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Union Opens Space for Meditation and Prayer

Union Opens Space for Meditation and Prayer

By Mackenzie McDermott

January 31, 2018

After five years of efforts, the A. Ray Olpin Student Union Buildling at the University of Utah cut the ribbon Thursday for its Meditation Space. Located on the third floor of the Union, the area is a place for not just meditation, but also prayer. “While the space is for everybody, a calm reflective...

SPEAK Encourages Healthy Relationships with Ourselves and Food

SPEAK Encourages Healthy Relationships with Ourselves and Food

By Mackenzie McDermott

January 26, 2018

The National Eating Disorders Association estimates 30 million Americans, 20 million women and 10 million men, will suffer from an eating disorder at some point in their lives. Of those individuals, only 10 percent receive treatment. Organizing to Make a Difference Justin...

LUKE Robotic Arm Pays Tribute to Star Wars

LUKE Robotic Arm Pays Tribute to Star Wars

By Mackenzie McDermott

December 12, 2017

University of Utah bioengineering professor Gregory Clark led a research team to create a robotic arm that attempts to bridge the gap between living humans and humans who lived a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. The robotic arm, named Life Under Kinetic Evolution (LUKE), is a clear nod to...

Students Raise Money for the Rape Recovery Center While Sharing Their Stories

Students Raise Money for the Rape Recovery Center While Sharing Their Stories

By Mackenzie McDermott

December 10, 2017

Students Against Sexual Assault (SASA) at the University of Utah held a poetry reading last week to raise money to translate the Rape Recovery Center’s website into Spanish, opening up its services to more victims in need. A large portion of the staff are bilingual, but with a website available...

U Researchers Examine Presidential Discussion of LGBT Community

U Researchers Examine Presidential Discussion of LGBT Community

By Mackenzie McDermott

November 28, 2017

Only two United States presidents have really engaged with the LGBT community, according to a study conducted by Kevin Coe, a professor of communication at the University of Utah, and graduate students Robert Bruce and Chelsea Ratcliff. Two years ago, Coe asked students in his Content Analysis Me...

U Graduate Students Rally Against Tax Reform Bill

U Graduate Students Rally Against Tax Reform Bill

By Mackenzie McDermott

November 26, 2017

University of Utah students were among those gathered in the rotunda of the Utah State Capitol on Tuesday for the Graduate Rally Against Taxing Tuition. In response to the tax reform bill recently passed by the House of Representatives, graduate students came from across the state to make their voices...

Researchers Take to the Sky to Solve Inversion

Researchers Take to the Sky to Solve Inversion

By Mackenzie McDermott

November 26, 2017

Every year during the winter months, Salt Lake City’s urban emissions get trapped in cool air pools as part of a phenomenon called inversion. This concentrated exposure to air pollution leads to a 42 percent higher rate of emergency room visits for asthma and a 4.5 percent higher risk of acute ischem...

The Healing Magic in Music

The Healing Magic in Music

By Mackenzie McDermott

November 12, 2017

Primary Children’s Medical Center and the Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah attract patients with serious medical problems from around the region and across the country. In an effort to foster optimism in these patients, medical professionals are harnessing the power of music. As...

U Professor Breaks Scientific Barriers with Animation

U Professor Breaks Scientific Barriers with Animation

By Mackenzie McDermott

November 1, 2017

University of Utah biochemistry professor Janet Iwasa spent months in Hollywood learning to animate so that she and other researchers could visualize molecules in a new way. Now, she spends months building complex molecular models on her computer. “Why were we all relying on simplistic sketches...

Breast Reconstruction at the U Helps Cancer Patients Complete Recovery

Breast Reconstruction at the U Helps Cancer Patients Complete Recovery

By Mackenzie McDermott

October 23, 2017

The American Cancer Society estimates a total of 252,710 women in the United States alone will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in 2017. Women with life-threatening cancer and large tumors often undergo a mastectomy, which is the removal of the breast. “Learning to be comfortable with your...

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