A songbird’s travelogue

Biologists at the University of Utah recently used light-weight geolocation technology to follow a species of songbird on its 10,000-kilometer migration from the Middle East to sub-Saharan Africa. The study, published October 26 in The Condor: Ornithological Applications identified key regions of importance for the species and highlighted the lack of protection many of these regions receive.

“Identifying areas important to a species is a critical component of conservation,” says graduate … Read more


Making a new pitch for coal

Oct. 26, 2016 — As U.S. coal production declines due to the rise of natural gas and alternative energies, the question remains: What will happen to those communities of coal workers?

The answer may lie in a derivative of coal called “pitch,” which can be used to produce a carbon-fiber material utilized in items from skis to automobile and aircraft parts.

Engineers from the University of Utah are launching a $1.6 million … Read more

Eric Garland, associate dean for research at the University of Utah's College of Social Work, in his lab with a graduate student.

Federal grants to fund cutting-edge mindfulness research addressing opioid epidemic

Eric Garland, associate dean for research at the University of Utah College of Social Work, has received two prestigious multi-million dollar grants to investigate the effectiveness of Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement treatment for chronic pain and opioid misuse.

The grants from the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Defense will look at whether this innovative, mindfulness-based treatment modality can, as previous research has shown, reduce a person’s craving for opioid … Read more

Pamela S. Perlich, director of demographic research at the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute, discusses a new policy brief that makes projects about Utah's economic and demographic growth over the next 50 years.

Utah: Getting a glimpse of the future

Increased life expectancy and lower mortality rates will dramatically change the demographic make-up of Utah over the next 50 years—best reflected, perhaps, in one statistic from a new policy brief from the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute.

That finding: The number of centenarians in the state is projected to increase from 337 in 2015 to 6,844 by 2065.

Other projections in “The Beehive Shape: Provisional 50-year Demographic and Economic Projects for the … Read more


A complete waste of energy

According to the National Resource Defense Council, Americans waste up to $19 billion annually in electricity costs due to “vampire appliances,” always-on digital devices in the home that suck power even when they are turned off.

But University of Utah electrical and computer engineering professor Massood Tabib-Azar and his team of engineers have come up with a way to produce microscopic electronic switches for appliances and devices that can grow and … Read more

A woman racing around a flag, while others watching, race course at a Utah ski resort, 1940s-1950s; Suzy Rytting Collection

Marriott Library honors Olympic Legacy Foundation at 2016 Ski Affair

The University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library will honor two legacies that helped make Utah a world-class winter sport and recreation destination at the 26th annual Ski Affair, Nov. 1 at 6 p.m. at Little America Hotel.

The Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation will receive the library’s History-Maker Award for maintaining three Olympic legacy venues, Utah Olympic Park in Park City, Utah Olympic Oval in Kearns and Soldier Hollow Nordic Center … Read more

University Federal Credit Union Playfield

U unveils University Federal Credit Union rooftop playfield

The University of Utah will celebrate the opening of the University Federal Credit Union Playfield, which is uniquely located on the top of a four-level parking structure in the middle of campus, today at 12 p.m. on the east end of the field.

The playfield was made possible through a lead gift from the UFCU. This donation is in addition to the company’s generous contribution to the George S. Eccles Student … Read more


U’s Honors College celebrates first published book to come out of the novel writing workshop

The University of Utah Honors College will celebrate the first published book to come out of its intensive yearlong undergraduate novel writing workshop, Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. in the Donna Garff Marriott Honors Residential Scholars Community.

Laurel Myler, class of 2016, wrote her novel, “City Ash and Desert Bones,” during the workshop, in which she was required to wake at 4:30 a.m. to write two to three quality pages each … Read more

Sparklers Danger.v3

“That pizza was #delish!” What Do Tweets Say About Our Health?

(SALT LAKE CITY) – “Coffee” was the most tweeted food in the continental U.S. between mid-2014 to mid-2015 followed by “beer” then “pizza”. Besides hinting at which foods are popular, tweets may reveal something about our health. Communities that expressed positive sentiments about healthy foods were more likely to be healthier overall.

Scientists at the University of Utah surveyed nearly 80 million Twitter messages – a random sample of one percent … Read more

Executive MBA program at David Eccles School of Business is only Utah school ranked in top 100 by the Financial Times.

Eccles School Executive MBA program ranked No. 79 in the world, 21 in the U.S.

The Executive MBA program at the University of Utah’s David Eccles School of Business is ranked one of the best in the world, according to a new survey by the Financial Times. The program ranked No. 21 nationally and No. 79 globally, moving up one and four spots respectively. The Eccles School’s program also ranked fourth in the West and is the only Utah school ranked in the top 100 … Read more


Social Entrepreneurism: The New Face of American Innovation

The Obert C. and Grace A. Tanner Humanities Center at the University of Utah welcomes Blake Mycoskie, the founder of TOMS Shoes, Oct. 20 at 3 p.m. at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts Dumke Auditorium. Mycoskie will present “Social Entrepreneurism: The New Face of American Innovation” as the keynote address for the 2016 World Leaders Lecture Forum. This lecture is free and open to the public.

“We often hear how … Read more

Sickle hemoglobin polymerizes under low oxygen tensions in the tissues and the red blood cell deforms, which leads to obstruction in the capillaries and painful episodes for the patients

Genome Engineering Paves the Way for Sickle Cell Cure

A team of physicians and laboratory scientists has taken a key step toward a cure for sickle cell disease, using CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing to fix the mutated gene responsible for the disease in stem cells from the blood of affected patients.

For the first time, they have corrected the mutation in a proportion of stem cells that is high enough to produce a substantial benefit in sickle cell patients.

The researchers from … Read more

Pepsi Spire

University of Utah names PepsiCo official beverage provider

The University of Utah today announced it has selected PepsiCo as its official beverage provider.

The new agreement will provide the entire university community with PepsiCo’s broad portfolio of beverages, including Pepsi, Aquafina, Gatorade, Pure Leaf iced tea, Mountain Dew, Naked juice, Starbucks ready-to-drink coffee, STUBBORN craft soda and more. The multiyear partnership, which also includes the hospital community and auxiliary services, begins in July 2017.

“We are excited to begin this … Read more

Solar parking canopy

New solar canopy at University of Utah bolsters energy efficiency on campus

The University of Utah will officially “flip the switch” to unveil a new solar parking canopy in the southwest corner of campus designed to save energy and serve as part of a broader sustainability plan.

A short explanation of the solar canopy project will take place at 10 a.m. on Friday, Oct.7, at the structure, which is near 383 S. University Street. A symbolic “flipping of the switch” will … Read more

The facility offers infant care for children 12 weeks to 24 months.

U upgrades its oldest child care program

The University of Utah’s oldest child care program celebrates its grand reopening Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016 on the Presidents Circle lawn. The event includes tours of the new facility, located in the Alfred Emery Building on Presidents Circle, 225 S. 1400 East.

The Child and Family Development Center, which first opened in the 1930s, functions as a training center for students enrolled in the Department of Family and Consumer Studies. The … Read more


University of Utah Health Care Ranks No. 1 Nationally in Quality, Accountability After 6 Years in Top 10

For seven years running, University of Utah Health Care (UUHC) has ranked among the nation’s top 10 academic medical centers in quality, safety and accountability. This year, the U has risen to the top.

On Friday in Dallas, Vizient, Inc. announced UUHC finished in first place overall in its prestigious Quality and Accountability Study, besting more than 100 of the nation’s most distinguished academic medical centers. Earning the No. 1 spot … Read more