needell will continue her studies on signal and image processing and compression

Javier Rojo joins College of Science as new Mathematics and Statistics Department chair

Distinguished scholar comes from Rice University in Houston, Texas

Fifteen-student math team places second at Intermountain Math Competition

Team member Chris Salls places fifth overall in competition at BYU

Physics professor visits University to discuss education transformation

Noah Finkelstein will give lecture on improving student engagement in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics classes

David Leitner's paper in Chemical Physics chosen for 80th anniversary collection

Groundbreaking work in computational methods to locate signaling pathways in proteins featured

University’s new BioFit academic boot camp to help students succeed

48 biology, neuroscience students complete College of Science pilot project

Electrochemistry professor awarded $650,000 CAREER chemistry grant

University of Nevada, Reno’s Mario Alpuche, receives five year grant from National Science Foundation

Using Lake Tahoe photographs to blend art and science

Peter Goin has been using his photographs and those of others to research the visual history of Lake Tahoe for 25 years.

Professor Franco Biondi awarded prestigious Fellowship to Harvard

College of Science forest researcher to study climate, environment over past centuries

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A chemist who's more than a chemist

Chemistry Professor David Leitner's well-rounded career now includes being named a prestigious American Physical Society fellow

Steven Strogatz, mathematician, radio show host, author to lecture April 4

Public invited to free lecture in Discover Science Lecture Series

2012 Earth Science Week provides free geological field trip

Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology guides “Tuff All Over: Exploring Faulted Volcanic Terrain in the Painted Hills, Virginia Mountains, West of Pyramid Lake"

Geography Club to host Radical Reels Film Festival Sept. 19

University student club offers high-adrenaline film night to fund educational events

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Geography Department's Douglas Boyle appointed new Nevada State Climatologist

Heads State Climate Office in College of Science public service department

Joe Cline named Vice Provost

Joe Cline, professor of chemistry and College of Science assistant dean, has been named vice provost, undergraduate education

Goldwater Scholar awarded prestigious national fellowship

University of Nevada, Reno student Anna Koster awarded major awards for excellence in academics, research

University of Nevada, Reno team places second at regional math competition

Math team gets competitive and shows a strong performance in the toughest Intermountain Math Competition yet

Professors Starrs and Goin receive prestigious award
Professor discusses vandalism, discovery of African rock art
Nevada professors collaborate on California Ag Field Guide
Math students succeed during Putnam Competition
Geography, UN Press win PROSE honorable mention
State demographer releases population estimates
Professor to attend Climate Change Conference
Broadening the Family Tree

River network study links mathematics, statistics and science

4-H students to conduct biofuel test
Graduate students shine at regional software conference
Professor to present at international workshop
Researcher receives DOE grant for nuclear energy research
Girls math and technology program receives grant
Hansen used GPS to record an exact location for setting up a surveying monument on Revelation Mountain, AK.
The Meticulous Mapmaker

Nationally recognized map maker dodges bear to study at the University

Chemistry research stockroom: ‘Costco’ of chemical supplies
Chemistry professor awarded prestigious Sloan Fellowship
Chemstores closed for inventory May 29-30
Brian Frost was recently selected as the University’s 2008 Outstanding Undergraduate Research Faculty Mentor. Photo by Jean Dixon.
In research, success tastes better after a dose of failure

Brian Frost bonds through research and relationships.

Chemistry professor enjoys a week to remember
Math students make grade in prestigious Putnam exam
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Gender gap still a problem in math, professor says