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Newswise: The rise of ‘Zoom Towns’ in the rural west
Released: 15-Oct-2020 9:30 AM EDT
The rise of ‘Zoom Towns’ in the rural west
University of Utah

COVID-19 has expedited a trend of migration into western gateway communities—remote workers are fleeing cities to ride out the pandemic. A new study using data from 2018 found that growing populations caused urgent planning pressures, and officials felt unprepared to respond to and prepare for problems associated with rapid growth.

Newswise: Trees and lawns beat the heat
Released: 13-Oct-2020 5:45 PM EDT
Trees and lawns beat the heat
University of Utah

To mitigate heat in light of climate change, city planners are replacing artificial surfaces with vegetation cover. In water-limited regions, they have to balance the benefit of cooler temperatures with conserving water. A University of Utah study found that mixed landscapes are the best way to mitigate the heat island effect in semi-arid regions.

Newswise: Design and test potential COVID-19 treatments from your phone
Released: 13-Oct-2020 5:00 PM EDT
Design and test potential COVID-19 treatments from your phone
University of Utah

Anyone with a smartphone can download the app ViDok, which lets users pick from a library of molecules that might bind to key proteins on the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes COVID-19, and then can tweak the molecules to try to find a better fit.

Newswise: School absences correlate to impaired air quality
Released: 9-Oct-2020 12:40 PM EDT
School absences correlate to impaired air quality
University of Utah

In Salt Lake City schools, absences rise when the air quality worsens, and it’s not just in times of high pollution or “red” air quality days—even days following lower levels of pollutions saw increased absences.

Newswise: New research explores impact of patent sharing in fight against COVID-19
Released: 7-Oct-2020 12:05 AM EDT
New research explores impact of patent sharing in fight against COVID-19
University of Utah

University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Professor Jorge Contreras was among a group of nine lawyers, scientists and engineers from the United States and United Kingdom who came together in March to create a flexible, open platform for sharing intellectual property in the fight against COVID-19. A new article published in Nature Biotechnology outlines results of those efforts.

Released: 1-Oct-2020 5:20 PM EDT
University of Utah establishes Partners for Innovation, Ventures, Outreach & Technology (PIVOT) Center
University of Utah

The PIVOT Center is a centralized office that will drive the U’s expanding efforts for economic engagement for the greater Utah community.

Newswise: University of Utah reaches 71% renewable energy
Released: 29-Sep-2020 10:35 AM EDT
University of Utah reaches 71% renewable energy
University of Utah

A new solar energy contract drastically reduces the University of Utah's carbon footprint. The new solar contract will bring the university to 71% of all electrical energy coming from renewable sources.

Newswise: Marriott Library digital exhibit finds echoes of today’s pandemic news in century-old headlines
Released: 28-Sep-2020 12:05 PM EDT
Marriott Library digital exhibit finds echoes of today’s pandemic news in century-old headlines
University of Utah

The J. Willard Marriott Library is launching a new digital exhibit to explore the 1918 flu pandemic in Utah through contemporary newspaper articles. The articles show how the issues and divisions that have appeared in the COVID-19 pandemic are, unfortunately, nothing new.

Newswise:Video Embedded blowin-in-the-wind
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Released: 18-Sep-2020 3:10 PM EDT
Blowin' in the wind
University of Utah

University of Utah chemical engineers have conducted an air flow study of the venue that the Utah Symphony performs in to determine the best ways to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 through the emissions of wind instrument players.

Newswise: Confronting Racism in Higher Education
Released: 17-Sep-2020 5:45 PM EDT
Confronting Racism in Higher Education
University of Utah

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) at the University of Utah is leading a collective call to action for truth, healing and the building of anti-racist campuses with the launch of Friday Forums on Racism in Higher Education.

Newswise:Video Embedded u-team-offers-daily-tips-for-parenting-schooling-and-e-learning-in-a-pandemic
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Released: 14-Sep-2020 5:15 PM EDT
U team offers daily tips for parenting, schooling and e-learning in a pandemic
University of Utah

The Behavior Response Support Team (BRST, pronounced “burst), a joint project of the University of Utah’s Department of Educational Psychology and the Granite School District, provides daily tips and teaches skills for managing kids’ behavior amid remote learning, in-person learning and general pandemic conditions. The animated videos, featuring avatars representing diverse children and families, are provided in seven languages and on five social media platforms.

Newswise: Idle threat
Released: 1-Sep-2020 8:00 AM EDT
Idle threat
University of Utah

A team led by University of Utah chemical engineering assistant professor Kerry E. Kelly has received a $1.2 million National Science Foundation grant to design and test the viability of a real-time air pollution monitoring system and display for idling parked cars. The display would work similarly to dynamic speed limit displays in neighborhoods that monitor motorists' speed. In this case, these new displays would give feedback to drivers if air pollution rises due to idling.

26-Aug-2020 3:45 PM EDT
Our energy hunger is tethered to our economic past
University of Utah

Current world energy consumption is tied to unchangeable past economic production. And the way out of an ever-increasing rate of carbon emissions may not necessarily be ever-increasing energy efficiency—in fact it may be the opposite.

Released: 24-Aug-2020 7:35 AM EDT
U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Neil M. Gorsuch surprises University of Utah law students at orientation
University of Utah

Gorsuch, who took his seat on the Court in April 2017, on Friday encouraged law students to persevere through challenging times as they start their legal studies in the midst of a global pandemic.

Released: 19-Aug-2020 1:25 PM EDT
Recursion and University of Utah launch region’s largest life science incubator
University of Utah

Altitude Lab announced its first resident companies and opened applications for its breakthrough collaborative facility and program. It’s the first of its kind—a blended incubator/accelerator program focused on developing diverse and inclusive early-stage life science and health care companies in Utah.

Newswise: Turning a blind eye to sexual abuse: University of Utah law professor explores role of bystanders in new book
Released: 14-Aug-2020 8:00 AM EDT
Turning a blind eye to sexual abuse: University of Utah law professor explores role of bystanders in new book
University of Utah

In Armies of Enablers: Survivor Stories of Complicity and Betrayal In Sexual Assaults, Guiora explores the role of bystanders complicit in abuse and their effect on victims by interviewing survivors of recent and well-known cases of sexual abuse in communities including higher education, elite athletics, sports organizations, religious institutions, law enforcement, the entertainment industry, and elected officials. He proposes legal, cultural, and social measures aimed at the enabler from the survivor’s perspective.

Newswise:Video Embedded mutations-may-have-saved-brown-howlers-from-yellow-fever-virus
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Released: 12-Aug-2020 1:55 PM EDT
Mutations may have saved brown howlers from yellow fever virus
University of Utah

From 2007 to 2009, a yellow fever virus outbreak nearly decimated brown and black and gold howler monkey populations at El Parque El Piñalito in northeastern Argentina. A study found that in brown howlers, there were two mutations on immune genes that resulted in amino acid changes in the part of the protein that detects the disease.

29-Jul-2020 4:25 PM EDT
Your hair knows what you eat and how much your haircut costs
University of Utah

University of Utah researchers find that stable isotopes in hair reveal a divergence in diet according to socioeconomic status (SES), with lower-SES areas displaying higher proportions of protein coming from cornfed animals. It’s a way, the authors write, to assess a community’s diet and their health risks.

Released: 28-Jul-2020 5:00 PM EDT
How Salt Lake’s buildings affect its climate future
University of Utah

With warmer temperatures in both the summer and winter, we’ll need less natural gas to heat buildings and more electricity to cool them—but what’s the balance between those two effects? University of Utah researchers used hyper-localized climate models and building projections to find out.

Newswise: Pioneering method reveals dynamic structure in HIV
Released: 16-Jul-2020 3:15 PM EDT
Pioneering method reveals dynamic structure in HIV
University of Utah

The method reveals that the lattice, which forms the major structural component of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), is dynamic. The discovery of a diffusing lattice made from Gag and GagPol proteins, long considered to be completely static, opens up potential new therapies. The method can be applied to biomedical structure.

Newswise: Insights into climate change during origin of dinosaurs
Released: 13-Jul-2020 6:05 AM EDT
Insights into climate change during origin of dinosaurs
University of Utah

In a new study in the journal Gondwana Research demonstrated that the Carnian Pluvial Episode affected the southern hemisphere, specifically South America, which strengthens the case that it was a global climate event.

Newswise: Community science birding data does not yet capture global bird trends
Released: 7-Jul-2020 1:20 PM EDT
Community science birding data does not yet capture global bird trends
University of Utah

Ornithologists at the University of Utah say that community science bird data shows different trends in bird populations than professional bird surveys do, especially in developing countries. More observations are needed, the researchers say, both by birders and professionals.

Newswise: University of Utah to drop SAT/ACT test requirements
Released: 26-Jun-2020 10:20 AM EDT
University of Utah to drop SAT/ACT test requirements
University of Utah

In a two-year pilot study, the University of Utah is electing to make the submission of standardized test scores, the SAT or ACT, optional for applicants beginning with the fall 2021 admissions cycle.

Newswise:Video Embedded know-the-risks-of-investing-in-forests
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15-Jun-2020 1:20 PM EDT
Know the risks of investing in forests
University of Utah

Some governments are counting on planted forests as offsets for greenhouse gas emissions—a sort of climate investment. But as with any investment, it’s important to understand the risks. If a forest goes bust, researchers say, much of that stored carbon could go up in smoke. Forests can be best deployed in the fight against climate change with a proper understanding of the risks to that forest that climate change itself imposes.

Newswise:Video Embedded utah-s-arches-continue-to-whisper-their-secrets
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Released: 11-Jun-2020 1:30 PM EDT
Utah’s Arches Continue to Whisper Their Secrets
University of Utah

Two new studies from University of Utah researchers show what can be learned from a short seismic checkup of natural rock arches and how erosion sculpts some arches—like the iconic Delicate Arch—into shapes that lend added strength.

Newswise: Women’s Communication Shapes Division of Labor in Household
Released: 9-Jun-2020 1:40 PM EDT
Women’s Communication Shapes Division of Labor in Household
University of Utah

A new study led a team that analyzed the role that communication plays in the division of household labor. They found that partner communication is the most important factor linking the division of household labor to satisfaction in the relationship. But the way that the partners’ communication matters depends on gender.

Newswise:Video Embedded a-sound-treatment
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20-May-2020 2:00 PM EDT
A sound treatment
University of Utah

University of Utah biomedical engineering assistant professor Jan Kubanek has discovered that sound waves of high frequency (ultrasound) can be emitted into a patient’s brain to alter his or her state. It’s a non-invasive treatment that doesn’t involve medications or surgery and has a unique potential to treat mental disorders including depression and anxiety and neurological disorders such as chronic pain and epilepsy.

Newswise:Video Embedded ribs-evolved-for-movement-first-then-co-opted-for-breathing
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Released: 19-May-2020 2:40 PM EDT
Ribs evolved for movement first, then co-opted for breathing
University of Utah

A major transformation in vertebrate evolution took place when breathing shifted from being driven by head and throat muscles—like in fish and frogs—to the torso—like in reptiles and mammals. But what caused the shift? A new study posits that the intermediate step was locomotion—the mechanics follow the same pattern as inhalation and exhalation.

Newswise: Persistent inequitable exposure to air pollution in Salt Lake County schools
Released: 15-May-2020 4:05 PM EDT
Persistent inequitable exposure to air pollution in Salt Lake County schools
University of Utah

Salt Lake County, Utah’s air pollution is at times the worst in the United States. Underserved neighborhoods—and their schools—experience the highest concentrations. A new study utilized nearly 200 PM 2.5 sensors through the Air Quality and U network and revealed persistent social inequalities in Salt Lake County schools.

Newswise: Has COVID-19 changed U.S. Supreme Court dynamics?
Released: 8-May-2020 3:35 PM EDT
Has COVID-19 changed U.S. Supreme Court dynamics?
University of Utah

New commentary from Utah legal scholars suggest new platform for oral arguments unveils insight into the most silent justice in modern history.

Newswise: Portable, Reusable Test for COVID-19
Released: 7-May-2020 8:00 AM EDT
Portable, Reusable Test for COVID-19
University of Utah

University of Utah electrical and computer engineering professor Massood Tabib-Azar is developing a portable, reusable sensor for COVID-19 that works with a cellphone. It can detect the presence of the virus in about a minute and just requires a drop of saliva.

Released: 5-May-2020 12:05 PM EDT
Fight for Victims of Dead Multimillionaire Jeffrey Epstein Continues
University of Utah

University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Professor Paul Cassell and attorney Bradley J. Edwards have filed a petition for rehearing en banc in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit on behalf of sex abuse victims of multimillionaire Jeffrey Epstein. The petition asks the full Eleventh Circuit to rehear its earlier divided (2-1) ruling, rejecting the victims’ appeal challenging a secret non-prosecution agreement.

Newswise: Graduating in game
Released: 30-Apr-2020 8:25 AM EDT
Graduating in game
University of Utah

The University of Utah's nationally ranked video game development program, Entertainment Arts & Engineering, will hold its own graduation ceremony for 2020 seniors - in an online video game they created.

Newswise: University of Utah law professor searches for COVID-19 answers through push to share intellectual property
Released: 21-Apr-2020 3:30 PM EDT
University of Utah law professor searches for COVID-19 answers through push to share intellectual property
University of Utah

The pledge emerged as a response to reports that intellectual property was emerging as a barrier to research and development of vaccines, diagnostics and therapies for COVID-19, as well as the manufacture and deployment of lifesaving equipment and parts needed to respond to the pandemic.

Newswise: University of Utah exceeds federal energy reduction commitment
Released: 20-Apr-2020 12:40 PM EDT
University of Utah exceeds federal energy reduction commitment
University of Utah

The U.S. Department of Energy confirmed the University of Utah has exceeded its goal to reduce energy use by 20 percent by 2020, as part of the Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Challenge. The U achieved energy savings of 25% across 17 million square feet of building space since 2008, the base year for the commitment.

Newswise: Mucus and the coronavirus
Released: 31-Mar-2020 6:00 AM EDT
Mucus and the coronavirus
University of Utah

University of Utah biomedical engineering assistant professor Jessica R. Kramer has received a grant from the National Science Foundation to research how mucus, the slimy substance in human tissue, plays a role in spreading a coronavirus like COVID-19.

Released: 30-Mar-2020 1:00 PM EDT
U-led human factors consortium improves medical device design
University of Utah

A University of Utah-led consortium to improve the design of medical devices welcomes Rice University as its newest partner. The Human Factors MEdical DevIce Consortium (hfMEDIC) serves as a consulting resource for medical device manufacturers looking to improve usability and safety of their products.

Newswise: University of Utah libraries produce much-needed supplies for COVID-19 crisis
Released: 26-Mar-2020 3:30 PM EDT
University of Utah libraries produce much-needed supplies for COVID-19 crisis
University of Utah

Library employees at the University of Utah are working together to produce and distribute face shields desperately needed in the health care community while facing the COVID-19 pandemic. In an agreement with University of Utah Health, the shields are 3-D printed to meet personal protective equipment (PPE) standards. Approximately 300 face shields can be produced daily.

Released: 23-Mar-2020 1:35 PM EDT
Experienced scholar joins College of Education as new dean
University of Utah

Dan Reed, senior vice president for Academic Affairs at the University of Utah, announced that professor Nancy Songer has accepted an offer to serve as dean of the College of Education. Songer, a recognized researcher in STEM education, is a Fulbright scholar and former dean of Drexel University’s School of Education.

Newswise: NHMU helps students impacted by school closures with Research Quest Live
Released: 19-Mar-2020 4:45 PM EDT
NHMU helps students impacted by school closures with Research Quest Live
University of Utah

The Natural History Museum of Utah is now offering an interactive version of its award-winning free online education program, Research Quest, to students throughout Utah and the country. Research Quest Live allows for students to have live sessions with professional educators from the museum while schools are closed.

Released: 18-Mar-2020 12:45 PM EDT
Physicists test coronavirus particles against temperature, humidity
University of Utah

One of the biggest unknowns about coronavirus is how changing seasons will affect its spread. Physicists from the University of Utah have received a NSF grant to create individual coronavirus particles without a genome. They’ll test how the structure of the coronavirus withstands changes in humidity and temperature.

Newswise: Discovery points to origin of mysterious ultraviolet radiation
Released: 9-Mar-2020 2:55 PM EDT
Discovery points to origin of mysterious ultraviolet radiation
University of Utah

Lyman-alpha blobs (LABs) are gigantic clouds of hydrogen gas that produce ultraviolet light known as Lyman-alpha emissions. A study of Lyman-alpha blob 6 (LAB-6) is the first LAB with infalling gas feature. The findings suggest that star-forming galaxies are likely the primary energy source of Lyman-alpha radiation emitted from LAB-6.

Newswise: NASA satellite offers urban carbon dioxide insights
Released: 6-Mar-2020 4:40 PM EST
NASA satellite offers urban carbon dioxide insights
University of Utah

Using data from NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2, researchers found connections between the population density of cities and how much carbon dioxide they produce per person.

Released: 27-Feb-2020 8:30 AM EST
University of Utah law professor challenges South Carolina statute that prohibits discussion of LGBTQ relationships in schools
University of Utah

Today, University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Professor Clifford Rosky, along with the National Center for Lesbian Rights, Lambda Legal, and private counsel Womble Bond Dickinson and Brazil & Burke, filed a federal lawsuit challenging a South Carolina statute that prohibits public school health education from including any discussion of same-sex relationships except in the context of sexually transmitted diseases. The lawsuit is filed on behalf of the student organization Gender and Sexuality Alliance, as well as the Campaign for Southern Equality and South Carolina Equality Coalition, including their members who are public school students in the state. Click here to learn more and read the complaint. The lawsuit, Gender and Sexuality Alliance v. Spearman, alleges that S.C. Code § 59-32-30(A)(5), a provision of the South Carolina’s 1988 Comprehensive Health Education Act, violates the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution by discrimi

Newswise: TRAX air quality study expands
Released: 26-Feb-2020 3:55 PM EST
TRAX air quality study expands
University of Utah

In a new study published in Urban Science, researchers including Daniel Mendoza and Logan Mitchell report the latest from the TRAX Observation Project, including data validation studies that bolster the data’s value for other researchers and three case studies from recent events showcasing the abilities of the mobile air quality sensors.

Newswise: Earliest interbreeding event between ancient human populations discovered
20-Feb-2020 11:50 AM EST
Earliest interbreeding event between ancient human populations discovered
University of Utah

The study documented the earliest known interbreeding event between ancient human populations— a group known as the “super-archaics” in Eurasia interbred with a Neanderthal-Denisovan ancestor about 700,000 years ago. The event was between two populations more distantly related than any other recorded.


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