Science & Technology

LA lawns lose lots of water: 70B gallons a year

May 24, 2017

In summer 2010, Los Angeles was losing about 100 gallons of water per person per day to the atmosphere through the evaporation and plant uptake of lawns and trees. Lawns accounted for 70 percent of the water loss, while trees accounted for 30 percent, according to a University of Utah study published in Water Resources […]


Weather patterns’ influence on frost timing

May 18, 2017

Gardeners know the frustration of a false spring. Coaxed outside by warm weather, some people plant their gardens in the spring only to see a sudden late frost strike at the plants with a killer freezer burn. Grumbling green thumbs, along with farmers and water supply managers, would benefit from more accurate predictions of the […]


Patrick Wiggins discovers supernova in Fireworks Galaxy

May 16, 2017

On May 13, 2017, Patrick Wiggins, public outreach educator for the University of Utah’s Department of Physics & Astronomy, and NASA solar system ambassador to Utah, spotted something unusual in the sky. He was looking at the spiral galaxy NGC 6946, known as the Fireworks Galaxy, in the Cygnus constellation over 22 million light-years away […]


Gaming their way to the top

May 9, 2017

The University of Utah’s Entertainment Arts & Engineering video game design program continues to rack up the accolades. According to a new survey by Animation Career Review, an online resource for careers in animation, game development and digital art, EAE was ranked No. 2 in the country for the Top 50 Game Design Schools and […]


Controlling bacteria’s necessary evil

May 4, 2017

Germophobes – let’s chat. Microbes are everywhere – on every surface, every object, every plant and animal. Yes, including on and inside you. True, some of them cause disease. Wait – don’t reach for the hand sanitizer just yet. Many of them are co-residents in our bodies, providing beneficial services in exchange for some of […]


University of Utah biochemist Dana Carroll elected to National Academy of Sciences

May 3, 2017

Distinguished professor of biochemistry Dana Carroll, who has devoted much of his career to developing precise genome editing platforms, received one of the highest honors in science today when he was elected to the prestigious National Academy of Sciences. Carroll is among 84 U.S. scientist-scholars and 21 foreign associates elected by the academy in 2017, […]


U to lead technology commercialization seminar for Fulbright students

May 1, 2017

Following a competitive selection process, the U.S. Department of State and the Institute of International Education have selected the University of Utah to lead a four-day seminar on technology commercialization and entrepreneurialism for 130 international first-year Fulbright students. The seminar, “From Lab to Market,” will draw from the U’s success in the areas of innovation, […]


Get Ready: Your Future Surgery May Use an Automated, Robotic Drill

May 1, 2017

A computer-driven automated drill, similar to those used to machine auto parts, could play a pivotal role in future surgical procedures. The new machine can make one type of complex cranial surgery 50 times faster than standard procedures, decreasing from two hours to two and a half minutes. Researchers at the University of Utah developed […]


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 […]