FYI Mystery Photo contest


Where is this on campus? Send your answer (be specific) to FYI News by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 27 for a chance to win two tickets to see Vox Lumiere – Phantom of the Opera, courtesy of Kingsbury Hall. The winner will be randomly selected from the pool of those submitting the correct answer and will be listed in the Oct. 6 FYI News.

Thanks to Kingsbury Hall 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

Sept. 8
Mystery Photo

The Sept. 8 FYI Mystery Photo shows the west entrance to the Alfred Emery Building (AEB) on President’s Circle. It was built in 1901 to house the Normal School (a normal school was usually a two-year school which trained mainly elementary teachers). The Industrial School was housed here after WWI, and in 1959 it became the Home Economics Building. It now houses the Family & Consumer Studies Department as well as the Child & Family Development Center.

Congratulations to Brendan D’Souza, winner of the Sept. 8 FYI Mystery Photo Contest! Brendan was randomly selected from the pool of  48 contestants who sent in the correct answer.

Brendan works as a graduate research assistant in the department of Chemistry. “My job involves developing new nickel- and iron-based catalysts to be used in Cycloaddition reactions. I also assist new graduate students joining our group with the use of laboratory instrumentation and running wet chemistry experiments. I also enjoy riding the awesome mountain biking trails which are so close to campus. The U of U is a great place for science, fun, and adventure.”

Brendan received two VIP passes to Red Butte Garden, courtesy of Red Butte 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 Oct. 6 FYI News.

Upcoming on Campus

For a complete listing of events please visit the U’s online calendar.


Sept. 18-25
Traditional Homecoming events will take place throughout the week, including house decorating, reunions, Songfest, a pep rally, and a Scholarship Scramble golf tournament. Comedian/actor Sinbad performs at Kingsbury Hall on Friday, Sept. 24. Game day is Saturday, Sept. 25, with a morning 5K run, afternoon tailgate parties, and the football game with San Jose State at 6:00 p.m. in Rice-Eccles Stadium. Complete details on all Homecoming events are online.


Wednesdays, now through Dec. 14, dusk (around 8 p.m. during the fall, 7 p.m. during the winter)
Roof of the South Physics Building
The Department of Physics & Astronomy hosts star parties at the South Physics Observatory (the only public observatory in Salt Lake) every Wednesday after dark – weather permitting. All star parties are open to the public and free of charge. The observatory is located outdoors so dress accordingly. Binoculars, cameras, and personal telescopes are always welcome. More information is online or contact Cierra Blair or Paul Ricketts at (801) 597-1442.


Thursdays through Oct. 7, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Tanner Plaza at the Olpin Union Building

Enjoy fresh, local produce and unique crafts. 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.


Friday, Sept. 24, 7 p.m.
Kingsbury Hall

Ranked by Comedy Central as one of the top 100 stand up comedians of all time, Sinbad has kept audiences laughing in the aisles for more than two decades. From starring roles in film and TV to his highly-rated HBO and Comedy Central specials to performing for the troops with the USO, Sinbad’s comedy is downright hilarious. More information is online or contact the Kingsbury Hall Ticket Office at (801) 581-7100.


Thursday, Sept. 30, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Rice-Eccles Stadium Olympic Torch Park

All University employees are invited to enjoy free food, games, prizes, and festivities. Enjoy sponsor giveaways, bingo prizes, the Hooked on Books selection, field goal kicks, music, and entertainment. Anyone needing to add a little crimson to their wardrobe can take advantage of The Red Zone’s special 20 percent discount for U employees during the event. You can even get your flu vaccine – available for the first 850 party goers. Simply show your employee ID card as your ticket. More information about the event is online.


Sept. 30 – Oct. 2, 7:30 p.m.
Marriott Center for Dance, Hayes Christensen Theatre

Experience the vision of contemporary ballet through student choreography and dancers. More information is online or contact Sara Pickett at (801) 581-7100.


Friday, Oct. 1, 7:30 p.m.
Libby Gardner Concert Hall

Russian pianist Konstantin Lifschitz has gained worldwide acclaim as an exceptional pianist. This Grammy Award nominee and Fellow in the London Royal Academy of Music is dedicated to performing chamber music with his colleagues and peers despite his regular solo appearances in the world’s most prominent venues. Additional information is available online or contact the School of Music at (801) 581-6762.

FYI poll

Take our FYI News poll

It’s live until Oct. 6 when the next issue of FYI News is published. All responses are anonymous.

September 22 Poll:

Now that the recession is “officially” over, how did it affect you?

Show Results

Last FYI poll results–based on 199 respondents:


How has campus construction impacted you? (check all that apply)
It makes it harder to find parking: 21%
It makes it harder to walk around campus: 25%
Road closures make driving around campus more difficult: 23%
It would be helpful if there were more signage: 14%
I don’t mind the construction because of future benefits: 12%
There’s construction happening on campus?: 2%

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

Perk of the Month from Staff Council

Employee Appreciation Day is almost here! Check this link for detailed information and join your colleagues on Thursday, Sept. 30. Nearly 300 staff volunteers are working to make this event a real success!

Deadlines for deans, chairs, and faculty

Distinguished Teaching Awards

University Distinguished Teaching awards recognize significant contributions to the teaching mission of the U of U. Up to four faculty members will be recognized as outstanding teachers with an award of $5,000. Tenured, tenure-track, and auxiliary faculty are eligible with one award available to auxiliary (non-tenure track) faculty. To be eligible, faculty must have completed eight or more years of teaching service at the U of U. The deadline for nominations is Monday, Sept. 27, 2010. The awards will be announced in January 2011.

Teaching Grant Awards

University Teaching Grant awards are made to faculty to undertake projects that will enhance their teaching or the curriculum in which they teach. Tenured, tenure-track, and auxiliary faculty are eligible to propose individual and group grants. Preference will be given to applicants whose primary professional affiliation is as faculty at the U of U. Awards are made for up to $3,000 for items such as equipment, supplies, or travel where appropriate (see our web site for detailed instructions). The next deadline is Friday, Oct. 1, 2010.

From the Office of the VP for Research

  1. Research notebook1. Women in Science Mentoring Program
    2. Project Administration and Management Initiative update
    3. Writing Fellows contact information
    4. Change to NIH Grant Application Process
    5. Updated Research Handbook
    6. Funding Opportunities Catalog
    7. Find A Researcher
    8. Office of Sponsored Projects: Getting Started Page


 1.       Women in Science Mentoring Program

The Graduate School has just launched the first U of U Postdoctoral Association. It is a recognized chapter of the National Postdoctoral Association. While only open to postdocs as members, the group will be sponsoring a number of social/career development events in the coming months that are open to all.

Additionally, a list of upcoming workshops that are FREE and open to anyone on campus can be found online.

 2. Project Administration and Management (PAM) Initiative at the University of Utah—September 2010 Update

The University of Utah is currently reviewing the project accounting and management tools available to researchers, staff, and administrators with the hopes of making them more user-friendly. We have engaged Huron Consulting Services to assist in this review. Huron has extensive background in higher education administration and has helped numerous universities (including us in the past) update and improve their systems. They will be interviewing faculty, staff, and administrators during September and October,2010 to help identify opportunities and methods for improvement. We anticipate the review to be completed in mid-January 2010, with recommendations by March 2010.  It is anticipated that in FY11, we would begin the implementation of this program, with a phased rollout plan in FY11-12.  More information will be placed on the PAM site as the project progresses.

In the meantime, we have a new and simplified financial report in the Financial Information Library (FIL) for faculty.  This link includes information on personnel and other expenses on the project by month for any 12-month period, total amounts spent to date on the project, total amounts received to date, and the available funds. 

To find the FACULTY link:

1)      Login to the Campus Information System (CIS)

2)      Find the Financial & Business Services box. 

3)      Under Reports, click on the Financial Information Library (FIL)

4)      Find the FACULTY link, and click on it.

5)      Three options come up

  1. Mnthly Expense by Project (total expenses for each month and also project to date)
  2. Mnthly Personnel Earns by Proj (payments made to each individual for each month)
  3. Project attributes (start and end date, award #, etc.)

You can find details on what each part of the report includes by clicking on the image next to each item.

Click here[1] for examples of the Mnthly Expense by Project and Mnthly Personnel Earns by Proj reports and a guide to what each item means. 

We hope you find this new link useful for managing the financial aspects of your projects.

To give your feedback on post-award management, please complete the survey below. A faculty ‘town meeting’ will also be scheduled, where all faculty are welcome to attend, and to provide their feedback.  Please watch FYI News for times and dates.

Link here for ongoing comments and suggestions.

Site for PAM Updates.

The PAM Steering Committee includees:

Cynthia Furse (chair)    Associate Vice President for Research

Cathy Anderson               Associate Dean, School of Medicine

Theresa Ashman              Controller

Rebecca Baggett               Senior Business Analyst, Financial Solutions

Kevon Balls                         IT Coordinator, VP for Research Office

Paul Brinkman                   Associate VP for Finance

Brent Brown                       Director, OSP

Dean Church                      Director, Financial Solutions

Larry Dew, Assistant VP, SR VP for Health Sciences
Stephen Hess, Chief Information Officer
Sandy Hughes, Director, Budget and Institutional Analysis Office
Michael Kay, Assistant Dean, Engineering
Mike Robinson, Computer Administrator, UIT
Joe Taylor, Director, Projects and Applications, UIT
Kevin Taylor, Director, Planning and Policy, UIT
Jeff West, Assoc. VP, Financial and Business Services

3. Grant and Proposal Writing Assistance Available

Grant and proposal writing and editing help are now available for faculty. Brought to you by the University Writing Center (UWC), in conjunction with the Writing Program and a grant from the Vice President for Research, a graduate Writing Fellow is now available to help you with the writing, editing, and style issues of grants and proposals. Individual consultations may be scheduled with Brad O’Brien, UWC Writing Fellow, and at the UWC, during the following hours:

  • Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Monday – Tuesday, 4 – 7 p.m.

 The UWC Writing Fellow will also be available to conduct hour-long workshops on grant writing and topics of general writing interest. These may be scheduled Thursdays from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. onsite in the UWC or at other convenient locations. Other consultation times may be arranged by appointment.

There is no charge for this service. Help is on a first-come-first-serve basis, so please plan ahead, especially near common grant deadlines. We strongly encourage faculty who are English language learners to utilize this service for grammatical editing of grants and proposals.

Because the UWC Writing Fellow is available on campus, he can respond in a timely manner, help writers produce more in a shorter time frame, and become trained in the particular discourse practices of the academic community. We encourage you to take advantage of this unique opportunity. 

Other writing and editing assistance is also available free of charge to students, staff, and faculty. See UWC online. Available writing courses offered through the Writing Program include WRTG 6000 – Writing for Publication; and WRTG 7060 – Scientific Writing. These courses, taught during both fall and spring semesters, may be accessed from the U of U website (Catalog & Class Schedules), with more information online.

UWC: Marriott Library, Second Floor, (801) 587-9122


 Other writing fellows include:

4. Change to NIH Grant Application Process

Error-Correction Window Eliminated (see NOT-OD-10-123)

Beginning with due dates on or after January 25, 2011, NIH, AHRQ, and NIOSH will eliminate the error correction window from the application submission process. The error correction window originally allowed applicants an opportunity, after the deadline, to correct missing or incorrect aspects of their submitted applications.    

Beginning on January 25, 2011, all applications must be submitted error-free prior to the submission deadline. Applications that contain errors after that point in time will be subject to the NIH late policy and may not be accepted for review.

The elimination of the error-correction window does not affect the two-business-day application viewing window (i.e. the time an applicant has to view the electronic application image in eRA Commons upon NIH’s receipt of an error-free application). Applicants will still be able to view their application and reject and submit a corrected application prior to the submission deadline. NIH, AHRQ, and NIOSH encourage applicants to submit in advance of the due date to take advantage of the opportunity to correct errors and warnings and to review the application in the eRA Commons before the deadline.

With this change, it is even more critical to follow the University’s grant submission policy.  The Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP) will need to have the proposal in queue five business days prior to the sponsor’s due date to allow for OSP review and submission, error correction and PI review prior to the deadline.

 5. Updated Research Handbook

The Research Handbook is a comprehensive guide to assist new and established faculty in the conduct of research, development, and administration of sponsored research. The Handbook recently has been revised and updated and can be found online at the Office of Sponsored Projects. Please take full advantage of the critical information contained in this guide.

6. Funding Opportunities Catalog

The Vice President for Research is proud to announce a new tool to connect faculty with grant opportunities entitled the “Opportunities Catalog.” On the front page of the Research Portal you can now find a catalog, including calendar, of future grant opportunities with links to deadlines, details, and instructions. The Opportunities Catalog currently consists of open grant opportunities published via and is updated daily. In addition, you can sort and filter the opportunities to focus on those you are most interested in. An RSS is also available for opportunities categorized in more than a dozen different technical fields. Additional grant opportunities will be added to the catalog in future versions. You can access the Research Portal from the “Research Administration” box on the “Employee” tab of the Campus Information System.

7. Find A Researcher

The Find A Researcher database contains listings of U of U faculty and graduate students who are research topic experts and potential research collaborators. You may search for people by entering names, research keywords, departments, international experience keywords, and equipment.

 Number of faculty members submitting a FAR

Numbers exclude additional FAR submissions by people with multiple appointments. No participating college has had a 100 percent submission rate. Some faculty from non-participating colleges submitted a FAR voluntarily. “Participating” means that the college set a submission deadline. Other colleges are either not participating or have set up limited pilot programs. 

  • 2007: 164 (College of Engineering participating)
  • 2008: 308 (5 colleges and 1 dept – Colleges of Education, Engineering, Fine Arts, Nursing, Pharmacy; Dept. of City & Metropolitan Planning participating)
  • 2009: 844 (8 colleges – Colleges of Education, Engineering, Fine Arts, Humanities, Mines & Earth Sciences, Nursing, Pharmacy, Social and Behavioral Science participating)
  • 2010: 18 (2010 FAR submission won’t be required by most colleges until 2011. List of 2010 FAR participating colleges is not yet solidified. It will include, at minimum, the 2009 colleges)

 Find a Researcher website-use stats 

Attachment: Find a Researcher Web Stats 04-23-2010 to 09-06-2010 (Find a Researcher went live on 4/23/10) 

Reports in attachment: 

1.       Visits Trend (how many unique visitors came to the Find a Researcher site during this time period)

2.       Page Views Trend (how many web pages were viewed during this time period)

3.       Search Phrases (words visitors entered into search engines that led them to Find a Researcher pages. UltraSeek is the U’s search engine)

4.       Countries (countries of visitors during this time period)

5.       North American States and Provinces (states/provinces of visitors during this time period)

Screen shots have been prepared to aid in the use of the Find A Researcher database. Please click here to view the screen shots. 

8. Office Sponsored Projects: Getting Started Page

Access the OSP: Getting Started webpage.

Announcements of interest

Status of the Bonneville Shoreline Trail

The Bonneville Shoreline Trail continues to be rerouted around the Chevron oil spill site near Red Butte Creek. Although the fencing installed by Chevron has been removed and security guards are no longer in place, the detour is necessary because of upcoming work by Rocky Mountain Power. The University of Utah will maintain signage to inform trail users that the trail is still closed. The signs include maps showing the route of the detour.

Faculty/Staff night soon for Women’s Soccer

Staff and Faculty Night at women’s soccer is Thursday, Sept. 23. Get your coupon for free admission to the soccer game. And have you heard about the Utah Women’s Soccer team’s SHOW YOUR SCARF fan photo contest? Check out the winners from the first five weeks on the Winner’s Photo Gallery. Don’t forget, even if you’re not entering the fan photo contest, they still want to see you celebrating your Utah fandom with your UTAH UTES scarf…around town, with your friends, at the game, anywhere!

Lemons to lemonade: Final urban stream class features panel discussion

The final class on urban streams, being offered by University professors to the public as a result of the oil spill at Red Butte Creek, will conclude Thursday, Sept. 30 (6:30 p.m. at Rowland Hall School, 720 South Guardsman Way). A panel discussion will feature Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker, and U professors Jim Ehleringer (biology), Paul Jewell (geology and geophysics), Steve  Burian (engineering), William Johnson, and Brett Tipple (biology). The panel will discuss next steps: What do we want? How do we get it? How can it be sustained into the future? For more information, contact Pat Shea.

New stadium signs recognize Utah’s bowl wins

New steel signs measuring 25 feet tall by 10 feet long—and weighing 8,506 pounds—have been installed in the south end zone of the stadium on either side of the video board. The signs, designed to withstand 90-mile-per-hour winds, are in recognition of Utah’s 2005 Fiesta Bowl and 2009 Sugar Bowl victories. The Utes did a formal ceremony recognizing the new additions at the game with Pitsburgh on Sept. 2, with a highlight video of Utah’s wins over Pittsburgh and Alabama. The sign project was a collaborative effort by Auxiliary Services, Campus Design and Construction, and Athletics.  

Utah’s constitution now online

Utah’s original 1895 constitution has been preserved, digitized, and made accessible for all to view on the Internet by preservationists and digital technology staff at the J. Willard Marriott Library. The document, which permanently resides with the Utah State Archives and Records Service, underwent an in-depth archival assessment that determined the document was in stable condition, aside from its binding, which needed some restorative treatment. View the Constitution of the State of Utah online.

Did you know?

The U.S. post office located inside the Campus Store is the second busiest post office in Utah. Open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., it offers many services including MoneyGrams, commemorative stamps, and Priority and Express mail. You can also pay most of your utility bills right there. How convenient it that?

Health Beat

Protein: How much is enough? How much is too much?

Protein is an important nutrient, but it is only one of many needed by the body to maintain good health. Some of the primary roles that proteins play in the body include building materials (for bone, teeth, muscle, and skin), enzymes, and hormone production. For healthy adults with normal kidney and liver function and assuming adequate total calorie intake, the RDA for protein is 0.8 grams per kilogram of body weight per day. Therefore, a 150-pound person would need only about 55 grams of protein per day. Eating more protein doesn’t necessarily translate into bigger muscles—exercising at high intensities (via resistance training, etc.) facilitates muscle building during which time glucose (a carbohydrate) is a significant source of energy. Excess protein—over and above a person’s overall protein and energy needs—may be converted to fat and stored for later use. Protein can be found in almost all foods, with higher amounts in fish, meat, nuts, and seeds, and lower amounts in grains and vegetables.

Julia Erbacher

Brought to you by WellU.


Committee on Dietary Reference Intakes. Dietary Reference Intakes for Energy Carbohydrate, Fiber, Fat, Fatty Acids, Cholesterol, Protein, and Amino Acids. Washington, D.C., National Academies Press, 2002.

Position of the American Dietetic Association, Dietitians of Canada, and the American College of Sports Medicine: Nutrition and athletic performance. J Am Diet Assoc 2000;100:1543-1556.

Whitney EN, Rolfes SR. Understanding Nutrition, 9th ed. Wadsworth/Thomson Learning; Belmont, CA: 2002.

Support the 2010 Campaign for Our Community

Last year, the University community contributed more than $340,000 to support local charities and agencies through the Campaign for Our Community initiative. This year’s goal is $410,000.  “We appreciate those who already contributed and encourage those who haven’t participated in the past to consider making a minimum donation of $2 per paycheck through payroll deduction,” says John Ashton, this year’s campaign chair. “What would $2 a paycheck do for any of the 120 nonprofit organizations the University supports within the campaign?” he asks.  The total yearly contribution would provide a week’s supply of food for one family at the food bank, make possible food and refuge for a cat or dog at the Wasatch Humane Shelter, or send two kids to Camp Hobe for a day. “A little bit from everyone will allow us to reach our goal,” he says. To make a donation, please download and complete the pledge form. If you use payroll deduction, please print out, sign, and send a copy via CAMPUS MAIL to Human Resources Division, 420 Wakara Way. Other payment options include cash, check, and credit card. “Many of you already give to our community in numerous ways,” says Ashton.  “Please join us by contributing a little more. Together let’s continue to demonstrate how the University of Utah supports our community.”


U prof publishes book on civil rights activist Beatrice Morrow Cannady

Kimberley Mangun, photo by Erika Johnson

A new book by Kimberley Mangun, assistant professor in the Department of Communication, has been published by Oregon State University Press. A Force for Change: Beatrice Morrow Cannady and the Struggle for Civil Rights in Oregon, 1912-1936, is the first full-length study of the life and work of Oregon civil rights activist and journalist Beatrice Morrow Cannady.

Mangun writes about Cannady’s key role in advocating for better race relations in Oregon in the early decades of the twentieth century, describing her encounters with the period’s leading black artists, editors, politicians, and intellectuals. A Force for Change describes the role played by blacks in Oregon’s history, and adds to the understanding of the civil rights movement across the United States.

Before earning a PhD at the University of Oregon, Mangun worked as a magazine editor and publisher and as a freelance writer. Her research on Beatrice Morrow Cannady was the basis for an Oregon Public Broadcasting documentary that premiered in 2007.

U receives federal funds to create energy/tech transfers


Jack Hamilton

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Steven Chu announced on Sept. 16, 2010, that the U of U is one of five recipients of $5.3 million in federal funding to build and strengthen “innovation ecosystems” that will accelerate the development of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies from university laboratories into the market. The U’s share of the funding, $1,050,000, will be used to create a new Energy Innovation Commercialization Center, which will assist participating western universities and research institutions in transferring and commercializing university-developed technologies to industry and start-up companies. The center will be led by Jack Hamilton, program manager for the Technology Commercialization Office and an adjunct associate professor in metallurgical engineering. This is the first time the DOE is funding this type of university-based commercialization effort. 

The ecosystems will foster collaborative environments, bringing together key players from universities, the private sector, the federal government, and Department of Energy National Laboratories to identify and develop new clean energy technologies and help them succeed in the marketplace. The Center will provide resources such as mentoring, proof-of-concept validation, prototype guidance, and access to the U’s Technology Commercialization Office and its Venture Bench Program, which provides services to start-up companies to accelerate prototype and product development. The Center will identify industry and market needs in order to fund the most promising technologies while mitigating market risk, and will develop tools to help understand and quantify the impacts of technologies on job creation, fossil fuel dependence, and climate change.

KUED 7 wins regional Governor’s Award for Excellence

The National Academy of Television Arts and Science (NATAS) has selected KUED-TV as the regional recipient of the 2010 Governor’s Award for excellence in public service. The award specifically cites the year-long programming, outreach, and educational efforts associated with the 2009 We Shall Remain project.

Coupled with the 2009 Emmy Award for Overall Station Excellence, this represents back-to-back years in which KUED has been recognized by NATAS with the highest station honors in the six-state region. No other television station has received these awards in consecutive years. In the award notification the selection committee cited the excellence of KUED’s work in addition to a unique and compelling dedication to public service.

“An award like this reflects so well on the work we have been doing in recent years…and is a wonderful recognition of contributions from every member of the KUED staff,” says Ken Verdoia, director of production.

Congratulations to the production team led by John Howe, Nancy Green, Jeff Elstad, Sally Shaum, Carol Dalrymple and Joe Prokop; to the creative services/outreach efforts championed by Mary Dickson and Jacqui Voland; to KUED’s educational partners at the American West Center, notably Matt Basso and Liz Player; and to Forrest Cuch, who worked tirelessly with the American Indian community through the Utah Office of Indian Affairs. 

The Governor’s Award will be presented to KUED at the Emmy Award ceremony in Phoenix on Oct. 9, 2010.

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