Continuum The magazine of The University of Utah

Fall 2010

The Time of Their Lives

Meet five diverse freshmen embarking on academic careers at the University of Utah. ~ Once again, the days are becoming shorter. Nights bear the cooler edge of approaching autumn. The sun-baked mountains are a breath away from donning fall colors. And nearly 29,000 students have just arrived on the University of Utah’s scenic campus to…

A Rock Star of a Structure

The new Frederick Albert Sutton Building serves as a symbol for campus sustainability and didactic construction. ~ Briquelle Schreiter is so excited that her words barely keep up with her thoughts. “I love conglomerate rocks. I like it that a conglomerate rock is a collection of things. I like collections.” Briquelle, a fourth-grader at Salt…

It Gets In Your Bones

Paleontologists at the U, and around the globe, really “dig” Utah’s dinosaur treasures. ~ Geoscientist Mark Loewen PhD’09 recalls that, as a child, he didn’t want to study dinosaurs so much as to actually be one. “Literally, for me, I want to know what it was like in the past,” he says. To Loewen, geoscience…

Implantable Bioelectronics to Read Your Mind

WEB EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Implantable bioelectronics from the University of Utah can read signals from the brain, process them, and even control parts of the body.

Fresh to the U

Here’s a challenge: Think back to those days of your freshman year at the U. Maybe you were a little nervous, or maybe not—perhaps you were supremely confident. Whatever your state of mind, odds are that you had no clue what the next four or five (or more) years would bring. The freshman year of…

Gazette

Prizewinning Professor Christopher R. Johnson MS’84 PhD’90, Distinguished Professor of computer science, was honored at last May’s Commencement with the Rosenblatt Prize for Excellence, the U’s most prestigious award. The $40,000 gift is presented annually to a faculty member who displays excellence in teaching, research, and administrative efforts. As director of the Scientific Computing and…

Part of the Pac

The University of Utah’s long-awaited dream of joining the Pac-10 finally comes true. Until the end, it was never a fait accompli. When it came down to it, news that the University of Utah had been invited to join the prestigious Pacific-10 Conference (Pac-10)—rumored, buzzed about, mulled over, discussed for months—really came down to a…

Up Another Notch

Mike Dunn’s commitment to telling meaningful stories with film makes him a great fit as the new head of KUED. Michael A. Dunn BS’81 MA’06 loves challenges. And in August 1994, he faced one never before taken on by a human being in Grand Teton National Park. Dunn was on an early morning run when…

Torn Asunder

Author Zoe Murdock chronicles a journey back in time  leading to self-discovery. ~ Zoe Murdock (aka Susan Sudbury Murdock) BS’81 published her debut novel Torn by God: A Family’s Struggle with Polygamy in January 2009. Inspired by true events, Torn by God is a drama that unfolds in a small town in Utah in the…

Association News

Board of Directors Adds Four New Members The Alumni Association is pleased to welcome four new members to its Board of Directors this year. The board is composed of 24 alumni volunteers who oversee the activities of the four other affiliated groups: Emeritus Alumni Board (EAB), Young Alumni Board (YAB), Student Alumni Board (SAB), and…

Through the Years

’50s Spencer Eccles BS’56 received the 2010 Distinguished Utahn Award from the Salt Lake City chapter of the BYU Management Society. Few philanthropists in Utah reside within the same stratosphere of giving as Eccles. As chair and chief executive of the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation, he presides over an organization that has…

Registration Frustration

Long lines and wait times often characterized student registration at the U—until the technological revolution. Registration at the University of Utah didn’t reach the 1,000-student mark until after the turn of the 20th century, and even in those days, registering for classes was no problem. Students received a “yellow ticket” from the registrar and then…

Fall 2010 Corporate Sponsors

ARUP Laboratories The Brain Institute Intermountain Healthcare Physician Recruiting MacCool’s Public House Moran Eye Center MountainWest Sports Network Rowland Hall University Federal Credit Union University of Utah College of Nursing University of Utah Development Office University of Utah Health Care

In Memoriam

Farewell tributes to University of Utah friends we wish to remember