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Context from Campus: Feb. 28-March 7

The U has faculty who can offer insight into medical marijuana and ALS. Upcoming campus events that could provide context to current stories include a presentation about women and innovation, an evening with U chemistry professor exploring urban legends of drug testing, a presentation about sustainability and more. Read More

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Context from Campus: Feb. 23-27

The U has faculty who can offer insight into the abnormal winter weather and the Cindy Crawford photo that has everyone talking about natural beauty. Upcoming campus events that could provide context to current stories include a lecture by U biology professor Nalini Nadkarni, a keynote address that is part of the U’s Love Your Body Week, a film screening and lecture that is part of the U’s Black History Month events and more. Read More

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Context from Campus: Feb. 16-20

The U has faculty who can offer insight into e-cigarettes, a Puerto Rican bill that proposes to fine parents of obese children, coping with crime years later and more. Upcoming campus events that could provide context to current stories include a lecture about the “black metal” genre of music, a presentation about the ethical complications of media covering terrorism, a discussion about the use of lethal injection in capital punishment and more. Read More

Feb. 5, 2015 – Tracy McMillan, a University of Utah graduate who has gone on to write for film, TV and books, as well as appearing on several TV shows including “Oprah,” will be returning to the U to present a lecture, “Be More You: How to Get Everything You Want By Being Exactly Who You Are,” Feb. 12 at 12:30 p.m. in the Languages and Communication Building auditorium, Room 1110. Hosted by the College of Humanities and the Department of Communication with sponsorship from the Alumni Association, the event will include a book signing, light lunch and will be free and open to the public. McMillan, who graduated with a journalism degree from the U in 1989, left Salt Lake for a job at “NBC Nightly News,” followed by 15 years of writing and producing TV news. She then transitioned to writing film and TV shows such as “Mad Men” and “The United States of Tara,” and books including her memoir “I Love You and I’m Leaving You Anyway.” Her lecture will draw from experiences throughout her life – beginning as a child with a less-than-ideal family dynamic, followed by three marriages, three divorces and a successful career writing and establishing her presence as a funny, relatable, relationship expert. “I’m so thrilled to be coming back to Utah,” McMillan said. “My talk is going to be all about how to make the life you want ¬— the work, the love, the ‘self’ — by being authentically yourself. I'll touch on self-love, spirituality, my own background and service. I'll fold in relationships, career and how to get a life you really want to live. I think anyone will be able to walk away from it a bit more excited and motivated to be more of their best selves.” To many, McMillan is best known for her 2011 Huffington Post article titled “Why You’re Not Married,” which is the fourth most read post on the site. Time magazine named it one of the Top Ten Opinion Pieces of 2011, and the next year she followed it up with her book, “Why You’re Not Married…Yet,” which she describes as a “long, funny conversation about life, love and what to do about it all.” She explains the book as “about everything I’ve ever learned in relationships, which is a lot. Especially about what we do wrong — since I’ve done so much of that myself — and also what to do right, since I’ve done a lot of that, too.”

Context from Campus: Feb. 9-13

The U has faculty who can offer insight into air quality, veterans’ mental health and the measles outbreak. Upcoming campus events that could provide context to current stories include a discussion about wind energy, a lecture about the performance of health systems, a presentation on human trafficking, a Valentine’s-themed presentation from a relationship expert, a panel discussion about how societies cope with conflict followed by a showing of “The Crucible” at Pioneer Theatre and more. Read More

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Context from Campus: Feb. 2-6

The U has faculty who can offer insight into Super Bowl ads, precision medicine and nondiscrimination ordinances and the Mormon church. Upcoming campus events that could provide context to current stories include a panel on STEM fields, a presentation by a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and screenwriter, an exploration of environmental law and advocacy and more. Read More