Ann Torrence

Common Ground: Making Meaning in the Arts and Sciences

What do bioengineering and sculpture have in common and how can these commonalities encourage new approaches to creative and scientific research? The Center for Interdisciplinary Arts and Technology (CIDAT) at the University of Utah will explore the intersection between art and science in a series of lectures to be held Monday, Jan. 28, Feb. 11 and Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. in the New Media Wing of the Art and Architecture Building on the U of U campus. The series is free and open to the public and will include an open discussion and reception each evening.

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January, 2008 from the U

U of U Faculty to Teach Youth Leadership Course for West Salt Lake Youth

Two University of Utah faculty have designed and will teach a youth leadership course for West Salt Lake high school students beginning this month and running weekly until May. The 14-week course, Mestizo Arts and Activism Project, is the first course offered through Westside Leadership Institute (WLI) specifically designed for youth. The course is based on a participatory action research model that will engage young people as youth researchers using the arts as part of the research process and as a way to engage their community.

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A group of influential Utah community leaders is joining with the University of Utah to create the Pastor France A. Davis University of Utah Scholarship Fund. The new scholarship fund, named in honor of one of the state’s most prominent leaders, will work to advance educational opportunities for meritorious, financially deserving university students, particularly those of African American descent. Read More

U to Focus on Global Warming Solutions

The University of Utah is participating in Focus the Nation, a national educational and civic engagement initiative aimed at uniting millions of US citizens to find solutions to global warming. With more than 10,000 volunteers hosting events at over 1,300 schools, and with faith, civic, and business organizations participating on Thurs., January 31, Focus the Nation will be the largest Teach-in in history. For more information visit:

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U Alum Builds for Future Engineering Students

The University of Utah today announced a $3.3 million lead gift for its department of civil and environmental engineering. The gift, from U alum Floyd Meldrum and his wife Jeri, of Las Vegas, Nevada, is the cornerstone in a $5 million campaign to strengthen civil engineering. Their gift will help fund a 14,500 square foot expansion of an existing laboratory and office building. When complete, the expanded building will be renamed the Floyd and Jeri Meldrum Civil and Environmental Engineering Building, in recognition of their total giving to the University which now exceeds $3.5 million.

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