Lunar footprint

Undergraduate research and scholarship

What motivates us to discover and explore new frontiers? What unbroken causal chain connects a child’s boundless curiosity to the focused, but equally insatiable questioning of a trained researcher at the peak of their intellectual prowess? Why is the sky blue? Why is the grass green? How did it all begin? How will it end? […]

John R. Park Building

The endless frontier and the National Science Board

I am pleased with the White House’s announcement that I am being appointed to the National Science Board (NSB), which provides advice and oversight for the National Science Foundation (NSF). In recognition of this honor and responsibility, I have been reflecting on how much the NSF has shaped my career over the past 35 years, and how much I […]

Earth as viewed from the moon

Building a Connected World

Today’s global economy links us all in deep and important ways. Thanks to instant, inexpensive digital communication, local events can and do have immediate and far-reaching worldwide impacts. At the University of Utah, we believe passionately in building a connected world, one where students from Utah, from across the country and from around the planet […]

Graduates in the 2018 Commencement Crowd

The University’s Academic Prowess

I am delighted to serve as senior vice president for Academic Affairs at the University of Utah, where I have responsibility for the quality of our academic programs and facilities, the success of our faculty and students, and the alignment of campus resources with our priorities and strategic directions. The U is a great public […]