chemistry

Feathery ice crystals on a blue surface

Polymers to the rescue! Saving cells from damaging ice

New research by University of Utah chemists provides the foundation to design efficient polymers that can prevent the growth of ice that damages cells.


A woman scientist looks through a microscope

Why wait? New initiative gets students into the lab early

In 2020, the College of Science will give hundreds of undergraduates the opportunity to contribute to real research projects the year that they step onto campus.


Humans of the U: Cynthia Burrows

“If somebody gave me millions of dollars and set me in an isolated lab, I don’t think I’d make any impact. Impact is all about collaborating with other people, bouncing ideas off them, realizing they have a different technique. It’s a human endeavor, science.”


Service to the scientific community

Chemistry Chair Cynthia Burrows received the 2019 Rosenblatt Prize and was honored during the 2019 commencement ceremony for transcending ordinary teaching, research and administrative efforts.


Humans of the U: Hollie Morales

“I never fathomed that I’d become a widow at 34, left to raise my four children alone, the oldest 15, the baby 2. Medulloblastoma was supposed to be a pediatric brain tumor, so how could it put a 36-year-old man in the grave in just eight months? It felt like déjà vu. My daddy died from glioblastoma brain cancer when I was 20 …. But I’m not going to tell you a sob story. I started school at 35 determined to make a difference in the world of cancer and this fall, I’ll embark upon my next quest—a Ph.D. in oncological sciences studying brain cancer here at the U. If I am able to make a difference in just one life all the years of studying, sleepless nights and sacrificing a social life will be worth it.”


Utah’s most explosive holiday tradition

The Faraday chemistry lectures entertain and teach.


OLYMPIC SCIENCE

Physics, math and chemistry step into the Olympic spotlight.


HUMANS OF THE U: GABRIEL SPIEGEL

“Being surrounded by mountains is not something I was used to, coming from the East Coast. Having the mountains and that sheer open sky opened my eyes, and having access to that kind of nature literally right behind my dormitory at the university was spectacular.”


BOOSTING EXAM SCORES

U research shows by thinking about their thinking, a practice called metacognition, students raised their final exam scores by 10 percent on average – a full letter grade.


PROJECT YOUTH PHYSICS

Underserved students get a taste for physics during Project Youth 2017.