Announcements of interest

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.

Take the survey.

  • 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

The Accounts Payable office offers direct deposit payments for business reimbursements, travel, refunds, student tuition remainders, and other accounts payable payments. Direct deposit—where a payment is deposited directly into a checking, share draft, or savings accountis free and is the University’s preferred method of making payments. Direct deposit also offers the following benefits: 
  • 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. 

Access the Employee Direct Deposit Authorization Form or find out more about direct deposit online.

Measles!

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.



From the Office of the V.P. for Research

  1. Research notebookMay 2011 workshops for researchers
  2. The Collaborative Research Support Program (CRSP) updates
  3. Commercialization funding resources
  4. Open Access Publishing Fund announcement
  5. An upcoming funding opportunity
  6. Invitation to participate in Leadership Development for Women in Utah Higher Education
  7. Upcoming classes in the Research Administration Training Series (RATS)

 

  1. May 2011 Workshops for Researchers

The Office of the VP of Research and OSP will offer three workshops in May to assist researchers with finding, applying for, and managing awards specifically for equipment, foundations, and corporations, and alternate sources of funding. The workshops are two hours in length. Sign up online.

Supplemental Workshop: Funding for Equipment
Wednesday, May 11, 2011, 2 – 4 p.m.
Intermountain Network Scientific CC (INSCC) Building, Room 110
This workshop presents an overview of the various sponsors that provide equipment funding, how to locate the funding, proceed through the limited submission process, apply for funding, and administer the funding once awarded. This workshop is ideal for those looking specifically for funds to purchase equipment.

Supplemental Workshop: Foundation and Corporate Funding
Thursday, May 12, 2011, 2-4 p.m.
Intermountain Network Scientific CC (INSCC) Building, Room 110
This workshop presents an overview of foundation and corporate funding available, how to locate the funding, steps to take to co-ordinate with the Office of Sponsored Projects and, as appropriate, the Development Office (foundations) or the TCO (corporations), applying for funding, and administering the project once awarded. This workshop is ideal for anyone new to foundation and/or corporate funding or anyone wanting an update about how to work with foundations and corporations.

Supplemental Workshop: Finding Alternate Sources of Funding
Friday, May 13, 2011, 2-4 p.m.
Intermountain Network Scientific CC (INSCC) Building, Room 110
This workshop presents an overview of the types of funding and grants available through sponsors other than NIH, NSF, and DOE. Locating funding, applying for funding, and project administration once funded are all covered. This workshop is ideal for anyone who is looking for alternative sources of funding. Agencies covered include but are not limited to EPA, AFOSR, and DTRA. Opportunities for all fields of study will be presented.

 

2. The Collaborative Research Support Program (CRSP) updates

  • CRSP would like to introduce its newest Program Development Specialist, Elizabeth Johnsen. Johnson has worked in sponsored programs and research development at the U of U and Oregon Health and Science University. If you have a project you would like to discuss, contact Elizabeth Johnson or call her at 801-587-8018.
  • The CRSP website has been updated with the new CRSP proposal submission process. To schedule an initial meeting to discuss your project, call Dawn Thorne (801-809-4907) or Elizabeth Johnsen (801-587-8018) to determine how CRSP can assist you.
  • Remember that the Grant Writer’s Network will not be meeting during the summer months. However, look for exciting new additions to the network meetings starting August 2011. You can also access My Research Assistant or MyRA anytime for up-to-date information on funding resources, U of U research resources, and grant writing resources. **When prompted, login to MyRA with your uNID and password.
  • Members of the CRSP group will be attending the 3rd annual National Organization of Research Development Professionals (NORDP) conference this June. NORDP’s mission is to provide research development professionals with the latest in strategies, information, and partnership opportunities. Check out their website and resources sections.  

 

3. Commercialization Funding Resources

The University of Utah has a long history of success in creating companies and currently is ranked first in the nation in creating new start-ups from its research-based inventions. Because the path to success can be long and challenging, Technology Venture Development created extensive startup support which alleviates some of the difficulties associated with forming and growing a company. Startup support provided to the University faculty and staff includes the following:

  • Assistance in identifying funding opportunities
  • SBIR/STTR proposal guidance and submissions
  • Venture Bench
  • Medical Accelerator
  • Software Development Center
  • Entrepreneurial Faculty Scholars
  • Faculty outreach

Learn more about all above resources available to startups online.

One of mechanisms of obtaining initial funding for a company is through the SBIR/STTR government program. The program, available at 11 federal agencies, offers significant, undiluted funds for early-stage companies. Such a funding option is extremely attractive because unlike loans it does not bear interest or require payback, and unlike Venture (or Angel) funding, does not require the founders to give up equity. The program is very competitive and currently only one out of nine grant proposals is funded but each year some of  University of Utah-based companies are successful in obtaining Phase I, or even Phase II continuation funding.

If you are interested in starting a company, contact Danuta Petelenz at the TCO.  She provides the SBIR process guidance, advice, and help to the faculty, staff and students in the following ways:

  • Forming/incorporating a company
  • Completing all registrations required prior to submission
  • Selecting a technology-appropriate solicitation
  • Developing the proposal and budget according to specific agency requirements
  • Submitting the SBIR/STTR grant on behalf of the company
  • Monitoring the submission process
  • Communicating with the awarding agency during the submission and awards process
  • Preparing the company for accepting an award
  • Accepting the award on behave of the company 

For more information contact Danuta Petelenz (Business and Grants Manager) or call 801-213-3585.

SBIR/STTR program descriptions and announcements:

DOT 
EPA
NSF
DoD
HHS
NIST
DHS
DOE
NASA
USDA
DoEd
NSF ASEE 

4. Open Access Publishing Fund announcement

The J. Willard Marriott Library is pleased to make funds available, on a limited basis, to offset open access article processing fees during FY 2010-2011 where outside funding is not otherwise available. Proposals from faculty and students on main campus (excluding law) will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis during an initial trial period, beginning immediately and ending June 30, 2011.

The purpose of the Open Access Publishing Fund is to foster seamless access to U of U-authored journal articles and to help re-envision traditional scholarly journal publishing.

Free to read and free to reuse

Open Access means free to read, download, copy, distribute, print-out, or link to without any legal, economic, or technical barriers short of an Internet connection. However, open access does not necessarily mean free to produce and this fund helps address this aspect of open access publishing. 

Many universities and research institutions make their scholarly research available free to the public online through an institutional or disciplinary repository such as USpace at the University of Utah. This so-called “green route” allows for public access, but does not always address the exclusive assignment of copyright within scholarly publishing. The so-called “gold route” allows for both free access as well as open reuse allowing authors to retain their copyright while sharing some rights with publishers and readers. 

This library-supported fund helps further the trend to explore new ways of facilitating seamless access to research published in journals and comes in conjunction with the Marriott Library being slated to join the Compact for Open Access Publishing Equity. For more information and to apply, please check online, contact Allyson Mower, scholarly communications and copyright librarian, or call 801-585-5458.

 

5. Upcoming funding opportunity

A new funding opportunity with four federal agencies as sponsorsan opportunity ripe for collaboration.

Predictive Multiscale Models for Biomedical, Biological, Behavioral, Environmental and Clinical Research (Interagency U01; PAR-11-203)

Application Receipt/Submission Date(s) are: June 17, 2011, Sept. 27, 2011, Jan. 31, 2012, May 31, 2012, Sept. 27, 2012, Jan. 31, 2013, May 31, 2013, Sept. 27, 2013, Jan. 31, 2014.

The goal of this interagency funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to support the development of multiscale models to accelerate biological, biomedical, behavioral, environmental and clinical research. The NIH, DOE, FDA, and NSF recognize that to efficiently and effectively address the challenges of understanding multiscale biological and behavioral systems, researchers will need predictive, computational models that encompass multiple biological and behavioral scales. This FOA also encourages the development of new, non-standard modeling methods and experimental approaches to facilitate multiscale modeling. 

 

6. Invitation to participate in Leadership Development for Women in Utah Higher Education

This is the first event sponsored by the newly created Utah Women in Higher Education Network. This highly participative workshop is designed for women in higher education settings within Utah. The purpose of the workshop is to:

  • Increase attendee’s self-knowledge through understanding the unique strengths of self and others
  • Further develop leadership abilities, and encourage the use of those abilities
  • Discuss challenges and opportunities for women in higher education
  • Share findings of how top women in higher education have developed leadership
  • Link women to others in Utah with similar goals
  • Offer networking opportunity for women to provide support and peer-mentoring across institutions

Click here for a flyer with more information, including information regarding registration.

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

Mandatory Effort Reporting Training
Tues, May 3
2-4 p.m.
HSEB, Rm. 1730

Grant-Writing Workshop: The National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Wed, May 4
2-4 p.m.�
HSEB, Rm. 1730

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

 

Upcoming on campus

COLOR YOUR WAY HOME

Wednesday, Apr. 27, 6:30 p.m.
Marriott Center for Dance Theatre
Color Your Way Home is a new musical written by U of U Fine Arts LEAP students in collaboration with the children of Neighborhood House, an after school program for low income children. “We work with the kids to help them put on a show. We start from scratch and have the kids help us every step of the way,” says Paul Chaus, leader of the sets and props team. LEAP students visit Neighborhood House twice a week to teach the kids songs, build costumes, work on dances, and practice the play. The performance is free and open to the public. More information is available by contacting Jennifer Bauman at 801-585-3266.

 

 

ARBOR DAY – FREE ADMISSION TO RED BUTTE GARDEN

 

'Pinus' Angel Falls

Friday, Apr. 29, 9 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Red Butte Garden & Arboretum
There’s no better place than Red Butte Garden to celebrate Arbor Day – as Utah’s very own Arboretum, it’s a great place to celebrate the wonderful world of trees. The day will feature activities and interactive exploration stations throughout the Garden, as well as a ceremony honoring the Utah Arbor Day poster contest winners. All participants leave with a tree to take home! Arbor Day is a free admission day thanks to Salt Lake County Voters & Zoo, Arts, and Parks fund.  More information is available online or by contacting Bryn Ramjoue at 801-581-4938.

 

 

FREE E-WASTE RECYCLING — OPEN TO ALL!

Friday and Saturday, April 29-30, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Merrill Engineering Building parking lot
The Office of Sustainability invites you to collect your worn-out and broken electronics and bring them to the Merrill Engineering parking lot for secure, responsible recycling. This year, the event is under the management of Simply Mac, a local Apple retail store owned by U alum Steve Bain (BA’93 MBA’97). The Merrill Engineering lot is one of four drop-off locations throughout the Salt Lake Valley. Everyone is welcome to bring privately-owned equipment for proper recycling. For a list of acceptable items and to find information on the other locations, visit Simply Mac online. For more information contact Jen Colby at 801-585-9352.

*This event is for privately-owned equipment disposal only. All U of U-owned equipment must be retired and recycled through University Surplus and Salvage.

U OF U LYRIC OPERA  PRESENTS L’INCORONAZIONE DI POPPEA

Apr. 29-30, 7:30 p.m.
Kingsbury Hall
“The Coronation of Poppea” is a love story – of sorts – based on the notoriously debauched Roman court of Nero. With beautiful melodies and interesting textures, Poppea is the earliest opera to remain in the standard repertoire. Though the music is over 300 hundred years old, the story, painted so brilliantly by Monteverdi, is ageless, beautiful, tantalizing, and timely. This will mark the Lyric Opera Ensemble’s first production in Italian with subtitles. Additional information is online or contact the School of Music at 801-581-6762.

 

 

PIONEER THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER’S SUNSET BOULEVARD

Apr. 29 – May 14
Simmons Pioneer Memorial Theatre
Combine the unforgettable music of Andrew Lloyd Webber with one of the greatest movies about Hollywood and what do you get? Sunset Boulevard, the story of a down-on-his-luck screenwriter who meets an aging silent film star during the Hollywood heydays of the 1940s. More information is available online or by contacting the Pioneer Theatre Company Box Office at 801-581-6961.

 

 

UNIVERSITY COMMENCEMENT/CONVOCATION EXERCISES

Friday, May 6, 9 a.m.
Jon M. Huntsman Center
Commencementwill be on Friday, May 6 for all University graduates except graduates of the College of Law (May 13) and the School of Medicine (May 21). Mitch Albom, author of Tuesdays with Morrie and The Five People You Meet in Heaven, will deliver the 2011 commencement address. More information is available online or by contacting the Registrar’s Office at 801-581-7852.

MOTHER’S DAY SALE

Wednesday, May 4, 4-7:30 p.m.
Utah Museum of Fine Arts

Find one-of-a-kind gifts for a one-of-a-kind mother at the UMFA’s annual Mother’s Day sale! Join us as we invite some of our favorite local consignment artists to bring their wares for a fun-filled shopping day. Browse through art-inspired jewelry, pottery, cards, and hand-made gifts that mom will love. For more information, contact Shelbey Peterson at 801-585-1306.

U OF U ANNUAL CLOTHING DRIVE

Friday, May 2o, 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
University Student Apartments, 1945 Sunnyside Ave. (1945 E. and 850 S.)
The U’s annual clothing drive collects clothes for women, men, and children such as pants, shirts, sweaters, dresses, suits, coats, shoes, ties, belts, hats, gloves, jewelry, purses, and backpacks. Clothes should be clean and in good condition. Donations can be dropped off curb-side at University Student Apartments and will benefit: Women Helping Women Clothing Closet, The Road Home, Crossroads Urban Center, and Alliance House Clubhouse Closet. For more information contact Rebecca Dowdell at 801-581-5621.

 

 

UMFA THIRD SATURDAYS FOR FAMILIES: BACKPACKS

Saturday, May 21, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Utah Museum of Fine Arts
The exhibition Don Olsen: Abstracts from Nature is on view at the UMFA. Olsen created abstract expressionist works using volume, color, and shapes taken from nature. Let his work inspire you as you design your own backpack. Third Saturday is funded in part by the Salt Lake County Zoo Arts and Parks program and is free and open to the public. More information is available online or by contacting Shelbey Peterson at 801-581-7332.

KUED SIDEWALK SALE

Thursday, May 26, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Eccles Broadcast Center
Stop, Shop and Support KUED! DVDs, CDs, books and other program-related merchandise will be available for sale at bargain prices.  Plus, there will be free hot dogs and ice cream. For more information contact Mary Dickson at 801-581-3263.

 

FYI Mystery Photo contest

Where is this on campus? Send your answer (be specific) to FYI News by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, May 2 for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate from Campus Recreation. The winner will be randomly selected from the pool of those submitting the correct answer and will be listed in the June 1 FYI News.

Thanks to Campus Recreation Services 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

Apr. 13 Mystery Photo

The Apr. 13 FYI Mystery Photo shows the herb gardens at Red Butte Garden and Arboretum.

Congratulations to Katina Sifantonakis, winner of the Apr. 13 FYI Mystery Photo Contest! Katina was randomly selected from the pool of 52 contestants who sent in the correct answer.

Katina is a program manager at Continuing Education in the Annex Building, where she works on HR and facilities issues, including classifying new job positions, and coordinating classroom remodeling. Her job involves doing  something new every day so it never gets boring. “Continuing Education has seen many changes during the 12 years that I’ve worked here. We are fortunate to have great leadership focused on providing excellent customer service to the communities we serve and providing employees with a fulfilling work experience. Continuing Education employees define the term teamwork. They are dedicated not only to their students and customers but are always willing to pitch in and help out each other whenever needed. It truly is the perfect place to work!” says Katina.

Katina won gift certificates to Chartwells Dining Services. A big thanks to Chartwells Dining Services for providing the prize. And thanks to everyone who participated in the contest. We invite you to try your luck again with the June 1 FYI News.

FYI poll

Take our FYI News poll

It’s live until June 1 when the next issue of FYI News is published. All responses are anonymous.

April 27 Poll:


What do you think is outgoing U President Michael K. Young’s greatest achievement at the U?








Show Results


Last FYI poll results–based on 177 respondents:

Question:

With the recent outbreaks of whooping cough and measles, what is your view on immunizations?
I have been and feel everyone should be required to be immunized to protect the public health. 129 Votes (73%)
Each person should choose for himself/herself whether to be immunized. 42 Votes (24%)
I have not been immunized, but I have been fine so I don’t worry about outbreaks. 3 Votes (1%)
I have not been immunized, but with the recent outbreaks I am thinking about getting them. 1 Votes (1%)
I do not care one way or the other. 2 Votes (1%) 

Are you current with your immunizations?
Yes. 155 Votes (88%)
No, but I plan to get immunized. 2 Votes (1%)
No, and I am fine with not being immunized. 3 Votes (1%)
I do not know if I am current or not. 16 Votes (9%)
I do not care one way or the other. 0 Votes (0%)

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

May Book of the Month

The Chicago Way, by Michael Harvey

List price: $13.95; Campus Store price:  $9.77 (30 percent off)

Michael Kelly, former officer with the Chicago Police Department and now a private investigator, is approached by his old partner John Gibbons, who is trying to solve an eight-year-old sexual assault case. Shortly after Kelly agrees to look into it, Gibbons is found dead near Navy Pier. What seems like a coincidental death becomes just the first in a series of murders that has Kelly asking questions in all the wrong places and looking all around the city of Chicago. He finds a cover-up in the police department tied to a death row inmate, and discovers corruption in the all-pervasive Chicago political machine. 

Harvey has written a book set in contemporary Chicago that gives the reader a taste of the Windy City salted with touches of Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler. This is a gritty crime novel that makes you feel the grime and never stops moving once you start turning the page. This is a great story, replete with complicated friendships and a little romance,  setting you up for a surprise at the end. 

The novel was first published in 2007, but I only recently discovered it. I was so intrigued by The Chicago Way that I also read the two sequels, The Fifth Floor and The Third Rail. Disappointed that I had reached the end of the series, I was heartened to find out that Harvey has a fourth book in the Michael Kelly series being released this summer (July 2012), We All Fall Down.

—Drew Goodman, University Campus Store

Join the campus renewable energy campaign

Every time a U student pays tuition, one dollar goes to the Renewable Energy Campaign, which uses the money to buy Green-E certified renewable energy credits (REC) that help develop wind energy. One dollar may not sound like much, but the collective effort has placed the U in the top 10 in the nation on the EPA’s rankings of colleges and universities for green power purchases.

It’s not just up to students to do their part, though. U faculty and staff have been challenged to step up as well, with many departments already donating annually. (This allows for interdepartmental bragging rights, like when the Utah Museum of Natural History beat Undergraduate Studies in 2009.)

You don’t need to be associated with the U in order to donate. Rowland Hall senior Nathan Zick-Smith is gathering pledges for making a commitment to be car-free during the month of April. He’s donating all proceeds to the Renewable Energy Campaign. The campaign also provides an incentive for you to offset your personal electricity use at home. All contributions are tax deductible. 

The Office of Sustainability wants your ideas on how to spend the money that has been raised during the campaign. Currently the money goes toward cost effective Green-E certified RECs that develop wind energy in the Western U.S. grid. Would you be more eager to donate if wthe U invested directly in a more local renewable energy company? Even if it pays for less energy? What about buying solar panels for campus buildings? Let us know your ideas. Leave a comment below, or go to our online survey.

Open enrollment now under way

Deadline for changes is Friday, May 27.

By now, you should have received your UChoose Open Enrollment information at your home address. Open Enrollment is your opportunity to make changes to your Health Care Plan enrollment (medical and/or dental options) and/or enroll in a Flexible Spending Account. It is also your opportunity to enroll or cancel your participation in the Group Legal Plan. This year during Open Enrollment there is also a new Short Term Disability Plan to complement the existing Long Term Disability Plan and an open window for enrollment in the Long Term Disability Plan. For some, there are new LTD options. There are also new participation requirements for the WellU program.

Review the Open Enrollment Newsletter and Summary Comparison for specific information. Also, attend an Open Enrollment Session to submit forms or ask vendors and benefit representatives questions regarding the changes. You may also read updated information on the Benefits Department’s Open Enrollment Website. If you have questions, contact the Benefits Department at 801-581-7447, send an email, or attend an Open Enrollment Session.

Kudos

American Academy of Arts & Sciences names two new Fellows from the U

Henry S. White, Jr.

Henry S. White, Jr., distinguished professor and chair of the Department of Chemistry in the College of Science has been elected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.

Wes Sundquist

He joins the University’s Wes Sundquist in the School of Medicine’s Department of Biochemistry, along with a host of other luminaries (Ken Burns, Dave Brubeck, Bob Dylan, Daniel Day-Lewis, Paul Simon, and Bill McKibben among them) as 2011 Fellows. There are only 212 living members across the arts and sciences, eight of whom (including White) are in the U of U’s College of Science. They include:

 Biology

  •             Mary C. Beckerle (2008)
  •             Mario R. Capecchi (2009)
  •             Phyllis “Lissy” D. Coley (2006)
  •             Baldomero “Toto” M. Olivera (2007)

 Chemistry

  •             Cynthia J. Burrows (2009)
  •             C. Dale Poulter (2005)
  •             Peter J. Stang (2002)
  •             …and new Fellow, Henry S. White (2011) 

Other U Fellows of The American Academy of Arts & Sciences

  •             Brenda L. Bass (2007), Biochemistry
  •             Kristen Hawkes (2009), Anthropology
  •             Michael W. McConnell (1996), S.J. Quinney College of Law
  •             …and new Fellow, Wesley I. Sundquist (2011), Biochemstry

 

Juli Hinz receives service award

Juli Hinz

Congratulations to Juli Hinz, who will receive the 2011 Utah Library Association (ULA) Distinguished Service Award. Hinz came to Utah 35 years ago and has had a long and distinguished career at the Marriott Library, as well as  nationally. (She was named ULA’s Librarian of the Year in 1986.) The award will be presented during the ULA conference on May 12.

Distinguished Mentor Award given to three

Kathi Mooney

The recipients of the 2011 Graduate and Postdoctoral Scholar Distinguished Mentor Awards have been selected. They include: Kathleen Mooney, College of Nursing; E. Dale Abel, School of Medicine; and Don Feener, Department of Biology.

E. Dale Abel

The award recognizes faculty who effectively guide graduate students and postdoctoral scholars throughout their professional training in a continuing, multifaceted partnership sustained by mutual respect and concern. The relationship between a graduate student and/or postdoctoral scholar and his or her faculty advisor can have a profound, lifelong influence on both parties.

Don Feener

At its best, this mentoring relationship inspires and gives confidence to the student or postdoctoral scholar while providing the faculty member with a valued colleague. Congratulations to all!

May 1: UTA discontinues direct Sandy to the U TRAX Service

The Utah Transit Authority (UTA) will discontinue direct Sandy-to-University TRAX service on May 1. Direct Murray-to-University TRAX service will continue to run on the regular schedule starting at the Fashion Place West (6400 South) station.

The change comes as UTA begins certifying vehicles and train operators on the new Mid-Jordan TRAX line that opens Aug. 7. After the new line opens, direct trains to the University will begin service at the Daybreak South Station in West Jordan, connect to the main north/south TRAX line at the 6400 South station, and continue a direct route to the U.

“This service change is necessary in order to certify our new train operators and test the new vehicles that will serve the University in the future,” says UTA General Manager Michael Allegra.

Riders beginning their trip south of Murray can still travel to the U of U with a transfer to a direct train to the U anywhere between the Fashion Place West and Courthouse stations. They also may continue on to Gallivan Plaza station and transfer to a University line train at that location, or catch the #2 bus to the U which goes east and west along 200 South with service every 15 minutes. Most transfer wait times will be five to seven minutes.

For detailed TRAX schedules, visit Ride UTA  or contact UTA customer service at 801-RIDE-UTA (743-3882).

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  • 801.581.6773
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