U study: Law aiding infants at risk for hearing loss

A Utah law has led to increased early identification of infants with hearing loss due to a congenital infection, according to a new study by University of Utah and Utah Department of Health researchers.

The study, published today in Pediatrics, is the first to assess how implementation of a state-wide screening can pick up hearing loss in infants due to congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV). Utah, which has the nation’s highest birth rate, … Read more

New study tells inside story of how local communities use ordinances to say ‘enough’ to payday lenders

An 18-month study of community approaches to controlling payday lending practices concludes there are 10 lessons for those interested in positively affecting local ordinances, according to researchers from the University of Utah and University of New Mexico.

In “The Power of Community Action: Anti-Payday Loan Ordinances in Three Metropolitan Areas,” researchers Robert N. Mayer and Nathalie Martin document how local communities positively organize to control payday lending in their jurisdictions and … Read more

Arctic melt ponds form when meltwater clogs ice pores

When spring comes to the Arctic, the breakup of the cold winter ice sheets starts at the surface with the formation of melt ponds. These pools of melted snow and ice darken the surface of the ice, increasing the amount of solar energy the ice sheet absorbs and accelerating melt. A team including University of Utah mathematician Kenneth Golden has determined how these melt ponds form, solving a paradoxical mystery … Read more

Top minds in social impact and innovation convene in Salt Lake City

A world-renowned group of more than 120 experts will converge on Salt Lake City, along with 500 guests, for the third annual Winter Innovation Summit from Jan. 25 to Jan. 27. The conference is hosted by the Sorenson Impact Center in partnership with Salt Lake County and the Sundance Institute.

“The Winter Innovation Summit has become the preeminent convening in the social impact and innovation space,” said Jeremy Keele, president and … Read more

U students to present research on Capitol Hill

Jan. 24, 2017— Undergraduate students at the University of Utah and Utah State University will showcase their research for Utah lawmakers on Tuesday, Jan. 24 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the rotunda of the Utah State Capitol.

Research on Capitol Hill, now in its 17th year, gives lawmakers and the public a glimpse of the breadth of research programs at the state’s two public research universities and reinforces the … Read more

Biomarker Could Identify Patients With Potential to Recover From Advanced Heart Failure

Investigators at the University of Utah have identified distinct differences in the hearts of advanced heart failure patients who have defied the odds and showed signs of recovery from the disease. Published online in the journal Circulation, the new findings could help clinicians identify the best candidates for cardiac recovery therapies.

“Based on everything a doctor would traditionally measure, these patients look equally sick,” says co-senior author and cardiologist Stavros Drakos, an associate professor … Read more

U names new chief of design and construction

The University of Utah has hired Robin Burr, executive director of capital projects at Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, California, as the school’s chief design and construction officer, effective Feb. 21.

In addition to many current critical projects, Burr is charged with oversight of proposed projects totaling over $400 million that are planned to replace the 640,000-square-foot School of Medicine facilities.

Burr is a licensed architect with a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture … Read more

Exhibit at the U features artists who fight for international human rights

The University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library will host the art exhibition Globalocation: Celebrating 20 Years of Artnauts, Jan. 20-March 3.

Artnauts, an art collective formed 20 years ago by George Rivera, professor of art and art history at the University of Colorado, Boulder, consists of 300 global artists who serve as goodwill ambassadors, acknowledging and supporting victims of oppression worldwide. Their creativity has generated over 230 exhibitions across five … Read more

U’s MLK Week explores systems of racial discrimination

The Office for Equity and Diversity at the University of Utah is proud to present its 33rd annual celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Jan. 14-21. MLK week at the U has become a platform to engage students, faculty, staff and community members in critical conversations around contemporary civil rights issues and issues surrounding race and racism in America.

This year’s theme, “We Live It. … Read more

Mountaineer and U alum Conrad Anker to deliver 2017 commencement address

University of Utah President David W. Pershing and the Board of Trustees announced today that world-renowned mountain climber, filmmaker, author, philanthropist and University of Utah alum Conrad Anker will deliver the 2017 commencement address on Thursday, May 4, 2017.

Anker was featured in the 2015 Sundance film, “Meru,” which chronicles his attempt to lead the first team to summit the notoriously difficult Shark’s Fin on Mount Meru in northern India. Anker … Read more

U faculty and alums win Governor’s Medals for Science and Technology

University of Utah faculty and alumni won six out of 12 of the 2016 Governor’s Medals for Science and Technology.

The U’s winners are Cynthia Burrows of the Department of Chemistry, Cynthia Furse of the Department of Electrical and Chemical Engineering, Adam Beehler of the Department of Physics and Astronomy and Vivian S. Lee of Health Sciences and the School of Medicine. Winners Lawrence Thatcher, CEO of the Thatcher Group, and … Read more