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Utah: Award Highlights

See what exciting research and education has been funded by NSF in each state or U.S. territory.  Award Highlights provide a snapshot about select NSF awards and their impacts.

22 Award Highlights found :: Utah

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blue light helps 8-oxoG repair photochemical damage, mimicking flavin a vitamin critical to dna repair

Vitamin B2 may link DNA repair to the emergence of life

A product of DNA repair may point to an evolutionary precursor of the essential vitamin B2...

Research Areas: Chemistry & Materials

young students take stream samples during an outdoor learning session sponsored by the natural history museum of utah

Natural history museum takes learning outdoors

Learning partnership creates K-12 activities focused on water sustainability...

Research Areas: Education

the grain weevil maintains a symbiotic relationship with bacteria

The origins of insect bacteria

Life inside an insect makes some microbes switch to a mutualistic relationship with their host...

Research Areas: Biology

climate sensor station in the iutah network measures many environmental variables

iUtah pinpoints precipitation

Sensor network tracks water resources ...

Research Areas: Earth & Environment

information flow for a cortical implant device

Enhancing data rates for brain implants

Transmission design increases device bandwidth...

Research Areas: Engineering

microscopic pathway that forms crystalline clathrate

The Molecular Seeds of Fossil Fuel

Researchers reveal the mechanisms that drive fossil fuel formation...

Research Areas: Chemistry & Materials, Earth & Environment

teachers engage in a water toolbox activity

Encouraging Water Awareness

Students get a first-hand view of water research through water science toolboxes ...

Research Areas: Education, Earth & Environment

molecular box traps drug compounds

"Pill" Box Traps Pharmaceuticals

Pumpkin-shaped molecules serve as building blocks for unique cargo haulers....

Research Areas: Chemistry & Materials, Education

Diagram of wiring within a large cache bank

Lowering Energy Consumption of Large Data Caches

New techniques to reduce the energy consumption associated with computer caches...

Research Areas: Computing, Earth & Environment

cosmic rays

Scientists to Test Radar as a Cost-Efficient New Means of Detecting Particles from Outer Space

Initiative could enable future observatories to be built at a fraction of the cost of conventional methods ...

Research Areas: Astronomy & Space, Physics

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Sensory Feedback from a Prosthetic Hand

Researchers led by Kenneth Horch at the University of Utah are developing an artificial hand provides increased function through sensory feedback....

Research Areas: Engineering

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Western Schools Embrace Outdoor Science

Using the outdoors as a classroom for science education is benefiting students and teachers in the NSF-funded Teacher Retention and Renewal through Bioregional Outdoor Education (TRRBOE) program....

Research Areas: Education, Biology, Earth & Environment

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Stimulus-Induced Waves and Breathers in Excitable Neural Media

Neurological disorders such as epilepsy and migraine are characterized by waves propagating across the surface of the brain. ...

Research Areas: People & Society, Biology

Computer simulation of atomic structure of a molecule

Absence Makes a Researcher Grow Curious

By measuring the effect of chemical bonding, a researcher discovered a trend in nature toward arrangements that are most ordered....

Research Areas: Chemistry & Materials, Computing

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Computational Science and Engineering Online: A Lab Without Walls

Developed by Thanh Truong at the University of Utah, CSE-Online is an innovative cyber-environment for research and education in Computational Science and Engineering (CSE). ...

Research Areas: Computing

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The Invisibility Cloak

Mathematical analysis by NSF-funded researchers at the University of Utah and the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia, however, recently revealed that certain objects are essentially invisible when placed sufficiently close to a superlens. ...

Research Areas: Chemistry & Materials, Engineering

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Difference between Male and Female Hunting Patterns Revealed

Since 2000, NSF-supported anthropologists Rebecca and Douglas Bird of Stanford University have studied the Mardu as they collect desert fruits and honey and hunt kangaroos and large desert lizards....

Research Areas: People & Society, Biology

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Why Is This Cloud Raining on Me?

A team of multidisciplinary scientists wants to know more about cumulus clouds, the simplest and "puffiest" clouds that float across the sky....

Research Areas: Earth & Environment

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The Flu and the Mystery of Proton Transport

Using TeraGrid resources, Gregory Voth at the University of Utah has discovered how a channel in the flu virus operates as a proton conductor in response to acidic conditions on either side of the cell membrane....

Research Areas: Biology, Computing

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New Language Documentation Challenges Linguistic Theory

NSF has created a new funding program, "Documenting Endangered Languages," to help record rare and disappearing languages....

Research Areas: People & Society

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How Specific is Enough?: Computational Sensitivity Analysis for Patient-Specific Medicine

Researchers hope that the numerical simulation of biological systems will aid in connecting patient-specific data with observable pathologies....

Research Areas: Computing, Biology

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The Yellowstone Caldera is More Active than Scientists Previously Thought

Scientists have observed an accelerated rate of uplift in the Yellowstone Caldera. Comparison of data has contributed to a greater understanding of volcanic hotspots and may help to predict future eruptions....

Research Areas: Earth & Environment

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