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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

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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

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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

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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

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Cellist Matt Zalkind performs in chamber concert at the U

Cellist Matt Zalkind, will collaborate with pianist Jason Hardink, violist Roberta Zalkind and U associate professor of violin and chamber music, Hasse Borup, for a concert on Wednesday, June 29 at 7:30 p.m. in Libby Gardner Concert Hall at the University of Utah. Zalkind will also lead a master class at the U, open to the public, at Dumke Recital Hall that same day at 12:30 p.m.  Tickets for the … Read more

This illustration shows how the AIDS-causing virus normally buds and releases from an infected cell (upper right to middle left) and how a new approach to fighting the virus could render release virus particles noninfectious (upper right, curing back to the left). The blue band in the illustration represents the surface of an infected cell. The process begins at the upper right as a new HIV particle begins to emerge or bud from an infected cell (first two light blue partial spheres), with viral envelope proteins protruding from the emerging virus particle. The budded particle is shown at the center, now with a cutaway view of the inside of the HIV, which includes Gag proteins (yellowish orange) and Pol proteins (blue), which include enzymes needed for the virus to replicate. At this point the virus is still attached to the cell. The last two HIV particles on the left represent the normal budding process, in which the HIV particle or “viron” is released from the cell, with an orange capsid protein inside the virus carrying the enzymes that make it infectious. University of Utah scientists have found that if they can delay the budding process – represented by the three HIV particles extending from the center to the middle right – they can render it noninfectious. In that case, the delay allows the enzymes inside the HIV particle to leak back into the host cell, so that when the virus finally is released, it lacks the enzymes in the capsid protein that makes it infectious.

A new way to nip AIDS in the bud

When new AIDS virus particles bud from an infected cell, an enzyme named protease activates to help the viruses mature and infect more cells. That’s why modern AIDS drugs control the disease by inhibiting protease.

Now, University of Utah researchers found a way to turn protease into a double-edged sword: They showed that if they delay the budding of new HIV particles, protease itself will destroy the virus instead of helping … Read more

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Infographic examines cancer research funding

How the country spends the federal budget is a contentious issue as there are countless stakeholders pushing to secure funding. In the past, Jakob D. Jensen, professor of communication at the University of Utah and an investigator at Huntsman Cancer Institute, researched how media coverage of cancer presents a distorted picture of the disease, and that those distortions parallel funding decisions (find the article here). He has now turned his … Read more

U alum Jodi McRaney-Rusho works in her home studio, which is powered, in part, by solar panels she purchased during the U's first U Community Solar program.

Glass with a past

When U alum Jodi McRaney-Rusho first explored creating art with post-consumer glass, she was met with discouraging responses from people in the glass art business. Some experienced artists flat out told her it couldn’t be done.

McRaney-Rusho, who began working with recycled glass as a full-time artist in 2002, couldn’t let that stand in her way. She had just purchased the most expensive kiln she could afford, and she had no … Read more

U researcher: More sex partners before marriage doesn’t necessarily lead to divorce

It’s been established that having multiple sex partners prior to marriage sometimes leads to less happy marriages and  increases the odds of divorce. But sexual attitudes and behaviors continue to change in America, and some of the strongest predictors of divorce in years gone by no longer matter as much as they once did, according to new research by Nicholas H. Wolfinger, a professor in the University of Utah’s … Read more