Continuum The magazine of The University of Utah

Summer 2010

Training Ground

Photos by John Luke Never marry a doctor.” That was the age-old wisdom of countless mothers whose hope for their daughters—and occasionally sons—included a spouse who didn’t spend most of his waking, and some of his sleeping, hours at work. Today, the road to becoming a doctor is still grueling. And the educational demands are…

The Brazilian Connection

The U’s new Brazilian Studies Program fills a niche in helping students understand the country and forge connections. Photos by Douglas Pulsipher    Illustrations by Scott Greer In 2014, a half-million visitors will descend upon Brazil for the FIFA World Cup soccer tournament. In 2016, the world will stampede to Rio de Janeiro to experience the…

Growing the Garden

Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, Red Butte Garden & Arboretum is a place to find refuge—and to create memories. If setting aside national parks is America’s best idea, then establishing Red Butte Garden at the University of Utah is surely the local equivalent. Located on the east bench at the top of Research Park,…

Surviving and Thriving

This issue of Continuum marks the beginning of the magazine’s 20th year. In May 1991, the first edition of this magazine appeared, complete with a cover story about genetics research at the U.  What the editors and writers back then knew (and it’s no less true today) is that the University of Utah is at…

Feedback

Some of the latest comments and letters from our readers

Gazette

News of the University Tightening Our Belts The 2010 legislative session proved difficult for higher education—but it could’ve been worse. Like most legislative sessions, the 2010 assembly offered a few surprises. Fortunately, there were no bombshells for higher education in general or the University of Utah in particular. But like the rest of the nation,…

What to Do at the U During the Summer

Summer’s a long time to sit idle! No need to, because the U offers summer camps and classes for youth in just about every arena imaginable, from art to architecture, music to math, for children of nearly all ages. Check out some of the options below and visit www.smartkids.utah.edu for more youth experiences available at…

Looking Out for the Lakers

Two U of U grads help the NBA champions stay on top of their game. In the Los Angeles Lakers’ locker room, superstar Kobe Bryant changes into his jersey, then rubs his ankles. The 6-foot-6, 205-pound guard is all muscle, but for this afternoon’s practice session, some of his joints and tendons will need a…

In Memoriam

Farewell tributes to University of Utah friends we wish to remember

‘When you can give to folks’

Professor Bill Farley reflects on the influences that have fueled his 50-plus years in social work. How does a man whose career spans half a century sum up his tenure? “It was one of the most gratifying and rewarding experiences of my life,” he says. O. William “Bill” Farley BS’58 MSW’59 PhD’68 began his career…

A Mind Aflame

Professor, writer, and editor Lance Olsen might make your head explode. As the author of 10 novels, four short-story collections, four critical studies, one hypertext, a poetry chapbook, and a textbook about fiction writing, as well as editor of two collections of essays about innovative contemporary fiction and chair of the board of edgy publisher…

More of Our Conversation with Lance Olsen

WEB EXTRA~ Would you talk a little more about your sense of collaboration? Maybe it would be helpful to point out that collaboration is the basic mode of most writing, most creative acts, although our culture usually likes to repress that fact by embracing the Romantic myth of the solitary artist creating in the solitary…

Grounded In History

Building for the future. Alum Sarah Woodhead channels her dual passions for architecture and the Middle East into a career drawing on both. How does a young girl raised in small-town New England combine a deeply ingrained love of Middle Eastern culture with a profound interest in architecture? If that girl is Sarah Woodhead BA’80…

Association News

Awards and Accolades Par Excellence Award: Brad Wilkins Bs’01 Each spring, the Alumni Association and its Young Alumni Board (YAB) honor an alumnus/a who attended the University of Utah within the last 15 years with its Par Excellence Award, presented on the basis of the recipient’s outstanding professional achievements and contribution to the betterment of…

Through the Years

’60s Lynn M. Hansen MS’66 PhD’70 was recognized with the 2010 Utah State University College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences Distinguished Alumnus Award. Hansen received a Fulbright Scholarship to Free University of Berlin before completing both master’s and doctoral degrees in German at the U, with studies at Stanford University and a postdoctoral fellowship…