Events for Lectures/Discussions

Building Bionics

Building Bionics: How technologies are going to enhance the human body and end physical disability

In this talk, Dr. Tommaso Lenzi, Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, a Core Faculty in the Robotics Center at University of Utah, and the Director of the Ergonomics and Safety Program at the Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, will present ongoing work at his HGN Lab for Bionic Engineering to advance the science of bionics. He will describe novel electromechanical designs that will empower next-generation bionic limbs to match the strength and speed of biological legs. He will demonstrate intelligent control systems that synchronize the movements of the bionic leg with the human nervous system, enabling individuals with amputation to perform activities that are impossible with conventional prostheses. Finally, Dr. Lenzi will discuss critical challenges and areas of future research that must advance for bionics to become a part of our lives.

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Kyle Whyte: Tanner Talk at University of Utah

Kyle Whyte is George Willis Pack Professor at the School for Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan. He is founding Faculty Director of the Tishman Center for Social Justice and the Environment, Principal Investigator of the Energy Equity Project, and Affiliate Professor of Native American Studies and Philosophy. His research addresses environmental justice, focusing on moral and political issues concerning climate policy and Indigenous peoples. He is an enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation.

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U-POWER Annual Conference: “Collective Action to Advance Total Worker Health”

Join U-POWER, a funded research and outreach center dedicated to safe, healthy, and equitable work, for our second annual community conference on April 13, 2023! This year’s theme is “Collective Action to Advance Total Worker Health” to help us explore connections between research and advocacy, how Utah can learn from collective action in other states, and what resources can help us advocate for healthy and equitable work. Our keynote speaker, Anthony Tenney, will launch the conference by discussing his advocacy for healthy and sustainable work and how community members can take action. Attendees are invited to share their thoughts and experiences about healthy work in Utah, check out workshops that offer tangible tools to advance Total Worker Health, and learn more about U-POWER research and community grant opportunities. There will also be networking time and a performance from a local community artist group. A light breakfast and box lunch will be provided.

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Many Branches, One Root

Bomba Marilé invites the greater Salt Lake Community to join us on Saturday April 22, 2023 at the Sorenson Unity Center for a day of learning about the connections between Kokobalé, Capoeira, Chinese Lion dance, and other martial arts forms hidden within context of music of dance. Sponsored by the Walmart Community Grant, Salt Lake City Arts Council, and the Sorenson Unity Center, the entire event will be free and open to the public. We are honored to have special guest instructors straight from Puerto Rico: Carlos "Xiorro" Padilla and Melissa Santos Ortiz. 9:30am-11:30am Kokobalé workshop 1:30-2:30pm Lecture by Carlos Xiorro Padilla 3:00-4:30pm Panel Discussion: -Carlos Xiorro Padilla (Puerto Rico) - Melissa Santos Ortiz (Puerto Rico) - Maestre Jamaica (Brazil) - Jacob Fitisemanu (New Zealand) - Moderator Jackie Flores (Puerto Rico/Mexico) 5-7pm Live music and dance - Salt Lake Capoeira - Bomba Marilé and visiting artists

Bomba Marilé invita a la comunidad de Salt Lake a unirse con nosotros el sábado 22 de Abril en el Sorenson Unity Center para hablar sobre la conexión entre Kokobalé, Capoeira, el Baile del Leon Chino, y otras artes marciales escondidas en el contexto de la musica y el baile. Patrocinado por el Walmart Community Grant, Salt Lake City Arts Council, y el Sorenson Unity Center, todo el evento será gratuito y abierto al público. Tenemos el honor de tener instructores invitados directamente desde Puerto Rico: Carlos "Xiorro" Padilla y Melissa Santos Ortiz. 9:30am-11:30 Taller de Kokobalé 1:30-2:30pm Platica hecha por Carlos Xiorro Padilla 3:00-4:30pm Panel de discussion -Carlos Xiorro Padilla (Puerto Rico) - Melissa Santos Ortiz (Puerto Rico) - Maestre Jamaica (Brazil) - Jacob Fitisemanu (New Zealand) - Moderadora Hackie Flores (Puerto Rico/Mexico) 5-7pm Musica en vivo: - Salt Lake Capoeira - Bomba Marilé con artistas invitados

Seeds of Remembrance: Just Keep Swimming - Lighthearted Lessons in Grief

Caring Connections: A Hope and Comfort in Grief Program of the University of Utah College of Nursing will hold its annual Seeds of Remembrance event on May 23, 2023 from 7:00-9:00 p.m., at the Eccles Health Science Education Building, 26 South 2000 East Salt Lake City, Utah 84112.

The event will also stream on Zoom for those who are unable to join in person. This year’s theme is “Just Keep Swimming: Lighthearted Lessons in Grief.” The program’s featured speakers are Anita Coyle and Mel Shore, creators of the podcast Widow We Do Now? They will be sharing their “bright-hearted” take on grief with our audience. Music will be provided by Cori Connors. Seeds of Remembrance is free and open to the public. Free Parking will be available at or near the building. For more information, call 801-585-9522 or email