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ME Profs. Minor, Coats, Merryweather and collaborators receive $1.75M NSF award for smart helmet project

The goal of the project is to reduce the risk of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) through smart technology that collects sensory data to predict and characterize impacts in real-time, optimizes protective mechanisms based on impact characteristics (e.g., direction, velocity), and transmits final impact attributes to a database for further analysis and injury risk prediction. Read More.

Fred Alder

What Causes the Common Cold?

The common cold is an unwelcome yet familiar visitor this time of year. But how much do we really know about it? The term “common cold” is actually a catch-all for several different families of viruses that give us cold-like symptoms. The most common type is a small RNA virus called a rhinovirus, made up of just 10 genes. Researchers think it most likely originated as an enterovirus, a virus most commonly found in the low pH environment of the human gut, that mutated and developed an affinity for the comfy moist confines of the nose and throat. Read More.

Ben Bromley

Read the latest College of Science research report online!

The inaugural issue of Discover presents compelling stories of research and innovation in the College of Science and the dramatic impact the College has on students, the community, and the State of Utah. You’re invited to discover the College in new and meaningful ways and to support our mission of student education, scientific discovery, and economic impact in Utah. Read More.


Biggest supermoon since 1948 set to appear Nov. 14

NEW YORK (CNN) — If you step outside on November 14, you might notice the moon is looking bigger and brighter than usual. Bigger in fact, than it has appeared at any point in the last 68 years, say scientists. This month's supermoon, the penultimate of the year, will be the biggest so far of the 21st century. We won't see its like again until 2034, so make sure you get a look. Read More.

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.

Last Updated: 12/1/16