Michael Free (left) holds a light emitting diode and Prashant Sarswat (right) holds carbon dots in suspension.

U researchers create light emitting diodes from food and beverage waste

Most Christmas lights, televisions and flashlights have one thing in common: they’re made with light emitting diodes (LEDs). LEDs are widely used for a variety of applications and have been a popular, more efficient alternative to fluorescent and incandescent bulbs for the past few decades. Two University of Utah researchers have now found a way to create LEDs from food and beverage waste. In addition to utilizing food and beverage waste that would otherwise decompose and be of no use, this development can also reduce potentially harmful waste from LEDs generally made from toxic elements.

LEDs are a type of device … Read more

An exterior design rendering of the east corner of the Tibetan Community Center

Transforming a warehouse into a community center

A team of students from the University of Utah School of Architecture, led by Associate Professor Lisa Henry Benham, collaborated with the Utah Tibetan Association to conceptualize the design of the new Tibetan Community Center. Located at 135 W. 2950 South, the 10,000-square-foot building will open Sunday, Oct. 11, and the center will serve as a place of reflection and prayer for Utah’s Tibetan community.

“Gratitude was a major theme in this process and project,” said Henry Benham. “It manifested in both directions — the community has been grateful for our involvement, and our students and I are thankful for this … Read more

Joshua Schiffman, M.D., pediatric oncologist at the Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah, has led a study that could explain why elephants rarely get cancer. Elephants have extra copies of a gene that encodes a well-defined tumor suppressor, p53. Elephants may also have a more robust mechanism for killing damaged cells that are at risk for becoming cancerous. The findings could lead to new strategies for treating cancer in humans.

Why Elephants Rarely Get Cancer

Why elephants rarely get cancer is a mystery that has stumped scientists for decades. A study led by researchers at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah and Arizona State University, and including researchers from the Ringling Bros. Center for Elephant Conservation, may have found the answer.

According to the results, published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), and determined over the course of several years and a unique collaboration between HCI, Primary Children’s Hospital, Utah’s Hogle Zoo, and the Ringling Bros. Center for Elephant Conservation, elephants have 38 additional modified copies (alleles) of a … Read more

Two students examine a virtual 3-D model of a dinosaur bone from the museum's fossil collections.

Natural History Museum of Utah to launch innovative digital program for middle schoolers

This month the Natural History Museum of Utah at the University of Utah will launch a new digital program called Research Quest that will give middle school students across the state of Utah the chance to explore some of the museum’s paleontology collections through in-depth, classroom-based investigations. After two years of prototyping the program with 250 students across seven of Utah’s Title I schools, museum researchers have found the program to be effective in increasing students’ critical thinking skills.

Research Quests is funded by the Joseph and Evelyn Rosenblatt Charitable Fund through an initiative called Advancing Critical Thinking, which strives to … Read more

Rio Tinto Kennecott Building

Building a better U

The newly renovated Rio Tinto Kennecott Mechanical Engineering Building at the University of Utah goes well beyond the adage of “what’s old is new again.”

The completely remodeled building is not just bigger and newer, it’s also much safer, more energy efficient and the latest example of the U’s efforts to build one of the most sustainable campuses in the country.

A dedication for the new building, 1495 E. 100 South, will be held Friday, Oct. 9, at 1:30 p.m. in the third floor Sidney and Marian Green Classroom. On hand for the ceremony will be U President David W. Pershing; Richard B. … Read more

2015 Fordham Debate at the S.J. Quinney College of Law.

Clash between religious and civil liberties subject of 2015 Fordham Debate at University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law

(Sept.30, 2015) —The actions of Kentucky Court Clerk Kim Davis —who refused to issue marriage licenses to gay couples because of her religious beliefs—has renewed intense debate over religious freedom versus civil liberties in today’s world.

Davis spent five days in jail after ignoring a court order that she issue marriage licenses to all couples, following the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in June 2015 that legalized gay . Her actions drew both ire and support, and the high profile case is one example of many cases before legislatures and courts that have addressed conflicts between civil rights and religious liberties.

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The S.J. Quinney College of Law celebrated the grand opening of its new building on Sept. 1, 2015.

 Divorcing drugs and violence is key to saving U.S. drug policy, U research shows

(Sept. 30, 2015)– As Congress continues discussions on major criminal justice reforms —including changes to mandatory minimum sentences involving nonviolent drug offenders through the Smarter Sentencing Act —research by a University of Utah law professor is serving as a tool to guide the debate.

 Shima Baradaran Baughman authored “Drugs and Violence,” which was published in the Southern California Law Review. The research is part of current discussions in Washington D.C. related to the Smarter Sentencing Act, which aims to give federal judges more discretion in how to sentence offenders convicted of non-violent drug crimes. The legislation is currently co-sponsored by U.S. Sen. … Read more

Pride Week 2015

Musician Angel Haze to headline U’s Pride Week

Angel Haze, popular singer, songwriter and rapper who was nominated for a 2014 MTV Video Music Award, will headline the University of Utah’s Pride Week Oct. 7 at 8 p.m. in the ballroom of the Union building, 200 Central Campus Drive.

Tickets are available at the Union front desk. Students can receive two free tickets with a UCard. Tickets are $10 for everyone else.

Pride Week 2015 runs Oct. 2-11, and the events highlight the multiple dimensions within the LGBTQIA communities.

“Diversity and inclusiveness are core values of the U, and Pride Week celebrates the diversity of gender and sexual identities among the … Read more