From March 8 to March 18, the Confucius Institute at the University of Utah (CIUU), in partnership with the Confucius Institute at Arizona State University (CIASU), led a ten-day tour of China designed to facilitate exchange between American and Chinese educators. The US delegation was made up of 10 educators from Utah and 11 from Arizona, representing teachers, administrators and curriculum designers from multiple school districts in the two states. With the support of Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) and University of Utah’s partner school Sichuan University (SCU), delegates toured schools in Shanghai and in Sichuan Province, interacted with local educators and students, and explored Chinese cultural sites.
A passport is a powerful thing. A passport opens doors, empowering students to pursue international academic, research professional and personal experiences. In an effort to make passports available to more students, the Office for Global Engagement (OGE) and Learning Abroad are proud to announce that CIEE, one of the U’s vetted affiliate study abroad providers, will be bringing their Passport Caravan to the University next Academic Year. As part of CIEE’s Generation Study Abroad initiative, they’ve pledged to provide 10,000 students across the country with passports by 2020. After an extensive 12-month long grant process, Learning Abroad has been accepted to host the Passport Caravan and will be partnering with CIEE to provide 100 passport to U of U students who will be first-time adult passport holders.
In 2017, China’s central government formally introduced a new concept to the country—the creation of national parks. The idea is to set national standards to prevent environmental destruction of natural resources while the country’s population continues to grow. A year later, the Chinese government partnered with the University of Utah’s Office of Global Engagement and Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism to learn more about Utah’s national parks and public land policies in an effort to build its new program using best practices honed in the United States during the past nearly 150 years.
On March 8-9, 2019, six University of Utah undergraduates competed in the 15th Annual West Coast Model European Union at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. Hosted by UW’s Center for West European Studies and Foster School of Business, this competition brings together teams from the Pac-12 as well as other universities from across the U.S. and Canada, including Brigham Young University, Claremont Colleges, University of British Columbia, and University of Victoria.
Distinguished Professor Jan D. Miller, Department of Metallurgical Engineering, College of Mines and Earth Sciences at the University of Utah, received the prestigious International Science and Technology Cooperation Award of the People’s Republic of China in Beijing on January 8, 2019.
This summer, Learning Abroad’s Social Media Scholarship recipient and physician assistant student Nicole King, participated in the Thailand International Elective: Health Sciences program. In Thailand, King was exposed to urban and rural Thailand and learned first-hand about public health issues, clinical work, and the culture and history of both Thailand and Burmese refugees. In addition to her career development and research opportunities while abroad, King participated in several cultural and professional excursions.
Three University of Utah students have been selected as finalists for the prestigious Fulbright scholarship.
Zoe Diener, Kevin Priest, and Daniel Ybarra have received a highly competitive Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant from the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board for the 2018-19 academic year.
Diener (MS, public health) will conduct research in public health in Namibia, Priest (MA, British and American literature) will be an English Teaching Assistant in Greece and Ybarra (BA, communication studies and Middle East studies) will be an English Teaching Assistant in Uzbekistan.
The University of Utah Chamber Choir is known for its impeccable intonation and unique ringing tone quality. Under the direction of Barlow Bradford, the Chamber Choir has travelled nationally and internationally participating in festivals and competitions, including the European Choral Gran Prix Choral Competition in 2015, where they came in first place. This year the choir has accepted an invitation to be one of four headlining choirs to be featured in the China International Choral Festival in Beijing. This is the largest choral festival by far in China, and of the four choirs invited, they are the only one from the United States.
The Greenland ice sheet is 1,500 miles long and nearly 700 miles wide, covering about eighty percent of the island; the ice is up to two miles thick. In eastern Greenland, where University of Utah scientists are still studying this vast ice sheet, the mean temperature is about -25 degrees F.
The glaciers tucked high in the rugged Karakoram Range play an integral role in the life of Pakistan and the whole of the Indus Basin. In a region known for sparse rainfall and an almost complete dependence on irrigated agriculture, the waters of the Indus River are a lifeblood—and the mother of the Indus is the glacial meltwaters of the Karakoram.
University of Utah PhD student Jewell Lund has dedicated herself to studying the changing dynamics of Pakistan’s glaciers. Jewell’s research is using spaceborne radar and satellite imagery to track changes in glacial patterns. “Glaciers are great recorders of climate,” she observes. “And we didn’t have consistent data for much of the region until quite recently.”