A culture of respect begins with U

Many universities offer undergraduates online training to raise awareness about things that cause harm to themselves and others, such as alcohol or drug abuse. Confronting the dangerous realities head-on can give students the tools to avoid or change problematic behavior. Beginning in spring 2019, the University of Utah partnered with the company EverFi to implement a new training module about diversity, equity and inclusion to help students reflect on how their actions can create a safer campus environment. New students can access the course through their CIS accounts.

“This is about living in a community with diversity. It’s a positive approach to creating inclusive spaces on our campus,” said Lori McDonald, the U’s dean of Students. “This is really important, but it’s just one tool meant to facilitate conversations about what diversity, inclusion and equity mean to our campus community.”

The module offers insight into what diversity, inclusion and equity are all about. “Diversity is about understanding and honoring the ways that people are unique. Inclusion is about welcoming all people,” the introductory module video states. “Equity means fairness….Equity is about giving everybody what they need to be successful.”

The interactive training module includes videos, activities and resources that help each of us understand who we are, how fairness impacts our communities and how to support a culture of mutual respect. The training explores identity, power, oppression and privilege through specific stories to illustrate that “[t]he way we view people is shaped by a variety of factors like our experiences, national and cultural histories, and the communities that we grew up in,” according to the module. The module helps us understand our unconscious biases, which are the attitudes or assumptions we unconsciously make about the people around us. It then gives us tools to identify and change those behaviors.

“I talk to so many students who are confronted with their own unconscious bias for the first time. It’s usually rooted in feelings of guilt and not wanting to intentionally harm anybody,” said McDonald. “We all have biases based on our individual life experiences. The first thing to do is to become aware of what your biases are and how they impact people in our community. You can’t change them unless you’re aware of them to begin with.”

The module not only offers an introduction to understanding issues of diversity but also provides specific actions that one can do to make the campus a more inclusive place.

“The online module is just one tool that helps have conversations about what diversity, inclusion and equity mean to our campus community,” said McDonald.

PTC new managing director

Following a ten-month national search, Pioneer Theatre Company announces that Christopher Massimine will join the company on July 1, 2019 as the theatre’s managing director.

Massimine will succeed Chris Lino, who will retire on June 30 after managing theprofessional regional theatre for twenty-eight years. Massimine will partner with Artistic Director Karen Azenberg in leading the company.

“I want to welcome Chris Massimine to the PTC family and to the thriving arts community here in Salt Lake City,” said Azenberg. “In Chris, we’ve found a creative business leader who brings skills and a set of experiences that will help ensure our continued growth in a changing professional theatre environment. I believe together we will accomplish more than that which either of us would be able to do so individually, as we shepherd Pioneer Theatre Company into a new era of leadership.”

“The addition of Chris Massimine to Pioneer Theatre Company is a tremendous win for the university and the arts community in Utah. Chris has a proven track record of success and is well positioned to move the company forward building on the legacy of his predecessor, Chris Lino,” said Dan Reed, senior vice president for academic affairs for the University of Utah.

Massimine is a two-time Tony Award-nominated producer and leading arts executive. In New York City, he serves on the City’s Cultural Council; is the Co-Development Chair at Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York; is a member of The Broadway League; and is the Founder and former Chair of the Immigrant Arts Coalition. He is finishing a 6½ year tenure with the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene (NYTF), the country’s longest consecutively producing theatrical organization, where he has served as CEO. Massimine oversaw the brand transformation of the institution and its financial expansion, and was responsible for attaining its consistent worldwide visibility. Under his leadership, Massimine bridged NYTF’s century-long traditions with a shifting contemporary landscape, leading to many successful strategic partnerships, collaborations, and numerous awards/accolades, such as the National Theatre Conference’s 2018 Theatre of the Year Award.

Most recently, Massimine was the executive producer of the critically-acclaimed Off-Broadway production of  Fiddler on the Roof, directed by Academy Award winner Joel Grey. He was also responsible for NYTF’s first Broadway venture as Co-Producer of the play  Indecent , which won two Tony Awards, including best direction. Massimine’s extensive producing resume is equally matched by that of his marketing and advertising work, which has contributed to some of the world’s most recognized campaigns. Massimine has produced theatre across the globe, and concerts that have included such prominent artists as Mandy Patinkin, Itzhak Perlman, Liza Minnelli, and the late Theodore Bikel.

Speaking of his appointment, Massimine said, “It’s an extraordinary time to join the PTC family. Since childhood, I’ve marveled at the stage. The first time I attended a theatrical production, I went home kindled to joyous wonder. For years, I couldn’t put into words what made that exact experience so undeniably impactful that it would guide the trajectory of my professional life. But when I found the words, it was clear there could be no turning back. Good theatre is about the production; great theatre is about developing community. When the work itself comes from a place of authenticity and care, it’s noticed and remembered. I have experienced all of those things at PTC, and fallen in love with Utah. I am emphatically inspired, and over the next four months I look forward to working alongside Karen, Chris, the Board, and the University as I transition into year one.”

PTC Board Chairman Daniel Lofgren praised the selection of Massimine saying, “Chris Massimine has enormous shoes to fill. Chris Lino has been a remarkable steward of this precious asset. That said, I am excited about Chris coming to PTC. He has demonstrated wonderful marketing savvy and an innovator’s approach to the business side of theatre. I am quite enthused about what he and our amazing Artistic Director Karen Azenberg can do working together at Pioneer Theatre Company.”

Former PTC Board Chairman David E. Gee, head of the search committee, said of their selection, “Massimine emerged as the strongest candidate from a group of well-qualified prospects. He has a strong numbers orientation and a record of success and innovation in marketing and community outreach that will complement the quality of Artistic Director Karen Azenberg’s productions.”

Pioneer Theatre Company is a fully-professional theatre located in residence on the University of Utah Campus. Member of the search committee and Associate Vice President for the Arts and Dean of the College of Fine Arts John Scheib said, “We are delighted to welcome Chris to our robust arts ecosystem here at the University of Utah and throughout the greater Salt Lake community. He brings with him an inspiring vision and impressive record of achievement in theatre management, and we look forward to exciting partnerships and fruitful collaborations for years to come.”

While Massimine will assume the managing directorship on July 1, he will be consulting with the theatre over the next four months to prepare for the 2019-20 season.

Humans of the U: Lisa McMurtrey

“I started taking public transit around the time of the Olympics—so since 2002. It’s a 60-minute commute and then I have a five-minute walk to the Burn Center at University of Utah Hospital.

I care about the environment. I want to be a better steward of what we have been given. I started taking public transit because I wanted to do my part and save money on gasoline. I personally don’t like to drive.  I enjoy being chauffeured and taking public transit can be relaxing and is cost effective. I don’t have to deal with traffic, inclement weather or other transportation difficulties.

I encourage people to use public transportation, knowing that it does take a certain mindset. If you can find a route that is fairly efficient and you’re using the time effectively, then it can work for anyone. I’m fortunate because it does work for me. I probably only drive to work two-to-three times a year. I don’t even have a parking pass.

I work sometimes on my commute, but in actuality, I use that time for self-care. I’m reading, listening to music, podcasts, a meditation app, taking a nap or just clearing my head during that time.

I think the type of work that I do requires self-care, but in general, I like to build in a balance of work and relaxation into my daily life. Using public transportation helps me achieve that balance.”

—Lisa McMurtrey, Clinical Nurse Coordinator, University of Utah Hospital Burn Outpatient Clinic

Lisa McMurtrey, a burn unit nurse at the University Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah has been using TRAX to get to work every day.

Campus police dispatch system streamlined

The Record Management System used by the University of Utah Department of Public Safety is now streamlined to ensure all security calls are recorded into a single system, along with police calls. Connecting these systems makes it easier for police officers and detectives to access relevant dispatch calls that may have occurred before, or separate from, an official police case and provides more information regarding a victim, complainant or suspect.

This change is one of the 30 recommendations an independent review team identified in its examination of campus policies and processes after the tragic death of U student Lauren McCluskey in October 2018. Of the 30 recommendations, the campus police were responsible for 16.

The department immediately started evaluating the system, looking for ways to streamline the systems, according to U Chief of Police Dale Brophy. The department was able to complete the change within a couple of weeks.

Now, if a person calls to report an incident to police, an officer can click on the person’s name in the system and it will show any past calls or interactions—even if the call was for a security response, not for police assistance, which was the case previously.

“We can give our officers critical background information on past calls,” Brophy said. “In some cases, it may prove to be extremely helpful in order to put the whole picture together. That information is always good to have whether or not the situation evolves into a bigger case.”

Campus Store shows the love

Does anyone remember change? Those round, metal tokens that once jingled in pockets and purses before we used cards and phones to pay for everything? Well, as it turns out, change can be a pretty big deal. How big? How does a chunk of change just under $24,000 sound? And that’s just in 2018.

The University Campus Store is adding up those pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters and putting them to good use. The Change Roundup Program asks patrons to round up their purchases to the nearest dollar, then those funds are donated to campus organizations and charities that serve the U community.

Since the program’s formation nearly five years ago, the Campus Store has raised more than $54,000, all of which has been distributed to campus organizations that serve a wide range of people like the Utah Food Bank, the Women’s Resource Center and the Student Scholarship Fund.

Among the campus recipients is the Bennion Center, an organization committed to service, civic engagement and community outreach. Dean McGovern, executive director of the center, said the roundup program has had a significant impact in the brief two years that the center has been involved.

“We are a very happy and grateful beneficiary of the Change Roundup Program,” McGovern said. “I love the idea that campus comes together to support places like the Bennion Center, which then helps support the larger community. It’s just fantastic.”

In two years, the roundup program has raised more than $4,000 for the Bennion Center. Top donations from 2018 include $4,291 to the Utah Student pantry and $3,410 to the Veterans Support Center.

During your next purchase at the Campus Store, consider rounding up to support some very important initiatives and organizations that make our university a better place. It’s an easy way to contribute and make a difference in the lives of people who really need it. Just tell your cashier to “keep the change.”

The program currently has a full slate of beneficiaries and is not inviting recipients at this time, but if you have questions or would like more information about the Change Roundup Program, please call 801-581-4556.

Happy trails, Fred

Surely there is a “Fredism” that fits this occasion. You know, one of those cowboyesque, biblical-style sayings that Fred Esplin is known to have at the ready to sum up any situation.

Maybe: “Well, there’s an embarrassment of riches here.” Or: “Looks like the cow finally got out of the barn.”

Fred Esplin

At the end of January, Esplin stepped down as vice president for institutional advancement, the capstone of his 40 years at the U. He joined the U in 1979 as director of marketing for KUED Channel 7. He was selected as general manager of KUED in 1981 and later also served as associate director of media services and the Utah Education Network. Esplin was appointed as a vice president in 1999.

A Cedar City native, Esplin will continue to work on projects for the university on a part-time basis. “I’m glad I can ramp down and not go cold turkey,” he said.

Esplin has a barn full of accomplishments at the U. Among them: Helping to conceptualize the Utah Education Network; raising the profile and production quality of KUED; establishing a professional marketing operation for the university; helping convince the Utah Legislature that Utah should adopt an educational pathway for undocumented students; and leading one $1.65 billion capital campaign for the U and launching a second.

That block U symbol that is now ubiquitous on campus? Yep, Esplin was a major force behind that becoming the university’s primary logo, too.

Esplin was working on a master’s degree in communication at the U when the Public Broadcasting Service—PBS—was created. He was immediately intrigued by the possibility of using television to enlighten, enhance culture and improve the human condition through knowledge.

But he received a job offer from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Maryland, where he had served an earlier internship, and temporarily sidelined his studies to take it. Esplin later completed his degree with a thesis on former President Richard Nixon’s administration use of telecommunications policy to pursue political objectives.

During this time, he got to know famed Washington Post columnist and investigative reporter Jack Anderson, who had just won a Pulitzer Prize for stories on the U.S.’s secret policy negotiations with Pakistan during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971.

His career prospects at the NIH were short-circuited after Esplin co-wrote a column with Anderson about veterans who opposed the Vietnam War. From NIH, he moved to the public affairs office for PBS, where he did publicity for Bill Moyers, the documentary production group NPACT (which preceded Frontline) and created a viewer’s guide to the Nixon impeachment hearings.

Esplin left Washington, D.C., for a job with the PBS affiliate in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and then returned to Utah to work at KUED. He was just 34 when he was named general manager of the station.

His career in public broadcasting taught him the critical fund-raising skills he would later draw on as he moved into development positions at the U. It was Esplin who shifted KUED’s programming to a new level, bringing in British comedies such as “Monty Python’s Flying Circus” and “Fawlty Towers” while pushing its production of documentaries that brought Utah history to life.

Mary Dickson, former director of community relations for KUED, describes Esplin as a personal hero, mentor to many and giant in this community.

“It was thanks to Fred’s leadership that KUED finally got a state-of-the-art broadcast facility with the Eccles Broadcast Center,” Dickson said. “Under his director, the station gained a national reputation for its local productions and reach. He leaves a rich legacy that has benefited so many people and, I am certain, he will continue to have a huge impact in this community.”

Of his many accomplishments, Esplin is particularly proud of the role he played in helping convince the Utah State Legislature to become the third state in the nation to open access to higher education for undocumented—or Dreamer—students.

“We’ve had to fend off several attacks on that law, but it’s allowed countless talented students to pursue a college education,” Esplin said. “Growing up in Cedar City, I saw how hard life was for the local Paiutes. I am hardwired to try to help people if you can, and this seemed like a really good way to help young kids who want to improve their lives by going to college. It’s basic fairness.”

A close second might be his efforts to help the U engage more fully with alumni, community supporters and foundations—work that has helped lift the university’s profile and its accessibility. “I’ve always enjoyed untangling knots, and I’ve been given the assignment of untangling a lot of knots over the years,” Esplin said. And what’s next? Family history projects, managing the family ranch and volunteer work with refugees.

Esplin leaves the U wistful, perhaps surprised at how quickly 40 years flashed by, and, most of all, grateful. “I never imagined in my wildest dreams I would have the opportunities I have had,” he said. “I feel very fortunate. I really do.”

There is a Fredism that might have set the course all those years ago: “If the stars align in the heavens, and it looks like they’re gonna align.”

Self-Injury Awareness Day

When my clients first tell me about their self-injury, it’s usually with a mix of emotions—often fear, sometimes shame, and almost always tremendous relief. And it’s usually the first thing we talk about because it’s usually the reason they’ve come to see me.

I’ve spent over a decade of working with individuals who engage in self-injury and I don’t usually get referrals for much else. But conversations during those intakes quickly shift from histories of self-injury to stories of family and friendships, interests and hobbies, love, pain, music, loss, sports, school, identity—all of the things that make my clients uniquely them and so much more than the struggles that brought them to therapy. By the end of the intake, we acknowledge that self-injury is a way of coping with difficult emotions and no one should be defined by a single behavior. We are all so much more complex than any one thing that we do.

March 1 is Self-Injury Awareness Day, a grassroots awareness event that was created to acknowledge the strength and resilience of individuals who often suffer in silence. Despite stigmatizing beliefs that individuals who engage in self-injury are “crazy” or just seeking attention, self-injury—also known as nonsuicidal self-injury or self-harm—is most likely to be used by individuals as a way to cope with overwhelming distress or feelings of numbness.

Although rates of self-injury vary between studies, anywhere from 12 percent to 32 percent of teens and 9 percent to 38 percent of young adults engage in self-injury. This includes individuals struggling with depression and anxiety or those who have experienced trauma, but also includes many who are not struggling with mental health difficulties. Learning to cope with difficult emotions is a normal part of adolescence and emerging adulthood; however, individuals may end up using unhealthy coping mechanisms like self-injury when they become overwhelmed by these difficult emotions.

Considering the stigma associated with self-injury, experiencing connection, validation and acceptance are important parts of overcoming self-injury. Here are three things you can do if you learn that a loved one is hurting themselves:

  1. Don’t freak out. Respond with emotional neutrality and respectful curiosity. Learning that a loved one is hurting themselves can be a scary or overwhelming experience. Take a moment to breathe and then be there for their feelings first.
  2. Find the function. Each individual has different reasons for engaging in self-injury, but common functions include regulating emotions, relieving feelings of numbness, distracting from distressing thoughts (including suicidal thoughts) and believing that they deserve to hurt themselves. Help them understand their reasons for hurting themselves. This will make it easier to find healthy alternatives that fulfill those same functions.
  3. Reflect, validate and then problem-solve. It’s easy to get caught up in advice-giving or problem-solving when we’re concerned about people close to us. Taking a moment to first reflect back what a loved one is saying and validating their feelings will open up the possibility of more effective problem-solving.

To learn more about self-injury, visit online resources such as the Cornell Self-Injury and Recovery Research and Resources or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. If you are concerned about a loved one or struggling yourself, download the SafeUT smartphone app.

If you or someone you know between the ages of 12 and 24 struggles with self-injury or has a history of self-injury, consider participating in my Interrupting Self-Harm (ISH) Study. I hope to build upon existing knowledge about what works to treat self-injury—and most importantly, I hope to gain a greater understanding of what teens and young adults believe needs to be done to address self-injury.

Historic photography

Originally published on the Natural History Museum of Utah blog

For those who have enjoyed the slow but deliberate process of shooting photographs on a 35mm camera, the memories captured on slides hold a certain magic enhanced by the effort required of the method. Shooting on film took patience, both when framing each photo and when processing the film. This made the end result—tangible photographs—much more valuable. If we take another step back in the history of photography and slow the process even further—before flexible, plastic-based film was available—we’ll discover the more magical and remarkably detailed world of lantern slides.

PHOTO CREDIT: NHMU

Archaeologist Michelle Knoll opens a drawer of Poley’s lantern slides.

PHOTO CREDIT: NHMU

Drawers of Poley’s lantern slides in the NHMU collection.

The Natural History Museum of Utah is home to a collection of lantern slides by photographer Horace Swartley Poley (1864–1949). Poley moved to Colorado in 1887 where he founded a commercial photo studio in Colorado Springs. For nearly 50 years, he produced a catalog of photographs from Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico and Utah, recording landscapes, cityscapes and Native American tribes of the region—including the Utes, Hopis and Paiutes. It’s these photographs of the native inhabitants of the Southwest that are particularly striking.

“My acquaintance with these Indians gave me unusual oppertunity [sic] for photographing them,” Poley wrote in a letter to the Denver Public Library dated 1935, when he proposed the sale of his extensive collection.

PHOTO CREDIT: NHMU

Archaeologist Michelle Knoll opens one of Poley’s lantern slides.

PHOTO CREDIT: Horace Poley

FA171 “Indian woman by oven,” San Juan ca. 1899. No inscription.

His acquaintance with the Indians is evident in mesmerizing photographs of weathered faces, sacred rituals, daily life in dusty pueblos and traditional Native American attire. Each recorded moment must have required careful setup by the photographer using antique methods, plus the patience of a willing subject. Captured at the turn of the 20th century, when the impending loss of traditional Indian cultures was anticipated by famed photographers like Edward S. Curtis, Poley’s photographs are now part of an invaluable record of the old American West.

PHOTO CREDIT: Horace Poley

FA41 “Woman standing in front of house,” Walpi Pueblo 1899. Inscription says “The belle of the village.”

The format in which these enchanting images are recorded only adds to their magic. Measuring at 3.25 by 4 inches, lantern slides are larger than most medium formats of film. Each slide features a black and white, positive image printed onto a delicate sheet of glass that was then painstakingly hand painted. The transparency was sandwiched between another sheet of glass and taped together before being displayed using a magic lantern projector. Poley often presented his work in magic lantern shows at lectures that were popular with the public.

PHOTO CREDIT: Horace Poley

FA43 “Man at rug loom (in kiva? See slot 15), Hopi ca. 1899. Inscription says “Weaver at work in stone kiva, primitive loom. Copyright 1899 by H.S. Poley. Moki Indians.”

PHOTO CREDIT: Horace Poley

FA166 San Juan ca. 1899. No inscription.

The Poley collection housed at NHMU is a duplicate of that at the Denver Public Library, to which Poley sold his catalog in 1936. The collection in Denver is the most extensive of Poley’s work featuring more than 2,000 photographs with matching negatives on glass, nitrate negatives and safety film. Copies of the collection are also at the Smithsonian, Yale and the University of Colorado in Boulder.

PHOTO CREDIT: NHMU

Archaeologist Michelle Knoll holds one of Poley’s lantern slides.

Due to the delicacy and sensitivity of the glass slides, only a few have been digitized at NHMU. More images from the collection can be viewed on the Denver Public Library’s website.

In addition to his photo studio, Poley also worked as head of the U.S. Postal registry department in Colorado Springs and was a vestryman of the Grace Episcopal Church for more than 60 years. He died June 7, 1949, at the age of 85 at his home in Manitou Springs, survived by his wife, six children, 12 grandchildren, and 21 great grandchildren.

Read about another historic collection of photographs by Stuart Malcom Young here.

Mark Johnston is a photographer and the digital marketing coordinator at the Natural History Museum of Utah, a part of the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. Our mission is to illuminate the natural world and the place of humans within it. In addition to housing outstanding exhibits for the public, NHMU is a research museum. Learn more here.

Header image caption: NHMU archaeologist Michelle Knoll holds a lantern slide by Horace S. Poley. Credit: NHMU.

Commit to better air year-round

It’s the final week of the Clear the Air Challenge. As we approach the end of the competition, the University of Utah is a contender to take the top spot. That means you should log your trips now so we can triumph over both Fidelity Investments and UTA. If you walked to get lunch, log that walking trip. If you drove to a movie with a friend, log your carpool activity. If you worked from home on a snow day or brought lunch, enter a skipped trip. You can log trips all the way back to Feb. 1.

But in all seriousness, with cleaner air, we all win. The efforts of participants in the Clear the Air Challenge contribute to better air for all. Transportation choices do matter, particularly when considering the type of pollutants that collect here in the Salt Lake Valley: wintertime fine particulate matter and summer ozone. Our cars contribute to both.

We need cleaner air all year—not just in the month of February. Consider making alternative transportation part of your everyday life. Here are some ideas for all transportation methods:

Use your commute to stay in shape

Your daily commute can improve your health. Getting exercise by biking or walking can help to increase blood flow, release endorphins and reduce overall stress. Even logging 30 minutes of walking a day can help to improve mental health and energy. Join the STRAVA University of Utah Commuters club and challenge others to the longest ride, the biggest climb and more.

Make use of your UCard transit pass

Our UCards can be used to ride UTA buses, TRAX and FrontRunner. This generous benefit, managed by our Commuter Services department, is an incredible deal. Consider this: A monthly UTA pass costs $83.75 and that doesn’t even include access to FrontRunner. Use our transit access to commute to campus, go out on the town, or ride to Salt Lake’s sports venues, many of which are located within about half a mile of a TRAX line.

Ride Campus Shuttles

Our university has approximately 30 shuttle buses, 15 of which run on natural gas. According to Commuter Services, the campus shuttles help reduce the number of single-occupant vehicles driving around campus. These shuttles service thousands of members of the U community every week, so join them for the ride.

Drive smarter

Using our own vehicles can be convenient and there are some parts of our metro area that are public transit deserts. However, even those that need access to their vehicles can reduce their contribution to air pollution. Drivers can carpool, combine trips to reduce miles traveled and avoid idling while waiting in parking lots or at stoplights. Those looking to purchase a new car can also look into electric vehicles as a way to cut emissions.

Throughout February, take action on air quality by tracking your commute behaviors with the Clear the Air Challenge, a statewide competition that aims to reduce emissions from vehicles by promoting alternative transit options. Join the U team at travelwisetracker.com/s/university-of-utah.

Campus Events

CSBS and American Red Cross blood drive
Monday, Feb. 25, 2019 | 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Please join us on Monday, Feb. 25 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Union to be part of this life-saving event. According to the American Red Cross, every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood, and there is a critical need for donors of all blood types. Your donation could help save up to three lives.

Please visit redcrossblood.org and enter “CSBS” to schedule your appointment today. Streamline your donation experience and save up to 15 minutes on the day of the blood drive by visiting redcrossblood.org/rapidpass to complete your pre-donation reading and health history questions. Please note the Rapid Pass can only be completed on the day of your appointment.


2019 Translational Medicine Symposium: Partnerships for Propelling Clinical Translation
Monday, Feb. 25, 2019 | 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

University Guest House & Conference Center, 110 South Fort Douglas Boulevard

The 2019 Translational Medicine Symposium will address how clinicians’ ideas and research results can have an impact on patient care—if they are translated into clinical practice. Clinician innovators and entrepreneurs will share their experiences, and panels of experts in diagnostics, therapeutics and medical devices will discuss opportunities, barriers and steps to creating impactful healthcare innovations. Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit pending.

Speakers will include Dr. Michael L. Good, Kelvyn Cullimore, president and CEO of BioUtah, J. Michael McIntosh and Kevin Lynch, chief business officer, Recursion Pharmaceuticals.

Register today. There is no charge for the symposium, but registration is required. All University of Utah faculty, staff and students are invited to attend.

Contact Kai Kuck, professor, Department of Anesthesiology, at kai.kuck@hsc.utah.edu or 801-581-6393, with any questions.


Reviving Utah’s Rural Economies
Monday, Feb. 25, 2019 | 12-1 p.m.

Hinckley Caucus Room (Gardner Commons)

  • Full panel TBA

Pizza & Politics is free and open to the public.

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


MONEY AT WORK
Monday, Feb. 25, 2019 | 12-1 p.m.
School of Medicine, Classroom A

Join Wellness and Integrative Health for a presentation by Greg Finch called “Money at Work: Managing Risk, understanding the Role of Investing and Managing Investment Risk, Products and Tools for Managing Risk.”

This is part of the Wellness and Integrative Health Speaker Series.


U SAVES WEEK
Tuesday, Feb. 26-Friday, March 1, 2019
Various locations

This week, the Personal Money Management Center and Beta Alpha Psi (BAP) have partnered up to bring a nationwide event called “American Saves Week” to the University of Utah by hosting our yearly “U Saves Week.” Our mission for this week-long event is to bring financial awareness and advocate for financial wellness by bringing guest speakers such as stand up economist comedian Yoram Bauman, Ph.D., to speak on the importance of saving, eliminating debt, and further, how to build a strong, secure financial foundation for the future.

For more information and for pictures on next week’s event please go here.


Black Cultural Center Open House & Blessing
Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019 | 12:30-3:30 p.m.
95 Fort Douglas Blvd

The Black Cultural Center at the University of Utah is designed to holistically enrich, educate and advocate for students, faculty and staff through black-centered programming.

The center will build a sense of belonging and community at the U with the goal of increasing the recruitment and retention of black students, staff and faculty.


Art + Wellness | Mindfulness at the UMFA
Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019 | 3 p.m.
UMFA

Join instructor Charlotte Bell and explore the galleries of the Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA) as we seek to find stillness within ourselves. Practice slow and mindful looking at artwork as well as a traditional guided meditation. This free meditation practice is perfect for beginners—everyone is welcome.

For more information, go here.


Lecture with UCLA Professor Aradhna Tripati: ‘The Dynamics of Climate Change
Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019 | 4-5 p.m.
Aline Wilmot Skaggs Biology Building, Room 210

The scientific research that constructs our understanding of how the Earth’s climate changes can seem complex and arcane to the casual viewer. Yet without this specialized knowledge, it would be hard to work towards a more sustainable future. Some scientists are working hard to bridge this gap between important scientific research and diverse access to science to bring opportunities and knowledge to a greater audience and diversify STEM and sustainability efforts.

On Tuesday, Feb. 26, attend professor Aradhna Tripati’s lecture for the Global Change and Sustainability Center’s Seminar Series, “The Dynamics of Climate Change,” from 4-5 p.m. in ASB 210, where she will discuss her ongoing efforts to connect complex scientific research to education, outreach and sustainability.


‘RACE: THE POWER OF ILLUSION’
Tuesdays, Feb. 26, 2019 | 5:30-7 p.m.
Synapse Bays, Lower level, Eccles Health Sciences Library

February is Black History Month. join us for our Spring 2019 Film Screening, Community Read and Art Gallery Exhibit—co-sponsored by the Office of Health Equity and Inclusion and the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library (EHSL).

What is this thing we call race? Where did the idea come from? “Race: The Power of an Illusion” compels viewers to examine some of their most fundamental beliefs about concepts of race. Join us for the screening and discussion of this three-part documentary:

Each screening will be followed by a 30-minute discussion. Please RSVP for refreshments using the RSVP links below. CME Offered.

Check out the online LibGuide for further information about the book and the film, the session facilitator(s), further readings, as well as RSVP links.


Should We Have a Universal Basic Income?
Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019 | 12-1 p.m.
Hinckley Caucus Room (Gardner Commons)

  • Full panel TBA

Pizza & Politics is free and open to the public.

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


Expand Your Languages: Language Fair
Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019 | 12-2 p.m.
Marriott Library East Entrance

Come experience a lesson in one of the following less commonly taught languages: Cambodian, Vietnamese, Nahuatl and Portuguese.

This is a great way to experience a language lesson to decide on enrolling in the language course the Fall Semester 2019 or just for fun.

Win a lunch.


Pedagogy and Relationship Violence: Faculty Working Group
Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019 | 12-1:30 p.m. (light lunch will be available)
Winder Board Room, Room 300, Park Building

Unfortunately, relationship violence plagues every corner of our university community, and impacts everyone including faculty, staff, students and other stakeholders. As faculty members, we are in a unique position to educate students from a variety of angles about issues impacting our community, including relationship violence.

If you are interested in incorporating a unit about relationship violence in one of your courses, please join us for a discussion about strategies for effectively engaging students around this topic. If you already include a unit on this topic, please join us and share your strategies. When we work together, we accomplish more than when we work alone.

Please RSVP to president.events@utah.edu.

If you have questions about this working group, please contact Dr. Chris Linder from the Department of Education Leadership and Policy at chris.linder@utah.edu.


Free Coffee + Book Recommends
Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019 | 1-3 p.m.
Marriott Library, Gould Auditorium, Level 1

This book club is unconventional! Come having read any book or come to read a book of your choosing. Pick from favorites of U students, librarians, staff and the Campus Store.

Free coffee, hot chocolate and tea are provided.

Go here for more information.


‘Stranger & Stranger’ Launch Event
Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019 | 5:30 p.m.
Phillips Gallery: 444 East 200 South, Salt Lake City

Join us to celebrate the release of the fine press book “Stranger and Stranger,” published by Red Butte Press at the J. Willard Marriott Library. The book contains poems by Katharine Coles, distinguished professor of English, and artwork by Maureen O’Hara Ure, professor lecturer in the Department of Art. The event includes a reading, images on display and conversation. Refreshment will be served. “Stranger & Stranger” is a result of the friendship between poet Coles and painter Ure. Working alongside one another, the two have maintained an artistic dialogue for 25 years. In “Stranger & Stranger,” visual and textual beasts intermingle to create reader-envisioned water, air and landscapes. Imagery for the bestiary was extracted from Ure’s paintings, translated for letterpress printing into photopolymer plates and arranged in dynamic interaction with Cole’s poems.

This event is free and open to the public.


Curator Veronica Roberts on Sol LeWitt
Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019 | 7 p.m.
Katherine W. and Ezekiel R. Dumke Jr. Auditorium, UMFA

Curator Veronica Roberts, an expert on the work of pioneering Conceptual artist Sol LeWitt, will share insights into his practice. The talk highlights the installation of a new acquisition of LeWitt’s work, “Wall Drawing #33” (1970), at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts. This installation is unique, employing U students to draw directly on the gallery wall per LeWitt’s instructions—the essence of his works.

Click here to read more information.


‘Classism, Racism, Migration and Mental Health Interplay’
Exhibit on display through Feb. 28, 2019 | Library hours
Main level, Eccles Health Sciences Library

Through exhibit, presentation and opera, Victoria Sethunya will share her immigration story and the impact of classism, sexism and racism on her and her family and on their health and mental health as she has experienced it as a black woman, a black immigrant, the mother of a young black man, a black student and as a black employee in Utah.

Sethunya is a peace activist, a pharmacy technologist, a mother, an opera singer and a Unitarian seminarian. Sethunya coined the phrase “Academic Achievement Staff” member to describe the work she does for the Granite School District helping inmates at the Salt Lake County Metro Jail attain their GED and mentoring them on the workings of the criminal justice system.

Sethunya has three children, one of whom she adopted when her sister passed away.  Her son, Chris, was deported shortly after DACA was no longer renewable.


The Real Life Challenge is back
Friday, March 1-Sunday, March 31, 2019

It is a four-week lifestyle journey, dedicated to improving your health, fitness and overall well-being—one habit at a time.

Each day for the duration of the four-week Real Life Challenge, you’ll get points for completing each of the five daily habits, which are mindful eating, mindset, exercise and movement, sleep and social and environmental.

The Real Life Challenge runs from March 1-31, 2019, so be on the lookout for future invitations to come your way or click here to login and sign up.


EDIE KOCHENOUR MEMORIAL EVENT
Friday, March 1, 2019 | 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
RSVP here

The Edie Kochenour Memorial Event Committee is excited to present a leader to leader discussion around the theme of Effecting Change in Higher Education. This event will feature President Ruth V. Watkins from the University of Utah and President Deneece G. Huftalin from Salt Lake Community College.

The conversation will focus on change in higher education and how leaders can advance that change, including effecting change in support of women in higher education. The discussion will be followed by break-out sessions led members of the University community on a variety of topics designed to put lessons from the panel into action.

Space is limited, so RSVP today.

See you on March 1.


Join us for the 6th Annual ArtsForce Networking Event and Luncheon
Saturday, March 2, 2019 | 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Gould Auditorium at Marriott Library

Pick up useful life skills for during and after college, learn networking strategies and hear about job and internship opportunities for summer and beyond.

Come and meet people working in the arts and ask questions over a free meal.

Click here to RSVP for this event.


Exclusive Suit Up for U
Sunday, March 3, 2019 | 6-9 p.m.
JCPenny, Valley Fair Mall

In need of a suit for your upcoming interview? Or new work clothes to spice up your attire?

The Career & Professional Development Center at the University of Utah is partnering with J.C. Penny at Valley Fair Mall to offer U students, faculty and staff a significant discount on professional attire and accessories. J.C. Penney will close their doors to the public and open exclusively to the University of Utah community.

  • Shop professional attire with an extra 40 percent off already marked down prices
  • Free mini-makeovers at Sephora
  • Up-dos at the J.C. Penny salon
  • Free professional headshots for your LinkedIn profile

Need a ride to J.C. Penny? Lyft is offering a 25 percent off promo code for individuals going to and from J.C. Penny on the day of the event. Entering the promo code SUITUP2019, here.

Bring your UCard to get these special discounts.


Utah Men’s Soccer Tryouts
Tuesday, March 5, 2019 | 7:30 p.m.
McCarthey Family Track & Field

Utah Men’s Soccer tryouts are coming up on March 5. Share your passion and join the team.

Tryouts start at 7:30 pm on McCarthey Family Track & Field.


53RD ANNUAL WILLIAM H. LEARY LECTURE: ‘The Constitution and Reproductive Justice in the Age of Trump’
Wednesday, March 6, 2019 | Public reception 5:30-6 p.m. | Lecture 6-7:30 p.m.
S.J. Quinney College of Law Moot Courtroom (Level 6)

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. The law school is on the Red Route for the university’s free campus shuttles.

This event is free and open to the public. Online registration appreciated at law.utah.edu , one hour Utah CLE credit available.


Sixth Annual Aileen H. Clyde 20th Century Women’s Legacy Lecture
Thursday, March 7, 2019 | 7 p.m.
J. Willard Marriott Library, Gould Auditorium, Level 1


Mindfulness Stress Reduction Course
Every Thursday night through March 14, 2019 | 4:30-7 p.m.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, (MBSR), was developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the Center for Mindfulness, University of Massachusetts Medical School. MBSR is an intensive training in developing mindful awareness and accessing our innate capacity for health, healing and growth. Groups meet for an orientation, eight weekly classes and an all-day retreat between weeks six and seven. Guided instruction in various practices is provided, including sitting and walking meditation, body scan, gentle yoga and mindful communication. These practices are enhanced through inquiry exercises, group dialogue and daily home assignments.

Jon Kabat-Zinn’s definition of mindfulness is, “paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally.” Stress is an inherent part of our lives.  We do not practice mindfulness in order to escape the stress but practice so that we can relate to our stress in a healthier way.  MBSR is intended to ignite our inner capacity for awareness and to learn ways that we can be awake and in touch with our lives as they unfold.

In research published by the Center for Mindfulness, the majority of people who complete the course report:

  • Lasting decreases in physical and psychological symptoms
  • An increased ability to relax
  • Reductions in pain levels and an enhanced ability to cope with pain that may not go away
  • Greater energy and enthusiasm for life
  • Improved self-esteem
  • An ability to cope more effectively with both short and long-term stressful situations.

Register here.


Wallace Stegner Center 24th Annual Symposium: Recreation Challenges on Public Lands
Thursday and Friday, March 21-22, 2019
S.J. Quinney College of Law Moot Courtroom (Level 6)

In recent years, outdoor recreation has become a primary use of the public lands, creating myriad conflicts, challenges and opportunities. A substantial portion of the public domain is managed for recreation in the form of national parks, national monuments, wilderness areas, and the like, drawing millions of visitors annually. Outdoor recreation is now big business, constituting two percent of U.S. gross domestic product (GDP), which is more than agriculture, mining, or oil and gas development individually contribute to the nation’s GDP. Conflicts have grown more intense between recreation users (e.g. hikers, mountain bikers, and ATVers), and new environmental problems have surfaced in the form of soil erosion, water pollution, and wildlife displacement, while the land management agencies lack the necessary resources to effectively address these problems. The symposium will first examine the economic, social, and legal framework for recreation on the public lands, and then extract lessons from specific recreation problems in the Wasatch Mountains and the Moab area. A symposium highlight will be “A Conversation with the Secretary” between Sally Jewell, former Secretary of the Interior, and Robert Keiter of the University of Utah S. J. Quinney College of Law. Jewell will discuss her unique perspective on conservation and recreation, based on her experience as Secretary of the Interior and as former CEO of REI.

Visit the event website to see the agenda and speaker list.

Registration is required. Click here to register.


Restoring Balance Self-Care Retreat
Wednesday, March 27, 2019

This one-day CME-accredited retreat is designed for health care professionals including physicians, advanced practice clinicians, nurses, social workers and chaplains, who are suffering from burnout, compassion fatigue, having difficulty finding a sense of meaning or purpose in their careers or are simply looking for new ways to manage stress and increase resiliency. The retreat involves didactic teaching, guided stress-reduction exercises including mindfulness and yoga, facilitated group discussion and time for personal reflection.

The retreat is co-facilitated by Paul Thielking and Julie Howell. Thielking is board certified in Psychiatry and Hospice & Palliative Medicine. Howell is a certified mindfulness instructor. Both have a long-standing interest in helping health care professionals with stress and burnout and have been leading self-care retreats for the past several years.

Click here for more information.


UTAH HEALTH SALT LAKE CITY MARATHON
Saturday, April 13, 2019

Join University of Utah Health for the Salt Lake City Marathon on April 13.

Students receive a 25 percent discount on their registration.  Please submit a copy of your student ID to info@saltlakecitymarathon.com to receive a special discount code.

Employees receive a special 30 percent discount with the following code: uofuhealthruns19

There is something for everyone with seven events to choose from. Whether you’re a seasoned runner going for a PR or brand new and looking to take on your first 5k, we’ve got you covered:

Full (BQ)  |  Half  |  10k  |  5k
Bike Tour  |  10k Skate  |  Kids K

Register here.


Foundations of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) 
Wednesdays, April 17-May 8, 2019 | 6-8 p.m.
U of U Health Resiliency Center | Health Sciences Education Building, Room 5775 (26 S. 2000 E.)

Experience our own renewal and rebirth this spring.  Through mindfulness practices, we will reconnect with ourselves and our lives.  This course is an introduction or a refresher to MBSR.  We will:  engage in mindfulness meditations, gentle yoga, mindful eating and mindful communication and integrate mindfulness into daily life to reduce stress and experience more joy, mental clarity and well-being.

The course is for the public and for employees and costs $99.

Click here to register.


SPRING 2019 PEAK EMPLOYEE FITNESS CLASSES
Now through April 23, 2019

PEAK fitness classes are available to all full- and part-time employees of the University of Utah, including:
  • University of Utah Health employees
  • Employees at Primary Children’s Hospital & Clinics
  • University affiliates in Research Park
  • Members of the University of Utah Alumni Association
  • Family members and partners of employees
  • Alumni association members

PEAK Health and Fitness offer a wide variety of classes including boot camp, circuit training, core training, indoor cycling, mat Pilates, stretch and strengthen, total body fitness, weight training and yoga.

Registration is available here.


Intensive Lifestyle Program
Now through May 1, 2019 | 5:15-6:45 p.m.    
LS Skaggs Patient Wellness Center

A 12-week medically supervised lifestyle change program includes motivation for behavior change, physical activity, stress management, and nutrition education. Weekly 90-minute group sessions: 45 minutes of group education and 45 minutes of exercise.

Open access to the gym 7-10 a.m., and 4-7 p.m., Monday-Friday

Multiple locations for this class with varying start dates exist.

Register here.