This four-page document dated 1859 contains communications between The Church of Latter-day Saints President Brigham  Young and church elder John W. Coward, with additional instructions for church elders Horace Eldridge and George Q. Cannon related to the migration of 100,000 church members in England and Europe. Coward was located in St. Louis with Eldridge in New York at the time.

Autographed papers of Brigham Young and Joseph Smith contributed to the U’s Marriott Library

Signed documents by Brigham Young, Joseph Smith, Hyrum Smith and many others from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are among a significant collection of original manuscripts recently donated to the University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library.

Valued at more than $3 million, the collection resides in Special Collections and marks the single-most valuable collection ever contributed to the U’s library. The gift contains original documents that are handwritten and signed by numerous early church leaders dating from 1839 through the end of 19th century. The papers document activities and events having occurred in Nauvoo, Illinois, as well … Read more

State and federal agencies are working together through a new initiative sponsored by the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Environmental Dispute Resolution Program designed to help people collaborate on issues related to environmental and natural resources.

Photo credit: Jennifer Fowler, The Langdon Group

Can improved collaboration resolve environmental disputes in the west?

A new 3-part initiative launched this month by the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Environmental Dispute Resolution Program aims to support the use of collaboration by agencies working on environmental and natural resource issues in the west.

The University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Environmental Dispute Resolution Program has quietly been working to provide resources for effective collaboration and resolve disputes in complex cases since its inception four years ago.

The Environmental Dispute Resolution Program started as a pilot project. Unique among U.S. law schools, the program’s mission promotes collaboration, mediation, stakeholder engagement, and … Read more

Center for Law and Biomedical Sciences

Utah Board of Regents approves U’s new Center for Law and Biomedical Sciences

The state Board of Regents today granted permanent approval of the Center for Law and Biomedical Sciences at the S.J. Quinney College of Law.

The move positions the center at the University of Utah to offer permanent resources and academic support on issues tied to improving the law as it relates to the rapidly evolving areas of health policy, the life sciences, biotechnology, bioethics and the medical and technological arts, in order to help overcome critical health care challenges.

“New developments in the biosciences — genetics and personalized medicine, biomedical informatics, cognitive sciences, neuroscience and beyond — pose tremendous opportunities to improve … Read more

University of Utah Mechanical Engineering associate professor Sanford Meek shows off a mechanical prosthetic arm during 2014's Engineering Day on the U campus. During the annual Engineering Day, high school students — mostly from Utah — will be able to tour engineering labs on campus and talk with professors about their current research. The day was created to introduce students to various fields of engineering and to encourage them to pursue their education at the U. This year's event will be held Saturday, Nov. 14, beginning at 9 a.m.

U Hosts Engineering Day

The University of Utah College of Engineering will be hosting its annual Engineering Day, a day full of fun demonstrations and presentations for high school students learning about the concepts of engineering and technology.

This year’s event, which is being sponsored by Rio Tinto Kennecott, will be held Saturday, Nov. 14, starting at 9 a.m. in the Catmull Gallery of the Warnock Engineering Building, 72 S. Central Campus Dr., in Salt Lake City. Registration is at 8:45 a.m., and the day will begin with welcome messages from College of Engineering Dean Richard B. Brown and others. Each student can sign up … Read more

Cynthia Burrows, distinguished professor and chair of chemistry at the University of Utah, has developed a new way to find the kind of damage to our DNA that can lead to disease-causing genetic mutations.

New way to find DNA damage

University of Utah chemists devised a new way to detect chemical damage to DNA that sometimes leads to genetic mutations responsible for many diseases, including various cancers and neurological disorders.

“We are one step closer to understanding the underlying chemistry that leads to genetic diseases,” says Cynthia Burrows, distinguished professor and chair of chemistry at the university and senior author of a new study published Nov. 6 in the online journal Nature Communications. “We have a way of marking and copying DNA damage sites so that we can preserve the information of where and what the damage was.”

Jan Riedl, a University … Read more

The albedo effect: Networks of melt ponds create darker areas on the otherwise-reflective surface of sea ice. The result? Whereas the white surface of the sea ice reflects solar radiation, the darker melt ponds absorb it. More advanced models of the evolution of melt ponds over the polar summer could help researchers improve long term projections of sea ice melt, and better understand the role of sea ice in Earth's climate system.

On Golden’s ice pond

From the National Science Foundation

Oceanographers, marine biologists and geologists are the scientists most commonly associated with studying changes in sea ice. But these days, it just might be a mathematician drilling ice cores in the Antarctic.

With 17 trips to the Arctic and Antarctic under his belt, Ken Golden of the University of Utah has made a career of helping better understand the mathematics of what goes on inside the thick layers of sea in those regions.

Understanding sea ice and how it behaves could advance research across a wide range of sciences. For instance, it could help scientists predict how fast … Read more


Creators of ‘March’ to speak at the U

The authors and illustrator of “March,” the best-selling graphic novel series that narrates U.S. Rep. John Lewis’s account of the civil rights movement, will speak at the University of Utah Nov. 10 at 11 a.m. in the Libby Gardner Concert Hall, 1375 Presidents Circle.

Lewis, co-author Andrew Aydin and illustrator Nate Powell will discuss the books and their goal to educate and inspire young people to understand the power of nonviolence. They will participate in a book signing immediately following the event.

The “March” series is a No. 1 New York Times and Washington Post best-seller. It has been honored as a Coretta Scott … Read more


U celebrates vets

The University of Utah will honor 11 Utah veterans, including Chris Haley, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan and lost a leg while trying to aid another injured solider, at its 18th annual Veterans Day Commemoration Ceremony, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015, in the ballroom in the A. Ray Olpin Union Building. The tribute includes a panel discussion, a 21-cannon salute, an awards ceremony and a concert.

The panel discussion, “Forgotten and Abandoned Vietnam Veterans,” will be held in the Union Theatre from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

“The Vietnam War ended the draft and divides our country to this day,” said Jim Holbrook, … Read more