Piece of mind

With just an inexpensive micro-thin surgical needle and laser light, University of Utah engineers have discovered a minimally invasive, inexpensive way to take high-resolution pictures of an animal brain, a process that also could lead to a much less invasive method for humans.

A team led by University of Utah electrical and computer engineering associate professor Rajesh Menon has now proven the process works on mice for the benefit of medical … Read more

Lust for power

Thanks to the discovery of a new material by University of Utah engineers, jewelry such as a ring and your body heat could generate enough electricity to power a body sensor, or a cooking pan could charge a cellphone in just a few hours.

The team, led by University of Utah materials science and engineering professor Ashutosh Tiwari, has found that a combination of the chemical elements calcium, cobalt and terbium … Read more

U trustees announce 2017 honorary degree recipients

The University of Utah Board of Trustees today announced that U alumni Gail Miller and Conrad Anker will be presented with honorary doctorate degrees, the highest honor given by the school, during the annual commencement ceremony on Thursday, May 4, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. in the Jon M. Huntsman Center.

“As innovators, visionaries and committed public citizens, Gail Miller and Conrad Anker are richly deserving of our most prestigious award,” said … Read more

U School of Medicine Jumps 20 spots on U.S. News Annual Rankings

University of Utah Health colleges and programs remain among the best in the nation in primary care, research, physician assistant training, nurse midwifery, pharmacy and other areas, according to the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings.

In the magazine’s latest rankings, the University of Utah School of Medicine is now ranked No. 40 for research, up from 46 last year. And in primary care, the School of Medicine was ranked No. 34, … Read more

Eccles School Full-Time MBA program jumps 22 spots in rankings

The David Eccles School of Business’s Full-Time MBA program jumped an incredible 22 spots in the most recent U.S. News & World Report rankings for best graduate schools. The rankings report shows the program increased from No. 79 to No. 57 in the 2018 rankings.

The increase was fueled primarily by a significant increase in the number of students employed at graduation and those employed three months after graduation.

“This jump in rankings is … Read more

Pain in the neck

For millions of sufferers, there is nothing more debilitating than chronic back or joint pain. It can feel like a lifetime of misery.

But researchers led by University of Utah bioengineering assistant professor Robby Bowles have discovered a way to curb chronic pain by modulating genes that reduce tissue- and cell-damaging inflammation.

“This has applications for many inflammatory-driven diseases,” Bowles says. “It could be applied for arthritis or to therapeutic cells that … Read more

Full steam ahead

Robots built by 48 high school teams will be steaming mad when they compete in this year’s FIRST Robotics Competition, which is themed after the Steampunk stylings of authors like Jules Verne and H.G. Wells.

School teams mostly from Utah but from as far away as California and Alberta, Canada, will be at the Maverik Center, 3200 S. Decker Lake Dr., on March 10 and 11 for the annual Utah Regional … Read more

What global climate change may mean for leaf litter in streams and rivers

Carbon emissions to the atmosphere from streams and rivers are expected to increase as warmer water temperatures stimulate faster rates of organic matter breakdown.

But a new study led by University of Utah researcher Jennifer J. Follstad Shah, in collaboration with a team of 15 scientists in the U.S. and Europe, suggests these decay rates may not increase as much as expected. In fact, the study indicates average breakdown rates may … Read more