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University of Idaho Faculty and Staff Works to Develop Cure for COVID-19

Posted Mon, 20 Apr 2020 12:07:00 -0700

MOSCOW, Idaho — April 20, 2020 — The University of Idaho is working to identify a cure for coronaviruses, including COVID-19. Read more

Energy Storage Technology for Space Travel Discussed at Next IRIC Lunch and Learn

Posted Tue, 10 Sep 2019 13:59:00 -0700

Herb Hess and Christine Berven, faculty in from the Colleges of Science and Engineering, led a team of students to design and build a flywheel energy storage system that can one day be used for space travel and extraterrestrial colonization missions. The team recently built a prototype of this device, which can generate and store energy from renewable sources like the wind and sun. Learn more about the operating principles of this system at the next IRIC Lunch and Learn presentation at noon Thursday, Sept. 19, in the IRIC Atrium, Moscow. Read more

Shaping Saturn’s Rings Subject of Study

Posted Fri, 14 Jun 2019 15:24:00 -0700

Matthew Hedman from the Department of Physics and colleagues published in Science. His study presents remote-sensing observations of the main rings of Saturn taken during the final year of the Cassini spacecraft mission. These observations revealed a wide range of structures in the rings created by massive objects like moons and interactions among the ring particles themselves. They also found variations in the ring's colors that likely reflect differences in the surfaces of the ring particles. Read more

Researchers Identify Seasonal Lakes at Titan's North Pole

Posted Wed, 17 Apr 2019 14:07:00 -0700

U of I doctoral graduate Shannon MacKenzie, Associate Professor Jason Barnes and Assistant Professor Matthew Hedman from the Department of Physics published in Nature Astronomy. Using Cassini spacecraft observations, the team identified three north pole lakes that seem to disappear between winter and summer on Titan, Saturn's largest moon. Their findings likely provide regional evidence for seasonal changes in evaporation and precipitation and may have implications for sediment processing and habitability. Read more

Speaker Aims to Visualize Science through Monday Art and Design Presentation

Posted Thu, 08 Nov 2018 15:58:00 -0800

MOSCOW, Idaho — Nov. 8, 2018 — How people in the arts and sciences can work together by creating software to visualize and problem-solve human diseases will be discussed during a lecture at 3:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12, in Room 032 of the Teaching and Learning Center on the University of Idaho campus. Read more

U of I Researcher, Cassini Team Spot Dust Storms on Titan

Posted Mon, 24 Sep 2018 15:39:00 -0700

MOSCOW, Idaho — Sept. 24, 2018 — Data from the international Cassini spacecraft, which explored Saturn and its moons between 2004 and 2017, has revealed what appear to be giant dust storms in the equatorial regions of Titan, Saturn’s largest moon. A team of scientists, including University of Idaho astrophysicist Jason Barnes, published their findings today in the journal Nature Geoscience. Read more

Ada County Silver and Gold Celebration Honors Leah L. Frye and Alice Hennessey

Posted Thu, 25 Jan 2018 14:59:00 -0800

The University of Idaho Alumni Association will honor two individuals for their achievements and service to the university at the Ada County Silver and Gold Celebration on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018. The event is 6-8 p.m. at the Boise Centre, 850 West Front Street, in Boise. Read more

UI Physicist Receives National Science Foundation Grant for Genome to Phenome Research

Posted Thu, 03 Aug 2017 08:42:00 -0700

A University of Idaho project examining changes in the amino acids that are the building blocks of life and how they lead to changes in living things was awarded a $6 million grant from the National Science Foundation. The grant, awarded to Associate Professor F. Marty Ytreberg in the Department of Physics in UI’s College of Science, is among eight projects totaling $41 Read more


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