Brunch With U: Welcome Back w/ 2015 Highlights

Welcome back to school and school life.  “Brunch With U” is here for U sharing food for thought around the news stories U should know.

Campus top stories of 2015 were: Vegas Bowl game vs BYU, Solidarity March on campus, and the Million Student March.

Local top stories: New Mayor in town, Moving the prison to SLC, Police shooting.

National top stories of 2105 were: California terrorist shooting, Hillary Clinton emails, and the Kardashian sadly as a possible top story in the nation.

World: Refugees from Syria, Paris attacked by terrorist, China currency.

The Geekwave Episode 18: Lee’s Year In Anime

While Logan is busy attending the Consumer Electronics Show for this year, Solar and Lee are holding down the fort on The Geekwave this week. Lee recently found This Video detailing a fan-picked best-of-2015 for Animes, and has a lot to say about it.

Also in this episode: a look at upcoming Video games coming out, MMO talk, and information about our Minecraft Day event on January 23rd!


Featured Image taken from Video by TopAnimeWeekly, linked above.

The Rostrum: Reducing the Carbon Footprint

McKenna Buck, Chemical Engineering

Chemical Engineering student at the U, McKenna Buck, works to make the world a cleaner place to live


What is Biomass? How will it make the world cleaner? What does science say about fracking?
The Rostrum is at the John and Marva E Warnock Building with Chemical engineering student, McKenna Buck who shares a glimpse at the work she’s doing with one of the U’s newest faculty, Prof. Dolly Chitta, to develop new technology that could mean a cleaner world. 

The Geekwave Episode 17: Best of 2015 and 2016

Happy New Year!

There’s been a lot of great things this year: Movies, Hoverboards, Back to the Future, Video Games, all sorts of goodies. We spend this episode talking about our favorite things from this last year and what we’re looking forwrd to the most in this next year. Also, Lee uses the holiday spirit to loosen his tongue a little more than usual, so be careful for rogue expletives.

Looking forward to 2016!

The Rostrum: Meet the Nuclear Reactor Supervisor


Conversation with Ryan Schow, a Utah native, and Nuclear Reactor Supervisor at the U, provides an insider’s look at what makes the U a global leader in nuclear safety culture. We also talk about the origins of his nuclear journey, and amazing student opportunities in nuclear science that are being noticed by the world’s nuclear energy community.

  • “My kids call me Homer.”

    “My kids call me Homer,” said Schow jokingly.

  • Ryan Schow, teaches

    Ryan Schow, Ph.D. Student, Nuclear Engineering, Nuclear Reactor Supervisor

  • Nuclear Reactor Teaches U

    Nuclear Reactor teaches U

  • A “critical Reactor” is…an even operating state.

    A reactor is in a critical state when it neither gains or loses neutrons.

  • Ryan Schow Nuclear Reactor Supervisor

    Ryan Schow: Ph.D. student, fundraiser, technician, father of six, teacher, and volunteer

  • Ryan Schow in the Reactor Room

    Nuclear reactor rods each cost about $200,000, Schow explains

  • Reactor Supervisor teaches the future culture of nuclear energy

The Rostrum: Breath for New Standard in TB Detection

Dhiman Bhattacharrya, Ph.D. Metallurgical Engineering student, devout painter, and Cricketer

“TB breathalyzer” Answers Global Healthcare Concern |

Tuberculosis is a deadly pulmonary disease that affects millions in Africa and southeastern Asia who don’t have access to point-of-care TB detection. U Ph.D. student, metallurgical engineer, Cricketer, and devout painter, Dhiman Bhattacharyya explains the research and potential impact of his new “TB breathalyzer,” a sensor platform which may soon provide an immediate, point-of-care solution to a global TB concern.

Titanium Oxide Nanotubes (TiO2) used to detect TB biomarkers in breath

Sensor Setup

Dhiman’s Sensor Diagram Sensor Setup

NANOSYNTH Materials & Sensors is the related company, working with Dhiman to bring this new technology to market.

The Geekwave Episode 16: All I Want For Christmas Are Movie Trailers


This episode was actually recorded before Star Wars came out, so it’s completely spoiler-free. We also limit the amount of Star Wars we actually talk about, since we’re sure many of you are a bit overwhelmed. For now you should just go see the movie and enjoy it. And rest assured, Solar and Lee have already seen it by now and enjoyed it immensely. We’ll have more commentary on it after Christmas.

What this episode does have is a ton of movie talk. Trailers for Star Trek: Beyond and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them dropped this week. Also, we got our first look at the new Ghostbusters cast and Logan talks about The Hateful 8.

Also in this episode: Joseph Gorden-Leavitt, the new Kojima Productions, and impressions of the new game Squad.

Have a Merry Christmas and any other holiday you’re enjoying, and we’ll be back on New Years Day.