SPRING CAREER FAIR

By David Fisher, communication intern, University of Utah Communications Office

The hunt for internships and full-time positions can be daunting, but Career Services is hosting more than 125 employers at the 2016 spring career fair to make your job hunt a little easier. The fair will occur Thursday, Feb. 4, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Tower at Rice-Eccles Stadium. These employers are looking for recent and soon-to-be grads to fill immediate full-time positions and Career Fair 2internships.

This year’s career fair is bigger and better than ever before. To accommodate more employers, the fair has moved from the Union Ballroom to the Tower at Rice-Eccles Stadium.

“There is no better place to look for qualified candidates than a university campus,” said Colby Judd, Career Services ambassador. “The University of Utah has a reputation for producing graduates with hands-on experience and strong work ethics.”

Local and national employers will attend the fair, including Enterprise, Café Rio, Goldman Sachs, Nabisco, Zions Bank, the CIA and FBI, E-Trade, Fidelity Investments, Qualtrics, University Credit Union, AMRDEC, Expedia Inc., Teach for America, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, U.S. Border Patrol and more.

For a complete list of companies attending the fair, download the app “Utah Career Fair+” by searching for “Utah Career Fair Plus” (on Google Play or the App Store).

“Make sure to do research about the companies that interest you before visiting them at the career fair,” said Sara Jarman, recruiting coordinator for Career Services. “Knowing about the company makes a great first impression.”

Worried about how to prepare for the fair? The Career Services ambassadors have you covered.

Career Services ambassadors, students trained to provide other students with the resources to succeed when building their professional persona, will hold weekly workshops in Room 350 in the Student Services Building. Topics include writing the perfect resume, creating an elevator pitch, how to properly dress for the fair and what not to do when hunting for a job. Ambassadors recommend that students use the drop-in resume review services before attending the career fair.

The week before the fair, Career Services ambassadors will hold Career Fair Prep Week with a multitude of workshops. To see the schedule, click here.

Need help preparing for a job specific to your major? Make an appointment to meet with your career coach.

Career coaches are full-time staff at Career Services who specialize in each major and can guide students in their path to a successful future. Career coaches keep close connections with employers in specific fields and provide students with biweekly emails regarding the latest job and internship openings in their fields of study. To schedule an appointment, click here.

Career coaches recommend following up with employers after meeting them at the career fair. Take advantage of all the resources offered by Career Services, and you might just walk away with an interview after the career fair.

STUDENT JOB FAIR
Tuesday, Feb. 2 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Union Ballroom

Looking for a job now or this summer? Students looking for volunteer experiences, seasonal employment and non-degree part-time or full-time positions can visit organizations looking to fill these types of positions at the student job fair.

For a list of employers, download the “Utah Career Fair” app in iTunes and the Google Play store.

When bright minds turn dark

*This article originally appeared in Continuum.
By Kelley J.P. Lindberg | Photos by Randy Collier |Published Winter 2015

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL HOSTS FACULTY/STAFF APPRECIATION

By Kyle Harris, University of Utah Athletics

Receive free admission and stay after the game so your kids can shoot a basket with the University of Utah women’s basketball team at the Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day game. The game is this Thursday, Feb. 4 at 6 p.m. against Colorado in the Jon M. Huntsman Center.

All University of Utah faculty and staff members will receive up to six free tickets to the Colorado game. Faculty and staff can learn how to claim their free tickets by clicking on “Faculty/Staff Discounts” under the “Tickets” tab at UtahTickets.com or they can enter for free by simply showing their UCard at the ticket office prior to entry.

It will also be the team’s annual Power of Pink game so fans can gain free admission by wearing pink.

Utah has been impressive this season under first-year Head Coach Lynne Roberts. The team has a record of 12-7 overall and has a 4-4 mark in Pac-12 Conference play. With the support of its fan base at home, the Utes are 9-2 in the Huntsman Center this season.

Be loud and proud as the Utah women’s basketball team looks to revitalize its home-court advantage. “It’s universal that you play a little bit better at home,” Roberts said. “You have your own fans at the game, sleep in your own bed, shooting on the rims that you shoot on every day. There are just a lot of those types of variables.”

Following the game Thursday night, kids can go down to the court, interact with the team, get autographs and shoot a basket.

There are only three more regular-season home games left so get involved in the excitement and come out and support the team and new coach Roberts.

Continue to follow our Utah Women’s Basketball team at UtahUtes.com. Keep up-to-date through Facebook, follow on Twitter and Instagram @UtahWBasketball.

To learn more about all Utah Athletic Events, visit UtahUtes.com or call 801-581-UTIX.

10 WAYS YOU CAN IMPROVE AIR QUALITY

By the University of Utah Sustainability Office

Where does our winter pollution come from? It comes from three major categories: 57 percent comes from mobile sources, including cars, planes, lawnmowers, etc.; 32 percent comes from area sources, such as homes and businesses; and 11 percent comes from point sources, including large industries and factories. You can learn more about the air quality and get real-time alerts from the Utah Department of Environmental Quality by visiting air.utah.gov.

We all have a direct impact on these sources. As a community, we can greatly affect air quality by collectively adjusting our behavior. The time to act is before the smog builds up and obscures the beautiful mountains. Here are the top 10 ways you can improve air quality.

  1. Air Quality 1Participate in Clean Air for U
    From Feb. 1-29, join the University of Utah’s Clean Air for U Challenge, a friendly competition to reduce emissions by cutting back on single-occupant-vehicle trips. Participants can enter bike trips, bus and TRAX rides, carpooling, etc. online to see how many non-single-occupancy vehicle trips you can make, as well as how many calories you burn and how much money and carbon dioxide you save. The teams that either log the most trips or log the most trips per capita will be honored, and the five top individuals will win a sit-down dinner with Senior Vice President Ruth Watkins and Chief Sustainability Officer Amy Wildermuth. There will also be drawings throughout the competition for prizes donated by GREENbike, Ski Utah, Enterprise Carshare, Liberty Heights Fresh, UTA and the Utah Department of Natural Resources. Sign up today.
  1. Air Quality 2Replace two-stroke engines
    Two-stroke engines, such as leaf blowers and hedge trimmers, can contribute significantly to air pollution. One experiment by Edmunds.com found that 30 minutes of leaf blowing packs the same emissions punch as driving a giant pickup truck from Texas to Alaska. The university’s landscape department is replacing its two-stroke engine equipment with battery-powered equipment and four-stroke engines that produce fewer emissions than two-stroke equipment. By replacing equipment, as well as using more hand tools, the landscape department is further reducing its impact on air pollution. Consider making these types of changes at home. Try using a push mower and let leaves compost in the yard. For more information, visit Sustainable Utah.
  1. Air Quality 3Wear a mask supported by SCIF
    Warren Beecroft, a student in the Environmental Studies program, is helping his community breathe cleaner during poor air quality days by making reusable air filtration masks more accessible. Starting in fall 2015, Beecroft worked to secure $11,900 from the Sustainable Campus Initiative Fund in order to purchase 1,000, custom-designed reusable filtration masks from Vogmask. Beecroft hopes these masks will encourage the community to continue using alternative forms of transportation when commuting to campus. These masks protect people from breathing toxic air and make a statement about the safety of Salt Lake’s air quality. Masks will be available to U students, faculty and staff committed to using active forms of transportation for just $5. A valid uNID is required. Stay tuned for more information.
  1. Be idle free
    Did you know that it only take about 30 seconds for your car’s engine to warm up? The S. Department of Energy notes that most manufacturers state that after the first 30 seconds, the best way to warm your car is to drive it. According to a 2009 study, 1.6 percent of all U.S. emissions are the result of idling. Next time you are warming your car by idling, remember that around 10.6 billion gallons of gasoline are wasted every year on idling, according to the study. Additionally, if you are stopped and not in traffic for longer than 10 seconds, turn off your car. For more information, check out this study, “Which Is Greener: Idle, or Stop and Restart? By reducing idling time, not only can you save money by not wasting gas, but you can also help improve air quality.
  1. Adjust your home-energy use
    According to the Utah Department of Environmental Quality Division of Air Quality, around 32 percent of our pollution comes from homes and businesses. Simply adjusting your thermostat can reduce this pollution, and it can also save money — up to 5-15 percent on your heating bill. This winter, set your home at 68 degrees F, and in the summer set it at 78 degrees F. By adjusting your thermostat, you can eliminate 2,000 pounds of carbon dioxide per year through the reduction of power use. After adjusting your thermostat, consider weatherproofing your home to avoid heat loss. You can save energy by upgrading your insulation, installing weather strips and sealing your windows. For more energy cutting, don’t forget to change the filters on your furnace regularly for the best efficiency. Check out this home heating infographic by the Department of Energy for more information. In addition, students at the University of Utah are eligible for free audits from the Sustainability Office’s Energy Ambassador.
  1. Air Quality 6Try Zimride for carpooling
    Share the ride or carpool when you are going to campus or driving to the mountains for some fun in the snow. Zimride, a service of Enterprise Rent-A-Car, is an online ride-matching service that connects drivers and passengers within a private University of Utah network who are heading to the same area. It is free for students, faculty and staff to join the network and begin searching for matches or posting rides of their own.
  1. Air Quality 7Use active transportation
    Do you bike, run, walk, skateboard or unicycle to campus? If so, you are among the 5-15 percent of the U community that gets to campus through active transportation, according to the university’s commuter survey (numbers vary depending on weather and time of year). These modes of transportation are great for your health, and they lessen the number of cars on the road, which reduces emissions and congestion. The university continues to build active transportation infrastructure by expanding bike routes and other facilities such as bike parking.
  1. Air Quality 8Power up through U Community Solar
    In addition to hosting a community drive electric program, the U also sponsors a community solar program, which offers community members a discount incentive for the purchase and installation of rooftop solar panels. In 2014, the University of Utah, in partnership with Utah Clean Energy, debuted U Community Solar, which was the first university-based community solar program in the country. This program succeeded in installing 1.8 megawatts, with 380 homeowners participating.  The university supports solar because solar energy saves money, is an independent energy source, is dependable and benefits the environment. You can participate in U Community Solar in February 2016. Stay tuned for more information.
  1. Stop burning wood in fireplaces
    According to Utah Clean Air Partnership, wood-burning fires create fine-particle pollution that leads to health hazards and contains compounds that can cause cancer. Pollution from one wood-burning stove can be the equivalent to the emissions from 90 SUVs. Additionally, up to 70 percent of that pollution can enter a neighbors’ home. Currently, burning wood fires is prohibited during red air quality days and mandatory action days (except for households that use fire as their sole source of heat), but we can make a difference by exceeding the current regulations. Before burning, think about our air quality and your neighbors. Instead of burning wood, consider switching to natural gas fires or try this virtual fireplace — all the fun without the smoke.
  1. Tell your friends and your legislators
    Actions matter; they matter even more if your efforts inspire others to take action. As you do your part to reduce emissions that cause poor air quality by walking to the grocery store, riding TRAX to campus, and carpooling with people for a mountain adventure, remember to invite your friends to do the same. People can feel uncertain about how to make a difference, so by sharing your knowledge and behavior with them you can reduce their anxiety about making a change. Individual actions, collectively, can make a big impact. Be sure to let your legislators know how you feel about the state’s air quality policies. Visit the Utah State Legislature website and click on “map it” for senate and house information.

Are you working on a project to improve air quality on campus and in our community? Email us now.

50 years of the constitution

He calls the U.S. Supreme Court a failure and “an emperor that truly has no clothes.”

The best advice he received from mentors that he passes along to law students today?  “Don’t make any dumb-ass arguments.”

Erwin Chemerinsky doesn’t mind speaking his mind — whether it’s calling out decisions made by the nation’s high court in his book “The Case Against the Supreme Court” or by blunting telling students and the public his take on challenges in the legal system today.

While some are taken aback by Chemerinsky’s unapologetic liberal arguments, no one can dispute that people listen when he speaks: He’s been named as “The Most Influential Person in Legal Education” by National Jurist magazine and regularly pens op-eds published by some of the nation’s most trafficked news sites.

This week, he’ll visit the U on Feb. 4 as the keynote speaker for the 50th Annual Leary Lecture, an event at the S.J. Quinney College of Law that began in 1965. The lecture is named in honor of William H. Leary, dean of the law school from 1915 to 1950.  Hundreds from Utah’s legal community and the general public are expected to attend Chemerinsky’s lecture, “50 Years of Constitutional Law: What’s Changed?” which starts with a 5:30 p.m. reception, followed by 6 p.m. lecture on the sixth floor of the law school, 383 South University Street. (The event is free and open to the public, but registration is requested).

Chemerinsky, Dean and Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of California, Irvine School of Law, is one of the nation’s top experts in constitutional law, federal practice, civil rights and civil liberties and appellate litigation. He is the author of seven books, including the casebook “Constitutional Law,” which is one of the most widely read law textbooks in the country. Chemerinsky has also written nearly 200 law review articles in journals such as the Harvard Law Review, Michigan Law Review, Northwestern Law Review, University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Stanford Law Review and Yale Law Journal. He frequently argues appellate cases, including matters before the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeal, and regularly serves as a commentator on legal issues for national and local media.

“For decades, Dean Chemerinsky has been one of the pre-eminent experts in U.S. constitutional law and the U.S. Supreme Court, always insightful and sometimes provocative,” said Bob Adler, dean of the S.J. Quinney College of Law. “As the nation continues to debate the meaning of our late 18th century constitution for a 21st century United States, we are delighted to have him join us to provide a retrospective on the past 50 years of constitutional law for the 50th Annual William H. Leary Lecture at the College of Law.”

Chemerinsky recently spoke to @TheU about his upcoming lecture, life and the law.

Q: Your talk at the University of Utah for the S.J. Quinney of Law’s annual William H. Leary Lecture is titled “50 Years of Constitutional Law: What’s Changed?”  There’s a lot of ground to cover over 50 years, but what are some of the key elements that you’ll be discussing?

A: I was tempted to do a year a minute, but decided that was not a good idea. Instead, I want to focus on some major changes in constitutional law over the last 50 years: the debate over unenumerated rights, triggered in part by Roe v. Wade; the rise of concern over structural limits on government, federalism and separation of powers; restrictions on access to the courts; the far greater commitment to freedom of speech; the rise of concern for equality, but the abandonment of the quest for racial equality, especially as to the schools.

Q: Your book, “The Case Against the Supreme Court,” asserts that the U.S. Supreme Court has for too long been treated as “high priests of the law” and “the smartest and best lawyers in society.”  Why do you feel this way? What are your criticisms of the high court? Have the court’s decisions over the last 50 years contributed to your opinion? And which decisions in particular do you believe have caused the public to view the court as “high priests of the law?”

A: The thesis of my book is that the Supreme Court often has failed, often at the most important tasks and most important times. I think that includes many decisions of the last 50 years, especially with regard to race, access to the courts and protecting people from violations of their rights by businesses.

Q:  What reforms would you like to see take place in the court system — and do any of the reforms you’d like to see currently have any momentum in moving forward?

A: Most generally, I would like to see reforms to open access to the courts:  Increasing the ability to sue government and government officers, increasing who has standing to sue, expanding the availability of habeas corpus, lessening pleading requirements. These are the focus of a new book I have coming out next fall. As for the Supreme Court, I favor term limits for justices, merit selection, a more meaningful confirmation process, greater openness including live broadcast of proceedings, greater ethical standards for justices.

Q:  The court seems to be divided on political lines. Do you think that apparent division is appropriate, or should the court be able to rise about political positions?

A:  The value and ideology of the justices always has and always will influence and often determine decisions.  The Constitution is written in broad language: What is due process? What is cruel and unusual punishment? Also, balancing is inevitable. What is a compelling interest? What is reasonable? That requires value choices. The ideological divide is especially evident now because of the partisan divide in society and also the close split on the current court.

Q:  There has been a lot of discussion about original construction versus a living constitution. How do you harmonize, if at all, those two divergent schools of thought?

A: Originalism and non-orignalism cannot be harmonized. Originalism says that the meaning of a constitutional provision is fixed when it is adopted and can be changed only by amendment.  Non-originalism sees the Constitution’s meaning as evolving by interpretation as well as amendment. Thankfully, the court always has been non-originalist. It would be undesirable and even absurd to be limited to what people thought in 1787.

Q: You are dean of the law school at the University of California at Irvine and spend time during the year traveling to other law schools around the country, including the University of Utah.  What do you think law schools do well and what areas do you think need improvement? 

A: I think law schools historically do an excellent job of teaching analytical skills and a not very good job of teaching the practical skills that lawyers need: How to interview clients, how to counsel clients, how to negotiate, how to take depositions, how to argue in court.  I strongly believe in clinical education. In fact, at UCI Law School we require that every student participate in an in-house clinic taught by a full-time faculty member.

Q: You’ve been an educator for more than 30 years.  When law students ask you what are the most important skills and traits they need to be successful lawyers, what do you tell them?

A: To find a job that they love. No one can succeed as a lawyer (or anything else) without working very hard. That is only possible if one loves one’s work. I also hope that they will be ethical, compassionate and kind.

Q: What’s the best advice you ever received from any of your own mentors?

A: “Don’t make any dumb-ass arguments.” I was a college debater. At my first college debate tournament, to the shock of everyone, my partner and I made the elimination rounds. Before the round, we went up to our coach — a man I enormously admire (then and now) and asked for his advice. He looked at us and in his Texas drawl gave that advice.  I have passed it on to my students over the years.

LIFE ABROAD

By Hannah Eisenberg, peer advisor, University of Utah Learning Abroad

Learning Abroad FairMy flight from Morocco returned to Salt Lake City in August 2014.  My heart, however, decided to stay there.  My program was for six weeks in Meknes, but nearly two years later, I still reflect on my time there and how much those six weeks impacted my life. 

There is no better way to learn than to leave wherever you are.  In Morocco, I learned geography by a camel ride across the Sahara.  I practiced French in taxi cabs and cafes. Field trips to medinas and monuments brought history to modernity and political theory applied to real places. Knowledge was tempered by understanding, textbooks were replaced by experience. 

On the last day of one of my classes, my professor said, “I am so happy that you all decided to come here and engage in this human experience.” If anything, this was truly the best way to sum up what my program was for me.  I went to Morocco to study the society, but along the way I learnt so much more about myself.  I learnt that my place in the world is as big as I wanted it to be as long as I had the courage to adventure, the patience to try, and the will to keep my heart open to others. 

-Hannah Eisenberg, peer advisor, Learning Abroad
English and International Studies major, French minor

The benefits of studying abroad are as varied as the students who participate in Learning Abroad programs. With over 700 programs in over 50 countries worldwide, there are opportunities for all students to find a program that best fits them.  Learning abroad programs give students the opportunity to experience new cultures, and engage with the world around them through hands-on research experiences, foreign language immersion programs and community engagement projects. And with over $200,000 in scholarships offered annually, participating in program can be just as cost efficient as attending the U.

To learn more about these opportunities, students can attend the Learning Abroad Fair. On Feb.9 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., students can stop by the Union Ballroom to get more information about program options, discover opportunities for returned students, check out the photo contest and enter to win a drawing for a backpack and a scholarship.

Announcements

IVORY PRIZE: CALL FOR NOMINATIONS


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Former chair of the University of Utah Board of Trustees Clark Ivory established the U’s most prestigious student award, the Ivory Prize for Excellence in Student Leadership, in 2014. Nominations are now being accepted for the 2016 award.

In an effort to enhance the undergraduate experience and encourage student involvement and leadership, the prize recognizes one to two students for demonstrating a positive influence on student success and/or fostering efforts that have enabled meaningful change. It includes a $2,000 prize for the students along with a $10,000 donation to their cause.

Nominations are due by Feb. 26 and should include a completed nomination form, a nomination letter up to two pages in length and up to two letters of support. Awardees can be currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate students or those who have graduated within the past five years.


REMINDER: DON’T GET SPAMMED!

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Recently, a number of U email accounts were targeted in a spam attempt that falsely claimed classes would be canceled on a specific day. This email was confirmed to be fraudulent, and since spam and phishing attacks are on the rise, we’d like to refresh your memory on ways to spot them:
  • The “From” address is a non-U email address (e.g. Yahoo or Gmail)
  • The text has multiple grammar, punctuation, and/or spelling errors
  • The email references fabricated university departments
  • The email is signed with a name or title that doesn’t match data in the online Campus Directory

For more information on spam, phishing and ways to identify and avoid these attacks, visit this page.

If you suspect you’ve received spam, forward the email as an attachment to spam@utah.edu.


ALTA SUSTAINABILITY LEADERSHIP AWARDS – NOMINATIONS DUE BY FEB. 8, 2016



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The University of Utah is partnering with Alta Ski Area to recognize students, faculty and staff with the second Alta Sustainability Leadership Awards. The awards recognize four members of the university community who demonstrate leadership in sustainability education, research or campus/community initiatives.

Application deadline is Feb. 8, 2016

The awards will be presented on March 3, 2016. Each recipient also receives a $2,500 cash prize. For more information on applying, click here.


VOLUNTEER INCOME TAX ASSISTANCE


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Are you ready for tax season? Don’t worry; the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance at the University of Utah will help you out.

There will be a walk in clinic from Feb. 8-April 15, 2016 (closed for spring break). Come by the Union basement computer lab if you are a U.S. resident.

Don’t stress about taxes VITA is here to help. For more info go to utahbap.com/vita.html.

Hours:
Monday: 12:30-4:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 12:30-4:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 4-8 p.m.
Thursday: 2-6 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.


CENTER ON AGING PILOT GRANT PROPOSAL

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The Center on Aging is pleased to announce the call for proposals for its 2016 pilot grant program. The application deadline is March 18, 2016.

The goals of the program are to promote the development of externally funded aging research, encourage new investigator development, attract established investigators to aging research, and stimulate interdisciplinary research collaborations.

The center seeks high quality applications representing the full spectrum of its disciplinary backgrounds. Applications will be reviewed in two tracks: those related to biological and health sciences and to behavioral science, social science and policy.

Additional information is available at aging.utah.edu/grants/pilot/index.php.

Please direct questions to aging@hsc.utah.edu.


NOMINATE AN OUTSTANDING ACADEMIC ADVISOR


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Do you know an academic advisor who has made a positive impact on the lives of their students? Nominations are now being accepted from students, staff and faculty for the 2016 University Academic Advising Committee’s Outstanding Advisor Awards. The deadline to nominate is Feb. 5, 2016.

The awards recognize U academic advisors who have demonstrated qualities associated with outstanding advising of students such as:

  • Approaches advising as teaching
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Available to advisees
  • Reaches out and supports underserved populations
  • Makes appropriate referrals
  • Uses and disseminates appropriate information sources
  • Caring, helpful attitude toward advisees, faculty and staff
  • Works with students outside of office in formal university-related activities
  • Monitors advisee progress toward academic and career goals
  • Mastery of institutional regulations, policies and procedures
  • Participates in and supports advisor development programs
  • Proactive; builds relationships with advisees and follows up
  • Practices developmental advising

It only takes a few moment. Complete the nomination process by clicking here.

Additional questions can be addressed to Bobbi Davis (Bobbi.Davis@utah.edu) or Shawn Adrian (Shawn.Adrian@utah.edu).

Consider recognizing an outstanding advisor at the U by submitting a nomination today.


UNIVERSITY TEACHING GRANTS APPLICATION NEXT DEADLINE IS MARCH 11 

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Awards are made to faculty to undertake projects that will enhance their teaching or the curriculum in which they teach. Tenure-line and Career-line faculty are eligible to propose individual and group grants. Preference will be given to applicants whose primary professional affiliation is as faculty at the University of Utah.

Awards are made for amounts up to $3,500 for individuals and $7,000 for groups for items such as equipment, supplies or travel where appropriate (see website for detailed instructions).

The deadline for applications is now March 11.

 

Highlighted Events

GECKOS LIVE
Monday, Feb. 1-Sunday, May 1, 2016
Natural History Museum of Utah


Geckos Live
 
Bulging eyes, sticky toepads, incredible night vision and disposable body parts — welcome to a gecko’s world!
Geckos are incredibly adaptable and have conquered habitats from balmy tropical beaches and lush rainforests to frigid mountain slopes and parched deserts. More than 1,200 species range from shadowy, nighttime hunters with bulging eyes and squawking voices to bold, nectar eaters that scamper around in daylight, adorned in neon colors.

Come meet live geckos from around the world that re-create their natural environments in astonishing detail. Then explore interactives that allow you to experience gecko night vision, listen to gecko voices, try to spot camouflaged geckos and build a custom gecko for various environments.

Purchase tickets here.


FACULTY CHAMBER CONCERT
Monday, Feb. 1, 2016 | 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Libby Gardner Concert Hall


Faculty Chamber Concert
 
Ning Lu, piano; Jie Deng Lu, piano; Kelly Clark Parkinson, violin; and Ellen Bridger, cello

Start off your Chinese New Year celebration with the award-winning young musical prodigy, Chinese accordionist Tian Jianan. Winner of multiple international competitions, she will perform an impressive program, including the 2013 Coupe Mondiale best original solo work winner composed specifically for her, Beijing 2012. This free performance will reveal the accordion’s complexity and grace, moving it beyond the traditions of the polka hall.

Click here to purchase tickets.


GUEST ARTIST MASTER CLASS: JULIAN GARGIULO, PIANO
Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016 | 10:45 a.m.-1 p.m.
Duke Recital Hall 

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Julian Gargiulo is an internationally recognized pianist, composer and recording artist. He performs regularly throughout the world in halls such as New York’s Carnegie Hall, Moscow’s Conservatory Hall and Sydney’s Seymour Centre. Gargiulo’s performances bring together a mix of classical masterpieces and his own compositions, largely influenced by American jazz and Argentinian tango music. Gargiulo offers up the rigorous skills of his Russian conservatory training in an informal and humorous atmosphere, drawing audiences of all ages into his performance.

Co-sponsored by the Mundi Project mundiproject.org and the university piano area. All proceeds will benefit the Mundi Project Piano Bank and the University Piano Outreach Program.

Contact the School of Music at 801-581-6762 or events@music.utah.edu


ON GIVING COUNSEL
Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016 | 12 p.m.
Hinckley Caucus Room 255, Orson Spencer Hall building


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Join the College of Social and Behavioral Science and the Hinckley Institute of Politics on Wednesday as a political science alum and one of the Utah’s top lawyers James Jardine shares his perspective on what he’s learned about giving effective and helpful counsel as well as advising university presidents.


FREE FILM SERIES PRESENTS SELMA
Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016 | 7-9 p.m.
Fort Douglas Theatre (FD 636) 

Free Film Series Selma

 
Contact James Kirklow at 801-581-2788 or  jkirklow@asuu.utah.edu


UNDERESTIMATED: OUR NOT SO PEACEFUL NUCLEAR FUTURE
Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016 | 12-1 p.m.
Orson Spencer Hall, Hinckley Institute of Politics, Caucus Room

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Join the Hinckley Institute of Politics, the Tanner Human Rights Center and the Asia Center in welcoming Join Henry Sokolski, executive director of the Nonproliferation Policy Education Center. 


UTAH BALLET 
Thursday, Feb. 4 | 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Marriott Center for Dance – Alice Sheets (MCD), Hayes Christensen Theatre  

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Cost: Arts Pass event: FREE to U students with UCard; $8 U faculty, staff, children and seniors; $12 adult.
Get tickets at tickets.utah.edu

Contact Department of Ballet at 801-581-8231 or info@ballet.utah.edu.

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TIMBER! CIRQUE ALFONSE
Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016 | 7:30 p.m.
Kingsbury Hall – Joseph T. (KH) 

London, UK. 11.07.2013. Southbank Centre presents TIMBER! by Cirque Alfonse. Three generations of Quebecois circus family premiere their UK debut show. Picture shows: Jonathan Casaubon, Matias Salmenaho and Antoine Carabinier-Lepine. Photograph © Jane Hobson.

London, UK. Nov. 7, 2013. Southbank Centre presents TIMBER! by Cirque Alfonse. Three generations of Quebecois circus family premiere their UK debut show. Picture shows: Jonathan Casaubon, Matias Salmenaho and Antoine Carabinier-Lepine. Photograph © Jane Hobson.

 
Taking inspiration from the woods surrounding their own real-life family farm, Cirque Alfonse’s talented tumblers and musicians create a crazily unique acrobatic experience set in the world of loggers and traditional Canadian farm life. There are balancing acts on tree stumps, banjo sounds and men with bushy beards performing synchronized axe juggling – with real axes.

If you enjoy daring feats of strength and skill, but are ready for a new cast of acrobats whose sense of fun and humor is as abundant as their beards, then this is show you won’t want to miss.

For tickets click here (available by phone or in person).

$39, $29, $19
U students: $5 with UCard
Non-U students: $10 with school ID
Youth 18 and under: $10
U staff/faculty save 10 percent with UCard
Family pack: four tickets for $65

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FACULTY CLUB VALENTINE’S SOCIAL
Friday, Feb. 5 | 5-8 p.m.
Marriott University Park Hotel in Research Park, 480 Wakara Way


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All faculty are invited to join the Faculty Club and come to the Faculty Club Valentine’s Social. Bring a friend and enjoy an Italian buffet, toasted crantinis and good conversation. The event is free for members. Membership applications available at the door.

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, free basketball and volleyball tickets with pregame pizza parties, the family holiday party, access to the Faculty Club cabin and more. Visit facultyclub.utah.edu for more information.


“INTEGRATING RENEWABLE ENERGY IN THE WESTERN UNITED STATES”
Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016 | 4-5 p.m. | FREE
Aline Skaggs Biology Building, Room 210

3d eco green energy background

 
The creation of the Energy Imbalance Market in the Western United States is changing how the electric grid operates in fundamentally important ways and allowing for better integration of low-carbon renewable energy. Policymakers, planners, and grid operators are working to integrate variable renewable resources while maintaining system reliability and affordability.

Dr. Elizabeth J. Wilson joins us to discuss how these actors may innovate organizationally to improve renewable resource integration and system efficiencies. She is a professor of energy and environmental policy and Law at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. Her research examines policies and institutions supporting energy system transitions. Wilson holds a doctorate in engineering and public policy from Carnegie Mellon University and was selected as a Leopold Leadership Fellow in 2011 and an Andrew Carnegie Fellow in 2015.  


ASUU FREE FILM SERIES PRESENTS: “POINT B”
Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016 | 7-8 p.m.
Fort Douglas Theatre (FD 636) 

Point B the Movie

 
This film was directed by Department of Film & Media Arts alumni Conor Long.

Four friends and graduate students discover their clean energy machine actually works as a crude, rudimentary teleportation device. Through experimentation, adjustments and some misuse of the device, it is quickly discovered that the machine holds many consequences.

Contact ASUU at 801-581-2788 or at eandersen@asuu.utah.edu.

pointbthemovie.com


‘MIST OF THE EARTH’: AN EXHIBITION
Jan. 8-March 17

Marriott Library


Mist of the Earth

Denise Milan’s “Mist of the Earth” presents an exhibition of photo-works that brings together memory and history and invites viewers on a journey of imagination and reflection about the environment challenges of development.