U Biology Researcher Wins Prize

Shigeki Watanabe, a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Biology, has won the prestigious Eppendorf/Science Prize, for the development of a new method for visualizing nerve cells.  This technique will help neuroscientists better understand cognition and nervous system functioning.  Read More.

Peter Stang

China To Fete U Chemist

As if it wasn’t enough to make a trip to the White House and collect a National Medal of Science from the president, U organic chemist Peter Stang and his wife soon will spend four all-expense-paid days in Beijing attending a celebration in his honor.

The Chinese Academy of Sciences recently informed Stang he is winner of the 2015 China’s Friendship Award, which the academy says is “the People’s Republic of China’s highest award for foreign experts who have made outstanding contributions to the country’s economic and social progress.”  Read More.


Birds of many feathers reflect Darwin’s research

There are plenty of bird specimens in the two new exhibits at the Natural History Museum of Utah. But one is special, because of who once owned and studied it.

A pigeon specimen that was examined by the famed naturalist Charles Darwin will be part of an exhibit, "Pigeons," opening Saturday at the Natural History Museum of Utah.  Read More.


New species of human ancestor discovered

New species of human ancestor discovered

A recently-discovered cave containing hundreds of fossils of an early human ancestor is one of the most significant finds in the last 50 years.  These bones, belonging to a new species named Homo Naledi, will shed new light on early human history and development.  Read More.

Ecology team

Soiree in the stream

In an unprecedented effort to understand the connections between mountain water supply and urban demand, more than 50 researchers from 22 different lab groups and seven universities, including the University of Utah, gathered to study the Red Butte Creek watershed in a collaborative, three-day venture, July 20-22.  Read More.

Grazing Zebra

4 million years at Africa’s salad bar

Grasses became more common in Africa about 4 million years ago.  According to field research by U Professor Thure Cerling, during this time most mammals tried grazing at one time or another, Findings which shed new light on recent evolutionary history. Read More.