How Earth’s mantle is like a Jackson Pollock painting

In countless grade-school science textbooks, the Earth’s mantle is a yellow-to-orange gradient, a nebulously defined layer between the crust and the core.

To geologists, the mantle is so much more than that. It’s a region that lives somewhere between the cold of the crust and the bright heat of the core. It’s where the ocean floor is born and where tectonic plates die.

A new paper published today in Nature Geoscience paints … Read more

Children who use asthma tracking app have better disease control and fewer hospital visits

An app that allows parents and doctors to monitor a child’s asthma has a big impact on managing the disease. When families monitored symptoms with eAsthma Tracker and adjusted care accordingly, children had better asthma control and made fewer visits to the emergency department. Using the app also meant that children missed fewer days of school and parents took fewer days off work, improving quality of life. Results of the … Read more

Chemical records in teeth confirm elusive Alaska lake seals are one of a kind

[Adapted from a news release by the University of Washington]

Hundreds of harbor seals live in Iliamna Lake, the largest body of freshwater in Alaska and one of the most productive systems for sockeye salmon in the Bristol Bay region.

Sometime in the distant past, a handful of harbor seals likely migrated from the ocean more than 50 miles (80 kilometers) upriver to the lake, where they eventually grew to a consistent … Read more

SVP Daniel Reed to be appointed to the National Science Board

Daniel A. Reed, senior vice president for Academic Affairs at the University of Utah, has been selected to serve on the National Science Board, which provides advice and oversight for the National Science Foundation.

President Donald J. Trump announced the pending appointment on Friday, May 10, 2019. Reed’s term will expire on May 10, 2024.

The National Science Board, comprised of 25 members appointed by the president, works with the foundation to … Read more

Google Street View cars join the U’s air quality team

The first step toward fixing air quality challenges in the Salt Lake Valley is understanding how air pollution levels vary across the city. To that end, U researchers have previously placed air sensors in a van, on light rail trains and on a news helicopter. But to get an even finer view of Salt Lake’s air quality, they’re getting help from the people who turned block-by-block driving into an art—Google’s … Read more

U names new senior associate vice president for enrollment management

Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Daniel Reed is pleased to announce that Steve Robinson has been selected as senior associate vice president for enrollment management.

Robinson is currently assistant vice president and chief of staff for student services and enrollment management at the University of Oregon. He will assume his position on July 15, 2019.

“This is a critical leadership position as the University of Utah builds on its success in … Read more

U of U esports team for the win!

The University of Utah’s esports team is locked and loaded for a national championship.

The U’s varsity esports team is only two years old and its “Overwatch” squad is already heading to its first national collegiate championship as one of the final “Elite Eight” teams in the popular first-person-shooter video game.

The squad of six starters and six backup players are traveling to Houston for the first ESPN Collegiate Esports Championship, held … Read more