Mole CrowdsourcingAssociate Dean for Research Wins 2015 New Innovator Grant

Professor Jakob (Jake) D. Jensen was awarded a 2015 New Innovator Grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The New Innovator Grant, established in 2007, supports unusually innovative research from early career investigators. The grant provides Professor Jensen with 2.2 million dollars to pursue a 5 year research program.


Debate teamJohn R. Park Debate Society Wins Tournament Sweepstakes at 53rd Annual United States Air Force Invitational

The team defeated over 23 universities and colleges including San Diego State University, University of Vermont, University of Missouri, and the University of Alaska.


Greg SmoakProfessor Greg Smoak's American Indian History Course to Air on C-SPAN 3

The lecture will air twice on October 3, at 8 p.m. EDT and Midnight EDT.


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Sterling McMurrin Lecture on Religion and Culture with Lester Bush

Thursday, October 8, 2015, 7 - 9pm
Dumke Auditorium (UMFA)

Professor Lester Bush will present the annual Sterling McMurrin Lecture, "Looking Back, Looking Forward: Mormonism's Negro Doctrine 42 Years Later." Lester Bush will reflect on the 42 years since his seminal article was published in Dialogue which undermined the standing historical narrative that the LDS Church's priesthood ban began with Joseph Smith. Bush will discuss what has changed, what has stayed the same, and what steps are yet necessary to bring about change.  This lecture serves as the keynote lecture for "Black, White, and Mormon: A Conference on the Evolving Status of Black Saints Within the Mormon Fold" which will take place Friday, October 9, 2015 at the Tanner Humanities Center.

Black, White, and Mormon: A Conference on the Evolving Status of Black Saints within the Mormon Fold

Friday, October 9, 2015
Humanities Building - Carolyn Tanner Irish (CTIHB)

Schedule of events: 8am: Commemoration: A Tribute To Those Who Died 8:30am-10:00am: "Race and the Inner City" panel  10:15am-11:45am: "Race and Mormon Women" panel 12pm-1:30pm: Plenary talk by Elder Joseph Sitati,  "Race and the International Church" **LUNCH EVENT SOLD OUT** 2pm-3:30pm: "Race at BYU" panel  3:45pm-5:15pm: "Race at the Ward" panel For a description of each panel discussion as well as a full list of participating panelists, please visit our website.  This event is free, although the lunchtime plenary talk requires a reservation and space is limited.  


Friday, October 9, 2015, 12 - 1:20pm
Nora Eccles and Richard A. Harrison Building (CVRTI)

Family violence is a threat to public health and can include multiple forms of maltreatment across the life course for children, teens, and young adults as well as those in mid and later life.  Basic societal conditions exist to encourage or discourage this behavior, such as cultural norms of family privacy, isolation, public policy and enforcement.  Understanding the complete picture is important, yet crucial information remains unknown and unmeasured due to the private nature of family violence. Victims may not be ready to report abuse, and perpetrators rarely bring attention to their own behavior. Statutes of limitation can reduce access to justice, leaving perpetrators free to victimize others. Policies for vulnerable adults and children (such as CAPTA), have focused on mandatory reporting, which requires accurate detection and effective intervention. Modern policies addressing intimate partner violence (IPV) have been shaped by criminal/civil enforcement, batterer intervention programs, and the rights of victims (VAWA). While there have been many successes, unintended consequences may include over criminalization of perpetrators and reduced survivor autonomy.  DV policy should be responsive to diverse needs, rather than a mandatory ‘one size fits all’ remedy.  Interventions are evolving and have become more refined over time (although far from perfect).  Innovative home visit policies have improved public response to family needs in their own environment, while successfully reducing incidence of IPV and child abuse. There is a recognition that distinctions must be made to determine whether community based solutions are possible, to prevent more extreme measures (such as incarceration or child removal). Join us during October, Domestic Violence Awareness Month, as we discuss the research, history and status of public response to private pain.  Sonia Salari will introduce us to the topic from the perspective of her new book by the same title.  Rob Butters will discuss the innovative developments in batterer intervention for IPV.  Dr. Toni Laskey will highlight the politics of child abuse detection from the perspective of optimal child health and abuse prevention.  And DeAnn Tilton will update the statutes of limitation reform for survivors of child sexual abuse (CSA). Lunch will be provided, and thus RSVPs are required. Please respond to by Monday, October 5 Policy at the Podium is a program of the College of Social and Behavioral Science Institute of Public and International Affairs (IPIA) Masters of Public Policy (MPP), Masters of Public Administration (MPA), and Masters of International Affairs and Global Enterprise (MIAGE) Programs

Yoga at the UMFA

Tuesday, October 13, 2015, 1:30 - 2:30pm
Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA)

Yoga at the UMFA Tuesdays, September 15-November 17 | 1:30–2:30 pm | FREE Renowned local yoga instructor Scott Moore will lead free yoga classes in the UMFA's Great Hall. These classes will explore the connections between the practice of yoga and the experience of art. Limited mats are available.

Boren Scholarship Information Session

Monday, October 19, 2015, 12:30 - 1pm
Union - A. Ray Olpin (UNION)

Learn more about the Boren Scholarship and hear from a past Boren Scholarship recipient. The Boren Scholarships provide a unique funding opportunity for U.S. students to study world regions critical to U.S. interests (including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East). The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded. Boren Scholars are awarded up to $20,000 for an academic year. Additional information on preferred geographic regions, languages, and fields of study, as well as application procedures can be found at

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