Continuum The magazine of The University of Utah

Summer 2011

Letting in the Light

A new state-of-the-art building brings nursing students into the 21st century. ~In 1863, when Florence Nightingale journeyed to the Crimea to nurse injured British soldiers fighting the war there, she was appalled at the deplorable conditions in which her patients languished. “The hospitals were dark, the windows were wet and dark—it was really a breeding…

Experiencing Rio Mesa

Water, sustainability, creativity, inspiration: The U of U’s multifaceted field center. ~It should be about a 75-minute drive from Moab, but by the time you reach the small “Rio Mesa” sign, you have already stopped several times to look at jaw-dropping scenery that includes fluffy pink, chocolate swirled, whipped cream-topped rocks as big as buildings. The…

From ‘Fiery Rhetoric’ to ‘Fire in the Theater!’

Action, preaching, and speech: How far should the First Amendment go? ~The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution has been the subject of heated debate recently, with controversies arising over whether, and to what extent, certain types of speech and expression—from flag-burning and public protest to “hate speech” and “fiery rhetoric”—should be protected. Continuum sat…

A Living Laboratory

Sometimes, it’s a good idea to get out of the classroom for a while—to get your hands dirty (sometimes literally) and to allow the physical world to be your instructor. That, in part, is the goal of Rio Mesa, the University’s multidisciplinary field institute located near Moab. Rio Mesa brings together students, faculty, and community…

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Gazette

Michael K. Young Named President of the University of Washington Michael K. Young, the 14th president of the University of Utah, who has led the University since 2004, has accepted the position as president of the University of Washington. “It has been an honor and a privilege to serve this great university,” said Young after…

Staying on Track

A NEW TRACK AND FIELD GIVES THE U A WORLD-CLASS TRAINING AND COMPETITION VENUE. After nearly 30 years of borrowing various facilities around the Salt Lake City area, the University of Utah track and field team opened its outdoor season this year with a prominent new accessory: a new track to call its own. As…

Turning Walls into Bridges

An artist and activist uses murals to stimulate community engagement. Five-hundred years ago, two noted artists were commissioned in a contest to decorate the walls of the Council Hall in Florence’s famed Palazzo Vecchio. The competition would mark the rebirth of the Florentine Republic, celebrating its freedom and redefining its community. The Tuscan artists Michelangelo…

Meet Virginia: Biography of a Breast

A powerful new pictorial book aims to educate the public about breast cancer surgery. When recently diagnosed cancer patients tell surgeon Leigh Neumayer, M.D., that they need something to calm them down, she replies matter-of-factly, “I’m going to give you information that will calm you down.” A tireless advocate for patient education, Neumayer says to…

Association News

Awards and Accolades Par Excellence Award 2011: Luz Robles Young alumni—defined as those who left the University of Utah no more than 15 years ago—are in the throes of carving out their careers. But there are inevitably a talented few who speed up the process by establishing themselves early on as movers and shakers. One…

Through the Years

The lobby of the Ogden [Utah] High School Athletic Complex has been dedicated in honor of Arnie Ferrin BS’66. Ferrin was a co-captain of the Ogden High basketball team in 1943 and led his teammates to the Region 1 championship that year. He went on to play for the University of Utah, where he was…

Bedside Manners

The U’s College of Nursing has evolved to become one of the best in the nation. Even though the University of Utah’s medical school was established as early as 1905, a College of Nursing didn’t appear until many years later. Those interested in pursuing a nursing career (at the time, almost exclusively women) could take…

In Memoriam

Farewell tributes to University of Utah friends we wish to remember

Summer 2011 Corporate Sponsors

ARUP Laboratories Intermountain Healthcare Physician Recruiting Moran Eye Center Rowland Hall Scenic View Academy University Federal Credit Union University of Utah Athletics University of Utah Continuing Education University of Utah Development Office University of Utah Health Care