Robert Schlaberg, MD, Dr Med, MPH, ARUP Medical Director. Dr. Schlaberg co-developed Taxonomer; this technology can simultaneously detect pathogens quickly and accurately.

Metagenomics Pathogen Detection Tool Could Change How Infectious Diseases Are Diagnosed

May 26, 2016

Scientists at the University of Utah, ARUP Laboratories, and IDbyDNA, Inc., have developed ultra-fast, meta-genomics analysis software called Taxonomer that dramatically improves the accuracy and speed of pathogen detection. In a paper published today in Genome Biology, the collaborators demonstrated the ability of Taxonomer to analyze the sequences of all nucleic acids in a clinical […]

How a huge landslide shaped Zion National Park

May 26, 2016

  A Utah mountainside collapsed 4,800 years ago in a gargantuan landslide known as a “rock avalanche,” creating the flat floor of what is now Zion National Park by damming the Virgin River to create a lake that existed for 700 years. Those are key conclusions of a new University of Utah study that provides […]

Spring snow a no-go?

May 25, 2016

Spring snowpack, relied on by ski resorts and water managers throughout the Western United States, may be more vulnerable to a warming climate in coming decades, according to a new University of Utah study. The study, accepted for publication in Geophysical Research Letters, models the year-to-year variability in precipitation and temperature in Utah’s Wasatch Mountains […]

Brit accents vex U.S. hearing-impaired elderly

May 25, 2016

  Older Americans with some hearing loss shouldn’t feel alone if they have trouble understanding British TV sagas like “Downton Abbey.” A small study from the University of Utah suggests hearing-impaired senior citizens have more trouble than young people comprehending British accents when there is background noise. “The older hearing-impaired had just a little more […]

U hosts 2016 Public Service Awards

May 24, 2016

Several notable public servants with University of Utah connections will be recognized on Tuesday, May 24 at the 2016 Public Service Awards, sponsored by the Utah chapter of the American Society for Public Administration.  Award recipients have made outstanding contributions to the public sector and have helped to make Utah a better state. “These awards […]

Hinckley Institute of Politics names new communications director

May 19, 2016

The Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah has tapped veteran journalist Jennifer Napier-Pearce to become its new associate director of communications. Napier-Pearce’s broad experience in print, radio and online media will strengthen the Hinckley’s mission of promoting political involvement, civil discourse and valued political analysis, said Hinckley Institute director Jason Perry. “Jennifer’s […]

Language myth buster

May 18, 2016

Women talk more than men, texting makes you dumb, sign language is pantomime. These are just a few of the myths Abby Kaplan, professor of linguistics at the University of Utah, debunks in her recently published book, “Women Talk More Than Men…And Other Myths about Language Explained.” Published by Cambridge University Press, Kaplan uses research, […]

New report evaluates Consumer Financial Protection Bureau track record

May 17, 2016

Four years after Congress created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) as a tool to help the American public recover from scars left by the economic collapse of the Great Recession, new research from University of Utah law professor Christopher L. Peterson evaluates the agency’s performance and effectiveness as consumer financial civil law enforcement agency […]

University of Utah law student charts impressive path of public service on journey to graduation

May 12, 2016

Nubia Peña grew up as the daughter of a single parent in Philadelphia, watching as her mother worked several jobs to provide for their family of five. As a young immigrant from Mexico adjusting to life in the U.S., Peña knew a path to success wasn’t going to be easy in her early years, but […]

Study Contradicts Belief that Cancer Protects against Alzheimer’s

May 6, 2016

Despite studies that claim people with cancer are less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease–raising the possibility that what triggers cancer also prevents the neurodegenerative disorder–a new investigation finds a more somber explanation. Many cancer patients don’t live long enough to get Alzheimer’s. The research, led by investigators at Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah, […]