Leadership Announcement from President Pershing

Earlier today, I accepted the resignation of Dr. Vivian Lee as Senior Vice President of Health Sciences, CEO of University of Utah Health, and Dean of the University of Utah School of Medicine. Dr. Lee joined the university faculty in 2011.

She has been described by her colleagues as a visionary leader who maintains high standards for herself as well as others. Dr. Lee has led a remarkable transformation of our academic and … Read more

Crime and virtual punishment

When it comes to crime and punishment, how judges dish out prison sentences is anything but a game.

But students from the University of Utah have created a new mobile game for the iPhone and Android devices that demonstrates how software algorithms used by many of the nation’s judicial courts to evaluate defendants could be biased like humans.

Justice.exe is now available for free on Apple’s App Store and Google Play.

The students, … Read more

U to graduate 8,566 students

University of Utah student Christina Andino will be among only 0.03 percent of foster youths who graduate from college when she receives a bachelor’s degree this year. After transferring to the U in 2015 from Salt Lake Community College, Andino is graduating with a Bachelor of Social Work and no student loan debt.

While Andino is one of a handful of students from similar backgrounds who graduate from college, she is … Read more

Randall (Randy) J. Arvay, chief information security officer (CISO).

New U chief information security officer named

The University of Utah has hired Randall (Randy) J. Arvay, chief information security officer (CISO) at Mississippi Medical Center, as the school’s new CISO, effective May 22, 2017.

Prior to his role at the University of Mississippi, he was chief of the cybersecurity and quality assurance in the Joint Spectrum Center for the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). With a $30 million budget and a team of 200 defense and contract … Read more

Statement from President David W. Pershing about Huntsman Cancer Institute Leadership

This past week has been an extraordinary and challenging time for our University and community. Members of our campus community spoke out and made their perspectives known.

It is now time, I believe, to return to our mission of serving our students, caring for our patients and pursuing critical research. In that spirit, I am pleased to confirm that Dr. Mary Beckerle will, effective immediately, resume her service as the CEO … Read more

Mystery of the missing mercury at the Great Salt Lake

Around 2010, the deep waters of Utah’s Great Salt Lake contained high levels of toxic methylmercury. Mercury measurements in waterfowl surrounding the lake led to a rare human consumption advisory for ducks.

But by 2015, 90 percent of the deep mercury was gone.

The disappearance of the mercury was not due to aggressive environmental policies or a wide-ranging cleanup effort. Instead, it’s part of a story involving a large-scale unplanned chemistry experiment, … Read more

Putting their game face on

The University of Utah’s No 1-ranked Entertainment Arts & Engineering (EAE) video game design program is debuting its slate of new games from this year’s undergraduate and master’s students, ranging from a virtual reality thriller about being trapped with a horde of dolls to a serious game that explores a family’s struggle with abuse. This is a hallmark moment for the EAE program as its students have now published over … Read more

U best in nation for technology commercialization, report says

The University of Utah is the top research university in the nation when it comes to commercializing technology innovations, according to the Milken Institute’s 2017 ranking of Best Universities for Technology Transfer.

The U has “quietly evolved into one of the most prestigious research universities in the United States with a strong emphasis on commercializing its research,” the institute said in the report released today. The U moved to the top … Read more

Science Fiction Horror Wriggles into Reality with Discovery of Giant Sulfur-powered Shipworm

Our world seems to grow smaller by the day as biodiversity rapidly dwindles, but Mother Earth still has a surprise or two up her sleeve. An international team of researchers were the first to investigate a never before studied species – a giant, black, mud dwelling, worm-like animal. The odd animal doesn’t seem to eat much, instead it gets its energy from a form of sulfur. The findings, led by scientists … Read more

Supermassive black holes found in two tiny galaxies

Three years ago, a University of Utah-led team discovered that an ultra-compact dwarf galaxy contained a supermassive black hole, then the smallest known galaxy to harbor such a giant black hole. The findings suggested that the dwarfs were likely tiny leftovers of massive galaxies that were stripped of their outer layers after colliding into other, larger galaxies.

Now, the same group of U astronomers and colleagues have found two more ultra-compact dwarf … Read more