“just last semester, I pulled out my notes from John Knodel's class when I had to prepare a new graduate-level seminar in Population Studies”
Rebecca L. Utz
Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Utah.
Ph.D. 2004 Sociology, University of Michigan
I am married to Steve Altman, who I met while living in Ann Arbor. We have a two-year old daughter, Carolyn, who keeps us busy. For those of you who know him, Leo (our shihtzu) is now 13 years old. We live in Salt Lake City and thoroughly enjoy the landscapes and adventures that the nearby mountains afford us.
Aging, long term care, and widowhood
PSC's Influence on Career
Most specifically, my training at PSC has been incorporated into how I teach courses in Epidemiology and Population Studies. I will never forget John Knodel's Population Studies course. It is a class that I think about often, whether doing my own research or whether I am preparing lectures for class. In fact, just last semester, I pulled out my notes from John's class when I had to prepare a new graduate-level seminar in Population Studies. That course has been invaluable to my understanding of basic population dynamics.
Memories of PSC
During my tenure at PSC, we were located on the second floor of the Border's building. I remember studying and working hard with my peers (Sapna Swaroop, Erin Reidy, Cindy Colen, Sarah Avellar) in the center lobby, but then taking breaks in the evening to go see a movie at the Michigan Theater. What I remember the most, however, was the brownbag seminars in the downstairs conference room. As a young grad student, I wondered whether I would ever be able to ask sophisticated questions to the speakers. Not sure if I do or not....