Humans of the U: Roundup

“For my first go-around at the U, I came here intending to major in medical laboratory science. I ended up working up at the Eccles Institute of Human Genetics for about two years before changing my major to athletic training, which I then graduated in. After graduation, I hoped to continue my medical education but decided to take a little time out to travel a bit first. One trip lead me to find work as a cattle wrangler on a ranch in Australia for a time.

I then joined the Navy and spent about three years in Naples, Italy, at a community-sized hospital working in inpatient services …”

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“I’m retiring as the deputy chief sustainability officer after being on campus for 10 years. I’ve seen a lot of change over the past decade. There’s a lot more support for sustainability efforts across campus.

In my former career as an architect and planner—plus trained in California in the 70s—the environment was always a component of my work. Realizing that the people in the buildings had far more of an impact over the building’s life than the building itself, I started getting interested in human behavior, which turned to looking at how those people got to the building and their commute patterns …”

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“What I love about reggae music is it’s the sound of the downtrodden. It’s their stories. I’m a big story guy. This is the story of African people who are ripped from Africa, taken to Jamaica and forced to be sugar cane harvesters. When slavery ended, they stayed and embraced this religion called Rastafari …”

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“Gov. Herbert announced my appointment to the Utah Board of Regents on May 24, 2019. I’m honored to represent all the students who attend public colleges and universities in the state, and especially proud to do this as a student from the University of Utah. I know so many of my fellow students in the state are qualified for this position, so it’s incredible that the governor chose me to be the student regent for next year …”

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“I’m originally from Iran, a country where LGBT people are facing severe persecution. They don’t have legal protections and they can’t obtain educational degrees, so to be at the U is incredibly liberating. And it’s a great opportunity to represent the student body as an ASUU elected assembly representative. I represent the undergraduate constituency through listening to students’ concerns, working on campus reform and enacting legislation …”

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“If somebody gave me millions of dollars and set me in an isolated lab, I don’t think I’d make an impact. Impact is all about collaborating with other people, bouncing ideas off them, realizing they have a different technique. It’s a human endeavor, science. It’s not something where you stick yourself in the corner and brilliant things happen. The friendships I’ve made with collaborators have been spectacular. That’s allowed me to travel the world and visit with them in different places. It’s very much a people thing …”

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“I never imagined my life would consist of playing a superhero, dodging explosions, traveling through time, casting spells and zip-lining out of buildings. Let alone saving the world from armies of the dead, as stunt double for Arya Stark in the world’s most popular television show ‘Game of Thrones.’ I didn’t know my love for gymnastics could turn into such a successful career …”

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We’ll be featuring Humans of the U and sharing their stories throughout the year with the university community. If you know someone with a compelling story, let us know at ThisWeek@utah.edu.