U of U to Offer Undergraduate Certificate for Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment Training

According to data gathered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), almost 20 million Americans are regular users of illicit drugs. Six million more abuse prescription drugs. Sixteen million abuse alcohol, with the number increasing over the last six years. Employed substance abusers cost their employers approximately twice as much in medical and worker compensation claims as non-using workers. Read More

July, 2006 from the U

Work Begins on Historic Block U Facelift

Renovation of the historic Block U on the hill above the campus of the University of Utah is getting underway today with the general contractor, Layton Construction Company (Sandy, UT), beginning work on a temporary dirt access road. This is the first step in the renovation process that is expected to be completed by the end of September. The temporary access road is needed to safely transport construction materials, equipment, and personnel to the base of the Block U. The road will be installed directly below the block U off of New Bedford Drive and include one switchback to allow for a less severe grade up the steep slope. Once the project is completed, the road will be returned to its original condition and reseeded. Read More

Immigration Continues to Fuel Growth in Western States and U.S.

Between the years 2000 and 2030, the populations of Arizona and Nevada are projected to double, with Nevada soon overtaking Utah to become the third most populous state in the Intermountain region. (At present Arizona ranks number one in the region, followed by Colorado, Utah and Nevada.) Immigration is projected to continue to contribute to the growth of the U.S. and Utah, just as it did during the beginning of the 20th century. However, the present wave of immigration is influencing Utah to a lesser extent than it is the nation as a whole, according to the latest issue of the Utah Economic and Business Review, a publication of the Bureau of Economic and Business Research (BEBR) at the University of Utah. Read More

Eric Pardyjak

Ski Run Wind Breaks Studied to fight Bad Air along U.S./Mexico Border

The regions near international borders often suffer from unique problems. The air quality along the United States/Mexico border region is an excellent example. To address this issue, a group of University researchers has been selected by the Southwest Consortium for Environmental Research and Policy (SCERP) to search for solutions. Read More

EPA Recognizes University Of Utah as Top Green Power Purchaser

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced that the University of Utah has made its list of Top 10 Green Power Partners. The U is being recognized for its voluntary purchase of 25 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power, which it purchases in the form of wind-generated electricity from Sterling Planet. The EPA list of the nation\’s Top 10 College and University green power purchasers is available at http://www.epa.gov/greenpower/partners/top10ed.htm. Read More