University of Utah announces actions to improve campus safety and security

University of Utah President Ruth Watkins announced Wednesday actions to improve campus safety in response to an independent review team’s findings and recommendations related to the Lauren McCluskey case.

The measures focus on training and education, staffing and improved communication processes. To read the university’s response, click here. They include:

Adding staff in the University of Utah’s Behavioral Intervention Team, Department of Public Safety (UUPS) and Housing and Residential Education (HRE). Training police … Read more

Researcher Receives $2.5M to study Alzheimer’s disease from Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative

Jason Shepherd, assistant professor of neurobiology and anatomy at University of Utah Health, is one of 17 recipients of the inaugural Ben Barres Early Career Acceleration Award from the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative. The Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative was founded by Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, and his wife Pricilla Chan to provide new solutions to human disease. A major goal of the initiative is to bring new people with innovative ideas that solve … Read more

Engineer Kopeček named to National Academy of Inventors

University of Utah biomedical engineering distinguished professor Jindřich Henry Kopeček, who pioneered research in the design of polymer-drug conjugates and hydrogel biomaterials, was one of 148 academic inventors named as a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors for 2018.

Kopeček, who has been with the U for more than 30 years, formulated and implemented a comprehensive approach to the design of nanosized water-soluble polymer-drug conjugates and provided tools to manipulate … Read more

Heidi Woodbury announced as U’s new vice president for institutional advancement

University of Utah President Ruth V. Watkins has appointed Heidi Woodbury as the university’s new vice president for institutional advancement. Woodbury will assume the position on Feb. 1, 2019.

Woodbury currently is the assistant dean for external relations at the David Eccles School of Business. An alumna of the U, Woodbury was selected after a vigorous, competitive national search. She succeeds Fred Esplin, who is retiring.

“Heidi is trusted and respected by … Read more

Report reveals link between air pollution and increased risk for miscarriage

Air quality has been associated with numerous adverse health outcomes from asthma to pre-term birth. Researchers at University of Utah Health found women living along the Wasatch Front — the most populous region in the state of Utah — had a higher risk (16 percent) of miscarriage following short-term exposure to elevated air pollution. The results are available online on December 5 in the journal Fertility and Sterility.

“Not being from … Read more

Full of energy

Electricity as a form of energy is not exactly efficient because much of it is lost as heat. Or as University of Utah electrical and computer engineering associate professor Mike Scarpulla says: “Heat is the universe’s garbage can for energy.”

Inside power systems, converters and electronic switches convert and control electrical energy from one form to another (such as AC to DC or DC to AC). This loss in energy is … Read more

Ideal marriage partners drive Waorani warriors to war

Why do people go to war when the consequences of warfare are so dramatic? Scholars have suggested that the motivations for participating in war either lie in the individual rewards warriors receive (to the victor goes the spoils) or because group members coerce them to participate for fear of punishment. Understanding the factors that motivate warriors to join war parties sheds light on some of the most fundamental aspects of … Read more