“Utah State University undergraduate researcher Zachary Zito spent much of his summer in lively discussion with two faculty mentors, as each of the trio scribbled, erased and revised lengthy mathematical equations on a large whiteboard. What were they searching for? A hint: The incessant ticking of the clock on the conference room wall was no help.
Zito, selected as one of USU’s 10 participants in the 2022 Peak Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship program, is striving to describe time. With guidance from mentors Charlie Torre, professor in USU’s Department of Physics, and philosophy postdoctoral fellow Brittany Gentry of USU’s Department of Communication Studies and Philosophy, the Honors student slogged through reams of academic literature, gleaned relevant insights, pondered heady questions and met regularly with his mentors to parse out some kind of meaning from his formidable pursuit.”