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Transit-mounted air quality monitors

Researchers in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences are studying air quality by mounting monitors on city buses. Logan Mitchell and  John Lin* are PIs on this project. They have been taking readings from monitors mounted on TRAX light rail cars since 2014. Buses cover a wider range of Salt Lake City, and will give researchers […]


A darkened room, empty except for a metal fixture attached to the wall. There is a projection on the adjoining wall of a color photo of snow-capped mountains with evergreens nestling a blue lake.

‘Virtual nature’ experiences in prisons reduce stress

Excerpted from At the U. A new study from University of Utah researchers finds that exposure to nature imagery or nature sounds decreased physiological signs of stress in the incarcerated, and spurred their interest in learning more about the habitats they experienced. The findings from the study, published in Ecopsychology, could be put to use […]


Protecting ecological legacies at Bears Ears

“The medicines on the landscape all have a story. The original proposal to designate 1.9 million acres for Bears Ears National Monument came from listening to the elders and medicine people who mapped culturally significant plants to protect our narratives. In terms of management, traditional knowledge is crucial to protect the entire ecosystem as a […]


Brown smoke obscures a building with the sign "...D CENTRAL BAKERY". People in masks wait in line outside. Barricades with "road closed" sign block the adjacent street.

Wildfire smoke trends worsening for Western U.S.

The warming climate has made wildfires and smoke increasingly common. Researchers in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences evaluated data from a number of sources to look at air quality trends in the West. A new paper by doctoral student Kai Wilmot with Gannet Hallar and John Lin (GCSC-affiliated faculty) and Derek Mallia (past GCSC fellow) […]


Academic Senate votes to realign U’s endowment toward positive sustainability investments

The University Academic Senate voted to approve recommendations to realign the University’s endowment toward positive sustainability investments. A series of town halls was conducted throughout the 2020-21 academic year to engage the campus community in a dialogue about this issue. Students attending the town halls overwhelmingly supported moving the University endowment away from financial investments […]