The MUSE Project wants to hear from you!
Did you attend the recent “Inspiring Teaching” conference sponsored by the MUSE Project? If so, organizers would like to hear from you. Please complete the survey by Friday, April 29 to help them in planning future MUSE-related endeavors. The survey will take approximately 5-8 minutes to complete and all feedback is welcome. Videos of each speaker from the conference are online at The MUSE Project. An official website will be unveiled in early summer.
5 myths about the information age
Is the book really dead? Is the future really digital? Check out this article, 5 Myths About the Information Age, by Robert Darnton from the Chronicle of Higher Ed. Darnton is a professor and university librarian at Harvard University and takes issue with some of the prevailing ideas about how technology is changing things. This essay is based on a talk he gave last month at the Council of Independent Colleges’ Symposium on the Future of the Humanities, in Washington.
U’s Voice Disorders Center to celebrate
The National Center for Voice and Speech (NCVS) joined with the U’s Voice Disorders Center to celebrate World Voice Day in April—a day to increase public awareness of the human voice and the need for vocal preventive care and treatment. Between 3 and 10 percent of Americans experience voice problems at any given time. The Voice Disorders Center, which conducts research and provides information about healthy and effective vocal communication, is a multi-disciplinary clinic serving the Intermountain West and serves as the lead institution for the NCVS.
- Have you been hoarse for more than two weeks?
- Do you have to strain to be heard?
- Does your voice get tired?
- Do you have difficulty with your voice at the end of your work day?
- Do you have difficulty swallowing?
- Does food get stuck or go down the wrong way?
- Have you been told you have acid reflux from your stomach into your throat?
If you answered “yes” to any of the questions, you might want to consider seeking medical assistance from a specialist in the field of voice and swallowing. For tips on how to keep your voice healthy, see the National Center for Voice and Speech or contact the U’s Voice Disorders Center.
Lower stress, increase energy, feel fantastic!
Are you looking for a simple way to reduce stress, have more energy and feel great without leaving campus? PEAK Health and Fitness offers a variety of classes including circuit training, indoor cycling, pilates, stretch and strengthen, total body fitness, walking for fitness, weight training and yoga. The classes are inexpensive, conveniently located, fun, and open to University employees of all experience and fitness levels. To register or for more information, check out PEAK online or call 801-585-7325.
Benefits of direct deposit
- Speed—You can access your money sooner because you won’t have to wait for a paper check to be delivered and won’t have to wait for a check to clear.
- Green—Natural resources are saved by not printing and mailing paper checks.
- Budget savings—Using less personnel time, paper, and postage will have a positive impact on the U’s budget.
- Time savings—Money is automatically deposited into your bank account so you don’t have to be at work—or even in town.
- Safety—Direct deposit payments don’t get lost. Problems, which are rare, are quickly resolved. The money travels electronically, greatly reducing the number of people who see your personal information.
- Convenience—It’s easy for University employees who participate already in direct deposit to apply the payroll bank setup information to payments made through Accounts Payable.
Utah public health officials are warning individuals who attended two recent community events that they may have been exposed to a person who was infectious with the measles. The events were the Entrepreneurial Challenge Final Awards event held at Rice-Eccles Stadium on April 13, 2011 and a presentation by author Nicholas Kristof held at the Salt Lake Community College South City Campus on April 11, 2011. Public health officials want to speak with anyone who attended either event in order to determine if they are properly vaccinated against the measles virus. For more information, call the Utah Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222 and choose option six on the recorded message.
U2 comes to campus May 24
U2 comes to Rice-Eccles Stadium on Tuesday, May 24! The load-in will begin Wednesday, May 18 when a stage will be built for the show. A sound check will take place on Monday, May 23 and another one the day of the concert on May 24. The show begins around 7 p.m. but the actual bands will most likely not start playing until close to 8:30 or 9 p.m. Tickets are on sale now through Smith’s TIX.
Call for study participants
Researchers in the Department of Psychology are looking for research participants for an IRB-approved study examining emotional and physiological responses to daily life experiences. Participation involves coming to the lab (located in the Social and Behavioral Sciences Building) on one occasion to complete questionnaires and undergo cognitive testing, wearing a portable physiology monitor, and answering questions on a Palm Pilot device for two normal work days. Participants will be compensated for their time. If you are a healthy individual between the ages of 22-45 and are interested in learning more about the study, contact Holly or call 801-587-9393.