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Stefania WilksCSBS Student Spotlight: Stefania Wilks

I'm Stefania. I graduated from SLCC in May; this is my first semester at the University. I am majoring in Anthropology/EMPH: Human Ecology & Environmental Sustainability/EMPH: Land Management Conservation. Nature and being outdoors is very important to me. Natural settings, especially in urban environments, are key to human health and wellbeing. I spend my days working in the municipal park's department where I live. Understanding our cultural practices and expectations can influence the health of our environment. At the U, I can learn how to improve our rapport with the natural world. I work with plants every day. Plants are primary producers creating their own energy directly from the sun. They're amazing! My time here will clarify ways to improve their lives and in doing so, our lives as well. #bethesolution


free speech event bannerCampus Community Dialogue Series: Free Speech on Campus
Wednesday, February 28 | 1:30-3:00 PM
Hinckley Caucus Room | Building 73


boomer millennial event bannerBoomers & Millennials: Redefining Adulthood
Thursday, March 1 | 12:30-2:00 PM
Hinckley Caucus Room | Building 73


Nonacademic Career Paths for Ph.D. Students
Tuesday, March 13 | 4:30 – 6PM
Parlor A (third floor) | Union Building


batar lunchCSBS Lunch with Aden Batar (RSVP Required)
Monday, March 26 | 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Room 315 | BEH S Tower

boomer millennial event bannerBagels with Berg: A Special Invite from the Dean
Thursday, March 29 | 10:00-11:00 AM
BEH S Tower | Foyer


Human Rights: Young migrants and refugees
Thursday, March 29 | 7:00 PM
Utah Museum of Fine Arts



CSBS Top News

Stefanucci uses Virtual Reality to Explore Human Perception and Cognition

"We can manipulate a virtual world in ways that could never be done in a real environment," says Jeanine Stefanucci, associate professor of psychology.

White comments on Marvel's Black Panther

"Wakanda is the great 'what it' of Marvel: What if colonization had not hit a country in Africa?" notes Paul White, associate professor of psychology.

Hate has regional roots in poverty and lack of education

"There is no one specific cause of hate, though generally speaking, it typically stems from fear," says new study from Emily Nicolosi, PhD candidate in geography, and Richard Medina, assistant professor of geography.

Brewer a collaborator in new climate study with UW

Earlier this month, geology and geophysics researchers at the University of Wyoming published a paper that determined recent temperatures across Europe and North America compared to the past 11,000 years. Simon Brewer, assistant professor of geography, collaborated with them to combine information from North America and Europe.

Air pollution: black, Hispanic and poor students most at risk from toxins

Sara Grineski, professor of sociology, and Timothy Collins, professor of geography, have authored the first national study, published in the journal Environmental Research, on air pollution and schools.

Can Olympic Games help thaw Korean tensions? The bigger question is what comes after

Matthew Burbank, associate professor of political science, has spent much of his time devoted to studying urban policy with an emphasis on the Olympics. He believes South Korea viewed these Olympics as another chance to host the world, like it did with the 1988 Olympics in Seoul.

When cars are partly self-driving, humans may not feel responsible for crashes

Researchers in the psychology department at the University of Utah are studying whether semi-autonomous driving technology will make things better or worse.

"Your brain needs rest days just as your muscles do" says Strayer

Take your workout outside. Getting active outdoors has a recuperative effect.

Curry discusses Government Shutdown

A temporary budget fix is in place. What's next? James Curry, assistant professor of political science, spoke with Julie Rose on Top of Mind Radio on the politics that will play out in the next phase.

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Awards and Grants

Congratulations to Jennifer Watt, Rick Forster, and Emily Nicolosi who each received a 2018 Alta Sustainability Leadership Research Award! Click here to read more.

Congratulations to Analeigh Marie Sanderson! She has been selected as a semi-finalist for a 2018-2019 Fulbright award. Finalists will be announced later this spring. Sanderson is majoring in environmental and sustainability studies and modern dance. If she is granted the scholarship she plans to pursue graduate studies in ecology and contemporary performance at the University of the Arts Helsinki.

Congratulations to Sharon Mastracci, Brent Steele, and James Curry in the Department of Political Science for being selected out of 200 nominations from students for the Career Center's Faculty Recognition Award.  This award recognizes faculty members who are contributing to students' career development and exploration. 

Congratulations to psychology students Kelsi Rugo and Julia Harris. They have both been selected by the Military Suicide Research Consortium for travel awards to attend their research training day at the American Association of Suicidology conference.

Rugo's project focuses on a fidelity analysis of crisis response planning for suicide prevention, in which she will be seeking to identify how reliability in clinician administration of crisis interventions influences outcomes.

Harris' project focuses on understanding how substance use in suicide risk overlap and influence each other.

Congratulations to Chimedlkham Zorigtbaatar, economics PhD student, who has been awarded the William R. Waters research grant from the Association for Social Economics! Click here to read more.

Congratulations to Craig Bryan and his team at the National Center for Veterans Studies on a major new grant from the US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command to support an RCT of his groundbreaking work in suicide prevention among military personnel.

Congratulations to psychology assistant professor Lee Raby, whose article, "Childhood abuse and neglect and insecure attachment states of mind in adulthood: Prospective, longitudinal evidence from a high-risk sample" has been listed as one of the most cited articles on Cambridge University Press. 

Graduate Students Needed at the Gardner Policy Institute

The Gardner Policy Institute is looking to fill two graduate assistant openings this year: a position with their survey team and a position with their economics/public policy team.

"Building" Solutions Donation Campaign

Find out how you can contribute to the new Carolyn and Kem Gardner Building!

Go Learn with Tim Chambless and Maria O'Mara

KUER general manager Maria O'Mara and Drs. Tim & Cathy Chambless of the University of Utah take you on the news junkie tour of a lifetime to Washington, D.C. See interplay between those making the news and those reporting it when you meet all six of Utah's legislative representatives and visit the studios of NPR and CNN.


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