University of Utah announces creation of Jon M. Huntsman Presidential Chairs

Six of 12 new presidential faculty chairs at the University of Utah were named Tuesday, June 19, with the remaining six to be named next year. Announced in October by the U and the Huntsman Family Foundation, the Jon M. Huntsman Presidential Chairs are named for the late businessman, philanthropist and founder of the Huntsman Cancer Institute.

“The Huntsman family’s commitment to the University of Utah is profound, and these chairs … Read more

National Science Foundation Funds Natural History Museum of Utah, U College of Education to develop online learning environment

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a grant with total funding expected to reach $1.3 million this month to the Natural History Museum of Utahand the College of Education at the University of Utah to develop and evaluate an on-line learning environment to support student learning in the biosciences.  This pioneering project, titled Engaging Practices for Inquiry with Collections in Bioscience (EPIC Bioscience), uses authentic research investigations of objects … Read more

U names new dean for the College of Humanities

The University of Utah announced that Stuart K. Culver, associate professor of English, has accepted the appointment as the dean of the College of Humanities. Currently acting as interim dean, Culver will move into his new position immediately.

“This is an exciting but very challenging moment for the disciplines of the humanities,” said Culver. “We are learning to engage critically with changing practices of communication, expression and cultural exchange and at … Read more

$5 Million to Fund Tools that Encourage Doctors and Patients to Make Medical Decisions Together

With a $5 million grant from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) and the American Heart Association, University of Utah Health is leading a center to develop and test tools that spur constructive conversations between health care providers and patients. Specifically, the decision aids will help patients with atrial fibrillation (AFib) and their providers navigate the complex options available for treating the condition so they can reach a decision together.

For … Read more

U. Institute awarded $140M grant to develop geothermal energy lab

Following a three-year, five-way competitive process, the U.S. Department of Energy has selected the Energy and Geosciences Institute (EGI) at the University of Utah to develop a geothermal laboratory near Milford, Utah. The laboratory, called Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE) will focus on developing enhanced geothermal systems which could greatly expand the nation’s capacity to produce geothermal energy. The FORGE award will consist of up to $140 … Read more

Black + white = Not white: Understanding how multiracial individuals are categorized

How you perceive someone who is multiracial matters. Historically, the answer to that question for someone who was black-white multiracial had repercussions for who that person could marry, what school he or she could attend and other forms of discrimination the individual might experience.

Today, the United States is becoming increasingly multiracial, but social psychologists are just beginning to understand how multiracial individuals are perceived and categorized. A new study suggests … Read more