U scientist and National Geographic partner influences STEM-positive Barbie dolls

Fifteen years ago, University of Utah forest ecologist Nalini Nadkarni wanted girls to have a Barbie doll that represented a career like hers, or at least one that wore rubber boots and carried a climbing rope and helmet. But with a lack of tree canopy field gear among the existing accoutrements for the doll, Nadkarni made her own dolls for years, fashioning what she called “Treetop Barbies” from thrift store … Read more

Ant expert discovers newly emergent species in his backyard

Jack Longino is a global ant expert and has traveled the world documenting and discovering ant species. But for his latest discovery, he didn’t need to go any farther than his own backyard. In August 2018, just after dark, Longino caught a glimpse of four ants in his garden that really looked out of place. The next day he dug deeper and found more specimens. They reminded him of species … Read more

One-third of reproductive-age women have health conditions that may complicate pregnancy

One in three women of reproductive age have at least one chronic condition that could compromise their health or lead to adverse outcomes during pregnancy, according to University of Utah Health scientists.

Yet few of these women are using the most effective forms of contraception to prevent unplanned pregnancies. The researchers say this could be a sign that women with preexisting health problems aren’t receiving adequate counseling about the safest and … Read more

Squeezing an electron crystal

Written by Katherine Wright, senior editor for Physics, and re-published here with permission. See original post: https://physics.aps.org/synopsis-for/10.1103/PhysRevLett.123.197701

The Wigner crystal is an elusive beast. Predicted in 1934, this crystal of electrons, which is one of the most strongly correlated states of matter, forms when the electron density is ultralow. But a lack of clean enough systems with that property make it hard to measure. Within the last few months, researchers have imaged its … Read more

University of Utah Library Honors Wasatch Mountain Club, Utah Ski Legend, Alan Engen, at Ski Gala

Each year the University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library holds the Ski Affair, a fundraising event for the library’s Utah Ski Archives, the largest archive of its kind, which is dedicated to the history of ski and snow sports in the Intermountain Region.

On Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019 at the Ski Affair, the U’s Marriott Library bestowed three awards — the History Maker Award went to the Wasatch Mountain Club, … Read more

University of Utah invited to join prestigious Association of American Universities

The University of Utah is one of the newest members of the prestigious Association of American Universities, which for more than 100 years has recognized the most outstanding academic institutions in the nation.

Mary Sue Coleman, president of the Association of American Universities (AAU), announced Wednesday that University of Utah President Ruth V. Watkins has accepted an invitation to join the association, along with the University of California, Santa Cruz and … Read more

New ‘For Utah Scholarship’ at the University of Utah creates a program to cover full tuition and fee costs over four years for qualified first-year freshmen

The University of Utah announced today the For Utah Scholarship, which will provide a fully funded path to a degree at the state’s flagship research university for eligible Utah students.

The For Utah Scholarship will combine federal, state and university funds to cover tuition and fees for academically qualified, Pell Grant-eligible first-time freshmen who are Utah residents. No loans are part of this program.

Students who are eligible will be able to … Read more

$150 million commitment from Huntsman family will establish mental health institute at the University of Utah

Historic gift will establish the Huntsman Mental Health Institute with an initial focus on advancing knowledge and relieving suffering through research-informed treatment of mental illness with a strong focus on improving mental health services for college-age adults, increasing access to mental health services in rural communities across Utah and identifying the genetic underpinnings of mental illness.

The University of Utah announced today a commitment of $150 million from the Huntsman family … Read more

Scientists probe the limits of ice

Adapted from material by Daniel Moberg

How small is the smallest possible particle of ice? It’s not a snowflake, measuring at a whopping fraction of an inch. According to new research published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the smallest nanodroplet of water in which ice can form is only as big as 90 water molecules—a tenth the size of the smallest virus. At those small scales, according to … Read more