U of U study concludes size of families impacts health of parents

Large families reduce the chances of survival for parents, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Utah (the U). The study, published in the current issue of The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) and entitled “Differential fitness costs of reproduction between the sexes,” analyzed data from over 21,000 couples married between 1860 and 1895 identified in the Utah Population Database. The research team, led by Dr. Ken Smith at the University of Utah and Dr. Dustin Penn at the Konrad Lorenz Institute of Ethology, found that the more children couples had, the greater their risk of mortality. Read More

December, 2006 from the U

U of U’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Redefines Retirement with Winter Term Offerings

This winter, lifelong learners age 50 and over at the University of Utah will come together to explore their internal resources, find new dimensions for growth, and reexamine their histories. They\’ll study together in courses they chose, developed specifically for them by subject experts. Sixteen weekly classes and a variety of special events will be offered during the U\’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Winter term, beginning January 15, 2007. Registration is open now in person at 1901 East South Campus Drive or by phone at (801) 581-7155. Read More

U Library Receives $5 Million Pledge for Renovation

The Marriott Library at the University of Utah recently received a $5 million pledge for its Renovation-Innovation capital campaign from the J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation. This is the second major pledge the Marriott family has granted to the library\’s renovation project, which broke ground in June of 2005. Pledges from the Marriott family total over $12 million to date. Read More

Utah Study Reveals the Face of Minimum Wage Earners in Utah

A new study by researchers in the Center for Public Policy & Administration at the University of Utah shows the majority of workers earning the minimum wage in Utah are young men. National data shows women are most likely to earn no more than the current minimum wage of $5.15 per hour. Other than the difference in gender, the Utah data shows an overall similarity to the national findings. Read More

U Meteorologists Study How a Tropical Storm Grows

A burst of rising air, weak wind shear and ocean surface temperature all play an important role in the birth and strengthening of a tropical storm, according to a study led by University of Utah meteorologist Zhaoxia Pu. Read More