Campus construction update

As of June 9, 2010

Campus construction projects will continue around campus for the rest of the year.  When new projects begin or projects are completed further information will be posted.

  • NEW ROAD OPENING: Exploration Way (the replacement road for Federal Way)between Wasatch Drive and Central Campus Drive is now open for public use.  It is located slightly north of where the old Federal Way used to be.
  • NEW CLOSURE: Medical Drive South is now closed from 1900 East to 2000 East from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., to accommodate construction of the new pharmacy building.  The road will remain closed during these hours for 18 months. Parking garage access to HSEB will be maintained. Deliveries will be allowed through the site to buildings east of the project during the road closure hours but must be coordinated with Jacobsen Construction.
  • The high temperature water project west of the nursing building has turned north and is now impacting 1900 East traffic and parking. It will not close the road, but it will restrict traffic through the summer.

Weekly updates are available on the campus construction impacts Web site. This is your best resource to find out what’s happening construction-wise.  Also, your comments and suggestions are always welcome. For any specific project, contact Campus Design and Construction at (801) 581-6883 to be directed to the respective project manager.

Upcoming on campus

BUG BRIGADE AT UMNH
Friday, June 11, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Utah Museum of Natural History
Millipedes, cockroaches, and tarantulas might seem creepy, but spend some time with these creatures and you’ll see just how incredible they are. Learn all about bugs’ anatomy, behavior, and impact on the environment as they crawl on our bug experts. For more information visit the Utah Museum of Natural History or contact Scott Pettett at 801-581-6927.

THE DINO SHOW: LIVE FROM LARAMIDIA
Saturday, June 12, 3 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Utah Museum of Natural History
Get ready for horns, frills and roars when you meet a 10-foot-long, 75 million-year-old ceratopsian dinosaur. Be a part of the action to recreate the swampy Late Cretaceous environment of Laramidia that this ceratopsian called home. For more information visit the Utah Museum of Natural History or contact Scott Pettett at 801-581-6927.

RED BUTTE GARDEN CONCERT: STEVE MARTIN & THE STEEP CANYON RANGERS
Wednesday, June 16, 7:30 p.m.
Red Butte Garden
Following his successful tour last year in support of his Grammy award-winning album, The Crow: New Songs for the Five-String Banjo, Steve Martin, once again joined by the Steep Canyon Rangers, embarks on a 2010 music tour, which includes a stop at Red Butte Garden. For more information visit Red Butte Garden or contact Bryn Ramjoue at 801-585-0556.

RED BUTTE GARDEN CONCERT: CHICAGO
Tuesday, June 22, 7:30 p.m.
Red Butte Garden
Lifetime achievements include a Grammy Award, multiple American Music Awards, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Chicago is the first American rock band to chart Top 40 albums in five decades. In Billboard Magazine’s recent list of Top 100 artists of all time, Chicago came in at #13, the highest charting American band. For more information visit Red Butte Garden or contact Bryn Ramjoue at 801-585-0556.

CATS AND THINGS ADOPTION DAY
Thursday, June 24, 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Eccles Institute of Human Genetics 1st Floor West Atrium
Cat & Dog Adoption Day for the U’s retired research animals is held in conjunction with an all-day bake sale with various vendors to benefit the adoption animals. Contact Linda Schmidt at 801-267-3539 for more information.

RED BUTTE GARDEN: BIRDING
Saturday, June 26, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Red Butte Garden
Enjoy the Garden’s cool morning breezes during a morning walk full of wildlife activity. Bullock’s Oriole, Western Tanager, Downy Woodpecker, and American Gold Finch are just some of the many birds likely to be seen. Bring your binoculars and drop in for one or more of the scheduled birding walks. No registration is required. For more information visit Red Butte Garden or contact Bryn Ramjoue at 801-585-0556.

UMNH FREE FAMILY MONDAY
Monday, July 5, 9:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Utah Museum of Natural History
On the first Monday of every month, the Museum stays open until 8:00 p.m. and offers free admission. Free Family Mondays are a “thank you” to Salt Lake County voters for support of the Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts and Parks Fund. For more information visit the Utah Museum of Natural History or contact Scott Pettett at 801-581-6927.

COMMUNITY FORUM MEETING
Community Forum logoThursday, July 8; 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
540 Arapeen Drive (second floor conference room) in Research Park
Agenda items for the U’s summer Community Forum meeting include an update by the Utah Museum of Natural History on how they are managing the trails that run through the construction site of their new museum; and an update by Salt Lake City Transportation Division on the resurfacing and restriping of University Street scheduled for June and July. The meeting is open to all. For more information, contact Ann Floor or call 801-585-3595.

FYI poll

Take our FYI News poll

It’s live until July 7 when the next issue of FYI News is published. All responses are anonymous.

See the poll results here.


Last FYI poll results–based on 130 respondents:

Question: Do you plan to attend Commencement this year?

Yes: 22%
No: 78%

Question: How often do you attend Commencement exercises?

Every year: 13%
Depends on the speaker: 7%
Depends on whether I know someone graduating: 38%
Never: 42%

If you have a suggestion for a poll question, send it to FYI.

FYI Mystery Photo contest

Where is this on campus? Send your answer (be specific) to FYI News by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, June 14 for a chance to win a $25 rental gift certificate, courtesy of the Outdoor Recreation Program. The winner will be randomly selected from the pool of those submitting the correct answer and will be listed in the July 7 FYI News.

Thanks to the Outdoor Recreation Program (ORP) for providing the prize!

Note: This contest is open to U of U faculty and staff only.

Last issue’s FYI Mystery Photo Contest answer


May 5
Mystery Photo

The May 5 FYI Mystery Photo shows the front (east) entrance to the Frederick Albert Sutton Building (FASB).  FASB is home to the College of Mines and Earth Sciences, Geology & Geophysics, and the University of Utah’s Seismograph Stations.

Congratulations to Lisa Batchelder, winner of the May 5 FYI Mystery Photo Contest! Lisa was randomly selected from the pool of 33 contestants who sent in the correct answer.

Lisa has worked at the U since 1992 – for the past four years in the College of Science dean’s office as the academic program coordinator.  Her job involves coordinating various College of Science student programs, scholarships, and “Science Day at the U,” the largest student recruiting event on campus held every fall.

Lisa received two passes to Red Butte Garden, courtesy of the Garden. A big thanks to Red Butte Garden for providing the prize. And thanks to everyone who participated in the contest. We invite you to try your luck again with the July 7 FYI News.

Announcements of interest

Can you hear me now?

The U’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is offering basic hearing tests throughout the summer (June 2- July 30) on Tuesdays from 1:00 – 6:00 p.m., 417 Wakara Way, Room 1112. The cost is $25. For more information, call (801) 585-1259 and leave your name and phone number. An audiology clinician will contact you to schedule an appointment. Additional days and times may become available.            

Summer Continuum now available

Want to find out how doctors in training survive their experience at the U of U Medical School? Find out in the Summer 2010 issue of Continuum, the U’s award-winning magazine, to learn about two young physicians who are not only surviving, but thriving. Staff and faculty who would like a hard copy of the magazine can subscribe online.

Primary Elections: June 22

Don’t forget to vote! A list of candidates and voter information are online.

June Book of the Month

A Reliable Wife, by Robert Goolrick

The Campus Store offers a 30 percent discount off the suggested retail price of this book.

He placed a notice in a Chicago paper, an advertisement for “a reliable wife.” She responded, saying that she was “a simple, honest woman.” She was, of course, anything but honest, and the only simple thing about her was her single-minded determination to marry this man and then kill him, slowly and carefully, leaving her a wealthy widow, able to take care of the one she truly loved. What Catherine Land did not realize was that the enigmatic and lonely Ralph Truitt had a plan of his own. And what neither anticipated was that they would fall so completely in love.

Filled with unforgettable characters, and shimmering with color and atmosphere, A Reliable Wife is an enthralling tale of love and madness, of longing and murder.

From the Office of the VP for Research

Research notebookNIH tips for proposal preparation and review

The following Web sites show new NIH-issued tips for proposal preparation and review:

Enhancing Peer Review Application Changes: Reviewer Guidance

The Center for Scientific Review: Guidelines for Reviewers

An explanation of indirect costs for sponsored projects

Costs involved in conducting sponsored projects are categorized in two ways: direct costs or indirect costs. The federal government officially refers to indirect costs as facilities and administrative (F&A) costs, sometimes simply called “overhead” costs. Direct costs and F&A costs together are the actual cost of a sponsored project. Read more about indirect costs including explanations on what indirect costs are, how the F&A rate is established, examples of institutional resources included in F&A, and how F&A rates are applied, what costs are reimbursed by F&A funds, and why F&A funds are important. 

Remember to post on the U Events Calendar

If your department is sponsoring a research conference, talk, or event, please post it on the U Events Calendar. Complete submission instructions are online, or contact Lisa Westlind at (801) 581-5819 for assistance.

Updates from the VP for Research

You will find details on the following topics online.

  • Post Award Management (PAM) Initiative at the University of Utah
  • Financial Information Library FACULTY link
  • Peer Review by Faculty Increases Proposal Success
  • MyRA
  • Scientists Seeking NSF Funding will soon be Required to Submit Data Management Plans
  • Undergraduate Researchers are Overhead-free on any Research Account

 

University Historic District to expand?

A seven-block patch of homes west of the University of Utah may become a historic district. Proposed design standards for the area, dubbed University Expansion, already exist, explains Assistant City Planning Director Pat Comarell, because those blocks simply would stretch the 20-year-old University Historic District. The expansion would run roughly from South Temple to 500 South between 900 East and 1100 East. The exact boundary is expected to be drawn this summer, followed by a vote on the historic status. The homes there do not fall under the six-month moratorium on demolitions in the Yalecrest and Westmoreland Place neighborhoods—that ban expires Sept. 10—so there is less urgency.

From the May 18, 2010 Salt Lake Tribune, by Derek P. Jensen

University Street project to begin soon

U of U and SLC collaborate on improved design for walking, bicycling, transit, and parking

Intersection at University Street and 200 South

This summer, University Street will undergo a considerable change as Salt Lake City paves and restripes the road, and the adjacent blocks of 200 South and 400 South (between 1300 East and University Street). After the construction, University Street will carry one lane of motor vehicle traffic in each direction, with the addition of bike lanes and enhanced pedestrian crossings. Pedestrians will also find the street safer with fewer lanes of traffic to cross.

Bus stops will be expanded and relocated to improve bus loading and unloading.  

New parking—limited to 30 minutes during the day—will be added along the east side of University Street. Evening parking at that location will allow longer parking time to serve those attending events or concerts on campus. The current metered parallel parking on the north side of 200 South (between 1300 East and University Street) will be changed to diagonal parking—also metered—providing about 50 percent more parking spaces on that block. 

As part of the project, Salt Lake City invited  input and addressed concerns from the University of Utah, Utah Transit Authority, and adjacent businesses and residents. The input on the project has been decidedly positive, with most businesses along University Street and 200 South expressing their support for both improved pedestrian and bicycle connections and additional parking.

The construction is expected to take about two weeks. There will be no parking on University Street for some periods during the construction; however, traffic will continue to flow in both directions. The construction will occur sometime between mid-June and mid-July. Prior to construction, signs will be posted along the street and adjacent businesses and residents will receive notice.

Safety for pedestrians and bicyclists is at the heart of the change. Project details, including drawings of the new striping pattern, are online at Salt Lake City Transportation Division. Scroll down to “New University Avenue Project.”

News from Staff Council

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Learn more about Staff Council online.

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