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Update on homicide case

November 1, 2017

The University of Utah Department of Public Safety released this statement providing an update in the homicide of ChenWei Guo at a press conference on Nov. 1, 2017: Austin Boutain and his wife Kathleen Boutain are both drifters and travel frequently from state to state. The Boutains chose to come to Utah after fleeing Colorado due […]


A message of gratitude

October 31, 2017

To the Campus Community, We are grateful the terrible events that unfolded Monday evening have been brought to a close with the apprehension of the suspect in the shooting death of our student ChenWei Guo. This senseless act of violence has shaken our community and ended the life of a dear son, true friend, and […]


Suspect in Monday shooting in custody

October 31, 2017

Dear Campus Community: We are gratified to report that Austin J. Boutain has been apprehended and is now in custody. He was spotted by an observant citizen — a librarian — at Salt Lake City’s Main Library, who notified library security. Security officers made contact with the suspect. Boutain was cooperative and immediately taken into […]


A tragic event on campus

October 31, 2017

To our campus community, It is with great sadness that I must tell you that on Monday evening, ChenWei Guo, one of our international students, was killed in a senseless, random act of violence. We have cancelled classes today in respect of ChenWei and the impact this violent event has had on our campus community. ChenWei was a pre-computer […]


Agricultural productivity drove Euro-American settlement of Utah

October 30, 2017

On July 22, 1847, a scouting party from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints stood above the Great Salt Lake Valley in modern-day Utah; by 1870, more than 18,000 followers had colonized the valley and surrounding region, displacing Native American populations to establish dispersed farming communities. While historians continue to debate the drivers […]


New anti-racism task force announced

October 27, 2017

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff: Today we are announcing the creation of a Presidential Anti-Racism Task Force to work on developing and deploying actions on our campus that can increase dialogue and understanding among students, staff, and faculty from different racial and ethnic backgrounds. The group also will identify other actions and investments that will enhance the experience […]


The role of literature and the humanities

October 25, 2017

Award-winning writers Michael Chabon (“Wonderboys,” “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay,” “The Yiddish Policemen’s Union” and “Moonglow”) and Zadie Smith (“White Teeth,” “On Beauty, Changing My Mind: Occasional Essays” and “Swing Time”) delivered the University of Utah’s Tanner Lecture on Human Values at Libby Gardner Concert Hall, Oct. 19, 2017. In a conversation format, […]


Researchers identify protein that plays key role in diabetic blindness

October 24, 2017

For millions of Americans, their world is dissolving into an unrecognizable blur. Diabetic retinopathy is an eye disease affecting one-third of the estimated 30 million Americans who struggle with diabetes. As the patients’ vision slowly fades, it never recovers and few treatments are available. Researchers at University of Utah Health have identified a protein (ARF6) […]


Marriott Library’s Ski Affair to honor U Ski Team and Ron Steele

October 23, 2017

The University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library will honor the U Ski Team and Ron Steele during their annual Ski Affair at the Little America Hotel on Nov. 7 at 6 p.m. The fundraising event supports the library’s ski archives, which houses the largest collection of ski and snow sport history in the country. […]


Long-term grant helps U reading clinic reach 7,000 struggling readers

October 20, 2017

Over the past 15 years, the University of Utah Reading Clinic has received just over $3.5 million from the Improving Teacher Quality State Grants program to increase teachers’ knowledge of reading instruction and small group reading intervention. In particular, the UURC uses the funding to help educators become more effective and efficient at helping students […]