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DON’T BE ALARMED! BLANK SHOTS BEING FIRED IN FORT DOUGLAS Jan. 16 Heads up – on Friday, Jan. 16, between 10 – 10:30 a.m. the Salt Lake City Army Recruiting Battalion will be firing blank rounds during an honor guard memorial service at the Post Chapel in Fort Douglas, located at 120 Fort Douglas Blvd. […]

Fort Douglas Post Chapel
Jan. 16

Heads up – on Friday, Jan. 16, between 10 – 10:30 a.m. the Salt Lake City Army Recruiting Battalion will be firing blank rounds during an honor guard memorial service at the Post Chapel in Fort Douglas, located at 120 Fort Douglas Blvd. If you hear several shots during that time, there’s no need to be concerned.


The Second City at Kingsbury Hall
Jan. 17 at 7:30 p.m.

Chicago’s legendary sketch and improv comedy theater comes to Kingsbury Hall with “The Second City Hits Home,” a new show that finds laughs in all things local, from history, events and hot-button issues to headlines from “The Salt Lake Tribune and Deseret News. Mixed with a generous portion of classic Chicago-style improv created by some of Second City’s most lauded alumni such as Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, Gilda Radner, Bill Murray and more, it’s sure to entertain.
Second City

Ticket Information:
Front Orchestra/Loge: $29.50
Rear Orchestra/Center Balcony: $24.50
Rear Balcony: $19.50

U students: $5 with UCard (arts pass)
Non-U students: $10 with school ID
University staff/faculty/Alumni Assoc. members: 10 percent off with ID or membership card

Price does not include handling or facility fees.
Click here to purchase tickets now.

Additional Information:
Children under the age of 6 not permitted. No babes in arms or lap sitting allowed. All patrons must have a ticket, regardless of age.

Jan. 18, 7 – 8 p.m.

The School of Music at the University of Utah presents “Sunday’s @ 7: Faculty Showcase” on Sunday, Jan. 18 from 7 – 8 p.m. in the Dumke Recital Hall.

Admission is free.

Faculty guitarist Tully Cathey, flutist Lisa Byrnes and oboist Robert Stephenson present an evening of intimate chamber works, including the premier of a new trio written by Cathey. The program also features a sonata for oboe and guitar from the French Baroque, flute and guitar duos by the Brazilian composer Machado and a trio by the Italian composer Castelnuovo-Tedesco.

For more information, click here.

Jan. 15, 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.

The School of Music at the University of Utah presents: Chamber Music Society of Salt Lake City Takács Quartet on Thursday, Jan. 15 from 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. in the Libby Gardner Concert Hall.

Admission for faculty and staff is $16.

The Salt Lake Chamber Music Society is delighted to welcome the Takács Quartet. This internationally celebrated ensemble plays with a unique blend of drama, warmth, and humor, combining four distinct musical personalities to bring fresh insights to the string quartet repertory. In 2012, Gramophone inducted the Takács into its hall of fame—the only string quartet to receive the honor. Their program includes Schubert’s quartets “Quartetsatz,” “Rosamunde,” and “Death and the Maiden.”

For more information, click here.

Thousands of Utah kids compete in LEGO robotics tournament at U
Jan. 31

Thousands of Utah middle school students, ages 9 – 14, are competing in Utah FIRST LEGO League tournaments across the state in January 2015. Students participate in the programLEGO by building robots and inventing new ideas to explore the classroom of the future in this year’s theme, World Class. Teams worked all fall to prepare LEGO robots and project presentations for regional competitions on Jan. 3, 10 and 17 and the state championship, which will be held at the University of Utah in the Student Union on Jan. 31. All events are open to the public.

Utah FIRST LEGO League program is headquartered at the U’s Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute, an interdisciplinary division of the David Eccles School of Business. The Lassonde Institute organizes the program to promote an interest in innovation and entrepreneurship among Utah children.

“The students that compete in FIRST LEGO League are our future inventors, scientists and business leaders,” says Anne Bastien, the Utah operational partner for FIRST LEGO League and a program manager at the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute. “Through this program, they learn how to solve challenging real-world problems using creativity and teamwork. They also gain the motivation to pursue a meaningful education and career path.”

For time, location and more information about the tournaments, visit

linda-amosLinda K. Amos Award Nominations Requested
Closes Jan. 16, 12 p.m.

The 2014 Women’s Week Committee, Presidential Commission on the Status of Women and Office for Equity and Diversity request nominations for the 16th annual Linda K. Amos Award for Distinguished Service to Women.

This award recognizes an individual staff or faculty member who has selflessly given time and energy to improve the educational and/or working environment for women at the university.

The nominee should represent the ideals and actions of Dr. Linda K. Amos, for whom the award was named. Dr. Amos was the founding chair of the Presidential Commission on the Status of Women, was a professor of nursing, served for many years as dean of the College of Nursing and as associate vice president for Health Sciences. Throughout her career, she was the champion for improving the status and experience of women on campus.

The award will be presented during the March 2015 Women’s Week Celebration and nominations must be made by a member of the university community (faculty, staff or student). For more information, visit and send nomination materials electronically to

Noorda Building 1University Dental Clinic Opening – Open House and Free Screenings
Jan. 15, 3 – 7 p.m.

The University of Utah School of Dentistry invites all university faculty, students and staff to attend an open house Thursday, Jan. 15 from 3 – 7 p.m. at the Ray and Tye Noorda Oral Health Sciences Building. Building tours, food and fun are available to all who attend.

The School of Dentistry’s new clinic is offering free dental screenings throughout January. To schedule a screening, please call 801-58SMILE (7-6453).

The new clinic offers complete dental care:
• General pediatric and family dentistry
• Restoration and replacement
• Teeth Whitening
University health plans and most other insurances are accepted.

The Dental Clinic is located at 530 South Wakara Way, just east of the University Orthopaedic Hospital.

Jan. 15, 7 – 9 p.m. in ANNEX 1210

For $108, those who love the snow can get hands-on training needed to stay safe this winter in the backcountry at an avalanche workshop from Continuing Education and Lifelong Learning. Skiers, boarders, ‘shoers and snowmobilers, from beginners to experts, will find class provides practical information about:

  • Snow pack
  • Weather
  • Terrain evaluation
  • Safe route finding
  • Avalanche rescue
  • Transceiver search

To register for this workshop or for more information, click here, or call 801-587-LIFE (5433). This class fulfills a WellU requirement and also meets on Jan. 17 from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Jan. 17, 2015

Come learn new ways to enhance your immune system with herbal preparations during cold and flu season. Discussion will include herbs, teas, decoctions, tonics and foods that stimulate functions, increase vitality, help strengthen your deep immune core and support the lymphatic system.

Cost: $45
Location: Red Butte Garden & Arboretum

There will also be a demonstration of the process for making elderberry syrup, fire cider and an inversion tea; students will take home samples of each. Co-sponsored with Red Butte Garden.

To register, or for more information, call 801-587-LIFE (5433) or visit

HRLS_20150127_JMoore[1]Jeffrey S. Moore: College Coaching for 21st Century Minds
Jan. 27, 2015, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Jeffrey S. Moore, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Murchison-Mallory professor of Chemistry, professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Howard Hughes Medical Institute professor, will describe the methods used in an attempt to transform the traditional, kilostudent classroom into a modern-day learning environment.

Formal instruction tends to emphasize rote learning and algorithmic problem solving even though these are tasks better done by machines than by humans. Since knowing the solution to a problem is less important than knowing how to solve a problem, the large, instructor-centered lecture has been transformed into an open, student-centered problem-solving forum. Here, instructors serve the role of coaches, preparing students to learn on their own and become better equipped to tackle the complex problems of twenty-first-century science and medicine. The objectives, which have relevance beyond the classroom, are:

– To improve student confidence

– To regularly engage students in intense thought

– To sharpen students’ skills in filtering relevant from irrelevant information

– To train students to accept and manage intellectual risks

– To improve students’ ability to deal with ambiguity

– To help students learn to persevere through, and grow from their daily setbacks

The most important finding is the positive outcome from a semester-long group project that puts students’ knowledge into action by communicating a molecular mode of action exhibited in a compound of interest.  Notably, learning gains were seen in professional science-based literacy skills. The talk will conclude with ongoing and future activities aimed at personalizing undergraduate instruction as a means to promote curiosity driven learning.

Center For Science and Mathematics Education (CSME) has moved locations
On Jan. 9, 2015, the Center for Science and Mathematics Education (CSME) relocated to the Intermountain Network and Scientific Computation Center (INSCC). Their offices will no longer be in the John Widtsoe Building (JWB) or Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts and Education Complex (SAEC).

The offices for the Salt Lake Valley Science and Engineering Fair (SLVSEF) will remain in the Annex for the time being.

For all programs, please note the new mailing address:
Center for Science and Mathematics Education
155 S. 1452 East, Room 452
Salt Lake City, UT 84112

Welcome Jordan!

The CSME welcomes Jordan Gerton, associate professor of Physics and Astronomy, as the new interim director as of October 1, 2014. CSME would like to thank Nalini Nadkarni for her exceptional leadership over the past several years and looks forward to another productive year.


A familiar face at the University of Utah’s David Eccles School of Business is expected to become the newest member of the Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors.

AlLandonAllan R. Landon, an adjunct professor at the David Eccles School of Business who has taught courses since 2011, was nominated by President Barack Obama this month to fill an open position of governor on the seven-member board.

If confirmed by the Senate, Landon will fill one of two vacancies on the board, which oversees the Federal Reserve System and plays a significant role in formulating U.S. monetary policy.

“Allan Landon has the proven experience, judgment and deep knowledge of the financial system to serve at the Federal Reserve during this important time for our economy,” Obama said in statement posted on

Word of Landon’s nomination isn’t a surprise to those who have worked with him at the Business School, where he is known as a well-respected professor.

Taylor Randall, dean of the Business School, who teaches a course with Landon titled “Profiles in Business Leadership,” said he’s pleased to see his colleague receive the president’s nomination.

“I have co-taught with Al for four years and have always enjoyed the experience with him and Eccles School students,” said Randall. “He’s a consummate professional and excellent mentor to business students.”

In addition to teaching, Landon is widely known for running the Bank of Hawaii from 2004 to 2010, helping the community bank navigate the financial crisis without federal help.  Prior to his time in Hawaii, he worked for 28 years as a CPA for Ernst & Young. Landon also helped found community bank investment fund BanCapital in Portland, Oregon. He is director of State Farm Bank in Illinois and previously served as chairman of the Board of Regents of the University of Hawaii and Hawaii Medical Services Association.

Landon is on the boards of the Smithsonian Institution and Public Broadcasting Service. A graduate of Iowa State University, Landon currently resides in Park City with his wife Sue.

Besides his teaching role at the David Eccles School of Business, Landon is a member of the David Eccles School of Business National Advisory Board and also serves on an advisory board for the Utah Museum of Fine Arts.