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A skull of a Neanderthal.

Earliest interbreeding event between ancient human populations discovered

For three years, anthropologist Alan Rogers has attempted to solve an evolutionary puzzle. His research untangles millions of years of human evolution by analyzing DNA strands from ancient human species known as hominins. Like many evolutionary geneticists, Rogers compares hominin genomes looking for genetic patterns such as mutations and shared genes. He develops statistical methods […]


John Warnock, co-founder of Adobe Systems Inc., selected as 2020 commencement speaker at University of Utah’s general convocation

John Warnock, a computer scientist and visionary co-founder of Adobe Systems Inc., will deliver the commencement address at the University of Utah’s campus-wide convocation, set for Thursday, April 30, 2020, at the Jon M. Huntsman Center. Warnock, who received three degrees from the U, used his vision, passion and intellect to launch a business that […]


A bonfire burning in a black wood-burning stove.

Burning questions on air pollution

A new University of Utah study on the impact of wood burning stoves and fireplaces along Utah’s Wasatch Front proves that 20-year-old restrictions have had a tremendous impact on the state’s air quality. “This study is showing a reduction in the contributions of wood burning by a factor of four or five,” says University of […]


Jimmy L. Turner, new executive director of the Red Butte Garden, cradles some pink tulip-like flowers in golden light.

Red Butte Garden names Jimmy L. Turner as new executive director

Jimmy L. Turner has accepted the offer to serve as executive director of Red Butte Garden at the University of Utah, effective March 23, 2020. Turner replaces Gregory Lee who will retire from the Garden after 17 years of leadership. “Jimmy joins the Red Butte Garden team with 30 years of experience as a leader […]


University of Utah receives 2020 Community Engagement Classification

The Carnegie Foundation has selected the University of Utah as a recipient of the 2020 Carnegie Community Engagement Classification endorsement, a measure of commitment to community engagement. The U is one of 119 colleges and universities in the U.S. to receive the endorsement from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in 2020. In […]


Nine U students nominated as semifinalists for 2020-21 Fulbright awards

The University of Utah has nine Fulbright semifinalists this year, equaling last year’s record number. This year the U has seven undergraduate students and two doctoral students, including five English Teaching Assistant semifinalists, two Study Grant semifinalists and two Research Grant semifinalists. Making it to the semifinalist round is a significant accomplishment in the Fulbright […]


New species of Allosaurus discovered in Utah

A remarkable new species of meat-eating dinosaur has been unveiled at the Natural History Museum of Utah. Paleontologists unearthed the first specimen in early 1990s in Dinosaur National Monument in northeastern Utah. The huge carnivore inhabited the flood plains of western North America during the Late Jurassic Period, between 157-152 million years ago, making it […]


Joint initiative to increase number of fully funded Marriner S. Eccles graduate fellows

The Graduate School at the University of Utah will expand the number of fully funded fellowships. Graduate students pursuing economic policy research in law, banking, business, education, health, finance, humanities, social sciences and exploring the impact of their research on relationships among politics, public policy and the economy are eligible to apply here by Feb. […]


Three local finalists named in American Dream Ideas Challenge

Three teams emerged as finalists in the local 2020 American Dream Ideas Challenge with proposals to increase use of tax credits among eligible Utahns, develop preventative mental health services and build an intelligent higher education platform to drive college completion. The three finalists were selected from five teams that presented their ideas on Jan. 16, […]


Zinc, folic acid supplements fail to enhance male fertility

Zinc and folic acid, a pair of dietary supplements long touted as an effective treatment for male infertility, failed to improve pregnancy rates, sperm counts and sperm potency in a new study conducted at University of Utah Health and other medical centers in conjunction with the National Institutes of Health. According to the researchers, the finding presents […]