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Health Care
5:15 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

U Study Shows Medicaid Expansion Population is Bigger than Previously Estimated

University of Utah Economics Professor Norman Waitzman presents his findings to the Utah Health Reform Task Force.
Andrea Smardon KUER

Utah lawmakers were stunned to hear Thursday that the number of people who fall in the so-called health coverage gap is significantly higher than they thought. Researchers from the University of Utah presented results from a new report on the Medicaid eligibility expansion population to a state health committee.

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Health Care
4:55 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

U Research Aims to Help African Refugees Deliver Healthier Babies

Keri Gibson, co-researcher and attending physician at University of Utah Redwood Health Center Obstetrics and Gynecology
Andrea Smardon KUER

Some minority babies in Utah are more likely to experience health problems or die than their white counterparts. That’s especially true for refugees. A new research project out of the University of Utah aims to help African refugee mothers deliver healthier babies. 

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Health Care
1:09 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

U Research Could Lead to New Treatment for Metabolic Syndrome

University of Utah biochemistry professor Jared Rutter
University of Utah

Metabolic syndrome is the term used for a number of conditions that are linked together - diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and obesity. It affects up to 25 percent of adults in the United States. KUER's Dan Bammes reports new local research is showing how they're related - and how they might be treated.

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11:07 am
Fri July 4, 2014

U of U Prepares for Returning LDS Missionaries

Image courtesy University of Utah

  Thousands of young Latter-day Saints took advantage of the change in age for missionary service after it was announced almost two years ago.  It won’t be long before some of those missionaries will be coming home.  KUER’s Dan Bammes reports the University of Utah is making plans to accommodate them.

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10:21 am
Thu June 19, 2014

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Science & Technology
3:17 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

U of U Research Makes Solar Cells More Efficient

A thin rectangular layer called a polychromat can be integrated into the cover glass of a solar panel. This layer sorts sunlight into colors can be absorbed by solar cells to increase their efficiency without increasing the cost
Dan Hixson, University of Utah

University of Utah researches have developed a thin glass film that could boost the overall efficiency of solar cells to more than 50%. To achieve the increase in efficiency researches at the U have created a film that is five times thinner than a human hair.  It can separate the broad-spectrum rays of sunlight into individual colors, sort of like a prism.

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12:53 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

LDS Church Donates Wall Mansion to University of Utah

The historic Wall Mansion at 411 E South Temple in Salt Lake City
Dan Bammes

  The University of Utah will become the new owner of the historic Wall Mansion at 4th East and South Temple in Salt Lake City.

The Wall Mansion was built in the 1880’s and renovated by mining millionaire Enos Wall early in the 20th Century.  In the 1960’s, it became the home of  LDS Business College, but it’s been empty since the college moved to the Triad Center  in 2006.

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4:41 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

U of U to Close Red Zone Stores in 2017

The University of Utah will be closing its Red Zone retail stores after the year 2017. The Utah Board of Regents decided Friday to allow the stores to complete their contracts. The decision comes in light of a 2013 audit that accused the stores of unfairly competing with private businesses.

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1:53 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

U of U, Utes Announce New Agreement on "Ute" Nickname

The drum-and-feather logo and the Ute nickname will continue to be part of the University of Utah's athletic programs
University of Utah Campus Store

  The University of Utah’s athletic teams will continue to be known as the Utes under an agreement worked out with the Northern Ute Tribe.

University President David Pershing and other university officials traveled to the Ute tribal headquarters in Fort Duchesne on Tuesday to announce the agreement.  The university will use the Ute name with the full support of the tribe.  The U’s trademarked drum and feather logo is not part of the agreement, though tribal leaders are encouraging its continued use.

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Business & Labor
3:32 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Mining Mogul Funds New Entrepreneur Center at the U

Lassonde Studios rendering

A new building for the next generation of entrepreneurs is coming to the University of Utah. The Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute announced today a 12 million dollar gift from Pierre Lassonde. Mr. Lassonde, a French Canadian mining entrepreneur with an MBA from the U, says his donation will be used to create a new facility where students will live, create, and launch new enterprises.

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4:58 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Trayvon Martin’s Mother Starts Conversation about Racism in Utah

Sybrina Fulton at University of Utah's Olpin Student Union Building, Jan. 16, 2014
Andrea Smardon

Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton spoke at the University of Utah today as part of its Martin Luther King celebration week. Fulton called on all Utahns to stand up against racism and injustice in their communities.

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4:11 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

U Kicks Off MLK Week with Sybrina Fulton, Mother of Trayvon Martin

Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, is scheduled to speak at the University of Utah's Olpin Student Union Building on January 16th at noon.

The University of Utah kicks off its week-long Martin Luther King Junior celebration Thursday with an appearance by Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, who was shot and killed in Florida almost two years ago. The U’s theme this year is “Beneath the Hoodie: A Look at Racial Profiling in America”.

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2:31 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

New Anti-Hacker Course Added to University of Utah Continuing Education

Credit File: University of Utah Continuing Education

Continuing Education at the University of Utah has just added a new cybersecurity certification class to its list of technology education courses. The class is called CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP) Certification.

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Health Care
3:58 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

“Hair Maidens” Open Utah’s First Lice Clinic

Hair Maidens co-owner Ashley Hafer demonstrates a combing technique for lice treatment.
Andrea Smardon

What do you do if someone in your family has head lice? Not so long ago, you had to make do with home treatment. Now, Salt Lake City has its first ever lice clinic.

They call themselves Hair Maidens, and they consider lice their calling. Co-owners Rita Skolnick and Ashley Hafer saw a need in Utah and decided to fill it. Hafer is a nurse and a mom.

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Environment & Public Lands
4:42 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

University of Utah Announces Grants for Study of Air Pollution

Kerry Kelly University of Utah Air Quality, Health and Society Program

The University of Utah has awarded six researchers grants to study the consequences of regional air pollution.  The seed grants, which total $165,000, are the first to come out of a new cross-disciplinary program focused on air quality.  

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KUER Local News
3:04 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

U of U Introduces New Offensive Coordinator

Newly hired offensive coordinator Dave Christensen
Brian Grimmett

The University of Utah football team introduced new offensive coordinator Dave Christensen today. Christensen comes to the University of Utah after spending the past five years as the head coach at the University of Wyoming.  Before that, Christensen spent eight years as the offensive coordinator for Missouri. He says he plans on using an offensive system that runs as many plays as possible.

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Science & Technology
2:48 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Kennecott Slides Caused Earthquakes

Landslides on April 10, 2013 brought down more than 160 million tons of rock and debris in the Kennecott Bingham Canyon copper mine.
University of Utah

  The huge landslides that shut down Kennecott’s Bingham Canyon copper mine last year were bad news for the company, but they’ve yielded a scientific breakthrough for researchers at the University of Utah.

  That’s a recording of the seismic waves from one of the landslides that sent 165-million tons of rock from the top to the bottom of the Kennecott mine on April 10th. 

Seismologist Kristine Pankow says what follows are two small earthquakes.

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Health Care
9:55 pm
Sun November 3, 2013

Plans for New Huntsman Cancer Research Center Announced

Rendering sketch for The Primary Children's & Families' Cancer Research Center
Huntsman Cancer Institute

The Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah is about to double its research space. On Friday, philanthropist and cancer survivor Jon Huntsman Senior announced plans for a new research building on campus focused on children and the genetics of cancer.

Jon Huntsman Senior watched his mother die of breast cancer, his father of prostate cancer, and his step-mother of ovarian cancer. Huntsman himself has fought four separate battles with cancer. His goal is to find a cure before his children and grandchildren have to go through the same thing. 

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Public Safety
3:35 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Bed Bugs Cause Closures at U of U Library

File: Bed Bug
CDC/ Harvard University, Dr. Gary Alpert; Dr. Harold Harlan; Richard Pollack. Photo Credit: Piotr Naskrecki

University of Utah closed down the Marriott Library over the weekend after bed bugs were discovered in the building. Pest control teams scoured the facility to prevent the spread of the insects first found on some lounge chairs. Part of the library reopened today, but other areas remained closed. Some students and staff are cautious as operations return to normal.

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3:39 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Legislative Audit Criticizes USTAR Managment

The USTAR building at the University of Utah
University of Utah

  A new legislative audit criticizes the Utah Science, Technology and Research Initiative for poor financial management.  But a University of Utah official says the school has followed the rules with its U-STAR partnership.

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2:35 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

U's Sorenson Molecular Biotechnology Building Awarded LEED Gold Certification

View above the southeast entry to the James L. Sorenson Molecular Biotechnology Building on Wasatch Drive at the University of Utah.
Credit Bob Nelson

The Sorenson Molecular Biotechnology Building on the University of Utah campus has just received the Gold certification for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED. That certification mandates the entire building project including the finished product be environmentally responsible, designed to be energy efficient, improve air and water quality while reducing waste. Ted McAleer is the executive director of U-Star, the Utah Science, Technology and Research Initiative.

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Science & Technology
4:06 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

U Investigates Alleged Fraud in Chemical Engineering Department

Nano Letters, Article ASAP (DOI: 10.1021/nl400959z). Copyright 2013 American Chemical Society.

The University of Utah is investigating whether chemical engineering researchers altered images in an academic paper. The journal Nano Letters withdrew the paper on August 15th due to concerns over the integrity of the data.

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Business & Labor
4:08 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

U of U Continues to Benefit Financially From PAC-12 Move

The latest findings from an ongoing study by the University of Utah’s Center for Public Policy and Administration show that the U’s move to the PAC-12 conference continues to financially benefit the state and university.

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4:23 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

With Investigation Complete, Officials Say Utah Swim Coach Should Have Been Fired in 2012

Investigators have released a summary of their investigation into the University of Utah swim team and its embattled former coach.  The team was hired by the University’s Board of Trustees to research and review evidence linked to ousted coach Greg Winslow’s alleged misconduct and the University’s response to those allegations.

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4:51 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

U of U Names New Dean of Marriott Library

The University of Utah has named a new dean and director of the J. Willard Marriott Library. Alberta Comer will replace Joyce Ogburn as dean and University Librarian.

It’s quite a job overseeing the Marriott Library. It’s the largest state-funded academic library in the Intermountain West and it holds more than three million books and thousands of digital books, articles, photographs and recordings. Michael Hardman is the Interim Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs at the University of Utah. He says that Comer is already skilled and experienced in leading libraries.

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-KUER News Pod
12:33 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

KUER News Pod: Monday June 10, 2013

The effort to pump water from Utah to Las Vegas heads to court, the University of Utah names a new dean of graduate studies, and the number of Mormon missionaries reaches an all-time high.

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12:07 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

New U Grad School Dean

New University of Utah Graduate School Dean David Kieda
University of Utah Department of Physics and Astronomy

  The head of the University of Utah’s Physics and Astronomy Department has been named Dean of the Graduate School.

Dave Kieda helped to build the U’s astronomy faculty by recruiting new talent from across the country.  He also has research projects underway with observatories across the country.

But he says he’ll have important responsibilities for other non-science disciplines in his new job, especially in making up for cuts in federal funding.

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Health Care
4:33 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

U Child Asthma Research Relies on Parents to Track Symptoms

The University of Utah has received a 1.9 million dollar research grant to study asthma in children and how better monitoring of the disease could improve health.  The award comes from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. 

Flory Nkoy is Research Director for the Inpatient Division at Primary Children’s Medical Center, and is leading the study which will involve 10 Utah health clinics and hundreds of local families. Nkoy says this project puts parents in the driver’s seat, so they can control their child’s asthma symptoms rather than the other way around.

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-KUER News Pod
10:53 am
Tue May 7, 2013

KUER News Pod: Tuesday May 7, 2013

Federal budget cuts impact medical research at the University of Utah, Governor Herbert appoints a new UDOT director, and last year’s health record data breach will cost the state hundreds of millions of dollars.

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Health Care
4:32 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Sequestration Threatens University of Utah Health Research

Cardiologist Dean Li in his lab on the University of Utah campus
Andrea Smardon

The University of Utah expects to lose 19 million dollars of its medical research budget as a result of sequestration. KUER looks at how that loss will impact the research, industry, and health of the state. 

In the Genetics building, on the wall of cardiologist Dean Li’s lab is a map of North and South Korea. He uses it as inspiration for a pair of graduate students. North Korea, in this case, represents cancer. 

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