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U Appoints First Mormon Studies Professor

U Appoints First Mormon Studies Professor

By Jacqueline Mumford

September 30, 2017

The University of Utah named Paul Reeve its first Simmons Mormon Studies professor. Through the Tanner Humanities Center, the U launched the Mormon Studies initiative in 2010, which, according to the department, “encourages vibrant, intellectual exploration of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day...

U professor reflects on retired spacecraft Cassini’s accomplishments

U professor reflects on retired spacecraft Cassini’s accomplishments

By Hailey Kirkwood

September 27, 2017

The Cassini spacecraft ended its 13-year orbit around Saturn as it took a fiery plunge into the planet’s atmosphere at 5:55 a.m. Mountain time on Friday, Sept. 15, after NASA had received their last bits of data from the space probe. Floating around Saturn since 2004, Cassini’s fuel exhaustion gave...

Earthquakes Measured by U Seismologists in Idaho Have Utahns Worrying About the Prospects of “the Big One”

Earthquakes Measured by U Seismologists in Idaho Have Utahns Worrying About the Prospects of “the Big One”

By Steven Morgan

September 24, 2017

Soda Springs, Idaho has been shaking this month due to a 5.3 magnitude earthquake that set off what appears to be a chain reaction of smaller quakes. Though there was only minimal damage in the area, subsequent reverberations have been felt as far south as Ogden. Of these 25 or so aftershocks, 23 are...

U Researchers Link Gene to Anxiety Level

U Researchers Link Gene to Anxiety Level

By Jacqueline Mumford

September 18, 2017

Genes may be a factor dictating levels of anxiety, according to a study on the brains of mice and zebrafish conducted by researchers at the University of Utah. Yuanyuan Xie, who previously attended and worked at the U and is currently a researcher at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine,...

Uncovering the Life of Joe Hill

Uncovering the Life of Joe Hill

By Mackenzie McDermott

September 14, 2017

Joe Hill, labor rights activist, singer-songwriter and a Swedish immigrant, was executed in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 1915 after he was accused of murdering a grocer and his son. More than one century later, Hill’s story is still shrouded in mystery — a mystery that many at the University of Utah...

Targeted Forest Regeneration May Save Endangered Species

Targeted Forest Regeneration May Save Endangered Species

By Jacqueline Mumford

September 12, 2017

A new University of Utah-led study shows that targeted forest regeneration efforts in the Eastern Arc Mountains of Tanzania and the Atlantic Forest of Brazil can save at-risk species in tropical forests. When tropical forests disappear, so do thousands of species. Tropical forests host more than half of al...

Redefining 9/11 Jumpers

Redefining 9/11 Jumpers

By Mackenzie McDermott

September 11, 2017

The terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, left a scar on the memories of Americans. Those who witnessed the attacks, whether firsthand or on television, remember haunting images of those trapped inside the buildings jumping to their deaths. 9/11 has forever impacted American society, and the word...

Study: Why Breaking Up is Hard to Do

Study: Why Breaking Up is Hard to Do

By Claudia Robles

September 9, 2017

With a new school year comes new experiences and changes. For some, a new relationship buds and for others, a weathered relationship dies.  A recent study by University of Utah professors as part of the Relationships Decisions Lab, describes how time invested in a romantic relationship impacts one's thou...

Cancer Organizations Release “Transformative” Joint Statement on Disparities Research

Cancer Organizations Release “Transformative” Joint Statement on Disparities Research

By Elise Vandersteen Bailey

September 1, 2017

Four of the most prestigious cancer health organizations in the United States released a joint statement urging significant changes to cancer research, especially for studies that focus on cancer health disparities. The statement, which comes after more than a year of deliberations, was written by...

Researchers Find Miranda Rights Hamper Police, Suggest Changes

Researchers Find Miranda Rights Hamper Police, Suggest Changes

By Elise Vandersteen Bailey

August 28, 2017

Two University of Utah researchers — law professor Paul Cassell and economics professor Richard Fowles — recently published a study arguing that Miranda Rights as they exist today “handcuff the cops” and prevent them from solving crimes in some cases. Their findings run counter to conventional...

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