By Jana Cunningham

The University of Utah’s Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism in partnership with the National Park Service developed an Urban Rangers program servicing parts of the 100-mile Bonneville Shoreline Trail, which runs directly behind campus. U students act as volunteer rangers to become stewards of the area.

Utilized heavily by U students and the surrounding community, the Bonneville Shoreline Trail routinely receives hundreds of hikers, trail runners, mountain bikers and dog walkers each day. Traveling by bike and foot between Hogle Zoo and the top of Dry Creek Canyon, the rangers provide visitor service information, educate trail users about responsible trail etiquette, ecology and management and help keep the area clean.

“This project engages college-aged youth in the wild land-urban interface and connects people to the outdoors by increasing trail knowledge, demonstrating responsible care of natural lands and offering information about other nearby historic trails,” said Matt Brownlee, assistant professor of Parks, Recreation and Tourism and co-coordinator of the Urban Ranger program. “The program perfectly aligns with our department’s commitment to foster the next generation of resource stewards and outdoor health advocates.”

The project wouldn’t be possible without the National Park Service Challenge Cost Share Program, a partnership with the Outdoor Foundation that provides grants to promote urban outreach, youth engagement and connecting people to the outdoors.

“The partnership with the U directly aligns with the National Park Service’s centennial goal of interacting with a new generation to help them discover local parks, national historic trails and public lands,” said Marcy DeMillion, community planner for the National Park Service’s Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program. “It directly engages youth, involves healthy and fun outdoor activities and targets an important urban population along Utah’s Wasatch Front.”

The program will be integrated into the curriculum of the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism and will be used as a mechanism for students to learn about recreation programming and outdoor recreation participation. There are seven rangers managing about 10-14 student volunteers each week throughout the academic year. In total, the program hopes to engage 40 rangers, 300 school-aged youth, and 400 U student volunteers over two years.

Not only will the program engage youth in healthy outdoor recreation on public lands, the U will track health outcomes, such as caloric output per mile, from trail use and disseminate this information to the public so the trail can be understood as a health resource as much as a recreation and ecological one.

“The Urban Ranger program is an excellent example of an innovative and needed education initiative that will help the thousands of Shoreline users better understand the environment they’re experiencing,” said Tim Brown, executive director for Tracy Aviary and Mayor Ralph Becker’s appointed lead on enhancing the city’s environmental education programs. “With a greater understanding of the environment, we expect greater appreciation of and stewardship for it.”


Agencies and entities that have contributed to the Urban Rangers initiative include the National Park Service, the Natural History Museum of Utah, University of Utah Outdoor Adventures, Competitive Cyclist, Mountain Khakis, Cotopaxi, University of Utah Global Change and Sustainability Center, University of Utah Sustainability Office, University of Utah Facilities Office, Tracy Aviary, Jordan River Commission, Salt Lake City Public Utilities, Red Butte Gardens and the United States Forest Service.


Jana Cunningham is a communications specialist at University Marketing and Communications. If you have an interesting story idea, email her at


By Lindsay Kite, development officer for the College of Humanities

Five U Asia Campus communication students are working on recording stories about the Korean War after each of them were selected to receive funding from the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program. The funds provide students and faculty members the chance to work collaboratively on projects.

The UAC students’ project, termed “Longbridge,” seeks a connecting link between Koreans and other foreigners that may not have been formed if not for the Korean War. It also seeks to unite generations by disseminating the stories to Internet-connected younger audiences. To receive funding through UROP, each of the applicants generated their own proposals and worked with Paul Rose, director of the UAC Undergraduate Communication Program, through several revisions in the competitive process to receive the highly sought-after funding.

“The bilingual students, UAC international campus and media program uniquely situates the Department of Communication to tackle this important project,” said Rose, who is also the supervisor of the project. “It is also an endeavor made more urgent by an aging population that experienced the Korean War. There are compelling stories that need to be documented and told before they are lost forever.”

Through fall 2015, Jin Ho Choi, Kuno Lee, Si Hyun Park, Sharon Yoo and Dahee Yun — all majoring in communication — will recruit, record, archive and publish stories about the unique personal relationships between Koreans and Americans formed as a result of the Korean War.

“Having five undergraduates receive funding for the same research project through UROP is highly unusual and demonstrates the importance of their project,” said Kent Ono, chair of the communication department.

A forthcoming website,, will be established as the research nears completion. Contact information, project details and archived stories will be available there.


By Chanapa Tantibanchachai

In the wake of Hurricane Patricia, the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Western Hemisphere, volunteers across the world prepared for its catastrophic damage. Since landfall on Oct. 23 Hurricane Patricia has indeed caused tremendous damage. On Monday, Oct. 26 from 5-10 p.m. the University of Utah’s Department of Geography held a response event for anyone interested in crisis mapping.

NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite 2Crisis mapping, or humanitarian mapping, is generally a crowd-sourced method of rapidly mapping an impact region following a disaster. Participants will use pre- and post-disaster satellite imagery to map damage extent, show transport routes and provide logistics tool for response and recovery efforts.

Satellite imagery is donated from places such as the Humanitarian Information Unit in the US Department of State and private companies such as Digital Globe. Buildings, roads, water bodies and land cover types can then be traced from this imagery in a process called digitization. This is what the bulk of crisis mapping volunteers do.

The imagery is accessed online through OpenStreetMap, an open-source platform that is similar to a Wikipedia for maps. Once digitized, the resulting vector data of points, lines and polygons can be downloaded and imported into any Geographic Information System for further network analysis.

For the crisis mapping event, the U coordinated with the

Seth Bishop, Graduate student in the Geography Department, and Tim Edgar, Doctoral candidate in the Geography Department, explain to students how to use the OpenStreetMaps to help map the Hurricane damaged region in Mexico in OSH on Monday, Oct. 26, 2015

Seth Bishop, Graduate student in the Geography Department, and Tim Edgar, Doctoral candidate in the Geography Department, explain to students how to use the OpenStreetMaps to help map the Hurricane damaged region in Mexico in OSH on Monday, Oct. 26, 2015

Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team, a loose association of volunteers from all over the world who have mapped every major natural disaster since 2010; notable mapping events by the group include the earthquakes in Haiti, Japan, and most recently, Nepal.

Maps are typically used by governments, the International Committee of the Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders and other groups responsible for assessing damage, identifying transport routes for aid delivery and allocating resources.

“Generally, crisis mapping is particularly useful in rural and poorly mapped regions. It can be useful everywhere, however, when used to assess damage post impact,” said Seth Bishop, a graduate teaching assistant in the Department of Geography who helped organize the crisis mapping event.

Data was shared in real time and maps were divided into small roles so that volunteers were able to map simultaneously without overlapping each other’s work.


Chanapa Tantibanchachai is an associate science writer at University Marketing and Communications. If you have an interesting story idea, email her at


By Chanapa Tantibanchachai

Most Christmas lights, DVD players, televisions and flashlights have one thing in common: They’re made with light emitting diodes (LEDs). LEDs are widely used for a variety of applications and have been a popular, more efficient alternative to fluorescent and incandescent bulbs for the past few decades. 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 LED_highres-2decompose and be of no use, this development can also reduce potentially harmful waste from LEDs generally made from toxic elements.

LEDs are a type of device that can efficiently convert electricity to light. Unlike fluorescent and incandescent bulbs, which direct 80 percent of the energy consumed to producing heat, LEDs direct 80 percent of the energy consumed to producing light. This is made possible by the fact that LEDs do not require a filament to be heated as incandescent and fluorescent bulbs do.

LEDs can be produced by quantum dots, or tiny crystals that have luminescent properties. Quantum dots can be made with numerous materials, some of which are rare and expensive to synthesize, and even potentially harmful to dispose of. Some research over the past 10 years has focused on using carbon dots, or simply quantum dots made of carbon, to create LEDs instead.

Compared to other types of quantum dots, carbon dots have lower toxicity and better biocompatibility, meaning they can be used in a broader variety of applications.

U metallurgical engineering research assistant professor Prashant Sarswat and professor Michael Free, over the past year and a half, have successfully turned food waste such as discarded pieces of tortilla into carbon dots, and subsequently, LEDs.

The results were recently published in Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, a journal of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

From bread to bulb

LED_highresTo synthesize waste into  carbon dots, Sarswat and Free employed a solvothermal synthesis, or one in which the waste was placed into a solvent under pressure and high temperature until  carbon dots were formed. In this experiment, the researchers used soft drinks and pieces of bread and tortilla.

The food and beverage waste were each placed in a solvent and heated both directly and indirectly for anywhere from 30 to 90 minutes.

After successfully finding traces of  carbon dots from the synthesis, Sarswat and Free proceeded to illuminate the  carbon dots to monitor their formation and color.

The pair also employed four other tests, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, Raman and AFM imaging to determine the  carbon dots’ various optical and material properties.

The various tests Sarswat and Free ran first measured the size of the carbon dots, which correlates with the intensity of the dots’ color and brightness. The tests then determined which carbon source produced the best carbon dots. For example, sucrose and D-fructose dissolved in soft drinks were found to be the most effective sources for production of  carbon dots.

Finally, the carbon dots were suspended in epoxy resins, heated and hardened to solidify the carbon dots for practical use in LEDs.

An environmentally sustainable alternative

Currently, one of the most common sources of quantum dots is cadmium selenide, a compound comprised of a two toxic elements. The ability to create quantum dots in the form of carbon dots from food and beverage waste would eliminate the need for concern over toxic waste, as the food and beverages themselves are nontoxic.

“Quantum dots derived from food and beverage waste are not based on common toxic elements such as cadmium and selenium, which makes their processing and disposal more environmentally friendly than it is for most other quantum dots.  In addition, the use of food and beverage waste as the starting material for quantum dots allows for reduced waste and cost to produce a useful material,” said Free.

In addition to being toxic when broken down, cadmium selenide is also expensive—one website listed a price of $529 for 25 ml of the compound.

“With food and beverage waste that are already there, our starting material is much less expensive. In fact, it’s essentially free,” said Sarswat.

According to a report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, roughly 31 percent of food produced in 2014 was not available for human consumption. To be able to use this waste for creating LEDs, which are widely used in a number of technologies would be an environmentally sustainable approach.

Looking forward, Sarswat and Free hope to continue studying the LEDs produced from food and beverage waste for stability and long-term performance.

“The ultimate goal is to do this on a mass scale and to use these LEDs in everyday devices. To successfully make use of waste that already exists, that’s the end goal,” said Sarswat.


Chanapa Tantibanchachai is an associate science writer at University Marketing and Communications. If you have an interesting story idea, email her at


By James DeGooyer, major gifts officer for the College of Science

On Saturday, Nov. 7 hundreds of high school students from Utah and nearby states will get an introduction to science education and research opportunities at the U during the 27th Annual Science Day. The event, which runs from 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., is hosted by the university’s College of Science and College Science Day 2014 at University of Utahof Mines and Earth Sciences.

Science Day usually attracts more than 600 students, parents and educators from as far north as Soda Springs, Idaho, and as far south as Blanding, Utah.

The event is free and open to the public, and lunch will be provided. High school students may attend by registering online here by Thursday, Nov. 5.

A total of 31 STEM-based workshops will be offered. There also will be a workshop for parents and teachers on preparing students for college at 12:30 p.m. in the Olpin Union’s Saltair Ballroom.

During the closing activities one $3,000 scholarship and three $1,000 scholarship prizes for study at the U will be awarded to students who attend Science Day and are present at the closing ceremony.

For more information, contact the College of Science at 801-581-6958 or


By Lee J. Siegel

A dozen years have elapsed since U psychologist David Strayer published a study that concluded motorists who talk on cellphones suffer “inattention blindness” regardless of whether they use hand-held or hands-free devices.

Yet for many years, many people ignored Strayer’s bottom line message: The problem is mental distraction, not just manual manipulation of a phone or other devices. Laws were passed banning use of handheld cellphones for talking or texting, but allowing hands-free devices. Automakers put increasingly sophisticated (and confusing) voice-command systems in vehicles.

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Now, after publishing a third set of studies in as many years with funding by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, the message is beginning to get through: The mere act of talking to your smartphone or in-vehicle infotainment system is moderately to very highly distracting – depending on the device used.

The new studies by Strayer, psychologist Joel Cooper and their colleagues generated worldwide publicity that focused on their newest finding: Drivers remain distracted for up to 27 seconds after disconnecting from the phone or in-car information system. That was a surprise for lots of folks who avoid texting or talking while driving, but thought it was OK to do so at stoplights. Indeed, the new study meant that while driving at 25 mph, a motorist travels the length of up to three football fields before regaining full attention.

The two new studies also rated three smartphone personal assistants and 10 in-vehicle information systems on a distraction scale, finding most of them highly distracting. Some automakers already have contacted the U researchers about the results.

Click here for details of Strayer’s latest studies, and for links to the full studies.


Lee Siegel is a senior science writer at University Marketing and Communications. If you have an interesting story idea, email him at


By Lee J. Siegel

Who knew monkey sex would be a subject of worldwide interest?

U anthropology professor and chair Leslie Knapp found out that primate procreation indeed is fascinating to a large audience after her new study about howler monkey sexual strategies gained global attention. It spurred stories in news media ranging Acarayachorus300dpifrom the New York Times and Washington Post to “PBS NewsHour,” Newsweek, Der Spiegel in Germany, Reuters wire service and the Canadian Broadcast Corp.’s weekly “Quirks & Quark” radio show.

“I’m surprised at the amount of attention the paper got because monkeys usually are not in the headlines,” Knapp says. “But I see people are interested in animal behavior, why they do certain things and how it relates to us.”

The study involved various species of howler monkeys, which live in Central and South America. Knapp and colleagues found that monkeys with the largest hyoid bone – a cup-shaped vocal-tract bone that amplifies their calls – have the deepest howls, but also have the smallest testicles and live with harems of females. Howler monkey species with the smallest hyoids have the largest gonads and live in groups with multiple males and females.

The findings elegantly illustrate how different species evolved different strategies to successfully sire offspring and pass their genes to future generations. The howlers with the deep voices use their calls to attract females and scare off male competitors. But a deep call doesn’t help howler monkeys who live with other males and must compete to mate with multiple females. For them, bigger testes mean more sperm and thus the ability to mate repeatedly and increase the odds their sperm will fertilize eggs.

Knapp was cautious about making comparisons with humans, but noted some research indicates women prefer men with deep voices like that of soul singer Barry White.

By last week, the global story had come full circle: It was discussed in a mammalogy class at the U taught by biology postdoctoral fellow Jimmy Ruff.

For those who haven’t seen a howler monkey bellow, watch the video here.

Click here for more about Knapp’s study, which she conducted with researchers from Britain and Austria.


Lee Siegel is a senior science writer at University Marketing and Communications. If you have an interesting story idea, email him at


Deadline: Dec. 4

The Early Career Teaching Award recognizes up to four outstanding faculty at an early stage in their careers at the University of Utah. To be eligible, a faculty member must have completed at least three full years but fewer than eight years of service at the university and must be Tenure-line or Career-line faculty.

Each recipient will also receive $2,500. These awards will be announced in March 2016.

Deadline: Dec. 4

The Hatch Prize recognizes an outstanding and longstanding service by a teacher from Tenure-line faculty ranks. The recipient of the Hatch Prize will receive $5,000. The award will be announced in March 2016.

The MovingU: Toward Cleaner Air campaign is currently soliciting real stories about how air quality impacts real people who live in Utah. A selection of winning essays, judged by a panel of well-known air quality activists including Dr. Brian Moench and Representative Patrice Arent, will then be read aloud by authors at The Global Change & Sustainability Center Annual Research Symposium in February of 2016.

Winning submissions from authors will also be published through various university and local publications, both online and in print.

To apply, submit your story here or for more information, contact the Project Coordinator, Kailey Luzbetak at


The fourth annual Beacons of Excellence Awards ceremony was held last Friday, Oct. 30, to recognize three individuals and three programs/organizations that provide transformative experiences to undergraduate students. The recipients included Tony Butterfield, assistant professor in chemical engineering; Craig Bryan, assistant professor of psychology and executive director of the National Center for Veterans Studies; Sharon Aiken-Wisniewski, assistant vice president for Undergraduate Studies, associate dean for University College and adjunct professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy; ArtsForce, a program run by and for undergraduate students in the College of Fine Arts to help them discover the value of their degree; the Women’s Resource Center, which works on issues that impact women on campus and in the state and aims to end racism, sexism, homophobia and all other biases; and the Larry H. and Gail Miller Enrichment Scholarship Program, which provides education opportunities for students from underrepresented populations or who are first-generation college students.


Environmental Health and Safety and Emergency Management are reorganizing reporting lines to allow for successful and improved execution of each organization’s programs and responsibilities. This change represents an improved alignment for the critical role these units fulfill on campus. Effective immediately, Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) will report through Facilities Management while Emergency Management will report through Public Safety.
As Managing Director of EHS, Martha (Marty) Shaub will now report to Michael Perez, Associate Vice President, Facilities Management. Stuart Moffatt will serve as the Interim Director of Emergency Management and will now report to Dale Brophy, Chief of Police.

A transition plan is underway for the units involved. Further details will be forthcoming in an @theU article at a later date. All are dedicated to continuing to serve the university. Should you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to any of us directly.

For EHS issues, please contact 801-581-6590 or visit
For emergency management issues, please contact 801-581-6429 or visit

Student Innovation
Nominate one or more students to be featured in the next edition of “Student Innovation at the U?”

The university produces this annual publication to celebrate students from all departments who are doing something innovative and making an impact. Student inventors, artists, researchers, athletes and entrepreneurs who are doing something new and helping improve people’s lives are featured. Here’s the current edition.

Submit nominations here. They’re due this Friday, Nov. 6.


Nominations from all parts of campus are being solicited for the rank of distinguished professor. Nomination forms and curriculum vitae must be submitted no later than Friday, Oct. 30, 2015.

The rank of distinguished professor is reserved for selected individuals whose achievements exemplify the highest goals of scholarship as demonstrated by recognition accorded to them from peers with national and international stature, and whose record includes evidence of a high dedication to teaching as demonstrated by recognition accorded to them by students and/or colleagues.

Nominees should have completed at least eight years of service at the U prior to nomination. Since the nomination and selection of distinguished professors occurs annually and the process is non-prejudicial for those not selected in any year, repeat nominations are permissible up to three years. After three years, the nominee must wait two years before being eligible for re-nomination. Nominators and/or other professors are encouraged to add any additional information to update the file that they deem important for this year’s consideration.

For questions, please contact Kataleeya Kumsooktawonge at 801-581-8661 or

OSH Survey Web[2]Facilities Management and ASUU need your input on changes to OSH. Take our short survey at and help us understand what’s most important to you in the new OSH. Complete the survey by Oct. 31 and get a 20 percent off coupon for the Campus Store.

Facilities and ASUU will also hold a town hall meeting in December to gather additional input and ideas from faculty, staff and students. Followed by another town hall in the spring to share the design as it develops. This isn’t the only time we’ll be seeking your input, you’ll be able to find updates as the project develops at


The Linda B. and Robert B. Wiggins Wellness and Integrative Health Center is partnering with the University of Utah College of Architecture + Planning as well as Architectural Nexus to beautify the patient patio terrace.Anyone from the HCI community—patients, loved ones, care providers and others affected by cancer — are invited to collaborate by submitting design ideas and inspiration for a new labyrinth, pergola and wind feature.

  • Design ideas are due by Dec. 31, 2015.
  • Submissions will be reviewed by a committee and final selections made in April 2016.
  • The HCI design contest submission form can be found here.
  • Email

Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) offers an outdoor patio terrace for patients and their loved ones on the fourth floor of our Cancer Hospital. Nestled against the foothill of the mountain, the patio provides comfortable furniture, beautiful views and a calm atmosphere.

Go here for more details and click here to watch the promo video.

waulogosolohighsmallUtah is wildlife country, home to bats, black bears, cougars, coyote, moose, mule deer, snakes and more. Be wild aware by learning how to prevent conflicts with wildlife found near the University. Since the campus extends into the northeastern foothills, pay attention when walking the grounds at dawn and dusk when wildlife is most active.

This fall, mule deer have begun to travel down from their high mountain habitats to winter feeding grounds in the valleys. Watch for wildlife crossing the roads and parking lots. If you enjoy hiking in the foothills around the campus you may be lucky enough to spot a coyote on the hunt or see a herd of mule deer grazing.

Cougars, also known as mountain lions, are found throughout Utah and mainly prey on mule deer. Cougars will follow deer along their migration routes into the valleys. It is not uncommon to spot a cougar near campus. Always observe wildlife from a safe distance. For more wildlife safety information, visit To schedule a presentation on wildlife awareness for your employees or students, send an email to


Congratulations to Danyel Schroader, winner of this week’s Red & White Friday prize pack. Shroader’s photo of her adorable daughter won the ultimate tailgate party pack. Red & White Friday is a weekly contest that anyone can win. To enter, just post a photo to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter of you, your family, pets or friends in Utah swag. Tag the photo with the #RedWhiteFriday before Friday at midnight to be eligible. Winners are announced every Monday. For details and contest rules click here.

Be sure to enter#redwhitefriday this Friday, Nov. 6.


If you’re a University of Utah faculty member, staff member, or student doing research on IT-related topics, Gartner Research resources are available for you to use at no charge. Gartner, Inc. is the world’s leading information technology research and advisory company. Additionally, faculty and staff may request complimentary meetings with Gartner consultants on IT-related topics. Log into the Gartner site using your uNID and CIS password.

Highlighted Events

Tuesday, Nov. 3 | 4-5 p.m.
Aline Skaggs Biology Building, Room 210
Steve Burian, associate professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, associate director, Global Change and Sustainability Center, director, U.S.-Pakistan Centers for Advanced Studies in Water

Ensuring sustainable and resilient water systems in cities is essential for establishing and maintaining the expected quality of life for the majority of the world’s human population. In cities, water is inherently part of several grand challenges in the sciences and engineering related to providing clean water, managing nutrients and aging infrastructure, and securing renewable energy supplies. And those that are responsible for planning, designing and managing water systems in cities must address these issues with the constraints of inherited water systems and an uncertain future.

Click here for more information.

Wednesday, Nov. 4 | 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
University Guest House

Guest House ConferenceConference and Event Management invites you to attend the 4th annual Planning Successful Meetings on Campus conference. Learn best practices from expert meeting planners, purchasing guidelines, new apps for meeting planners and much more. The conference is Wednesday, Nov, 4 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at the University Guest House.

Registration is free and includes breakfast, lunch and parking. Register today.



Wednesday, Nov. 4 | 4-6 p.m.

College of Social Work, Okazaki Community Meeting Room (155-B)
Circles of Peace is a response to domestic violence that uses
principles of restorative justice and brings together an individual who has been abusive with family members (which may or may not include the victim), support persons, a trained professional facilitator and community volunteers to develop a sustainable plan for change.

Community volunteers are an integral part of the Circles of Peace model and we invite you to participate! Anyone who is interested in learning more about Circles of Peace and/or
participating as a community volunteer is invited to this FREE training.

Refreshments will be provided.

Please register in advance to



Thursday, Nov. 5 | 4 p.m.

LNCO, Room 1110
2015 dolowitz lecture poster
The annual Dolowitz Lecture in Human Rights was established in 2007 in the International Studies Program at the University of Utah. With the generous endowment from Anne M. Dolowitz and David S. Dolowitz of Salt Lake City, Utah, International Studies and the College of Humanities hosts prominent speakers from around the world who present the lecture and engage with students, and the community-at-large. Every three years, the lecture focuses on the Holocaust.

All of the lecture events are free and open to the public.







Thursday, Nov. 5 | 7-8 p.m.
S.J. Quinney College of Law
Utah’s leading clean energy advocacy group, Utah Clean Energy, and the University of Utah’s Sustainability Office are hosting a first-of-its-kind lecture series that features nationally renowned climate change innovators, which take outside-the-box approaches to combat climate change and shape a positive future, both at a global and local level.

Eric Freed is considered a pioneer in the tradition of organic architecture. A lifetime proponent of individualism and sustainability, Freed is the founder of organicARCHITECT and uses both an organic and ecological approach to design. Freed’s goals for architecture of the future are to promote sustainable building materials, to address operational inefficiencies and to make architecture more beautiful and more Earth friendly.

For more information about the lecture series, click here.

Faculty Club Social
Friday, Nov. 6 | 5-8 p.m.
Marriott University Park Hotel, 480 Wakara Way
All faculty are invited join the Faculty Club for a free evening of socializing, food and music, with special guests Whistling Rufus String Band. Faculty Club members meet regularly to connect with colleagues from across campus, where they share ideas and often find unique opportunities for collaboration. All faculty are invited to join the Faculty Club for just $5 per month. Members have access to monthly socials, discounted hotel rooms at the Marriott University Park, discounted theatre and museum tickets with group gatherings before or after, discounted basketball and volleyball tickets with pregame pizza parties, a family holiday party, access to the Faculty Club cabin and more.


Friday, Nov. 6 | 7 p.m.

Eccles Auditorium at Huntsman Cancer Institute
UtahPresents, in partnership with the Division of Medical Ethics and Humanities, ‘Mercy Killers.’ A talkback will follow the performance.

$20 general public
U staff and faculty 10 percent off with your UCard
U students $5 with UCard
More info here.

Blue collar Joe grapples with his red state ideals when he realizes the measures he must take to care for his wife. A surprisingly tender love story about an everyday American guy caught in a life and death struggle with the health care system, Joe finds the bedrock of his life, marriage and self-identity shifting under him. If you like powerful drama that challenges us to ask the questions that make a difference, this is a play you won’t want to miss.

Prior to the public performance, “Mercy Killers” will be performed privately for medical students at the University of Utah. Michael Milligan, the playwright and performer, will also join second-year medical students in the “Layers of Medicine” course to discuss questions of health care access and end-of-life decisions raised by the play. In addition, he will meet with Dramatists Guild members at Salt Lake Acting Company and with College of Fine Arts students involved with the ArtsForce program to talk about the life of an “actor warrior,” using his craft and art in service to communities and to contribute to positive social transformation.

Friday, Nov. 6 | 7 p.m.

University Park Marriott Hotel
Alpha Phi’s 3rd Annual Red Dress Gala

Heart disease is the number one killer of women in America. Join the ladies of Alpha Phi as they raise money to help combat this fatal disease with their third annual Red Dress Gala. Red Dress Gala is a night of fun, with a silent and live auction, formal dinner, opportunity drawing and much more! Purchase your tickets today and help as the women of Alpha Phi raise money for cardiac research and rehabilitation.

Purchase tickets here.

Saturday, Nov. 7 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, level 4
Come help the Book Arts Program staff and volunteers celebrate letterpress printing. The Program designs the cards, does the make-ready and supplies the blank cards and envelopes.

The public is invited to drop in and print as many cards as time or wallet allow at $5 per card or three cards for $10.

For more information, email or call 801-585-9191.




Oct. 30-Nov. 8 | Panel discussion on Friday, Nov. 6 | Cookies and consent on Saturday, Nov 7

Studio 115
Good kids talk backSomething happened to Chloe after that party last Saturday night. The problem is, she can’t remember anything. And everybody at high school is talking about what happened. Was she raped? How could those boys do that to her? Or did they? Set in a high school in American Midwest, in a world of Facebook, Twitter, smartphones and YouTube, “Good Kids” explores the very public aftermath of a sex crime and its cover-up. Who’s telling the truth? Whose version of the story do you believe and what does that say about you? “Good Kids” is provocative, haunting and stunningly current.

By Naomi Iizuka
Directed by Julie Rada


NATIVE VOICES: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health & Illness
Now-Nov. 8 | Lectures and events on Nov. 2, 3, 4 and 5
Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library

image001Honoring the Native tradition of oral history, NLM gathered a multitude of healing voices from across the country so that you can hear people’s stories in their own words. Healers, elders and other key figures describe how epidemics, loss of land, loss of lives, and the inhibition of culture in the 19th and 20th centuries affect the health of Native individuals and communities today. “Native Voices” presents an inspiring story of endurance, resilience, and self-determination.

For more information on the exhibit and lecture series, click here.



Oct. 30-Nov. 14
Simmons Pioneer Memorial Theatre
Outside Mullingar
Pioneer Theatre Company presents the contemporary Irish romantic comedy “Outside Mullingar,” Oct. 30 – Nov. 14, 2015.

“Outside Mullingar” was nominated for a Tony for Best Play during the 2014 season. Playwright John Patrick Shanley won both the Tony and the Pulitzer Prize for his play “Doubt” (produced at PTC in 2007) and won an Academy Award for his screenplay for the film “Moonstruck.”

For more information, visit



Tuesday, Nov. 10 | 12 p.m.
Marriott Library, Gould Auditorium, level one
The J. Willard Marriott Library welcomes Dr. Pramod Khargonekar, the assistant director for the National Science Foundation’s Directorate of Engineering for the William R. and Erlyn J. Gould Distinguished Lecture on Technology and the Quality of Life.

The event will be held Nov. 10 at noon at the J. Willard Marriott Library, Gould Auditorium, level 1. It is free and open to the public.

Engineering research and resulting technologies have had enormous influence on society since the industrial revolution. The pace of discovery and invention continues to accelerate in many areas of engineering such as nanotechnology, engineering for biology and medicine, and engineering for energy, water, agriculture, infrastructure, and natural resources. In this talk, Khargonekar will discuss major trends and forces that are shaping the advances in engineering and technology. Success of technological advances is inextricably linked with its connection to people at various levels as individuals, groups, communities, organizations, nations, and the world. I will share my thoughts on the enormous opportunities ahead as we look to shaping the 21st century of human progress.

Khargonekar is formerly Dean of the University of Florida’s College of Engineering and Deputy Director for Technology at the U. S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Project’s Agency-Energy

Tuesday, Nov. 10 | 7 p.m.
Little America Hotel

The University of Utah Department of Communication has chosen Brad C. Parkin, associate director of Utah’s Hogle Zoo, as this year’s Parry D. Sorensen Distinguished Lecturer. Parkin will be honored at our annual Town & Gown Forum on Tuesday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m. at the Little America Hotel, where he will also present a talk titled “The Art of Storytelling in Marketing, Media and Mass Communication.” This event celebrates the important role professional communicators play in the education of U students. Public relations professionals, students and those interested in this important field are welcomed to attend the event, which will also include a reception following the talk. 

Wednesday, Nov. 11 | 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Gould Auditorium, Marriott Library
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The Social Soup Lecture Series is an opportunity to converse on social, economic and environmental issues surrounding food over a shared meal. Join us on Nov. 11 for a free meal and lecture by Anim Steel. Anim Steel is passionate about building a better food system. He is the director and founder of the Real Food Generation, which was instrumental in creating the Real Food Challenge that will bring local, sustainable and fair food to universities nationwide by 2020.

RSVP for this free event at with subject line: Social Soup.

A Healthier U

By PEAK Health & Fitness

Athletes, non-athletes and types of sugar

Because sugars, or simple carbohydrates, serve as the main fuel source for high intensity exercise, athletes have higher carbohydrate needs than the general population when training and competing. Carbohydrates also serve as the brain’s preferred source of energy for staying focused while working all day, but trail runner with backpack running up the steep hillwith all the hype about sugar in the American diet, what should athletes and the general population know when navigating a sea of sweet-tooth questions?

“Added sugar,” “processed sugar” and “artificial sweeteners” are common terms used to describe sugars. Nearly every type of sweetener available in stores is processed unless you eat raw sugar cane; this processing doesn’t detract or add to the nutritional value of the sweetener, it just makes the product more palatable or easier to use in recipes. Artificial sweeteners are usually calorie free because their molecular shape accomplishes a sweet taste on our taste buds but cannot be digested by our bodies. Added sugars listed on food labels represent sugar added to products that naturally do not contain it, whereas other products like milk, fruit and honey naturally contain sugars without any processing. Regardless of low or high carbohydrate demands in your diet, aim for whole food sources like dairy, fruit and whole grains.


Is it time to banish bacon?

Today, while most people were eating their breakfasts, the World Health Organization released findings that processed meats – things like the bacon and sausage many were munching – should be classified in the same cancer-causing category as carcinogens like cigarettes.

“Eating bacon is not as bad for you as smoking,” says Molly Gross, M.D., a colorectal cancer specialist with University of Utah Health Care.

Read the full article here.


You may have heard news about new mammogram guidelines published by the American Cancer Society (ACS) this week. The ACS conducted a landmark review of medical evidence behind screening mammography for women at average risk for breast cancer. The review confirms that mammograms are effective at saving lives and that women ages 45–54 should definitely have yearly mammograms. The ACS recommends women ages 40–44 consider a yearly mammogram based on an informed decision and discussions with their doctors. However, the ACS concludes that the most lives are saved when women start getting mammograms at the age of 40 and continue getting them every year.

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