Science & Technology

Crime and virtual punishment

April 27, 2017

When it comes to crime and punishment, how judges dish out prison sentences is anything but a game. But students from the University of Utah have created a new mobile game for the iPhone and Android devices that demonstrates how software algorithms used by many of the nation’s judicial courts to evaluate defendants could be […]


Randall (Randy) J. Arvay, chief information security officer (CISO).

New U chief information security officer named

April 26, 2017

The University of Utah has hired Randall (Randy) J. Arvay, chief information security officer (CISO) at Mississippi Medical Center, as the school’s new CISO, effective May 22, 2017. Prior to his role at the University of Mississippi, he was chief of the cybersecurity and quality assurance in the Joint Spectrum Center for the Defense Information […]


Mystery of the missing mercury at the Great Salt Lake

April 24, 2017

Around 2010, the deep waters of Utah’s Great Salt Lake contained high levels of toxic methylmercury. Mercury measurements in waterfowl surrounding the lake led to a rare human consumption advisory for ducks. But by 2015, 90 percent of the deep mercury was gone. The disappearance of the mercury was not due to aggressive environmental policies […]


Putting their game face on

April 24, 2017

The University of Utah’s No 1-ranked Entertainment Arts & Engineering (EAE) video game design program is debuting its slate of new games from this year’s undergraduate and master’s students, ranging from a virtual reality thriller about being trapped with a horde of dolls to a serious game that explores a family’s struggle with abuse. This […]


Science Fiction Horror Wriggles into Reality with Discovery of Giant Sulfur-powered Shipworm

April 17, 2017

Our world seems to grow smaller by the day as biodiversity rapidly dwindles, but Mother Earth still has a surprise or two up her sleeve. An international team of researchers were the first to investigate a never before studied species – a giant, black, mud dwelling, worm-like animal. The odd animal doesn’t seem to eat much, […]


Supermassive black holes found in two tiny galaxies

April 17, 2017

Three years ago, a University of Utah-led team discovered that an ultra-compact dwarf galaxy contained a supermassive black hole, then the smallest known galaxy to harbor such a giant black hole. The findings suggested that the dwarfs were likely tiny leftovers of massive galaxies that were stripped of their outer layers after colliding into other, larger […]


Alexei Abrikosov, Nobel Laureate in Physics and adjunct professor at the U, dies at 88.

April 12, 2017

Alexei Abrikosov, physicist at the Argonne National Laboratory who received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2003 for his work on superconductors, died on Wednesday, March 29 at 88 years of age. As an adjunct professor at the University of Utah, he would visit the campus to speak with researchers and give fantastic talks about […]


Treatment Reverses Signs of Two Degenerative Brain Diseases, ALS and Ataxia, in Mice

April 12, 2017

Scientists report a significant step toward combatting two degenerative brain diseases that chip away at an individual’s ability to move, and think. A targeted therapy developed by scientists at University of Utah Health slows the progression of a condition in mice that mimics a rare disease called ataxia. In a parallel collaborative study, led by […]


Three University of Utah Professors Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

April 12, 2017

University of Utah professors Bradley R. Cairns, professor and chair of Oncological Sciences and senior director of Basic Science at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI); Dana Carroll, distinguished professor of Biochemistry; and Christopher D. Hacon, distinguished professor of Mathematics, were raised to a high honor in science today with their election to the American Academy of […]


Atomic-scale microscope headed to U’s Crocker Science Center

April 4, 2017

The University of Utah is one of just five institutions in the world to be awarded a $2.5 million grant to purchase a state of the art cryo-electron microscope (cryo-EM), the Beckman Foundation announced today. The microscope, which will be able to visualize the structure of proteins and DNA at an atom-by-atom scale, will be […]