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Four U faculty win governor’s science medals

March 16, 2015 – The University of Utah, the state’s flagship research institution, today swept up half of the latest batch of Governor’s Medals for Science and Technology, with faculty members winning four of the eight awards. The U’s winners are professors Phyllis “Lissy” Coley and Erik Jorgensen in biology, Troy D’Ambrosio in business and […]

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Water in smog may reveal pollution sources

  March 2, 2015 – The chemical signature of water vapor emitted by combustion sources such as vehicles and furnaces has been found in the smoggy winter inversions that often choke Salt Lake City. The discovery may give researchers a new tool to track down the sources of pollutants and climate-changing carbon dioxide gas. University […]

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Chemist Jen Heemstra wins Cottrell Scholar Award

Feb. 24, 2015 – Jennifer Heemstra, an assistant professor of chemistry, has won a Cottrell Scholar Award of $75,000 – a prize aimed at early career, physical sciences faculty who are committed to excellence in research and undergraduate teaching. “In addition to funding for my research program, I’m very excited that this award provides the […]

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U mathematician wins prestigious Sloan Fellowship

Feb. 23, 2015 – Jonathan Chaika, an assistant professor of mathematics, today was named as one of 126 young U.S. and Canadian scientists to receive a prestigious 2015 Sloan Research Fellowship. The much sought-after fellowships and $50,000 awards are meant to “honor early-career scientists and scholars whose achievements and potential identify them as rising stars, […]

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Shade coffee is for the birds

Feb. 5, 2015 – The conservation value of growing coffee under trees instead of on open farms is well known, but hasn’t been studied much in Africa. So a University of Utah-led research team studied birds in the Ethiopian home of Arabica coffee and found that “shade coffee” farms are good for birds, but some […]

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