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Campfires still beckon, even when they're not allowed

"There seems to be something about the darkness that is like a blanket that ties people together," said professor of anthropology, Polly Wiessner.

Millennials Deserve a Seat at the Table

Elise Scott, political science and communications double major, advocates for lowering the age limit to run for public office.

Ringing in the good news

Thanks to Swoop, the Department of Family and Consumer Studies celebrated a new grant in style. Professor Zhou Yu, director of the department’s Financial Planning Program, accepted a $50,000 NextGen RIA grant from TD Ameritrade Institutional on behalf of the school.

Alumni, Emeriti, & Friends

Irwin Altman

Irwin Altman

Irwin Altman earned a bachelor's from New York University in 1951. He continued to pursue his studies in psychology at the University of Maryland, where he earned a master's and a Ph.D. in 1957. Irv came to the University of Utah in 1969 as a professor of psychology and a professor of family and consumer studies. He was recognized for contributions as a teacher and a researcher when he was awarded the U's highest faculty honor, the Rosenblatt Prize, in 1988. Irv's administrative service at the U included chairperson for the Department of Psychology, dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Science, and vice president for academic affairs.

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Recent Awardees

  • annabelle bryanBryan receives 2018 Academic and Student Affairs District Staff Excellence Award

    Congratulations to AnnaBelle Bryan, director of operations for the National Center for Veteran Studies! This prestigious award program recognizes superior service and ongoing contributions by full-time staff employees.

  • tyler faith and mitchell powerFaith, Power and team awarded NSF CNH grant

    Congratulations to Tyler Faith of anthropology and Mitchell Power of geography! They and their team have been awarded one of the highly competitive NSF Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems (CNH) grants.

  • sonia salariSalari named a GSA Fellow

    The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) has named Sonia Salari, associate professor of family and consumer studies, as one of its 2018 fellows. Congratulations, Sonia!

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Last Updated: 7/6/18