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Mario Capecch

Tech Trailblazers: The pioneers, past and present, of Utah’s vibrant tech community

The tech sector has grown in fits and starts in Utah. Early successes like WordPerfect and Novell gave way to a period of simmering, slow development. The state produced many innovative ideas and businesses—but those were quickly sold or merged with out-of-state companies. Now Utah’s self-styled Silicon Slopes has come into its own, garnering attention from Bay Area investors and tech talent from across the country. Here, we take a look at some of Utah’s early tech pioneers, as well as the current crop of entrepreneurs who are strengthening and deepening the Beehive State’s technology industry. Read More.

Mike Shapiro

2016 Presidential Scholars

Four of the University of Utah’s faculty members have been recognized as Presidential Scholars, an award made possible by the contributions of an anonymous donor. This award honors the extraordinary research and academic efforts of early- to mid-career faculty members and provides them with financial backing to support their scholarly, teaching or research initiatives.Read More.

Mary Beckerle

Utah’s Mary Beckerle ‘a powerful voice’ on Cancer Moonshot Initiative

There's something about Utah's uncluttered landscape and expansive blue sky that gives Mary Beckerle a sense of mental space.  It helps her think, she says, and fuels her desire to explore both mentally and physically.  It's the reason the New Jersey native came to the Beehive State in the 1980s to teach at the University of Utah. Read More.

University of Utah alumni attends Cambridge as Churchill Scholar

University of Utah alumni attends Cambridge as Churchill Scholar

The University of Utah connects students to incredible research opportunities, classes and faculty – three things that, if managed well, can lead a student to great success. Such is the case of Mackenzie Simper, the U’s first Churchill Scholar.  Read More.

Sampson, right, works with graduate students in her lab.

Women crack the academic glass ceiling

Efforts to increase the representation of women among chemistry faculty at top Ph.D.-granting institutions appear to be paying off. The percentage of women holding faculty positions at the top 50 schools in terms of chemical R&D spending was 19.1% for the 2014–15 academic year, a more than 2% gain over the previous academic year, according to the latest survey conducted by the Open Chemistry Collaborative in Diversity Equity (OXIDE), a diversity equity initiative cofunded by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the Department of Energy.  Read More. 

Snails’ Speedy Insulin

Snails’ Speedy Insulin

University of Utah researchers have found that the structure of an insulin molecule produced by predatory cone snails may be an improvement over current fast-acting therapeutic insulin. The finding suggests that the cone snail insulin, produced by the snails to stun their prey, could begin working in as few as five minutes, compared with 15 minutes for the fastest-acting insulin currently available. Biologist Helena Safavi, co-author on a paper describing the cone snail insulin published September 12 in Nature Structural & Molecular Biology, says that studying complex venom cocktails can open doors to new drug discoveries.  Read More.

Last Updated: 10/19/16