Research

A whole new game at EAE Play

December 7, 2017

For inexperienced social workers, the first home visits could result in important decisions tainted with bias. But practice makes perfect, and students and faculty at the University of Utah’s Therapeutic Games and Apps Lab (The GApp Lab) are developing a virtual reality simulation for social work students that recreates a home environment so they can […]


‘Oscar of Science’ awarded to U. mathematician

December 3, 2017

Christopher Hacon, University of Utah mathematician, was awarded the 2018 Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics at a ceremony in Silicon Valley on Dec. 3. The awards ceremony, hosted by Morgan Freeman, was held at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, CA. The $3 million prize, shared with James McKernan of the University of California, San […]


Researchers Explore the Ocean for Alternatives to Opioids

November 30, 2017

What does a marine snail’s ability to kill prey with two shots of venom have to do with the opioid epidemic ravaging the United States? More than you could imagine. A multi-disciplinary team of researchers with expertise in biology, anesthesiology, pharmacology, and medicinal chemistry at U of U Health received a grant from the Department […]


Next generation astronomical survey to map the entire sky

November 16, 2017

The next generation of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS-V), will move forward with mapping the entire sky following a $16 million grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The grant will kickstart a groundbreaking all-sky spectroscopic survey for a next wave of discovery, anticipated to start in 2020. The University of Utah has been […]


How the shape of Lake Ontario generates local, persistent snowstorms

November 10, 2017

A six-foot-wide snowblower mounted on a tractor makes a lot of sense when you live on the Tug Hill plateau. Tug Hill, in upstate New York, is one of the snowiest places in the eastern U.S. and experiences some of the most intense snowstorms in the world.  This largely rural region, just east of Lake […]


How ice in clouds is born

November 6, 2017

Something almost magical happens when you put a tray full of sloshing, liquid water into a freezer and it comes out later as a rigid, solid crystal of ice. Chemists at the University of Utah have pulled back the curtain a little more on the freezing process, particularly in clouds. Their research shows that when […]


Lightning-fast communications

November 6, 2017

A mineral discovered in Russia in the 1830s known as a perovskite holds a key to the next step in ultra-high-speed communications and computing. Researchers from the University of Utah’s departments of electrical and computer engineering and physics and astronomy have discovered that a special kind of perovskite, a combination of an organic and inorganic […]


Is he really that into you?

November 1, 2017

Women who grow up without a caring father, or who even are reminded of painful and disappointing experiences with their father, see more sexual intent in men. New research published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology finds that women who were reminded of a time that their dad was absent from their lives […]


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 […]


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) […]