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

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

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

Two of the mice used in a sensitive new toxicity test developed at the University of Utah. A new study shows the test can detect cryptic genetic defects.

Competing mice reveal genetic defects

In recent years, University of Utah biologists showed that when wild-type mice compete in seminatural “mouse barns” for food, territory and mates, they can suffer health problems not revealed by conventional toxicity tests on caged lab mice.

This test previously found mouse reproduction and survival were harmed by inbreeding, certain medicines and fructose comparable with human doses. Now, in a new study, the sensitive toxicity test detected impaired reproduction in mice caused by genetic mutations that had seemed harmless when studied by developmental techniques.

When University of Utah geneticists swapped two mouse development genes in a 2006 study, the mice suffered no … Read more

Women collecting water at a well in rural Burkina Faso, West Africa

Climate change negatively affects birth weight, U study finds

From melting glaciers to increasing wildfires, the consequences of climate change and strategies to mitigate such consequences are often a hotly debated topic. A new study led by the University of Utah adds to the ever-growing list of negative impacts climate change can have on humans—low birth weight.

The first of its kind, the two-year project led by U geography professor Kathryn Grace examined the relationship among precipitation, temperature and birth weight in 19 African countries. Grace and her team utilized high quality, detailed climate data in conjunction with extensive health data to focus on climate change and its effects on … Read more

Race and LDS Church

University of Utah explores the status of black saints within the LDS church

In December 2013, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints published an essay regarding “Race and the Priesthood” on its Gospel Topics page at The statement was the strongest to date in distancing the church from its prior teachings on the status of black people within Mormon theology.

Oct. 8 and 9, the Tanner Humanities Center at the University of Utah will host a conference examing race and the LDS church featuring scholars, religious leaders, church members and media personalities at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, 410 Campus Center Drive. The conference is open to the public but … Read more

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U Team Building Technology to Crowdsource Complex Triggers of Pediatric Asthma

For many doctors, figuring out what caused a kid’s asthma attack means opening up regional air quality databases and applying a lot of guesswork.

While pollution from cars and other sources is known to trigger asthma in some children, there are a number of lesser-understood factors that also increase their risk – everything from viral infections to stress to playing soccer all day.

A team of University of Utah researchers has received a $5.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering to develop an informatics platform that will make it possible to crowdsource scientific … Read more