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NSF awards $1.6M Quantum Idea Incubator Award to U-led team

The National Science Foundation has awarded $1,635,591 to scientists from the University of Utah and a collaborator from University of California, Los Angeles, to research one of the biggest hurdles to quantum computing—the quantum logic units, or “qubits,” that carry information. The award is one of 19 Quantum Idea Incubator grants totaling $32 million funded […]


Thin to win

The new wave of smartphones to hit the market all come with incredible cameras that produce brilliant photos. There’s only one complaint—the thick camera lenses on the back that jet out like ugly bumps on a sheet of glass. But University of Utah electrical and computer engineering researchers have developed a new kind of optical […]


Early humans evolved in ecosystems unlike any found today

To understand the environmental pressures that shaped human evolution, scientists must first piece together the details of the ancient plant and animal communities that our fossil ancestors lived in over the past 7 million years. Because putting together the puzzle of millions-of-years-old ecosystems is a difficult task, many studies have reconstructed the environments by drawing […]


Class of 2023: Set for success

This fall the University of Utah welcomed its most academically prepared class of first-year students. The freshman cohort for the Fall 2019 Semester includes 4,249 students boasting an impressive 3.66 average high school GPA and an average ACT composite score of 25.8. “We are thrilled that over 4,200 freshmen from across Utah, the nation and […]


Stopping the spread of cancer

One of the most devastating pieces of news a cancer patient can receive is that their cancer has spread to other parts of the body. Fortunately, University of Utah biomedical engineering assistant professor Tara Deans has received this year’s National Institutes of Health Director’s New Innovator Award and a $1.5 million grant to develop a […]


University of Utah seismic networks can contribute to nuclear security

This release was written by the Seismological Society of America The International Monitoring System is the top global seismic network for monitoring nuclear weapon tests around the world. To expand the system’s detection capabilities, however, international monitors should seek out the data, methods and expertise of smaller regional seismic networks. In a paper published as […]


Birth of the internet

In 1968, the nation’s top computer scientists and members of the U.S. government gathered inside the Rustler Lodge atop the Alta Ski Resort in Salt Lake County, Utah. They were about to change the world. It was during that meeting this group talked about the novel idea of connecting computers together into the world’s first […]


U to celebrate queero-themed Pride Week

Language is a powerful tool that can be used to both isolate and unite. Even more impactful is the reclamation or creation of terminology to embody a notion or rallying cause. “The word ‘queero’ was a joking combination of ‘queer heroes,’” Pride Week co-chair Taylor Anderson (she/her) laughed. “But the name stuck.” This practice is […]


U-led search team recovers new meteorites originally from the moon

In a year that celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing and mankind’s first steps on the moon, U.S. explorers have once again brought home pieces of the moon for study- but this time from Antarctica, not Mare Tranquillitatis. Five meteorites, all pieces of a previously unknown lunar breccia (a sedimentary rock made of broken […]


JOHN A. MORAN EYE CENTER RESEARCHER, PATIENTS, PLAY KEY ROLE IN GENETIC DISCOVERY LINKED TO RARE EYE DISEASE

John A. Moran Eye Center physician-researcher Paul S. Bernstein and his patients at the University of Utah played a key role in the recent discovery of the first genetic cause for a rare eye disease. Macular telangiectasia type 2 (MacTel) affects about one in 5,000 people, causing a gradual loss of central vision, typically after […]