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  • Climate Change and Snowmelt

    In a new study published today in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, University of Utah professor Paul Brooks and University of Nevada Reno professor Adrian Harpold show that changes in humidity may determine how the contribution of snowpack to streams, lakes and groundwater changes as the climate warms.


    In December 2017, the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) elected Zhigang Zak Fang as a 2017 fellow. Fang, a professor of metallurgical engineering in the College of Mines and Earth Sciences, was an obvious choice; he has over 50 issued patents, several more pending and multiple new projects in the works. Fang embodies the spirit of NAI, an organization that honors academics who have facilitated exceptional inventions that impact society. He joins 12 other U faculty with NAI fellowships.

  • IrmisDino-Mite Discovery

    A remarkable new fossilized skeleton of a tyrannosaur discovered in the Bureau of Land Management’s Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument (GSENM) in southern Utah was airlifted by helicopter Sunday, Oct. 15, from a remote field site, and delivered to the Natural History Museum of Utah where it will be uncovered, prepared and studied. The fossil is approximately 76 million years old and is most likely an individual of the species Teratophoneus curriei, one of Utah’s ferocious tyrannosaurs that walked western North America between 66 and 90 million years ago during the Late Cretaceous Period.

  • Michael FreeDr. Michael Free Awarded DOE Grant

    The DOE grant is to lead research aimed at developing a more efficient way to separate isotopes to facilitate domestic isotope production and personnel training.

  • Salt FlatsHuman Activity is Shrinking the Salt Flats

    Two years of research on unique ecosystem indicate speed racing, mining, government management and climate change may all be factors in depletion of salt crust

  • Alex LarkinEdge on the Competition

    Alexander Lark, a graduate student in the Department of Metallurgical Engineering, develops a new, wear-resistant type of metal


    Metallurgical Engineering Researchers are part of a successful team to establish DOE Recycling Institute.

  • Rocky Mountain Haze

    Study finds a link between drought and air quality in the western wilderness.

  • Predicting Hurricane's Wrath

    As Hurricane Matthew barreled through the Caribbean and toward the U.S. Atlantic coast in 2016, forecasters have worked to determine the storm’s probable path and intensity, in order to make appropriate recommendations to the regions in the storm’s path.

  • Mapping Salt Lake's Tap Water

    As Utah's population continues to grow, water managers and water scientists are looking more at water's journey to our taps. Yousuf Jameel and his colleauges, including Dr. Gabe Bowen, sampled tap water to study the various sources of water.

  • Isotope Sleuths

    They say that dead men tell no tales. A University of Utah spin-off company begs to differ. Hair, teeth and bone all preserve a record of where a person’s been – often an invaluable boon to law enforcement with no other leads to go off of.

  • Intel Foundation Young Scientist Award

    Kathy Liu, a senior at West High School, Salt Lake City won the Intel Foundation Young Scientist Award with a $50K scholarship in Phoenix this month. Kathy’s science project, “Natural Material-based Solid Polymer Electrolyte for High Performance Lithium Battery,” was done in laboratories of the Department of Metallurgical Engineering, College of Mines and Earth Sciences, University of Utah, under the supervision of Dr. Xuming Wang, Research Professor in the department.

  • 2016 Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award

    Ben White receives the Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Award for the College of Mines and Earth Sciences awarded by the U's Office of Undergraduate Research.

  • Atmos Students Learn about Air Quality Across the Wastach Front

    Students in Atmospheric Sciences are learning about how instrumentation plays a role in air quality research.

  • Smith Receives 2015 Paul G. Silver Award for Outstanding Scientific Service

    Robert Smith, a professor in Geology and Geophysics, will receive the 2015 Paul G. Silver Award for Outstanding Scientific Service at the 2015 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, to be held 14–18 December in San Francisco, Calif. The award recognizes outstanding contributions to the fields of geodesy, seismology, or tectonophysics through mentoring of junior colleagues, leadership of community research initiatives, or other forms of unselfish collaboration in research.

  • From Bread to Bulb

    Most Christmas lights, DVD players, televisions and flashlights have one thing in common: They’re made with light emitting diodes (LEDs). Two University of Utah researchers have now found a way to create LEDs from food and beverage waste. In addition to utilizing food and beverage waste that would otherwise decompose and be of no use, this development can also reduce potentially harmful waste from LEDs generally made from toxic elements.

  • Electrodynamic Eddy Current Separation of End-of-Life PV Materials

    York Smith, Post Doctoral Researcher at the University of Utah receives an award for his research focused on applying electrodynamic eddy current separation techniques to the recycling processing of end-of-life solar panel materials.

  • Professor Edward Zipser Wins Carl-Gustaf Rossby Research Medal

    Dr. Edward Zipser has won the 2016 Carl-Gustaf Rossby Research Medal. This prize is the highest award for atmospheric science awarded by the American Meteorological Society.

  • John Horel Receives the AMS Francis W. Reichelderfer Award

    Atmospheric Sciences professor Dr. John Horel has won the Francis W. Reichelderfer Award from the American Meteorological Society. This award is given in recognition of distinguished contributions to the provision of operational environmental services to the public.

  • Drilling for Water on the Greenland Ice Sheet

    This spring, Dr. Kip Solomon and Olivia Miller (Graduate Student) traveled to the Greenland ice sheet to study how the ice sheet is melting.

  • New tool to save salmon: isotope tracking

    Salmon carry a strontium chemical signature in their “ear bones” that lets scientists identify specific streams where the fish hatched and lived before they were caught at sea. The new tool may help pinpoint critical habitats for fish threatened by climate change, industrial development and overfishing.

  • U Geologist Studies Talking Arches

    Utah’s national parks are places that we all visit for the beauty, the unusual landscapes and the remoteness. And certainly because these places are so quiet. But are they really? Turns out, these arches are “talking” to us… sort of.

  • Jan D. Miller receives 2015 Rosenblatt Prize

    Jan D. Miller, Ivor D. Thomas Distinguished Professor of Metallurgical Engineering at the University of Utah, was honored with the Rosenblatt Prize for Excellence, the U's most prestigious award, during a special ceremony at the Honorary Degree Dinner held May 6.

  • Where in the World is...Leah Campbell

    Leah Campbell is a PhD candidate in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences. Her research, which builds on her love of the mountains and the outdoors, focuses on lake-effect snowfall and mountain effects on precipitation. Leah will be investigating the effects of the Andes Mountains on precipitation structure and distribution during winter storms in south-central Chile.

  • Scientists See a Deeper Yellowstone Magma

    Reservoir of partly molten rock is four times bigger than shallower chamber. University of Utah seismologists discovered and made images of a reservoir of hot, partly molten rock 12 to 28 miles beneath the Yellowstone supervolcano, and it is 4.4 times larger than the shallower, long-known magma chamber.

  • UofU Air Quality Research featured on Discovery Channel

    A team of researchers from the University of Utah Department of Atmospheric Sciences are learning new information about air quality in the Salt Lake Valley through the equipment they installed on a UTA TRAX train.

  • UofU Geology Students Win 2nd Place in Imperial Barrel Award competition

    U of U team (Black Diamond Ventures) placed 2nd in the Rocky Mountain regional competition.

  • A Stiff New Layer in Earth's Mantle

    By crushing minerals between diamonds, a University of Utah study suggests the existence of an unknown layer inside Earth: part of the lower mantle where the rock gets three times stiffer. The discovery may explain a mystery: why slabs of Earth’s sinking tectonic plates sometimes stall and thicken 930 miles underground.

  • Water in Smog may Reveal Pollution Sources

    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.

  • Dr. Jan D. Miller, Professor in Metallurgical Engineering, to be Inducted into the National Academy of Inventors

    Dr. Jan D. Miller, Ivor Thomas Distinguished Professor of Metallurgical Engineering will be inducted as a fellow into the National Academy of Inventors on March 20, 2015 at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena California.

  • Past Global Warming Similar to Today’s

    The rate at which carbon emissions warmed Earth’s climate almost 56 million years ago resembles modern, human-caused global warming much more than previously believed, but involved two pulses of carbon to the atmosphere, University of Utah researchers and their colleagues found.

  • TRAX to Measure Air Quality

    Atmospheric Sciences Post Doctoral Researcher Logan Mitchell has teamed up with UTA to measure air quality from a TRAX train.

  • Metallurgy Research Group Receives TCIP Grant

    SolaPur LLC, a company started by Dr. Krista Carlson and Jeffery Huber, received a Technology Commercialization & Innovation Program (TCIP) grant from the Utah Governor's Office of Economic Development.

  • Roger and Dawn Crus Center for Renewable Energy Dedication

    On Monday April 28, 2014 the Department of Metallurgical Engineering celebrated the Grand Opening of the Roger and Dawn Crus Center for Renewable Energy.

  • Warm US West, Cold East: A 4,000-Year Pattern

    Last winter's curvy jet stream pattern brought mild temperatures to western North America and harsh cold to the East. A University of Utah-led study shows that pattern became more pronounced 4,000 years ago, and suggests it may worsen as Earth's climate warms.

  • CMES Students Awarded Kennecott Scholarships

    Nine students from the College of Mines and Earth Sciences were awarded Kennecott Scholarships for the 2014-2015 school year.

  • Professor Courtenay Strong Awarded Early Career Teaching Award

    Professor Courtenay Strong was awarded the 2013-2014 University Early Career Teaching Award from the University of Utah. Professor Strong is one of 50 total winners of the award since its inception 15 years ago.

  • Ute Weather Center featured in the 2014 Student Innovation Report

    The Ute Weather Center, run by students in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences, was featured in the 2014 "Student Innovation Report" for their work forecasting for campus and surrounding areas.

  • Dr. Sohn Named U of U Distinguished Professor

    Dr. Sohn, a professor in the Metallurgical Engineering Department, was given the University of Utah Distinguished Professor Award.

  • Mountain Meteorology Quadcopter

    Atmospheric Sciences' Mountain Meteorology group has a new TurboAce Matrix Quadcopter. They intend on using it as an instrumented device to collect vertical profiles of the lower atmosphere. Click this story to view the video.

  • Crowdsourced Rain Samples Map Hurricane Sandy's Evolution

    A unique method to collect rain water samples during Hurricane Sandy has revealed the storm's chemical "signature" with a new level of detail. The technique may also lead to weather model advances that will ultimately improve storm prediction, say researchers at the University of Utah whose study was published online today in PLOS ONE.

  • Global Precipitation Measurement Satellite Launch Party

    Join us February 27, 2014 from 11an-1pm in 802 WBB to watch the launch live from the Tanegashima Space Center, Japan. There will be cool presentations, NASA GPM swag, and PIZZA!

  • Mine Landslide Triggered Quakes

    Last year's gigantic landslide at a Utah copper mine probably was the biggest nonvolcanic slide in North America's modern history, and included two rock avalanches that happened 90 minutes apart and surprisingly triggered 16 small earthquakes, University of Utah scientists discovered.

  • U Students Study Lake Effect Snow in NY

    Atmospheric Sciences Professor Steenburgh and some of his students are in Oswego County, New York for the OWLeS field program "Ontario Winter Lake-Effect Systems" ( During their 6 weeks stay students will take measurements every six hours during snow storms giving them an opportunity that would not be possible in a classroom.

  • snowflakeSnowflake Research

    More accurate storm forecasting begins with a single snowflake

  • U scientists unearth the oldest Tyrannosaur to Date

    U scientists unearth the oldest Tyrannosaur to date, an early ancestor of T-rex. Mark Lowen and Randy Irmis, along with co-authors P. J.Currie and Scott Sampson published the finidings in PLoS One. Lythronax argestes, whose name means "king of gore was a 24-foot-long sharp-toothed creature weighed 2.75 tons.

  • microwaveMicrowave Cooks up Solar Cell Material

    University of Utah metallurgists used an old microwave oven to produce a nanocrystal semiconductor rapidly using cheap, abundant and less toxic metals than other semiconductors.

  • U Students Win International Oil Exploration Prize

    A team of University of Utah geology and geophysics graduate students took the top prize - the Imperial Barrel Award - on May 19 in Pittsburgh during the American Association of Petroleum Geologists' annual convention.

  • earthcubeU Earth Cube

    New global information technology, tools, and access have dramatically changed our lives and how we communicate. It can similarly transform how we conduct our science.

  • new mineralNew Mineral Named for U Geologist

    A new bluish-green mineral discovered in abandoned uranium mines in Colorado and Utah has been named nashite in honor of University of Utah geology and geophysics Professor Barbara Nash, who has studied related minerals.

Last Updated: 3/10/17