Next generation astronomical survey to map the entire sky

The next generation of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS-V), will move forward with mapping the entire sky following a $16 million grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The grant will kickstart a groundbreaking all-sky spectroscopic survey for a next wave of discovery, anticipated to start in 2020. The University of Utah has been a key member of the SDSS collaboration since 2009, and all of the survey data … Read more

Participants in the 23rd annual Alumni food drive at the University of Utah.

Uniting the Community for the 24th Annual Food Drive

Through Saturday, Nov. 25, University of Utah alumni and students have a message for the local community: Hunger. Still a first-world problem. The annual U Food Drive collects food and donations on behalf of the Utah Food Bank. Last year’s drive collected enough donations to feed 109 families of four for one year, or about 477, 420 meals.

This year’s goal is to raise enough to feed 125 families of four … Read more

How the shape of Lake Ontario generates local, persistent snowstorms

A six-foot-wide snowblower mounted on a tractor makes a lot of sense when you live on the Tug Hill plateau. Tug Hill, in upstate New York, is one of the snowiest places in the eastern U.S. and experiences some of the most intense snowstorms in the world.  This largely rural region, just east of Lake Ontario, gets an average of 20 feet of snow a year.

Hence the tractor-mounted snowblower.

The region’s … Read more

How ice in clouds is born

Something almost magical happens when you put a tray full of sloshing, liquid water into a freezer and it comes out later as a rigid, solid crystal of ice. Chemists at the University of Utah have pulled back the curtain a little more on the freezing process, particularly in clouds.

Their research shows that when water droplets freeze in clouds, the structure of the ice crystal isn’t necessarily the classic hexagonal … Read more

Lightning-fast communications

A mineral discovered in Russia in the 1830s known as a perovskite holds a key to the next step in ultra-high-speed communications and computing.

Researchers from the University of Utah’s departments of electrical and computer engineering and physics and astronomy have discovered that a special kind of perovskite, a combination of an organic and inorganic compound that has the same structure as the original mineral, can be layered on a silicon … Read more

The impact of presidential communication on the LGBT community

As the U.S. grows increasingly diverse, it becomes ever more important to understand how presidents are talking to — and about — marginalized groups such as women, ethnic and religious minorities and LGBT individuals who have experienced a disproportionate degree of social and political inequality. A recent study published in the Journal of Communication, authored by Kevin Coe, associate professor of communication at the University of Utah, and two graduate … Read more

U honors vets with week of events

The University of Utah will honor 11 Utah veterans at its 20th annual Veterans Day Commemoration Ceremony, Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, in the A. Ray Olpin Union Building ballroom. The annual tribute is part of a series of events throughout the week, including a panel discussion, a film screening, full dress military ceremony and a Veterans Day football game.

The panel discussion, “Identity and Service: The Experiences of Unexpected Minorities in … Read more