Distinguished Professor Jan D. Miller, Department of Metallurgical Engineering, College of Mines and Earth Sciences at the University of Utah, received the prestigious International Science and Technology Cooperation Award of the People’s Republic of China in Beijing on January 8, 2019.
The Greenland ice sheet is 1,500 miles long and nearly 700 miles wide, covering about eighty percent of the island; the ice is up to two miles thick. In eastern Greenland, where University of Utah scientists are still studying this vast ice sheet, the mean temperature is about -25 degrees F.
The glaciers tucked high in the rugged Karakoram Range play an integral role in the life of Pakistan and the whole of the Indus Basin. In a region known for sparse rainfall and an almost complete dependence on irrigated agriculture, the waters of the Indus River are a lifeblood—and the mother of the Indus is the glacial meltwaters of the Karakoram.
University of Utah PhD student Jewell Lund has dedicated herself to studying the changing dynamics of Pakistan’s glaciers. Jewell’s research is using spaceborne radar and satellite imagery to track changes in glacial patterns. “Glaciers are great recorders of climate,” she observes. “And we didn’t have consistent data for much of the region until quite recently.”
The Office for Global Engagement (OGE) held its third annual Awards Ceremony on April 27th. Among those recognized were the teams that were awarded Global Learning Across the Disciplines (GLAD) grants.
In 2016-17, OGE awarded three grants in the fall and one in the spring semester. The GLAD grant provides up to $10,000 in funding for teams composed of at least three faculty members to integrate global learning into the curriculum. GLAD focuses on transforming curriculum to allow opportunities for students to engage in global learning in their respective discipline. Winners this year represented architecture and design, anthropology, nursing, and ethnic studies.
The concept of deriving medically useful compounds from the natural resources around us has been something that humans as a species have pursued for nearly the entirety of our existence. In fact, the earliest records of using natural resources to heal can be traced back to the documentation of oils in Mesopotamia and into the highly detailed pharmaceutical records of ancient Egypt.
Stang – a University of Utah distinguished professor of chemistry and former dean of science – now has been given major awards and shaken hands with leaders of the world’s two most powerful nations: Xi after the recent award and U.S. President Barack Obama in 2011, when Stang was honored with a National Medal of Science.
Universities are generally tasked with the organization, creation and transfer of knowledge. The most effective Universities transfer this knowledge in three ways: 1. To students 2. Publications, conferences, literature, books, etc… AND 3. To society to make an impact. Transitioning the knowledge created and organized in a University setting to society represents a vital function of Universities and one primary mechanism of doing so resides in what is referred to as Technology Transfer – at the University of Utah it is called Technology and Venture Commercialization (TVC). The University Utah has developed a functioning and productive TVC and it was my goal to go to Pakistan to help Universities in that great country determine how best to set up their own TVC.
A collaboration between the University of Utah’s College of Engineering, Health Sciences Center, Technology Venture Development Program, and the David Eccles School of Business, The Center for Medical Innovation [CMI], is every entrepreneurial medical student’s wildest dream come true. The center provides not only the seed grants necessary to pursue new solutions to medical issues across the globe, but the facilities and equipment to take ideas from concept to prototype and beyond.
As if it wasn’t enough to make a trip to the White House and collect a National Medal of Science from the president, U organic chemist Peter Stang and his wife soon will spend four all-expense-paid days in Beijing attending a celebration in his honor.
The Chinese Academy of Sciences recently informed Stang he is winner of the 2015 China’s Friendship Award, which the academy says is “the People’s Republic of China’s highest award for foreign experts who have made outstanding contributions to the country’s economic and social progress.”
In December 2014, The University of Utah, in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development [USAID], announced a $10 million, five-year project to bring a Partner Center for Advanced Studies in Water [PCASW] to Pakistan.
Since the announcement of the project, significant progress has been made in the development of the program’s curriculum and course structure for the educational aspect of the center that will be partnered with Mehran University of Engineering and Technology [MUET] in Pakistan.
Ramesh Goel is an Associate Professor and Graduate Director for the University of Utah’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. His work at the University of Utah focuses on three specific areas, nutrient and wastewater recovery-based treatment, surface water quality, and microbiology.