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American Indians Disproportionately Disciplined at School Compared to White Students

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School disciplinary actions handed down to students at Utah public schools disproportionately impact American Indian children over all other ethnicities enrolled in the state’s public education system, new research from the University of Utah S.J....
19-May-2015 6:05 PM EDT

Computing at the Speed of Light

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Utah engineers have developed an ultracompact beamsplitter — the smallest on record — for dividing light waves into two separate channels of information. The device brings researchers closer to producing silicon photonic chips that compute and...
15-May-2015 11:00 AM EDT

New Tool to Save Salmon: Isotope Tracking

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Salmon carry a strontium chemical signature in their “ear bones” that lets scientists identify specific streams where the fish hatched and lived before they were caught at sea. The new tool may help pinpoint critical habitats for fish threatened...
10-May-2015 9:00 PM EDT

Beyond Facebook: The Social Media Alternatives Project

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Robert W. Gehl, assistant professor of communication at the University of Utah, is scouring the Internet for what he calls "alternative social media" sites and services built as a critical response to corporate social media. He is cataloging what he...
14-May-2015 12:05 PM EDT

Massive Southern Invasions by Northern Birds Linked to Climate Shifts

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Citizen scientists tracking backyard bird feeders helped scientists pinpoint the climate forces that likely set the stage for boreal bird irruptions in which vast numbers of northern birds migrate far south of their usual winter range. The discovery...
7-May-2015 12:00 PM EDT

When Do Mothers Need Others?

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Karen Kramer, an associate professor of anthropology, published a study in the Journal of Human Evolution titled, “When Mothers Need Others: Life History Transitions Associated with the Evolution of Cooperative Breeding.” Her research examines...
8-May-2015 1:05 PM EDT

¡Tequila! Professor Researches History, Changing Perceptions of Mexico’s National Drink

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Marie Sarita Gaytán, an assistant professor of sociology and gender studies at the University of Utah, noticed the distilled spirit’s rise in popularity. She turned what has become a pop culture phenomenon into a research project, which...
5-May-2015 1:05 PM EDT

Improving Geothermal Energy

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The University of Utah’s Energy & Geoscience Institute is one of five research groups selected to study new techniques for developing geothermal energy in places where it’s not currently feasible.
27-Apr-2015 6:05 PM EDT

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