Science & Technology

U. Institute awarded $140M grant to develop geothermal energy lab

June 14, 2018

Following a three-year, five-way competitive process, the U.S. Department of Energy has selected the Energy and Geosciences Institute (EGI) at the University of Utah to develop a geothermal laboratory near Milford, Utah. The laboratory, called Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE) will focus on developing enhanced geothermal systems which could greatly expand the […]


Nano-decorations in nature’s subsurface water filter

June 11, 2018

When bacteria and viruses get into well water and make people sick, often the contamination comes after heavy rain or flooding. In 2000, more than 2,300 people in Walkerton, Ontario, got sick when, after unusually heavy rains. E. coli bacteria found their way to drinking water wells. Seven people died. The reason appears straightforward – the […]


University of Utah Health Ranks 19th Among Health Care Institutions for Scientific Research, According to Nature Index

June 7, 2018

In 2018, University of Utah Health was ranked 19th out of 100 top health care institutions worldwide for scientific research by the Nature Index, up 31 percent from last year’s ranking. The University of Utah also ranked in the top 100, placing 73rd out of 500 academic institutions (up 22 percent from last year) and 86th […]


University of Utah ranked among top 100 worldwide universities granted U.S. utility patents in 2017

June 5, 2018

SALT LAKE CITY – The University of Utah is ranked 33 in a new report published on Tuesday, Top 100 Worldwide Universities Granted U.S. Utility Patents in 2017. The rankings, compiled by the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) and Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) were based on data obtained from the United States Patent and Trademark […]


Common Antidepressents Are Less Effective at High Altitudes, Rodent Study Suggests

May 30, 2018

Three common antidepressants – Paxil (paroxetine), Lexapro (escitalopram), and Prozac (fluoxetine) – could be less effective at high elevations, suggests research involving lab rats and led by scientists at University of Utah Health. When rats were placed in conditions that simulate moderate-high altitudes, the three pharmaceuticals failed to suppress behaviors that model human depression. By […]


Utah’s Top Science and Technology Honor Awarded to U Biochemist Dana Carroll

May 24, 2018

University of Utah Health biochemist Dana Carroll is one of four honorees who will be awarded the 2018 Governor’s Medal for Science and Technology. “These medal recipients are defined by their tireless passion and service to promoting science, technology and innovation here in Utah,” said Gov. Herbert in a statement. “These individuals’ contributions in scientific advancement […]


Power to the people

May 22, 2018

Hurricane Maria’s devastation of Puerto Rico last September, which left nearly all the island’s 3.4 million residents without power, is one of the most frightening scenarios for a metropolis: A natural disaster or cyberattack wipes out a city’s power grid. But University of Utah electrical and computer engineering assistant professor Masood Parvania is building a […]


How animals holler

May 21, 2018

While humans can only broadcast about one percent of their vocal power through their speech, some animals and mammals are able to broadcast 100 percent. The secret to their long-range howls? A combination of high pitch, a wide-open mouth and a clever use of the body’s shape to direct sound – none of which are […]


A bolt of insight

May 17, 2018

In the western Utah desert, the Telescope Array sprawls across an area the size of New York City, waiting for cosmic rays. The facility detects the high-energy particles that collide with Earth’s atmosphere constantly; the cosmic rays trigger the 500-plus sensors once every few minutes. While pouring over data in 2013, Telescope Array physicists discovered […]


New fund to advance commercialization at University of Utah

May 9, 2018

The Center for Technology & Venture Commercialization at the University of Utah announced a new funding program for early stage technology development and commercialization. The University of Utah Seed Fund will allocate up to $1 million to help university researchers develop promising technologies, enable commercialization and attract additional funding sources. The fund will be focused […]