Scientists at the University of Utah have programmed human cells to generate virus-like particles that can deliver cargo to other cells. The system could become the basis for a biologically-based means for delivering therapeutics within the body. Cargo are encased in protein nanocages (yellow, enlarged on left) that are carried from one cell to another within vesicles built from membranes (green, shown in cross-section). Each vesicle can hold multiple cargo-carrying nanocages.

Virus-Inspired Delivery System Transfers Microscopic Cargo Between Human Cells

Scientists from the University of Utah and University of Washington have developed blueprints that instruct human cells to assemble a virus-like delivery system that can transport custom cargo from one cell to another. As reported online in Nature on Nov. 30, the research is a step toward a nature-inspired means for delivering therapeutics directly to specific cell types within the body.

“We’re shifting our perception from viruses as pathogens, to viruses … Read more

Utah has one of the oldest and largest Pacific Islander communities in the United States.

U aims to build top Pacific Islander program

The University of Utah recently announced its intent to build the top Pacific Islander program in the continental United States. As part of the initiative, the U is in the process of hiring two new full-time faculty in Pacific Islander studies and recently created a new scholarship aimed at recruiting and retaining talented Pacific Islander students.

Utah has one of the oldest and largest Pacific Islander communities in the country. In … Read more

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This Is Your Brain on God

Religious and spiritual experiences activate the brain reward circuits in much the same way as love, sex, gambling, drugs and music, report researchers at the University of Utah School of Medicine. The findings will be published Nov. 29 in the journal Social Neuroscience.

“We’re just beginning to understand how the brain participates in experiences that believers interpret as spiritual, divine or transcendent,” says senior author and neuroradiologist Jeff Anderson. “In the … Read more

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Driving in a winter wonderland

At about 3 p.m. on Jan. 26, 2011, as a normal, albeit cold, Washington, D.C., workday drew to a close, heavy snow started to fall. By the time the surprise snowstorm ended six hours later, low visibility, slick roads and 7 inches of snow left hundreds of cars smashed and many others abandoned in roadside snowbanks.

The storm was a disaster, and area transportation officials were unprepared to respond quickly in … Read more

“The Gnome in Your Home – A Tradition of Kindness” by Susan Johnston.

Changing the world – one act of kindness at a time

With Thanksgiving approaching, it’s a good time to teach children how to establish a tradition of doing small acts of kindness. Susan Johnston, professor of special education at the U, created a book to do just that. “The Gnome in Your Home – A Tradition of Kindness” is an illustrated children’s book and plush toy inspired by Johnston’s own family’s experiences as well as her professional work.

“In my personal life, … Read more

Leadership team for the School of Cultural and Social Transformation (from left: Nicole Robinson, Ed Munoz, Kathryn Bond Stockton, Susie Porter).

U launches School for Cultural and Social Transformation

A newly created school at the University of Utah aims to provide an intellectual foundation for understanding and addressing some of the most pressing issues surrounding race and gender in American society.

That goal is reflected in its name: School for Cultural and Social Transformation—the first school in the Intermountain West to make the intersection of race, gender and social justice its focus.

“This development positions the University of Utah at the … Read more

U student Luis Vidal recently presented his research at the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science, or SACNAS, National Conference for Diversity in STEM in Long Beach, California.

Students present research at National Diversity Conference

Two students, Luis Vidal from the University of Utah and Joydino Beyale from Utah State University Eastern, recently presented their water research at the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science, or SACNAS, National Conference for Diversity in STEM in Long Beach, California, on Oct. 13-15, 2016.

Their research was conducted as part of the National Science Foundation-funded iUTAH project, which is aimed at building statewide capacity … Read more

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U ranks 15th for graduate, 18th for undergraduate programs in entrepreneurship studies

The University of Utah, led by the David Eccles School of Business and its Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute, is one of the best schools in the country for students who want to launch their own businesses, according to The Princeton Review. In a new survey, the university ranked No. 15 for graduate and No. 18 for undergraduate education on The Princeton Review’s lists of the top 25 schools for entrepreneurship studies for 2017.

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U and Chung-Ang University enter digital health innovation partnership

In the spirit of scholarly exchange, Chung-Ang University announced a formal partnership with several University of Utah entities focused on the development of digital telehealth innovations through shared knowledge and best practices.

U entities participating in the exchange include: University of Utah Hospital; University of Utah Health Care Telehealth; the U Brain Institute; and the Research Center for Digital Wellbeing.

Telehealth enhances both clinical and non-clinical healthcare services through social, mobile analytic … Read more

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University of Utah celebrates 70th anniversary of Fulbright program

The Fulbright Program at the University of Utah will celebrate its recent success as well as the 70th anniversary of the founding of the program on Thursday, Nov. 17 at 2 p.m. in the USTAR Auditorium.

“We are proud of our achievements, especially in terms of the number of students and faculty who have received Fulbright awards,” said Howard Lehman, director of the Fulbright program at the U. “Fifty-five students have … Read more

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Now you see it, now you don’t

From Harry Potter’s Cloak of Invisibility to the Romulan cloaking device that rendered their warship invisible in “Star Trek,” the magic of invisibility was only the product of science fiction writers and dreamers.

But University of Utah electrical and computer engineering associate professor Rajesh Menon and his team have developed a cloaking device for microscopic photonic integrated devices — the building blocks of photonic computer chips that run on … Read more

Salt Lake City and University of Utah collaborate to help make electric cars more affordable.

Discounted electric car purchase program extended through Nov. 30

Utah’s winter inversion season is here, but this year Utah will have more clean, electric cars on the road to help to improve air quality. The University of Utah’s U Drive Electric program has facilitated the sale of 92 electric and plug-in-hybrid cars in the past six weeks. Due to the popularity of the program, U Drive Electric has been extended through Nov. 30, 2016. The program is offered through … Read more