Awards, Grants & Appointments

U honors student awarded prestigious Churchill Scholarship

Cameron Owen of Boise, Idaho, a senior honors student majoring in chemistry and physics and minoring in mathematics, has received the prestigious Churchill Scholarship to study at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. He is one of only 15 students nationally to receive the award this year and is the fourth consecutive Churchill […]


U develops first dark sky studies minor in the U.S.

The W. M. Keck Foundation has awarded $250,000 to the University of Utah to establish a new undergraduate minor in dark sky studies, the first of its kind in the United States. Dark sky studies is an emerging field that explores the impacts of artificial light at night and the loss of our night skies […]


Engineer Kopeček named to National Academy of Inventors

University of Utah biomedical engineering distinguished professor Jindřich Henry Kopeček, who pioneered research in the design of polymer-drug conjugates and hydrogel biomaterials, was one of 148 academic inventors named as a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors for 2018. Kopeček, who has been with the U for more than 30 years, formulated and implemented […]


Heidi Woodbury announced as U’s new vice president for institutional advancement

University of Utah President Ruth V. Watkins has appointed Heidi Woodbury as the university’s new vice president for institutional advancement. Woodbury will assume the position on Feb. 1, 2019. Woodbury currently is the assistant dean for external relations at the David Eccles School of Business. An alumna of the U, Woodbury was selected after a […]


Two U professors honored as 2018 AAAS Fellows

University of Utah professors Shelley Minteer and Glenn Prestwich are among the 416 newly-elected Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Election as a Fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers. AAAS members have been awarded this honor  because of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to […]


White House Names University of Utah Bioethicist Maureen Condic to Six-Year Term on National Science Board

Maureen L. Condic, associate professor in the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy at University of Utah Health and University Ombudsman, has been named a member of the National Science Board by President Donald J. Trump. Condic is to be one of seven new appointees to the 25-member board who are selected for their eminence in […]


Center for Technology & Venture Commercialization partners with PROTECS to launch incubator in Research Park

The University of Utah’s Center for Technology & Venture Commercialization (TVC) has signed a memorandum of understanding with PROTECS to manage an incubator in the university’s Research Park. TVC will provide programming for the incubator, as well as comprehensive startup support services for TVC licensees. This will be the first freestanding incubator with wet laboratory […]


U emeriti professors awarded two of nation’s top physics prizes

Dannie Heineman Prize for Mathematical Physics Bill Sutherland, emeritus professor of physics at the University of Utah, was awarded the 2019 Dannie Heineman Prize for Mathematical Physics, which he will share with Professor Michel Gaudin at the Institute for Advanced Study and Francesco Calogero, professor of physics at Sapienza University of Rome. The prize is […]


U forest ecologist wins prestigious Packard Fellowship

William Anderegg, an assistant professor of biology, has received one of 18 Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation for his research on the effects of climate change and drought on forests. Packard Fellows receive a five-year, $875,000 grant to pursue research directions of their choosing. The Packard Foundation […]


UNIVERSITY VENTURE FUND II IS FIRST MONEY IN NAVIGEN PHARMACEUTICALS SEED ROUND

The Sorenson Impact Center’s University Venture Fund—Impact Investing (UVF II) closed its first investment in a seed round into Salt Lake City-based Navigen, Inc. UVF II’s investment was highly catalytic, unlocking over $1.5 million additional investment capital into the pharmaceutical company. Navigen, Inc. is an early stage drug discovery and development company that has developed […]