Research

WHAT YOU CAN’T SEE CAN HURT YOU

    Originally published on @theU on October 15, 2018.   By Vince Horiuchi, public relations associate, College of Engineering   What if you could see nasty microscopic air pollutants in your home? Engineers from the University of Utah’s School of Computing conducted a study to determine if homeowners change the way they live if they […]


Clear The Air

Originally posted on @theU on October 1, 2018. By Vince Horiuchi, public relations associate, College of Engineering Air conditioning and heating systems are not only great for keeping a home cool or warm, but they also help clean the air of harmful pollutants. While home thermostats control HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) systems based […]


Projecting Nature

By: Nicholas Apodaca, Graduate Assistant, Sustainability Office. Driving into Salt Lake City from the west, the shady streets and verdant gardens can feel like an oasis at the edge of the desert. Yet the Salt Lake Valley was not always so green. As people settled the valley, they brought new plants to the landscape. Whether […]


THE WASATCH FRONT: A LIVING LAB

Originally posted on @theU on September 17, 2018 By Paul Gabrielsen, science writer, University of Utah Communications University of Utah scientists know how to turn a challenge into an opportunity. Repeatedly, researchers at the U have developed innovative research solutions to some of the Salt Lake Valley’s most serious environmental issues. Light rail trains sample […]


The Intersection of Greenhouse Gases and Air Quality

By: Nicholas Apodaca, Graduate Assistant, Sustainability Office. As Utah residents know well, air quality can have a serious effect on our daily lives. Wildfires, inversions, dust, and pollution colliding with the complex geography of the Salt Lake region all contribute to the thick haze that can settle over the valley. However, the exact conditions and […]


POWER TO THE PEOPLE

Originally published on @theU on August 20, 2018. By Vince Horiuchi, public relations associate, College of Engineering Hurricane Maria’s devastation of Puerto Rico last September, which left nearly all the island’s 3.4 million residents without power, is one of the most frightening scenarios for a metropolis: A natural disaster or cyberattack wipes out a city’s […]


WATER IN THE NAVAJO NATION

Originally published on August 13, 2018.   “I am collaborating with the Navajo Nation’s Water Management Branch, Navajo Tribal Utility Authority, and the Navajo Nation’s Environmental Protection Agency to evaluate water in the Four Corners region in three different ways. One way was precipitation climatology looking at the monthly, seasonal, and yearly changes from 2002-2015. […]


KEITH DIAZ MOORE TO SERVE AS INTERIM CHIEF SUSTAINABILITY OFFICER

Keith Diaz Moore, Dean of the College of Architecture + Planning, has agreed to serve as the U’s interim chief sustainability officer, in addition to his current duties. Diaz is an outstanding choice to lead the university’s sustainability efforts, bringing insights and expertise from many domains, as well as a deep commitment to the interplay […]


AFTER THE RAIN

Originally posted in @theU on April 23, 2018. By: Liz Ivkovich, Global Change & Sustainability Center.  Last week, 30 officials from city, county, and state agencies boarded a university shuttle on a tour of campus stormwater infrastructure. For participants, these projects offer a vision for what is possible when it comes to protecting the Jordan […]


The Science of Science Communication

By: Bianca Greeff, Graduate Assistant, Sustainability Office. Communication is a vital part of science. Articulating one’s research to broad audiences can have a significant impact on how that research is discovered and shared. While scientists and communicators have often relied on intuitive rules to guide communication, science communication (as a field in itself), is supported […]