By Kamryn Broschinsky, communications assistant, University of Utah Health 

What could be better than a beautiful day up at Red Butte Garden learning about science? At Earth Connection Camp, interns from the University of Utah’s Native American Research Internship (NARI) — a summer-long science immersion and outreach program for undergraduates from across the country — joined researchers and tribal elders in encouraging Native American youth to get excited about science. The camp leaders gave hands-on demonstrations in topics ranging from ethnobotany to medical sciences in hopes of building a lasting interest in STEM.

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Daryan Singer, NARI intern, described to the kids just how much damage smoking cigarettes can do to the bodies vital organs.

Daryan Singer, a junior studying psychology at the University of Arizona and current NARI intern, described to the kids just how much damage smoking cigarettes can do to the bodies vital organs, especially ones like their own still-developing lungs. Kids cringed as they caught a whiff of the carcinogen-soaked cotton balls. Most children know that smoking is bad, but Singer’s break down of the science behind the scenes left the groups of elementary students pledging to stay tobacco-free.

But in the shadow of shiny science exists a pattern of exclusion toward minority populations in advanced STEM careers. Comprising only 0.6 percent of the total STEM workforce, American Indians and Alaskan Natives are the most underrepresented of any minority groups in the United States. Growing in size and influence, a movement to encourage involvement in these areas is underway.

Currently, in its eighth year, the NARI program has seen 109 scholars, 81 of whom graduated with a bachelor’s degree, with 19 accepted into graduate programs and 18 accepted into medical school. The program, which has represented 41 tribal nations since 2010, boasts a 100 percent completion rate.

The resounding theme of Earth Connection camp, which was to bring together the two worlds of western science and traditional cultural wisdom for American Indian youth, is echoed in the core concept of the NARI program which provides Native American undergraduate students who are interested in science, guidance and experience with careers in STEM fields.

“The traditional teachings and modern teachings mesh well,” Singer said. “They all intertwine; they don’t contradict each other.”

Singer, who is a member of the Navajo nation, experienced firsthand these complementary aspects early on as she learned about the world around her from two fronts. In her family, she found different, but equally important perspectives as she pursued her education. Her mother, who set an example for her as far as pursuing education, and her grandfather, who is a medicine man, helped Singer cultivate a deep and abiding appreciation for clinical care grounded in cultural understanding.

“A lot of us talk amongst ourselves about how there [are] not a lot of minority groups that we see around the hospital, clinics or laboratory setting,” Singer said. “So, I think it’s a great opportunity because it sets the road for the kids back home.”

Native Americans are particularly underrepresented in medicine. When a health care provider is needed, they have to be called into a reservation. These physicians are usually non-native and run the risk of being less culturally sensitive to their patients’ needs. Singer believes that due to the shortage of Native American physicians and psychologists, there may be initial hesitation and reluctance to seek out medical help when it is needed.

Singer has found her focus on minority health and health disparities, and she plans to work in mental health outreach, research and prevention geared toward Native American and Alaskan native youth.

Programs like NARI help minority students pursue higher education and careers in advanced fields. They also show Native American youth that these doors not only exist but are open to them as well.

“It’s time for a new generation to come into the clinical health field, back on the reservation,” Singer said.


“I started dancing so young I don’t ever remember a time when I wasn’t a dancer and wasn’t going to dance classes. I believe my mom put me in ballet classes because my older sister wanted to start dancing and because I never stopped moving and singing around the house. I was so shy as a kid and often felt very out of place, but for some reason I felt very comfortable in dance classes. I loved the structure, I loved the comradery and I loved the sense of achievement after accomplishing something I had to push myself to work for. I also developed a love for performing that seems at odds with my more introverted nature, but was very empowering.

Dance has been a constant for so long that has shaped much of who I am. My life is marked and remembered by dances I was in or teachers I had over the years. So many of my milestones were met in the studio or on stage that I can’t even imagine who I would be without dance.

My training as a dancer influences how I move throughout the world, how I understand my body and how I interact with others. It affects how I think, how I process things and how I choose to engage with the world. I can’t hear music without thinking about movement and I don’t feel like myself if I go long periods of time without engaging with some sort of movement practice.

One of my most rewarding experiences was the creation of my first full-length piece. I worked with two amazing collaborators and I had the ridiculous, but exciting idea that we were going to learn magic tricks. We assumed the roles of magicians. I sewed and hand painted yards of fabric for scarf tricks, learned a few card flourishes and tried to pick up some sleight of hand tricks with coins. My thought was that if we tried and believed, we might really be able to create magic.

My peers in the Salt Lake Dance community and beyond have had a huge impact on me. The people I get to work with and take class with are the ones who push me to put my work out there. They know how difficult and heart breaking it can be, but also understand how necessary dancing is. I have had so many setbacks and disappointments that without my friends and community reassuring me that my work is worth being seen, I’m not sure I would have the grit to keep going as an artist.”

Samantha Matsukawa, Class of 2014, modern dance, marketing and communications coordinator, College of Fine Arts, University of Utah

“Words can’t really describe how it feels [to speedskate]. It’s one of those things you have to experience for yourself to know exactly the feeling that we’re having as we’re going through the turns – all the forces that are acting on the body at the same time. The closest thing I’ve found in my life is riding a motorcycle.

People look at a Michael Phelps or Lindsey Vonn and they see all the endorsements. The reality is a lot of us are amateurs. If you’re in the top three in the world consistently you’re making a good living, but it’s a pretty big fall off after that. The struggles of making money and setting yourself up for life after being an athlete are tough sometimes especially as you’re climbing the ranks.

Coffee Lab kind of fell in my lap. I wasn’t a coffee drinker. La Barba Coffee had a shop where we are now [in the Skaggs Pharmacy Research Building atrium] and Simon Zivny was working there. When they were moving shop the dean’s office, right next door, told Simon he should open up his own spot. My teammate at the time, Sugar Todd, was dating Simon. I heard her talking about it one day at practice and I asked if he needed some financial backing. I made the correlation between his passion for coffee and my passion for sport. We sat down and had a couple meetings and then Coffee Lab was born. And now I don’t like to race without drinking coffee. He introduced me to the world of good third-wave coffee and focusing on quality over knocking out drinks. We have a good partnership going where I keep him honest on business things and he keeps me honest on coffee things. We’ve been open a little over two years. We look forward to seeing where it goes.”

Joey Mantia, U.S. Olympic Speedskating Team, competed in 2014 and 2018 Winter Olymipcs, co-owner, Coffee Lab

“When I was 17, I left Venezuela due to the political turmoil there. My formative years in a developing country shaped my character and my interest in public service. I moved to the U.S. and worked for several years to save enough money so that I could afford college.

Like other college students without financial support, I worked three jobs while attending the University of Florida. Science and health had always been a passion of mine so I majored in biology and then pursued a master’s in public health. It was during my MPH externship on the island of Saba that I felt the calling to come to law school.

While there, it was visible that the lack of regulatory protections was preventing the Public Health Department from implementing the necessary public health measures. I understood how important it was to have a useful health policy framework and realized I needed to get a legal education. I chose S.J. Quinney because I knew I wanted a law school with a smaller class size and I had been interested in moving out West.

After graduating in 2019, I will keep pursing my goal of improving the lives of others by contributing to health policy reforms. My ideal job would be working for Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control, Pan American Health Organization, or for non-governmental agencies such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. All these agencies are working to improve the health of the population and have the clout and resources to affect meaningful change.”

Carlos Quijada, a third-year law student at the S.J. Quinney College of Law, is serving a summer internship with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Atlanta.

“Had I asked myself in high school if I’d end up working with birds for so long — and working towards a Ph.D. for it — I never saw that coming.

It started when I was seven and my mom worked at the Tracy Aviary doing ticket sales and brought my sister and me. We’d run around there all day. We knew where all the duck nests were, and we’d help clean out the emu and turkey vulture enclosures. Eventually, my mom got into bird rehab. Within a couple of years, our house turned into a full-on bird house — in the summers, we’d have anywhere from 20 up a few hundred injured or orphaned birds.

That’s when I started raising pigeons. I’m not sure originally why I was so drawn to them, maybe it was their cute squeaks or their yellow baby down, but that was always my favorite bird. I raised my first pigeon in third grade, and I liked the responsibility of taking care of them. Raising my pet birds and watching the wild ones that were in rehab was really important for me.

I’m a first-generation college student, and college was never really talked about in my family. But in high school, I was lucky to have an awesome biotech teacher who helped me get internships in labs at the U. When I applied here, I wanted to get back into a lab right away. I was introduced to Mike Shapiro and joined his lab, and the first thing I did was catalogue the hundreds of different breeds and their traits. The diversity was striking — there are pigeon breeds with head crests, feathered feet, even different flying behaviors! I’d grown up going to dog shows, cat shows and horse races. But I’d never been to a pigeon show. Most people don’t know how diverse pigeons really are. Now, I get to research the genetic basis for the incredible variation in this species and hope that what we learn can inform us about the molecular basis of similar traits in other species.”

Anna Vickrey, research assistant and doctoral candidate, Department of Biology, Pigeon Genetics Lab

“Nick was about 1 ½ years old when we started noticing something wasn’t right. He wasn’t talking much, and he didn’t understand what was going on around him. But it was more than that. We took him in for testing, and it took about a year before we got a diagnosis that he was on the spectrum.

You have all these hopes and dreams when you have kids, and when he was diagnosed, it was like all those hopes and dreams were gone. And then, I started to realize that those were my hopes and dreams — not his — and that was pretty selfish. I realized he needed to have his own, and I needed to support him.

I think one day I realized that Nick doesn’t really need me. I need him. He’s been better for me than I’ve ever been for him. I helped him learn how to talk and helped him do the things he needed to do to live in our world. But he taught me things that are more important — like kindness, patience and not judging other people. He just came that way. I had to learn it from him.

People with autism have this wall they struggle to get past. Part is built by their difficulty in navigating social situations and the other part is built by neurotypical people who won’t let them break through the wall. They want to keep them on the other side. The problem is — we’re missing out. These are people that could change the world.”

Tammy Mabey, class of 2018 and director of operations for the U Academic Advising Center
Click here to watch a mini documentary Tammy made about Nick’s journey.

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By Liz Ivkovich, communications and relationship manager, University of Utah Sustainability Office

Graduate students in the “Global Changes and Society” course knew they were signing up for an interdisciplinary project, but they never imagined that project would be a museum.

“I was skeptical at first but when it all came together, it was – wow!” said Karren Fultz, a graduate student in the Master of Public Adminstration program. “The experience of working on a collaborative project, which resulted in an exhibition that is now traveling the world was so much more than just another class. It challenged me to think outside the box, more deeply explore my own relationship with water, and allowed me the opportunity to connect on a personal level with my peers.”

After selecting water as a focus for the course, the students used science, the arts and humanities, politics and public health to consider their personal histories of water. With disciplinary perspectives ranging from civil engineering to communication, the 16 students in the course were often challenged by each other’s experiences.

These conversations were corporealized in a portable museum of water made up of postcards and interactive installations. The museum was installed at a symposium on education for water resilient cities hosted by TU Delft’s Department of Urbanism in May 2018. Building on the symposium’s theme, the museum demonstrated how when individuals understand their relationships with water in a highly personal way, opportunities to create resilient cities of the future are enhanced.

The course – Global Changes and Society – is offered each spring by the Global Change & Sustainability Center, and this section was taught by Stephen Goldsmith, faculty in City and Metropolitan Planning.

Watershed Stories is a series exploring water work across the University of Utah campus. The stories are curated by the U Water Center, the Sustainability Office and the Global Change & Sustainability Center.


Only if you’d walked on volcanic rock less than a month old, still steaming, would you know that the leftover heat keeps the rocks warm with heat escaping through the numerous cracks, even in a Hawaiian downpour. Only if you’d lived through an earthquake a day, unleashed by the collapse of the now partially empty magma chamber of the Kilauea volcano, would you know just what magnitude of quake it takes to almost knock you off your feet.

Fan-Chi Lin, Jamie Farrell and Matthew Miller know. They’ve recently returned from Hawaii, where they placed an array of seismometers around the volcano. These scientists acted quickly, aided by a special rapid-response grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), to take advantage of an extraordinary opportunity to understand a volcano like never before.


Farrell (left) and Lin (right) place a seismometer (white disk, partially buried).

“The scientific target is trying to see whether we can detect how the magma moves from the summit all the way to the lower rift zone,” Lin says. “There’s a big uncertainty there. One component of our study is whether we can finally reveal what the subsurface magma channel looks like.”

Typically, you’re much more likely to find Lin and Farrell, of the U’s geology and geophysics department and seismograph stations, studying a different volcano: the caldera beneath Yellowstone National Park. Seismologists can see into the subsurface of the earth by watching how seismic waves move through the earth. Seismometers had previously been expensive to build, bulky and often time-consuming to deploy, limiting what seismologists could see.

But now, with technology recently made available to scientists, U. seismologists can rapidly deploy small, portable mini-seismometers, smaller than a football, wherever they want. Need to get an overview of seismicity around Yellowstone’s Upper Geyser Basin? Spread out a wide array. Need to focus in on the arteries that feed Old Faithful? Pack the sensors in closer. Need to get a high-resolution picture over a large area? Put the sensors out in a tight grid, wait for a day or two, and then move the entire grid.

The portable seismometers, managed by the University of Utah Seismograph Stations, have allowed them to do all that, and to understand Yellowstone’s most famous feature as never before.

Now to Kilauea.

On May 3, 2018, the first of two dozen fissures in Kilauea’s East rift zone opened, spewing lava and hot toxic gases. The fissures are cracks in the ground that drain the volcano’s magma chamber. It’s not the classic volcanic eruption of lava blasting only from the summit. Instead, the lava lake at the summit has drained and the summit is sinking as the magma chamber empties. Today, around 600 homes have been destroyed and the lava, hardened into the black igneous basalt rock, covers nearly 10 square miles.

As the reports of Kilauea’s eruption began, both Farrell and Lin, independently of each other, thought of what their portable seismometers could learn from such an eruption. Just like in Yellowstone, seismic observation of Kilauea had previously been limited to sparsely distributed seismometers. So many questions, such as the structure of the channels that move lava to the East rift zone, had been unanswered.


Seismometer (white) in the foreground.

“You need high resolution, very dense station coverage to be able to see tiny, small seismic signals that relate to magma propagation,” Lin says. “Right now we know for sure there’s magma flow down there.”

The two seismologists, in parallel, reached out to the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) to explore the possibility of coming out to collect data. They soon joined efforts and applied for funding under the NSF’s RAPID program. Typically, NSF reviews of research proposals can take months. But, recognizing that sometimes nature moves faster than that, NSF established RAPID to help scientists take advantage of time-sensitive research opportunities.

With funding from NSF and support from the U.S. Geological Survey, Lin and Farrell left for Hawaii, along with undergraduate Miller. Lin arrived first, after attending a pre-scheduled conference at Honolulu. “The first day I arrived, I would look out to the sky and it was all bright red,” he says, referring to the incandescent red lava. “It’s surreal – it looked like a sunset, but it was not a sunset.”

Farrell was also struck by the starkly changed landscape. “You’re driving down the road and turn a corner and all of a sudden, there’s a lava flow,” he says. “You can go from pretty normal-looking to almost Armageddon pretty fast.” Cracks in the ground vented heat and toxic sulfur dioxide. “You can hear the lava fountain that’s producing the river,” Farrell says.” It’s like a roar.” The lava river itself moved surprisingly fast, he says. “You may be able to outrun it for a short distance – but not for very long.”

Over four days, the team placed 82 seismometers. Under the supervision of HVO scientists and in conjunction with Hawaii Civil Defense, they donned gas masks and hard hats to work safely around the lava flows. The sensors will continuously monitor ground shaking at locations from the summit of Kilauea down to the East rift zone. “We have to keep an eye on them because there’s a couple that are pretty close to the lava flow,” Farrell says. “HVO has crews on the ground that can pull them out if they’re in danger.”

And there’s plenty of seismic activity for them to record. While Farrell and Miller were placing sensors at the summit, a magnitude 5.3 earthquake shook the ground from practically directly beneath them. The sensors that now ring the summit will be able to locate where those earthquakes originate and help volcanologists understand what happens to a volcanic crater as the magma chamber empties.

The researchers will return to Hawaii in mid-July to retrieve the sensors and then will share the data with the scientific community. And, depending on the volcano’s activity, they may set the sensors out for a second deployment.

“We got our sensors up pretty darn close,” Farrell says, “They’re in danger of being covered by lava if it breaks out or changes paths or if a new fissure opens up. But you get really good data if you can get that close. That’s a risk we were willing to take.”


By Stephen Speckman | Photos by Stephen Speckman
*This article originally appeared in the Spring 2018 edition of Continuum 

Sierra Jensen calls joining a club sport at the University of Utah the best decision of her college career. “And I would even go so far as to say in my young adult life,” adds Jensen, 21. The senior, majoring in civil engineering, plays Ultimate Frisbee, one of 24 clubs currently active at the U.Best friends. Better grades. Bonding. The thrill of elevated competition. Road trips. Lasting memories. Growth experiences. And great views, at least for outdoor sports at the U. They’re all part of the club sport experience that student-athletes say draws them to compete at the club level versus taking part in intramural sports, pick-up games, or even NCAA-sanctioned play.

“Club sports represent a critical opportunity for students to stay engaged, to stay healthy, to develop new habits and experiences, make friends, and benefit from all of the social components of being engaged in team sports,” says Barbara Snyder, vice president of student affairs. “We are very convinced that a well-rounded undergraduate’s experience can be enhanced by engagement with club sports.”

So, maybe Jensen’s claim doesn’t seem too lofty, even when you factor in the sometimes high cost to students.


A small amount of funding for each sport comes from student fees collected by the Associated Students of the University of Utah, but Jensen, like all students who play club sports throughout the country, pays plenty out of her own pocket. There are no scholarships in club sports, which also rely on team fundraisers to keep them going. Jensen estimates she spends about $500 to play with Spiral Jetty, the U’s Ultimate team. Some of that money covers travel, but it also pays for renting indoor practice facilities on campus during the winter.

Ultimate is one of the less expensive club sports. Others, like hockey, can cost a student upwards of $1,800 in dues per semester. Women’s lacrosse player Audrey Burns, majoring in kinesiology, pays $400 for the fall season and $2,000 in the spring, when the team competes and travels more. Burns, 21, notes that her fees pay for travel, accommodations, field space, coaching staff, referees, tournament and league fees, gear, and uniforms. “It’s hard to raise money on our own, but it is also rewarding to show people our passion for the sport,” she says.

The dividends in the investment, as students report over and over, are many. If they’re not practicing, competing, or traveling together on a long road trip to the next game, they’re studying with each other or just hanging out. Lots of time together forms tight bonds. Those road trips for Jensen have included destinations like San Diego, Calif.; Eugene, Ore.; Missoula, Mont.; Boulder, Colo.; and beyond.

And don’t let the “club” aspect make you think students are in it just for fun. These athletes are competitive. Jensen’s club qualified in spring 2017 for the Northwest Regional tournament. The men’s Ultimate team, called Zion Curtain, qualified for nationals in 2016, finishing 13th. Other campus clubs, such as the pistol team, compete on regional and national stages every year. The U’s climbing club took the national championship at the 2017 USA Collegiate Climbing Series competition in San Diego.


The popularity of club sports at the U factors into why some students choose Utah in the first place. Seth Hughes, a sophomore majoring in kinesiology, picked the U over several other schools because it had clubs in both swimming and water polo, both of which he plays. “This is just an awesome way to stay involved with the sports you grew up loving in high school,” says the Chicago native, 22.

Jeff Whipple flew in from Bellevue, Wash., with his son, Patrick, last fall to check out campus and watch the rugby club beat Colorado University-Boulder 52-22 on a warm, sun-drenched McCarthy Track and Field. “Rugby will be a factor in deciding which school Patrick will choose,” Jeff says. “I look for a program that’s going to be good for my son. The type of community you get into is a big deal. What’s the personality like? What’s the culture of the team? Are the coaches supportive of academics as well as rugby and fitness? Those are the kinds of things we’re looking for when we’re on campuses.” His son wants a good school that happens to have a rugby club. “I don’t want to end up at a school that has a D1/varsity team and then I don’t make the team and, as a result, I have nothing to do with the school.”

Patrick’s point about forming a connection with the school he chooses is one that Snyder echoes. “If you look at involvement in recreational programs in general, students who participate regularly do better academically, they persist to graduation more quickly in greater numbers, and they’re more loyal alumni,” Snyder says. “For a lot of students, club sports may be one way that they’re going to be involved on campus outside of classes.”

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— Stephen Speckman is a Salt Lake City-based writer and photographer and a frequent contributor to Continuum.


By Heidi Brett, J. Willard Marriott Library

New Courtyard

Katherine’s Courtyard is now open. What better time than these warm summer months to come by and see the new student sculptures or enjoy the various seating?

3-D Printing

During the semester the wait to use the 3D printers can be very long. During the summer, those wait times go way down. Come by and print your masterpiece. The 3D printers are located on level 2.

Family Reading Room

The Family Reading Room is a great place to bring your kids during the summer. There are a lot of books to read, toys to play with and computers to use. The space is located on level 3 in the atrium.

F’Real Milkshakes

Did you know you can get a F’Real milkshake from Mom’s Café on level 1? Swing by and cool down with this delicious frozen treat.

Book Arts Exhibit

See it while it’s still available. The Booking a Brouhaha exhibit will be one of the most unique exhibits on display in the library this year. The exhibits are creations from various students from Book Arts classes. The display is located on level 4.


Michael L. Good named senior vice president for Health Sciences
Volunteers needed for The Donate Life Transplant Games
“Century of Black Mormons” digital database
Associate dean gets book published
Self-harm study participants needed
Duo 2FA phone call, text options will be discontinued July 17, 2018
Nominate a veteran


University of Utah President Ruth V. Watkins has appointed Michael L. Good, M.D., as the university’s new senior vice president for health sciences, CEO of University of Utah Health, and executive dean of the U’s School of Medicine. Good, who currently serves as the dean of the University of Florida College of Medicine, replaces interim Senior Vice President Lorris Betz, M.D., Ph.D. Good will start at the U early this fall.

“Dr. Good is a widely respected leader and administrator with extensive experience managing the complementary missions of clinical care, education and research that are the essential components of academic medicine,” said Watkins. “Mike shares my vision that a public university should serve as a catalyst for improving the human condition and should strive to improve the community it serves. I look forward to collaborating with him in the years ahead.”

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The Donate Life Transplant Games will be held in Salt Lake City Aug. 2-7.

The Transplant Games of America highlight the critical importance of organ, eye, and tissue donation, while celebrating the lives of organ donors and recipients. There are 21 competitive events and 15 special events that will be happening throughout the week. Locations of events: Salt Palace Convention Center, Smith’s Ballpark, Salt Lake Tennis Club, Fairmont Swimming Pool, West High School, Bonwood Bowl, Abravanel Hall, This is the Place Heritage Park, State Fairgrounds and Meadowbrook Golf Course. Participants are coming from all over the world and include every age range.

We are looking for approximately 2500 volunteer shifts to ensure the success of this incredible event.

Volunteers must be 15 or older, will undergo a basic background investigation, will attend one 45 minute training (many opportunities at many local locations) prior to the Games, can sign up for one 4-hour-shift or several 4-hour-shifts.  Volunteers will receive swag and volunteering makes you feel happy.

Register here to volunteer.

Or email for more information.


Paul Reeve, professor of history at the University of Utah, and the J. Willard Marriott Library have collaborated to develop a public history project, “Century of Black Mormons,” a database that illuminates the history of black members in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The database was unveiled this morning at “Black, White, and Mormon II: A Conference on Race in the LDS Church Since the 1978 Revelation,” hosted by the U’s Tanner Humanities Center.

A digital history database, “Century of Black Mormons” documents and recovers identities and voices of black Mormons during the faiths’ first 100 years (1830-1930). It contains digitized versions of original documents, photographs, a timeline and biographical essays telling the stories of black Mormons. The archive currently contains about 40 biographies and more than 200 will be added.

Click here to read the full story. 


Rick Anderson, associate dean for Collections and Scholarly Communication at the J. Willard Marriott Library, recently had a book published through Oxford University Press. It’s called “Scholarly Communication: What Everyone Needs to Know.”

Read more about his book here.



Michael Riquino, University of Utah College of Social Work adjunct instructor, is looking for 6th-12th graders engaging in self harm for an interrupting self-harm study. Youth will be compensated $50 for their time and parents/guardians will be compensated $20 for their time. Call 801-872-4528 or email or visit

“With my Interrupting Self-Harm StudyI’m comparing two different therapeutic techniques to see which one is more effective at treating the psychological processes that contribute to self-harm among teenagers. This study is also designed to expand our understanding of how these techniques work. I hope to build upon existing knowledge about what works to treat self-harm—and most importantly, I hope to gain a greater understanding of what teens believe needs to be done to address self-harm. Teens have a tremendous capacity for creative problem-solving, but aren’t always given the chance to share their experiences. I hope to hear and honor the stories of those who are impacted the most by self-harm—the teens themselves.”

Read more about the study here.

Duo 2FA phone call, text options will be discontinued July 17, 2018

On July 17, 2018, Duo phone call and text message options for two-factor authentication (2FA) will be discontinued. Users need to select another method for Duo 2FA to log in to the majority of university applications after July 17.

The Strategic Information Technology Committee approved this decision for a number of reasons – most importantly, recent industry guidance and practice has indicated that phone calls and text messages are vulnerable and not considered secure methods of authentication. There is also a significant cost associated with providing these authentication methods. The phone call option was intended to be a backup or emergency method for using Duo, yet for many it has become their primary method. The new backup option for Duo authentication will now be completed through the central university help desks (contact information below).

You may choose one of the following options for 2FA, which are used by the majority of campus and U Health users:

Duo mobile app:

  • Easiest and fastest method
  • Install on a smartphone or tablet (includes Apple, Android, and Windows mobile devices)
  • Two options to authenticate:
    1. Mobile push notification (select “approve” or “deny” from your device’s home screen or Duo notification page — no need to type in a code)
    2. Type in a passcode (network connectivity is not required for this option)

Duo hardware token:

Visit the 2FA webpage, Duo 2FA overview article, and Duo tutorial video found in Pulse (U Health) or Bridge (campus) for more information. If you have questions, contact the UIT Help Desk (801-581-4000, option 1) or ITS Service Desk (801-587-6000) for assistance.

Nominate a Veteran

The University of Utah Veterans Day Committee honors veterans each year based on their honor, courage, commitment and sacrifice during their military service to our nation. Nominations for this year’s ceremony are due by July 31, 2018.

For more information or to nominate a veteran to be honored, go to or call 801-587-7722.


Campus Events

Tuesday, July 10, 2018 | 12:30-2:30 p.m.
Room 155-B

Nearly 2,000 immigrant children were separated from parents during a six-week period in April and May, according to the Department of Homeland Security. Join in a conversation about why this policy is in place and the possible impact on families, children and society.

Guest speakers:

  • Alonso R. Reyna Rivarola, director of the University of Utah Dream Center
  • Gloria Cardenas, immigration attorney and founder of Familia America, LLC

Open dialogue will be facilitated by members of the College of Social Work’s Diversity and Social Justice Committee. This event is free and open to the public.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Student Services Building, room 380

Join us to learn about the Impostor Syndrome and how to combat it.

Thursday, July 12, 2018 | 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Between HSEB and the Health Sciences Library

Food trucks will be on campus and your purchase helps support Staff Council.

Food trucks attending include Cup Bop, Taco Cartel, Taste of Louisiana.

‘i’ll Go and Do More’: Annie Dodge Wauneka, Navajo Leader and Activist
Thursday, July 12, 2018 | 12-1 p.m.
Eccles Health Sciences Library, lower level

This summer the Office of Health Equity and Inclusion, the Native American Summer Research Internship program, and Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library are co-sponsoring the reading of:  “I’ll Go and Do More” by Carolyn Niethammer. The community is invited to gather at NOON in the lower level of EHSL, every Thursday to enjoy a light lunch, and have a lively discussion of the book.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 | 5-7 p.m.
Lassonde Studios

All welcome to join in this exciting event. Student startups show of their stuff at Lassonde’s summer Demo Day.

Saturday, July 28, 2018 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library

Leather Binding Fundamentals with Allison Milham and Emily Tipps. Begin the day with a pre-sewn text block and leave with the skills to complete a quarter-leather case binding! This workshop focuses on basic leather edge-paring with a knife and fundamental skills for working with paste and leather. Participants have the opportunity to play with blind tooling on sample maquettes and to pare leather scraps on a Scharf-fix. Depending on individual work flow, some participants may complete the binding during the workshop and others may complete the work at home with provided materials, handouts and a day of practice.

Cost is $125. Register here.

Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018 | 6-8 p.m.
Utah Museum of Fine Art

Explore the diverse styles of printmaking and painting in “Chiura Obata: An American Modern.” Then drop into the UMFA classroom to try your hand at sumi-e — a Japanese technique of black ink painting that emphasizes the beauty of each individual brushstroke.

This event is free and open to the public.

Free and pay parking is available for weekday visits. Campus parking is free on weekends, except in reserved stalls. Visit for more transportation information.

For more information, go here.

Through Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018
Art Gallery, Main Level, Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library

Showcasing the art of two classes held by Gemma Joon Bae, Brush on Rice Paper features traditional Korean brush art taught in Utah. The exhibition will include works by students, as well as their instructor, illustrating the customs and symbolism of Korean art while also demonstrating that art itself is all-inclusive. The students consist of docents from UMFA (many of whom have been at the museum for over a decade) and Korean-American women who volunteer together at St Vincent’s Community Center soup kitchen. The classes are relatively new, originally starting in early spring of last year.

Artists: Kelly Park, Elaine England, Soonbok Holley, Rosemary Chung, Brigitte Kirk, Anita Gander, GayLynne Sylvies, Gemma Joon Bae, Geri Siegel, Cindy Bruce, Esther Quintana, Kyong Kim

Artists statement: We, the students of Gemma Joon Bae, study and practice the art of traditional Korean watercolor painting with the goal of developing an understanding and appreciation of the techniques, beauty, and universality of Korean art. With this study, we have learned ways by which a culture may be explored and better understood through its customs. While art forms are unique to a particular culture or school of thought, the desire to participate and share in art is universal.

Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018 |1-5 p.m.
Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library

Hitch up your horse for a bit and join us for a half-day, journal making hoe-down. Saddle-up to the long-stitch with expert instruction using ruggedly beautiful materials. Each participant leaves with a 4″ x 3.5″ blank book and the know-how to wrangle hides into book form when ridin’ solo.

Cost is $60. Register here.

Sept. 11, 13, 25, 27, 2018 | 5:30-9:30 p.m.
HSEB 5100 A

Register today here.

Global Health has developed a proposal writing course with the goal of increasing faculty and staff’s knowledge and skills in developing winning proposals for large U.S. government agencies and growing the University of Utah’s portfolio of Global Health programs. The emphasis is on programs rather than research.

The course addresses the types of agencies/proposals that fund global health work. Learning objectives include:

  • Getting to know USG development funders
  • Understanding and responding to an RFP
  • Developing a technical strategy
  • M&E Frameworks
  • Overview of business components
  • USG proposal development process with Global Health

This is a four-day course, 5:30-9:30 p.m. Sept. 11, 13, 25 and 27, 2018 (Tuesdays and Thursdays), HSEB 5100A.  It involves some pre-work (reading and online module) and interim group work and offers 25.25 CME credits.

Questions? Contact or

A Healthier U

By Moran Eye Center

From the bright glow of sparklers to the thrill of bottle rockets and Roman candles, fireworks are a July tradition.

Unfortunately, so are firework-related eye injuries.

According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), fireworks mishaps account for approximately 10,000 visits to emergency rooms each year, and most of them involve children who suffer thousands of eye injuries. Not surprisingly, the most disabling injuries occur with illegal firecrackers, but the highest number of injuries happen at home with the legal fireworks parents buy for kids.

That’s why ophthalmologists who treat patients with potentially blinding damage every single Fourth of July want you to know:

  • Sparklers burn at 1,800 degrees, hot enough to melt some metals. Basically cheap wires coated with chemicals, they are responsible for most fireworks-related injuries among children age five and younger.
  • At-home fireworks, many of which are illegal for good reason, are as unpredictable as a buzzing bee. They injure bystanders just as often as the operators.
  • Never pick up a firework after it has been lit. Even though it looks like a dud, it may not act like one. So-called duds have been known to explode while people hold them, blasting hot debris into eyes.
  • The safest way to view fireworks is to watch a professional show.
  • If you’re not already in the habit of wearing safety glasses and providing them for family and friends when the fireworks come out, please reconsider.
  • Regular glasses or sunglasses won’t prevent injuries. In fact, they are more likely to break or shatter and cause more harm.

If you do experience a fireworks injury to the eye, you can minimize damage. Here’s how:

  • Stay calm and keep the victim as calm as possible, too.
  • Get medical attention immediately. Even if the injury seems mild, damaged areas may easily worsen if you don’t get proper treatment right away.
  • Don’t touch or rub the eye. Pressure can do more harm than good when it comes to eye injuries.
  • Avoid rinsing the injured eye since that can do even more damage than rubbing it. Instead, shield the eye by covering with a paper cup or something similar that will not make contact with the eye. Gently tape it there for a temporary eye patch.
  • If hot ash falls in the eye, rinse it with water, but never, ever attempt to remove an object stuck in the eye.
  • Do not apply ointments or take pain medications before getting medical help.

Now that you know the risks and precautions, keeping your July celebrations safe may be the best tradition of all.

You wake up in the morning with stomach pain so severe that you can’t stand up straight. Emergency physician Dr. Scott Youngquist tells you if that’s a reason to go to the ER.
Listen to the full story here.

Someone with a severe tremor can have their hands shaking uncontrollably. Fact is, everybody has the potential to experience tremors in some form. Dr. Tom Miller talks with movement disorder specialist Dr. Lauren Schrock about the two main types of tremors and how to identify the differences between them, possible causes, and when to be concerned.

Click here to listen to the full story.

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Construction & Commuter Updates


  • NORTH CAMPUS DRIVE: Construction to begin on North Campus Drive on Sunday, July 1. This work will result in an edge drop-off for the inside traffic lanes. Expect very loud noise during the island removal operation and speed will be reduced to 15 miles per hour. Work will occur the evenings of July 1, 2, 5, and 6. No construction will take place the nights of July 3 and 4.Updates from UDOT are also available by calling 1-888-556-0232 or emailing campusdrive@utah.govClick here for more information.

  • WASATCH DR. ROUNDABOUT: Wasatch Dr. Phase I will be starting soon after July 4. Wasatch Dr. will remain open to through traffic, however, the 45-degree angle parking stalls may be affected in order to allow for additional lanes of traffic to flow. People are being redirected to park in the lot directly west (lot 24).

  • WASATCH EAST PARKING LOT: The north portion of the Eccles Broadcast Center parking lot expansion has been postponed. The east portion of the lot will still provide an additional 260 stalls once the project begins.

  • SOUTH CAMPUS DRIVE: Pavement maintenance on South Campus Drive continues. Be aware of lane shifts. Expect noise, dust, vibration and heavy equipment near the roadway. At least one lane in each direction will be open between 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Expect single direction closures between 7 p.m. to 5 a.m.

    Updates from UDOT are available by calling 1-888-556-0232 or emailing Those updates will also be posted on Twitter @uofutraffic and online on @theU. Twitter users can receive text message updates on the project by texting “Follow @uofutraffic” to 40404. Visit the UDOT construction project page for more information.

  • MARIO CAPECCHI DRIVE: Paving and striping are complete and Mario Capecchi is fully open through mid-July, before crews come back to complete utility work. Updates on construction will be available as this works gets closer. Updates from UDOT are also available by calling 1-888-556-0232 or emailing Those updates will also be posted on Twitter @uofutraffic and online on @theU. Twitter users can receive text message updates on the project by texting “Follow @uofutraffic” to 40404. Visit the UDOT construction project page for more information.

  • MARIO CAPECCHI SIDEWALK: The east side of Mario Capecchi Drive will be constructed from June to September 2018 to construct a sidewalk along the road. The project is expected to be complete at the end of September 2018.


  • WASATCH DRIVE PEDESTRIAN PATHWAY UPGRADE: Wasatch Drive pedestrian pathway is being upgraded. One lane will remain open during this project, which will be completed by Aug. 15, 2018.

  • SOUTH CAMPUS HOUSING UTILITY RELOCATION (PHASE III): The South Campus housing utility relocation has moved into a third phase. Partial sidewalk and parking lot closure. Follow the detour signs. This is expected to last until August 15, 2018.

  • STORM WATER RETENTION DRAINAGE: The road above HPER mall will be closed through Aug. 15, 2018. Access to the parking lot will be through north side of McCarthy Field.

  • HTW COMPLETION: High Temp Water Pipeline replacement completion will be occurring campus wide with sections being fenced off throughout mid-October 2018.

  • HUMANITIES AND LNCO SIDEWALK: The sidewalk between the humanities building and LNCO will be closed starting in June for one month in conjunction with the capital improvements north of LNCO.

  • STUDENT LIFE TRAX BORE: The southeast corner of the Eccles Student Life Center parking lot is being used as a staging area for a TRAX bore. Deliveries will be received and stored on the northeast corner of the building. Pedestrians should use the alternate route indicated.

  • WEB/MCE/HEDCO ASPHALT REPAIRS: Asphalt repair is being done in the front parking lot between WEB, MCE and Hedco. Minor disruptions will occur. This project is expected to be complete July 1, 2018.

  • STORMWATER DRAIN PLAYFIELD CONSTRUCTION: The grass field between the McCarthey Family Track & Field and Lassonde Studios is undergoing construction to install a storm water drain. This project is expected to last two years and be complete August 2019.  Access to this area will be closed for the duration of the project.

  • CAMPUS WIDE LIGHTING UPGRADE: Various minor sidewalk disruptions will occur throughout campus from now until the end of July 2018, for campus-wide sidewalk lighting upgrades and installations.

  • HIGH TEMPERATURE WATER LINE REPLACEMENT (STUDENT SERVICES) : The north section of the Student Services front plaza will be closed to the public through December 2018,  for construction of the High Temperature Water line.

  • BEH S SEISMIC UPGRADE: Surrounding areas of the Social & Behavioral Science building will be fenced off for a seismic upgrade periodically throughout the duration of the project. This area will reopen July 17, 2018.

  • SIDEWALK IMPACTS NEAR HPER EAST AND HUNTSMAN BASKETBALL FACILITY: Phase IIA of the South Campus Housing Utility relocation began June 1, 2018. The initial fence along the sidewalk between Hyper East and Student life Center/the soccer field will be taken down. Fencing will be put up around the southwest side of the Honors housing parking lot. Phase 11B is expected to begin mid-July 2018 where the remainder of the fence along the east side of the honor housing lot will be put up. No access in the gated area is permitted. Pedestrians should navigate around these fences and use alternative routes as designated by signage.

  • EAST MEDICAL DRIVE ROAD: The road repaving project is complete along East medical Drive between the School of Medicine and HCI Research South. Traffic is limited to one lane with an alternating traffic light to allow flow of traffic both directions.

  • BUSINESS LOOP ROAD CIRCULATION AND IMPROVEMENTS: Work has begun along Central Campus Drive to convert a portion of the road into a pedestrian plaza. The works will resolve active transit and ADA paths of travel. Work will continue throughout the summer and be ready for fall 2018.

  • STUDENT SERVICES DECK: The deck on the east side of the Student Services building is being replaced. Access through the northeast and East doors (main doors) will be closed. Please access this building from the Southeast or West side doors. The construction will last through the summer and reopen in time for fall semester.

  • HPER NORTH CONSTRUCTION: Construction surrounding HPER North has begun and will last throughout the summer 2018. The building is getting new exterior windows installed. Minor disruptions may occur.

  • LNCO Circulation Improvements: Construction began early May to address inadequate pedestrian, bike and ADA access to the humanities part of campus. The circulation improvements aim to create a safe and pleasing pathway from student house to the east through the various academic and student facilities. Work will go throughout the summer and open mid-August 2018 in time for fall semester. The electric shuttle will not run during the summer semester due to this construction. See the impact to the right.

  • HUNTSMAN CENTER EAST SIDEWALK DISRUPTION: The sidewalk east of the Huntsman Center will have minor disruptions for a sidewalk lighting upgrade. The project will go until the end of July 2018.

  • FIELD ABOVE WASATCH DRIVE: The field above Wasatch Drive is being transformed into a parking lot. Expect noise and dust disturbances throughout the duration of the project. Expected completion date is Aug. 31, 2018.

  • FIELD HOUSE CHILLER PLANT: Construction and closures occurring in and around the field house for capital improvements will be completed by mid-August 2018.

  • CRCC, ART, & ARCH. HIGH TEMP: High temperature water line replacement is being done on the sidewalk between CRCC, and the Art/Architecture building. Work is expected to continue through mid to late summer 2018. 

  • WEST MEDICAL GARAGE CONSTRUCTION: The West Medical Garage (between the Moran Eye Center and the Ambulatory Care Complex construction) will only have access via the two widened ramps on the south side of the garage.  The east side ramp will remain closed until ACC construction is completed in 2019.

  • EXECUTIVE EDUCATION BUILDING: The construction of the Executive Education Building between Sorenson Arts & Education and the Business Building (SFEBB) is underway. Construction to complete in the summer of 2018 and will be ready for fall semester.

  • GARDNER BUILDING CONSTRUCTION: Construction of the Carolyn and Kem Gardner Building is underway at the former site of OSH. Fencing will also remain posted around the field behind the humanities building. This project will continue through the summer of 2018.

See the construction impact map below.