James Lee Sorenson appointed as newest member of University of Utah Board of Trustees.

University of Utah names James Lee Sorenson to Board of Trustees

The University of Utah today announced the appointment of James Lee Sorenson as a member of its Board of Trustees. Sorenson will replace the board’s outgoing chair, Michele Mattsson. Earlier this month the board elected H. David Burton as its new chair.

A globally prominent entrepreneur, Sorenson has built highly successful enterprises, in fields ranging from technology and life sciences to real estate and private equity investment, all of which  have … Read more

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More power to you

Engineers from the University of Utah and the University of Minnesota have discovered that interfacing two particular oxide-based materials makes them highly conductive, a boon for future electronics that could result in much more power-efficient laptops, electric cars and home appliances that also don’t need cumbersome power supplies.

Their findings were published this month in the scientific journal, APL Materials, from the American Institute of Physics.

The team led by University of … Read more

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Visual time-capsule of SLC music scene

Since its birth in the 1960s, concert poster art has been on the rise, gaining popularity and continually changing over time with the introduction of different technology. These changes are evident in a collection of concert posters spanning more than 50 years from the multitude of small music venues around the Salt Lake Valley housed in the University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library.

“In many respects, poster art became an … Read more

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Living on borrowed time

Unfortunately, loss of plant and animal habitat leads to local species extinctions and a loss of diversity from ecosystems. Fortunately, not all of the extinctions occur at once. Conservation actions may still be able to save threatened species, according to William Newmark, a vertebrate zoologist at the Natural History Museum of Utah at the University of Utah.

In the study, published today in Nature Communications, Newmark and colleagues complied data from … Read more

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Farming without soil

For the last 10 weeks, University of Utah student Georgie Corkery has investigated sustainable urban farming options for Salt Lake, and she will present her work at a symposium Wednesday, July 27, at the University of Utah Guest House, 110 S. Fort Douglas Boulevard, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Corkery is among 18 undergraduate students from universities across the state who were accepted to work as iFellows, a program designed to connect undergraduate … Read more

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Lighting the way

University of Utah Distinguished Professor Gerald Stringfellow, a former dean of the U’s College of Engineering and a pioneer in LED technology, has been awarded a top research prize for his career-long work in the process for making light-emitting diodes, an important milestone for LED TVs, cellphone screens, high-efficiency solar cells, computer monitors and a new wave of LED light bulbs.

Stringfellow, who is a Distinguished Professor in the U’s departments … Read more

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Military attorneys sharpen skills through specialized training hosted at University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law

At a time when reports of sexual assault in the U.S. military continue to receive national attention, military attorneys who regularly handle such cases in military court will receive advanced training at a two-week seminar scheduled at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law.

The Army Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Sexual Assault Trial Advocacy Course (SATAC) will commence at the U’s law school July 18 and concludes on July … Read more

University of Utah School of Computing professor Sneha Kumar Kasera and his team of researchers are tasked with creating a crowdsourcing system that allows cellphone and laptop users to help detect and locate someone who is stealing bandwidth on radio frequency waves. The team has received a three-year, $1-million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to devise the system to help tighten security of the nation’s radio spectrum, a valuable resource used for satellite communication and for commercial, public safety and military applications.

To catch a wireless thief

We crowdsource for business startups, art projects, inventions, even families in need. So why not ask cellphone users to contribute in helping catch high-tech thieves?

University of Utah School of Computing professor Sneha Kumar Kasera and his team of researchers are tasked with creating a system that allows cellphone and laptop users to help detect and locate someone who is stealing bandwidth on radio frequency waves. The team has received a … Read more

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Size matters: Advance could increase sensitivity of liquid biopsies

The liquid biopsy, a new type of blood test for detecting and monitoring cancer, is a welcome reprieve from typical biopsies. The minimally invasive test could reduce the need for the sometimes painful and risky procedures involved in sampling tumors, particularly those that reside deep within the body. However, thus far, the utility of the test has been limited by its sensitivity, particularly in its detection of solid tumors that … Read more