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National Conference to Confront Bullying in Schools

Bullying is no longer considered a rite of passage, or simply a matter of child’s play. Every day, it seems the headlines highlight another tragic ending to the story of a victim of bullies. Whether that bullying took place virtually on a Web site or at school, educators are forced to deal with the effects on a daily basis. Experts from across the U.S. will meet at the University of Utah (the U) in Salt Lake City July 13-15 to address this issue at a national conference for school teachers, administrators and parents.

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University of Utah a-Buzz Over Debate Camp

While most teens are already well versed in the art of argument, this summer the University of Utah (the U) forensics team hopes to hone those skills by hosting its first-ever Beehive Forensics Institute (BFI), a two-week summer debate camp that will offer a signature college experience for high school students from across the country.

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From Class to Cash

A little over a month after graduation, and already 30 University of Utah (the U) students may be poised to recoup their tuition costs–and then some. For the first time ever, all three student projects from one of the U’s computer game development classes have been accepted for sale on Xbox Live Indie Games (XBLIG), an online computer game store for the Xbox 360 console.

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New University of Utah Senior Vice President for Health Sciences Brings Distinguished Record in Medicine, Research from NYU

Beginning July 1, 2011, Vivian S. Lee, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., an accomplished MRI radiologist and scientist, will bring her considerable abilities as a physician-scientist and administrator to the University of Utah (the U) as the new senior vice president for health sciences. Currently the vice dean for science, chief scientific officer, and senior vice president at the New York University (NYU) Langone Medical Center, Lee was selected after a near yearlong search to succeed Lorris Betz, M.D., Ph.D., who has led the U’s health sciences since June 1999.

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Standing Up to Fight

A University of Utah study shows that men hit harder when they stand on two legs than when they are on all fours, and when hitting downward rather than upward, giving tall, upright males a fighting advantage. This may help explain why our ape-like human ancestors began walking upright and why women tend to prefer tall men.

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