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How often did you attend the campus farmer’s market last year?

Why do you attend the campus farmer’s market?

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Last FYI poll results–based on 150 respondents:

Question: How did you celebrate the 4th of July holiday? (Check all that apply.)

Attended public fireworks display: 29%
Did own fireworks: 25%
Had a barbeque or picnic: 55%
Went out of town: 21%
Didn’t celebrate: 12%
Other: 15%

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FYI Mystery Photo contest


Where is this on campus? Send your answer (be specific) to FYI News by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 30 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 Sept. 8 FYI News.

Thanks to the Outdoor Recreation Program for providing the prize!

Note: This contest is open to U of U faculty and staff only.  We encourage everyone to play, but please note that only one prize can be awarded to a winner per year.

Last issue’s FYI Mystery Photo Contest answer

July 7
Mystery Photo

The July 7 FYI Mystery Photo shows the south entrance to the Languages and Communication Building (LNCO).

Congratulations to Kathrine Skollingsberg, winner of the July 7 FYI Mystery Photo Contest! Kathrine was randomly selected from the pool of  contestants who sent in the correct answer.

Kathrine has been at the U since 2005 and currently works as a secretary in the Department of Physics & Astronomy. She is the department’s advertising print designer, librarian/textbook coordinator, webmaster, and department director over “irreverent, sparkly, and mirthful activities.” She is also working on her computer engineering/math degree. “I thoroughly enjoy the academic atmosphere, and the creative freedom the U offers. I also get quite a kick out of the many different types of interesting people I meet at the U.”

Kathrine received two VIP 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 Sept. 8 FYI News.

Upcoming on campus

August 25-31, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Medical Graphics & Photography Hallside Gallery
University Hospital (Level A, Room AC115)
The School of Medicine’s latest exhibit features fine art photography by the U’s own Jack Dolcourt, associate dean for Continuing Medical Education and a professor of pediatrics. For more information, call (801) 355-1421.

Wednesday, Aug. 25, 9:00 p.m.
Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre
Motorcycle Diaries is an account of the awakening of one of the 20th century’s most romanticized revolutionaries. The film recounts the odyssey undertaken by the young “Che” Guevara and his friend Granado in 1952 when Guevara was a 23-year-old medical student. Directed by Walter Salles, rated R for language, 128 min, official selection of the 2004 Sundance Film Festival. For more information visit Red Butte Garden or contact Bryn Ramjoue at (801) 585-0556.

Thursdays through Oct. 7, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Tanner Plaza at the Olpin Union Building
Enjoy fresh, local produce and unique crafts where you live, work, and study. Free workshops are held every market day at noon. For more information visit the Office of Sustainability or contact Jen Colby at (801) 585-9352. 

Thursday and Friday, Aug. 26-27, 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
200 South between University St. and 1300 East
University neighborhood businesses will hold a block party with live music, food, and give-aways for the community to celebrate the new fall semester. All are welcome!

Friday, Aug. 27, 7:00 p.m. vs. UC Davis
Saturday, Aug. 28, 7:00 p.m. vs. Utah State
Tuesday, Aug. 31, 7:00 p.m. vs. Utah Valley
Utah Crimson Court (HPER East Building)
Support the women’s volleyball team at the Utah Classic. For more information visit the Women’s Volleyball website or contact the ticket office at (801) 581-UTIX. 

Wednesday, Sept. 1, 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Digital Scholarship Lab, first floor of the Marriott Library
The fair will  introduce faculty and graduate students to the Digital Scholarship Lab, a resource to help create digital scholarship and learning objects, and to enable research, teaching, and learning. The fair will include demonstrations, presentations, tours, and panel discussions that highlight digital scholarship and new media projects across disciplines. For more information view the program schedule or contact Daureen Nesdill at (801) 587-9484 

Thursday, Sept. 2, 6:30 p.m.
Rice-Eccles Stadium
Support the football team in the season opener against Pittsburgh. For more information visit the Utah Football website or contact the ticket office at (801) 581-UTIX. 

Wednesday, Sept. 8, 12:00 p.m.
Marriott Library Gould Auditorium
The 17th Annual William R. and Erlyn J. Gould Distinguished Lecture on Technology and the Quality of Life features Yoky Matsuoka, the Torode Family Endowed Career Development Professor in Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington. Matsuoka’s lecture will describe how a neural-inspired approach to physical human-robot interaction can re-enable limb movement for people with disabilities. Following the Gould Lecture, Matsuoka will participate in the Women in Science Panel with U faculty from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m., with a reception from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. These events are free and open to the public. More information is online or by contacting Judy Jarrow at (801) 581-3421.

Announcements of interest

Store your bike on campus

Want to keep your bike clean, dry, and secure while you’re teaching class? Bicycle storage lockers have been installed at the south end of the stadium TRAX station, and are also available at most other TRAX and FrontRunner stations. Bicycle lockers can be rented with a one-time refundable key deposit of $30 and an annual rental fee of $70. Lockers are available on a first come first served basis. To reserve a bicycle locker or for more information, contact Curtis Clayton, call (801) 287-2062, or check the UTA Ride Share bicycling page.


U profs offer public talks on urban streams and contaminants

Using the spill at Red Butte Creek as a “teachable moment,” several professors from the colleges of science, engineering, and geology and geophysics are presenting a seven-part series of  public talks titled, “Life of an Urban Stream,” on Thursday nights at 6:30 p.m. at Rowland Hall School(720 Guardsman Way). The series, which is free and open to all, began last week and continues through Thursday, Sept. 30. For more information, contact Pat Shea.

Payroll deductions now offered for computer hardware purchases

New! The University Campus Store now offers payroll deduction on computer hardware, accessories, and software for U of U faculty and staff. Eligible hardware includes, Dell, HP, Lenovo, Asus, and Apple computers, including the new Apple iPad. Purchases up to $2,500 qualify, with deductions taken for up to 14 pay periods, depending on the amount of purchase. A $10 set up fee will be added. For additional information, visit UTECH Computers at the Campus Store or call (801) 581-4776.


Pioneer Theatre’s new season

Pioneer Theatre Company is offering season ticket packages for its 2010-2011 season, which includes the following plays:

  • Hamlet
  • Bram Stoker’s Dracula
  • Irving Berlin’s White Christmas
  • Black Comedy
  • In
  • The Diary of Anne Frank
  • Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard
  • Rent


Travel contracts – New Delta airfare discounts available

To maximize service and reduce costs, the U’s Travel Services office recommends using its onsite travel agents to make appropriate use of all contracts and vendor benefits such as discounted Delta airfare (available only through their onsite agents) of a 2 percent Delta discount on published domestic airfare; and up to a 7 percent Delta discount on published international airfare (varies by class of service). Delta discounts are typically lower than public Internet fares found at, and have the potential to save the University approximately $100,000 this fiscal year. Please note: Only the travel office’s onsite agents can discount Delta airfare, and they only recommend Delta where it is the most reasonable cost and schedule for U of U travelers.

Study participants wanted: Depressed adolescents with bipolar disorder

The Brain Institute is conducting an IRB-approved study for depressed males and females, ages 13-18, with Bipolar Disorder. Subjects will be treated with the nutritional supplement, Uridine, and will participate in eight study visits, including two MRI scans of their brain, over 10 weeks. Participants will be compensated for their time. For more information, contact Tracy Hellem or call (801) 587-1549.

Two Creek Coffee House now open in Sutton-Browning Building

Stop on your way into campus for a cup of hot joe or specialty coffee at Two Creek Coffee House—perfect for those of you getting off UTA at the bend-in-the-road at 100 South and North Campus Drive. The coffee area is located inside the main doors of the Sutton Building and a few steps (south) down the hall in the Seegmiller Synergy Center. Ben L. Seegmiller is an international specialist in mine stability problems and a recipient of the John E. Willson Distinguished Alumnus Award.  Two Creek Coffee House is open 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Call for volunteers

Employee Appreciation Day is set for Thursday, Sept. 30. All University employees are invited to enjoy free food, games, prizes, and festivities from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Rice-Eccles Stadium’s Olympic Torch Park. Simply show your employee ID as your ticket. In anticipation of the event, the planning committee is looking for volunteers to help run the party during short shifts. If interested, please contact Vicki Alvey  or Shanna Erickson. Additional information on Employee Appreciation Day is online.

From the Office of the VP for Research

Faculty research training opportunities available

Research notebook

  1. NSF Announce Research Coordination Networks (RCNs)
  2. EPSCoR International Collaboration Sabbatical
  3. BBSRC US Partnering Awards
  4. National Institutes of Health (NIH) Review Process Explained
  5. University of Utah PI Reference Guide
  6. NSF Regional Conference
  7. Limited submission grant opportunities
  8. New Faculty Research Orientation Materials
  9. Project Administration and Management (PAM) Initiative feedback link
  10. Funding opportunity deadlines
  11. Investigator training workshops

1. NSF Announces Research Coordination Networks (RCNs)

Research Coordination Networks aim to advance a field or create new directions in research or education. Funding is available to support groups of investigators to communicate and coordinate their research across disciplinary and international boundaries. It is anticipated that 15-35 projects of around $500K each will be supported through this program. 

Concerning International Participation – NSF encourages international collaboration, and we anticipate that many RCN projects will include participants from outside the US. International collaborations should clearly strengthen the proposed project activities. Network participants from institutions outside the US are encouraged to seek support from their respective funding organizations. NSF funds may not be used to support the expenses of the international scientists and students at their home organization. However, for RCN projects that involve international partners, NSF funds may be used for the following:

  • Travel expenses for US scientists and students participating in exchange visits integral to the RCN project
  • RCN-related expenses for international partners to travel to, and participate in, networking activities in the US
  • RCN-related expenses for US participants to conduct networking activities in the international partner’s home laboratory


2. EPSCOR International Collaboration Sabbatical

The Materials, Mechanical and Medical Engineering Programme invites applications for International Collaboration Sabbaticals. This new initiative aims to foster long-term “best-with-best” international collaboration between leading UK researchers and their international peers, and break down some of the barriers to extended international collaboration.

The scheme will allow UK-based researchers to undertake visits to overseas centres of excellence of 6-12 months in duration, built around a high-quality research agenda. Funding is available to cover the applicant’s salary, travel, and subsistence and research costs. Resources can also be requested to cover stays for members of the applicant’s family and research team.

As this is a pilot call the scope is limited. Applications will only be considered for collaboration with investigators in US institutions.

Assessment will be by the standard process (postal peer review of full proposals with decisions made at the regular Materials, Mechanical and Medical Engineering responsive mode panels). Potential applicants should contact Stephen Kemp to discuss their plans in detail before submitting a proposal.

Contact  Dr. Stephen Kemp
Materials, Mechanical and Medical Engineering Portfolio Manager
Tel: 01793 444040

This EPSRC program will support 6-12 month visits by UK researchers to US centers of excellence. Priority areas will be in Materials, Mechanical and Medical Engineering. The funding will cover salary, travel, subsistence and research costs. This is a new trial program and is currently focused on UK-US partnerships. It looks to be an excellent opportunity to build some lasting UK-US relationships that I’ve spoken with many of you about. If you are a US academic reading this, please think about contacts/colleagues in the UK you would like to encourage to come for a sabbatical. Deadline: Rolling deadlines over the next 12 months.

3. BBSRC US Partnering Awards

The BBSRC US Partnering Awards program offers up to £50k over four years for UK researchers to build links with US life science laboratories. The focus of this program is to develop new links and support the exchange of research scientists. Funds are to be used to support travel, subsistence, and other networking activities (i.e. workshops and exchanges).  Deadline: November 2010.


  • To set up partnership links between UK and overseas laboratories
  • To promote the exchange of scientists, particularly early career scientists
  • To promote access to facilities


  • Funds can only be used for travel, subsistence and other activities, such as workshops or exchanges. They are not to fund salary costs, consumables, items of equipment or other research costs, nor to link ongoing single collaborative projects.
  • Typically up to £50k over a four-year period for partnerships with one or more US life science laboratories
  • Research groups should try to access other sources of funding in addition to the Partnering Award.
  • US partners may wish to explore mutual funding from the following agencies, which have signed formal agreements with BBSRC:
    • National Science Foundation (NSF)
    • National Institutes of Health (NIH)
    • Department of Energy (DoE)
    • United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)


Applications are reviewed internally against the following criteria:

  • The value added to BBSRC science through the partnership by enhancing priority areas
  • The benefits and future joint research likely to accrue from the collaboration
  • The uniqueness of the opportunity and expertise of the US partners
  • The opportunities for early career scientist exchanges
  • Whether the collaboration is a new linkage or an ongoing partnership (if collaboration is ongoing, what new aspects are brought to the partnership?)
  • The level of the contribution made by the UK institution towards the development of the award
  • Alignment of the award to current BBSRC strategy priorities


  • Open to current BBSRC research grant holders and researchers employed at institutes of BBSRC who are in receipt of BBSRC funding.
  • Consortia of academics may apply, with one person acting as the lead.


  • Read the guidance and regulation notes (see downloads section on right sidebar of  web page).
  • Complete the application form (see downloads section on right sidebar of  web page).
  • E-mail your application to the address given at the end of the application form. 

4.      National Institutes of Health (NIH) Review Process Explained

Want to better understand the NIH review process? Check out this YouTube video featuring U of U Professor David Grainger. This video provides an in depth tutorial on how the review process functions.

5.      University of Utah PI Reference Guide

Click here to view great resources and a guide pertaining to research projects.

6.          NSF Regional Conference

The University of Utah and Utah State University will co-host the National Science Foundation (NSF) Regional Grants Conference at the Hilton Hotel in Salt Lake City on October 25-26, 2010.  The conference will bring together key representatives from NSF and faculty, researchers, and grant administrators from many institutions across the Western region. 

Because this is an invaluable opportunity for U of U faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and research administrators who wish to gain insight into current issues at NSF, the Office of the Vice President for Research has arranged for a $100 discount on the $310 registration fee for the first 100 U of U registrants. Please distribute this information to your colleagues immediately so that they can take advantage of this rare local opportunity.

NSF program officers representing each NSF directorate will be on hand to provide up-to-date information about specific funding opportunities and answer any questions you may have in regard to:

  • New programs and initiatives
  • Future directions and strategies for national science policy
  • Proposal preparation
  • NSF’s merit review process
  • Cross-disciplinary and special interest programs
  • Conflict of interest policies
  • Breakout sessions by discipline

Full details on the conference, including links for registration and hotel reservations, are available online.

7.          Limited submission grant opportunities

For the past year there has been a new process for applying for research grants or fellowships where the number of applicants from the university is limited by the sponsor. From the Campus Information System home page, go to the Research Administration section on the left and choose Limited Submission Applications; when this opens, choose View Opportunity List. You may also access this list (and a calendar showing deadlines for all grant opportunities) via the Research Portal, which is also a choice in the Research Administration section of the Campus Information System home page. Please contact our office or call (801) 581-7236 if you have questions about this.

8.          New Faculty Research Orientation Materials

The Office of Sponsored Projects and Vice President for Research Office will be providing all new faculty with the following updated information. Each semester we will query the Human Resources database for new faculty hires, and will contact them with this information. Since this has not been done for several years, will you please forward the following information to all new investigators and any other faculty you think may benefit from the updated information:

Updated Research Handbook  
A web-based reference tool to assist new and established researchers in the conduct of research

New Faculty Funding Link 

PI Quick Reference Guide
The PI’s quick reference guide to Sponsored Projects

Funding Opportunties 
Intramural and extramural funding opportunties, limited submission, etc., and proposal preparation tools

Extramural Agency Support 
Extramural funding opportunities separated by agency, along with information, templates, video workshops, etc. on how to apply for funding from NSF,NIH, DOE, foundations and more

9.      Project Administration and Management (PAM) Initiative feedback link

Leave feedback or comments regarding the Project Administration and Management (PAM) Initiative.

10.   Funding opportunity deadlines

Upcoming deadlines for funding opportunities through the Vice President for Research Office are listed below. For more detailed information, please go to the Research funding opportunities webpage.

  • Technology Commercialization Projects – September 15
  • Distinguished Scholarly & Creative Research Award nominations – October 15
  • Faculty Fellow Awards – October 16


 11.   Investigator training workshops

Investigator training workshops are offered to all University faculty members and postdoctoral scholars.  The workshops are designed to support both new and veteran investigators with the administration of their research. Among the topics to be discussed at the workshops are:

  • Tips for conducting funding searches and developing effective proposals
  • Understanding the organizational structure of research administration and the management of sponsored projects
  • Financial reporting standards and requirements
  • Responsible conduct of research (RCR) and conflict of interest policies
  • University regulations regarding clinical trials, sponsor requirements, good clinical practices and data management

You may register online, or for additional information, contact Tony Onofrietti, Director of Research Education, at (801) 585-3492.

Health beat

Campus Farmers Market for fruits and veggies

Thursdays now through Oct. 7
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Tanner Plaza
(Between Olpin Union and Student Services Building)

Most typical adult diets are lacking in fruits and vegetables. The USDA’s Food Guide Pyramid encourages the average American adult to eat about two cups of fruit and two-to-three cups of vegetables each day. That may seem like a lot if you are not used to consuming them with each meal, but fruits and vegetables contain essential vitamins, minerals and fiber that may help prevent disease. Research has shown that those who eat more fruits and vegetables as part of their daily diets may reduce their risk of stroke and certain cancers. 

The U’s own farmers market boasts some of the best local fresh fruits and vegetables. Come buy some veggies to grill, roast, steam, or just eat fresh.  The market is held on Tanner Plaza each  Thursday through Oct. 7 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 

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Women’s Club to meet

The University Women’s Club will hold its first activity of the academic year with a membership lunch on Monday, Sept. 13, at 11:30 a.m. in the Alumni House. “We have an exciting year ahead and hope all of the interested women at the University will join us and participate in providing scholarships for deserving young women,” says Harriett Gesteland, president of the club.

The Club was organized in 1909 by Jane Kingsbury—wife of then U of U President Joseph T. Kingsbury—to engage the wives of faculty in friendship and increase their interest in the University. Today the club’s major role is to raise funds for scholarships for undergraduate women students at the U. Meetings are held throughout the academic year and include presentations by faculty as well as social activities deemed of interest to members of the club. The organization welcomes all women associated with the University—faculty, staff, and alums—as well as women from the community who have an interest in supporting the University. The annual membership fee is $40. There is no fee for the lunch, but an RSVP is required. Contact Nettie Pendley at (801) 274-2322 by Friday, Sept. 3.

Giving Back

A mid-year update from our friends at the faculty/staff giving campaign

Every financial gift to the U made through payroll deduction or by a one-time contribution makes a difference. Your participation reflects our institutional strength and shows that faculty and staff are committed to helping build the success of the University today and for years to come. More than 5,300 faculty and staff have given to more than 1,907 different areas. These gifts range from $5 to several hundred dollars and every one is special—not because of the amount—but because of the value of giving to a cause that you care about.  Since the Faculty/Staff Campaign kicked off in February 2010, the U has received contributions to more than 70 different areas around campus and pledges of more than $37,355. We thank each and every one of you.  

Every dollar has an impact on tomorrow’s future. If you have made a gift, look for your name on theThank You Wall” of the faculty-staff web page. If you would prefer not to have your name listed or you do not see your name, contact Robbi Dewey Richter  or call her at (801) 581-3229.

Campus Rec offers fitness program

Online registration for Campus Recreation Services’ fall fitness program is now under way. In-person registration at the Field House begins Wednesday, Aug. 25.  Classes begin Tuesday, Sept. 7. Group X and Personal Enrichment classes are offered in various types of cardio and fitness classes plus belly dance, Latin dance, Pilates, adult/children swim, yoga, yogalates and tennis. Take advantage of the “free week” from Aug. 30 to Sept. 5. It’s a great opportunity to check out the classes for free (Note: Excludes tennis and swim classes).


Check out the FITPASS! For $60 you are eligible to attend any Group X or cycling class that suits your interests, goals, and time constraints. You may attend as many classes as you want, whenever you want. There is a limit to the number of people who can take a class so it’s a first-come, first-served basis. (Note: The FITPASS excludes admittance to the Personal Enrichment classes.)

And there are free, cable, and circuit weight areas, 5,000 square feet of cardio machines, and personal training services.


  • A new spinning studio for indoor cycling classes will be a great addition to the FITPASS program.
  • “U” Lose:  Much like The Biggest Loser, this incentive program helps motivate to lose weight.
  • Small Group Training is an inexpensive way to work with a certified personal trainer to set goals and work on your fitness.
  • Couch to 5K Fitness Running: Always wanted to run a 5K?  Well, we’ll help you get ready for the big event!

For more information contact Campus Recreation.

Staff News

News from Staff Council

The August Perk of the Month is Tuition Reduction.  To learn more, click here.

Congratulations to Teresa Aoki at the Redwood Moran Eye Center and Kathy Moran at the Alzheimer’s Center in the Department of Neurology.  Both are recipients of the Fall 2010 Staff Council Scholarships.

Special thanks to Swoop and the Athletics Department for helping make the recent U of U Night Out at the Bees Game a success.

Save the date: Staff and Faculty night at Women’s soccer is Thursday, Sept. 23. Watch for more information in FYI News.

Administration to celebrate exceptional staff contributions

Twenty-four University of Utah staff employees from six districts will be recognized for their exceptional contribution to the University at a lunch hosted by President Michael K. Young and Vice President Loretta Harper on Thursday, Sept. 2, in the Olpin Union Ballroom at 12 noon. These individuals comprise the pool from which the six University of Utah Staff Excellence Award recipients were chosen. The six winners will be announced at the lunch and each will receive $5,000, a special plaque, and their names added to the perpetual plaque that resides in the Human Resources Building at 420 Wakara Way in Research Park. Everyone is welcome to attend. To purchase a ticket ($16 per person) contact Terri Crow or call (801) 585-0928 by Wednesday, Aug. 25.

The 2010 District Staff Excellence Award recipients include:

Atilla Arici
Rebecca Baggett
Sheila Bloomdale
Rebecca Childs
Jennifer Colby
Wade Dillree
Nate Friedman
Abraham Granados
Sandy Gundersen
Deberah Hair
Wendy Loyning
Annette Matherly
Natalie Murdock
Jayne Nelson
Tiffany Noss
Leslie Park
Jennifer Reed
Vicki Skelton
Nancy Seegmiller
Nancy Swanson
Linda VanOrden
Tina Waters
Melissa Williams
Mark Winter

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