The 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet will speak at the University of Utah.

Dalai Lama reschedules visit to the U

The University of Utah and the Utah Tibet Foundation are pleased to announce that His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet will speak at the University of Utah Huntsman Center, 1825 S. Campus Drive, Tuesday, June 21, at 1:30 p.m.

The Dalai Lama was scheduled to visit the U in October 2015 but canceled after doctors advised him to take complete rest. An official statement from the Office of His … Read more

2015 UCUR presenter and U alumnus Erin Olschewski providing an overview of her research.

Statewide undergraduate research conference to be held at the University of Utah

Undergraduate students across the state of Utah, including 123 students from the University of Utah, will present at the 10th Annual Utah Conference on Undergraduate Research (UCUR) on Friday, Feb. 19 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the University of Utah’s A. Ray Olpin Union Building. This will be the first time since 2007 that the U will host UCUR.

UCUR is an opportunity for undergraduates of all disciplines to … Read more

University of Utah electrical and computer engineering professor Rajesh Menon holds up the prototype of the first flat thin camera lens that he and his team developed. Menon and his doctoral students, Peng Wang and Nabil Mohamma, have developed a new kind of optical lens that is flat and ultrathin instead of the traditionally curved lens but can still focus all the colors of light to one point. The new lens can be used in cameras and other devices such as smartphones where the lens does not have to jet out of the body.  Other applications of this potential lens system include medical devices in which thinner and lighter endoscopes can peer into the human body. It also could be used for drones or satellites with lighter cameras in which reducing weight is critical. Future smartphones could come with high-powered cameras that don’t require the lens jetting out from the phone’s thin body, such as the lens does now for the iPhone 6S.

New lens ready for its close-up

Imagine digital cameras or smartphones without the bulky lenses or eyeglasses with lenses that are paper thin.

Researchers have always thought that flat, ultrathin optical lenses for cameras or other devices were impossible because of the way all the colors of light must bend through them. Consequently, photographers have had to put up with more cumbersome and heavier curved lenses. But University of Utah electrical and computer engineering professor Rajesh Menon … Read more

A group of women and their babies

Mommy and me

Poverty, lack of education and exposure to violence can undeniably impact a child’s life trajectory significantly. But how can a mother’s exposure and potentially depressive reactions to these stressors impact a child before his/her life even begins? A depressed mother’s response to stress can pass through the placenta to negatively impact the fetus in ways that manifest after birth such as birth weight, brain development and increased susceptibility to various … Read more

Glendale students

U, Village inspiring future black medical innovators and doctors

The University of Utah’s Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute, Office of Engagement, School of Medicine and Women’s Enrollment Initiative are partnering with The V(i)llage to inspire future black medical innovators and doctors by hosting a Medicine U college experience for middle and high school students on Feb. 12.

Student participants are members in The V(i)llage, a comprehensive leadership bridge program for self-identifying African, African-American and multiracial black students who attend West, East and … Read more

Math senior Mackenzie Simper is the first U student to receive the Churchill Scholarship.

University of Utah student awarded prestigious Churchill Scholarship

Mackenzie Simper, Salt Lake City native and senior in mathematics at the University of Utah, has received the prestigious Churchill Scholarship to study at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. Simper becomes one of only 15 students nationally to receive this award and is the first Churchill Scholar for the University of Utah.

“Mackenzie’s receipt of the Churchill Scholarship marks a tremendous milestone for the university. As our first … Read more

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What a moth’s nose knows

Moths sniff out others of their own species using specific pheromone blends. So if you transplant an antenna – the nose, essentially – from one species to another, which blend of pheromones does the moth respond to? The donor species’, or the recipients’? The answer is neither.

Moths with transplanted antennae responded instead to a similar yet novel pheromone blend not naturally produced by either species, according to University of Utah … Read more

A Google Earth image of San Jose, CA, which has a low sprawl score and high upward mobility.

Urban sprawl stunts upward mobility, U study finds

A recent study by University of Utah Department of City & Metropolitan Planning professor Reid Ewing and his colleagues in Utah, Texas and Louisiana, tested the relationship between urban sprawl and upward mobility for metropolitan areas in the United States. The study was recently published online in the journal Landscape and Urban Planning. The study examined potential pathways through which sprawl may have an effect on mobility and uses mathematical … Read more

2015 Research on Capitol Hill presenter and U student Jeff Thomas explains his engineering research to a group of visiting students.

U students to present research on Capitol Hill

Undergraduate students at the University of Utah and Utah State University will showcase their research for Utah lawmakers on Tuesday, Jan. 26 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the rotunda of the Utah State Capitol.

Research on Capitol Hill, now in its 16th year, gives lawmakers and the public a glimpse of the intensive research conducted at the state’s two public research universities and reinforces the value of funding from … Read more

Jason Perry, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics and vice president for government relations at the University of Utah.

Jason Perry named director of U’s Hinckley Institute of Politics

The University of Utah today named Jason Perry the new director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics.

In addition to becoming the venerable institute’s fifth director, Perry will continue to serve as the University of Utah’s vice president for government relations.

University of Utah President David W. Pershing emphasized that the dual role will be a natural fit, as Perry’s work in government relations will allow him to foster new learning … Read more

The University of Utah presents its 32nd annual celebration of the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. Jan. 18-23. The year’s theme “Activism: Now it’s our Turn” focuses on youth activism and strategies employed in current social movements.

U’s MLK Week explores youth activism

The University of Utah presents its 32nd annual celebration of the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. Jan. 18-23. Legendary rapper and activist Talib Kweli will deliver the week’s keynote address, Jan. 21, at noon in the Union Ballroom, where he will discuss his personal experiences as an activist through music and the importance of continued engagement by today’s youth.

The year’s theme “Activism: Now it’s our Turn” focuses … Read more

A desert woodrat.

Poison warmed over

University of Utah lab experiments found that when temperatures get warmer, woodrats suffer a reduced ability to live on their normal diet of toxic creosote – suggesting that global warming may hurt plant-eating animals.

“This study adds to our understanding of how climate change may affect mammals, in that their ability to consume dietary toxins is impaired by warmer temperatures,” says biologist Denise Dearing, senior author of the research published online … Read more