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UIMF in the news | Grad Student land NASA fellowship

Monday, November 23, 2015

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Master tinkerer

UI graduate student lands NASA fellowship to create sophisticated space X-ray instrument

Graduate student Jake McCoy is creating a new tool that could help scientists find elusive, missing matter in the universe. The tool McCoy is creating will precisely define X-ray patterns from remote corners of space known as the warm-hot intergalactic medium. Photo by Tim Schoon.

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By: Richard C. Lewis  |  2015.11.16  |  11:10 am

Jake McCoy may not admit it, but he’s a tinkerer.

He fiddles with synthesizers, effects pedals for guitars, old stereo receivers, and a melodic electronic musical instrument called a theremin. But it’s his tinkering in astrophysics that’s landed the fourth-year physics graduate student a coveted NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship.

The fellowship will cover his tuition and professional travel expenses for the next three years, valued at up to $222,000.

“I was surprised by it,” says McCoy, a New Hampshire native who joined the UI’s physics .......................