Civil rights veteran and U alum Rev. France A. Davis to deliver 2019 commencement address

University of Utah President Ruth V. Watkins and the Board of Trustees announced on Feb. 12, 2019, that renowned civil rights activist, religious leader and University of Utah alum and former faculty member Rev. France A. Davis will deliver the commencement address at the university’s 150th campus-wide convocation. The commencement ceremony will be held Thursday, May 2, 2019, at 6 p.m. in the Jon M. Huntsman Center.

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U experts on air quality and related environmental issues

At the University of Utah, numerous faculty—representing disciplines across campus—are looking at various aspects of air pollution and related environmental issues. This is a list of some of those experts and their areas of focus.

HEALTH SCIENCES
• Robert Paine (Pulmonary Medicine)
Robert.Paine@hsc.utah.edu
801-581-7806

Robert Paine is a pulmonary scientist with over 20 years of federal support for his basic and clinical research activities. He serves as director for the Program for Air … Read more

New phenomenon discovered that fixes a common problem in lasers: Wavelength splitting

A team led by University of Utah physicists has discovered how to fix a major problem that occurs in lasers made from a new type of material called quantum dots. The never-before-seen phenomenon will be important for an emerging field of photonics research, including one day making micro-chips that code information using light instead of electrons.

The study published on Feb. 4, 2019, in the journal Nature Communications.

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U of U Health-Produced Film One in a Million Premieres during Sundance Film Festival

University of Utah Health is proud to present One in a Million, an original short documentary co-directed by two acclaimed independent filmmakers, Jeremiah Zagar and Ross Kauffman.

The film tells the tale of Tyler who lost his ability to walk, see, and hear by the time he was 10. The cause remained a mystery until U of U Health scientists searched his DNA for clues. What they found led to a … Read more

Protecting the Field of Dreams

Plants have important things to say, and University of Utah electrical and computer engineering associate professor Hanseup Kim wants to listen to them.

He leads a team of U engineers who have received a $2.2-million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to design and build small chemical sensors that can “sniff” out when a plant is being attacked by insects or overwhelmed by weeds. The research is to benefit the … Read more

Utah Coal Country Strike Team’s initiative to help hard-hit rural counties moves ahead in national American Dream competition

The Utah Coal Country Strike Team’s multi-pronged proposal to boost financial prosperity in Carbon and Emery counties resonated with the Alliance for the American Dream on Tuesday, earning it one of five spots in the final pitch competition this summer.

The economic vitality that has brought Utah national recognition has bypassed the two counties, where economic conditions have steadily declined since 2001 with falling coal production and coal mine closures.

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Afterschool programs provide “incredible benefits”—but many Utah youth are missing out on them

As many as 99,000 youth may be left unsupervised when the school day ends and more than twice that many don’t have access to high-quality afterschool programs—a missed opportunity to improve the lives of Utah’s youth, a new report says.

The State of Afterschool Report  is the first to assess the landscape of afterschool programming in the state. It highlights best practices and positive outcomes associated with afterschool program participation.

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