Achieving the American dream: University of Utah to lead state-wide project aimed at strengthening middle class

President Ruth V. Watkins announced Tuesday the University of Utah has been selected by Schmidt Futures to solicit and develop ideas for ensuring a vibrant middle class in America.

The university, along with other Alliance partners, will seek policy and technology ideas from individuals or groups throughout Utah that have the potential to increase net income for 10,000 of the state’s middle-class households by 10 percent by 2020.

The innovative ideas challenge … Read more

University of Utah announces search committee for next athletic director

University of Utah President Ruth V. Watkins has announced the members of a search committee to find a successor to retiring Athletic Director Chris Hill. Ventura Partners, a national executive search and talent management firm with a specialty practice in intercollegiate athletics, has been retained by the university to assist in the search. Chad Chatlos, a partner at Ventura, will work closely with President Watkins and the search committee on … Read more

State after-school program makes a difference for students in Utah affected by intergenerational poverty

A study by the Utah Education Policy Center (UEPC) found that students who participated in after-school programs designed to serve those affected by intergenerational poverty performed better on year-end state assessments in English language arts, mathematics and science compared to their performance in the years they did not participate. Moreover, students in these programs also performed better the longer they were in the after-school program. Students tripled the average academic … Read more

Design for the Disappearing Dark Sky

The University of Utah multidisciplinary design students teamed up with the Consortium for Dark Sky Studies to create an exhibit at the Natural History Museum of Utah that showcases Utah’s unique exposure to the night sky. The exhibit illustrates issues such as light pollution and how artificial light has impacted the natural beauty and habitats of Utah. The exhibit opened on Thursday, April 19, in the Sky Gallery of the … Read more

Promiscuous America: Smart, secular and somewhat less happy

Sexual promiscuity is uncommon in America, but a subtle shift has occurred over the past three decades: Men are engaging in such behavior less frequently while more women are sexually adventurous.

Nicholas H. Wolfinger, a professor in the University of Utah’s Department of Family and Consumer Studies, published this finding Wednesday online at the Institute for Family Studies. Wolfinger’s report on promiscuous Americans is based on a multivariate analysis of national … Read more

1,700 Latino youth to visit the U

The University of Utah is hosting nearly 1,700 Latino youth Thursday, April 26, for the annual Latinos in Action conference. The high school students will participate in cultural dances and performances, attend workshops on a variety of topics, including strengthening civic engagement, and some will receive thousands of dollars in scholarships

Latinos in Action is a Utah-based nonprofit organization dedicated to bridging the educational gap in the Latino community through leadership … Read more

The road less traveled

April 16, 2018 — Little Cottonwood Canyon Road, the winding 7-mile road that cuts through the Wasatch Mountains to Snowbird and Alta ski resorts, is facing catastrophic traffic congestion. Already, more than 6,600 vehicles and 12,400 people go into the canyon on peak days, and only 4 percent of those users take public transportation, according to the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT). And it’s only going to get … Read more