Wildfire begets fire adaptation

As wildfires burn across the western United States, people are asking why does the West burn so frequently? Was it like this in the past? To piece together ancient landscapes, paleoecologists act like biological sleuths by digging through layers of sediment in search of clues. Traditionally, they analyzed pollen grains to infer what types of plants existed in an ecosystem and how they changed in abundance over time. Thomas Brussel, … Read more

U forest ecologist wins prestigious Packard Fellowship

William Anderegg, an assistant professor of biology, has received one of 18 Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation for his research on the effects of climate change and drought on forests.

Packard Fellows receive a five-year, $875,000 grant to pursue research directions of their choosing. The Packard Foundation requires little paperwork connected to the grant, allowing fellows wide latitude to pursue risky and creative … Read more

Now you can read 100 years of The Daily Utah Chronicle online

The first 100 years of the University of Utah’s student newspaper, The Daily Utah Chronicle, has been digitized and placed online thanks to the J. Willard Marriott Library.

Every page of every issue, from 1892 through 1992, can be found at the website Utah Digital Newspapers—along with more than 2 million pages from newspapers from every corner of the state. The Daily Utah Chronicle, or “the Chrony,” is one of more … Read more

The fine print

With today’s technology, we can 3-D-print sculptures, mechanical parts, prosthetics, even guns and food. But a team of University of Utah biomedical engineers have developed a method to 3-D-print cells to produce human tissue such as ligaments and tendons, a process that will greatly improve a patient’s recovery.

A person with a badly damaged ligament, tendon or ruptured disc could simply have new replacement tissue printed and ultimately implanted in the … Read more

Reimagining Evolution Education: Free, Multimedia High School Curriculum Brings New Life to Old Concepts

Gone are the days of heavy science textbooks with over-used examples and hard-to-grasp lessons. The Genetic Science Learning Center (GSLC) at the University of Utah is bringing science education into the 21st century with an online, interactive and multimedia curriculum that teaches up-to-date concepts in evolution and genetics to high school students.

The newly released and freely available curriculum, Evolution: DNA and the Unity of Life, can be found on two complementary … Read more

David Eccles School of Business dedicates Robert H. and Katherine B. Garff building

The David Eccles School of Business dedicated the Robert H. and Katharine B. Garff Building, a 150,000-square-foot building that houses the school’s MBA, Professional MBA, Executive MBA and MBA Online programs, on Friday, Oct. 5, 2018. The building also supports an Executive Education Center, an expanded Maverik Business Career Services Center, the Marriner S. Eccles Institute for Economics and Quantitative Analysis and the Gregory J. Goff Strategic Leadership Center.

This new … Read more