Feb. 4, 2013 FYI Poll

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Responses from Jan. 22, 2013 FYI Poll

Did you hear President Obama’s inauguration speech?

Yes, witnessed it in person in Washington, D.C. 4 votes (1%)

Yes, watched it on TV. 74 votes (29%)

Yes, watched it online. 12 votes (4%)

Yes, listened on the radio. 11 votes (4%)

No, didn’t hear it. 151 votes (59%)

 

Total votes: 252

Getting to know Phillip Bimstein

Phillip-&-guitar-&-piano_1“I love it when different parts of life intersect in unexpected ways!” says Phillip Bimstein, a composer, former mayor of Springdale, Utah, and an associate instructor in the Honors College, where he teaches a course called Composing a Community. And that’s exactly what happened to him recently. It started at the Sundance festival. 

“With the excellent films in its World Cinema competition, the Sundance Film Festival always gives me cultural insights that I would not be able to gain otherwise,” he says. He saw powerful films from Egypt, Afghanistan, Serbia, China, and Indonesia. “How does that intersect with my course?” he asks. 

Here’s an example. On Monday, Jan. 28, just days after seeing the Sundance films, six individuals from the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program were in Salt Lake City as guests of the Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy. As part of Bimstein’s class, this day held at the Hinckley Institute of Politics, the visitors took part in an informal discussion about their work. They spoke about their experiences engaging youth in civic participation within their countries, and several of them had used music and the arts in their efforts.  

“My course explores the relationships between music, dialogue, and community, so we heard about music’s community-building roles in our guests’ home countries,” he added. One man from Egypt, who was at Tahrir Square two years ago when the uprising began, showed a You Tube video of people singing his country’s song of freedom, Sout Al Horeya (Listen to it here) providing a great example of how music is being used to bring change to communities—not just in Egypt—but in countries around the world. 

FYI News had an opportunity to ask Phillip Bimstein a few questions. 

FYI NEWS: What inspired you to teach this class? 

PHILLIP BIMSTEIN: When I was mayor, a public hearing often unfolded before me in the form of a classical sonata—with exposition, development, and recapitulation of themes. I became increasingly fascinated by other parallels between musical and dialogical processes and skills. So I researched and mined musicology, sociology, and political science to design this course and explore these analogies further with my very bright students. 

FYI: What do you enjoy most about teaching? 

BIMSTEIN: I love the engagement of discussion, the spark of insights from students, and the improvisation of their ideas as they play off each other’s “melodies.” I am nourished by this vibrant community of learning. And nothing beats the joy of reading a stunningly good paper (which I am happy to report I get every semester)! 

I believe in the Navajo legend of the coyote, or songdog, who emerged from a hole in the ground and sang the world into existence. My goal as teacher is to spark that feeling and develop that capability in my students, helping them to become conscious and intentional co-creators—songdogs—singing our selves and our communities into existence. 

FYI: What kind of response to the course are you getting from your students? 

BIMSTEIN: Though the course is highly multi-disciplinary and takes leaps now and then, most of my students like it and some really go to new places. Many have written me kind notes at the end of the semester, and several from each year have stayed in touch. I am very happy to hear about their future academic successes.  

FYI: What are you learning from teaching this course? Where is it taking you? 

BIMSTEIN: I certainly learn more about music and dialogue through the ears and minds of my students. But I also learn how young people think and relate today, and that teaches me more about the world than I could learn in any other way. I love the academic community—there is no place I would rather be. 

FYI: How did you first become engaged with music? 

BIMSTEIN: By sitting underneath my mother’s piano when I was 5 years old, listening to her play Liszt. Later as a teen when I sang folk songs at sock hops, and then, like Bob Dylan, went electric. Next I went uptown and studied theory and composition at the conservatory, but I’ve gravitated back and forth between folk, rock, punk, classical and experimental all my life. 

FYI: What are you currently reading? 

BIMSTEIN: On my bedside table: The Radicalism of the American Revolution by Gordon Wood, New and Selected Poems by Mary Oliver, The Unwanted Sound of Everything We Want by Garrett Keizer, and The Art of Fermentation by Sandor Ellix Katz. In my iPad: Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin. 

FYI: Who has inspired you in your life? 

BIMSTEIN: Ann Darling (who taught me “Teaching College Communication”) and her inspiration, Parker Palmer, by their heart-driven approach to teaching; my father, LeRoy, by his salesmanship and magic; my mother, Helenka, by her creativity and joy; and my partner Charlotte Bell, by her music and mindfulness. 

Phillip Bimstein has taught the Composing a Community course for the past four years during spring semester. He also co-teaches, with Vicky Newman and Norman Foster, the Honors Think Tank on Alzheimer’s Disease and Aging.

Senators unveil plan to overhaul immigration

chronicle-of-higher-ed[1]The proposal would benefit students who are in the U.S. illegally and foreign graduates of American colleges

 

A bipartisan group of senators announced on Monday a plan that would ease the path to citizenship for students who are in the United States illegally and would make it easier for some foreign graduates of American universities to remain in the country to work.

The plan, outlined in a document titled a “Bipartisan Framework for Comprehensive Immigration Reform,” deals with border security, employment verification, and legalization alike. Its release comes a day before President Obama is scheduled to offer his own immigration plan at a speech in Las Vegas.

The eight senators who agreed on the plan, dubbed the “Gang of Eight,” comprise equal numbers of Democrats (Michael F. Bennet of Colorado, Richard J. Durbin of Illinois, Robert Menendez of New Jersey, and Charles E. Schumer of New York) and Republicans (Jeff L. Flake of Arizona, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, John McCain of Arizona, and Marco Rubio of Florida).

The senators’ deal, as outlined in the document, would allow illegal immigrants to apply for legal status but would grant them green cards only after every other individual who was waiting for such a card received one. But the plan would create a faster process for students who were brought to the country as children, a group known as “Dreamers,” after a long-stalled bill to grant them citizenship. 

From an article by Kelly Field in the Jan. 28, 2013 issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education. Read the entire article here.

Announcements of interest

PTC-P-mid-r[1]FACULTY & STAFF: PTC OFFERS 2-FOR-1 TICKETS TO CLYBOURNE PARK
Pioneer Theatre Company is offering two-for-one tickets to its premiere of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony-Award winning play, Clybourne Park, running Feb. 15 to Mar. 2. (Regular prices range from $25-$44.) Tickets must be purchased in person at the PTC box office, and a valid UCard is required. Limit is four tickets per person. Ticket information is available here.

 

White-Rabbit[1]LEWIS CARROLL’S CHILDREN’S CLASSICS ACQUIRED BY MARRIOTT LIBRARY
Rare First Editions Donated Anonymously
First editions of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, published in 1865, and his subsequent work Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There, published in 1872, have been donated to the J. Willard Marriott Library’s Rare Books Division, Special Collections. The anonymous donation was facilitated by a rare book dealer based in Los Angeles. The value of the two books is estimated at $30,000. The two first editions are on display in the George S. Eccles Special Collections Reading Room on level 4 of the library.

 

 

newman_robertHEAR IT NOW: HUMANITIES HAPPY HOUR REMARKS AVAILABLE ONLINE
On Nov. 13, 2012, humanities dean Robert Newman was the featured speaker for the Humanities Happy Hour, where he spoke about the future of higher education—what’s not working, and why—and provided some ideas for energizing and empowering undergraduate education to address the needs of an ever-changing global community. His remarks are now available online.

 

 

 

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MLK WEEK VIDEO RECAP
Martin Luther King Week attracted crowds to the marade along 1300 East, and Jesse Jackson, Sr.’s visit to campus last week to give the keynote address in celebration of Martin Luther King Week, attracted more than 8,000 to the Huntsman Center. See a short video recap of the week-long events here.

 

 

muse_projectSAVE THE DATE: MUSE CONFERENCE IS MAR. 23
Register now for the third annual MUSE Conference, “Building Creative Relationships: The U and the Utah Community.” The event is open to students, faculty, and staff and takes place on Friday, March 22 from 8:00 to 11:30 a.m., in the Olpin Union Saltair Room. Conference schedule, speakers, and additional information is coming soon. Click here to register for this event.

 

Header_4seasons_wintRED BUTTE GARDEN OFFERS DISCOUNTS TO NEW MEMBERS
U employees with their UCard, who are first-time garden members, will receive a $10 discount off any membership level throughout the month of February. Those interested should join in person at the garden’s visitor center. Garden members receive free admission to the garden and save up to 20 percent on classes and family-friendly programming. They also receive discounts at the garden’s gift shop, local participating nurseries, and other retail partners, and at more than 280 reciprocal gardens nationwide. Members also enjoy discounts on Red Butte Garden outdoor concert tickets and a members-only presale. See the list of membership benefits and discounts online. The offer expires Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. For more information, contact Morgan Byrne (801-585-7172).

 

iStock_professor_femaleTEACHING COMMITTEE GRANTS DUE MARCH 13
The next deadline for University Teaching Grants is Wednesday, Mar. 13. All faculty are encouraged to consider taking advantage of this opportunity to improve their teaching. The Committee has funded requests from all disciplines and from every area of campus, ranging from supplying specialized equipment for laboratory courses, to supporting the visits of noted performers to conduct master classes, to sending faculty off campus to visit other institutions or receive training in new teaching methods. Detailed instructions on assembling and submitting proposals, as well as examples and abstracts of recently funded proposals, are available on the website.

Deliberating ‘A Woman’s Place’

Orientation-Leadership-Day-Honors College hosts creative new series to tackle enduring issues 

 

If women arguably have more choices today than they did in 1962, then why does Utah have fewer women than men in college, and trail the nation for graduating female students?

This and other thorny questions are being posed to diverse groups of accomplished Utah women over the next three months, through a series of panel discussions arranged by the Honors College. The college is marking its 50th year of creative, engaged learning.

“Women have considerably more options today, and yet they still face decisions that not only affect their personal lives, but impact their community and society at large,” says Sylvia Torti, dean of the Honors College. “We are convening these panels to call on the experience, expertise, and creativity of successful women in Utah to help today’s students find new ways to approach ongoing issues.”

The first panel was held Jan. 24 and featured participants Jerilyn McIntyre, academic administrator; Lori Feld, advertising executive; Terrell Dougan, author and humorist; and Jennifer Folkerson, community program manager. Participants were asked to address personal challenges and provocative questions, responding during the session with their own life experiences.

The next panel is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 6, in the Marriott Library’s Seminar Room, Room 2130 N, Second Floor, and will feature Karen Crompton, president/CEO, Voices for Utah Children; Peggy Battin, Distinguished Professor of philosophy; U honors faculty Kate Kopischke, senior mediator, RESOLVE; and Gretchen Dietrich, director, Utah Museum of Fine Arts. Additional information on the remaining panels may be found here.

New mural for Heritage Center

student_mural_vert_600The newest student-made mural at the Peterson Heritage Center will be dedicated Saturday, Feb. 2, by the Department of Art & Art History. The mural, titled Nexus, is a 25-by-30-foot acrylic painting in the dining room with imagery of nature, humans, and the environment. “The concept behind the site-specific mural is a fusion of art, science, and history,” says student Cayley Rasmussen. “It is about the elemental breakdown of everything that surrounds humans—from our food, to our environment, to the history beneath our feet. When all of these things are broken down into their compositional elements, the results are astoundingly similar.” For more information, contact Kim Martinez  (801-581-6513). Read more here.

Upcoming on campus

8404570740_73d9711846_m[1]_A FLEA IN HER EAR
Feb. 1-10, Babcock Theatre
Simmons Pioneer Memorial Theatre, lower level
Call for times and tickets: 801-581-7100
A classic French farce of marital mayhem, A Flea in Her Ear is Georges Feydeau’s masterpiece of mistaken identities. Sexy mistresses and dashing suitors abound in this sensual and satirical romp through Paris.

 

 
BranfordLargeWebBanner-416x163[1]BRANFORD MARSALIS
Tuesday, Feb. 5, 7:30 p.m.
Kingsbury Hall
Ticket information: 801-581-7100
Branford Marsalis is known for his innovative spirit and his broad musical scope. Equally at home in intimate jazz clubs or the world’s greatest concert halls, Marsalis’s live performances are a fusion of joyful sound and musical virtuosity. Additional information is available here.

 

footnote_MV5BMTYxMTUxNjI2N1ANTHROPOLOGY FILM SERIES
FOOTNOTE (2011)
Wednesday, Feb. 6, 7:00 p.m., free
Utah Museum of Fine Arts Dumke Auditorium
For additional information call 801-581-7332. 

Eliezer and Uriel Shkolnik are father and son as well as rival professors in Talmudic Studies. When both men learn that Eliezer will be lauded for his work, their complicated relationship reaches a new peak. Presented by the UMFA and the Department of Anthropology are pleased to present three free films that each take the theme of family in different directions to present the complexity of the bonds that hold us together.

 

maricq_226_photo[1]FRONTIERS OF SCIENCE LECTURE: EXPLORING THE MACHINERY OF MEMORY—NEW INSIGHTS, NEW DIRECTIONS
Andres Villu Maricq
Wednesday, Feb. 6, 7:30 p.m.

Aline Skaggs Biology Bldg.
For additional information, check the College of Science website or call 801-587-8527.

The ability to learn and remember is essential for all aspects of life. It allows us to modify our behavior in an experience-dependent manner—to fear what threatens us, to recognize what helps us, to plan for the future. Losing one’s memory limits quality of life and with progression can lead to devastating consequences. Memory seems miraculous, but work is underway to better understand the biological mechanisms that contribute to this ancient and fundamental process found in essentially all animals.In this lecture, Andres Villu Maricq explores the workings of synapses, the fundamental building blocks of memory found in all nervous systems. He will focus on recent efforts to directly manipulate and observe functioning synapses in an intact nervous system. This research offers the promise of novel strategies for the treatment of mental health and neurological disorders.

 

jill_jones_441428902img1_medium[1]WORKPLACE JUSTICE—A HEART AND SOUL STRUGGLE
Jill B. Jones
Tuesday, Feb. 12, 6:00 p.m.

College of Social Work, Okazaki Community Meeting Room
For additional information, contact  Irene Ota (801-581-8455). 

U.S. workers’ right to organize is under relentless attack, as evidenced by the recent undermining of collective bargaining rights in several states, and the enactment of so-called “right to work” laws in Michigan. These legislative efforts will result in lower wages, reduction or elimination of workplace benefits, unsafe work conditions, and the ongoing oppression of workers and their families. Presenter Jill B. Jones will describe real stories of female casino employees’ efforts to be paid decent and fair wages and to do their jobs in safe and humane work conditions. For the most opporessed women—many immigrant and women of colore—this means fighting for the right to organize or join a union. Remarkably, these brave women’s heart and soul struggle for workplace justice has helped turn Nevada’s “sin city” into a union town.

 

ChieftainsLargeWebBanner-416x163[1]THE CHIEFTAINS
Wednesday, Feb. 13, 7:30 p.m.
Kingsbury Hall
Ticket information is at Kingsbury Hall (801-581-7100).
The Chieftains are not only the world’s most famous traditional Irish musicians, they are some of the most beloved. As comfortable playing spontaneous Irish sessions as they are headlining at Carnegie Hall, they make the music their own with a style that is as exhilarating as it is definitive.

 

grocers_son_smallANTHROPOLOGY FILM SERIES
THE GROCER’S SON (2013)
Wednesday, Feb. 13, 7 p.m., free
Utah Museum of Fine Arts Dumke Auditorium
For additional information call 801-581-7332.

The UMFA and the U of U Department of Anthropology are pleased to present free films that each take the theme of family in different directions to present the complexity of the bonds that hold us together.

 

PTC DimLogo1 vRGBPIONEER THEATRE COMPANY: CLYBOURNE PARK
Friday, Feb. 15 through Saturday, Mar. 2, 8:00 p.m.
Simmons Pioneer Memorial Theatre
Faculty/staff tickets discounted 2 for 2: Pioneer Theatre Company
(801-581-6961)

Currently the most electrifying new play on Broadway, Clybourne Park is a fascinating, insightful, and often brutally funny look at the way we talk about—or avoid talking about—race in America. When a white couple wants to buy a home in a gentrifying, all black neighborhood of Clybourne Park, Chicago, they unknowingly reenact the same tense drama, fraught with miscommunications and barely suppressed hostility that occurred fifty years earlier in the same house.

 

Today_ConservationEasement[PERPETUAL CONSERVATION EASEMENTS: What have we learned and where should we go from here?
Wednesday, Feb. 13, Noon to 5:00 p.m.
Quinney College of Law
The public is investing billions of dollars in conservation easements, which now protect more than 18 million acres throughout the U.S. But uncertainties in the law and abusive practices threaten to undermine public confidence in and the effectiveness of conservation easements as land protection tools. Explore these issues at this conference. For more information, call 801-585-3440 or check online.

 

200x113x200px-CrossingTheIce3.jpg.pagespeed.ic.T8foMcdEzu[1]BANFF MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL WORLD TOUR
Feb. 19, 20, 21, 7:00 p.m.
Kingsbury Hall
Additional information about the films is online  or call 801-581-7000 for tickets.
See films from the 37th  annual Banff Mountain Film Festival, which come to about 400 communities around the world. From an exploration of remote landscapes and mountain cultures to adrenaline-fueled action sports, films in this year’s world tour are sure to captivate and amaze the explorer within you. Be moved. Be inspired. Don’t miss out. Reserve your tickets today.  This stop on the world tour is hosted by the University of Utah Outdoor Recreation Program.

Info for Researchers

  • Attention NSF Awardees: Please stop submitting project reports on FastLane starting Feb 1, 2013Research Updates
  • NSF Integrated NSF Support Promoting Interdisciplinary Research and Education (INSPIRE) funding opportunity
  • Grant Writing Crash Course
  • Community-Based Research Grant Opportunity
  • Upcoming Research Grant Opportunities
  • Upcoming Classes in the Research Administration Training Series (RATS)

 

1.    Attention NSF Awardees: Please stop submitting project reports on FastLane starting Feb 1, 2013

Colleagues,

As you may know, the National Science Foundation (NSF) is transitioning annual, final, and interim project reporting from FastLane to Research.gov. NSF is committed to continuing to work with the research community and NSF awardees on achieving a smooth transition.

What do I Need to Know Now?
Principal Investigators (PIs) and co-PIs must stop submitting new project reports in FastLane starting on Feb 1, 2013. On Mar 18, 2013, NSF will transfer its current project reporting service from FastLane to Research.gov. You should pay particular attention to your reports that are currently in progress and reports previously submitted and returned by your NSF Program Officer.

Project reports that are in progress as well as those reports that are returned by NSF program officers should be revised and resubmitted prior to Feb 1. To assist the research community with this transition, the overdue dates have been extended for all project reports originally scheduled to become overdue between Jan 31 and Apr 30, 2013. Starting Mar 18, 2013, you can use Research.gov to submit project reports.

NOTE:  If you are in the Project Report Pilot, this message does not apply to you.

Where Can I Find Out More?
For more information about the transition of annual, final, and interim project reporting to Research.gov, please visit the Project Report Informational Page or see our Online Help

For technical assistance, contact the Research.gov Help Desk, 7:00a.m.-9:00p.m. EST, Monday through Friday (except for federal holidays):
You can email the Help Desk or call 1-800-381-1532

Thank you,
The Research.gov Team at the National Science Foundation

2.    NSF Integrated NSF Support Promoting Interdisciplinary Research and Education (INSPIRE) funding opportunity

http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?WT.z_pims_id=504852&ods_key=nsf13518

Summary of the INSPIRE funding opportunity: The INSPIRE awards program was established to address some of the most complicated and pressing scientific problems that lie at the intersection of traditional disciplines. It is intended to encourage investigators to submit bold, exceptional proposals that some may consider to be at a disadvantage in a standard NSF review process; it is not intended for proposals that are more appropriate for existing award mechanisms. INSPIRE is open to interdisciplinary proposals on any NSF-supported topic, submitted by invitation only after a preliminary inquiry process initiated by submission of a required Letter of Intent (LOI). In fiscal year 2013, INSPIRE provides support through the following three pilot grant mechanisms:

INSPIRE Track 1: This is essentially a continuation of the pilot CREATIV mechanism from FY 2012, which was detailed for 2012 in Dear Colleague Letter NSF 12-011.

INSPIRE Track 2: These are “mid-scale” research awards at a larger scale than Track 1, allowing for requests of up to $3,000,000 over a duration of up to five years. Expectations for cross-cutting advances and for broader impacts are grater than in Track 1, and the review process includes external review.

Director’s INSPIRE Awards:  These are prestigious individual awards to single-investigator proposals that present ideas for interdisciplinary advances with unusually strong, exciting transformative potential.

All NSF directorates and programmatic offices participated in INSPIRE in FY 2012 and are continuing their participation in FY 2013.

Letter of Intent (LOI) Due Dates
INSPIRE Track 2 Inquiries: Letter of Intent Due Date Feb 20, 2013
INSPIRE Track 1 Inquiries (also for Director’s INSPIRE Awards): Letter of Intent Due Date Mar 29, 2013
Full proposal submission is by invitation only, based on evaluation by NSF staff of the required Letter of Intent.

3.    Grant Writing Crash Course

Apr 26-28, 2013
The Lodges at Deer Valley Resort
Park City, Utah

Open to all Faculty members and Postdoctoral Scholars

Experienced University of Utah faculty will provide individualized instruction in the mechanics of effective grant proposal writing, how to sell your idea to a sponsoring agency, how to develop specific aims and justifications, and the political and social aspects of “grantsmanship”. Participants will work on their grant proposals at the GWCC, receiving real-time feedback to strengthen their proposals and enhance their likelihood of funding. A high faculty-to-trainee (PI) ratio is provided and attendance is highly limited. If you do not have seed or personal funding available for the registration fee, we encourage you to discuss other options with your Department Chair or Research Dean. Registration fees include two nights lodging at the Deer Valley Resort, use of recreational facilities, and most meals. A spouse/partner and up to two children are welcome to accompany the participant (additional charge if more than two children attend). To register, or for more information, please contact Tony Onofrietti, Director of Research Education at 801-585-3492.

The Grant Writing Crash Course is sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research and led by Dr. Gary C. Schoenwolf, Distinguished Professor of Neurobiology and Anatomy.

4.    Community-Based Research Grant Opportunity

Due Feb. 15
The Community-Based Research Grant seeks to fund research that has emerged from community-engaged work done in collaboration with community partners, and with reciprocal benefit from the research for both U and community partners (it does not fund the partnership/program work itself). The grant provides either one award of $20,000 or two of $10,000. If you have been involved in community-engaged work, you are encouraged to consider whether the grant could fund collaborative research projects you or your students are interested in pursuing. Those interested in applying should plan to attend the CBR Grant workshop on Thursday, Jan. 24, 12:30 p.m., at UNP (1060 South 900 West). Link to the CBR Grant here. RSVP to Sarah Munro or call (801) 972-3596.

5.    Upcoming Research Grant Opportunities

Intramural Funding Opportunities
URC Faculty Research and Creative Grant
Deadline: Feb 15, 2013

Funding Incentive Seed Grant
Deadline: Feb 15, 2013

6.    Upcoming Classes in the Research Administration Training Series (RATS)

For questions concerning RATS, please contact Tony Onofrietti (801-585-3492) or visit the RATS website.

Researcher Resources and Funding Searches
Tuesday, Feb 12 2:00-4:00p.m.
HSEB Rm. 1750

Preparation for Investigator-Initiated Drug and Device Studies
Thursday, Feb 14 2:00-4:00p.m.
HSEB Rm. 1750

Financial Management in Clinical Research
Tuesday, Feb 19 2:00-4:00p.m.
HSEB Rm. 1750

Getting Published: Responsible Authorship and Peer Review
Wednesday, Feb 20 2:00-4:00p.m.
HSEB Rm. 1750

Investigator Training Workshop: Post-Award Session
Wednesday, Feb 20 2:00-4:00p.m.
RAB Rm. 117

Introduction to the IRB, IACUC, and IBC
Thursday, Feb 21 2:00-4:00p.m.
HSEB Rm. 1750

Brenda Scheer: 10 years as dean

Brenda Scheer

Brenda Scheer, Dean, College of Architecture + Planning

As I celebrate my tenth year as dean of the College of Architecture + Planning, I am struck by the huge transformation that has occurred since I first arrived here from Cincinnati in 2002. Many people do not realize how much we have grown: We have tripled the number of graduate students and increased undergraduate enrollment by 70 percent. We have more than doubled the number of permanent faculty and engaged many more of you as adjuncts in our classrooms. The Graduate School of Architecture became the College of Architecture + Planning when we added our City and Metropolitan Planning Department. We are getting ready to add an entirely new major:  Multidisciplinary Design, which is a partnership we lead with eight other colleges.

We have been able to keep up with these changes by increasing the resources for the College more than five-fold. This includes our expansion of research funding from about $70,000 a year average to almost $1 million a year today.

All this growth has brought an explosion of activity to the college: new research centers, new degrees, multiple travel opportunities for every student, a lecture or brown-bag just about every week, and the ability to help our communityfrom Bluff, to the West Side, to downtown. Thanks for your continuing support!

GLYPH performance coming to NHMU’s “canyon”

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Surrounded by dinosaur bones and artifacts within the Natural History Museum of Utah, and digital glyph images projected on the massive walls of the museum’s “canyon,” modern dance student performers will move to an original three-dimensional sound score created by New York composer Ryan Ross Smith at a site-specific event on two Wednesdays—Feb. 13 and 20—between 7:00 and 8:30 p.m. The piece was created by modern dance professor Ellen Bromberg and explores ideas of time, embodiment, and the human drive to mark one’s existence.

The digital glyphs were designed by Jim Agutter, a professor in the School of Architecture + Planning, with assistance from design student Elliot Francis, and will be triggered by the dancers to create new contexts and visual relationships.

Text from obituaries collected from the collaborators as well as retrieved in real time from the Internet, will be projected on the massive walls of the Museum’s Canyon as part of the visual environment of the piece.

The audience is invited to attend at any time during the performances, as it is an ongoing evolving work. The event is presented by the College of Fine Arts, Department of Modern Dance, and the Natural History Museum of Utah. For more information, contact Ellen Bromberg (801-587-9807).

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