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New Budget Expert Hired

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Cathy Anderson has been hired as associate vice president (AVP) for Budget and Planning at the University of Utah. She will replace Paul Brinkman, who is retiring June 30, 2011, and will assume oversight of two campus offices: budget and institutional analysis.

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3…2…1… LEGO!

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The first Utah First Lego League (FLL) Championship will kick off at 8 a.m. on Jan. 29, 2011. 560 middle school students, ages 9-14, will be competing in this exciting event, which combines Lego robots, teamwork and an energetic, tournament atmosphere to promote science, technology and innovation.

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UNDER SECRETARY WESTPHAL TO ADDRESS VISION FOR ARMY IN 21st CENTURY

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The University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics and Middle East Center will proudly welcome Dr. Joseph W. Westphal, Under Secretary of the Army, to the University campus on Monday, February 7, 2011. Dr. Westphal will deliver a lecture entitled “A Vision for the United States Army in the 21st Century” at 10:45 a.m. in the Hinckley Caucus Room, 260 S. Central Campus Dr., Rm. 255.

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Two Decades of Banff Film Festival World Tour

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The University of Utah will host the 35th annual Banff Mountain Film Festival at Kingsbury Hall Feb. 22-24. This is the 20th year the university’s outdoor recreation program (ORP) has sponsored the film festival, which will include three nights of films. Shows start at 7 p.m. each night.

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U of U Enters Trashy Competition

The University of Utah’s office of sustainability, along with housing and residential education, is encouraging students to sort through their trash to find things that they had not realized could be recycled. Between 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday Feb. 8, students living on campus will be asked to head to their rooms and determine how much of their weekly waste can be recycled with systems in already in place. Organizers also hope this “trash day” will help them identify new programs needed to help improve campus recycling.

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Kopecek Named to Engineering Academy

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University of Utah pharmaceutical chemist and bioengineer Jindrich Kopecek – who has pioneered the use of chain-like molecules called polymers to deliver medicines to their targets – has been elected to the prestigious National Academy of Engineering.

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The Path to Peace

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Yair Hirschfeld, renowned scholar and one of the chief architects of the Oslo Accords, will discuss the strategy that guided the Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations in the 1990’s and their impact on the present policies of Israel, the Palestinian Authority and the United States. This event – co-sponsored by the University of Utah Tanner Humanities Center, Hinckley Institute of Politics and the IJ & Jeann√© Wagner Jewish Community Center – is free and open to the public.

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