Moran Eye Center Researchers Bring New Brain Mapping Capabilities to Desktops of Scientists Worldwide

Mapping the billions of connections in the brain is a grand challenge in neuroscience. The current method for mapping interconnected brain cells involves the use of room-size microscopes known as transmission electron microscopes (TEMs). Until now the process of mapping even small areas of the brain using these massive machines would have required several decades. In this week’s open-access journal PLoS Biology, research teams at the University of Utah John A. Moran Eye Center and the University of Colorado at Boulder report technical advances that have reduced the time it takes to process high-speed “color” ultrastructure mapping of brain regions down to a few months. Read More

March, 2009 from the U

100 Years of Richard Wright

The University of Utah is honored to present “100 Years of Richard Wright: The Man, His Work and His Legacy” a three-day conference devoted to the examination of the work of the acclaimed writer who has been identified as “the most influential African American novelist that ever lived.” Wright’s daughter, Julia Wright, writer and civil rights advocate, will give the opening keynote address titled, “A Hurricane Called Bigger.” Read More

Bridging Two Worlds

“Providing others with insight into American Indian culture while reminding American Indians of the beauty and importance of their heritage,” says James Ruben (DinĂ©), a University of Utah student and member of the Inter-Tribal Student Association, “is one of the opportunities that a traditional powwow provides for the community.” Read More

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Finding Trapped Miners

University of Utah scientists devised a new way to find miners trapped by cave-ins. The method involves installing iron plates and sledgehammers at regular intervals inside mines, and sensitive listening devices on the ground overhead. Read More

Chinese Culture Week at U

The second annual Chinese Culture Week will take place at the University of Utah March 30 through April 3, affording opportunities to experience traditional Chinese music, speech contests, film and lectures on democratic values among Chinese peasantry. All events are free and open to the public. A complete schedule follows. Read More