University of Utah

Bryan Ungard

University of Utah researchers set out to measure changes in Park City’s air quality during the ski season and Sundance Film Festival. Then COVID-19 hit. And the city went into lockdown. And the data became even more fascinating.

After battling breast cancer and receiving a double mastectomy, Debra Grant received a diagnosis for heart failure that crushed her dreams of a full recovery.

Ute freshman gymnast Kara Eaker has withdrawn from the United States Olympic gymnastics team after testing positive for COVID-19, despite being vaccinated.

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Animals are important parts of our communities and whether or not we see them, we are always interacting with them. Researchers from the University of Utah recently participated in a study looking at how animals respond to growing human development in Utah and across North America.

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The University of Utah recently partnered with two Utah laboratories to produce an inexpensive coronavirus antibody test, in the form of a mobile app.

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What is your responsibility when you see injustice being done? For Amos Guiora, this is a deeply personal question stemming from his family’s experiences in one of the greatest atrocities in human history. And now he’s sharing that story.  

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A newly launched digital exhibit explores the similarities in Utah during the 1918 flu pandemic and the current COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Black American family, smiling together; Black households tend to fare worse economically despite overall prosperity in Utah
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One Utah team is trying to make it easier for parents to help their kids cope with the stresses of the pandemic.

Officer Miguel Deras is a former University of Utah police officer who worked on Lauren McCluskey’s sextortion case prior to her October 22, 2018 murder. Deras is once again under fire, this time for allegations that he downloaded images McCluskey provided as evidence to his personal cell phone. 

Salt Lake City, Utah, with a weather inversion, can bring a host of health concerns, including coronary artery disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and acute lower respiratory tract infections.
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As lawmakers returned to the Capitol this week, they found copies of The Utah Roadmap, a paper aimed at developing policies — or mileposts — to improve air quality and address changing climate. 

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The Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument, known as DESI, was made to sensitively measure pockets of dark energy and gauge their distances from the earth. This began when post doctoral researchers like Sarah Eftekharzadeh at the University of Utah decided photos of the galaxy weren’t enough. 

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This week on UnDisciplined, we're talking about risk reduction. 

First, we'll talk to a researcher who wants to know how to get people who are at risk of skin cancer to stay out of the sun. Then we'll chat with a scientist who believes a simple drop of medicine under the tongue could protect children who have peanut allergies. 

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This week on UnDisciplined, we're talking about two ideas that fly in the face of conventional thought. One of our guests will tell us about the creatures in our gut — bacteria. The other will talk about an idea in many of our heads about how fake news impacts the political process.

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Light pollution is a growing problem in Utah, so much that officials at the University of Utah have created a new minor and science journal centered on dark skies.

An e-cigarette user vaping.
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It’s been presented as a safe alternative to smoking, but health officials in Utah are reporting that vaping is possibly linked to five serious hospitalizations across the state. In a press release last week, the Utah Department of Health said all five patients reported shortness of breath, coughing, fatigue and chest pain, which progressively worsened. The department said it’s unclear whether the patients will suffer long-term health effects. 

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For more than a year now, we've been bringing together researchers from different disciplines in our never-ending search to build interdisciplinary connections. That's a lot of researchers, who are all doing a lot of really fascinating work — but we haven't had a paleontologist on our program yet. So today, that's going to change. 

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This week on UnDisciplined, we're talking about artificial intelligence, great white sharks, illegal pollution, snail genes, and new rules for leaders at the National Institutes of Health. That's right, it's the May Science News Roundup. 

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New research has brought us closer to understanding the composition of the earth’s interior – and it is less uniform than previously thought.

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This week on UnDisciplined, we're talking about scientific puzzles. For instance, why is it that hundreds of tree species can exist within a single acre of rainforest, but the same species is almost never found next to itself?

Or, here's another one: Why is it that individual animals from the same species — dogs, for instance — can exhibit such tremendously different traits when it comes to aggressiveness?

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This week on UnDisciplined, we're gathering the gang for another science news round-up. 

As we talk about some of the biggest stories in science over the past few weeks, we'll be joined by a biomedical researcher, a wildland ecologist and an experimental psychologist. 

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This week on UnDisciplined, we're talking about stress, but from two very different scientific points of view. 

Genetic Breakthrough Identifies PCOS-Risk Genes

Jan 24, 2019
Graphic depicting a healthy and a polycystic ovary showing the cysts and non-normal development of eggs
National Institute of Health

PCOS, polycystic ovary syndrome, is one of the most common causes of infertility among women and can also cause serious health problems. According to the Office of Women’s Health, polycystic ovary syndrome- also known as PCOS -affects one in 10 women of childbearing age. But a genetic breakthrough is being used to help identify risks associated with the syndrome. 

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Despite renewed criticism from the mother of slain student Lauren McCluskey, the University of Utah 

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We're talking about the ways warfare can build bonds in tribal societies, and how air pollution can have devastating effects in our modern world. 

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New research from the University of Utah links poor air quality to a higher risk in pregnancy loss.

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Tragedy strikes at the University of Utah when a student athlete is murdered on campus, approximately one year after the shooting death of another student at the University. A debate between candidates for Utah's 3rd Congressional District reveals stark differences in the race. And members of the Ute Mountain Ute tribe express concern about water pollution near the Utah uranium mill that abuts the town of White Mesa.  

Melvin Rowland, the man accused of murdering a University of Utah student.
Sex Offender Registry

A sex offender who killed a University of Utah student he briefly dated once said at a parole hearing that he was a womanizer who manipulated women to get what he wanted.

Melvin Rowland said he was attracted to teenage girls and vulnerable women, and sought to manipulate those he met in person or online, according to a recording of the 2012 hearing released by Utah state authorities.

Green background, fly with large eyes, primarily orange and brown in color.
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One in 4,000 people is affected by night blindness - a condition that makes it difficult to see in low light conditions, like driving at night. Retinitis pigmentosa is the degeneration of cells in your retina and is the most common cause of night blindness. 

Pink and blue clouds float over Utah Lake with the mountains in the background.
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Clouds are an important part of predicting day-to-day weather but, even with cloud cover being a critical piece in climate prediction models, it’s often missing. But a few specific physics equations could make predicting future cloud cover easier.  

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