By Heidi Brett, marketing and public relations director, University of Utah J. Willard Marriott Library

The J. Willard Marriott Library and the Office of the Vice President for Research hosted the first annual “Celebrate U: A Showcase of Extraordinary Faculty Achievements” on March 9, 2016. The event highlighted University of Utah faculty who reached a pinnacle of professional success in 2015. Those honored were faculty who authored a book, were primary contributors to a realized creative work or were the top-funded researchers with their college. The J. Willard Marriott Library congratulates all honorees for their stellar work and contributions to the University of Utah and beyond.

Below is a representative sampling of those honored event. The categories include creative works, book authors and research awards.

Creative works

Barlow Bradford, DMA, School of Music


Barlow Bradford was the conductor for the University of Utah Chamber Choir, who won the 2015 European Gran Prix for Choral Singing.

Kim Martinez, MFA, Department of Art and Art History


Kim Martinez created a cross-disciplinary mural at Esperanza Elementary. This was a community commissioned project that included art as a vehicle to create a culturally and socially empowering environment at the school.

Carol Sogard, MFA, Department of Art and Art History


Carol Sogard has created “Our Cross,” which utilizes plastic grocery bags in weaving artworks, exploring new methods of weaving of reclaimed plastics.

Erin Carraher, M.Arch. II, School of Architecture
Jörg Rügemer, M.Arch., School of Architecture


Erin Carraher and Jörg Rügemer won the 2015 Wood Design Award and were named the Regional Excellence Winner for their design and construction of three cabins for the Girl Scout’s Trefoil Ranch Camp near Provo, Utah.

Book authors

Thomas Lund, D.Phil., LL.B., College of Law

Published “The Creation of the Common Law: The Medieval Year Books Deciphered.”

Joy Pierce, Ph.D., Department of Communication, Latin American Studies


Published “Digital Fusion: A Society Beyond Blind Inclusion (Critical Intercultural Communication Studies) 1st Edition.”

Sonia Salari, Ph.D., College of Nursing, Department of Sociology, Family & Consumer Studies


Published “Family Violence Across the Life Course: Research, Policy and Prevention.”

Research awards

Bethany Anne Buck-Koehntop, Ph.D., Department of Chemistry

American Cancer Society Research Scholar Grant: “Investigating DNA Recognition by Methyl-CpG Interpreters in Prostate Cancer.”

Daniel L. Dustin, Ph.D., Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism


Toward a Better Understanding of Nature’s Resiliency-Building and Restorative Power for Armed Forces Personnel, Veterans, and Their Families.

William R. Jenson, Ph.D., Department of Psychology, Psychiatry, Special Education


Superheroes Social Skills Training, Rethinking Autism Internet interventions, Parent Training, EBP classroom training, functional behavior assessment: An Autism spectrum disorder, evident based practice (EBP) training track for school psychologists.