Campus Events

What Does the Inland Port Mean for Utah?
Monday, February 4, 2019 | 12-1 p.m.

Hinckley Caucus Room (Gardner Commons)

  • Maura Carabello, president of the Exoro Group
  • Miles Hansen, president and CEO of World Trade Center Utah
  • Councilman James Rogers, Salt Lake City Council District 1; vice chair of the Inland Port Board

Pizza & Politics is free and open to the public.

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

Monday, Feb. 4, 2019 | 3 p.m.

Moot Courtroom, S.J. Quinney College of Law, sixth floor

The next Academic Senate meeting will be Monday, Feb. 4, at 3 p.m. in the Moot Courtroom of the College of Law. Senate meetings are open to the public.

The following items will be discussed, among others:

  • Master of Business Creation
  • Permanent status for Sorenson Impact Center
  • BFA in Film and Media Arts and BFA in Graphic Design
  • Bachelor of Science in Data Science

The agenda will be posted here approximately one week before.

Monday, Feb. 4, 2019 | 3-5 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. 
Marriott Library, Room 1735

The University Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid (UOSFA) is hosting a series of workshops on campus for students. Students can learn more about how to apply for different aid options, such as scholarships, grants, work-study and loans. In addition, students can learn more about how to complete the verification process for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). UOSFA staff will give an informational presentation for the first 30 minutes. The remaining hour and a half will be devoted to one-on-one help and questions. Space is limited in the labs and it is recommended to arrive on time.

Canyonlands Ensemble Concert
Monday, Feb. 4, 2019 | 7:30 p.m.

Dumke Rectital Hall

Admission is free.

Mostly Morris

In recognition of his 31 years as a faculty member, the School of Music will present an evening of Morris Rosenzweig’s music along with works by his colleagues, Miguel Chuaqui and Steve Roens, on Monday, Feb. 4, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

Morris Rosenzweig began teaching at the University of Utah as an assistant professor in 1987 and retired this past December holding the rank of Distinguished Professor of Music. During his time in the School of Music, he wrote dozens of compositions that have performed by some of the top new music groups throughout the United States, Europe and Asia, has been the recipient of several prestigious awards, produced six internationally distributed CDs, and most importantly, taught courses in composition, theory and performance to students ranging from freshman through doctoral levels, many of whom have themselves gone on to be noted professionals in the field.

The program includes his “String Quartet” (1997), selections from two solo piano collections—”Points and Tales,” and “Preludes”—the premiere of “Good Night,” a new (2018) solo violin work, and as an especially fitting feature, the performance of his “Another Order of Cat” (1984), presented by five members of the original 1989 Canyonlands Ensemble.

Also on the program are pieces by his long-time colleagues, Steve Roens’ “Simple Precepts” for string trio, and Miguel Chuaqui’s string quartet, “Casi Cueca,” from “Cuarteto Claroscuro.”

The Wicked Problem of Food, Water and Energy: Local Solutions for Global Problems
Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019 | 12-1 p.m.

Hinckley Caucus Room (Gardner Commons)

Water and energy are critical to human survival. Water acquisition, management, movement, distribution, purification and post-use treatment are large users of energy. At the same time, energy production consumes significant amounts of water—whether it is fossil fuels, thermoelectric and nuclear power plants, solar farms, fracking, or biofuels. Population growth increased energy demand, and climate change creates an unsustainable trajectory for water consumption worldwide. Join Professor Weber as he discusses what is being done to address these concerns in Oregon and how this case study can work as a global solution.
  • Edward Weber, U.G. Dubach Professor of Political Science, School of Public Policy at Oregon State University

Pizza & Politics is free and open to the public.

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

Tuesdays, Feb. 5, Feb. 19 and 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:

  • Part I: “The Difference Between Us”
  • Part II:  “The Story We Tell”
  • Part III: “The House We Live In”

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

Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019 | 5:30-7 p.m. EHSL Synapse, Lower level Part I:  The Difference Between Us RSVP
Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019 | 5:30-7 p.m. EHSL Synapse, Lower level Part II:  The Story We Tell RSVP
Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019 | 5:30-7 p.m. EHSL Synapse, Lower level Part III:  The House We Live In RSVP

Discussion leaders:

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.

Winter Bike to the U Day
Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019 | 7-9 a.m.

Guardsman Way at 500 South, Health Sciences at HSEB and Legacy Bridge

Cyclists stop by on your morning commute to the university on our annual Winter Bike to the U Day. Down a hot drink and win cool prizes in celebration of International Bike to Work Day on Feb. 8.

Annual Bench Press Competition
Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019 | 2-6 p.m.
Eccles Student Life Center

Get Swole at the Student Life Center. Sign up or drop by and test your bench strength at our annual competition.

Fun swag for everyone and great prizes for winners (based on Wilkes Coefficient).

The cost is $6.

Register today at

Graduate Student Social
Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Graduate Reading Room, Level 1

Come visit the Graduate Reading Room and learn about all the services the library can provide to help you. We will also have free sushi, bagels, coffee, tea and more.

The Graduate Reading Room is located on level one in room 1180A.

More information can be found here.

Can Utah’s Ski Industry Survive Climate Change?
Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019  |  12-1 p.m.

Hinckley Caucus Room (Gardner Commons)

Many members of the U community enjoy recreating in the mountains for winter activities, but can Utah’s ski industry survive climate change? Panel featuring Dr. McKenzie Skiles, University of Utah Geography Department; Maura Olivos, Alta Environmental Center; and Leah Lange, University of Utah Ski Team (Nordic).

Pizza will be served.

What Does the World’s Largest Robot Have to Do with Mining?
Friday, Feb. 8, 2019 | 11-11:30 a.m.

Hinckley Caucus Room (Gardner Commons)

You are invited to enjoy a conversation with Jean-Sébastien Jacques, chief executive of leading mineral and metals company Rio Tinto. Rio Tinto is one of the world’s largest mining and metals companies and their products go into everyday products from your car to your iPhone to your skis. Jacques recently led Rio Tinto to define its purpose as a company:  “As pioneers in mining and metals, we produce materials essential to human progress.”

Jacques will share his thoughts on the opportunities and challenges of the future both in his industry and for society as a whole.  What will it mean for the job market of the future as companies like Rio Tinto harness digital power, automation and AI?  How do we re-define and expand our understanding of what it means to work in partnership–between companies and communities, companies and governments and or partners in a supply chain?  What are the essential materials that will be needed to convert the world to clean power sources?  If we know we need more copper, aluminum and lithium–how much should we also be focusing on recycling and “urban mining?” Jacques is challenging Rio Tinto employees across the world to meet questions like these by innovating, collaborating and inspiring each other to think like 21st-century pioneers. Join the conversation on how mining and metals can evolve to supply the sustainable products our future demands.

Pizza & Politics is free and open to the public.

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

Inverting the Inversion: Addressing Utah’s Air Quality
Monday, Feb. 11, 2019 | 12-1 p.m.
Hinckley Caucus Room (Gardner Commons)

Wintertime particulate matter and summer ozone impact Utah’s valleys every year. Hear a discussion of the problem and solutions with panelists Michael D. Brehm, University of Utah Occupational and Environmental Health and Safety; Thom Carter, UCAIR; a HEAL Utah Representative. Moderated by Myron Wilson, deputy chief sustainability officer at the University of Utah.

Pizza will be served.

Monday, Feb. 11, 2019 | 4-6:30 p.m.
Marriott Library, Gould Auditorium

The Carnegie Community Engagement Committee has chosen 20 campus and comity partnerships that meet the standards of community engagement are grounded in the qualities of reciprocity, mutual respect, shared authority, and co-creation of goals and outcomes.

Finalists will give a three-minute “lightning pitch” on their partnership work to the SVPs at the “Pitch-In” event this Feb. 11 from 4-6:30 p.m., in the Marriott Library’s Gould Auditorium. A total of $10,000 will be awarded to help continue great community engaged work. President Watkins will open the event, and all are welcome to attend, listen to the pitches and enjoy conversation and light appetizers following the event.

Confidently U: Promoting Positive Body Image
Monday, Feb. 11-Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019
Eccles Student Life Center

Drop by the Eccles Student Life Center Feb. 11-14 and celebrate body positivity during our Confidently U event.

This exciting week is dedicated to the promotion of a positive self-body image. Stop by for free classes and workshops, snacks, swag, prizes, discounted memberships and more.

While you’re here, we encourage you to take a selfie and leave a positive note on our wall.

Check out the schedule of events below or visit our Facebook page for more information.

  • Monday, Feb. 11: Free Yoga (12 p.m. in Arches Studio)
  • Tuesday, Feb. 12: Free Body Positivity Workshop (7:30 p.m. in the Hub)
  • Wednesday, Feb. 13: Self-Love Meditation (6:45 p.m. in Spirit Studio)
  • Thursday, Feb. 14: Free Yoga (12 p.m. in Bryce Studio) with free Zumba and wear red (5:30 p.m. in Bryce Studio)

The Future of Nuclear Power in Utah
Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019 | 12-1 p.m.
Hinckley Caucus Room (Gardner Commons)

Although nuclear power has long promised a reliable, affordable source of low carbon electricity, new reactor construction, especially “first of a kind” projects like the one the Utah Associated Municipal Power System (UAMPS) may finance, have often disappointed. Reviewing this history, Peter Bradford, a former U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commissioner and former a chairman of the New York and Maine utility regulatory commissions, will spotlight the risks of small public utilities’ involvement in nuclear plant construction and precautions available to protect customers from unanticipated costs.
  • Peter Bradford, professor of law and energy policy, Vermont Law School; former U.S. Nuclear Regulatory commissioner under Presidents Carter and Reagan

Pizza & Politics is free and open to the public.

*The Hinckley Institute neither supports nor opposes the views expressed in this forum. This event is sponsored by the Nonproliferation Policy Education Center.

Curiosity Bibliotherapy Open Book Club: ‘Still Alice’
Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019 | 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Marriott Library, 1705F, Level 1

Focused on maintaining one’s curiosity and desire to investigate, this book club follows a traditional format by meeting to discuss the same book. Discussion and readings are short. The club rotates between book genres every month.

More information can be found here.

Annual Environment AND Sustainability Research Symposium
Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019 | 5-7 p.m.  

Union Ballroom

Held every spring, the annual Environment and Sustainability Research Symposium celebrates interdisciplinary student research related to the environment and/or sustainability and recognizes Sustainability Leadership Award recipients. The symposium provides a great opportunity for students from across campus to synthesize and present their research in a poster session in a friendly and fun atmosphere. Like other Global Change & Sustainability Center events, the Symposium helps to cultivate relationships across the U community and can serve as a catalyst for new research ideas and collaborations.

Enjoy live music and refreshments while exploring the broad range of research being conducted by students at the U.

Free Film: ‘Sugar Coated’
Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019 | 12-2 p.m.
Marriott Library, Gould Auditorium, Level 1

Take a not-so-sweet trip by examining the various tactics used over the years to counter mounting scientific evidence about the dangers of sugar.

Students from the University of Utah School of Dentistry will be present to distribute oral hygiene kits during the screening of “Sugar Coated.”

Light refreshments will be provided.

Click here for more information.

Valentine’s Evening at UMFA
Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019 | 6-8:30 p.m.
G.W. Anderson Family Great Hall

Gilbert Stuart (American, 1755-1828), Mr. and Mrs. Simon Walker, ca. 1802, oil on canvas, purchased with funds from the Marriner S. Eccles Foundation, UMFA1982.007.001-22.

Join us for a romantic night at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts. Enjoy alcoholic and non-alcoholic libations and hors-d’oeuvres, peruse the galleries and listen to a sultry selection of music in the G.W. Anderson Family Great Hall.

For an additional fee, you may join award-winning curator of European, American and regional art Leslie Anderson for “Conscious Coupling: Scenes of Romance in the UMFA’s Collection,” beginning at 6:30 p.m. Please select the tour option when purchasing tickets to secure your spot; the tour is limited to 30 guests (21+).

Choose UMFA as your romantic getaway and make art a part of your evening together. Please purchase tickets by Thursday, Feb. 11 here.

Income Polarization and Political Outcomes: Mis-measurement, Measurement, and Some Actual Results from the US and Elsewhere
Friday, Feb. 15, 2019 | 9-11 a.m.

Hinckley Caucus Room (Gardner Commons)

  • Professor James K. Galbraith, Lloyd M. Bensten Jr. Chair in Government/Business Relations and professor of government at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin

This event is free and open to the public.

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

This event is co-sponsored by the University of Utah’s Department of Political Science and Economic.

Friday, Feb. 15, 2019 | 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
James L. Sorensen Molecular Biotechnology Building Lobby and Auditorium

Looking for a career opportunity in the growing power or energy industry? Come participate in the exclusive new event, Utah Power & Energy Career Expo. This is a unique opportunity to meet representatives from the power and energy industry in a new individualized format. Seating is limited and RSVP is required to participate.

Please RSVP here.

Any questions about the event can be addressed to Additional information about the event can be found here.

From Hinckley Intern to DC Insider: How to Jump Start your Political Career
Friday, February 22, 2019 | 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Hinckley Caucus Room (Gardner Commons)

  • Justin Brown, founder of HillVets Foundation, CEO of The Nimitz Group

This is cosponsored by the College of Social and Behavioral Science and the 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.

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 & 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 or 801-581-6393, with any questions.

The Armenia – Azerbaijan conflict: Displacement, Occupation and Hopes for Peace
Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019 | 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Hinckley Caucus Room (Gardner Commons)

  • Elin Suleymanov, ambassador of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the United States of America

Pizza & Politics is free and open to the public.

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

This is cosponsored by the University of Utah Political Science Department.

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 of U students, librarians, staff and the Campus Store.

Free coffee, hot chocolate and tea are provided.

Go here for more information.

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.

Intensive Lifestyle Program
Wednesdays, Feb. 13-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.

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.