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

February 23 Poll:


Do you think the popular uprisings in the Middle East will result in more democratic forms of government?

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Last FYI poll results–based on 118 respondents:


Which of the following Super Bowl ads did you like the most?  

Volkswagen Passat: Young Vader  80 Votes (67%)
Bridgestone: Karma  11 Votes (9%)
Doritos: Healing Chips  14 Votes (12%) Go First  1 Votes (1%)
E-Trade: Tailor  3 Votes (3%)
Audi A8: Luxury Prison Break  6 Votes (5%) Parking Lot Chimps  3 Votes (3%)

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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, Feb. 28 for a chance to win four tickets to see the Men’s Basketball team take on UNLV at the Jon Huntsman Center on Mar. 5 at 2 p.m. The winner will be randomly selected from the pool of those submitting the correct answer and will be listed in the Mar. 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

Feb. 9 Mystery Photo

The Feb. 9 FYI Mystery Photo shows the south/southwest side of the Kennecott Building.

Congratulations to Linda VanOrden, winner of the Feb. 9 FYI Mystery Photo Contest! Linda was randomly selected from the pool of 59 contestants who sent in the correct answer.

Linda is the administrative assistant for the Department of Biochemistry, where she has a variety of responsibilities including faculty and graduate student administrative actions. Although her bachelor’s degree is not from the U, she has worked at the U for 32 years (21 years in biochemistry).  “What I like most about working on campus is the opportunity to interact daily with a diverse group of people doing important work in both education and research,” says Linda.

Linda wins four tickets to see the Women’s Gymnastics team take on Florida at the Jon Huntsman Center on Mar. 4 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 Mar. 9 FYI News.

Upcoming on campus


Feb. 22-24, 7 p.m.
Kingsbury Hall
Bringing the best in outdoor films to Salt Lake, the annual Banff Mountain Film Festival tour is an adrenaline-fueled thrill ride of adventurous skiing, snowboarding, kayaking, hiking, mountain biking and more. More information is available online or by contacting Robert Jones at 801-581-8516.


Feb. 23-25
Various locations on campus
This conference, presented by the Barbara L. & Norman C. Tanner Center for Nonviolent Human Rights Advocacy, features two keynote addresses and four panel discussions. The first keynote: The Global Water Crisis and the Coming Battle for the Right to Water will be presented by Maude Barlow at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 23 in the UMFA Dumke Auditorium. The second keynote: The Water Crisis, New Solutions, and the Role of the Human Right to Water will be presented by Peter Gleick at 12:15 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 24 in the Moot Courtroom, Quinney College of Law. More information (and the complete schedule) is available online or by contacting Aleta Tew at 801-587-3556. 


Wednesday, Feb. 23, 7:30 p.m.
Aline W. Skaggs Biology Building
Learn about the potential of synthesizing drug compounds from poisonous snail venoms, and watch a live demonstration of Conus snails capturing and ingesting fish. Baldomero M. Olivera, a distinguished professor of biology at the U, is world-renowned for his work on poisonous cone snails. He synthesizes the chemistry of venoms to make powerful, but safe, new drugs. This lecture is free and open to the public, but tickets are required (available online). For more information contact Jim DeGooyer at 801-581-6958 or check out Frontiers of Science online.


Feb. 25-26
Park City Marriott Hotel
The U’s Comprehensive Arrhythmia Research and Management (CARMA) Center will host the Fourth Annual Western Atrial Fibrillation Symposium, featuring world noted international experts on atrial fibrillation (AF), a heart rhythm disorder that affects more than 3.5 million Americans, causes 20 percent of all strokes worldwide, and is a contributing factor in more than 66,000 deaths a year. More information is available online or by contacting Peter Duckler at 312-423-4930.


Feb. 25-27 & Mar. 4-6
INSCC VisLab Black Box Theater

Duel•ality is a telematic cinema theatrical performance that explores the relationship between two people and how they function in this technological world. The 30 minute performance will be followed by a discussion. More information is available online or by contacting Elizabeth Miklavcic at 801-531-9419.


Monday, Feb. 28, 12:15 p.m.
Sutherland Moot Courtroom, Quinney College of Law
Author Naomi Oreskes will read from her new book. Regarding this book Vice President Al Gore has said, “Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway have demonstrated what many of us have long suspected: that the ‘debate’ over the climate crisis—and many other environmental issues—was manufactured by the same people who brought you ‘safe’ cigarettes. Anyone concerned about the state of democracy in America should read this book.” For more information contact the Stegner Center or call 801-585-3440.


Wednesday, Mar. 2, 7 p.m.
Kingsbury Hall
Fred Krupp, president of the Environmental Defense Fund, is optimistic that clean energy innovations and the power of markets can solve the climate crisis, creating new wealth. While profiling inventions with potential to transform the energy sector, Krupp warns that if clean energy innovators can’t compete fairly in the marketplace, new technologies won’t arrive at a speed and scale to beat the pace of climate change. For more information visit UMNH online or call Scott Pettett at 801-581-6927.

Announcements of interest

Does your summer intern need housing?

Are you aware that facultycan house summer-long interns in the University’s residence halls? The campus rate to house interns working for or affiliated with departments on campus is $16 per bed per night (campus department paying with campus order) and $18 per bed per night for businesses or outside groups using the residence halls. That cost is based on a 30-or-more night commitment. Meal plans are available at the Peterson Heritage Center dining room. Dates are open from May 16 through Aug. 7. For more information contact Marci Healy or call 801-587-2906.

U opens human milk donation site

The U of U has opened the state’s first human milk donation site where women will be able to drop off frozen breast milk to be pasteurized. The new Salt Lake Mothers’ Milk Donation Center is located at the U’s Redwood Health Center in South Salt Lake and will be a supply point for Mothers’ Milk Bank in Denver. The milk costs $3.50 to $4 per ounce and is available only by prescription. For more information visit University Healthcare or send email to milk donation.

Teaching Grant applications due March 16

The University Teaching Committee administers teaching grants. 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 University of Utah. Awards are made for amounts up to $3,000 for items such as equipment, supplies, or travel where appropriate. Deadline is March 16, 2011. Award nominations and grant applications are now submitted online. See Teaching Committee online for detailed instructions and applications.

Belle S. Spafford Endowed Chair: Call for applications

The College of Social Work is seeking an individual to serve as the next Belle S. Spafford Endowed Chair. The position, which officially begins July 1, 2011, is open to all U of U faculty, both regular and auxiliary. Applicants should submit research-based project proposals that address issues of concern to women and families in Utah, and tangibly benefit the community where the research is centered. Projects will be funded up to $30,000 annually, with multi-year projects considered. Applications are due by April 15, 2011, and collaborative, interdisciplinary proposals are encouraged. For more information, please see the full request for proposals.

Faculty Profile Websites

U of U faculty and instructors are encouraged to update their Faculty Profile (FAR) websites. Faculty Profile websites provide a great opportunity to highlight your research, teaching and service. The information on these pages drives the ‘find a researcher’ tool and students are viewing the websites from the class schedule as part of their course selection process. In addition to the information you provide, lists of current courses and links to current student course feedback reports (numerical data only) are included. For information on how to update your Profile website please visit the profile website system online.  

Healthy snacking ideas from WellU

Snacks are an important part of a healthy eating plan. Often we go too long between meals and blood sugar levels drop low enough to cause cravings that lead us to the office candy drawer. A poorly planned snack may leave you wishing for more. These tips will help you choose healthful and delicious snacks:

  • Plan ahead and keep snacks simple. Make your snacks transportable and convenient. 
  • Consume whole foods. They don’t take much prep time and have more of the nutrition you need for good health.
  • Start with fruits or vegetables. Base your snack around a fruit or vegetable then add a food with protein, fat or fiber which helps keep you full.

Below are some snack ideas that are 200 calories or less:

  • 1 cup low sodium vegetable juice and 6 Triscuits
  • ¼ cup dried pineapple pieces
  • 3 T raisins
  • 25 pistachios
  • ½ cup edamame   
  • 12 baby carrots
  • ¼cup hummus dip
  • 1 cup grapes
  • 1 apple
  • 1 hardboiled egg
  • 1 T Peanut butter
  • 1 string cheese
  • Sliced fresh pear
  • ½ cup cottage cheese
  • 1 cup raw veggies
  • 2 T Peanuts


Study participants wanted

Mindfulness-based stress reduction and yoga for urinary urge incontinence

The Department of OB/GYN, Division of Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery is sponsoring an IRB-approved eight-week research study for women 18 years of age or older who experience five or more urinary leakage episodes in three days that are associated with an urgency to urinate.  Women will be randomly assigned to either a yoga class or a mind-based stress reduction class that last for eight weeks. The classes are free for the women enrolled in the study. The classes will be held in Research Park just south of the University of Utah Hospital. To learn more, contact Jan Baker, call 801-581-5478, or check online.

From the Office of the VP for Research


  1. Research notebookCollaborative Research Support Program (CRSP) Assists Researchers in Submitting more than$240 Million in Proposals over the Past Year
  2. NSF Data Management Plan Resources at the University of Utah
  3. Upcoming Classes in the Research Administration Training Series (RATS)
  4. PAM: Project Administration and Management Initiative


1. Collaborative Research Support Program (CRSP Assists Researchers in Submitting Over $340 Million in Proposals over the Past Year

The Collaborative Research Support Program, funded by the University of Utah Research Foundation, assists researchers in preparing and submitting grant proposals for large group research. To date, the program has assisted in preparing 27 proposals worth over $240 million dollars. An overview of projects and CRSP support is shown in the table here. The program also assists faculty in developing a research funding strategy with both short and long term goals. To take advantage of this program contact Dawn Thorne  at 801-809-4907.

2. NSF Data Management Plan Resources at the University of Utah

Commencing January 2011 the National Science Foundation (NSF) now requires that all proposals include supplementary Data Management Plans of no more than two pages in length. These plans may address:

  1. The types of data, samples, physical collections, software, curriculum materials, and other materials to be produced in the course of the project
  2. The standards (where adequate) to be used for data and metadata format and content
  3. Policies for access and sharing including provisions for appropriate protection of privacy, confidentiality, security, intellectual property, or other rights or requirements
  4. Policies and provisions for re-use, re-distribution, and the production of derivatives
  5. Plans for archiving data, samples, and other research products, and for preservation of access to them

We have several things available to assist with your data management plan:
1) This folder contains an example data management plan written with the help of Duareen Nesdill (Marriott Library) and Cindy Furse.  We do not yet know how successful this plan will be in a review panel.

2) Uspace (mentioned in the plan on the site above) is an institutional repository where you can store data. This is a place you could archive data for the longer term.

3) Unite is a place that you could temporarily store and collect collaborative data.

4) Here are some resource people who can help you with your specific plan: During spring semester, the Marriott Library Data Curation and Preservation Working Group is interested in collaborating with a small pilot group of faculty in the development of these plans for upcoming proposals. Of particular interest is jointly forging strategies for long-term data preservation, curation, and access after the grant performance period ends.

For more information, interested faculty should contact a working group co-chair, Daureen Nesdill (801-585-5975) or Steve Corbato (801-585-9464).

5)  And last but not least, if you would be willing to contribute your plan as a further example when you are finished, please email it (where it will end up on the site listed above).

3. Upcoming Classes in the Research Administration Training Series (RATS)

Researcher Resources and Funding Searches
Thursday, Feb. 24
2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Introduction to Community of Science (COS)
Thursday, Feb. 24 
2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
HSEB, Lab 3100C

Research Misconduct & Conflict of Interest
Tuesday, Mar. 1
2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
HSEB 2600

Introduction to the IRB, IACUC & IBC
Thursday, Mar. 3 
2 p.m. – 4 p.m. 
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Basics of Good Clinical Practices
Tuesday, Mar. 8
2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
 HSEB, Rm. 1750

Project Management: Implementing the Award Process
Wednesday, Mar. 9
2 p.m. – 4 p.m. 
HSEB, Rm. 1730

Investigator Training Workshop: Clinical Research Session
Wednesday, Mar. 9
3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. 
RAB 117

Mentoring for Fun and Profit!
Thursday, Mar. 10
2 p.m. – 4 p.m. 
HSEB, Rm. 1750

For complete program information and to register online, please visit Research Education online.

4. PAM: Project Administration and Management Initiative

The University of Utah has completed a review of the post award accounting and management tools available to researchers, staff, and administrators with the hopes of making them more user-friendly. During fall semester more than 100 U of U researchers and research support staff were interviewed, our processes were reviewed in detail, and potential changes were recommended. We would like to heartily thank the faculty and staff who participated in these interviews and who so ably shared their challenges and the solutions they have been utilizing throughout the University. We currently are evaluating the most effective and efficient ways of improving our systems and support and preparing an initial implementation plan. More information will be placed on the PAM site as the project progresses. If you would like to give feedback on any aspect of the research administration process at the University of Utah, please feel free to respond to the Link below.

Site for PAM Updates 

Link for ongoing comments & suggestions

The PAM Steering Committee:

Cynthia Furse            (chair) Associate Vice President for Research


Cathy Anderson        Associate Dean, School of Medicine

Theresa Ashman       Controller

Rebecca Baggett       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

Joan Gines                  Associate VP, Human Resources

Stephen Hess             Chief Information Officer

Sandy Hughes           Director, Budget and Institutional Analysis Office

Michael Kay              Assistant Dean, Engineering

Jason Moeller           Manager, Student Systems, UIT

Mike Robinson         Computer Administrator, U IT

Joe Taylor                  Director, Administrative Computing Services, UIT

Kevin Taylor             Director, Planning and Policy, UIT

Jeff West                     Associate VP, Financial and Business Services

24 new trees for Red Butte Garden

Evergreen tour: Saturday, Feb. 26, 10 a.m. to noon

Pinus 'Angel Falls'

Red Butte Garden has received the Jean Iseli Memorial Grant to expand its conifer collection by 24, bringing the total number of confers at Red Butte to 145. A tour on Feb. 26 will explain the traits and habits of the new trees. The tour is free to Garden members and U of U students; or with regular Garden admission of $6 for U of U employees.

The new trees include the following:

Cedrus deodara ‘Blue Snake,’ or Blue Snake Deodar Cedar, located in the entrance of the Orangerie (the indoor garden), is characterized by blue cedar foliage with weeping branches that act as a ground cover.

Native to Japan and considered sacred, the Sciadopitys verticillata ‘Wintergreen,’ or Japanese Umbrella-Pine, is a slow-growing evergreen tree with thick and waxy needles reminiscent of umbrella spokes, hence its name. This tree is located in the Medicinal Garden.

Pinus strobus ‘Angel Falls,’ or Angel Falls Weeping White Pine, has a soft and refined appearance with bluish green needles and gracefully weeping branches. For the non-arborist, this tree has a “Dr. Seuss” look and is located in the Fragrance Garden.

Cryptomeria japonica ‘Cristata,’ or Crista Japanese Cedar is a slow growing, large conifer with abundant thick foliage and beautiful exfoliating bark when mature. It is located in Garden’s Water Pavilion.  

Other new conifers planted in the Garden and their locations:

Herb Garden:
* Abies koreana ‘Green Carpet,’ or Green Carpet Korean Fir
* Abies pinsapo ‘Aurea,’ or Aurea Spanish Fir

Rose Garden:
* Chamaecyparis nootkatensis ‘Jubilee,’ or Weeping Alaskan Cedar

Floral Walk Garden:
* Pseudo menziesii ‘Graceful Grace,’ or Graceful Grace Weeping Douglas Fir

Four Seasons Garden:
* Sequoiadendron giganteum ‘Powder Blue,’ or Powder Blue Giant Sequoiain

Frangrance Garden:
* Larix kaempferi ‘Wolterdingen,’ Wolterdingen Japanese Larch
* Abies alba ‘Holden Arboretum,’ or Holden Arboretum Dwarf Silver Fir

For more information contact Bryn Ramjoue’, call 801-581-4938, or visit Red Butte Garden online.

Comings & goings

Linda L. Kelley to leave the U

Linda L. Kelley

After 16-plus years of service, Linda L. Kelley, professor of internal medicine and director of the Cell Therapy Facility (CTF) in the school of medicine  is leaving the U of U in March. During her tenure, Kelley has gained international recognition in the cellular therapy field. She serves on multiple national and international boards and committees charged with advising on scientific policy as well as establishing standards and regulations for the stem cell field. She has been instrumental in expanding the scope of stem cell therapies at the U of U from bone marrow transplantation to the treatment of heart, kidney, brain and other degenerative diseases.

Kelley established the Utah Umbilical Cord Blood Program so that Utah families have the opportunity to donate their child’s cord blood to the national inventory. She was recently awarded a Center of Excellence (COE) in Cell Therapy and Regenerative Medicine for the State of Utah. The COE will serve as a cornerstone for a larger state initiative in Regenerative Medicine, Utah Science and Technology Research Initiative (USTAR).

About the Cell Therapy Facility

Established in 1990, the U’s Cell Therapy Facility has grown from a two-person laboratory at the University Hospital to an 18,000-square-foot cell processing and manufacturing facility that employs 40 scientists and staff. CTF provides cell processing and manufacturing services for U of U researchers as well as commercial entities in the cell therapy field. The CTF collects, processes, stores, thaws, and infuses stem cell products for the University Bone Marrow Transplant Program. It also serves as a cellular product contract manufacturing lab and is instrumental in therapies now in use as well as some in preparation for clinical trials. Serving as head of the department since 1994, Kelley has overseen expansion in both the facility and operations, has been instrumental in bringing new programs and opportunities to University Health Care, and is widely known as one of the best and brightest in the industry. We wish her the best!

Read more about Kelley online.

Women’s Week is Feb. 28 – Mar. 4

Join the University of Utah in a weeklong celebration of women through lectures, panel discussions, an art exhibit, and a monologue performance. A keynote address will be presented Mar. 1 by Ruth O’Brien, professor of government at John Jay College of Criminal Justice at the City University of New York whose talk is titled Ceilings Waiting to be Brokern: Women Sharing Discrimination Stories. The annual Edie Kochenour Memorial Lecture will be presented Mar. 4 by Mary Sue Coleman, president of the Universityy of Michigan, speaking on Lessons Learned: Navigating the Leadership Path in Higher Education. The panel discussion titled What Glass Ceiling? Splat! will be on Mar. 2 and moderated by KUER’s Jennifer Napier-Pierce. For complete details, check Women’s Week online.

NOTE: Deadline extended for Women’s Week Monologue submissions

Deadline for monologue submissions has been extended to Tuesday, Feb. 23, or attend the rehearsal on Friday, Feb. 25, 5:30 p.m., in Building 44, Room 211 (290 South 1500 East) and present your submission for approval by the committee. (Call 801-581-8094 for directions.) The monologue performance (free and open to all) is Thursday, March 3, 7 p.m., Olpin Union Crimson View.

The monologues should be centered around the theme Ain’t Misbehaving: Women Making History, Fighting for Equality are welcome.

  • This is a gender-inclusive event—all expressions are encouraged. 
  • Submissions (read time: 2-4 minutes) should reflect your personal experience with bending, breaking, or side-stepping the rules.
  • Poetry, music, short stories, and any performance art are encouraged. No need for original pieces—feel free to submit your favorite poem, song, etc.

Send submissions as an attachment to Anapesi Kaili.

Alumni Association honors distinguished alumni

To commemorate the founding of the University of Utah in 1850, the Alumni Association each year honors four alumni and one non-alumnus/a—or, as is the case this year, two individuals—who have distinguished themselves professionally, served the local and national communities, and supported the University in its mission. Founders Day will be celebrated on March 3 and will honor the following Distinguishsed Alumnus/a Award recipients:

  • Afesa M. Adams MS’73 PhD’75 (Phi Kappa Phi), currently senior research associate at the Florida Institute of Education at the University of North Florida, where she is also professor emeritus of psychology, is an innovative educator noted for her commitment to both education and civil rights.


  • Robert F. Bennett BS’57, U.S. senator from 1992-2011, has served as a senior member of significant Senate committees and helped obtain funding for ventures including the University Telemedicine Outreach Program, the TRAX spur to the U, and the U’s new National Center for Veterans’ Studies.


  • Robert C. Gay BA’76, former managing director of Bain Capital, co-founded Unitus, now one of the largest micro-credit organizations in the world, and is currently managing director and chief executive officer of Huntsman Gay Global Capital, which uses all investment earnings for humanitarian aid worldwide.


  • Fred P. Lampropoulos ex’70, founder, chair, and CEO of Merit Medical Systems, Inc., has been in the medical device industry for almost 30 years and holds almost 200 patents on devices used in the diagnostic and therapeutic treatment of cardiovascular disease.


The 2011 Honorary Alumni Award recipients are Eugene “Gene” England and William “Bill” England. The England brothers grew up in the local family business—C.R. England, founded by their father in 1920—and went on to help grow it into one of the largest trucking companies in the nation. Committed supporters of the U, Eugene and William England were inducted into the David Eccles School of Business Hall of Fame in 2007.

Additional information on Founders Day is online.

Capturing the streets of NYC: Helen Levitt photos now at UMFA

Feb. 24–June 12, 2011

Helen Levitt has had the uncanny ability to offer us those brief, revealing moments in everyday life that give our time here meaning.

Robert Cole


Helen Levitt, "New York, c. 1940," c. 1940, gelatin silver print, gift of William and Mimi Levitt, UMFA, University of Utah © Estate of Helen Levitt, Courtesy Laurence Miller Gallery, New York

Helen Levitt (1913-2009), one of the most celebrated yet least known photographers of the twentieth century, took the everyday activity of New York City—where she herself lived in the same apartment for nearly 70 years—as her primary subject, paying special attention to the children for whom the street served as a playground. Known to be a private person, Levitt was a high-school dropout and taught herself photography while she was working for a commercial photographer. Her ability to capture the honest and candid expressions of life of everyday people is due—at least in part—to her use of a camera that allowed her to see her subject at a right angle to the direction of her lens, so people were unaware they were being photographed. This may explain the compelling honesty of her subjects.

The exhibition of more than 30 photographs from UMFA’s permanent collection includes representative works from the late 1930s and early 1940s when Levitt emerged as a key member of the New York School of photographers as well as later photographs from her long and accomplished 70-year career. The photographs highlight Levitt’s astonishing capacity for capturing lyrical and mysterious moments in the everyday life of the city. Read more about Helen Levitt at Wikipedia online. For more information on the exhibit, see UMFA online or call 801-581-7332.

The Utah connection

Helen Levitt’s brother was Bill Levitt, longtime mayor of Alta, Utah. He and his wife Mimi and his children donated at least 30 of Helen’s photographs to the UMFA.

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