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It’s live until Nov. 3 when the next issue of FYI News is published. All responses are anonymous.

October 20 Poll:

Are you in favor of the government keeping the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy?

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Last FYI poll results–based on 200 respondents:


Have you ever been bullied?
Yes, but no more than the average person.   113 Votes (57%)
Yes, and I’m still traumatized by the experience(s).   36 Votes (18%)
No, I’ve never been bullied.   43 Votes (21%)
I was the bully!   8 Votes (4%)

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, Oct. 25 for a chance to win two tickets to see ABBA Mania at Kingsbury Hall on Nov. 11 at 7:30 p.m. The winner will be randomly selected from the pool of those submitting the correct answer and will be listed in the Nov. 3 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

Oct. 6
Mystery Photo

The Oct. 6 FYI Mystery Photo shows the north side of the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Marcia & John Price Museum Building.

Congratulations to Kari Astle, winner of the Oct. 6 FYI Mystery Photo Contest! Kari was randomly selected from the pool of  68 contestants who sent in the correct answer.

Kari has worked at the U since 1998 and has been a project coordinator at the Utah Museum of Natural History since 2005.  She is part of the team planning and building the new Rio Tinto Center. “The best part of my job is working with a fantastic team on an amazing project. This IS the most exciting building I have ever worked on.  I can’t wait for everyone to visit this fabulous new place.”

Kari received lunch for two at the Crimson View restaurant in the Union Building. A big thanks to Chartwells for providing the prize. And thanks to everyone who participated in the contest. We invite you to try your luck again with the Nov. 3 FYI News.

Upcoming on campus


Wednesdays through Nov. 10, 6–8 p.m.
Discussion at 5:30 p.m.
UMFA Auditorium
The UMFA and the anthropology department present a series of films from around the world that highlight art and anthropology. Prior to the film, a visit to a related museum exhibit with an anthropologist with expertise in the world region will set the stage for the discussion of the film. Films will begin at 6 p.m. with the museum discussion starting at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. The program will conclude with a post-film discussion. Films may contain adult content. More information is online.

Oct. 20: The Rabbit-Proof Fence – Australia (2002) Rated PG
In 1931, three aboriginal girls escape after being plucked from their homes to be trained as domestic staff and set off on a trek across the Outback. This is the true story of three girls who walked 1500 miles to find their way home. Nominated for a Golden Globe.

Oct. 27: The Story of the Weeping Camel – Mongolia (2003) Rated PG
This film follows the adventures of a family of herders in Mongolia’s Gobi region that faces a crisis when the mother camel unexpectedly rejects her newborn calf after a particularly difficult birth. Uniquely composed of equal parts reality, drama, and magic, this film is a window into a different way of life and the universal terrain of the heart.



Thursday, Oct. 21, 5-7 p.m.
Carolyn Tanner Irish Humanities Building
The philosophy department and the College of Humanities will host an evening reception for the opening of an exhibit of stem cell art.  Cynthia Levinthal’s photographs, which will be on display through Nov. 25, were produced while she was working in the lab at Q Therapeutics, a stem-cell research company that builds on work originating from the U’s department of neurobiology. U professor Peggy Battin, a leading bioethics researcher, will share remarks on the ethics of stem cell research. For more information contact Heidi Camp at 801-585-5053.


Thursday, Oct. 21, 7:30 p.m.
Libby Gardner Concert Hall
As a virtuoso violinist and concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra, David Kim is a world-renowned performer. The Juilliard-trained soloist began playing the violin at age 3 and now stands “shoulder to shoulder with today’s international headliners” (The Philadelphia Enquirer). In 1986, he was the only American violinist to win a prize at the renowned International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. Additional information is online or contact the School of Music at 801-581-6762.



Thursday, Oct. 21 & 28, 5:30 p.m.
**Special 2 for 1 tickets on Thursday performances**
Friday – Saturday Oct. 22-23 & 29-30, 7:30 p.m.
Marriott Center for Dance, Hayes Christensen Theatre
PDC’s fall program features works by Abby Fiat, Juan Carlos Claudio, Sharee Lane, and Stevan Novakovich and highlights a collaboration between the Department of Modern Dance, Ballet West, and the Berlin State Ballet School in The Line, a high energy work choreographed by Marc Bogaerts. More information is online or call Tyler Kunz at 801-581-7327.



Saturday, Oct. 23, 8 a.m.
Sugar House Park, Mount Olympus Pavilion
The Comprehensive Arrhythmia Research & Management (CARMA) Center sponsors the first annual atrial fibrillation awareness 5K to help raise awareness in our community and raise funds to help the CARMA Center continue to develop life-saving technology to treat and cure this debilitating and deadly disease. More information is online or call April Courtright at 801-213-4047.



Monday, Oct. 25, 7 p.m.
Salt Lake City Main Library Auditorium (210 East 400 South)
The Tanner Humanities Center presents the 2010 Sterling M. McMurrin Lecture features internationally acclaimed author and scholar Reza Aslan who will speak on the future of Islam. Aslan’s first book is the international bestseller No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam, which has been translated into thirteen languages and named one of the 100 most important books of the last decade. Additional information is online or contact Josh Elstein at 801-581-7989.



Thursday, Oct. 28, 7 p.m.
Skaggs Biology Building (ASB) Room 210
Kathryn Bond Stockton, professor of English and director of gender studies for the U, will deconstruct assumptions about sexuality in contemporary society in her lecture “The Strangeness of Sexuality: What is Queer Theory? Are Children Queer?” She will present research at the cutting edge of critical theory about gender and sexuality and discuss the clearness of the lines between “normal” and “queer”? The lecture, presented by Continuing Education, is free and open to public. To RSVP call 801-585-0911 or visit Continuing Education.



Friday, Oct. 29, 7:30 p.m. & Saturday, Oct. 30, 2 p.m.
Libby Gardner Concert Hall
The Utah Philharmonia’s Halloween Fire and Ice concert boasts spooky decorations and costumed performers, creating an atmosphere of frightening fun appropriate for all. This sellout event features current musical favorites, as well as traditional goosebump-raising fare. The haunted orchestra will be directed by Robert Baldwin and joined by the Utah Lyric Opera Ensemble and students from the ballet department. The audience is encouraged to dress up and children are invited to join the costume parade throughout the hall accompanied by the orchestra. Additional information is online or contact the School of Music at 801-581-6762.



Monday, Nov. 1, 9:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.
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 UMNH or call Scott Pettett at 801-581-6927.

Announcements of interest

Brady Allred resigns from the U

After seven years at the U, Brady Allred, director of choral studies in the school of music, resigned over the weekend. The surprise announcement is covered in an article by Ben Fulton in the Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2010 Salt Lake Tribune. The article states that Allred built an established choral program into one of international stature. He led the University Singers on tours to Israel, Spain, Germany, and France, where the group won top international prizes. Read the complete article online.

President Young’s address to the staff now online

President Michael K. YoungOn Monday, Oct. 11, 2010, President Michael K. Young presented his annual address to the staff in the Marriott Library’s Gould Auditorium. His remarks included a report on new campus facilities and buildings under construction, priorities for the 2011 legislative session, and a description of the U Signature Experience, his new initiative to offer all U of U undergraduates the opportunity to have a transformative intellectual and educational experience.  Watch it online.

Staff Council’s Perk of the Month

Brought to you be the U of U health plans, the October Perk of the Month highlights the 100 percent coverage of costs for flu shots. The flu vaccine has been combined with the vaccine for H1N1 which means only one vaccination is needed. Protect yourself and your loved ones and be prepared for this flu season.

Elections 2010

Don’t forget to vote on Nov. 2.

Check out the following two presentations from the Hinckley Institute of Politics. For more information, contact Jayne Nelson or call 801-581-8501. Voting information is available at the Utah Elections website.


Tuesday, Oct. 26, 12 noon
Hinckley Caucus Room, 255 OSH
Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics will discuss whether there is a competitive race left in Utah. 


Wednesday, Nov. 3, 9:40 a.m.
Hinckley Caucus Room, 255 OSH
A wrap up of the 2010 election results will be presented.

Secure it! Attend Cyber Awareness Day
Thursday, Oct. 28, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Union Ballroom

They crawl…they creep…they can eat your computer alive!  The next file you open may be your last.  Don’t be scared…be prepared! October is Cyber Security Awareness Month, and Thursday, Oct. 28 has been designated the U’s third annual Information Security Awareness Day. Stop by for information on protecting your computers, computer safety tips, and refreshments. Enter a drawing for a Cybook Opus eReader, Logitech WebCam, or one of 10 Kingston encrypted USB drives. 

Breakout session topics during the event include:

  • Secure wireless networks at home and work
  • Safe social networking
  • Avoiding phishing scams and identity theft
  • Social engineering
  • Secure passwords
  • Peer-2-peer file sharing 

Remember, you are responsible for securing your computer and practicing safe computer and online habits.

This event is sponsored by The Privacy and Information Security Office and Office of Information Technology. More information is online.

A revelry for the rivalry for KUED 7

KUED 7 will host a night of “revelry for the rivalry” on Monday, Nov. 22, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Rice-Eccles Stadium Tower when it previews short segments of its new documentary, “Red Blood Blue Blood: The Rivalry,” which takes a light-hearted look at the history and tradition of the Utah vs. BYU football rivalry. Reserve your tickets for this fundraiser ($100) now before they go on sale to the public on Nov. 1.

Marriott Library offers fall semester book sale

The Marriott Library will hold its fall semester book sale in MLIB 1100A (level 1), Monday, Nov. 1 through Friday, Nov. 5, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Books from a wide range of subjects will be available. On the first day of the sale, hardbacks will be priced at $2 and paperbacks at $1. The cost for books will drop each day, and on Friday, all books will be free. The library also sells used books online.

New Utah Red Zone store opens

The University Campus Store is pleased to announce the new “Utah Red Zone” store located just east of the South Towne Mall next to the Men’s Warehouse near 104th South and State Street. A grand opening party is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 1.  Swoop and the cheerleaders will be there to sign autographs. There will also be fun activities, contests, and lots of prizes.  Be a die-hard fan and come celebrate with the U.

Study participants wanted

  • Mothers and sons
    The Social Development Research Lab is looking for boys ages 11, 17, and 18 and their mothers to participate in an IRB-approved research study on communication. Participation involves one visit to campus and takes about an hour and a half. Participants will be compensated for their time. Contact Trisha Weeks or call her at 801-585-6915 for more information.


  • Adolescents with major depression
    The Brain Institute is conducting an IRB-approved study for depressed females, ages 13-18, with Major Depressive Disorder who are taking Prozac or Lexapro, but are not feeling better. Subjects will be treated with the nutritional supplement, creatine, 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, please call 801-587-1549 or contact Kristen DelMastro.

Updates from the Office of the Vice President for Research

  1. Research notebookNSF to Require Data Management Plans Jan 1, 2011 – More information
  2. Research Administration Training Series (RATS)
  3. NSF Web-based Workshop Series


  1. NSF to Require Data Management Plans Jan 1, 2011 – More information

FYI – in the new NSF Grant Proposal Guide taking effect Jan. 1, 2011 there is now explicit language defining the mandatory Data Management Plan in all proposals.

Plans for data management and sharing of the products of research. Proposals must include a supplementary document of no more than two pages labeled “Data Management Plan.”   This supplement should describe how the proposal will conform to NSF policy on the dissemination and sharing of research results (see AAG Chapter VI.D.4 ), and may include:

  • The types of data, samples, physical collections, software, curriculum materials, and other materials to be produced in the course of the project
  • The standards to be used for data and metadata format and content (where existing standards are absent or deemed inadequate, this should be documented along with any proposed solutions or remedies)
  • Policies for access and sharing including provisions for appropriate protection of privacy, confidentiality, security, intellectual property, or other rights or requirements
  • Policies and provisions for re-use, re-distribution, and the production of derivatives
  • Plans for archiving data, samples, and other research products, and for preservation of access to them


Data management requirements and plans specific to the directorate, office, division, program, or other NSF unit, relevant to a proposal are available at NSF online. If guidance specific to the program is not available, then the requirements established in this section apply.

Simultaneously submitted collaborative proposals and proposals that include sub-awards are a single unified project and should include only one supplemental combined data management plan, regardless of the number of non-lead collaborative proposals or subawards included. Fastlane will not permit submission of a proposal that is missing a data management plan. Proposals for supplementary support to an existing award are not required to include a data management plan.

A valid data management plan may include only the statement that no detailed plan is needed, as long as the statement is accompanied by a clear justification. Proposers who feel that the plan cannot fit within the supplement limit of two pages may use part of the 15-page project description for additional data management information.  Proposers are advised that the data management plan may not be used to circumvent the 15-page project description limitation.  The data management plan will be reviewed as an integral part of the proposal, coming under Intellectual Merit or Broader Impacts or both, as appropriate for the scientific community of relevance.

2. Research Administration Training Series (RATS)

Research Education offers several continuing education and training opportunities designed to support, develop, and maintain a standardized body of knowledge and best practice methodology for all research personnel at the University of Utah. The curriculum includes traditional classes and lectures, interactive workshops, online instruction and educational resources provided to ensure compliance with federal regulations and to enhance the overall productivity of researchers. Please view the flyer for the October classes, November classes, and December classes.

3. NSF Web-based Workshop Series

An interactive, web-based National Science Foundation TUES Program Workshop Series will be held over the next few weeks. The Workshop Series will include two sessions of proposal writing workshops, two sessions of project evaluation and broader impacts, and one session of a mock panel review. Please view the attached invitations if you are interested in attending.

Celebrating in the Garden After Dark!

The weather has finally changed, fall is definitely in the air, and Halloween is lurking just ahead. So if you’re looking for something fun to do to celebrate the season with young friends and family, check out Red Butte’s Garden After Dark, this year featuring haunted holidays from around the world.

Create your own paper lantern in the tradition of the Japanese festival of Obon, celebrating the time when the departed spirits of ancestors return to their homes to be honored. 

Or, from a Mexican tradition, make a Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) skeleton mask based on traditional designs to remember and celebrate the lives of friends and family who have died.

Red Butte’s outdoor, kid-friendly night of activities, crafts, and storytelling takes place over the last two weekends in October (21-23; 28-30) from 6-9 p.m., with craft stations, fire barrels, and pumpkin painting—and kids can wear costumes. Regular entrance fees apply.

Additional ideas for Halloween fun

Red Butte Garden  is just one of several U of U groups included in the Foothill Cultural District, most of which are offering their own spooky activities in late October, such as “Ghosts at the Fort Douglas Cemetery,” and “Boo at the Zoo.” Other groups included in the district are the Utah Museum of Natural History, Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Olympic Cauldron Park, University Guest House in Fort Douglas, the Fort Douglas Military Museum, This is the Place Heritage Park, and Hogle Zoo.

About your health…

Health Beat: Getting your 30

The American College of Sports Medicine recommends the average adult get at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity exercise five days a week. Sometimes it feels as if this may be unrealistic due to kids, work, and community obligations. However, here are a few tips on how you can fit your 30 minutes in throughout the week:

  • Walk laps around the field while your child is at practice.
  • Walk briskly during lunch time.
  • Take the kids to the park for a family afternoon of active fun.
  • Take the stairs whenever possible.
  • Break up your 30 minutes into three 10 minute bouts.
  • Bike to the grocery store with a backpack for those quick last minute trips.


—Brought to you by WellU.


PEAK offers nutrition workshops 


Join PEAK staff nutrition professionals to discuss topics ranging from weight loss and sports nutrition to healthy holiday eating. The $20 registration fee includes one hour of instruction and dialogue with a registered dietitian, educational handouts and recipes, and food samples. Clinics meet in HPER North on Thursdays from 5:30-6:30 p.m. All U employees are welcome to attend. Register online at Health & Fitness Workshops and Seminars.

Sports Nutrition 101: Fueling Effectively

(Oct. 28 ) This clinic will help ensure that you are getting the most out of your workout. Whether you are training for a marathon, or just getting into exercise, the basics of sports nutrition will be addressed, including pre-sports nutrition, what to eat during exercise, and recovery nutrition. Come with questions, we’ll provide the answers.

Preparing a Healthy Thanksgiving

(Nov. 18) Just because Thanksgiving is a holiday known for lots of food doesn’t mean it can’t also be a perfect opportunity to have a healthy, balanced, delicious meal. We’ll show you how to plan a Thanksgiving meal that integrates all the staples of the holiday yet is still gentle on your waistline. Samples dishes and recipes will be provided.

Holiday Festivities Survival Guide

(Dec. 2) The holidays are a great time to enjoy family and traditions—so don’t let stress about the food consumption hamper the experience. We’ll talk about tips and ideas for ensuring you stay on track with your healthful eating goals while still partaking of—and enjoying—all the festivities that the holidays have to offer.

Register online at Health & Fitness Workshops and Seminars.

New rules!

New idling rules in effect for U vehicles

In response to President Young’s request for an institutional vehicle-idling policy, the Office of Environmental Health and Safety developed a new policy which was approved by the Academic Senate and accepted by the Board of Trustees. Primarily, this major revision of Policy 3-215, is meant to reduce vehicle idling on campus by University-owned vehicles. The policy states that University vehicles and equipment are prohibited from idling for longer than 60 seconds except under the following circumstances:

  • Idling necessary to power auxiliary equipment such as lifts, hoists, computers, or safety lighting. Auxiliary equipment does not include the vehicle’s air conditioner, heater, or defrost for wintertime vehicle warm up.
  • Idling necessary for testing, maintenance, repair, or diagnostic purposes
  • Idling necessary to maintain factory installed emissions equipment on diesel equipment
  • Vehicle is stopped at a traffic control signal, in heavy traffic at a train or railroad crossing, or traveling through a construction zone.
  • Situations where turning off the motor could jeopardize the health and safety of the driver, patient, or passenger
  • Police vehicles engaged in official business

Read the new Motor Vehicle Rule (Section III.E.) for idling and other University Motor Vehicle Restrictions.

Guidelines for golf carts on campus

An increased number of golf carts are sharing campus walkways with pedestrians, bicycles, skateboards, and vehicles (see Policy 3-233: Operation of Motorized Vehicles on Pedestrian Walks).  To promote the safe operation of these carts and the safety of our students, volunteers, faculty, staff, and visitors, the U has adopted guidelines concerning the use of these carts. The guidelines address areas such as operator qualifications, cart identification, speed limits, and departmental responsibility. Please review the cart guidelines online or contact U Risk Management at 801-581-5590 for additional information.

Meet Virginia: Biography of a Breast

Having this book available during the process of consultation and decision making is a great way for women to get used to the idea of mastectomy and reconstruction.

—Carol Werner, U faculty member and breast cancer survivor

This patient-education photo book about breast cancer surgery is a collaborative effort by four University of Utah medical professionals including breast cancer surgeon Leigh Neumayer, plastic surgeon Jay Agarwal, medical photographer Anne Vinsel, and medical student Ravinder Ahluwalia. Surgeons Neumayer and Agarwal have successfully treated thousands of women with a total skin-sparing mastectomy and breast reconstruction. The book includes before, during, and after images of one woman’s journey through the surgical process. It also includes notes by the surgeons and the patient herself as they describe each step along the way.

“The book combines beautiful pictures, strong science, and state-of-the art surgery with a human understanding of breast cancer,” says Carol Werner. “The clear, detailed information and the impeccably reconstructed breast provide tremendous reassurance that life will continue pretty much as usual after surgery.”

Meet Virginia: Biography of a Breast is available online.

Brilliant Bartl and his Brazilian beetle

Popular Science magazine calls Bartl a “young genius.”

Michael Bartl

U chemist Michael Bartl, who found “photonic crystals” needed for future computers in the shimmering green scales of a beetle, has been named to Popular Science magazine’s annual list of “Brilliant 10: America’s Young Science Geniuses” (see the magazine’s November issue). Bartl’s research—widely publicized in 2008—raised hopes that researchers might be able to someday build a “photonic crystal” to manipulate visible light, which would make possible ultrafast optical computers.

Lamprocyphus augustus

In a study published in the journal Physical Review E, Bartl and his students discovered that nature already has designed photonic crystals with the ideal, diamond-like structure—in the shimmering, iridescent green scales of a beetle from Brazil—an inch-long weevil named Lamprocyphus augustus. Bartl and his colleagues are working to design a synthetic version of the beetle’s photonic crystals, which would be used to develop optical computers that run on light (photons) instead of electricity (electrons). Right now, light in near-infrared and visible wavelengths can carry data and communications through fiberoptic cables, but the data must be converted from light back to electricity before being processed in a computer. The goal—still years away—is an ultrahigh-speed computer with optical integrated circuits or chips that run on light instead of electricity.

A 2008 news releaseon Bartl’s photonic beetle research, along with downloadable high-resolution images of the beetle, is online. You may also visit Bartl’s webpage.

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