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How seawater strengthens ancient Roman concrete
Utes add Elli Koskinen to 2017-18 roster
New CourseLeaf Section Scheduler replaces paper class scheduling process

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Although seawater corrodes concrete within a few decades, concrete structures built by the ancient Romans have lasted for more than 2,000 years. The secret is in the Romans’ materials – volcanic ash, lime, and seawater, that grow new minerals over time that strengthen the material. University of Utah geologist Marie Jackson published the results of her latest study of Roman concrete in the journal American Mineralogist. The story was covered by the Washington Post, Time, Science, Nature, and more. A one-minute video summary has garnered more than 75,000 views on YouTube.


The University of Utah women’s basketball program announced the addition of Elli Koskinen to the 2017-18 roster by head coach Lynne Roberts. The 6-foot-5-Koskinen comes to the Utes from Finland where she played club ball and for the national team.

The highly recruited forward out of Pernio, Finland, will look to make an immediate impact with the Utes this season. Koskinen has represented her home country on the international stage on multiple occasions, playing for the U15 (2011), U16 (2012) and U18 (2013-14) national teams, bringing big atmosphere experience to the Jon M. Huntsman Center this winter.

“We are really excited about Elli joining our Utah family,” Roberts said. “Her size, mobility and skill set are a perfect fit for our program and the direction we are headed.”

“During her visit, it was an instant connection and we saw that she would fit in great with our team and the culture surrounding our program. We are looking forward to having her on campus this fall.”

Playing with the national team and for her club teams, she has proved she is a threat on both ends of the court. She spent three years with Turun Riento and this past season with Forssan Alku. In 2015-16, Koskinen was close to averaging a double-double with Turun Riento, scoring 8.5 points and grabbing 8.5 rebounds through 17 games.

She dominates the glass on the boards, but also keeps the lane clear after leading the U19 league and U16 league in blocks per game. In international play, she has had multiple standout games, including a double-double against Latvia in a 2014 U18 European Championships qualifier game where she chipped in 12 points and 13 rebounds.

Koskinen will join an already stacked freshman class for the 2017-18 season that will not only add depth and size to the front court, but also valuable international playing experience. With Koskinen in the mix, the Utah newcomers average over 6-foot-1 in height, have multiple state championships between them and bring two highly recruited international stars in Koskinen and Maurane Corbin to the table.

Corbin, who comes to Salt Lake City from Saint-Bruno, Quebec, stands even with Koskinen at 6-foot-5. The pair will enter the 2017-18 season as two of the tallest freshmen in the Pac-12 this year.


The Office of the Registrar will be implementing CourseLeaf Section Scheduler (CLSS), a new scheduling software which will replace the previously paper-based class scheduling process. The new software will place many tools in the hands of college and department administrators, which will help in the goal of creating optimal class schedules for our students.

CLSS goes live on July 12 and the upcoming Spring 2018 Class Schedule will be created using this new technology. 

To learn more about CLSS, click here.


A postdoctoral research associate in the College of Social Work is recruiting participants for a study on ways to improve attention among students and is seeking help from faculty teaching summer classes.

If you are willing to let the lead researcher come make a 5-minute presentation to your undergraduate or graduate class about the study, please contact Adam Hanley at

This is a grant-funded, IRB-approved study that will involve about 90 participants. The participants will be paid up to $60 for their time, which will consist of a one-hour pre-testing session, a one-hour post-testing session and four 15-minute attention training sessions.