Here are some random pictures of the University of Utah in case you are thinking about attending or working there. The campus is nice and large (especially compared to, say, the University of Texas at Austin). It is perched just above downtown Salt Lake City in the foothills of the Wasatch Mountains.
Here is a view of the "main" plaza just outside of the Marriott Library.
It looks like a late spring afternoon; notice the nice view of the Wasatch
Mountains from here
This is the Park Building, located at the top of President's Circle. This
circle is actually a large U with grass and trees in the middle and multiple
old buildings along the outside. In particular, the math building is there
(physics is not far), along with two performance halls (Kingsbury and
Gardner), the Utah Museum of Natural History, and various other beautiful
old buildings. President's Circle is actually uphill (much like the rest of campus),
although it is difficult to tell from the picture.
Another view of President's Circle, this time of the newly renovated math buildings.
I really think that they did a good job of honoring the old appearance of the buildings
while meshing some new architectural style to create a pleasant "math plaza".
On the other side of campus is a view of Rice Stadium. This was the stage
for the 2002 Winter Olympics. It is really cool because all of the Olympic
paraphenalia is still there (such as the torch visible in the background).
Obviously this is also
the home of the Utah Utes football team (kicked ass this year).
From downtown the view of the Wasatch Mountains can be beautiful. I personally
think that Salt Lake City is one of the nicest big cities that I know of. Where
else can you leave your house and be in world-class skiing within 20 minutes? Not
Denver, I can tell you that! Here is a scene at dusk
Astrid's good friend Yoshi graduated in architecture from the University of
Utah. In fact, many of our friends are architects, although I have no idea
why. He won a sculpture contest with UTA (the transit authority), so they
paid him to put up two sculptures along the light rail lines that they have
going to the University. This one is apparently his arm:
Here's the other one...