Privatizing education

February 20, 2017

Yongmei Ni, associate professor in Educational Leadership and Policy at the University of Utah, has spent years researching the effectiveness of school choice policies. Part of Ni’s research has focused on Michigan to measure the impact of charter schools on traditional public school efficiency and resource allocation. In previous studies, Ni found that Michigan charter […]


Russian intrigue continues

February 20, 2017

Questions continue to swirl around contact Donald J. Trump’s aides may have had with Russian officials during his 2016 presidential campaign. Last week, Michael Flynn, President Trump’s national security adviser, resigned from his post after the Justice Department reported Flynn misled the administration about his communications with the Russian ambassador. Now, calls are mounting for […]


U biochemist testified in CRISPR gene editing patent dispute

February 20, 2017

On Feb. 15, the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board ruled on a patent dispute concerning CRISPR, a technology that can edit genomes. CRISPR, based on a component of bacterial immune systems that protects against foreign DNA, holds the potential to treat genetic disorders by replacing or removing the disease-causing gene. The patent dispute was […]


U law professor advocates a new licensing model for DNA editing technology

February 20, 2017

New research published by University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Associate Professor Jorge Contreras in the journal Science proposes that universities currently holding CRISPR patents open their licenses to broader segments of the biopharma industry — a change that could potentially lead to important discoveries for human health and medicine. The call for […]


Utes get fired up for bladesmithing competition

February 20, 2017

Next week, students from the Department of Metallurgical Engineering will head to San Diego to compete in the 2017 Bladesmithing Competition at the annual meeting of The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS) Conference. With a roaring furnace and metal-on-metal hammering, the team forged a Moro-Filipino short sword using millennia-old blacksmithing techniques on the U […]


A day without a woman strike

February 20, 2017

On March 8, the organizers of the Women’s March are hosting an all-day women’s strike to show what the United States workforce would look like without women. While the details of the strike are still being determined, the impact of all women walking out of the workplace would have some pretty large reverberations. Lyda Bigelow, […]


Helping students succeed

February 13, 2017

It’s common to ask children what they want to be when they grow up, but once they get to college, the question isn’t always easy to answer. Many students take the first year or two of college to explore their options before committing to a major. The University of Utah’s Academic Advising Center works with […]


Why protect the National Endowment of the Arts

February 13, 2017

How would the defunding of the National Endowment of the Arts affect society? According to Raymond Tymas-Jones, dean of the College of Fine Arts, the elimination of the NEA would be incredibly negative for the United States for several reasons. 1. The NEA creates an egalitarian approach to supporting artistic and cultural endeavors by granting funding regardless of geography and regardless of […]


Consortium for Dark Sky Studies

February 13, 2017

The American Astronomical Society passed a resolution in January that declared “that access to a dark night sky is a universal human right, making quality outdoor lighting a worldwide imperative.” The state of Utah agrees. Last week, the University of Utah awarded formal recognition to the Consortium for Dark Sky Studies (CDSS), the first academic […]


Air Quality Experts

January 30, 2017

With the arrival of inversion season in the Salt Lake Valley, attention turns again to the air quality issues that plague Utah’s winters. Experts at the University of Utah, hailing from a wide range of disciplines, are available to comment on the sources and effects of Utah’s winter inversion pollution.   Health Sciences Robert Paine […]