Community Engagement

Utah Coal Country Strike Team’s initiative to help hard-hit rural counties moves ahead in national American Dream competition

The Utah Coal Country Strike Team’s multi-pronged proposal to boost financial prosperity in Carbon and Emery counties resonated with the Alliance for the American Dream on Tuesday, earning it one of five spots in the final pitch competition this summer. The economic vitality that has brought Utah national recognition has bypassed the two counties, where […]


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 […]


American Dream Ideas Challenge announces top three finalists

The top three ideas in the University of Utah’s American Dream Ideas Challenge aim to boost Utahns’ income by cutting transportation costs, leveraging unused storage space and revitalizing an economically depressed region of the state. The three finalists announced today are: Neighbor, an early stage tech company, allows Utahns with unused storage space to make […]


Consortium for Dark Sky Studies, International Dark-Sky Association bring global conferences to Utah

Worldwide, light pollution is growing twice as fast as Earth’s human population. In many places, artificial light at night has obliterated our view of the stars and impacted wildlife, public health, and air quality. Next week, members of two international organizations dealing with the issue of light pollution will convene in Snowbird, Utah. The state […]


Great ideas: Top 10 finalists in American Dream Ideas Challenge announced

The 10 proposals selected as finalists in the American Dream Ideas Challenge range from helping single parents save money through shared living arrangements and child care to boosting opportunities for freelance workers in the state’s rural areas. University of Utah President Ruth Watkins and Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox announced the finalists at a panel discussion […]


Documenting 75 years at Hill Air Force Base

In time for the nation’s 242nd birthday, the University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library is celebrating an exciting new addition to Utah Digital Newspapers—the complete run of Hill Air Force Base’s Hilltop Times. More than 61,000 pages of the Hill Air Force Base newspapers, covering the period 1943 to 2006, have been digitized by the […]


U students to design and build affordable housing in Salt Lake City

Design+Build Salt Lake is a newly formed partnership, program and immersive experience where University of Utah School of Architecture students will develop, design and construct affordable, energy efficient residential buildings – from the first sketch to the final construction – along local neighborhoods. “Designing a building is one thing, transforming the design into a real […]


University of Utah launches statewide American Dream Ideas Challenge

The search is on for policy and technology innovation proposals with the potential to foster access to and support for a thriving middle class in Utah — and the best ideas may be eligible for up to $1 million in funding. University of Utah President Ruth V. Watkins and Lt. Gov. Spencer J. Cox, co-chairs […]


Achieving the American dream: University of Utah to lead state-wide project aimed at strengthening middle class

President Ruth V. Watkins announced Tuesday the University of Utah has been selected by Schmidt Futures to solicit and develop ideas for ensuring a vibrant middle class in America. The university, along with other Alliance partners, will seek policy and technology ideas from individuals or groups throughout Utah that have the potential to increase net […]


1,700 Latino youth to visit the U

The University of Utah is hosting nearly 1,700 Latino youth Thursday, April 26, for the annual Latinos in Action conference. The high school students will participate in cultural dances and performances, attend workshops on a variety of topics, including strengthening civic engagement, and some will receive thousands of dollars in scholarships Latinos in Action is […]