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Summer 2024 Utah Mag: Big 12 Special Edition

The Big 12 Special Edition issue of University of Utah Magazine is hot off the presses. Check out some of the highlights.

Meet the Next-Gen Big 12

As the U proudly steps into the Big 12 spotlight this fall, let’s get to know the new challengers and familiar foes in this reconfigured power athletic conference. From sports strengths to mascot origin stories, we’ve got the color commentary on each university.

Resetting the Rivalry

As the U and BYU re-enter conference play together, the schools are aiming to change the tenor of this notoriously heated matchup. Delve into the history of the storied competition as both universities commit to combine spectacle with sportsmanship.

Radioactive Readiness

The U houses radioactive materials that fuel medical procedures and research. But what if they fell into the wrong hands? Go behind the scenes to see how the U and partners are safeguarding against this unlikely yet possible scenario.

Curtain Up

You may know the Einar Nielsen Field House as the U’s first basketball arena or the campus rec center. Now, the former athletics facility has been cast in a new role: an intimate performance space for Pioneer Theatre Company and the Department of Theatre. Get an inside look at the renovated space.

12 Tips for Tailgating in the Big 12

Get ready, tailgaters—football season is approaching, and now, it’s infused with new energy as we enter a new athletic conference. We’ve got the where, when, and how for making the most of U tailgating this fall.

Taking It on the Chin

Humans have evolved to make tools, tell stories, and—at least according to some U studies—to fight. Read more about the research, including a study into the cushioning effect of beards that won the "Ig" Nobel Prize.

Brighter Smiles for Refugees

Refugees often face immense barriers to accessing dental care. Learn how the University of Utah School of Dentistry is changing that by providing vital oral health care and education to Utah's refugee community.