Research

Squeezing an electron crystal

Researchers have determined the energy required to add an electron to a Wigner crystal—an ordered crystalline state made of electrons rather than atoms.


U economists tally societal cost of preterm birth

In the United States, 1 in 10 babies is born preterm, or at a gestational age of less than 37 weeks. The causes of preterm birth are complicated but the effects are clear: Preterm birth has lasting consequences for the child and their family.


Apply for the STEM Ambassador Program’s science communication and engagement workshops

Take part in a series of workshops for scientists to design and deliver science communication and public engagement activities in nontraditional venues to reach those who cannot or do not engage with science via conventional outlets.


$150 million commitment from Huntsman family will establish mental health institute

Historic gift will establish the Huntsman Mental Health Institute with an initial focus on advancing knowledge and relieving suffering through research-informed treatment of mental illness.


Scientists must get into ‘the fray’

Air pollution expert George Thurston urges University of Utah researchers to share their findings with policymakers, advocacy groups and the public.


‘I am multiracial’

According to new research from University of Utah psychologists Jasmine Norman and Jacqueline Chen, questions such as “What are you?” and other experiences of discrimination are related to mixed-race people’s identification as multiracial, particularly if that discrimination comes from monoracial people with whom they share heritage, or includes comments that a person’s appearance doesn’t match their background.


Bionic breakthrough

U mechanical engineering assistant professor Tommaso Lenzi received two grants to further advance the “Utah Bionic Leg” technology, a self-powered prosthetic limb with a computer processor and motorized joints in the ankle and knee that enable an amputee to walk with more power and vigor, as well as better balance.


Capturing the colors of the cosmos

The Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument is a new robotic array of 5,000 fiber-optic “eyes” designed to explore the mystery of dark energy, which makes up about 68% of the universe and is speeding up its expansion.


Investing in early childhood teacher education

Research shows that the foundation for a skilled workforce is created in childhood. And that starts with having access to great early childhood educators.


NSF awards $1.6M Quantum Idea Incubator Award to U-led team

The award is 1 of 19 grants totaling $32 million funded this year as part of the National Science Foundation’s Quantum Leap, that represent bold, long-term research ideas at the cutting-edge of science and engineering.