Sutherland Newsletter – May 17, 2007

1.New Policy Analyst at Sutherland

Sutherland is pleased to welcome Derek Monson to the Institute team as a policy analyst.  Derek brings to Sutherland a specialty in quantitative research methods and a background in Utah issues.  He will graduate from Brigham Young University in August 2007 with Bachelors degrees in Economics and Political Science.  Derek plans to obtain a Ph.D. in Economics, with a focus on tax policy and family.  He is married to Melanie, who will be graduating from BYU in 2008 with a BA in Marriage, Family, and Human Development.


2.Sutherland Awarded with Best of State for the 2nd Year in a Row

The Best of State organization ( named the Sutherland Institute as Utah’s top Education/Advocacy organization for its innovative program, the Transcend Series.  This is the second year in a row the Series has won top honors in this category.


“We are gratified to be recognized again for our work with Transcend,” said Stan Rasmussen, Sutherland’s manager of public affairs and director of the Transcend Series.  “It is our hope that this recognition will encourage even more elected officials and community leaders to participate in the Transcend Series and take advantage of the unique opportunity for understanding and growth it provides.”


Sutherland created the Transcend Series after the Institute identified the need for a way civic leaders could become better informed, equipped and skilled to serve in their respective roles.  More than 300 public officials and citizens across the social-political spectrum have benefited from their participation in this ground-breaking program, now in its fourth year.  The experience enables them to transcend politics as usual in the service of their communities and colleagues.


“This is the third year I’ve participated in the Transcend Series,” said Chris Wadsworth, a city council member in Spanish Fork.  “I’ve realized the intrinsic value of the Transcend Series in my own public service as a city councilman.  I know of no better way for elected officials and community leaders to become more principled in their leadership, and equip themselves to do the right thing, than by participating in these sessions.”


3.The Physics of the Natural Family: Why Families Don’t Fall Down

Three members of Sutherland’s staff are back in Utah after a week at the World Congress of Families IV in Warsaw, Poland.  Paul Mero, Lyall Swim, and Liv Moffat joined thousands of leaders, scholars and activists to take part in the largest international pro-family conference of its kind.


Mr. Mero presented and addressed on “The Physics of the Natural Family” in plenary session to approximately 2,500 people from around the world.  “The science of physics governs the integrity of all structures in the known Univerise, and this includes family structures,” he said.  “There are natural reasons why structures fall down or stay standing.  Every physical structure is governed by laws of nature and its existence can be explained through the science of physics.  Family structures are no exception to any of these laws or science.  There are scientific reasons, quantifiable and empirical, why certain families fall down and why many others stay standing.”  Click here to read the speech in its entirety.