Watkins looks forward to first week
Academic Senate Committee Interest Survey
February Academic Senate recap
U Debate Society recognized by Utah State Legislature
U professor and BBC crew team up for rare bear footage in Turkey
Clear the Air Challenge
Excellence in Global Engagement Awards
Research Reproducibility 2018 Conference call posters
Beehive Honor Society now accepting applications
We have an unprecedented opportunity to build on what has been achieved to date. I will seek opportunities to hear from you over the next several months and look forward to building the U’s vision together.
A first priority is to recruit two leaders to fill the roles of senior vice president for Academic Affairs and senior vice president for Health Sciences. I anticipate we will identify these leaders later this spring. The search processes are underway, and I am confident we will attract highly qualified, visionary and enthusiastic individuals ready to join with us in moving the institution to new heights. Thank you in advance for the role that you will play in supporting the recruitment of these leaders.
I have particularly appreciated the opportunity to work with President Pershing over the past five years. Thanks to his leadership, the University of Utah is well positioned for the future. Today, our students have access to innovative, high-quality educational experiences and increased scholarship support to aid them in crossing the finish line to the degree; our researchers and educators generate and disseminate knowledge that addresses urgent societal challenges; and our campus community – staff, students and faculty – change the world through their daily work. And, this work is advanced in campus facilities that have been transformed for 21st century education and scholarship. I know that the campus community joins me in expressing gratitude for President Pershing’s dedicated service.
I look forward to working with all of you to ensure that the University of Utah is a place that puts students first, improves the health of our community, connects research to societal needs, and supports the collaborative and entrepreneurial environment that will continue to attract talented people to our campus. It is through these efforts that we can best serve our fellow citizens as both the University of Utah and the University for Utah.
Ruth V. Watkins
Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
University of Utah
Any questions may be directed to Maddy Oritt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The survey link can be found here.
- A new graduate certificate in Statistics, with tracks in biostatistics, economics, and educational psychology.
- A new minor in Information Systems, for students in the David Eccles School of Business.
- A new minor in Games, through the Entertainment Arts and Engineering program.
- A new joint B.S./M.S. in Accounting, through the David Eccles School of Business.
The next Academic Senate meeting will be Monday, March 5 at 3 p.m. in the Moot Courtroom of the College of Law. Senate meetings are open to the public. The agenda will be posted here approximately one week before.
“The legislature’s recognition of the debate society underscores the competitive excellence we work to achieve as Utah’s oldest and most successful collegiate debate program, as well as the value we place on how the skills that we teach can be a part of shaping and improving political dialogue in the state,” said Michael Middleton, director of the John R. Park Debate Society. “Our entire coaching staff could not be prouder of the students who participate in the society and it is an honor to work with the best and brightest students from Utah and elsewhere who have contributed to this recognition and the other accomplishments of the program.”
The debate team had the honor of attending the resolution’s passage through the Utah House, followed by the Utah Senate.
In recent years, the team has enjoyed a close partnership with Alliance for a Better Utah co-hosting campaign debates. During the committee hearing, they offered their strong support of the resolution.
Read the full story here.
Şekercioğlu has been studying the Eurasian brown bears of Turkey’s Sarıkamış Forest Allahuekber Mountains National Park since 2006. In collaboration with the BBC One’s “Animals with Cameras” series, though, he got to see life from a bear’s-eye view. One bear found himself in a fight with another bear and was later chased for 45-minutes by yet another bear, before meeting up with a female who was unfortunately not interested in a love connection.
Şekercioğlu (who proudly sports a University of Utah hat on-camera) hopes that the show advances his efforts to protect the bears’ habitat in that part of Turkey.
Learn more about the bears of Sarıkamış forest here.
Mobile sources, including our personal cars, contribute significantly to fine particulate matter that dirties our winter air. Ride transit, walk, bike, carpool or even skip the trip. Then, log it into the online tracker. The top five individuals from the University of Utah team win dinner with Ruth Watkins, senior vice president and incoming president, and Amy Wildermuth, chief sustainability officer.
Help the U take first place overall, and remember, with cleaner air, we all win.
Find more information at cleartheairchallenge.org.
One faculty member and one staff member will be awarded (two awards). This is an annual award for which OGE seeks nominations each spring semester.
The award selection and ceremony is held in early April each year.
Click here for submission information. Deadline: March 2, 2018
Presenting a poster is a great opportunity, especially for students and new researchers, to obtain interesting and valuable feedback on ongoing research for conference attendees.
The conference will be held June 15, 2018. Click here for more information.
The application is due Feb. 12 and can be found here.