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Two University of Utah professors have been elevated to the rank of distinguished professor for achievements "exemplifying the highest goals of teaching and scholarship."

Eugene C. Loh, professor of physics, and David W. Pershing, dean of the College of Engineering and professor of chemical and fuels engineering, were appointed to the rank upon the recommendation of incumbent distinguished professors.Loh, who joined the U. in 1975, is a renowned expert in high-energy astrophysics, particularly in the area of cosmic rays. He and two colleagues developed the "fly's eye" technique of studying and directly measuring the energy of cosmic rays.

He is also director of the High Energy Astrophysics Institute of Utah, which is funded by a $1 million annual grant from the National Science Foundation.

Loh earned his doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his undergraduate degree from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He served as chairman of the U. physics department from 1980 to 1989. He is a member of the University Senate, Academic Senate Executive Committee, Academic Policy Advisory Committee and Radiation Safety Committee.

Pershing joined the U. faculty in 1977 and has served as college dean for seven years. He is know nationally and internationally for his environmental research in controlling emissions from fossil fuel combustion and solid waste incineration and for discoveries of new techniques to control acid rain pollutants.

Pershing has served as the U.'s director of the Advanced Combustion Engineering Research Center since it was established in 1986 in cooperation with Brigham Young University. He was the first recipient of the U.S. Presidential Young Investigators Award in 1984.

He earned his doctorate from the University of Arizona and his undergraduate degree from Purdue University.