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

U 2016 commencement speaker Anne-Marie Slaughter will explore ideas for the future of work and family.

Work-life thought leader Anne-Marie Slaughter to deliver U’s 2016 commencement address

University of Utah President David W. Pershing and the Board of Trustees announced today that Princeton professor, foreign policy expert and work-life balance thought leader Anne-Marie Slaughter, will deliver the university’s general commencement address on Thursday, May 5, 2016.

Slaughter became one of the country’s most talked about writers after she published an in-depth and controversial look into the extreme work-life balance hurdles of today’s professional women, “Why Women Still Can’t … Read more

After receiving and International Science and Technology Cooperation Award on Jan. 8, 2016, in China’s Great Hall of the People, University of Utah chemist Peter J. Stang, left, shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

U chemist honored by China’s president

Jan. 12, 2016 – University of Utah chemist Peter J. Stang shook hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping after Stang and six other foreign scientists were honored with China’s 2015 International Science and Technology Cooperation Award.

“I said ‘thank you’ to him in Chinese and he smiled,” says Stang, recalling the Jan. 8 award ceremony in the Great Hall of the People on Tiananmen Square in Beijing.

Stang – a University of … Read more

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Wired for Gaming: Brain Differences Found in Compulsive Video Game Players

Brain scans from nearly 200 adolescent boys provide evidence that the brains of compulsive video game players are wired differently. Chronic video game play is associated with hyperconnectivity between several pairs of brain networks. Some of the changes are predicted to help game players respond to new information. Other changes are associated with distractibility and poor impulse control. The research, a collaboration between the University of Utah School of Medicine, … Read more