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Policy at the Podium:
Climate Change: Its Impacts on Health & Society in the Mountain West

Date: Friday, February 26th, 2016
Time: 1:00 - 2:20 PM 
Location: Moot Court, Building 73 (Old Law School Building)
Guest Speakers:
  • Julia Corbett, Professor, Department of Communication
  • Andrew Linke, Research Assistant Professor, Department of Geography
  • Steven Bergstrom, Director, Office of Sustainability, Intermountain Healthcare

Pizza & Politics:
Roundtable Discussion on the 2016 Presidential Primaries

Date: Tuesday, March 1st, 2016
Time: 12:00-1:00 PM
Location: Hinckley Caucus Room (OSH 255)
Guest Speakers:
  • Jim Curry, Assistant Professor, Political Science
  • Tabitha Benney, Assistant Professor, Political Science
  • Baodong Liu, Professor, Political Science
  • Edmund Fong, Associate Professor, Political Science
  • Matt Burbank (moderator) Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies, Political Science

Degrees to Everywhere:
Couples' Stories of Navigating College, Work, and "Real Life"

Date: Thursday, March 3rd, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM
Location: Hinckley Caucus Room (OSH 255)
Guest Speakers:
  • Mike Dowdle, Bonneville Communications; Gayla Dowdle, The Family Support Center
  • Nicole and Peter Mouskondis, Nicholas and Company
  • Shawn Teigen, Utah Foundation; Megan Hallett, Escalante Elementary
  • Florian Hernandez, MPP; Brian Parcell, Morgan Stanley

Edie Kochenour Memorial Lecture and Symposium
Good Intentions: Moving the Needle on Diversity and Inclusion

Date: Friday, March 4th, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM
Location: Union Ballroom (Union Building) 
Guest Speaker: Dr. Chiquita Collins, Ph.D., Associate Dean for the Office of Diversity and Cultural Competence and Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Breaking Barriers for Women and Girls

Date: Monday, March 7th, 2016
Time: 4:00 PM
Location: Saltair Room (Union Building)
Guest Speaker: Nazanin Boniadi


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Dalai Lama Visit Rescheduled

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet has rescheduled his visit to the University of Utah for June 21.

Alta Carpool Incentive

In partnership with the Alta Environmental Center, environmental and sustainability studies will be testing a preferred carpool parking strategy.
photo credit Bureau of Land Management and Congressional Research Service

Mommy and Me

Psychology professor Elisabeth Conradt's latest study found that certain parenting strategies can combat the negative impacts of maternal depression on an infant.

Does Grand Canyon Need Monument Buffer?

Political science professor Dan McCool talks about the "evil specter of Grand Staircase".
photo credit Bureau of Land Management and Congressional Research Service

Medical Marijuana Poll

A recent survey from the Salt Lake Tribune and the Hinckley Institute found that 61% of Utahns support medical marijuana legalization, despite the LDS Church's comments.

One-Subject Bills A Hard Sell

While the concept of a one-subject bill would be appreciated by lawmakers, political science professor Tim Chambless says this is unlikely to change due to culture in Washington.
photo credit Bureau of Land Management and Congressional Research Service

Martinez on Celebrity Deaths, "Public Health Crisis", and Appreciating Women

Sociology professor Theresa Martinez has been featured in the news on several topics including: explaining why we mourn celebrity deaths, talking about people's  interest in the forbidden, and proposing an Appreciation of Women Day.

When Couples' Sleep Patterns Diverge

According to psychology professor Heather Gunn, couples do not need to sleep at the same time in order to have a healthy relationship.
Photo credit Huffington Post

Age of Idealism vs. Age of Cynicism

Political science professor Howard Lehman discusses the shift of political idealism to political cynicism in today's society.

The Paradox of Integrity and Corruption

University of Washington's J. Patrick Dobel recently visited campus to deliver the 2016 Dalmas Nelson Lecture on Law and Ethics.

Academic Minute with David Strayer

Psychology professor David Strayer explores the rise of infotainment systems in our cars and their potential consequences on our driving.

Cars: Think Eco-Friendly

Environmental and sustainability studies student Heather Hansen asks you to be a conscious consumer when buying your next car.

Hike a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

NCVS director Craig Bryan and family and consumer studies professor Kevin Rathunde just received a grant to begin studying the restorative, health-promoting benefits of the great outdoors on veterans and their families.

Perspectives of the Civil Rights Movement in Utah

Did you miss the MLK special event with FCS and ethnic studies professor Armando Solorzano and history professor Ronald Coleman? You can listen to the podcast here.

Costs of Lake Powell Pipeline Project Still in Dispute

Economics emeritus professor Gail Blattenberger discusses the debt of the Lake Powell Pipeline.

Hinckley's Jason Perry in the News

Utah lobbyist Jason Perry is now  permanent director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics. He recently conducted a survey showing little support for Utah Legislature compared to Gov. Herbert, as well as discussed the significance of the Utah caucuses.
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photo credit Bureau of Land Management and Congressional Research Service

Career Services Recognition Award

Psychology professor Jeanine Stefanucci won the inaugural Career Services Recognition Award, an award that recognizes faculty members who are instrumental in inspiring students and fostering their career development.

2016 Suit Up Winners 

Congratulations to CSBS students Aisea Mailei, Alithia Zamantakis, Ashley Macpherson, Basheer Yaqoobi, Christian Carlson, Danielle Holliday, and Lesley Garaycochea, for winning this year's Suit Up Award. The Suit Up program recognizes highly motivated students who have demonstrated financial need and assists them in purchasing business attire for their upcoming career.
photo credit Bureau of Land Management and Congressional Research Service

Distinguished Teaching Award

Congratulations to psychology professor Tim Smith and sociology professor Heather Melton for receiving the U's Distinguished Teaching Award!

Student Veteran Wins National Scholarship

Congratulations to psychology graduate student Kent Hinkson, who was awarded 1 of 3 national scholarships for student veterans from Student Veterans of America and the Walt Disney Company.
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APS Rising Star

Congratulations to psychology Ph.D. alum Chris Fagundes for being named an APS Rising Star at Rice University.

Graduate Student Receives Air Force Promotion

Congratulations to psychology graduate student Andrea Wolfe-Clark, who has promoted by the Air Force to the rank of Major.


Congratulations to political science professor Eu Bin Chung who received funding from the University of Utah Faculty Research and Creative Grant Program for her grant proposal, “We Like You Enough to Cooperate: A Blueprint for Reconciliation in East Asian International Relations".
Psychology graduate student Julia Harris received a travel grant from the Military Suicide Research Consortium to attend the American Association of Suicidology conference. Harris will participate in a pre-conference workshop that provides mentorship and support to students who display considerable promise for pursuing careers as military suicide researchers. 

February 22nd - March 28th 

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