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A view overlooking salt lake valley from the University of Utah campus at sunset. On the horizon, you can see faint mountains that are obscured by hazy air, showing an example of air pollution that builds up in the valley.

Air pollution spikes reduce test scores

More frequent peak air pollution exposure was associated with reduced math and English language arts test scores for third graders in all primary public schools in Salt Lake County.


Science reveals secrets of a mummy’s portrait

Scientific analysis of an ancient portrait pigment reveals long-lost artistic details.


Two African crested rats stand face to face, nuzzling each other. The rodents are rabbit-sized and resembles a gray puffball crossed with a skunk. Their fur is various shades or brown and gray, with dark stripts that line its flanks from leg to its face.

The secret social lives of giant poisonous rats

The African crested rat’s fur is packed with a poison so lethal just a few miligrams can kill a human. Biologists confirmed where it gets its poison, and uncovered an unexpected social life.


Missing the radiological forest for the trees

Clear abnormalities can missed even by experienced radiologists if they’re looking for something else


Air pollution costs Utahns billions annually and shortens life expectancy by two years

New study reveals the cost of air pollution for Utahns’ health and pocketbooks


Aerial photo of the John R. Park Building at the University of Utah

U named ‘Innovation and Economic Prosperity University’

The APLU designation recognizes universities that promote growth, innovation and economic development in their regions.


U to speed process of bringing new therapeutics to patients

The Huntsman Cancer Institute, College of Pharmacy and PIVOT Center have established the University of Utah Therapeutic Accelerator Hub to eliminate hurdles in translating lab discoveries into new drugs.


Community helps scientists evaluate wildfire smoke forecasts

Community air quality sensors help scientists improve forecasts of smoke in the air during wildfires.


Air pollution’s effects on homeless populations

Whether or not they reside in shelters, people without housing are impacted by Utah’s air quality.


Heroes in our midst

The U honored 11 Utah veterans with a tribute video for the 23rd annual Veterans Day event during the pandemic.