Distinguished service to women

The committee for the Linda K. Amos Award for Distinguished Service to Women is looking for nominations or re-nominations for the 2019 award honoring those who selflessly give their time and energy to improve the educational and/or working environment for other women at the university.

2018 Recipient: Carrie Levitt-Bussian, collections manager of paleontology at the Natural History Museum of Utah

“I’m very, very honored and never expected to receive an award like this for the work I do in paleontology,” said Levitt-Bussian. “To me, I’m just doing my job. I don’t feel like I’m going above and beyond, I’m just doing the job I love. I like to spend time taking people on behind-the-scenes tours and teaching during job shadows and internships. It’s an amazing honor to receive this for continuing to improve the educational and working environment for women.”

Levitt-Bussian, in addition to being the museum’s paleontology collections manager, Levitt-Bussianis a full-time mentor. She offers college students a hands-on internship where participants get real lab and curation experiences handling fossils. In fact, three of her student interns actually decided to change their majors and pursue a science degree after their experiences. She also offers job shadowing to young people and mentors the museum’s many volunteers.

Since her appointment in 2013, Levitt-Bussian has expertly cared for the museum’s vast paleontology collection empowering the crew of volunteers along the way. She teaches them about the many aspects of collections so they can teach others during the museum’s annual public events such as the Behind the Scenes and DinoFest weekends.

2019 Nominations

Nominations must be made by a member of the university community (faculty, staff or student) and should include:

  1. A letter of nomination outlining the candidate’s commitment to improving the educational and/or working environment for women at the U.
  2. A brief CV, resume or biography of the candidate.
  3. One or more additional letters from the university community supporting the candidate.

Click here for full instructions and the list of past recipients.

Deadline for nominations is Friday, Jan. 18, 2019, at 12 p.m. Please send nomination materials electronically to amos-award@utah.edu and use the subject line “LK Amos Award Nomination.”

Linda K. Amos was the founding chair of the Presidential Commission on the Status of Women, was a professor of nursing and served for many years as dean of the College of Nursing and as associate vice president for Health Sciences. Throughout her career, she was the champion for improving the status and experience of women on campus.

Paleontology procures the prize

The 2018 Linda K. Amos award was presented to Carolyn (Carrie) Levitt-Bussian collections manager of paleontology at the Natural History Museum of Utah. The award was presented on March 2, 2018, by Kathryn Bond Stockton, associate vice president for Equity and Diversity and Lauren Clark, professor in the College of Nursing, who represented the Linda K. Amos Award Subcommittee of the Presidential Commission on the Status of Women.

“I’m very, very honored and never expected to receive an award like this for the work I do in paleontology,” said Levitt-Bussian. “To me, I’m just doing my job. I don’t feel like I’m going above and beyond, I’m just doing the job I love. I like to spend time taking people on behind-the-scenes tours, and teaching during job shadows and internships. It’s an amazing honor to receive this for continuing to improve the educational and working environment for women.”

Levitt-Bussian, in addition to being the collections manager of paleontology at the NHMU, is a full-time mentor. She offers college students a hands-on internship where participants get real lab and curation experiences handling fossils. In fact, three of her student interns actually decided to change their majors and pursue a science degree after their experiences. She also offers job shadowing to young people and mentors the museum’s many volunteers.

“I have seen Carrie approached by young girls who are beyond excited to meet a real, live, woman paleontologist,” said nominator Catherine Webb. “Carrie not only advocates for the women immediately around her, but she recognizes her place and responsibility as a role model.”

“Paleontology has been and still is a male dominated field and it’s not common  to find a female in the lab and field. The perception is that women can’t lift as much or wield a jack hammer and use a rock saw with precision. I love working in the field and changing perceptions especially with the interesting challenges that come along with field work. I love to show young women that paleontology is fun, interesting and they can find a future in this field,” said Levitt-Bussian.

As a child, Levitt-Bussian was strongly influenced by a visit to The Mammoth Site in Hot Springs, South Dakota. The site paleontologist, Dr. Larry Agenbroad, took the time to answer all of her young questions about fossils and mammoths and told her to contact him if she had any more. She did, and he replied. A few years later, after many letters back and forth, due to her clear passion for this field, she was invited by Agenbroad on her first dig.

“At the age of 12, I immediately knew what I wanted to be when I grew up. Because someone took the time share their passion for paleontology with me and invest in my education by continually answering my many questions, I found my passion for paleontology,” said Levitt-Bussian.  “I try to pay it forward whenever I teach a new group of kids visiting the museum.”

Levitt-Bussian has also been turned into a cartoon character for the museum’s interactive, educational program “Research Quest.” Cartoon Carrie walks students through the critical thinking process to find clues, create a hypothesis and verify their findings in order to prove it right or wrong.

Since her appointment in 2013, Levitt-Bussian has expertly cared for the museum’s vast paleontology collection, empowering the crew of volunteers along the way. She teaches them about the many aspects of collections so they can teach others during the museum’s annual public events such as the ‘Behind the Scenes’ and ‘DinoFest weekend.

If you know of someone who should be considered for the Linda K. Amos award, click here for full nomination details.

Announcements

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Amy Wildermuth named dean of University of Pittsburgh School of Law
Paleontology procures the prize: Linda K. Amos Award winner announced
Binge worthy: UMC film festival

HIP talks speech contest
2018 Global Learning retreat call for applications

The Great ShakeOut drill
Summer technology camp
UKids summer camp 2018
Fall textbook adoption requests due
Beacons of Excellence Award call for nominations


Amy Wildermuth named dean of University of Pittsburgh School of Law

Amy Wildermuth, associate vice president for faculty and chief sustainability officer, has accepted an offer from the University of Pittsburgh to serve as dean of the School of Law, effective July 1, 2018. Wildermuth has served on the University of Utah faculty since 2001. She has remained active as a teacher and scholar, even as she assumed the roles of associate vice president for faculty in 2011 and chief sustainability officer in 2013. As AVP, Wildermuth worked to support chairs and deans, enhanced retention, promotion and tenure and hiring practices, solved many challenges and provided guidance and timely help to leaders across the university. As chief sustainability officer, Wildermuth has been a passionate advocate and partner on many innovative efforts, from community solar and electric vehicle programs to increasing sustainability learning outcomes to implementing strategies that advance our progress toward carbon neutrality.

Dr. Harriet Hopf, professor and vice chair for faculty development in the Department of Anesthesiology and adjunct professor of bioengineering, will serve in the role of associate vice president for faculty on a part-time basis in the interim, beginning on April 2, 2018. More information about leadership for the Sustainability Office will be forthcoming.


PALEONTOLOGY PROCURES THE PRIZE: LINDA K. AMOS AWARD WINNER ANNOUNCED

The 2018 Linda K. Amos award was presented to Carolyn (Carrie) Levitt-Bussian collections manager of paleontology at the Natural History Museum of Utah. The award was presented on March 2, 2018, by Kathryn Bond Stockton, associate vice president for Equity and Diversity and Lauren Clark, professor in the College of Nursing, who represented the Linda K. Amos Award Subcommittee of the Presidential Commission on the Status of Women.

“I’m very, very honored and never expected to receive an award like this for the work I do in paleontology,” said Levitt-Bussian. “To me, I’m just doing my job. I don’t feel like I’m going above and beyond, I’m just doing the job I love. I like to spend time taking people on behind-the-scenes tours, and teaching during job shadows and internships. It’s an amazing honor to receive this for continuing to improve the educational and working environment for women.”

Levitt-Bussian, in addition to being the collections manager of paleontology at the NHMU, is a full-time mentor. She offers college students a hands-on internship where participants get real lab and curation experiences handling fossils. In fact, three of her student interns actually decided to change their majors and pursue a science degree after their experiences. She also offers job shadowing to young people and mentors the museum’s many volunteers.

Click here to read the full story.


BINGE WORTHY: UMC FILM FESTIVAL

Forget Netflix originals and YouTube cat videos, if you’re looking for your next binge-watching marathon the University’s Marketing & Communication (UMC) team has you covered. The office recently hosted a campus film festival to show the best of its video production work over the past year – 36 short films you can watch via this link.

The films were produced on behalf of campus entities to help tell the stories of people and programs from across campus. The short features included stories on student housing, Utah Esports, the value of getting a humanities degree, and why you might not want to take personal advice from first-year students.

“We have worked hard over the past few years to recruit some of the best creative talent in Salt Lake City to our team. Local advertising agencies are taking notice, our in-house ability to produce top-notch video content is as good as you’d find at any local agency,” according to Jeff Hanson, UMC’s executive producer. Hanson points to the 10 awards received by the office in 2017 from the University & College Designers Association (the most UCDA awards than any other university or college in the nation for the year).

While the office has plenty of work on its hands, Hansen says the team is always ready to meet with campus clients to discuss and brainstorm new projects. You can reach Hansen at 801-581-7509 or via email at jeff.hanson@utah.edu.

Click here to read the full story.


HIP Talks Speech Contest

In honor of the public speaking skills of former Utah Congressman Wayne Owens, the Hinckley Institute of Politics and ASUU are proud to host the HIP Talks annual speech contest.

Participants have two minutes to deliver a speech on any topic of their choosing. One grand prize winner will receive $5,000 and five runners up each receive $1,000. This event is open to all University of Utah students who want to contribute original, powerful thinking in the form of public speaking. Qualifying rounds: April 2, 3 and 4. Final round: April 11.

Click here for more information.


2018 GLOBAL LEARNING RETREAT CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
Deadline for applications: April 9, 2018

The Office for Global Engagement (OGE) invites faculty, administrators, and staff for a retreat in beautiful Centennial Valley, Montana, in the relaxing setting of the TNC Environmental Humanities Center to educate, motivate, and facilitate the advancement of global learning across the disciplines on our campus.

Retreat dates: Sept. 20-23, 2018. 

For more details and how to apply, click here.

The retreat will build on the Global Learning Across the Disciplines (GLAD) grant initiative that seeks to incentivize curriculum revision to integrate global and intercultural learning. The retreat will provide structured interaction and training with experts in the field as well as informal exchanges and activities in a place designed for rumination and contemplation. Participants will learn about the AAC&U VALUE rubrics to define learning outcomes and assess stated outcomes, to design classroom activities and assignments that focus on global learning, and improve teaching and learning for students to develop the global competence that will be required for them to succeed in today’s interconnected world.

We invite faculty, administrators, and staff involved in, or interested in global learning and curriculum internationalization to apply for this exceptional opportunity for professional development. Learn from the experts, meet and find new ways to collaborate with other individuals on campus who are engaged in global learning, and explore the unique setting in Centennial Valley. The retreat will include up to 20 participants who will be selected and invited by OGE after an initial application process.


THE GREAT SHAKEOUT DRILL

The Great Utah ShakeOut is an opportunity for our University campus to learn about overall preparedness plans, what to do during earthquakes, and then practice those skills.

Watch for a campus alert on April 19, 2018, at 10:15 a.m., encouraging everyone to practice drop, cover and hold on. Practice and reinforcement of these protective actions can help prevent injury when the earth starts to shake. Remember, it is not the shaking of the ground that causes death or injury, it is the objects that are falling that will be most dangerous.

If you haven’t signed up to receive emergency messages from the University, please update your profile in CIS today. Help us keep our students and campus community prepared and safe by encouraging participation in the Great Utah ShakeOut earthquake drill.


SUMMER TECHNOLOGY CAMP

The School of Computing’s GREAT summer technology camps are open for registration. These camps have programs for upper elementary, middle school, and high school ages with topics in computer programming, game development, graphics and robotics. Most camps are one week programs from 9a-3p with an optional late afternoon activity.

Learn more about these camps at cs.utah.edu/~dejohnso/GREAT or just search “GREAT camps Utah.”


UKIDS SUMMER CAMP 2018

Calling all kiddos ages 5-8. Join us this summer at UKids – Presidents Circle for Summer Camp 2018.

First session will begin May 14 and end June 20, second session will begin June 21 and end Aug. 1. There will be a $100 discount for registering for both sessions.

The camps will feature two weekly field trips, including such places as Hogle Zoo and Discovery Gateway, developmentally appropriate curriculum and lots of opportunities for adventure. Registration will open early April so mark your calendars.

If you have any questions, please call 801-585-7393 or email presidentscircle@sa.utah.edu. Hope to see you there.


 Fall Textbook Adoption Requests Due

If you haven’t submitted your textbook adoptions to the University Campus Store for 2018 fall semester, it’s not too late. Submitting adoptions is easy—simply complete the University Campus Store’s online textbook adoption form for a Quick Adoption. If you need assistance, please contact Dave Nelson at 801-581-8321 or dnelson@campusstore.utah.edu.

Prompt submission of textbook adoptions by faculty each semester enables the Campus Store to stock books in a timely manner and increases the chances of offering used textbooks, eBooks and rental textbooks, all of which help students save up to 50 percent off of new book prices. The Campus Store relies heavily on your timely response, so please don’t delay.

Final textbook adoptions for summer and fall 2018 semesters are due on  April 6.

Thank you for your ongoing support of the Campus Store’s textbook adoption program and best wishes for another great academic year.


BEACONS OF EXCELLENCE AWARD CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

Consider nominating a person, program or project to recognize contributions to an exceptional undergraduate educational experience at the University of Utah.

Nominations are due by 5 p.m. on April 6, 2018. Nominate someone here

The University of Utah fosters a transformational experience for all students. We value and recognize a respect for knowledge that empowers students to become actively engaged on campus. We accomplish this through recognizing people, programs and projects committed to excellence.

HR Updates

RECOGNIZING WOMEN

You still have time to nominate or re-nominate someone you know and respect for the Linda K. Amos Award for Distinguished Service to Women. This award is for those who selflessly give their time and energy to improve the educational and/or working environment for other women at the university.

The 2016 Amos Award recipient, Associate Chair of the Division of Gender Studies Kim Hackford-Peer, was nominated through a combination of coworkers and students for her work to support equity and diversity through curriculum design, teaching, academic advising and mentoring.

“The gratitude I felt was for the time that people took to put the nomination together, even more so than the prize. It felt like ‘Wow! They know; they see, what I’m doing.’ We need more of that in this world,” said Hackford-Peer. “I feel like receiving this award meant so much to me because it was a recognition of the work that I actually do that isn’t part of my job description.”

Nominations must be made by a member of the university community (faculty, staff or student) and should include:

  1. A letter of nomination outlining the candidate’s commitment to improving the educational and/or working environment for women at the U.
  2. A brief CV, resume or biography of the candidate.
  3. One or more additional letters from the university community supporting the candidate.

Click here for full instructions.

Deadline for nominations is Friday, Jan. 15, 2017, at 12 p.m. Please send nomination materials electronically to amos-award@utah.edu and use the subject line “LK Amos Award Nomination.”

Linda K. Amos was the founding chair of the Presidential Commission on the Status of Women, was a professor of nursing and served for many years as dean of the College of Nursing and as associate vice president for Health Sciences. Throughout her career, she was the champion for improving the status and experience of women on campus.

Recognizing women

You still have time to nominate or re-nominate someone you know and respect for the Linda K. Amos Award for Distinguished Service to Women. This award is for those who selflessly give their time and energy to improve the educational and/or working environment for other women at the university.

The 2016 Amos Award recipient, Associate Chair of the Division of Gender Studies, Kim Hackford-Peer, was nominated through a combination of coworkers and students for her work to support equity and diversity through curriculum design, teaching, academic advising and mentoring.

“The gratitude I felt was for the time that people took to put the nomination together, even more so than the prize. It felt like ‘Wow! They know; they see, what I’m doing.’ We need more of that in this world,” said Hackford-Peer. “I feel like receiving this award meant so much to me because it was a recognition of the work that I actually do that isn’t part of my job description.”

Nominations must be made by a member of the university community (faculty, staff or student) and should include:

  1. A letter of nomination outlining the candidate’s commitment to improving the educational and/or working environment for women at the U.
  2. A brief CV, resume or biography of the candidate.
  3. One or more additional letters from the university community supporting the candidate.

Click here for full instructions.

Deadline for nominations is Friday, Jan. 15, 2017, at 12 p.m. Please send nomination materials electronically to amos-award@utah.edu and use the subject line “LK Amos Award Nomination.”

Linda K. Amos was the founding chair of the Presidential Commission on the Status of Women, was a professor of nursing and served for many years as dean of the College of Nursing and as associate vice president for Health Sciences. Throughout her career, she was the champion for improving the status and experience of women on campus.

HR Updates

By Presidential Commission on the Status of Women, Linda K. Amos Subcommittee

The 2017 Women’s Week Committee, Presidential Commission on the Status of Women and Office for Equity and Diversity request nominations for the 18th annual Linda K. Amos Award for Distinguished Service to Women. This award recognizes an individual staff or faculty member who has selflessly given time and energy to improve the educational and/or working environment for women at the university.

The nominee should represent the ideals and actions of Dr. Linda K. Amos, for whom the award was named. Amos was the founding chair of the Presidential Commission on the Status of Women, was a professor of nursing and served for many years as dean of the College of Nursing and as associate vice president for Health Sciences. Throughout her career, she was the champion for improving the status and experience of women on campus.

The award will be presented during the March 2017 Women’s Week celebration.

Past recipients include Linda K. Amos (1999), Fern Gardner (2000), Victoria Judd (2001), JoAnn S. Lighty (2002), Kirtly Parker Jones (2003), M. Denise Dearing (2004), Carol Sansone (2005), Elizabeth Tashjian (2006), Kathryn Brooks (2007), Kathleen Digre (2008), Leigh Neumayer (2009), Debra Daniels (2010), Susan Olson (2011), Carrie Byington (2012), Joanne Yaffe (2013), Debra Willardson (2013), Cynthia Burrows (2014), Mary Anne Berzins (2015) and Kim Hackford-Peer (2016).

Nominations must be made by a member of the university community (faculty, staff or student) and should include the following:

  1. Letter of nomination outlining the candidate’s commitment to improving the educational and/or working environment for women at the University of Utah; this should be broadly focused on contributions and activities within the University, rather than at a national level. Nominees for the award will be considered in light of their cumulative, positive advancement of women at the University of Utah. Indicators of excellence may include one or more of the following:
    • Improving the educational environment for women at the department, college or university
    • Improving the working environment for women at the department, college or university
    • Establishing policies to include and value women’s contributions
    • Advancing equity and representation of women
    • Creating opportunities for women
    • Expanding the influence of women at the department, college or university
  1. Brief CV, resume or biography of the candidate
  1. One or more additional letters from the university community supporting the candidate

Previously nominated candidates can be re-nominated by submitting updated materials congruent with the current award criteria.

Deadline for nominations is Friday, Jan. 13, 2017, at 12 p.m.

Please send nomination materials electronically to amos-award@utah.edu and use the subject line “LK Amos Award Nomination.”

SERVICE TO WOMEN

By Estela Hernandez, public relations and events specialist, University of Utah Office for Equity and Diversity and L.K. Amos Award Selection Committee

Kim Hackford-Peer, associate director of Gender Studies Program, has been selected for the 2016 Linda K. Amos Award for Distinguished Service to Women. The award will be presented to Hackford-Peer at the Women’s Week keynote address scheduled for Thursday, March 24, at noon in the Union Ballroom.

This award, presented annually, recognizes a staff or faculty member who has selflessly given time and energy to improve the educational and/or working environment for women at the U and represents the ideals and actions of Linda K. Amos, for whom the award is named.

Amos was the founding chair of the Presidential Commission on the Status of Women and served as associate vice president of Health Sciences and the dean of the College of Nursing.  She is professor emerita of nursing.

Hackford-Peer supports equity and diversity through “curriculum design; teaching; advising; mentoring; student support; university policy; administrative work; grant-writing; and, in her example, warmth and endlessly generous manner,” said Susie Porter, director of Gender Studies Program. “She is a life-line for many students who identify as queer. She is a rare confidant and support for students for whom their identity as ‘woman’ may not always be recognized by others, or which may be a complicated identity for themselves.”

Hackford-Peer earned her Ph.D. from the Department of Education, Culture and Society in 2010 and joined the University of Utah as assistant professor (lecturer) and associate director for the Gender Studies Program in 2011.  Her responsibilities include academic advising, curriculum planning and development, teaching and oversight of graduate teaching assistants. Hackford-Peer sits on various campus committees, such as the General Education Curriculum Committee, focused on the diversity requirement, and is keenly aware of the lasting impact that her contributions to these committees will make for current and future students. One example of her important contributions to curriculum design include the acquisition of grant funding for a two-semester cohort course that brings students into community-engaged learning in partnership with Neighborhood House and the U’s Women’s Resource Center, where university students take classroom learning in gender equity and diversity into practical settings, such as early childhood education.

Hackford-Peer also collaborated with students to co-chair the 2014 Pride Week Committee. She is an important advisor and advocate for students across campus. Hackford-Peer has unfailingly devoted her time to helping students to navigate the university, and to create and nurture spaces for students to flourish as people and in their academic career.

Student Life

U DRIVE ELECTRIC DEADLINE EXTENDED

 Another excuse to buy an electric car! 

U Drive Electric deadline has been extended into Jan. 31, 2016, due to popular demand. U community members now have a longer opportunity to purchase or lease a, clean, plug-in hybrid or zero tailpipe emissions eclectic vehicle at a discounted price — 5-20 percent off MSRP. With the New Year’s spirit in the air and the inversion season upon us, U Drive Electric hopes to inspire and to facilitate a new generation of electric car owners. To receive the most current information, visit udriveelectric.org. The University of Utah is regularly considering and implementing solutions to lessen its environmental impact and to improve conditions for the community and future generations. The University’s Sustainability Office in partnership with Utah Clean Energy, and with a generous grant from UCAIR has joined together to offer this incentive program.


ANNUAL NOTICE: PEER-TO-PEER FILE SHARING AND COPYRIGHT VIOLATION

Every year, as a result of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and the Higher Education Opportunity Act, The University of Utah distributes a notice about its policy regarding peer-to-peer file sharing and copyright violations. All students, faculty and staff should understand that it is a violation of federal law and university policy to share and/or distribute copyrighted materials without the permission of the copyright holder. Violators may be subject to civil and criminal prosecution under federal law, as well as personal sanctions specified in university policy.

Please review the policy notice and contact helpdesk@utah.edu with any questions.


LINDA K. AMOS AWARD NOMINATIONS DEADLINE APPROACHING

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The 2016 Women’s Week Committee, Presidential Commission on the Status of Women and Office for Equity and Diversity request nominations for the 17th annual Linda K. Amos Award for Distinguished Service to Women. This award recognizes an individual staff or faculty member who has selflessly given time and energy to improve the educational and/or working environment for women at the university.

Deadline for nominations is Friday, Jan. 15, 2016, at noon.

Please send nomination materials electronically to: amos-award@utah.edu and use the subject line “LK Amos Award Nomination.”

For more information, click here.


RESEARCH PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR LANGUAGE STUDY

Research participants are needed for a fun and engaging study about language. The study lasts approximately 50-60 minutes and involves listening to audio recordings and making intuitive ratings of the expressions heard. Participants will be paid $15 for their time. We are looking for interested individuals who fit one of the following four descriptions:

1. Native English speakers, between the ages of 18 and 40, who grew up speaking English (both men and women are welcome).

2. Non-native English speakers, between the ages of 18 and 40, who have an advanced level of proficiency in English (both men and women are welcome; people of various backgrounds are welcome).

3. Native French speakers, between the ages of 18 and 40, who grew up speaking French (both men and women are welcome).

4. Non-native French speakers, between the ages of 18 and 40, who have an advanced level of proficiency in French (both men and women are welcome), and are native speakers of English.

If you are interested in participating, or if you have any questions, please contact us at violamakarova@hotmail.com. If you have previously taken part in this study, you may not be eligible for this new version of it.


RSVP FOR LAW SCHOOL ‘ROCK STAR’ ERWIN CHEMERINSKY SPEECH AT THE U
Feb. 4, 2016 |5:30-7:30 p.m.
S.J. Quinney College of Law, 6th floor moot courtroom


chemerinsky

He’s the closest thing the law school circuit has to a rock star. And now Erwin Chemerinsky is headed to the University of Utah, scheduled to speak Feb.4 as part of the 50th Annual Leary Lecture at the S.J. Quinney College of Law. Chemerinsky is a well-known professor at the University of California, Irvine School of Law. Previously, he taught at Duke Law School for four years, during which he won the Duke University Scholar-Teacher of the Year Award in 2006. He also taught for 21 years at the University of Southern California School of Law, UCLA School of Law and DePaul University College of Law. His areas of expertise are constitutional law, federal practice, civil rights and civil liberties, and appellate litigation. He is the author of eight books, including The Case Against the Supreme Court published in 2014, and more than 200 articles in top law reviews. He frequently argues cases before the nation’s highest courts, including the United States Supreme Court, and also serves as a commentator on legal issues for national and local media. He writes a weekly column for the Orange County Register, monthly columns for the ABA Journal and the Daily Journal, and frequent op-eds in newspapers across the country. In January 2014, National Jurist magazine named Chemerinsky as the most influential person in legal education in the United States. His lecture is expected to be a huge draw at the U for the legal community, where he’ll reflect on the last half century of constitutional law. He is available for media interviews prior to his visit. Those interested in attending can RSVP here.


UTAH INDOOR CLEAN AIR ACT REMINDER

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Reminder: In accordance with the Utah Indoor Clean Air Act, smoking is not allowed in any university facility or vehicle; owned, operated or leased. Smoking is not allowed within 25 feet of any building entrance, operable window or air intake.


Student Life

LINDA K. AMOS AWARD NOMINATIONS OPEN

linda-amos

The 2016 Women’s Week Committee, Presidential Commission on the Status of Women and Office for Equity and Diversity request nominations for the 17th annual Linda K. Amos Award for Distinguished Service to Women. This award recognizes an individual staff or faculty member who has selflessly given time and energy to improve the educational and/or working environment for women at the university.

Deadline for nominations is Friday, Jan. 15, 2015, at noon.

Please send nomination materials electronically to: amos-award@utah.edu and use the subject line “LK Amos Award Nomination.”

For more information, click here.


RESEARCH PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR LANGUAGE STUDY

Research participants are needed for a fun and engaging study about language. The study lasts approximately 50-60 minutes and involves listening to audio recordings and making intuitive ratings of the expressions heard. Participants will be paid $15 for their time. We are looking for interested individuals who fit one of the following four descriptions:

1. Native English speakers, between the ages of 18 and 40, who grew up speaking English (both men and women are welcome).

2. Non-native English speakers, between the ages of 18 and 40, who have an advanced level of proficiency in English (both men and women are welcome; people of various backgrounds are welcome).

3. Native French speakers, between the ages of 18 and 40, who grew up speaking French (both men and women are welcome).

4. Non-native French speakers, between the ages of 18 and 40, who have an advanced level of proficiency in French (both men and women are welcome), and are native speakers of English.

If you are interested in participating, or if you have any questions, please contact us at violamakarova@hotmail.com. If you have previously taken part in this study, you may not be eligible for this new version of it.


LAW SCHOOL ‘ROCK STAR’ ERWIN CHEMERINSKY TO SPEAK AT THE U
Feb. 4, 2016 |5:30-7:30 p.m.
S.J. Quinney College of Law, 6th floor moot courtroom


chemerinsky

He’s the closest thing the law school circuit has to a rock star. And now Erwin Chemerinsky is headed to the University of Utah, scheduled to speak Feb.4 as part of the 50th Annual Leary Lecture at the S.J. Quinney College of Law. Chemerinsky is a well-known professor at the University of California, Irvine School of Law. Previously, he taught at Duke Law School for four years, during which he won the Duke University Scholar-Teacher of the Year Award in 2006. He also taught for 21 years at the University of Southern California School of Law, UCLA School of Law and DePaul University College of Law. His areas of expertise are constitutional law, federal practice, civil rights and civil liberties, and appellate litigation. He is the author of eight books, including The Case Against the Supreme Court published in 2014, and more than 200 articles in top law reviews. He frequently argues cases before the nation’s highest courts, including the United States Supreme Court, and also serves as a commentator on legal issues for national and local media. He writes a weekly column for the Orange County Register, monthly columns for the ABA Journal and the Daily Journal, and frequent op-eds in newspapers across the country. In January 2014, National Jurist magazine named Chemerinsky as the most influential person in legal education in the United States. His lecture is expected to be a huge draw at the U for the legal community, where he’ll reflect on the last half century of constitutional law. He is available for media interviews prior to his visit. Those interested in attending can RSVP here.


UTAH INDOOR CLEAN AIR ACT REMINDER

indoorcleanairact
Reminder: In accordance with the Utah Indoor Clean Air Act, smoking is not allowed in any university facility or vehicle; owned, operated or leased. Smoking is not allowed within 25 feet of any building entrance, operable window or air intake.


FEED YOUR CREATIVITY: SPRING 2016 NON-MAJOR ART COURSES


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You don’t have to be an art major to want to add a little creative flavor into your class schedule and we’re making it easy for you. Click here for the list of all the non-majors courses offered in the College of Fine Arts for Spring 2016 to ALL University of Utah students.

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LINDA K. AMOS AWARD

By Presidential Commission on the Status of Women, Linda K. Amos Subcommittee

The 2016 Women’s Week Committee, Presidential Commission on the Status of Women and Office for Equity and Diversity request nominations for the 17th annual Linda K. Amos Award for Distinguished Service to Women. This award recognizes an individual staff or faculty member who has selflessly given time and energy to improve the educational and/or working environment for women at the university.

The nominee should represent the ideals and actions of Dr. Linda K. Amos, for whom the award was named. Amos was the founding chair of the Presidential Commission on the Status of Women, was a professor of nursing and served for many years as dean of the College of Nursing and as associate vice president for Health Sciences. Throughout her career, she was the champion for improving the status and experience of women on campus.

The award will be presented during the March 2016 Women’s Week celebration.

Past recipients include Linda K. Amos (1999), Fern Gardner (2000), Victoria Judd (2001), JoAnn S. Lighty (2002), Kirtly Parker Jones (2003), M. Denise Dearing (2004), Carol Sansone (2005), Elizabeth Tashjian (2006), Kathryn Brooks (2007), Kathleen Digre (2008), Leigh Neumayer (2009), Debra Daniels (2010), Susan Olson (2011), Carrie Byington (2012), Joanne Yaffe (2013), Debra Willardson (2013), Cynthia Burrows (2014) and Mary Anne Berzins (2015).

Nominations must be made by a member of the university community (faculty, staff or student) and should include the following:

  1. Letter of nomination outlining the candidate’s commitment to improving the educational and/or working environment for women at the University of Utah; this should be broadly focused on contributions and activities within the University, rather than at a national level. Nominees for the award will be considered in light of their cumulative, positive advancement of women at the University of Utah. Indicators of excellence may include one or more of the following:
  • Improving the educational environment for women at the department, college or university
  • Improving the working environment for women at the department, college or university
  • Establishing policies to include and value women’s contributions
  • Advancing equity and representation of women
  • Creating opportunities for women
  • Expanding the influence of women at the department, college or university
  1. Brief CV, resume or biography of the candidate
  2. One or more additional letters from the university community supporting the candidate

Previously nominated candidates can be re-nominated by submitting updated materials congruent with the current award criteria.

Deadline for nominations is Friday, Jan. 15, 2015, at noon.

Please send nomination materials electronically to: amos-award@utah.edu and use the subject line “LK Amos Award Nomination.”