LEGISLATIVE SESSION AND U

The 2018 Utah legislative session begins today, and according to Jason Perry, U vice president for government relations, the U has four key priorities.

CLEAR THE AIR CHALLENGE

Throughout February, the U will compete in the Clear the Air Challenge to reduce the number of single-occupant vehicles on the road and reduce emissions from personal vehicles.

LEGAL EDUCATION TOOL FOR NON-LAWYERS

New Master of Legal Studies program will launch in fall of 2018 to provide non-law professionals training on the legal system.

QUIET HEROES

During the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, a documentary will premiere depicting the courageous story of physician Kristen Reis, a retired U professor, and her partner (both in life and work) Maggie Snyder. “Quiet Heroes” depicts Reis’ selfless career as the first doctor in Utah to treat HIV/AIDS patients at a time when others cruelly turned them away.

MLK DAY OF SERVICE

Hundreds of volunteers banded together Jan. 13 in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to make these and other projects come to life. In all, Bennion Center student leader Bryan Luu coordinated 11 different projects community partners identified as priorities.

SOMEBODY HAS TO DUST!

U professor looks at gender, health and housework among older couples.

HUMANS OF THE U: JEFF HANSON

“I’ve performed in plays, commercials and movies, and also produce videos for the University of Utah’s Marketing and Communications Office. On sets, I’ve had milk spit on me, found a severed-hand prop while working on an HBO project with Steven Soderbergh, had a Christmas tree fall on me (and was uncomfortably sticky for days) and ate more freeze-dried macaroni and cheese than I care to remember.”

LIFE OF INVENTION

Meet Zhigang Zak Fang, professor of metallurgical engineering in the College of Mines and Earth Sciences and a 2017 National Academy of Inventors fellow.

QUANTIFY, QUALIFY, DIVERSIFY

Rakin Hall, former USC administrator, joins U staff as director of admission.

ESPN SHINES SOME LIGHT

Larger than life ESPN analyst Bill Walton visited the U campus to highlight the U’s sustainability initiatives.