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For inexperienced social workers, the first home visits could result in important decisions tainted with bias. But practice makes perfect, and students and faculty at the University of Utah’s Therapeutic Games and Apps Lab (The GApp Lab) are developing a virtual reality simulation for social work students that recreates a home environment so they can better prepare to check for potential hazards.

“’Virtual Home Sim’ does something not currently possible in … Read more

‘Oscar of Science’ awarded to U. mathematician

Christopher Hacon, University of Utah mathematician, was awarded the 2018 Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics at a ceremony in Silicon Valley on Dec. 3. The awards ceremony, hosted by Morgan Freeman, was held at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, CA.

The $3 million prize, shared with James McKernan of the University of California, San Diego, recognizes Hacon’s work in algebraic geometry, the field that studies geometric objects defined by polynomial … Read more

Historic bell returns home to U campus

On Dec. 7, the bell from the USS UTAH, one of the first ships lost during the attack on Pearl Harbor, will return home and be placed on display in the Naval Science building at the University of Utah. An intimate program, which is free and open to the public, will be held at 10:30 a.m.  Representative Steve Handy and Captain Mark Springer, USN, commanding officer and professor of Naval … Read more

Researchers Explore the Ocean for Alternatives to Opioids

What does a marine snail’s ability to kill prey with two shots of venom have to do with the opioid epidemic ravaging the United States?

More than you could imagine.

A multi-disciplinary team of researchers with expertise in biology, anesthesiology, pharmacology, and medicinal chemistry at U of U Health received a grant from the Department of Defense to identify new, natural compounds to develop non-opioid drugs for pain management. The approximately $10 … Read more

Next generation astronomical survey to map the entire sky

The next generation of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS-V), will move forward with mapping the entire sky following a $16 million grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The grant will kickstart a groundbreaking all-sky spectroscopic survey for a next wave of discovery, anticipated to start in 2020. The University of Utah has been a key member of the SDSS collaboration since 2009, and all of the survey data … Read more

New rooftop, and parking canopy solar array at 383 Colorow in Research Park at the University of Utah.

Sun shining over Research Park

The University of Utah Research Park has activated several new solar arrays across three locations. The installations, at the 729 Arapeen, 383 Colorow and 295 Chipeta facilities include multiple mounting configurations (rooftop, parking canopy and ground).

These new solar arrays are a combined 1.9-megawatts in size and will offset the three buildings energy consumption by a combined 27 percent and contributes to the U’s goal of carbon neutrality by 2050.

“We are … Read more

Participants in the 23rd annual Alumni food drive at the University of Utah.

Uniting the Community for the 24th Annual Food Drive

Through Saturday, Nov. 25, University of Utah alumni and students have a message for the local community: Hunger. Still a first-world problem. The annual U Food Drive collects food and donations on behalf of the Utah Food Bank. Last year’s drive collected enough donations to feed 109 families of four for one year, or about 477, 420 meals.

This year’s goal is to raise enough to feed 125 families of four … Read more