Research

A massive line of cars wait in traffic to enter Zion National Park in the southern part of Utah in the United States. Midway in the line of traffic is a sign with the park’s name on it. In the background is a cliff of red rocks that the region is known for. Green trees tower over the cars.

The rise of ‘Zoom Towns’ in the rural west

COVID-19 has accelerated a trend of rapid growth in western gateway communities. This “amenity migration” is causing urgent planning challenges.


HIV up close

An unprecedented view of the virus reveals essential steps for causing AIDS.


Drought’s one-two punch

Researchers look into the effects of repeated droughts on different kinds of forests.


Design and test potential COVID-19 treatments from your phone

You’re invited to join the search for COVID-19 treatments—no lab coat or Ph.D. necessary.


Trees and lawns beat the heat

As climate change pushes cities towards dangerous temperatures, planners must balance mitigating heat and preserving water resources.


Atmospheric dust levels are rising in the Great Plains

If the Great Plains becomes drier, the pieces are in place for a repeat of the 1930s Dust Bowl.


School absences correlate to impaired air quality

Even mildly elevated air pollution is associated with increase in absences in Salt Lake City.


U students launch instruments to study Utah’s windstorm

Three undergraduates found a scientific opportunity in a destructive storm.


A genius in our midst: U of U Health geneticist awarded prestigious MacArthur Fellowship

Elde, an evolutionary geneticist, lauded for his creativity and wide-ranging intellectual curiosity.


New statistical research data center now open at the U

New federal data center for research on protected census data now open.