Campus shooting update

On Thursday, Oct. 25, the University of Utah held a press conference updating the campus community and the public on the status of the police investigation into the fatal shooting of U student Lauren McCluskey and provided a timeline of events surrounding the incident.

Earlier in the day, U President Ruth V. Watkins had “the honor and the privilege” of posthumously awarding a degree in communication to Lauren by presenting the degree to her family. Watkins said it was “a gesture intended to express how important Lauren was to our campus community.”

“There is no degree that can adequately acknowledge the outstanding contributions that Lauren made to our campus and to this university and to her field of study,” said Watkins.

Watkins announced the university’s initiation of two separate reviews.

“We are determined as a university to learn from this tragedy and to ensure that what we can do better at the University of Utah happens,” said Watkins. “We are committed to doing everything we can to prevent a tragedy like this from ever happening again on our campus.”

The first review will focus on campus safety. The campus safety task force will continue its work with the addition of an outside, independent expert to take a look at every aspect of campus safety and security. Watkins acknowledged that progress was made in the past two years, but “this tragic event requires us to revisit every aspect of campus safety and to do so with the help and guidance of an independent expert.” More specific information will be shared, but the review will commence immediately.

The second review will be an independent review specifically focused on the actions the U police department took in response to Lauren’s original complaint and leading up to the tragic incident. U Police Chief Dale Brophy said that the department welcomes the review. Watkins said she has “great faith that the U police department worked diligently on this incident.”

“We will leave no stone unturned in determining anything we can do to prevent this from happening again on our campus,” said Watkins. “We will honor Lauren by learning from this tragedy to make the University of Utah a safer place for everyone.”

View the timeline of events here and watch the press conference below:

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Ranked among the best

The University of Utah is among the best in the nation for value, according to the 2019 Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings. This is the first year the list has included rankings according to universities’ value, and in this inaugural list the U came in at No. 11 in the nation.

“The University of Utah is an institution on the rise,” said Dan Reed, senior vice president for Academic Affairs at the U. “As one of the leading research universities in the nation, the U’s students work directly with leaders in the field and have access to the latest technologies, facilities and resources to provide them with experiences that separate them from their peers. Additionally, as a public institution, our mission is focused on providing this high-quality experience to students from all backgrounds. This ranking affirms that our efforts are fulfilling this charge.”

The U’s overall place in the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings stands at No. 189 out of nearly 1,000 U.S. colleges and universities, up from No. 312 in 2018’s list, and at No. 42 among U.S. public universities. Among Utah institutions, the U earned the best value ranking in the state.

The value score is based on a university’s total score, which determines its overall ranking. Dividing that total score by the school’s average net price for first-year students who received aid, according to the Wall Street Journal, yields a score that determines the school’s place on the best value list.

Berea College in Kentucky earned the No. 1 spot on the best value list. Its overall ranking was No. 231, but because the college charges no tuition, the average net price was less than $3,000. The U’s net price was $11,322.

“We promise all of our students the opportunity to have an exceptional educational experience,” said Martha Bradley, senior associate vice president for Academic Affairs and dean of Undergraduate Studies at the U. “Modeled after the exceptional patient experience program at our hospital, which is known nationally for its value, this effort ensures that our students leave the U well positioned not only for their first jobs but for their entire careers.”

Determined, genuine and kind: The legacy of Lauren

In August of this year, University of Utah Athletics gave T-shirts to all student-athletes with the words “Leave a Legacy” printed on them. The meaning at the time was to encourage the athletes to compete their hardest, perform their best in the classroom and give back to the community.

This week, those words have a new meaning. On Monday, Oct. 22, 2018, Lauren McCluskey, a 21-year-old U student and member of the track and field team, was killed in a senseless act of violence on campus. At the vigil in her honor held two days later, student-athletes wore their legacy T-shirts and Athletic Director Mark Harlan encouraged the entire U community to “Leave a Legacy” in honor of Lauren.

A senior from Pullman, Washington, Lauren was studying communication and planned to graduate in May. She was a bright student, maintaining a 3.77 GPA. Her track and field coach, Kyle Kepler, said her name regularly appeared on the top 10 board for GPAs in his office each semester. Once her name went up, he never had to take it down.

Kepler recruited Lauren to join the U’s track and field team for good reason. She was 2015 Washington state champion in the high jump and the Pullman High record holder in the 100-meter hurdles. At the U she ranked 10th all-time for the pentathlon and continually beat her own records. “She had a relentless determination at practice,” Kepler said at the vigil. “And, she cared about everybody.”

U President Ruth V. Watkins described Lauren as “diligent, kind and successful—the kind of student you knew would go far.” To illustrate the type of person she was, “Lauren used the little available time she had to serve a summer internship at Courtland Place retirement community in Spokane Valley,” added Watkins, who canceled classes on Tuesday, Oct. 23, out of respect for Lauren and had the flags at the university flown at half-staff. The president awarded Lauren her degree posthumously and presented it to her parents on Thursday.

Countless students, friends, classmates and team members have also talked about how genuine and caring Lauren was to everyone around her.

In one comment on the U’s condolences webpage, student Anne McEwan shared how Lauren went out of her way to befriend her in a public speaking class. “I was really shy . . . but Lauren didn’t give up on being my friend,” she wrote. “She was super thoughtful that way.” McEwan added that Lauren was brave and incorporated singing and comedy into their speaking assignments. “She helped me be confident in so many ways that I’m sure she never even knew.”

Jonah Schupbach, one of Lauren’s former professors, recalled that she stands out in his memory as disciplined, attentive and smart but, even more so, as kind. “My clearest memories of Lauren were of her actively reaching out to other students in the class,” he wrote. “She seemed especially open to helping and befriending others—regardless of apparent social status or considerations of who might benefit more academically from the relationship.”

Representing the student-athletes on campus, Utah gymnast Shannon McNatt also spoke during the vigil, encouraging everyone to not just remember Lauren, but to do something “in remembrance of Lauren.”

“I encourage you all to commit to Lauren and her family that we will each endeavor to take a positive action on her behalf,” she said, giving examples such as striving to be a better role model in the community, going the extra mile to help someone in need, making a public commitment and standing behind it with your actions or just being there for someone.

“Lauren’s legacy is embodied in each and every one of us,” said McNatt.

A second vigil, organized by It’s On Us Utah, took place Friday evening. The national non-profit group, started by former Vice President Joseph Biden and led by students, works to raise awareness and provide resources to address sexual, domestic, dating and interpersonal violence on college campuses. The gathering was originally scheduled as part of dating and domestic violence awareness month, but instead focused on honoring Lauren.

Several women who identified themselves as friends or former roommates of Lauren spoke. They described Lauren as caring, kind and funny. She loved nail polish, karaoke, dancing, merlot, Kanye West—whom she refused to believe was anything but a music genius—and Target. The remembrances brought both laughter and tears.

President Watkins, who also attended the second vigil, is mindful of the widespread shock and heartache that comes as a result of a tragedy like this and encourages anyone struggling to seek counseling and comfort from loved ones. As a reminder, there are a number of campus resources available to support students, staff and faculty, with both group and individual counseling services.

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Remembering Lauren McCluskey
Hundreds walk to Presidents Circle and attend a candlelight vigil for shooting victim Lauren McCluskey at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City on Oct. 24, 2018, and to honor Lauren, the flags of the University of Utah were flown at half-staff. Copyright: The University of Utah

The fight against cancer

Bonneville Shoreline Trail Impacts

Construction on the project will begin in early November. A short portion of the lower trail will be temporarily closed for approximately two years so it can be used to haul materials in and out from the work site, including dirt, concrete, other materials and the proton therapy machinery. The closure is designed to ensure the safety of workers and trail users. Trail users are encouraged to access the upper trail at one of many connection points, as it will not be affected by the project.

The lower trail will be closed Monday through Friday from 6 a.m.-6 p.m., and it will be open most weekends.

The university has worked closely with the Heritage Preserve, which owns part of the impacted area, to ensure all guidelines are followed and the area is properly protected and restored after project completion.

The Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah will soon offer a new technology to treat cancer patients that provides more targeted radiation therapy—an advantage when treating many tumors in and around vital structures, such as the spinal cord and brain stem, or for certain childhood tumors.

The new equipment delivers proton therapy, which uses a precise beam of protons—only a few millimeters wide—to target tumors. This will become the first proton center in the Mountain West region and construction on the new facility that will house the equipment will begin in early November.

“We want to make sure our physicians have every tool available in the fight against cancer,” said Bill Salter, director of radiation oncology at HCI and professor and chief of the division of medical physics at the U. “At HCI, we have been closely following the evolution of proton technology for over a decade. With recent technological advances and data showing what type of patients benefit most from this treatment, we know that now is the time to add this to the vast array of radiation therapy technology and expertise at our cancer center.”

HCI estimates it refers more than 60 patients per year to proton therapy centers out of state. With the nearest proton centers located a 10-hour drive away—in southern Arizona, western Washington and central California—having a local facility will lift a heavy burden from many patients, who may need to plan for a treatment course that occurs five days a week and spans four to eight weeks.

Approximately half of all cancer patients receive some type of radiation therapy as a part of their treatment. For some patients, protons have a distinct advantage over other radiation therapies because they can be focused very precisely on the tumor, reducing the impact on surrounding healthy tissues.

For tumors that are good candidates for proton therapy, the treatments can be extremely precise—causing less damage to healthy tissue near the tumor and virtually no “exit dose,”—the radiation that passes through the tumor and exits the body—because protons release most of their energy inside the tumor.

The scanning beam technology that will be used at HCI uses a pencil-thin beam of protons that is swept back and forth by magnets—think of a small paintbrush—precisely painting the radiation beam onto the tumor. Earlier proton technologies used a “scattering” approach, which broadened the beam like a flashlight beam and led to less precision than the laser-like scanning beam approach.

Proton treatment has been found to be an effective radiation therapy option for numerous types of cancers. This includes adult cancers—such as head and neck tumors, brain tumors, prostate cancer, lymphomas, pancreatic cancer and esophageal cancer—but is particularly effective when treating childhood cancers. In addition to the new proton therapy technology, HCI will continue to offer a wide array of radiation therapy options to patients, allowing treatment to be customized to each patient’s needs.

Costume with care

It’s that time of year when much of the Western world agrees to suspend their disbelief for a moment and try on another identity. People buy and wear costumes that help them become something else, even if only for the evening. For some, it’s a time of excitement in imagining a new reality.

And for some others, it’s painful. Costumes that take the form of caricature and adopt aspects of someone’s cultural identity can be belittling. Insensitive. Obtuse.

Irene Ota, diversity coordinator in the College of Social Work, broke down some of the issues around cultural appropriation and suggested ways we can celebrate Halloween more respectfully this year.

Cultural appropriation, she explained, is “to take something from a different culture and use it in a way that the item was never intended to be used, or using it for financial gain.” It’s claiming you fit, or belong with a group that isn’t yours. An example might be claiming that you are Buddhist because you meditate. Buddhism is a complex religious tradition grounded in thousands of years of history. There is a lot more to being Buddhist than engaging in this singular practice.

Closely related to this is cultural co-optation. Ota explained this is the act or process of using something from another culture in a way that is motivated by what is pleasing to you, without considering the cultural significance, historical context and power differentials that are a part of the item or situation. An example might be wearing a Native American headdress because it looks cool. In the American Indian Nations that wear headdresses, they are only worn by those who have earned the privilege to wear them because of how these individuals uphold and embody specific cultural values. Donning a headdress is not a casual performance. It’s a complex communal, religious and political act.

Ota emphasized the importance of considering the colonial history of costumes. “Are you part of the privileged/colonizing group or the colonized/oppressed culture? Those power differentials matter,” she said. The reality of lived oppression and injustice matter in cultural representations. Often there’s a salient irony to cultural costumes. “For people with privileged identities to take on cultural items and identities that they attempted to destroy is ironic. And very problematic.”

There’s a lot of complexity around all of this. What if I am part [fill-in-the-blank]? What if my friend who belongs to [such-and-such] group said they aren’t offended by this? What if I’m trying to celebrate another culture? What if I don’t mean anything by it?

Ota suggested some things to consider when choosing how to engage with another cultural act or artifact:

  • What is my position of power in this situation? Am I part of a colonizing or colonized group?
  • Does this costume perpetuate stereotypes? Does it center on a primitive image of a group of people? Is it based on deficit assumptions?
  • What’s the historical context of this costume? Is there a history here that influences the way others around me might respond to what I’m wearing?
  • Is this something I would choose on an average day? Are there negative aspects to the way of life this costume represents that I wouldn’t want to live with every day?

Ultimately, Ota had the following advice in considering costumes: Do your research. Understand the historical context of what you’re doing. Question whether you’re co-opting or appropriating something that isn’t yours. Check your privilege. And, have fun.

Humans of the U: July-October

“I’ve been repairing bikes on campus for 10 years now. At first, I would mostly just work on the parking patrol bikes, but anyone who needed a tune-up or a flat-tire fix, I’d help them out, too.

With more and more cyclists on campus, and with the U’s greater commitment to bike commuting and whatnot, I decided to “officially” open up the shop to the entire community. Now, I see all kinds of bikes, from those old, heavy Stumpjumpers to the fancy, new carbon fiber bikes. Most of them just need a little TLC, a part or two and they’re good as new.

I spent almost 24 years in the Navy before retiring and working at the U. I now bike about 600-800 miles a month — the only limitations in life are the ones we place on ourselves.

I got the nickname “wolf man” from my cycling team because I would howl as I passed other riders on the road. My favorite local ride is the MS 150 Ride, a two-day, 150-mile event for a great charity.

I love bike commuting and cycling in general because it’s therapeutic. It’s just you, the bike and the people you meet along the way. And you feel great when you get into work after a brisk ride.”

— Ted “Wolfman” Main, parking services officer, bicycle repair specialist, Commuter Services

“Being student body president is a big responsibility that I intend to respect. It’s a really unique opportunity that very few people get to have, and I intend to make the most of it.

This year with my two VPs, Xandra Pryor and Maggie Gardner, we want the Associated Students of the University of Utah to do more for our 32,000 students. We don’t want to just host events. We ran on a platform dedicated to lifting up the student voice, promoting campus safety and pursuing more collaboration with on-campus partners.

The most important thing we want to do is promote more student advocacy across campus. We want to focus more on the U’s non-traditional students.

ASUU has several overarching initiatives this year. We want to create a culture of advocacy through thinking deeply about what it actually means to advocate for students. Then voicing those opinions to university administration and to all levels of government.

We want to improve campus safety by providing bystander intervention and diversity education trainings to student organizations to try to prevent acts of violence and discrimination from happening in the first place, rather than just reacting to them.

With the help of student fees, we want to increase mental health services. With these funds, the Counseling Center could stay open longer and hire more counselors.

We want to promote family and child care by increasing services, such as lactation pods, family-sized restrooms and access to more affordable child care.

And finally, we want ASUU to be a collaborative hub for student involvement to expand our collective reach and to make an impact.

I love our campus and want to do my absolute best, along with ASUU, to advocate for our students.”

— Connor Morgan, Class of 2019 student body president

“We have a grant called the Antarctic Search for Meteorites, ANSMET. We do the recoveries and the collection of meteorites in Antarctica. Forty-one years now we’ve been recovering meteorites and bringing those samples to science.

Some people are paid on this grant to go, but then we fill the rest of our field party with volunteers from the scientific community. Back in 2004 I had volunteered to go. Several years later I saw an opening and said, ‘I really enjoyed that and I’d like to do it full-time.’

We go down in December and January, which is summer in the Southern Hemisphere. Our field areas are around 0° F. I grew up in North Dakota, where it’s colder than that in the winter.

You’re living out there in a tent on wind-swept glaciers. There’s only mountains, rocks, ice and snow sticking out. There’s no bugs, no ants or spiders. There might be some moss on some rocks. It’s solitary and desolate, but peaceful and gorgeous. You can see forever our there—beautiful majestic mountains and icescapes.

Finding your first meteorite is a huge deal. The leadership usually finds the first ones. Once you know what they look like, you clue into that.

We usually have a gift exchange at Christmas and at New Year’s, we have a camp oven where we can cook pizza. That has become a tradition over the last five years. It’s pretty fun.

After about four weeks, people start to want some creature comforts. There’s no running water and you’re cooking for yourself every night over this camp stove. That gets a little tiring. And you’re away from loved ones.

Once you get back to McMurdo Station, a shower is the first thing you do. It’s heavenly.

I think humans have a tendency to collect things, to hunt things. I still get excited to hunt meteorites.”

Note: The samples Karner is holding are real meteorites, but were not collected in Antarctica. They were collected in Arizona (left) and Texas (right).
Learn more about ANSMET, based at Case Western Reserve University, at

— Jim Karner, research associate professor, Geology and Geophysics, co-principal investigator, ANSMET

“Throughout most of my life, I’ve been traveling around the world and living in chaotic-filled cities. After attending the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, I wanted a calmer lifestyle, so, I moved to Salt Lake. While still in school I took a weaving class while getting my degree in fiber material studies, I became fascinated with the history and complexity of weaving, and that eventually led me to starting my own business. I developed a line of textiles and accessories and I realized that there was a market for hand woven goods in the U.S. My business, Aporta, now manufactures textiles and accessories and works with handmade goods and art from artists around the world. My woven art can be found in homes and commercial buildings around the globe.

Moving to Montana in 2017 was another step towards a lifestyle that was less busy and more time giving. The university let me work remotely and I began to manage the Arts Pass social media accounts.

Being an entrepreneur is all about taking the time to produce valuable work versus just producing for the sake of money and productivity. We have been wired to constantly produce, achieve and work, we’ve forgotten to reflect on ourselves as humans. If you think about how an artist works, they need space and time to create, so why is it any different for us to think about living our lives with that same intention.

Being surrounded by nature has increased my self-awareness. For me, life is about becoming more self-aware, because the more aware I am of myself, the better I can exist.”

— Noelle Sharp, Development community relations specialist

“My artwork is focused on wildlife and ecology. I am inspired by my encounters with wildlife—how I react, what biases come up.

Friends of Red Butte Creek and the Global Change & Sustainability Center awarded me a grant to create art of the wildlife in the Red Butte Creek area and I was able to combine that with my master’s degree project. I spent a year working in the Research Natural Area above Red Butte Garden, and the creek below it.

I wanted to know what the wildlife I encountered thought of me, but there wasn’t a way to do that. So, I paid attention to the emotions and feelings I had and worked to capture that.

One day I came across a snake. I’ve always been afraid of snakes, even non-venomous snakes. This snake’s eyes reminded me of my cat’s eyes. Given this familiarity, I felt affection toward the snake. I considered why I feel differently about a cat versus a snake. Is it the way it looks? The way it moves? It shifted the way I view snakes.

Another time I was working along the edge of the creek in Research Park. To avoid poison ivy, I ended up walking in the creek. I was photographing an insect egg structure when two fawns came down behind me to drink water. They were surprised, very curious and aggressive for fawns. I wondered if I was the first human they had seen, which was bizarre and exciting, and may have informed their odd behavior.

Through this project I considered what it would be like to be another species and challenged my biases toward particular species.”

— Claire Taylor, BFA ’07, M.S. ’16. Claire’s artwork will be featured on the U’s 2018-19 sustainability events calendar.

“I got my American citizenship exactly a day before my birthday this year. It was one of the best birthday presents I’ve ever gotten. Right after the ceremony, I took my citizenship certificate and ran to the passport office. Then I ran straight over to the elections office to register myself. The guy was like, ‘Are you crazy, why so much energy?’ He didn’t know how long I had to wait for this day.

In 1999, my parents applied for citizenship with my uncle as a sponsor. For 12 years we were just sitting and waiting for a visa to come to the U.S. You don’t know if you’re ever going to make it to the U.S. It’s not like we were having a hard time; in Pakistani culture family is very close, and we’d hang out every weekend and have huge dinners. But when I came here in 2012, I fell in love with Utah.

There are so many opportunities that we—I can say we now that I’m American—just have to look. I did a Hinkley internship in D.C, attending senate and congressional hearings and writing briefs about them. I learned firsthand how the hill works, and that’s one reason that I want to run for office at some point. I want to be that person building a bridge between the U.S. and Pakistan. I love Utahns, they’ve given me so much and it’ll be a way for me to repay them.

This country is great, and a lot of people gave up their lives and their time to make it what it is today. It inspires a person like me to do more. Whatever negative influences come at us, we’re good at doing the positive thing to counter it, but we need to do even more.”

—Noman Khan, media relations & content marketing, U of U Health

“When my mother passed from domestic violence at the hands of my father when I was three years old, it had a dramatic impact on me and my older brother. My father was in prison until I was 25 and died from alcoholism, and my brother eventually committed suicide. Of that union, I am the last one left. The only thing that was different for me was that I was given the opportunity to go to school—this is what truly allowed me to be where I am today.

I was always told that my mother was smart—she was the valedictorian of her high school. I clung to the idea that academics were important. Nonetheless, my family had a history of veterans and I was also military-bound my senior year of high school. When my uncle found out I was one step away from finalizing entrance into the Army, he told me, ‘We have plenty of vets in the family. We have no college graduates.’ That made the decision for me.

I went to the University of Arizona and later completed a master’s at University of Nevada, Las Vegas. I participated in TRIO while in my undergraduate years, which provided me with an amazing life. Today, there are a few college graduates in my family, but I was the very first one because of TRIO and other college support programs.”

—Kyle Ethelbah, TRIO director

Former Utah football star Cal Beck now teaches at Park View Elementary School in Murray, Utah.

“I became a teacher to change the world. I feel that one should give back and, in my case, I knew I wanted to work with kids. Being a minority male, I felt that I could exemplify important things for young kids during a crucial time in their development. Something I did not have until junior high.

My favorite thing about teaching is those “aha” moments when a child finally gets it, especially if it took perseverance and hard work.

I entered the U as an individual. However, my experience of being a part of something much larger than myself showed me the value of personal growth, but more importantly the possibilities when one is dedicated to the greater good.

The U taught me to trust in myself and that perseverance and attitude is everything. I have a poster in my room that states, ‘Attitude is a small thing that makes a huge difference.’ I truly believe that.

The football program has always been very open and available to me as an alumnus, a fan and a current coach. They have really focused on keeping ties to the past, as the program has come a long way since I sat in the stands my entire childhood.

I still keep in touch with old teammates. I coach with several and see many of them frequently, including Coach McBride.

I don’t recount the ‘glory days’ with my students. But they do know they have the fastest teacher ever! The one hard life lesson I still can’t give up—if you challenge me to a race, I’m going all out, slacks and dress shoes included.”

—Calbert Beck, B.A. ’96, M.Ed ’08, first-grade teacher

“This past summer I joined the U as an associate professor of chemistry. I’m also excited to be a part of the Henry Eyring Center for Cell and Genome Science. My lab uses chemistry to understand how bacteria, and also immune cells, perceive and change behavior in response to their surroundings.

My first experience in a research lab came from meeting my undergraduate advisor, professor Barbara Imperiali, as a freshman. She saw I had work-study financial aid. I told her boldly, ‘Actually, I’d love to do work-study in a research lab.’ That same week I got an email from one of her postdocs saying ‘I’m looking for a student to work with me on a project. Why don’t you come meet with me?’

I worked in her lab every semester and summer for three years, so I feel like I got my 10,000 hours in early on. I learned a lot of things in the lab before taking the classes. It really motivated me academically. I wanted to learn and understand more about what I was doing in the lab.

My parents, to this day, will ask me ‘How is Professor Imperali doing?’ They wanted to meet her at graduation. Two years after I started my own lab, I had déjà vu when meeting the parents of my first undergraduate at her graduation. They told me that they’d set my lab webpage as their computer’s homepage.

As a professor, I think back sometimes to how impactful my experiences were as a freshman, getting that chance just because I asked. The first person you ask isn’t necessarily the first person to say yes, who will give you that shot. But we all started out as that nervous freshman, eager to try new things.”

—Ming Hammond, associate professor, Department of Chemistry

“When people think of health and well-being, they may think of medicine, pharmacy, nursing—I think of architecture and design. What drove my architectural career was visiting my grandmother with Alzheimer’s disease in a lockdown wing of a nursing home. Architects, designers and planners have a social responsibility to do better, to act with an ethic of care. That has been my driving force.

When others think sustainability, they might think the environment—I think health. This imperative convergence is why we are pursuing and championing renewable energy, like geothermal and solar; active transportation, like bicycling, public transit and subscription ride service; and lifestyle practices, such as healthy foods and zero waste. We need to clean our air, to leave resources for future generations and to make the campus not just sustainable but resilient to future challenges yet unseen.

When others think of higher education and its current challenging context—I think of the amazing opportunities we have to lead. I am a public-school kid from K through Ph.D. and I personally know the powerful transformational force of public higher education. What if the University of Utah envisioned itself as a healthy and resilient campus? One that promotes physical activity, energy independence and overall wellness. One that understands that our community of diverse students, faculty and staff bring their minds, bodies, souls and personal backgrounds to campus. How do we nurture all of those in an inclusive and welcoming setting? This, to me, begins the exciting conversation of the resilient campus of the future.

Every day, no matter where I turn, I see a mountain view challenging all of us to aspire. We are all but part of an amazing ecosystem and much like a mountain, one that is both enduring yet incredibly fragile. How do we, each and every day, play a small role in making this ecosystem a resilient and inclusive one for all?”

—Keith Diaz Moore, Ph.D. AIA, WELL-AP, dean of College of Architecture + Planning and Interim Chief Sustainability Officer

“I was born at Hill Air Force Base to a military historian and a Dutch immigrant, and have lived all over the western world. Because of that, I am owned by the love of history and the need to preserve it for future generations.

I’ve done many things professionally—photo printer, server, elevator operator, dog groomer. I once owned my own hair salon. But when I decided to come back to school, there was no doubt that I would do something involving words and history. I’ve worked all over the library in the years since I graduated and consider myself fortunate to have landed here in manuscripts.

We hold history in our hands. It’s our duty to not only take care of what is given us, but also to make it available for anyone who wants to use it.

We have people’s diaries, correspondence, professional documentation and even some objects as well. NASA models belonging to Dr. James Fletcher, head of NASA, and the eighth president of the U are now on display in the reading room. We have Wallace Stegner’s typewriter, on which he wrote ‘Angle of Repose,’ a Pulitzer Prize winner. Looking through the drafts of that book—complete with handwritten edits in the margins—is an amazing experience. It gives you insight into Stegner’s life and how he thought when he was writing. The Stegner papers are probably the most used of all our collections and as such are something of a flagship.

There is a sort of majesty in what we have, and the fact that being responsible for original autographs, one-of-a-kind photos and the hand-written thoughts of geniuses is part of our daily life. But then, so are the diaries of the common pioneers who also had something to say.”

—Liz Rogers, curator of manuscripts, J. Willard Marriott Library

“I really want to communicate my science to people—I study the electrical properties of organic materials, basically plastics. Computer screens made out of organics instead of silicon would be more flexible and more efficient, but we don’t fully understand how they conduct electricity. If you do astrophysics, you can point to the sky and say, ‘That’s neat. Let’s talk about why that’s neat.’ I’m like, ‘Hey kids, you want to know how diodes work?’ And nobody wants to know how diodes work.

Well, modern society wouldn’t exist without them—your computer wouldn’t work if they didn’t have diodes. It’s super important and ubiquitous, but if someone asks, ‘How does electricity work?’ it takes a lot to understand it. Before physics, I was a designer, which is all about communicating complex ideas in novel ways. So, I came up with a board game. The basic idea is that you build an electrical circuit with your neighbors. Each player is a type of material, like silicon or germanium. Using currencies such as energy and photons, you push electrons around to the interfaces of the materials to create light. For example, in a real diode, current only goes one way. But you could spend, say, two energy tokens to push electrons in the opposite direction. When you combine them at the interfaces, you make a photon, like an LED, and get a point.

I tested it with 20 people who were gamers and a few physicists. The scientists liked how accurately it demonstrated the science, and the gamers really had fun, and actually learned how electrical circuits work. You really connect with people and ideas when you’re playing a game like you can’t in a physics lecture. It’s such an unexplored space that I’d love to keep working on.”

—Kevin Davenport, doctoral candidate, Department of Physics & Astronomy, Science Communication Fellow at the Natural History Museum of Utah, STEM Ambassador Program alumni, 2018 AAAS Mass Media Science and Engineering Fellow

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9 not-so-spooky bat facts

Humans go batty on Halloween. People decorate with and dress up as the creatures of the night to create a spooky atmosphere. Their scary reputation is all wrong, said Teri Orr, a postdoctoral researcher in the School of Biological Sciences who studies bats.

PHOTO CREDIT: Dave Titensor, University of Utah

Teri Orr, postdoctoral researcher in the School of Biological Sciences, is interested in the reproductive strategies of different species of bats.

“I think the biggest thing about bats is that they’re so polarizing—people either love them and want to tell you everything they’ve ever known about bats, or they hate them and are terrified of them,” she said.

Orr is in the former camp. Along with research, she does outreach to raise awareness about the crucial role bats play in the environment, to dispel myths that make people fear them and to prove once and for all how dang cute they are.

Bats don’t vant to suck your blood

Some people hear “bat” and think of Dracula swishing a cape, morphing into a bat and flapping out of the castle moaning, “I vant to suck your blood.” Surprisingly, Hollywood got it wrong—bats aren’t vampires. There are species known as vampire bats that subsist on blood, but of the 1,200 to 2,000 species of bats, only three species drink blood that they usually get from other animals. The rest of our bat friends eat fruit, insects, nectar, fish, frogs or a combination of these.

“It’s interesting that we have this idea that bats are out for blood.  I don’t know where it comes from. In movies where Dracula changes into a vampire bat may come from old European stories, but there aren’t even any real vampire bats there,” said Orr.

Vampire bats feed neighbors in need…but will hold a grudge

The “dreaded” vampire bats of South America are extremely social and take care of one another. After a night of foraging for blood, the bats will share their meal with a friend that returned to the roost hungry. They’re more likely to do so if they’re closely related. However, they expect to have their favor returned, Orr said.

“Vampire bats are definitely Tit for Tat. If someone needs blood, they’ll share it. The way that they do that is really gross—they regurgitate it into their mouths. The next time they’re hungry, they expect to get blood from that same neighbor. If he doesn’t return the favor, they won’t share with him again,” said Orr.

Like tequila? Chocolate? Thank a bat

Bats pollinate over 500 species of plants. Just like bees, bat species fly from flower to flower, looking for nectar and inadvertently delivering pollen from one plant to another. Mangos, bananas, cocoa and agave plants are all pollinated by bats.

Lady bats can store sperm, delay pregnancy and suspend animation

Orr’s specialty is in bat reproduction. Who can blame her—it’s fascinating. Various bats species can delay reproduction at different stages of development. One of the most common is storing sperm. Certain species of bat can meet, mate, and then store the sperm for later, Orr said. In Utah and throughout other parts of North America, some bats mate in the fall or in the winter, but the sperm doesn’t fertilize the egg until the spring. Sometimes, they store the sperm for up to 200 days. Other bat species delay when the fertilized egg implants into the uterus. For her doctoral dissertation, Orr studied the rarest form of delays.

“A female allows fertilization to happen, then implantation happens, and then right when the placenta begins to form, there’s a pause, sort of like suspended animation,” Orr said. “What’s cool about it is that there’s no cell growth at all. The species that I studied do that for a couple months which is pretty impressive. People often tell me, ‘I was pregnant, and that would have been nice.’”

Bats share the best fruit spots

If a bat finds an especially juicy fruit spot, they’ll share the information with their batty friends.

“Studies on species that find fruit have shown that they go back and say, ‘Hey! I got some fruit over here,’ How they’re communicating that information is less known, but it’s very clear that if a bat is prevented from going back to the cave, it takes their roost mates longer to find the spot.”

Guano for fertilizer and gunpowder

Bat poop has been used as a fertilizer for hundreds of years. Until World War I, soldiers harvested bat guano for gunpowder and explosives.

Bats species share caves

Bats are really good neighbors. Orr studied a cave in Mexico where 15 different bat species shared the space.

“Each species were in separate parts of the cave, depending on their preference—some bats like to roost in the Twilight Zone near the front of the cave, and others need to be a way back in the dark areas. So they spatially segregate the cave so that everybody’s kind of happy in the preferred habitat and they peacefully get along with other species.”

Not everyone is afraid of bats

Bat festival, anyone? Bats are a symbol of good luck in Chinese culture so every year a bat festival is held. Also, a gift with a bat image will bring the recipient prosperity. Mexican culture has a bat god depicted in Anasazi pottery carvings.

Losing bats will cost farmers billions

This fact is a bit spooky. Insectivorous bats eat tons of insects, helping keep agricultural pests under control. However, North American bat populations are declining due to two major threats: an infectious disease caused by fungus that causes symptoms termed “white-nose syndrome” has nearly wiped out bats in the northeastern United States, and scientists have estimated that wind turbines in the southwest may kill tens of thousands of bats every year. The loss will affect American farmers—one study calculated that the bats’ insect service are worth roughly $23 billion per year.

*Banner photo credit of Eptesicus fuscus, big brown bat: Brock Fenton


October is Domestic and Dating Violence Awareness Month

Academic Senate Meeting and Agenda
Utah Football’s story told in 2019 Print & Mail Services calendar
Campus Sexual and Reproductive Health Care Survey

U Target of National White Supremacist Propaganda
Virtual kidnapping scams on the rise
Election-related media requests
HCI communications receive national graphic design award
Faultline Film Awards is open for submissions

Second round of seed funding recipients announced
2018 Triple I Initiative Team Building Grants
John R. Park Teaching Fellowships
Community Engaged Teaching and Scholarship Award
Applications for Taft-Nicholson Environmental Humanities Education Center
Applications open for ASUU government positions
Nominate an outstanding academic advisor
Distinguished Professor Nominations


Domestic and dating violence are violence and abuse that occurs between two people in a close relationship. Domestic violence can include physical and sexual violence, stalking and/or emotional and mental abuse by a current or former partner.

Join campus partners throughout the month for important information, student perspectives, workshops, events, calls to action and campus resources by following @uofuwellness and #uofudvam and visiting this website.


The next meeting of the Academic Senate is Monday, Nov. 5, from 3-5 p.m. The following items will be discussed, among others:
  •  Update on the proposed Building Access & Surveillance Policy
  • Three new Communication BS/BA emphases in Journalism, Strategic Communication, and Communication Studies
  • New Quantitative Analysis for Markets and Organizations emphasis in Accounting BS
  • New Division of Family Planning as part of the Obstetrics & Gynecology Department

The meeting will be in the Moot Courtroom (6th floor) of the College of Law. Meetings are open to the public. The agenda will be posted approximately one week before at


At the conclusion of the 2018 season, Utah Football will commemorate 125 years of play, dotted with highs and lows and scores of teams, coaches, players and fans come and gone. Next year’s University Print & Mail Services Calendar takes a look inside the program, from its humble beginnings as a 14-man team in 1892, to its current state of success as a member of the prestigious Pac-12 Conference. The collection of images and narratives tell the story of Utah Football, a legacy brimming with passion and pride.

Fresh off the presses, the 2019 calendar has already received a great deal of attention and praise. U of U employee and Ute fan, Roger King, commented, “What an awesome piece, thanks for the memories! It was so fun seeing the older photos and the great memories they brought back, like the picture of the stadium with the open south end zone, where we would play pickup games outside as the football game was going on. And the great Alabama upset, what a game to remember,” King said.

A truly unique keepsake for fans and members of the university community, the 2019 Print & Mail Services Calendar is available for purchase online or by contacting Print & Mail at 801-581-6171 or

For photo galleries and print options, visit

Read the full story here.

Campus Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare Survey

Students are being asked to take 10 minutes to help the Campus Contraceptive Initiative at the University of Utah. Responses will help it learn and understand the sexual and reproductive health care needs on campus.

Fill out the survey and be entered to win a $50 Amazon gift card at the end.

Faultline Film Awards is open for submissions! Do you make films about the outdoors in Utah? Whether your capturing an epic ski run or telling the story of a first time free-climber or documenting environmental issues in Utah, Faultline Film Awards wants your film. This is a local film competition for local filmmakers and for films about Utah’s incredible outdoors and wilderness.
Submission deadline is Dec. 31, 2018, and the awards show is Feb. 21, 2019. Check out for links to rules, categories, submissions, and tickets. Email for more information.


The Center for Technology & Venture Commercialization has announced the recipients of its second round of seed funding:

  • UU 3-D Metrology Tool: A device that optically measures the absolute 3-D position of an object. P.I.: Clayton Williams, Professor, Physics and Astronomy
  • Novel Phase Optics: A three-dimensional camera and mobile phone facial-recognition LED camera that employ flat-lens technology. P.I.: Rajesh Menon, Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Chemically Removable Cleavable Linker: A device that provides controlled delivery of chemotherapeutics. P.I., Raphael Franzini, Assistant Professor, Medicinal Chemistry
  • Advanced Halloysite Nano-tube Solid Polymer Electrolyte for Lithium-Sulfur Battery: A high-voltage lithium battery that remains stable without solvents. P.I.: Jan Miller, Professor, Metallurgical Engineering
  • Thermoelectric Aerospace Power Generation Module: A high-efficiency, ultra-lightweight thermoelectric modules for aerospace applications. P.I.: Ashutosh Tiwari, Professor, Department of Materials Science & Engineering
  • Catheterized Confocal Microscope: A microscopic imaging tool that can diagnose cardiac disease. P.I. Frank Sachse, Associate Professor, Nora Eccles Harrison Cardiovascular Research & Training Institute, Biomedical Engineering


Congratulations to all of our awardees!

To learn more about the TVC seed fund, visit

U Target of National White Supremacist Propaganda

More propaganda featuring the logo of a group called Identity Evropa was found on campus last week. The Anti-Defamation League describes the group as a white supremacist organization focused on the preservation of white American culture and promoting white European identity. The group, which was founded in 2016, distinguishes itself from others by avoiding recognizable white supremacist imagery and language in order to enter the mainstream. Identity Evropa was found responsible for nearly half of all reported incidents of white supremacist propaganda appearing on college campuses during the past two years, according to a report published in January 2018 by the Anti-Defamation League. It uses these tactics to recruit college-age people to its ranks.

The University of Utah opposes this organization and all it represents and remains committed to fostering a culture of inclusion and respect for people from all backgrounds. The U believes that having a diverse community is vital to a vibrant future that is increasingly global. It is through respectful dialogue and exposure to new ideas and experiences that individuals grow, innovate and work together to address societal needs and improve the world for all. Everyone has a place and role in this mission.

If individuals see flyers, posters, stickers or other items posted improperly on campus, please follow these guidelines:

  1. Many departments and buildings have different protocols for posting fliers around campus. Familiarize yourself with the norms in your area and the university’s official posting policy (V. Signs, Literature and Structures).
  2. All posters on campus are required to have a sponsoring group, company or host noted. All posters are also required to have a date. If you see something that is posted without permission, please remove it.
  3. If you come across an item that is defaced, note the location and notify a campus official.

If you have questions about the posting policy or are interested in learning more about the variety of resources the U offers to support diversity and inclusion, please visit the Office of the Dean of Students in the Union Building, Room 270,, 801-581-7066.


Virtual kidnapping scams are on the rise according to a recent FBI bulletin. Don’t fall victim to this scam. The criminals stage a scene via phone call, text or social media that makes it appear to the victim that a loved one has been kidnapped. An immediate ransom payment is then demanded of the victims.

“Although virtual kidnapping takes on many forms, it is always an extortion scheme—one that tricks victims into paying a ransom to free a loved one they believe is being threatened with violence or death,” the FBI said. “Unlike traditional abductions, virtual kidnappers have not actually kidnapped anyone. Instead, through deceptions and threats, they coerce victims to pay a quick ransom before the scheme falls apart.”

Don’t become a victim. To avoid falling prey to the scammers, the FBI recommends looking for these indicators:

  • Callers go to great lengths to keep you on the phone, insisting you remain on the line.
  • Calls do not come from the supposed victim’s phone.
  • Callers try to prevent you from contacting the “kidnapped” victim.
  • Calls include demands for ransom money to be paid via wire transfer to Mexico; ransom amount demands may drop quickly.

If you receive a phone call from someone demanding a ransom for an alleged kidnap victim, the following should be considered:

  • In most cases, the best course of action is to hang up the phone.
  • If you do engage the caller, don’t call out your loved one’s name.
  • Try to slow the situation down. Request to speak to your family member directly. Ask, “How do I know my loved one is okay?”
  • Ask questions only the alleged kidnap victim would know, such as the name of a pet. Avoid sharing information about yourself or your family.
  • Listen carefully to the voice of the alleged victim if they speak.
  • Attempt to contact the alleged victim via phone, text, or social media, and request that they call back from their cellphone.
  • To buy time, repeat the caller’s request and tell them you are writing down the demand, or tell the caller you need time to get things moving.
  • Don’t agree to pay a ransom, by wire or in person. Delivering money in person can be dangerous.

If you suspect a real kidnapping is taking place or you believe a ransom demand is a scheme, contact your nearest FBI office or local law enforcement immediately. Tips to the FBI can also be submitted online at All tipsters may remain anonymous.

*The above recommendations come from

Election-Related Media Requests

As the November election draws near, University of Utah employees may be asked to comment by media outlets on ballot initiatives that are up for vote. University of Utah remains neutral on all the ballot initiatives but is committed to being a trusted source for expert information.

As a reminder, employees who wish to engage in ballot initiative and other election-related advocacy activities must do so on their own time and with their own resources. For instance, they may not use university email accounts for this purpose. In addition, employees who choose to share their personal opinion with media are expected to make it clear that they are speaking on their own behalf and not on behalf of the university.

HCI Communications Receive National Graphic Design Award

Huntsman Cancer Institute’s Communications & Public Affairs team received a 2018 Health + Wellness Design AwardTM for The NEW You Program materials. Of a record 1,600 entries from across the nation, only 10% received the honor from Graphic Design USA. Claire Davis designed the collection, which includes an informational card, recipes, a magnet, a participant workbook, and more. Katie Barker, dietitian with the Linda B. and Robert B. Wiggins Wellness & Integrative Health Center, collaborated on the project.


Internal submission deadline: Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018

The Immunology, Inflammation and Infectious Disease (III) Initiative at the University of Utah is pleased to announce a request for proposals for collaborative research projects. The goal of this program is to promote collaborations and provide funding support to enhance preliminary/project data that will allow competitive applications for multi-PI extramural funding by the NIH or other agencies and foundations, such as multi-PI R01s and P01s. Click here for more information.


Deadline: Friday, Nov. 2, 2018

The Park Fellowships are awarded to faculty who will undertake one-semester activity during the 2019-2020 academic year to study at a site outside the state of Utah with the purpose of enriching and enlarging the individual’s teaching role. Tenure-line and Career-line faculty are eligible. Preference will be given to applicants whose primary affiliation is as faculty at the University of Utah. Each award is for $5,000 with the possibility of an additional $5,000 to the faculty member’s department to help defray costs for released time. These awards will be announced in December 2018. Click here for more information.


Deadline: Friday, Nov. 2, 2018

The CES Award recognizes and rewards a University of Utah faculty member of any rank for high-quality work that integrates teaching, research and community engagement.  The award recognizes faculty who show a record of successful teaching and research that is carried out through long-term, collaborative community-engaged partnerships that address a community-identified need or priority. These awards will be announced in December 2018. Click here for more information.


The University of Utah’s Taft-Nicholson Environmental Humanities Education Center is a unique education destination focused on engaging the humanities to deepen and enliven environmental study. In addition to offering powerful educational opportunities and experiences, it is also a perfect launching point for exploration of Montana’s beautiful Centennial Valley and the surrounding region.

The Taft-Nicholson Center is now accepting applications for the 2019 season. Applications for courses, workshops


events are due Oct. 31, 2018. Please visit the website to learn about the center and to submit an application.


A great way to get involved on campus is to join ASUU! The Associated Students of the University of Utah are looking for students who want to make a change. A great way to do that is to run in this year’s upcoming election. Students are able to run for executive positions like president or run for legislate positions in either senate or assembly. The filing forms are now open for all ASUU positions. Visit the Elections Information page and click “Candidate Information” to find out more.

Click “Forms” to find the right filing form for you or email the Elections Registrar Caroline Ranger at with questions.


Do you know an academic advisor who has made a positive impact on campus and for students? Nominations are now being accepted from students, staff


faculty for the Outstanding Advisor Award and Outstanding New Advisor Award. Nominations are quick and easy!  The deadline to nominate is Nov. 2, 2018.

The awards recognize University of Utah 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 the 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 moments to complete the nomination process. Please click here to nominate your favorite advisor.

Additional questions can be addressed to Michelle Brooks or Nicole O’Shea ( ( Consider recognizing an outstanding advisor at the U by submitting a nomination today.


Nominations are being solicited for the rank of Distinguished Professor.  Nominations from all parts of the campus are strongly encouraged.

Policy and Procedures 6-300 states, “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.”  A person should not ordinarily be recommended to the distinguished professorship unless she/he is a member of the faculty who has completed five years of service at the University of Utah prior to the nomination.

The nomination and selection of Distinguished Professors occur annually. Repeat nominations are permissible up to three years.  After three years, the nominee must wait two years before being eligible for re-nomination.  Regarding repeat nominations, we encourage nominators and/or other professors to add any additional information to update the file that they deem important for this year’s consideration.

All nominations must be submitted electronically. A list of current Distinguished Professors, nomination guidelines and forms can be found online.

Nomination forms and curriculum vitae must be submitted no later than Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018.

Questions, please contact the Distinguished Professor Advisory Committee.


Campus Events

Civility in Politics Part 2—Resilience of American Institutions
Monday, Oct. 29, 2018 | 12-1 p.m.

Gardner Commons—Hinckley Institute of Politics

Is it worse now than ever before? From a historical perspective, are there lessons to be learned and roads to be followed? How do we get back on course and resume honest discussion to find space for common ground and consensus rather than constant polarization?

  • Jason Perry, director, Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah (moderator)
  • James M. Curry, assistant professor, Department of Political Science
  • Ella Myers, associate professor, Department of Political Science and Division of Gender Studies
  • Brent J. Steele, professor and director of Graduate Studies, Department of Political Science

Pizza & Politics is free and open to the public.

*The Hinckley Institute neither supports nor opposes the views expressed in this forum.


Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018 | 4-6 p.m.
Bill & Pat Child Family Community Hall, Spencer Fox Eccles Business Building

Students from all majors are invited to attend UHire Diversity & Women, a networking and hiring event hosted by the David Eccles School of Business. This event is a great opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to engage with top employers for internships and job opportunities.

RSVP on Handshake through CIS.

Companies attending UHire Diversity & Women include Adobe, IM Flash,, Workday, L3, Intermountain Healthcare, Goldman Sachs, EY, Cicero Group, Maverik, Sundance Institute, Clearlink, Education at Work, PW Companies (Del Sol), Onset Financial Inc, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and UPS.

Role of the Prosecutor in the 21st Century
Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018 | 12-1 p.m.
Gardner Commons—Hinckley Caucus Room

  • Sim Gill, Salt Lake County District Attorney

Pizza & Politics is free and open to the public.

*The Hinckley Institute neither supports nor opposes the opinions expressed in this forum.

Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018 | 12-1 p.m.
CRCC, Room 105

Join the Eccles Global Information Session regarding upcoming Learning Abroad Experiences through the Business School.

Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018 | 6 p.m.
Little America Hotel

This annual event this year will be honoring Howard Peterson as the University of Utah J. Willard Marriott Library Ski Archives’ S.J. Quinney Award Winner as well as the Utah Avalanche Center and Forest Service for the History-Maker Award

Reserve by Oct. 19 with Judy Jarrow at 801-581-3421 or

Click here for more information.

Standing Up for Utah’s Needs: Engaging Millennials
Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018 | 12-1 p.m.

Gardner Commons—Hinckley Caucus Room

The Utah Citizens Counsel will present key findings on their 2018 policy report about economic inequality, water and air quality, education funding, Medicaid expansion, guns and suicide, toxic stress in young children, homelessness, redistricting and the National Popular Vote movement.
  • Pat Christensen, trial attorney (retired)
  • Dave Carrier, University of Utah biology professor
  • Dixie Huefner, professor of special education law (retired)
  • Di Allison, former president of the Utah League of Women Voters
  • Nancy Haanstad, chair of the Department of Political Science, Weber State (retired)
  • Cheryll May, adjunct professor, University of Utah; curator, BYU Fine Arts Museum (retired)
  • Sheryl Allen, former Republican State Legislator, National Popular Vote Movement.

Pizza & Politics is free and open to the public.

*The Hinckley Institute neither supports nor opposes the opinions expressed in this forum

Organized by the Utah Citizens Council.

Midterm Voting
Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018 | 7 a.m.-8 p.m.
J. Willard Marriott Library, Gould Auditorium, Level 1

Students, staff and faculty can vote in in the midterm election on Tuesday, Nov. 6 at the J. Willard Marriott Library.

You must be a resident of Salt Lake County to vote at the library. Not registered to vote yet? Not a problem. The good news is that you can register to vote on election day at the library. Bring a valid ID. More info can be found through the Salt Lake County Clerk.

Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018 | 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Guest House Douglas Ballroom

Hosted by The University Guest House and Conference Center. All Campus Meeting Planners invited to attend. Cost is $30 per person. Breakfast and lunch included. Questions? Call the Guest House at 801-587-2925.

Click here to register.

Topics to be covered:
New Campus Venues and Scheduling
UShop: New Campus Services Available
Risk Management Updates
Updates on Campus Alcohol Policies
New Campus Catering Policies

2018 Student Leadership Conference
Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018 | 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Hosted by Student Leadership and Involvement and the National Society for Leadership and Success, the 2018 Student Leadership Conference will be held Wednesday, Nov. 7, 9 a.m-2 p.m. at the A. Ray Olpin Student Union. This event will feature four break-off groups throughout the day, and each event will have two sessions. This conference is designed by students for students looking for involvement opportunities and ways to increase their leadership skills. Lunch will be provided to those who register.Please visit the event webpage to register.

Keynote speaker: Tawanda P. Owens, Ph.D., will be sharing her perspectives of the current climate in which youth and women are entering leadership roles, as well as her experience and advice on the transition and evolution of professional roles, which we work to encourage our younger people/students to actively pursue. Owens is the executive director of Diverse Student Advocacy—a new position at the U. This position was created to serve the needs of officially recognized, underrepresented student groups at the U. Specific and important vision for the position was provided by the Black Student Union. Owens keynote will be at approximately 1 p.m.

Owens serves as an advocate for the students and programs associated with the Office for Equity and Diversity (OED); provides a communication link between students and university leadership by listening to and understanding diverse students’ needs, initiatives and directions; and helps coordinate the three student centers that are in OED.

Breakout sessions:

  • Freshman/Transfer Target: Learn about ways to get involved on campus as a new student.
  • The Future is Female: An event focused on empowering women in leadership.
  • Student Leadership Q&A: Mingle and ask questions with some of our current student leaders.
  • Meet the Ambassadors: Learn more about the various ambassador programs across campus and how to get involved.

Veterans Cup Dodgeball Tournament
Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018 | 2:30-5:30 p.m.

Student Life Center

Can you dodge, duck, dip, dive and dodge? As part of Vet Week, the student veterans at Utah are hosting the second annual Veterans Cup Dodgeball Tournament. Teams entering the tournament can register a minimum of seven and a maximum of 10 players. The deadline to register is Wednesday, Oct. 24.

The fee is $10 per player. Each team member will receive a T-shirt.

All proceeds fund veterans’ programs and scholarships at the U. To register or obtain additional information, contact Caleb Meyer, SVU president, at

PURPA @ 40: Renewable Energy Law and Policy in the United States
Friday, Nov. 9, 2018 | 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
S.J. Quinney College of Law

On the 40th anniversary of PURPA—the nation’s most important renewable energy statute—we will critically explore the past, present, and future of renewable energy law and policy in the United States. Please join us to engage in a dialogue with the nation’s foremost experts. 5.5 hours of CLE (pending). Visit the event website for the full agenda and speaker list.

Click here to register.

Panel discussions will include:

  • PURPA and the Rise of U.S. Renewable Energy Policy in Historical Context
  • 40 Years of 20/20 Hindsight: PURPA Challenges Today (Roundtable Debate)
  • Emerging Trends in U.S. Renewable Energy Law and Policy
  • International Perspectives on Renewable Energy Policy
  • Rooftop Solar and the Future of the Electricity Grid (Roundtable Debate)

Registration fees:
$75 general public
$40 seniors, government, university or nonprofit
$20 students

Hosted by the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law’s Wallace Stegner Center for Land, Resources and the Environment.

The Opioid Crisis: Paths Forward to Mitigate Regulatory Failure
Friday, Nov. 30, 2018 | 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
S.J. Quinney College of Law, Level 6

The 2018-19 Utah Law Review presents “The Opioid Crisis: Paths Forward to Mitigate Regulatory Failure.” The symposium will critically examine failures of the pharmaceutical market, subsequent inadequate regulatory responses, and possible solutions as the nation moves forward in addressing the crisis. Scholars from around the country will discuss the impact of regulation from the national and state level, the impact of addiction on communities, and how public health research should inform future policy and regulation decisions. Read more »

5 hours of CLE (pending). Lunch provided. Free and open to the public but registration is requested. Register online »
Panel discussions include:

  • The Role of the Federal Government: Regulatory Failures and Possibilities
  • The Public Health Perspective: Tracing the Root of the Problem
  • The Role of States in Regulation
  • The Community Impact of the Opioid Crisis: Addiction, Criminal Justice, and Health Disparities

Free parking is available at the Rice-Eccles Stadium. We encourage you to use public transportation to our events. Take TRAX University line to the Stadium stop and walk a half block north.

Building a strong foundation of eating habits

Real Life Challenge

In the Real Life Challenge, the nutrition category includes five different habits. Each habit is very important in achieving health and well-being, but it’s no easy feat to follow through with all of them every day. Over the past four weeks of the challenge, what nutrition habits have been most difficult for you? Choose one of them this week and commit to a plan that gives you direction to complete that habit every day. Your plan might look like one of these examples:

  • Mindful of Portion Size: Joan eats a quick breakfast in the morning at home around 7 a.m., but doesn’t eat again until 12:30 p.m. She’s usually starving by this time and tends to eat so fast that she feels stuffed, tired, and pretty uncomfortable after. To better manage her hunger throughout the day, Joan plans to bring a few apples, bananas, and a bag of almonds to work. Each day, she’ll eat a piece of fruit and a handful of almonds when she just starts to feel hungry around 10:30 a.m. This way she won’t be starving at lunch, but rather slightly hungry and in a better position to eat more slowly and stop when satisfied.
  • Plenty of Veggies: Tim learned at his dietitian visit that he should aim to eat at least 3-5 cups of vegetables each day. He knows he’s not there yet, but wants to work on this. Every morning he has a breakfast smoothie with fruit, yogurt, peanut butter and milk. His coworker told him she usually adds spinach to her smoothies. Every morning this week, Tim is going to add a heaping cup of raw baby spinach to his usual smoothie.
  • Stayed Well-Hydrated with Water: Laura realized that it was common for her to go half the day without drinking any water. She started her day with coffee, had a mid-morning soda and then usually didn’t have a glass of water until after lunch. She wondered if some of her headaches and struggle focusing were related to dehydration. For the next week, she decided to put a glass of water on her nightstand at night, so she would remember to drink it first thing every morning.

Reevaluate your specific goal in a week. How did it go? Does it need to be readjusted to fit better into your lifestyle or are you ready to add another goal to your plate? Continue building a strong foundation of nutrition habits like this as you work toward adapting a way of eating that you’ll be able to stick to for a lifetime.

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