Upcoming on campus


Now through Apr. 2
Simmons Pioneer Memorial Theatre
The timeless story of a perceptive young girl’s coming-of-age in the most desperate of circumstances has moved audiences for over fifty years. Full-time staff and faculty may purchase one regular price ticket ($24-$36) and receive a second one FREE for Monday through Thursday performances (limit of four tickets) while supply lasts.  Offer can be redeemed only at the box office in person (no phone or website orders) with a valid University ID. More information is available online or by contacting the Pioneer Theatre Company Box Office at 801-581-6961.




Friday, Apr. 1, 1 p.m.
Utah Museum of Fine Arts
U of U professors David Strayer and Jason Watson have recently identified a small fraction of the population who are “supertaskers” with extraordinary multi-tasking ability. A panel of experts will address what the existence of supertaskers means for prevailing cognitive theory on limited-capacity attention, and potential genetic and/or neural markers of extraordinary multi-tasking ability. More information is available online or by contacting Amanda Pompei at 801-587-1200.




Monday, Apr. 4, 7 p.m.
Union Ballroom
ASUU welcomes Nicholas Sparks, New York Times best-selling author of The Notebook and other books that have been made into films. Tickets are available online. For more information contact Jon Ng at 801-581-2788 or visit ASUU.




Wednesday, Apr. 6, 7 p.m.
Salt Lake City Main Library
How is clean energy playing out in Utah? What are our assets and challenges? Join the Utah Museum of Natural History for a local perspective on the clean energy issues explored in the Nature of Things 2011. Local experts representing groups developing renewable energy resources will discuss the state of clean energy in Utah, innovative projects, and how you can get involved in shaping a clean energy future for our state. For more information visit UMNH or call Scott Pettett at 801-581-6927.




Thursday, Apr. 7, 12 p.m.
Marriott Library Gould Auditorium
Electronic waste (e-waste) is one of the largest growing waste management issues. Devices you depend upon are made of hazardous materials and manufactured with polluting processes. Andrew Reich from University Campus IT will discuss proper disposal of e-waste, common myths and the truths about e-waste disposal, and the campus e-waste disposal program on Earth Day. For more information contact Karren Nichols at 801-585-3658.




Apr. 8-9
Kingsbury Hall
After a long absence, Utah Ballet will return to the Kingsbury Hall stage to perform their Spring Season. The talented student performers from the U’s prestigious ballet department will perform an evening of ballet, featuring Stravinsky’s “Firebird,” the iconic work based on Russian folk tales of a magical glowing bird that is both a blessing and a curse to its captor. More information is online or contact the Kingsbury Hall ticket office at 801-581-7100.




Tuesday, Apr. 12, 7:30 p.m.
Libby Gardner Concert Hall
The dynamic Boston-based Jupiter String Quartet has earned top honors across the world for its outstanding artistry since its founding 10 years ago, including first prize in the Banff International String Quartet Competition and an Avery Fisher Career Grant. Additional information is online or contact the School of Music at 801-581-6762.

FYI Mystery Photo contest



Where is this on campus? Send your answer (be specific) to FYI News by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, Apr. 4 for a chance to win two guest passes for Red Butte Garden and Arboretum. The winner will be randomly selected from the pool of those submitting the correct answer and will be listed in the Apr. 13 FYI News.

Thanks to Red Butte Garden 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

Mar. 9 Mystery Photo

The Mar. 9 FYI Mystery Photo shows the south side of the new business building currently under construction on the business loop in the location where the Francis Armstrong Madsen Building used to be.

Congratulations to Thomas (Tom) Robey, winner of the Mar. 9 FYI Mystery Photo Contest! Tomwas randomly selected from the pool of 51 contestants who sent in the correct answer.

Tom is a project coordinator in quality and patient safety for University Healthcare, where he is involved in the roll-out of the new patient safety network reporting system and is in charge of the quality and patient safety website.  He is also involved with the policy site and process for the hospitals and clinics, with the goal of making things better for staff. Tom also helps create interactive nursing dashboards for inpatient units and community clinics, for monthly reporting of various measures. “Despite the fact that I have found healthcare to be a very challenging arena in which to work, staff at the hospitals and clinics has met these challenges so well that we landed the #1 spot in University HealthSystem Consortium’s 2010 Quality and Accountability Study. I am inspired by seeing staff members working together, through painstaking effort, and culminating in this recognition,” says Tom.

Tom won two tickets to see Lily Tomlin at Kingsbury Hall on Apr. 16. A big thanks to Kingsbury Hall for providing the prize. And thanks to everyone who participated in the contest. We invite you to try your luck again with the Apr. 13 FYI News.

FYI poll

Take our FYI News poll

It’s live until Apr. 13 when the next issue of FYI News is published. All responses are anonymous.

March 30 Poll:

With all the publicity regarding Japan’s nuclear disaster, what are your thoughts about using nuclear energy?

Show Results

Last FYI poll results–based on 306 respondents:


Do you like Daylight Saving Time? 

Yes, I find it helpful to have an extra hour of light during the day.  108 Votes (35%)
No, I find it completely useless and wish Utah would join with Arizona in not doing it.  152 Votes (50%)
I am undecided, but at least we get an extra hour of sleep in the fall.  28 Votes (9%)
I do not care one way or the other. 18 Votes (6%)

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

Announcements of interest

Perk of the Month from Staff Council

Staff Council is offering a special event for all staff at the U: discounted tickets to the REAL Salt Lake game on Saturday, May 14 at 7 p.m. Tickets are just $14 for seats in the U of U Section. The deadline to order tickets is Friday, April 22. See the flier for details. 

Inspiring MUSE Conference

Plan to attend the MUSE conference on transformative education, President Young’s new student-centered initiative to invigorate the educational mission of the U. The conference, free to the U of U community, is Friday, April 1, 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Olpin Union, Saltair Room. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to attend and may register online. Read more about the Muse project in the latest issue of Continuum magazine.  

Faculty Complement now available

Each year, Paul Brinkman, associate vice president for budget and planning, presents the annual report on the faculty makeup by category, otherwise known as the faculty complement. In addition to data on the faculty headcount as of Fall 2009, the report includes a comparison with previous years, and student credit hours by type of faculty. This information is important because, over time, as the faculty changes from tenure-track to more part time, or moves in the other direction, those shifts affect how departments are funded. More details on faculty can be found online at  Statistical Summary Report.

A new place for lunch

University Pharmacy, one of the businesses in our University neighborhood, located at 1320 East 200 South, now offers food in its new back-corner deli between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. Closed Sundays. The menu includes reasonably priced homemade soups, chili, sandwiches, and salads as well as milkshakes and beverages (including mochas, lattes, and espressos). Its sparkly red, retro counter has eight shiny red stools—soda-fountain style. There’s also one table for four. Take a short cut through the alley. The deli is just inside the pharmacy’s back door. Call 801-582-7624 for more information.

New book by U prof

U history professor Colleen McDannell’s new book,  The Spirit of Vatican II: A History of Catholic Reform in America, explores how Vatican II brought a new tone of openness to American Catholics.  McDannell teaches classes on American religions in the Department of History and currently holds the Sterling McMurrin Chair in Religious Studies. Read more about McDannell and her new book in an online article by Kristen Moulton in The Salt Lake Tribune

Update now! Qwest Dex White Pages listings

The deadline to submit changes for the Qwest Dex 2011-2012 Salt Lake City White Pages is April 22, 2011.  The U of U listings on pages 195-197 in the business section of the 2010-2011 White Pages have been cut back to one listing per department. For U of U Health Care listings, see page 197 (listings are subject to approval from the marketing office and will be billed to your department).  The charge is $6/month per listing line.  All changes should be made online.  If you have no changes, there is no need to submit the form. The Dex One representative will be contacting departments directly about current Yellow Pages listings. If you wish to advertise in the Yellow Pages, contact Beckie Penman or call her at 801-284-5055. Questions?  Contact Robin Horton at 801-585-7205 for University of Utah listings.  Contact Allyson Tanner at 801-581-3879 for University of Utah Health Care listings.

HCI offers skin cancer screening

Sun-safe behavior and early detection are key steps to preventing skin cancer, including melanoma, the deadliest form of the disease. To help Utah residents find skin cancers early, Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) will hold a free skin cancer screening clinic Saturday, April 9, 2011 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Appointments must be made in advance. For a reservation, call the Huntsman Cancer Learning Center toll-free at 888-424-2100, appointments fill quickly.

Call for study participants


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 contact Kristen DelMastro or call 801-587-1549.


Investigators in the Department of Pathology are recruiting participants for an IRB-approved study to investigate whether the use of hCG supplements can cause false positive pregnancy tests. Participants must be a man or woman who has been utilizing hCG supplements (oral or injectable) for at least two weeks for the purpose of weight lost and be 18 years of age or older. Participants also must be willing to contribute a single blood and urine sample, and fill out a short survey regarding the method of hCG administration (oral or injectable), the length of time on the diet, and the type/brand of hCG used.
You are not eligible to participate if you are:

  • Less than 18 years old
  • Pregnant or nursing
  • A woman or man receiving fertility treatment
  • A woman with a history of ectopic pregnancy and/or gestational trophoblastic disease
  • A man with a history of germ cell tumor

Participants will be compensated $10 for their time. For more information or to sign up contact Dina Greene or call her at 801-583-2787 ext 3926.


The Department of Nephrology is conducting an IRB-approved NIH-funded study to determine whether lowering blood pressure will reduce the rate of heart disease and stroke, memory decline, or worsening of kidney disease in adults over the age of 55 who already have high blood pressure.  To participate in this study you must:

  • Be at least 55 years old
  • Have high blood pressure, with the systolic (upper) number of at least 130
  • Have no history of diabetes or stroke 

Your eligibility for the trial will also depend on other heath conditions. If you are interested in participating in SPRINT please contact a study coordinator or call 801-585-9874 for more information.

From the Office of the V.P. for Research

Research notebookUpdates 

1. NSF Webinars

2. Writing Center

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


1. NSF Webinars

The University of Utah has been invited to participate in several NSF webinars this spring. Information regarding the seminars can be found here. If you are interested in attending a session, please complete registration online.   

2. Writing Center

We’d like to remind you that the University Writing Center is still here and ready to help your students with their writing.  Our hours are Monday – Thursday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Friday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  If we can be of any help to you, please contact me.  We can do classroom presentations and workshops, as well as be available for one-to-one tutoring in our offices at the Marriott Library.  We also provide services through our Writing Fellow for faculty and graduate students.  Please feel free to let us know how we can serve you.

Thank you,
Maureen Clark
Director, University Writing Center

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

Preparation for Investigator-Initiated Drug and Device Studies
Tuesday, March 29
2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
HSEB, Room 2110

Purchasing and Procurement
Wednesday, March 30
2 p.m. – 4 p.m.�
HSEB, Room 2110

Introduction to Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) and Radiological Health
Thursday, March 31
2 p.m. – 4 p.m.�
HSEB, Room 2110

Informed Consent in Research
Tuesday, April 5
2 p.m. – 4 p.m.�
HSEB, Room 2110

Introduction to Technology Commercialization and Intellectual Property
Wednesday, April 6
2 p.m. – 4 p.m.�
HSEB, R00m 2110

Investigator Training Workshop: Researcher Resources Session
Wednesday, April 6
2 p.m. – 4 p.m.�
HSEB, Lab 3100C

Clinical Research Budget Development, Negotiation and Oversight
Thursday, April 7
2 p.m. – 4 p.m.�
HSEB, R00m 2110

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

Call for nominations: Annual Staff Excellence awards

Deadline is May 31.

2010 recipients: Jayne Nelson, Atilla Arici, Nancy Seegmiller, Abraham Granados, Nancy Swanson, and Linda Van Orden

Twenty-four staff members from six districts (academic affairs, administrative services, general administration, hospital and clinics, other health sciences, and student affairs) will be recognized for superior service and ongoing contributions to the U. In addition to receiving the District Staff Excellence Award (DSEA), the 24 selected staff members will have their names forwarded as nominees for one of the six University Staff Excellence Awards (USEA). All 24 DSEA winners will be recognized at a special lunch where the USEA winners will be announced. Each USEA recipient will receive a $5,000 honorarium, a special plaque, and their name will be added to the perpetual plaque on display in the Human Resources Building at 420 Wakara Way in Research Park.

To be eligible nominees must have at least three years of continuous service to the University of Utah by May 31, 2011, and be current FULL-TIME (.75 FTE or greater) staff employees in good standing. Faculty, director-level staff and above, part-time hourly employees, U of U Staff Council members, and District Award team members are not eligible for this award.

You may nominate anyone from your district or from another district who meets the eligibility criteria.

Watch for more information and a call for nominations from your District Awards team. Additional information is online  including nomination forms, which are due Tuesday, May 31, 2011 before 5 p.m.  For more information, contact Terri Crow or call 801-585-0928.

New Year’s resolutions wavering?

How are you doing with your New Year’s resolutions? By March those goals may be wavering— if not destroyed! Maintaining an exercise program or healthy diet plan can be difficult. By following the stages of relapse prevention, you can maintain your program for the rest of the year—and your life. The following tips can help:

  • Identify the reasons why it would be important for you to continue with your plan and write them down.
  • Identify situations in the past where you have been successful in overcoming barriers.  
  • Note high-risk situations that may lead to relapse. These situations can be intrapersonal or interpersonal in nature. Intrapersonal situations are negative or positive emotional states and negative physical states. Failing to manage stress is an intrapersonal situation. Interpersonal situations include social pressures or conflict with others. 
  • Be aware that lack of time and pressure from others may undermine your plans.
  • Brainstorm solutions to the high-risk situations that you identified. Work backward from the lapse situation to find solutions that could have prevented the lapse in the beginning. Remember, lapse is normal, relapse is preventable.

From an article titled “Evaluation of relapse prevention and reinforcement interventions to promote exercise adherence in sedentary females,”  in Rex Q Exerc Sport, by B.H. Marcus and Al Stanto

—Brought to you by WellU.

Going green at Print & Mail Services

EDITOR’S NOTE: What is your department or office doing to go green? Let us know and we’ll include a notice in FYI News.

Print & Mail Services implements green philosophy

In a continuing effort to reduce, reuse and recycle, all U of U business cards produced by Print & Mail Services are now printed on 100 percent post-consumer recycled paper, manufactured with 100 percent Certified Renewable Energy, made Carbon Neutral Plus, and processed chlorine free. The card stock is Green Seal ™ certified ensuring that it contains 100 percent post-consumer fiber and that the mill processes, including packaging, are environmentally preferable. We use environmentally friendly papers, including lines designed specifically for our HP Indigo Digital Press.

We also add Ecotech bio-printing ink to our full-color offset printing capabilities. Bio-ink has a base of oils and resins derived from natural vegetable sources such as trees, seeds, and nuts as opposed to ink made from petrochemical feed stocks. The new inks are almost completely free of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) which tend to combine with nitrogen oxides in the air to create ground level ozone—a health hazard to plants, animals, and humans. The new ink also reduces the amount of hazardous metals used in certain pigments to traces of less then 10 parts per million.

We recycle all cardboard and paper waste as well as our metal plates used for offset printing. We print direct to plate, cutting down the use of chemicals and eliminating film waste.

Print & Mail Services believes that using these inks, papers and processes are environmentally responsible. As a member of the U of U community, Print & Mail Services encourages sustainable and renewable resources that help reduce our carbon footprint.

Kudos—Faculty awards announced

Congratulations to the following professors for their outstanding achievement in teaching. 

Distinguished Professors

The following professors have been selected to receive the rank of Distinguished Professor: Scott Anderson, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry; Morris Rosenzweig, Distinguished Professor of Music; and Pierre Sokolsky, Distinguished Professor of Physics and Astronomy. The award recognizes those whose achievements exemplify the highest goals of scholarship as demonstrated by recognition accorded to them from peers and students and/or colleagues.

Distinguished Innovation and Impact Award

Carl T. Wittwer, professor of pathology, and Theodore H. Stanley, professor of anesthesiology, have been selected to receive the Distinguished Innovation and Impact Award.  The award is given each year to one or two outstanding tenure-track faculty members who distinguished themselves and the University through entrepreneurial activities that result in innovations with a measurable societal impact.

Early Career Teaching Awards

The University Teaching Committee has selected the following professors to receive the Early Career Teaching Award: Meredith Metzger, assistant professor of mechanical engineering; Neal Patwari, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering; Walter (Paul) Reeve, associate professor of history; and Michael Shapiro, assistant professor of biology. Each has taught less than eight years at the U.

Calvin S. and JeNeal N. Hatch Prize in Teaching

Abby Fiat, professor of modern dance, has been awarded the Hatch Prize, which honors a professor who has distinguished him or herself in teaching through unusual motivation and stimulation of students to seek greater learning, unusual concern for students, noteworthy expertise in a given field of study, and other exemplary contributions to university education.

A few questions for Stephen Goldsmith

Stephen Goldsmith

Stephen Goldsmith, an associate professor in the College of Architecture + Planning’s Department of City & Metropolitan Planning, teaches a broad range of students including those in the Honors College, and serves as chair of the Environmental Sciences Program in the Professional Masters in Science and Technology program. He recently was named the University Professor for Campus Sustainability. 

FYI NEWS: What do you enjoy most about teaching?

STEPHEN GOLDSMITH: Working with students who are engaged in finding ways to repair and transform our places is among the most meaningful work I’ve ever been involved in. I just returned from Mobridge, South Dakota where several of my students presented a community design plan to the town’s officials and citizens. It was received with great enthusiasm, and the mayor hopes to begin implementation this summer. To see students actively, creatively engaged in community change as part of their studies is an extraordinary gift, one that keeps me hopeful for the future.

FYI: How did you become interested in urban planning?

GOLDSMITH: My interest grew out of my work creating affordable housing and workspace for artists in downtown Salt Lake City. [Goldsmith was the founding director of Artspace.] The complexities of zoning got in the way of what is now a widely accepted practice of creating mixed-use residential in our city, but it was our early pioneering projects near Pioneer Park that set the stage and changed the city’s zoning ordinances. Through this work and my work as an environmental artist including daylighting creeks [bringing underground creeks back to the surface]—acts of restorative urbanism we now call them—my interest in planning merged with hands-on project development.

FYI: Which building on campus do you think is the most interesting architecturally?

GOLDSMITH: The most interesting building architecturally is not yet started—the Net-Zero Project for the College of Architecture + Planning. The building will be adapted to produce the same amount of energy as it consumes. This is an extraordinary challenge across multiple disciplines. The goal of this project is worth reaching toward, and its successful implementation will be broadly transferable.

FYI: If you could meet any notable person, who would it be?

GOLDSMITH: Confucius. His inquisitiveness and his observations about ethical behavior, justice, and sincerity inform my interest in understanding how we act as empathic animals. He relied more on observation than rules to govern society, and could actually be called one of the planet’s earliest humanists. I would talk to him about his ideas about change theory. I’d actually love to take a walk with him and introduce him to the Temporary Museum of Permanent Change, a project I’ve been working on in downtown Salt Lake City and have him make some adjustments with me. If for some reason he wouldn’t be available, I’d love to meet Barbara Jordan, the African-American Congresswoman from Texas who, along with Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm, was a childhood heroine of mine.

FYI: Name a favorite local place to eat.

GOLDSMITH: I am a huge fan of Mazza at 9th and 9th.

FYI: What’s the best advice you ever got?

GOLDSMITH: An uncle once told me, “There’s more than one way to skin a cat.” Whenever I’ve had to overcome an obstacle to get something accomplished—designing a tool to do the right job, finding an alternative material to build something I need in the middle of the night, or inventing a new zoning ordinance—that advice meows in my head. Similarly, the Buddhist phrase, “walk on” and Rilke’s advice to “live the questions” have done extra duty in my life.

FYI: Will a liberal arts education remain relevant to students in our increasingly technological society?

GOLDSMITH: There was an article just this week where Steve Jobs and Bill Gates were debating that question, with Gates suggesting that education should be directed where the jobs are, and Jobs suggesting that without a liberal arts education we lose the depth, breadth, and heart of our work. I guess it’s no surprise that I own only Macs and use an iPhone, so yes, without a liberal arts education I fear we could lose the heart in our work and create soulless, artless, dysfunctional, diluted civilizations.

FYI: If politicians had to pass an exam before they could serve in public office, what question would you add?

GOLDSMITH: Arlene Goldbard asks a question included in my book, What We See: Advancing the Observations of Jane Jacobs. She asks politicians if they would be willing to “live under [their own policies] for a meaningful stretch of time?” When tied to health care, education, housing and human rights for example, would they be willing to live as they prescribe for others? This common-sense question is far more informative to me than questions of constitutionality, history, or law and is obviously connected to my interest in Confucius.

FYI: What is one thing you would ask people to do to change the world for the better?

GOLDSMITH: Stop killing, including killing animals for food.

Read more about Stephen Goldsmith here.

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