Randy Polson, The University of Utah

How ‘Random’ Lasers Work

When University of Utah scientists discovered a new kind of laser that was generated by an electrically conducting plastic or polymer, no one could explain how it worked and some doubted it was real. Now, a decade later, the Utah researchers have found these “random lasers” occur because of natural, mirror-like cavities in the polymers, and they say such lasers may prove useful for diagnosing cancer. Read More

January, 2010 from the U

The University of Utah Ranks as World-Class

The Center for World-Class Universities of Shanghai Jiao Tong University ranks the University of Utah (U of U) number 80 in the 2009 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU.) Since the ARWU was first released in June 2003, the University of Utah has been among the top 100 universities in the world, the only school in Utah so recognized. Read More

Courtesy of The Dream Alive Program

Diversity: The New Frontier in Science

“Diversity – The New Frontier in Science: Keeping the Dream Alive” is the theme of the University of Utah’s 26th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration. The week-long celebration will highlight the growing contributions and importance of a diverse workforce in the sciences and technology through educational equity and opportunity. Read More

U Music Faculty Nominated for Grammy

Mezzo-soprano Kirsten Gunlogson has been nominated for a Grammy award in the category of best classical album of 2009 for her performance on the album “Ravel: L’Enfant Et Les Sortil├Ęges” (The Child and the Spells) with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra. Read More

C.G. Farmer & Kent Sanders

Gators Breathe Like Birds

University of Utah scientists discovered that air flows in one direction as it loops through the lungs of alligators, just as it does in birds. The study suggests this breathing method may have helped the dinosaurs’ ancestors dominate Earth after the planet’s worst mass extinction 251 million years ago. Read More