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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 […]


A statement from ChenWei Guo’s family

November 3, 2017

The University of Utah was asked to release this statement on behalf of ChenWei Guo’s family. ChenWei was a U student whose life was taken in a senseless act of violence earlier this week. “We are devastated by the loss of our son ChenWei, who brought immense joy into our lives and the lives of […]


New study finds childhood cancer survivors commonly stay at jobs to keep health insurance

October 19, 2017

The results of a national cancer survey find a significant number of childhood cancer survivors are worried about keeping their health insurance, to the point of letting it affect their career decisions. The findings were published today in JAMA Oncology. Anne Kirchhoff, investigator at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah and assistant […]


Waves in lakes make waves in the Earth

October 16, 2017

Beneath the peaceful rolling waves of a lake is a rumble, imperceptible to all but seismometers, that ripples into the earth like the waves ripple along the shore. In a study published today in the Journal of Geophysical Research Solid Earth, scientists at the University of Utah report that these small seismic signals can aid […]


U celebrates 10 years of sustainability

September 26, 2017

The University of Utah Sustainability Office celebrates its 10-year anniversary with a Sustainability Showcase on Friday, Sept. 29, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on the Marriott Library Plaza. Over the years, students, staff and faculty have contributed to a vision of making the University of Utah a better place. In September, the Sustainability Office will celebrate these […]


Putting it to the test

August 23, 2017

It’s estimated that about 788,000 people worldwide died of liver cancer in 2015, the second-leading cause of cancer deaths, according to the latest statistics from the World Health Organization. One of the major challenges in combatting this disease is detecting it early because symptoms often don’t appear until later stages. But a team of researchers […]


Should I stay or go?

August 17, 2017

Now a new study offers insights into what people are deliberating about and what makes the decision so difficult, which could help therapists working with couples and stimulate further research into the decision-making process. The study, led by U psychology professor Samantha Joel, was published in Social Psychology and Personality Science. Co-authors were Geoff MacDonald […]


Scientists restore youthful plasticity to the brains of adult mice

August 8, 2017

Like much of the rest of the body, the brain loses flexibility with age, impacting the ability to learn, remember and adapt. Now, scientists at University of Utah Health report they can rejuvenate the plasticity of the mouse brain, specifically in the visual cortex, increasing its ability to change in response to experience. Manipulating a […]


Farming crystals in space

July 25, 2017

  On a balmy evening in early June, Space X launched the Falcon 9 rocket, which ferried the Dragon spacecraft toward the International Space Station (ISS). As the Dragon broke the tethers of Earth’s gravity three small, black boxes were safely nestled in its cargo hold. These innocuous boxes house an experiment that may help […]