U Rising Podcast

A “Good Trouble” conversation with Emma Houston and Nubia Peña

Emma Houston puts it this way: “This is not just a one day or one month or one-week event. This is 365 days, every day, that we are intentional” about what equity, diversity and inclusion looks like. So how do we do that? In this episode, Houston, special assistant for engagement and program development in Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, and Nubia Peña, director of the Utah Division of Multicultural Affairs, share their thoughts on events of the past year and how the principles and practices of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and former Rep. John Lewis — who coined the phrase “Good Trouble” — can guide us in diversity work and racial healing. Recorded on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. Thanks to Brooke Adams, Emily Black and Dave White for technical assistance. Original music by Taylor Hartley.


Here’s what a key lawmaker is thinking about as the 2021 Legislature gets to work

In this episode of U Rising, Utah Rep. Melissa Garff Ballard shares what she wants to hear from leaders of higher education institutions in the state as they prepare to present their funding requests in the 2021 Utah legislative session. The U’s priorities, according to Vice President Jason Perry? Compensation for faculty and staff and funding for the renovation of the Applied Sciences Building. Rep. Ballard also shares how students, in particular, can work proactively and productively to make their voices heard. Record on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021. Thanks to Brooke Adams and Dave White for technical assistance. Original music by Taylor Hartley.


Keeping you digitally connected during the pandemic

Many Utahns may not realize the key role the University of Utah plays in providing the digital network infrastructure and tools used by education, telehealth, families and commerce throughout the state. This network and digital tools were significantly upgraded over the past year, thanks to the vision of the Utah Legislature. In this episode, Utah […]


Experience curators help students belong, connect, engage and transform

Tressa Parkes and Alexander Langenwalter are experience curators—a cool title for their work helping other students build social connections, engage on campus and get the most out of their time at the U, all virtually during the pandemic. The two students are featured on a new website launched by the Office of Undergraduate Studies as part of the exceptional educational experience initiative. In this episode, Tressa and Alexander join Martha Bradley-Evans, Jim Agutter and Brandon Marshall to explain the new initiative and how other students can get involved. Recorded on Monday, Dec. 21, 2020. Thanks to Brooke Adams and Dave White for technical assistance. Original music by Taylor Hartley.


Two nurses share their experiences working with COVID-19 patients

Christy Mulder and David Marple work in the medical ICU at University Hospital. These long-time nurses share what it is like to be on the frontlines caring for patients with COVID-19, from the complex safety gear they must wear to trying to help patients breathe and keeping family members informed about what’s happening. We are so grateful for the work of our healthcare employees and this episode of U Rising gives listeners a little insight into what they are experiencing. Recorded on Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020. Thanks to Brooke Adams and Dave White for technical assistance. Original music by Taylor Hartley.


Dr. Andy Pavia on what you should know about the coronavirus vaccine

Dr. Andy Pavia, chief of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at University of Utah Health, shares the latest information about the coronavirus vaccine—from how it was created to when Utah is likely to receive its first shipments and who will get the vaccine first. And what about children? And people who have had COVID-19? […]


A conversation with Pierre Lassonde and his advice to three student entrepreneurs

In 2021, we will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute—and the remarkable vision of Pierre Lassonde, who conceived the idea for this incredible hub for student innovation at the University of Utah. In this conversation, Pierre reflects on the past 20 years and outlines what’s next for the Lassonde Institute. You’ll also hear from three student entrepreneurs about their startup ideas and hear the advice Pierre shared with them. Recorded on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020. Thanks to Brooke Adams and Dave White for technical assistance. Original music by Taylor Hartley


Research Park: A look back, a look forward for award-winning innovation ecosystem

In 1968, the University of Utah purchased 300 acres along the valley’s east bench to create a hub where up-and-coming companies could set down roots, grow and develop innovative products and provide jobs for entrepreneurs and researchers. This year, Research Park received a national award for its fulfillment of that goal. What’s next for Research Park? Patti Ross, chief business strategy officer, and Jon Bates, executive director of the Department of Real Estate Administration, discuss the past and future of Research Park in this episode of U Rising. Recorded on Monday, Nov. 23, 2020. Thanks to Brooke Adams and Dave White for technical assistance. Original music by Taylor Hartley.


APLU recognizes U—and the PIVOT Center—for its innovation and economic impact

The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities has recognized the U for its innovation, entrepreneurism and economic impact in Utah. Keith Marmer, the U’s chief innovation and economic engagement officer, explains this prestigious designation and the broadened role of our technology transfer operation, newly renamed the PIVOT Center. Recorded on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020. Thanks […]


Rich Brown on the new endowed Dean’s Chair at the College of Engineering

Dean Rich Brown is the inaugural holder of the H.E. Thomas Presidential Endowed Dean’s Chair in the College of Engineering, a chair made possible by a generous $4 million donation to the U. Who is H.E. Thomas and why did he create this endowed chair? You’ll learn about Mr. Thomas and how Dean Brown has led the College of Engineering to new heights in this episode of U Rising. Recorded on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. Thanks to Brooke Adams and Dave White for technical assistance. Original music by Taylor Hartley.