When Doctors Admit Bias, Patients Are More Likely to Trust Them

Medical specialists, not surprisingly, are inclined to recommend treatments and therapies that involve their area of expertise, and patients who learn about such “specialty biases” would be expected to investigate other options for addressing serious health issues.

But researchers from the University of Utah, Cornell University and Duke University found the opposite occurred: When prostate cancer surgeons revealed their biases to recommend an operation instead of two other equally effective options … Read more

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Migratory bears down in the dumps

University of Utah biologists working in Turkey discovered two surprising facts about a group of 16 brown bears: First, six of the bears seasonally migrated between feeding and breeding sites, the first known brown bears to do so. Second, and more sobering, the other 10 bears stayed in one spot all year long: the city dump.

The behavioral split between the two bear groups shows how dramatically the availability of food, … Read more

University Neighborhood Partners at the University of Utah celebrates the college graduation of nearly 300 west Salt Lake residents at its first Partners in the Park event of the season.

U recognizes nearly 300 west Salt Lake college graduates

University Neighborhood Partners at the University of Utah celebrates the college graduation of 296 west Salt Lake residents at its first Partners in the Park event of the season — June 21, 6 p.m., at Jordan Park, 1060 S. 900 West.

University Neighborhood Partners began in 2001 to connect west Salt Lake residents with higher education in mutually beneficial partnerships — providing opportunities to residents and insights and experience to researchers … Read more


Pitch range produced by vocal cords


Picture a singer, accompanied by a grand piano. As the singer’s voice dances through multiple octaves of range, the pianist’s fingers trip from one end of the keyboard to the other. Both the singer’s voice and the piano are dynamic instruments. But while the piano creates its music using the vibration of hundreds of strings, the singer uses only two.

According to Ingo Titze, director of the National Center for Voice and … Read more


Let there be light

University of Utah materials science and engineering associate professor Mike Scarpulla wants to shed light on semiconductors — literally.

Scarpulla and senior scientist Kirstin Alberi of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado, have developed a theory that adding light during the manufacturing of semiconductors — the materials that make up the essential parts of computer chips, solar cells and light emitting diodes (LEDs) — can reduce defects and potentially … Read more

A new program called Step2theU will grant a select cohort of Alta High School students the opportunity to study with University of Utah professors and instructors at the U’s Sandy Campus.

Step2theU: Alta High, U. Forge Innovative Early-College Partnership

The Canyons Board of Education on Tuesday, June 14, 2016, embraced a first-of-its-kind partnership with the University of Utah that will give flight to the higher-education aspirations of stellar students attending Alta High School.

A Memo of Understanding between the first new school district to be created in Utah in a century and Utah’s flagship institution of the state System of Higher Education was approved during the Board of Education’s business meeting at … Read more

Douglas Jones, associate professor of anthropology at the University of Utah.

Why people help distant kin

June 15, 2016 – It’s easy to understand why natural selection favors people who help close kin at their own expense: It can increase the odds the family’s genes are passed to future generations. But why assist distant relatives? Mathematical simulations by a University of Utah anthropologist suggest “socially enforced nepotism” encourages helping far-flung kin.

The classic theory of kin selection holds that “you shouldn’t be terribly nice to distant kin … Read more


Dalai Lama Speaks at the U – What You Need to Know

The University of Utah and the Utah Tibet Foundation welcome His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet to the Huntsman Center on Tuesday, June 21 at 1:30 p.m.

What You Need to Know

Tickets are still available here. Doors open at 11 a.m. Event begins at 1:30 p.m. Those with floor tickets must be in their seat by 1 p.m. Please arrive early to allow time for security lines All patrons must enter through magnetometers and have … Read more