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Lighting the way

University of Utah Distinguished Professor Gerald Stringfellow, a former dean of the U’s College of Engineering and a pioneer in LED technology, has been awarded a top research prize for his career-long work in the process for making light-emitting diodes, an important milestone for LED TVs, cellphone screens, high-efficiency solar cells, computer monitors and a new wave of LED light bulbs.

Stringfellow, who is a Distinguished Professor in the U’s departments … Read more

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Military attorneys sharpen skills through specialized training hosted at University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law

At a time when reports of sexual assault in the U.S. military continue to receive national attention, military attorneys who regularly handle such cases in military court will receive advanced training at a two-week seminar scheduled at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law.

The Army Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Sexual Assault Trial Advocacy Course (SATAC) will commence at the U’s law school July 18 and concludes on July … Read more

University of Utah School of Computing professor Sneha Kumar Kasera and his team of researchers are tasked with creating a crowdsourcing system that allows cellphone and laptop users to help detect and locate someone who is stealing bandwidth on radio frequency waves. The team has received a three-year, $1-million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to devise the system to help tighten security of the nation’s radio spectrum, a valuable resource used for satellite communication and for commercial, public safety and military applications.

To catch a wireless thief

We crowdsource for business startups, art projects, inventions, even families in need. So why not ask cellphone users to contribute in helping catch high-tech thieves?

University of Utah School of Computing professor Sneha Kumar Kasera and his team of researchers are tasked with creating a system that allows cellphone and laptop users to help detect and locate someone who is stealing bandwidth on radio frequency waves. The team has received a … Read more

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Size matters: Advance could increase sensitivity of liquid biopsies

The liquid biopsy, a new type of blood test for detecting and monitoring cancer, is a welcome reprieve from typical biopsies. The minimally invasive test could reduce the need for the sometimes painful and risky procedures involved in sampling tumors, particularly those that reside deep within the body. However, thus far, the utility of the test has been limited by its sensitivity, particularly in its detection of solid tumors that … Read more

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To save water on lawns, throw some shade

How much water does your lawn really need?  A University of Utah study re-evaluated lawn watering recommendations by measuring water use by lawns in Los Angeles. The standard model of turfgrass water needs, they found, lacked precision in some common urban southern California conditions, like the Santa Ana winds, or in the shade.

“The current method of estimating water use is very arbitrary,” says postdoctoral scholar Elizaveta Litvak, first author on … Read more

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University of Utah names vice president for research

Andrew Weyrich, most recently associate dean for research at the University of Utah School of Medicine, has been named the next vice president for research. He succeeds neurobiologist Tom Parks, who retired June 30, 2016, after eight years as vice president.

“Dr. Weyrich understands what a research program needs to succeed, both as a physiologist and as an associate dean for research at the School of Medicine,” said University of Utah … Read more

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Rare Audubon prints donated to the U’s J. Willard Marriott Library

Thirteen oversized, hand-colored prints created by naturalist John James Audubon (1785-1851) have been donated to the University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library by Lonnie and Shannon Paulos. The prints, originally appearing in Audubon’s books in the 19th century, have a combined estimated value of more than $250,000. The prints will be on display for the media, July 12, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., on level five at at the J. Willard … Read more

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Design Build Bluff

Each year, U graduate students from the University of Utah College of Architecture + Planning design and build an architectural project to benefit the Navajo Nation in the southern Utah Tribal area. Known as DesignBuildBLUFF, the program immerses students in hands on cross-cultural experiences.

“We work in partnership with the Navajo community of San Juan County in the Utah Four Corners,” said Program Director Jose Galarza. “We offer students an opportunity to … Read more

University of Utah mathematicians Davit Harutyunyan, a research assistant professor, and Graeme Milton, a distinguished professor,  led a new study showing it is theoretically possible to design an ideal climbing rope for mountaineers and rock climbers. Such a rope would gradually bring a falling climber to a stop like applying brakes gradually can bring a vehicle to a safe stop.

Theoretical climbing rope could brake falls

University of Utah mathematicians showed it is theoretically possible to design ideal climbing ropes to safely slow falling rock and mountain climbers like brakes decelerate a car. They hope someone develops a material to turn theory into reality.

In a new study in the Journal of Sports Engineering and Technology, the mathematicians write: “We do not expect this article to have an immediate effect on the climbing community, but by providing … Read more