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.”
“I really didn’t intend to learn abroad in college,” said Beth Laux. “But I had a political science professor who was adamant that I apply to a program in Costa Rica during my sophomore year.”
This year marks the 50th anniversary of Learning Abroad at the U. In the past 50 years, the program has grown to include over 500 programs in more than 65 countries. The most current data shows that over 600 students participated in learning abroad programs in the 2015-2016 school year. This includes students from over 100 majors.
Students do not think they will be able to study abroad for many reasons. It’s either too expensive, they can’t fit it in their schedules or they think it will be a waste of time with no academic presence. Below, two students discuss the financial and language barrier myths surrounding learning aboard programs.
“I have the best job in the world,” says Dr. Scott Benson as he begins to describe his journey from being an environmental engineer, to a medical doctor, to working on the front lines of public health in the developing world. “My work allows me to deal with the whole spectrum of human health. As a doctor, I can treat the patient. As an engineer, I can examine and reorganize the systems so that people don’t get sick in the first place.” Dr. Benson learned this approach to dealing with public health through working on the ground in the Dominican Republic, Peru, India, Pakistan, and most extensively in Ghana. He now serves as an Assistant Professor at the University of Utah’s School of Medicine specializing in infectious disease.