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Your well-being matters: How the University Counseling Center can help

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At the University of Utah, as on most college campuses, more students are reporting anxiety and stress due to the pandemic, a divisive election season and economic disruption. Lauren Weitzman, director of the University Counseling Center, and Josh Newbury, interim associate director for clinical services, discuss mental health trends, pandemic fatigue and how the Counseling Center has adapted to provide helpful services and support. Recorded on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020. Thanks to Brooke Adams, Emily Black and Dave White for technical assistance. Original music by Taylor Hartley.

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A conversation with 2020 MacArthur Fellow Nels Elde

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The MacArthur Fellowship—often referred to as the genius grant—recognizes talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a capacity for self-direction. That describes U Professor Nels Elde perfectly. The MacArthur Foundation announced on Oct. 6, 2020, that Elde, an evolutionary geneticist, had been named a MacArthur Fellow. In this conversation, Elde describes his work, his influences and how he learned about this incredible recognition. Recorded on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. Thanks to Brooke Adams and Dave White for technical assistance. Original music by Taylor Hartley.

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The U’s Indigenous Land Acknowledgement Statement

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On Oct. 12, 2020, the U officially released its Indigenous Land Acknowledgement Statement. Elizabeth Kronk Warner, dean of the U’s S.J. Quinney College of Law and co-chair of the Native American Land Use Committee, describes the purpose and use of the statement and the work that went into creating it. Recorded on Wednesday, Oct. 14, […]

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U team provides daily tips for parenting in a pandemic

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When the pandemic hit Utah in the spring, Aaron Fischer and his team at the U’s College of Education recognized an opportunity to help parents—as well as teachers—navigate the challenges of in-home learning and online technology. In this edition of the U Rising podcast, Aaron describes his team’s work with the Granite School District, the daily parenting tips the team is producing and their effort to make these teaching lessons available in as many languages as possible. Recorded on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. Thanks to Brooke Adams, Emily Black and Dave White for technical assistance. Music by Taylor Hartley

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Nursing in the time of COVID-19

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The nursing profession is changing the landscape of health care and many of us are more aware of the vital role nurses play in patient care as they serve on the front lines of of the coronavirus pandemic. This also happens to be the
International Year of the Nurse and Midwife, a fitting time to recognize our nurses and midwives. In this episode, Marla De Jong, dean of the College of Nursing, and Tracey Nixon, chief nursing officer at the University of Utah Health, share insights into the profession today. Marla also shares how you can join the “Thank a Nurse, Fund the Future” initiative that is supporting our student nurses. Recorded on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020. Thanks to Brooke Adams and Dave White for technical assistance. Music by Taylor Hartley.

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The Presidential Internship Program

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Since 1992, a select group of students has had the opportunity to serve in the president’s office at the University of Utah. The Presidential Internship Program lets students work with, observe and learn from senior administrators, providing them with a behind-the-scenes understanding of higher education. In this episode, Merry Joseph and Sinndy Rios, co-leads of this year’s cohort, describe their experiences as presidential interns. Recorded on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020. Thanks to Brooke Adams, Emily Black and Dave White for technical assistance. Music by Taylor Hartley.

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U Office for Research sets anti-racist agenda

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In June, Vice President for Research Andy Weyrich issued a statement expressing the commitment of his office to addressing systemic racism. In this conversation, Vice President Weyrich shares what that commitment means and steps his office has already begun to take in this effort. Recorded on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020. Thanks to Brooke Adams, Emily Black and Dave White for technical assistance. Music by Taylor Hartley.

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U launches new Center for Violence Prevention

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Chris Linder is the inaugural director of the U’s new Center for Violence Prevention. Guided by Linder, the center will take a power-conscious approach to examining how to prevent violence before it happens. In this episode, Linder describes the center’s mission and goals and how you can get involved. A virtual launch for the center is set for Tuesday, Sept. 22, at 11 a.m. Learn more here: https://bit.ly/2EkjoWM Recorded on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. Thanks to Brooke Adams and Dave White for technical assistance. Music by Taylor Hartley.

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How the U is helping Utahns reskill and upskill in the pandemic

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The University of Utah will play a major role in Utah’s economy recovery and revitalization following the coronavirus pandemic. In this episode of U Rising, Deborah Keyek-Franssen, associate vice president and dean of Continuing and Online Education, talks about the short-term programs her office has launched to help Utahns reskill and upskill. There is even a new program to help parents improve their digital skills so they are better prepared to help their children with online education. Recorded on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020. Thanks to Brooke Adams and Dave White for technical assistance. Music by Taylor Hartley.

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Dean Martell Teasley setting national path for social work on anti-racism

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Martell Teasley is the dean of the College of Social Work and he is co-chairing the Grand Challenge to Eliminate Racism—a new challenge put forth to the profession by the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare. Dean Teasley talks about his anti-racism work at the national level, within the college and also the college’s upcoming social justice programs. Recorded on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020. Thanks to Brooke Adams and Dave White for technical assistance. Music by Taylor Hartley.

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