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Speedy bridge repair

 

In just 30 seconds, a devastating earthquake like the ones that struck Japan and Ecuador can render a city helpless. With roadways split and bridges severely damaged, residents and emergency personnel could be prevented from moving around to rebuild.

Normally, it takes weeks to repair the cracking or spalling of columns on just one bridge damaged in an earthquake. But a team of researchers led by University of Utah civil and … Read more

A crab-eating macaque, one of the many mammals that can be found on Luzon Island.

Natural History Museum of Utah to showcase new book The Mammals of Luzon Island

Based on more than a century of accumulated data and 15 years of intensive field work, The Mammals of Luzon Island is part field guide and part general reference book for all those interested in the mammals of Luzon, the largest of the Philippine Islands and fifteenth largest island in the world. On Wednesday, April 27, the Natural History Museum of Utah will host a lecture and book signing with … Read more

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Military Sexual Trauma Associated With Higher Risk for Veteran Homelessness

(SALT LAKE CITY)–The devastating consequences of sexual trauma in the military reported by 25 percent of female and 1 percent of male veterans who served in the U.S. armed forces don’t end with psychological and physical trauma, but are associated with a much higher risk for homelessness, a study led by Utah researchers has found.

An examination of the records of 601,892 veterans who served in Iraq or Afghanistan found that … Read more

Trembling aspen trees killed by severe drought near Grand Junction, Colorado, August 2010.

Which trees face death in drought?

 

Two hundred-twenty-five million trees dead in the southwest in a 2002 drought. Three hundred million trees in Texas in 2011. Twelve million this past year in California.  Throughout the world, large numbers of trees are dying in extreme heat and drought events. Because mass die-offs can have critical consequences for the future of forests and the future of Earth’s climate, scientists are trying to understand how a warming climate could … Read more

A view of the University of Utah physics laboratory where researchers showed that a phenomenon named the inverse spin Hall effect works in several organic semiconductors when pulsed microwaves are applied to the materials. The effect converts so-called spin current to electric current and may find use in future generations of batteries, solar cells and electronic devices.

A new way to get electricity from magnetism

By showing that a phenomenon dubbed the “inverse spin Hall effect” works in several organic semiconductors – including carbon-60 buckyballs – University of Utah physicists changed magnetic “spin current” into electric current. The efficiency of this new power conversion method isn’t yet known, but it might find use in future electronic devices including batteries, solar cells and computers.

“This paper is the first to demonstrate the inverse spin Hall effect in … Read more

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Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker and acclaimed filmmaker Pratibha Parmar to speak at the U

On Wednesday, April 20 and Thursday, April 21, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and poet Alice Walker and acclaimed filmmaker Pratibha Parmar will participate in a series of events as part of the U’s Barbara L. & Norman C. Tanner Center for Nonviolent Human Rights Advocacy’s “Artists as Advocates: Women’s Rights and Human Rights” series. All events are free and open to the public.

Walker, best known as the author of the Pulitzer … Read more

Concert

How do you know it’s spring in SLC?

The answer is the announcement of the Red Butte Garden Outdoor Summer Concert Series and a garden with 450,000 blooming daffodils, bulbs and tree blossoms.

Summer 2016 at Red Butte Garden includes concerts, films, camps outs and Monday Family Nights.

The lineup of 30 concerts is packed with rock from the 80s and 90s with Tears For Fears, Barenaked Ladies with OMD and Howard Jones, Culture Club, Blondie and Goo Goo Dolls … Read more

A stream in the Rocky Mountains

How climate change dries up mountain streams

The western United States relies on mountain snow for its water supply. Water stored as snow in the mountains during winter replenishes groundwater and drives river runoff in spring, filling reservoirs for use later in summer. But how could a warming globe and a changing climate interrupt this process?

In a new study published today in Environmental Research Letters, a team of hydrologists that includes University of Utah professor Paul Brooks … Read more

Anthropogenic burning in Hadza country.

The pyrophilic primate

Fire, a tool broadly used for cooking, constructing, hunting and even communicating, was arguably one of the earliest discoveries in human history. But when, how and why it came to be used is hotly debated among scientists.

A new scenario crafted by University of Utah anthropologists proposes that human ancestors became dependent on fire as a result of Africa’s increasingly fire-prone environment 2-3 million years ago.

As the environment became drier and … Read more

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U stages world famous opera

On April 22 and 23, in the Nancy Peery Marriott Auditorium of Kingsbury Hall, the University of Utah Lyric Opera Ensemble with the University Philharmonia will present one of the world’s most famous and beloved operas, Johann Strauss Jr.’s “Die Fledermaus.”

The School of Music brought in guest stage director Michael Pinkerton, who hails from Vienna, where the piece debuted in 1874.  Robert Breault, U professor of music will direct the … Read more

Marnie Powers-Torrey, instructor and managing director of the Book Arts Program, in the book arts studio where the community is invited to participate in the free workshops.

Book arts workshops offered at the U’s Marriott Library

A grant from the National Endowment for the Arts is supporting free workshops to the community through the Book Arts Program at the University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library. Workshops include classes in encaustics, paper decoration, letterpress printing, leather binding and much more. There are drop-in sessions and well as workshops that require pre-registration.

Part of the J. Willard Marriott Library since 1995, the Book Arts Program champions wide-ranging explorations … Read more

HIP Talks

Students Compete for $10K in Annual Speech Contest

In honor of former Utah Congressman Wayne Owens’s public speaking skills, the Hinckley Institute of Politics and ASUU are proud to host their second annual speech contest, HIP Talks.

These campus-wide events are open to all U students who want to contribute their powerful words to the U’s legacy. Registration and attendance are free, so students only need to come prepared with their speech.

Last year the final round of the speeches … Read more

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Guggenheim Fellowships awarded to two U humanities professors

Two University of Utah professors are among 178 scholars, scientists and artists to receive 2016 fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

Nadja Durbach, professor of history, received an award for European and Latin American history, and Melanie Rae Thon, professor of English, was recognized in the field of fiction writing.

Created in 1925, the Guggenheim Fellowships are awarded to those who have made impressive accomplishments in their respective fields and … Read more

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College of Health Gets New Look

The University of Utah College of Health will realign July 1 from seven departments and divisions into five departments. The preexisting Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders will be joined by new Departments of Nutrition and Integrative Physiology; Health, Kinesiology and Recreation; Physical Therapy and Athletic Training; and Occupational and Recreational Therapies.

“This realignment will create new and exciting degree programs and initiatives and enhance opportunities for students and faculty to … Read more