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April 14, 2017

Broader Impacts Forum Brings Attendees Together From Across the State

iUTAH held its Spring All-Hands Meeting as part of a larger Broader Impacts forum and workshops on March 31 in Salt Lake City UT. The event was hosted in partnership with Office of the Vice President for Research at the University of Utah, and included over 100 attendees from 9 institutions across the state involved in conversation to expand broader impacts work in Utah.


The forum began with opening remarks from Cynthia Furse, associate vice president for research at University of Utah, and Michelle Baker, project director at iUTAH. The morning session continued with keynotes and panel discussions. Speaker Susan Renoe, National Alliance for Broader Impacts (NABI) chair, summarized the event by saying that “Broader Impacts is a vital part of the NSF review process, and high-quality broader impacts plans can make the difference between receiving funding or not.” Other keynote speakers, panelists, and workshop facilitators who shared their expertise, include Chinweike Eseonu, Yusuf Jameel, Nalini M. Nadkarni, Michael D. Shapiro, Louisa A. Stark, Cynthia M. Furse, Nancy J. Huntly, Mark W. Brunson, and Andreas Leidolf.


“iUTAH’s educational programming is a model for others to follow,” said Renoe. “I was completely impressed by the depth and breadth of educational programming offered. iUTAH has programs that engage teachers, students, adult learners, public radio, and more.”


When asked about his impressions of the forum, keynote speaker, Chinweike Eseonu, assistant professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at Oregon State University said “the event was a very candid discussion of the personal and institutional challenges researchers face in identifying and communicating how our work potentially or actually benefits folks within and outside our institutions.”


“I was impressed by the depth and range of work through iUTAH and by how centers on campus translate abstract research concepts to tangible and accessible material for school children or non-subject matter expert adults,” said Eseonu. “I left feeling energized and look forward to applying lessons learned in my work.”


The iUTAH community will reconvene on July 13 – 14 in Logan for the iUTAH Summer Symposium, a celebration of five years of research, training, education, and outreach for Utah’s Water Future. For those of you that attended this forum, we ask you to fill out a short, 3-minute survey.



Broader Impacts forum and workshops on March 31 in Salt Lake City UT. Credit: UU Office of Undergraduate Research


February 24, 2016

Paul Brooks Named State EPSCoR Director

University of Utah professor Paul Brooks, of the Geology and Geophysics department, has been named as the new program director of the Utah Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR).


Utah is poised to take a leading role in both basic research, to generate new knowledge, and in applied research, putting that knowledge to work addressing critical issues facing the economic development and environmental sustainability of the state in the future,” said Brooks. 


For more on the Brooks appointment, visit "U. Professor Named State EPSCoR Director" published on February 22, 2016, U of U Press Release.


Paul Brooks, State EPSCoR Director leading an iUTAH hydrochemical
sampling event in summer 2015 with students from UU, USU, and BYU.




July 22, 2015

iUTAH Red Butte Creek Research

Nearly 50 researchers are converging on Red Butte Creek this week in a coordinated effort to understand the watershed like never before.  The “synoptic sampling” event organized by iUTAH researcher and University of Utah hydrologist Paul Brooks brings together faculty and students from the University of Utah, Brigham Young University, Utah State University, Utah Valley University, Westminster College, and elsewhere to take a comprehensive “snapshot” of the water and surrounding land and air to better understand how to maintain a safe, stable water supply in the face of growing demand for water and a changing climate. To learn more you can read, watch, and listen to what Salt Lake City-based news outlets have had to say about the event:


July 21, 2015

Hogle Zoo and CI-WATER team up to offer science educator workshop

Science teachers for grades 8 through 12 are invited to register for CI-WATER for Science Educators, a two-hour professional development workshop for integrating water science and modeling resources into the science curriculum.


The workshop will be held at the Utah’s Hogle Zoo Education Center on Tuesday, August 4 from 1 to 3 p.m. The event is free to participants but seating is limited, so reservations are required.


Participants will learn about CI-WATER educator resources and engage in activities they can bring to their students.


“Water is no longer something we can simply take for granted. This workshop will help teachers prepare students for the future in which computer modeling will play an even greater role in water resource management,” says Chris Schmitz, Education Director at Hogle Zoo.


To register for the workshop or for more information, email Utah’s Hogle Zoo’s, Academic and Community Programs Coordinator, Suzanne Zgraggen.



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