Upcoming on campus

Thursday, Jan. 27, 12 p.m.
Marriott Library Gould Auditorium
Alan Rogers is a professor of anthropology at the U of U, and holds an adjunct appointment in the Department of Biology. Rogers’ research is notable for its breadth. He is probably best known for his contributions to evolutionary genetics where he has used genetic data to study the demographic changes that accompanied the origin of modern humans. For more information contact Mary Ross at 801-581-7791.

Tuesday, Feb. 1, 7:30 p.m.
Kingsbury Hall
Composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim is the most important artist to work in American musical theater during the past half-century. In this intimate conversation, Sondheim offers a personal and engaging view of his career, the state of American musical theater, and his own creative process, from early collaborations to masterworks “Sweeney Todd” and “A Little Night Music.” More information is available online or by contacting the Kingsbury Hall ticket office at 801-581-7100.

Thursday, Feb. 3, 12 p.m.
Marriott Library Gould Auditorium
This lecture will recount a recent expedition by a U of U research team and their adventures in cool science; Antarctic camping; the wild, rugged beauty of a frozen continent; and the haunting history of the explorers whose tracks they followed. Lecturers will include Cynthia Furse, associate vice president for research and professor of electrical and computer engineering; Joyce Lin, research assistant professor of mathematics; and David Lubbers, senior electrical engineering student. More information is available by contacting Mary Ross at 801-581-7791.

Saturday, Feb. 5, 7 p.m.
Fort Douglas Post Theater
The Tanner Humanities Center presents a series of filmed performances by the National Theatre company in London. The Royal National Theatre is one of Great Britain’s premiere theater companies. Founded in 1963, the National Theatre presents a varied program, including Shakespeare and other international classic drama, as well as new plays by contemporary playwrights. In 2009, the National Theatre started “National Theatre Live,” which seeks to broadcast the best of British theatre to cinemas around the world. Screenings are shown in high definition and utilize dynamic camera work to provide an engrossing viewer experience. A provocative and wholly unique hybrid of dance, theatre and music, FELA! explores the world of Afrobeat legend Fela Anikulapo-Kuti and is a recipient of three 2010 Tony Awards including Best Choreography. Using his pioneering music (a blend of jazz, funk and African rhythm and harmonies), FELA! reveals Kuti’s controversial life as an artist and political activist. More information is available online.

Tuesday, Feb. 8, 12 p.m.
Marriott Library Gould Auditorium
Bring your lunch and join the Marriott Library Green Committee as Josh James, U of U campus recycling coordinator, helps kick off RecycleMania 2011. James will provide information and answer questions about recycling across campus and let us know how we can support these efforts. Students, faculty, staff, and patrons are invited to provide comments and suggestions for improving campus  recycling and waste reduction efforts. More information is available online or by contacting Karren Nichols at 801-585-3658.

FYI poll

Take our FYI News poll

It’s live until Feb. 9 when the next issue of FYI News is published. All responses are anonymous.

January 26 Poll:

Have you seen, or do you plan to see a Sundance 2011 film? (If you have, please share your critique in the comment section below.)

Show Results

Last FYI poll results–based on 263 respondents:


On Red Air days how do you change your driving behavior?
I take transit.   46 Votes (17%)
I carpool.   22 Votes (8%)
I walk and gag.   17 Votes (6%)
I feel guilty but drive anyway.   95 Votes (36%)
I drive anyway. 83 Votes (31%)

Do you feel physically different on Red and Yellow Air days?
My eyes burn.   93 Votes (27%)
My breathing is affected.   115 Votes (34%)
I can taste it.   83 Votes (24%)
I notice no physical changes on Red and Yellow Air days.   47 Votes (13%)

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, Jan. 31 for a chance to win four tickets to see the Men’s Basketball team take on TCU at the Jon Huntsman Center on Feb. 22 at 8 p.m. The winner will be randomly selected from the pool of those submitting the correct answer and will be listed in the Feb. 9 FYI News.

Thanks to Utah Athletics 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

Jan. 12 Mystery Photo

The Jan. 12 FYI Mystery Photo shows the front (northwest corner) of the Life Sciences Building (located just south of the Alfred Emery Building on Presidents Circle).

Congratulations to Michelle Coulam Addison, winner of the Jan. 12 FYI Mystery Photo Contest! Michell was randomly selected from the pool of   contestants who sent in the correct answer.

Michelle is the administrative officer for the School of Music. Her job involves overseeing the accounting for the School of Music, which includes processing payroll, payments, scholarships, etc. She works with the director of the School of Music and also interacts with students. “I was born at University Hospital and have been on campus throughout my life attending special events with my family and using the campus arboretum as a wonderful source of material for school assignments,” Michelle says.

Michelle wins four tickets to see the Women’s Gymnastics team take on Michigan at the Jon Huntsman Center on Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. A big thanks to Athletics for providing the prize. And thanks to everyone who participated in the contest. We invite you to try your luck again with the Feb. 9 FYI News.

Announcements of interest

Hinckley Institute and KUER’s Radio West to feature Senator Bob Bennett

Senator Bennett

Thursday, Feb. 3, 11 a.m.
Hinckley Caucus Room, 255 OSH or listen live on  KUER 90.1 FM
The Hinckley Institute welcomes Senator Bob Bennett as a Resident Scholar after 18 years of service in the United States Senate. Bennett will be featured on KUER’s Radio West program discussing his life after the Senate and his new position with the Hinckley Institute where he will teach, lecture, and mentor students. Attend in person or hear it live on RadioWest. See the flyer here.  

Fire and Ice: U researchers measure Antarctic’s frozen sea

Cynthia Furse and David Lubbers

If you followed the “math-pedition” of U of U researchers in Antarctica during December, now you can hear about their adventures in person at a presentation on Thursday, Feb. 3, at noon in Marriott Library’s Gould Auditorium. The researchers will recount their recent adventures in cool science, Antarctic camping, the wild, the rugged beauty of a frozen continent, and the haunting history of the explorers whose tracks they followed. Hear what it’s like to take a research expedition to Antarctica, the continent of fire and ice. Presenters include Cynthia Furse, associate vice president for research and professor of electrical and computer engineering; Joyce Lin, research assistant professor of mathematics; and David Lubbers, senior electrical engineering student. Read more from their blog here.  

Undergraduate Research Symposium—Submissions due Feb. 25

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP), the Honors College, and the Office of Undergraduate Studies are sponsoring the eighth annual Undergraduate Research Symposium on Wednesday, April 6, 2011 at the Olpin Union Building. Undergraduate students from all disciplines are invited to present their research and creative projects. 

“This symposium gives students an opportunity to share the results of their research either as a poster or in an oral presentation with fellow students and faculty,” says Steve Roens, director of UROP. “In addition to receiving feedback from peers and mentors, they gain valuable experience in presenting their work that will be useful for future student and professional presentations.”  

Symposium submissions are due Friday, Feb. 25. All submissions will be considered for the Monson Essay Prize. Applications and information is at UROP online. For more information contact Andrea Haag or call 801-581-3811.  

Health & Wellness: What’s for lunch?

 6 Bean Soup   

1 onion chopped
1 red pepper chopped
1 lb. extra lean ground beef
1 can each 6 different kinds of beans – choose from black, white, pinto, butter, red, kidney, canella, great northern or navy beans.
¼ cup brown sugar
Salt/pepper to taste  

In a large thick bottom soup pot, sauté onion and red pepper in 1 T canola oil until soft, add ground beef and cook until meat is no longer pink. Add cans of beans and liquid to pot. If sodium is a concern, use the low sodium variety.  Add the brown sugar and heat through. Salt and pepper to taste. 

Here’s a great way to use up what’s left of your favorite soup! Place the leftovers in serving size freezer bags and lay them flat on a cookie sheet.  Place cookie sheet in the freezer until the bags are solid.  Frozen bags then can be labeled and stacked in the freezer for later use.  When you take it to work, refrigerate until lunch and microwave to reheat.  Add a whole wheat roll or crackers and some raw veggies for some crunch and you have a quick, inexpensive and tasty lunch.  

—Brought to you by WellU.  


U Training Consortium: Open House and Best Practices

Friday, Feb. 11, 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Marriott Library Gould Auditorium

Is training an important part of your job? Is your department looking for ways to increase training effectiveness? The U Training Consortium (UTC) invites you to an informal open house and “lightning round” forum (5-minute presentations on practical topics). Meet the campus training professionals who make up the UTC, find out what they can offer you, and learn some new tools and approaches to add to your trainer’s toolbox. Drop in for just a minute, or stay as long as you like. Light refreshments will be provided. RSVP online by Feb. 4.  If you have additional questions contact Andrea Brown-Christensen or call her at 801-581-2119.


Call for study participants

Cancer survivors
Are you a woman, age 55 or older, who has survived cancer? If you would like a chance to have more energy and better health, then a University of Utah IRB-approved Tai Chi study at Huntsman Cancer Institute may be for you. Participants will be enrolled in either a Tai Chi class or a lively health education discussion group. Both classes will teach you how to reduce stress and improve your health and quality of life. The 12-week study begins the end of March. To see if you qualify, call 801-587-4556.  

Adults aged 50-74 for group discussions about cancer screening
The Department of Psychology and Huntsman Cancer Institute are seeking White, Hispanic, and African American adults aged 50 to 74 to participate in a one-time, 2-hour group discussion about colon cancer screening options, to be held at a variety of community locations. The groups will include discussion and information about a new colorectal cancer screening test. Eligible participants must not have a personal or family history of colorectal cancer, and must not have a history of polyps. No prior knowledge of colorectal cancer or screening is necessary. Participants will be compensated for their time. Those interested in participating should contact Jennifer Taber at (801) 587-9022 for more information.

From the Office of the Vice President for Research


  1. Research notebookUpcoming Intramural Grant deadlines
  2. Commercialization and Research helps
  3. New Support Group for Women Graduate Students
  4. National Security Innovation Competition April 29 2011, Colorado Springs
  5. Upcoming classes in the Research Administration Training Series (RATS)


  1. Upcoming Intramural Grant deadlines


2. Commercialization and Research helps

 Faculty interested in finding funding for transition between university research and corporate development can view the following websites:







3. New Support Group for Women Graduate Students

The University Counseling Center and the Women’s Resource Center at the U are beginning a new group for women graduate students. Space is still available for new members. The group is anticipated to start Monday, Jan. 24. The group co-facilitators need to meet with interested women before the group start date. To schedule a pre-group appointment or just to learn more, please call 801-581-6826. You can also view a flyer here.

4. National Security Innovation Competition April 29, 2011 Colorado Springs

 I would like to invite the University of Utah to enter the National Security Innovation Competition to be held in Colorado Springs April 29, 2011.  This 5th annual competition is sponsored by the nonprofit Colorado Homeland Defense Alliance. The purpose of this competition is to stimulate interest by undergraduate or graduate college students in national security-related innovations and expose novel concepts and technologies to a broad audience including industry, academic, and government organizations involved in national security, aerospace, defense, and first responder activities.  This competition will draw the best student minds in academia from across the U.S. and Canada.  Additionally, our national panel of judges represents a cross section of security and defense disciplines from the highest levels of industry and government. There are cash scholarship prizes and post-event exposure of all entries to government and industry.  Past participants have included Notre Dame, Penn State, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, Alabama, Houston, Air Force Academy, Univ of Ottawa – you get the picture of the breadth of entries.

I’ve attached information guidelines and executive summary (to include last year’s winning entry) which you are free to redistribute to advertise this event to students and professors. Our national security focus is quite broad to include the traditional areas of surveillance, biometrics, cyber security, but also infrastructure protection, biofuels, and concept solutions to national security needs. 

The only thing we need in the short term is a simple Intent to Compete entry returned to us by the end of January.  We look forward to having the University of Utah as a participant and I hope I have the occasion to discuss this with you further in the near future.



Mark A Volcheff

Maj Gen USAF (Ret)

Executive Director

Colorado Homeland Defense Alliance

3595 E. Fountain Blvd Suite B2

Colorado Springs CO 80910

(W) 719-685-7886

(C) 719-660-6762

(F) 719-685-7878

5. Upcoming classes in the Research Administration Training Series (RATS)

  • Tues, Jan. 25

2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

HSEB, Rm. 1750

“Understanding IRB Applications in ERICA:
             New Studies, Amendments and Continuing Review”

  • Thurs., Jan. 27
    2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
    HSEB, Rm. 1750
    “Electronic Application through Grants.Gov”


  • Tues., Feb. 1
    10 a.m.- 12 noon
    HSEB, Lab 3100A
    “Introduction to eProposal”


  • Tues., Feb. 1
    2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
    HSEB, Rm. 1750
    “Overview of Research Administration”


  • Wed., Feb. 2
    2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
    HSEB, Rm. 1730
    “Pandemic Flu:  What to Know and What to Do”


  • Thurs., Feb. 3
    10 a.m. – 12 noon
    HSEB, Lab 3100D
    “Publishing Smart: How to Make Your Article Visible”


For complete program information and to register online, please visit our website.

February Book of the Month

West of Here by Jonathan Evison

List price: $24.95
Campus Store 30 percent discount price : $17.47

Set in the fictional town of Port Bonita on Washington State’s rugged Pacific coast, West of Here recreates and celebrates the American experience on a grand scale. With one segment of the narrative focused on the town’s founders circa 1890 and the other showing the lives of their descendants in 2006, the novel develops as a kind of conversation between two epochs, one rushing blindly toward the future and the other struggling to undo the damage of the past. 

An exposition on the effects of time, on how something said or done in one generation keeps echoing through the years that follow, and how mistakes keep happening and people keep trying to be strong and brave and, most important, just and right, West of Here harks back to the works of masters of Americana such as Bret Harte, Edna Ferber, and Larry McMurtry—writers whose fiction turned history into myth and myth into a nation’s shared experience. West of Here is a bold novel by a writer destined to become a major force in American literature.

From the publisher, Algonquin Press

Got kids? Childcare survey coming soon

Survey coming soon 

The Child Care Task Force of the University of Utah is conducting a campus-wide survey of all faculty, staff and students regarding childcare. We are interested in understanding: 

  • Your current childcare arrangements
  • Your perceptions of met and unmet needs
  • Your satisfaction with available childcare resources
  • Satisfaction with campus-based childcare services
  • Future childcare needs and services 

An email invitation will be coming to your Umail. Help us make recommendations to President Young and the University of Utah administration about your childcare needs. Participation is voluntary and confidential. The data received from this study will be used to make recommendations regarding childcare needs for the U of U community.

For more information see the flyer or contact Joanne Yaffe, chair of the Child Care Task Force.

News from Staff Council

Check out Staff Council’s Perk of the Month for February. These perks are contributed by an on-campus department or U-affiliated company that offers perks to the faculty and staff at the U.  Keep an eye out for them—it might be something you could benefit from! 

Other news from Staff Council

Congratulations to Kelly Jones , Lee Zurligen, and Sarah Jackman—recipients of the spring 2011 Staff Scholarships. Through a generous donation of an extra scholarship from Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Utah, three scholarships were awarded this semester instead of two. Thanks to all who applied for your continued service and contributions to the University.

Also, a big thank you to those who participated in the Coats for our CommUnity project during the past holiday season. More than 450 coats and over $2,000 in donations were collected. 

If you took advantage of our December UNight with the Jazz, thank you for attending. We hope you had fun – even though the Jazz lost. If you enjoyed this event and are interested in more like it, check FYI News for more events coming your way.

Recyclemania comes to the U

Ever wonder how the University of Utah’s recycling program compares to other colleges around the country?  This spring, we can find out.  The U is participating in Recyclemania, the national competition for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities at their campus communities. The goal for 2011, set by the plant operations division, is 50th in the nation for the Gorilla Prize (the U ranked 90th of 346 competing schools last year), which calculates the highest gross tonnage of recyclables, regardless of campus population.  The competition runs from Feb. 6 to April 2.  For questions on the program, contact the waste management supervisor Josh James at 801-581-4155, or find out more here.


Raymond Tymas-Jones elected president of International Council of Fine Arts Deans

Raymond Tymas-Jones

Raymond Tymas-Jones, associate vice president for the arts and dean of the College of Fine Arts, has been elected president of the International Council of Fine Arts Deans (ICFAD), effective Nov. 1, 2010. The ICFAD is an alliance of arts administrators representing institutions of higher education.

“I am honored to have such an opportunity to continue working with the ICFAD board and its members to further the great work that has come before me in recognizing the importance and necessity of the arts in our world,” says Tymas-Jones. “This council of leaders, artists and forward-thinking people has been a driving force for the arts in academia.”

Tymas-Jones has served as a board member of the Council since 2006 where he is known for his visionary approach to arts administration through imaginative thinking and problem solving. “Dean Tymas-Jones’ outstanding leadership will well serve ICFAD as it is currently expanding its mission to become the voice of the arts in higher education,” says Liz Cole, executive director of ICFAD. “His prominence in the field of arts leadership, his ability to articulate the tenets of the organization, and his insight make him a perfect choice for the role he is assuming.”

Founded in 1964, the ICFAD membership is comprised of over 442 arts deans throughout North America and around the world. The Council works to provide a foundation that allows arts administrators to do their job better and to expand their circle of contacts with people who share common challenges and experiences.

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