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On the "U Rising" podcast, President Ruth V. Watkins engages in insightful conversations with students, staff, faculty, alumni and community stakeholders who are at the center of the state's flagship research university. President Watkins also connects with other leaders to give listeners a fresh take on top issues and innovations in higher education in Utah and across the country. You can subscribe to U Rising via iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher and other podcast streaming services.

U LAUNCHES NEW CENTER FOR VIOLENCE PREVENTION

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. Read the full transcript.

HOW THE U IS HELPING UTAHNS RESKILL AND UPSKILL IN THE PANDEMIC

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. Read the full transcript.

DEAN MARTELL TEASLEY SETTING NATIONAL PATH FOR SOCIAL WORK ON ANTI-RACISM

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. Read the full transcript.

HELPING OUR STUDENT ATHLETES SUCCEED: A CONVERSATION WITH KAREN PAISLEY

Karen Paisley wears many hats at the University of Utah: Associate dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Health, professor in Parks, Recreation and Tourism, and faculty representative to Athletics. It’s that last job Karen talks about in this episode—how she came to be the faculty rep for Athletics and how our university is supporting student athletes, especially those who have had their fall seasons postponed due to the pandemic. Recorded on Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. Thanks to Brooke Adams and Dave White for technical assistance. Music by Taylor Hartley. Read the full transcript.

WHAT OUR RESEARCHERS ARE LEARNING ABOUT COVID-19

From infection modeling to wastewater detection and impact on why front-line workers, a stellar group of University of Utah researchers from across our campus are working steadily to understand the novel coronavirus. In this episode of U Rising, listen as researchers Lindsay Keegan, Jennifer Weidhaas and Daniel Mendoza share their work on COVID-19 and the insights they are gaining. Recorded on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. Thanks to Brooke Adams and Dave White for technical assistance. Music by Taylor Hartley. Read the full transcript.

SVP DAN REED ON OUR FALL SEMESTER PLAN

Dan Reed, senior vice president for Academic Affairs, has led our planning efforts for Fall Semester 2020—no small task. In this episode, he shares the principles that have guided our efforts, explains our mixed format approach to instruction, the reasoning behind our fall schedule and the many precautions the U is taking to promote health. Recorded on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2020. Thanks to Brooke Adams and Dave White for technical assistance. Music by Taylor Hartley. Read the full transcript.

THE SAGE APPROACH TO HELPING STUDENTS SUCCEED

Mike Martineau, director of Institutional Analysis, is leading a project called SAGE that consists of a proactive and responsive technology platform driven by machine learning to help students stay on track to graduate. It’s an exciting idea with real potential to make a difference in degree completion. Recorded on Thursday, July 27, 2020. Thanks to Brooke Adams and Dave White for technical assistance. Music by Taylor Hartley. Read the full transcript.

Opening doors: Test optional admissions and the For Utah Scholarship

Steve Robinson, senior associate vice president for enrollment management, is leading two initiatives to ease access to the University of Utah. The ACT & SAT admissions tests are now optional. And the For Utah Scholarship has receiving strong interest from Utah high school students who want to attend the state’s flagship university. Learn why the U launched these initiatives and what they mean for students. Recorded on Monday, July 28, 2020. Thanks to Brooke Adams and Dave White for technical assistance. Music by Taylor Hartley. Read the full transcript.

MAKING A DIFFERENCE FOR THE NAVAJO NATION AND OTHER TRIBES

Heather Tanana and Jami Harvey are both members of the Navajo Nation. In this episode, they share perspectives on how coronavirus has impacted the Navajo community as well as other tribes in Utah. Jami, a junior at the U, will be collecting stories about community members’ experiences as part of an undergraduate research project, while Heather, a research professor at the S.J. Quinney College of Law, is leading a major relief effort. Want to help? Visit indianlaw.utahbar.org. Recorded on Tuesday, June 23, 2020. Thanks to Brooke Adams and Dave White for technical assistance. Music by Taylor Hartley. Read the full transcript.

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Message to Campus Community Regarding COVID-19

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U OF U SILICON SLOPES SUMMIT 2020

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