U Rising Podcast

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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.

THE U’S INDIGENOUS LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT STATEMENT

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, 2020. Thanks to Brooke Adams and Dave White for technical assistance. Original music by Taylor Hartley. Read the full transcript.

U TEAM PROVIDES DAILY TIPS FOR PARENTING IN A PANDEMIC

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. Read the full transcript.

NURSING DURING THE TIME OF COVID-19

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. Read the full transcript.

THE PRESIDENTIAL INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

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. Read the full transcript.

U RESEARCH COMMITTED TO ANTI-RACIST ACTIONS

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. Read the full transcript.

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.

ONE U THRIVING: HOW CAN WE MAKE THIS A BETTER PLACE?

This summer Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, led by Vice President Mary Ann Villarreal, will launch a new initiative called One U Thriving to bring together four campus committees to look at policies and practices that perpetuate racism and inequity at the U. EDI also will establish a new executive committee that will initially take a similar look at hiring and retention practices. In this episode, Villarreal shares her vision for these efforts. Recorded on Thursday, June 24, 2020. Thanks to Brooke Adams and Dave White for technical assistance. Music by Taylor Hartley. Read the full transcript.

A NEW BEGINNING IN UNIVERSITY SAFETY

Chief Safety Officer Marlon Lynch took over as guest host for a conversation with U Police Chief Rodney Chatman, Ephraim Kum, ASUU student body president, and Ayana Amaechi, ASUU vice president for university relations, about campus safety—changes in the works, what students are looking for and how students will be involved going forward. Recorded on Thursday, June 18, 2020. Thanks to Brooke Adams and Dave White for technical assistance. Music by Taylor Hartley. Read the full transcript.

WHEN TALKING MAKES A DIFFERENCE

More than 100 students, staff and faculty gathered for the first Community Conversation dialogue on racism hosted by the U’s Bennion Center, the Peace and Conflict Studies Program in the College of Humanities, and the Black Cultural Center. The facilitators of this dialogue recognize, as shared in this episode of U Rising, that we are in a moment of urgency, a moment of intense grief, and also a moment of intense purpose. With that in mind, the conversations are continuing. Recorded on Tuesday, June 16, 2020. Thanks to Brooke Adams and Dave White for technical assistance. Music by Taylor Hartley. Read the full transcript.

“MAYBE IT’S TIME FOR US TO GET UNCOMFORTABLE”

As Utah’s only Black legislator, Rep. Sandra Hollins carries a tremendous weight as she strives to represent not just her district but all the state’s marginalized and minority communities. Rep. Hollins, a social worker, describes the social justice perspective that motivates her as a policy maker and offers advice for those who want to be part of pushing for change. Recorded on Wednesday, June 17, 2020. Thanks to Brooke Adams and Dave White for technical assistance. Music by Taylor Hartley. Read the full transcript.

FROM IPADS FOR PATIENTS TO AID FOR STUDENTS: MAKING A DIFFERENCE AT THE U

Heidi Woodbury’s own experience at the University of Utah helped shape her understanding of the difference an education makes. She applies that now as she helps donors see the ways they can change lives. Listen as Woodbury, vice president for institutional advancement, shares what donors are doing and highlights recent changes in advancement to create a One U effort. Recorded on Thursday, June 11, 2020. Thanks to Brooke Adams and Dave White for technical assistance. Music by Taylor Hartley. Read the full transcript.

LEADING THE HOPE FOR CHANGE

The Rev. France Davis and Meligha Garfield, director of the U’s Black Cultural Center, share their thoughts on historical events that have led to the current protests calling for racial equality, experiences of our campus community and ideas for how to make a difference. Recorded on Thursday, June 11, 2020. Thanks to Brooke Adams and Dave White for technical assistance. Music by Taylor Hartley. Read the full transcript.

U STUDENTS EXPLORE TRUTH, DECEPTION AND INFORMATION DISORDER

Listen as six students share what they learned about truth, deception and information disorder in a yearlong Honors College Praxis Lab—and ways they worked to make a difference on campus, in middle schools and in the community. Recorded on Wednesday, May 13, 2020. Thanks to Brooke Adams and Dave White for technical assistance. Music by Taylor Hartley. Read the full transcript.

THRIVING WHEN FACED WITH LIFE CHALLENGES AND STRESSORS—AND THE NOT SO-SECRET KEYS TO HAPPINESS

Ed Diener is known as “Dr. Happiness” for good reason: For the past 30 years, he has researched subjective well-being—what makes people feel satisfied and happy in their lives. Ed and his wife Carol created a program called Enhance to teach others how to cultivate well-being and now they’ve joined with U student Alex Becraft to launch a new program, Well-Being Elevated, focused specifically on helping college students boost well-being, develop resiliency and thrive when faced with life challenges and stressors. To join a group at the U, email Alex at alexander.becraft@utah.edu. Recorded on Thursday, May 21, 2020. Thanks to Brooke Adams and Dave White for technical assistance. Music by Taylor Hartley. Read the full transcript.

#NewToTheU: Meet Connor, Maggie and Olivia, members of the Class of 2024

Connor, Maggie and Olivia are #NewToTheU. Learn why they chose the U and about their degree aspirations. We can’t wait to welcome them and other members of the Class of 2024 to campus! Recorded on Tuesday, May 19, 2020. Thanks to Brooke Adams and Dave White for technical assistance. Music by Taylor Hartley. Read the full transcript.

Gretchen Dietrich: UMFA and the magic of helping people discover art

Gretchen Dietrich is the executive director of the Utah Museum of Fine Art and in this episode of U Rising she shares how the museum and its staff are working to stay connected with patrons, what reopening the museum may look like and the extraordinary work of the museum’s staff to send out 1,500 art kits. Recorded on Tuesday, May 19, 2020. Thanks to Brooke Adams and Dave White for technical assistance. Music by Taylor Hartley. Read the full transcript.

JIMMY TURNER TAKES OVER AT RED BUTTE GARDEN

Jimmy L. Turner is the new executive director of Red Butte Garden and in this episode of U Rising he shares what has surprised him about Utah, how the garden plans to reopen and why he thinks gardens sow hope. Recorded on Tuesday, May 19, 2020. Thanks to Brooke Adams and Dave White for technical assistance. Music by Taylor Hartley. Read the full transcript.

IVORY PRIZE HONORS HOUSING INNOVATORS

The state of Oregon and cities of Minneapolis and Austin are innovating to address the housing affordability problem that has challenged communities across the country. Clark Ivory, CEO of Ivory Homes, shares what these locales are doing and describes the three winners—Entekra, Symbium and Rhino— in the 2020 Ivory Prize for Housing Innovation. Recorded on Thursday, May 7, 2020. Thanks to Brooke Adams, James Tombs and Dave White for technical assistance. Music by Taylor Hartley. Read the full transcript.

The story of four heroic U students

When a patron at the George S. Eccles Student Life Center experienced a medical emergency, these four University of Utah students came to his aid—drawing on their training and working as a team during the crisis. Here’s what happened. Recorded on Tuesday, April 28, 2020. Thanks to Brooke Adams, James Tombs and Dave White for technical assistance. Music by Taylor Hartley. Read the full transcript.

Utah’s System of Higher Education: A look at the coronavirus response and what’s ahead

Dave Woolstenhulme, commissioner of the Utah System of Higher Education, shares his views on the response of colleges and universities to the coronavirus pandemic, the CARES Act and the new board that will unite career and technical schools and the state’s colleges and universities. Recorded on Wednesday, April 29, 2020. Thanks to Brooke Adams, James Tombs and Dave White for technical assistance. Music by Taylor Hartley. Read the full transcript.

Athletics Director Mark Harlan on the spring season, super seniors, an awesome speech, fall sports … and what about football?

Athletics Director Mark Harlan says the speech given at the virtual Crimson Carpet Awards by gymnast Missy Reinstadtler is something you should hear. He also discusses the NCAA decision that allows student-athletes in spring sports to come back as “super seniors,” how athletes are preparing for fall and … what about football? Recorded on Tuesday, April 28, 2020. Thanks to Brooke Adams, James Tombs and Dave White for technical assistance. Music by Taylor Hartley. Read the full transcript.

Parting thoughts and advice from the 2019-20 ASUU leaders

As Anna Barnes, Gabe Martinez and Latifa Yaqoobi end their term as ASUU leaders, they reflect on their success, challenges and offer great advice for new students on how to get the most out of a college experience. Recorded on Thursday, April 23, 2020. Thanks to Brooke Adams, James Tombs and Dave White for technical assistance. Music by Taylor Hartley. Read the full transcript.

Adapting our educational approach to help students succeed

Dan Reed, senior vice president for Academic Affairs, oversees many areas that directly affect the student experience. In this conversation, he shares insights about our move to online instruction, grading options and enrollment. Learn how the U has adapted due to coronavirus and what we are doing to help students succeed. Recorded on Friday, April 17, 2020. Thanks to Brooke Adams and Dave White for technical assistance. Music by Taylor Hartley. Read the full transcript.

Insights from Dr. Mike Good on COVID-19

Dr. Mike Good, senior vice president for Health Sciences, shares his insights on where Utah stands in its efforts to combat coronavirus, why antibody testing matters, what might happen this fall and the evolution in thinking about the use of face masks by the general public. Recorded on Thursday, April 16, 2020. Thanks to Brooke Adams and Dave White for technical assistance. Music by Taylor Hartley. Read the full transcript.

Being Human in STEM

Five science faculty are leading a course called “Being Human in STEM.” It’s the first time the course has been taught at a public university. For their final project, students in the class surveyed peers about their experiences at the U and, in a candid conversation, shared what they learned with President Ruth Watkins. Recorded on Thursday, April 9, 2020. Thanks to Brooke Adams and Dave White for technical assistance. Music by Taylor Hartley. Read the full transcript.

How ARUP is helping Utah combat COVID-19

Since March, ARUP and other commercial labs have conducted approximately 2 million tests for COVID-19. CEO Sherrie Perkins explains how the University of Utah-affiliated lab has stepped up, the challenges it has faced, what the work has meant for employees and its newly launched test to determine who has had the disease and who has not. Music by Taylor Hartley. Thanks to Brooke Adams and Dave White for technical assistance. Read the full transcript.

Educating the STEM workforce of the future: College of Science Dean Peter Trapa

The University of Utah produces nearly half the state’s STEM graduates every year. That fact helped the U receive a green light from the Utah Legislature for the renovation and expansion of the 100-year-old Stewart Building. The project will provide state-of-the-art research and classroom space for the STEM workforce of the future. College of Science Dean Peter Trapa also shares that the Applied Science Building has received generous support from Gary and Ann Crocker, who have stepped forward as lead donors on what is truly a public-private partnership. Thanks for technical assistance to Brooke Adams and Dave White. Music by Taylor Hartley. Read the full transcript.

Why we need to #WashTheHate and Check on Your U Crew

Earlier this month, members of the University of Utah community helped share the word about why we need to #WashTheHate and stand against bigotry and hatred directed at Asian Americans that has surfaced during the pandemic. Mary Ann Villarreal, vice president for equity, diversity and inclusion explains why this discrimination reflects deeper and widespread discrimination. She also shares an overview of a new initiative—Check on Your U Crew. This initiative is aimed at encouraging the campus community to check in on one another, and particularly underrepresented students who often have fewer resources, during this difficult time of physical distancing. Thanks for technical assistance to Brooke Adams, Dave White and James Tombs. Music by Taylor Hartley. Read the full transcript.

The U and SLCC partnership: A conversation with President Deneece Huftalin

The University of Utah and Salt Lake Community College have a great partnership—and will be working even more closely in the future as the Herriman campus becomes a reality. Recorded on Thursday, April 2, 2020. Music by Taylor Hartley. Thanks to Brooke Adams and Dave White for technical assistance. Read the full transcript.

Researchers at U seek COVID-19 answers, Part 2

As one of America’s leading research universities, the University of Utah is helping us understand, respond to and treat coronavirus. In this podcast, Daniel Leung, associate professor of internal medicine, and Jessica Kramer, assistant professor of bioengineering, talk about the 3i initiative and research projects now underway on campus. Recorded on Friday, March 27, 2020. Music by Taylor Hartley. Thanks to Brooke Adams and Dave White for technical assistance. Read the full transcript.

Researchers at U seek COVID-19 answers, Part 1

As one of America's leading research universities, the University of Utah is helping us understand, respond to and treat coronavirus. In this podcast, Diane Pataki, associate vice president for research, and Lindsay Keegan, research assistant professor in Internal Medicine and a theoretical biologist, talk about research projects now underway on campus. And researchers: Diane shares information about how you can help our health care providers with personal protective equipment. Recorded on Thursday, March 26, 2020. Read the full transcript.

A message to our campus, March 16

A message to the University of Utah campus on March 16, 2020, from President Ruth Watkins.

Special Episode: A message to our campus on coronavirus

On Thursday, March 12, University of Utah President Ruth Watkins joined state leaders in officially announcing changes enacted at the U to slow the spread of coronavirus. In this podcast, President Watkins, Mike Good, senior vice president of Health Sciences, and Dan Reed, senior vice president for Academic Affairs, share a general overview of what is happening on campus. The website referred to in the podcast is: dps.utah.edu/coronavirus. Announcement distributed on Thursday, March 12, 2020. Read the full transcript.

The U's economic impact on our state

The University of Utah has a sizable impact on the state's economy—from jobs to research funding to societal benefits. Juliette Tennert, director of economics and public policy research at the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute, provides a sneak peek at a new report the institute will issue this month on the U's economic contribution. Recorded on Thursday, March 5, 2020. Thanks to Andrea Smardon, Brooke Adams and Dave White for technical assistance. Music by Taylor Hartley. Read the full transcript.

Meet Our Chief Safety Officer

Marlon Lynch is the University of Utah’s new chief safety officer—a first not only for the university, but for higher education in Utah. Marlon brings decades of experience in campus safety to his new role at the U. Learn how Marlon is shaping priorities and his plans for engaging with students, our campus and the broader community. Recorded on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. Music by Taylor Hartley. Thanks to Andrea Smardon, Paul Gabrielsen, Brooke Adams and Dave White for technical assistance. Read the full transcript.

On the Hill

February 18, 2020

Jason Perry, vice president for government relations and director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics, talks about the 2020 legislative process. Jason also shares examples of the exceptional experiences Hinckley interns gain through service around the world. Recorded on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. Thanks to Andrea Smardon, Paul Gabrielsen, Lisa Potter, Brooke Adams, and Dave White for technical assistance.

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A university on the rise

February 7, 2020

By virtually every measure, the University of Utah is on the rise. What makes us such a great university? It's the people who are with us. I'll introduce you to some of these great people—to our students, our faculty and our staff, researchers and members of our community who are joining us in the mission of the University of Utah.