FYI Mystery Photo contest


Where is this on campus? Send your answer (be specific) to FYI News by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, June 6 for a chance to win two tickets to see Ira Glass at Kingsbury Hall on June 25 at 7:30 p.m. The winner will be randomly selected from the pool of those submitting the correct answer and will be listed in the July 6 FYI News.

Thanks to Kingsbury Hall 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. 27 Mystery Photo

The Apr. 27 FYI Mystery Photo shows the T. Benny Rushing Mathematics Center which is attached to the west side of the LeRoy Cowles Building on Presidents Circle.

Congratulations to Henriette Mohebbi, winner of the Apr. 27 FYI Mystery Photo Contest! Henriette was randomly selected from the pool of 37 contestants who sent in the correct answer.

For the past 25 years, Henriette has been an administrative officer in the Department of Public Safety where she takes care of the budget, finances, purchasing, payroll, as well as any other administrative matters. The Department of Public Safety (also known as the University of Utah Police Department) encompasses the security divisions for the main campus, health sciences,  and the Huntsman Cancer Institute and Hospital. “It has been great working on this beautiful campus and I have also taken advantage of half tuition for many classes,” says Henriette.

Henriette won a $25 gift certificate to Campus Recreation Services. A big thanks to Campus Recreation Services for providing the prize. And thanks to everyone who participated in the contest. We invite you to try your luck again with the July 6 FYI News.

FYI poll

Take our FYI News poll

It’s live until July 6 when the next issue of FYI News is published. All responses are anonymous.

June 1 Poll:

Who do you think will end up on the Republican ticket for the 2012 Presidential Election?

Who do you think will end up on the Democratic ticket for the 2012 Presidential Election?

Show Results

Last FYI poll results–based on 343 respondents:


What do you think is outgoing U President Michael K. Young’s greatest achievement at the U?
Getting the U into the PAC-12 athletic conference. 48 Votes (13%)
Increase in monetary donations, grants, and the like. 52 Votes (15%)
Increase in prestige and name recognition of the U. 45 Votes (13%)
Increase in the caliber of faculty and researchers brought to the U. 44 Votes (12%)
Leading the U.S. in start-up companies from university research (beating  MIT in 2009!). 119 Votes (34%)
His fight to keep the U a gun-free campus. 35 Votes (10%)

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

Upcoming on campus


Wednesdays through Fall/Winter 2011, dusk
Observatory on the roof of the South Physics Building
The Department of Physics & Astronomy hosts free public star parties at the South Physics Observatory every Wednesday after dark, weather permitting (visit for a forecast). Sidewalk astronomy is a great family friendly activity designed to both entertain and educate – binoculars, cameras, and personal telescopes are welcome. More information is available online or by contacting Cierra Blair or Paul Ricketts at 801-597-1442.


Friday, June 3, 3:30 p.m.
Salt Lake City Library Main Auditorium
In May, 2008, Carol Masheter became the second oldest woman in the world to summit Mt. Everest, the world’s highest mountain. Masheter will show pictures of and share stories about her Everest climb focusing on what led her to try Everest at age 61, how she prepared, what the climb was like, and the decent that threatened her life. More information is available by contacting Sandy Stark at 801-581-6521.


Monday, June 6, 6-8 p.m.: Bollywood Dance Club
Monday, June 20, 6-8 p.m.: Kenshin Taiko Drumming
Red Butte Garden Amphitheater
This year Monday Family Nights will be filled with colors, sounds, music and dance from around the world. Local Utah cultural groups from diverse backgrounds will provide a night to enjoy the music and dance from their heritage (shows start at 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.) while children enjoy crafts and activities associated with many cultures. Explore the world of diversity in our own community. Bring a picnic and a blanket and spend the evening in the Garden with your family. More information is available online or by contacting Red Butte Garden at 801-585-0556.


June 10-25
Simmons Pioneer Memorial Theatre
The revolutionary pop-rock opera that electrified a whole generation of theatergoers, Rent tells the story of seven friends in the AIDS-ravaged New York City of the 1990s. Three couples and a friend try to support themselves and celebrate their lives in spite of the crises that confront them, from shifting romantic entanglements to preserving their artistic integrity to the life-and-death struggle with a disease that is threatening almost everyone they know. Contains mature themes and strong language. More information is available online or by contacting the Pioneer Theatre Company Box Office at 801-581-6961.


Saturday, June 18, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Utah Museum of Fine Arts
Make your own jigsaw puzzle—explore the UMFA’s African collection to find examples of intricate patterns, interesting symbols, and decorative lines to help design one-of-a-kind puzzles. 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.


Saturday, June 25, 7:30 p.m.
Kingsbury Hall
Master storyteller and host of NPR’s popular “This American Life,” Ira Glass weaves tales that bring to life the human side of current events. Onstage with his sound board, he holds a live audience in the palm of his hand, telling the often hilarious stories of his adventures in public radio and the backstories of some of his most well-known broadcasts. More information is available online or by contacting the Kingsbury Hall ticket office at 801-581-7100.

Announcements of interest

Have your say!

University Marketing & Communications and the University Webmaster Team have been working on a redesign of the university home page. In March, Dan Jones & Associates conducted focus groups on the new site and we’re ready for general comments. The site is available for review online. Click on the “Have Your Say” tab at the top of the page to send feedback on the new design. Once you submit your feedback, you can enter a contest to win one of two iPods (16GB Nano Multi-Touch). The drawing is open to anyone with a uNID. We’ll be accepting feedback until June 27, but you can always send comments.

Check out the following links:

Veterans Day: Call for nominations

The University invites nominations for its 14th annual Veterans Day commemoration which will be held Friday, Nov. 11. Eleven Utah veterans will be selected to be honored at the ceremony. To qualify, veterans must reside in Utah, be willing to talk about their service, and have been in harm’s way. All combat veterans will be considered, regardless of the time period in which they served. Nominations and supporting materials are due by June 10 to the public relations office (308 PARK). Forms are available at 308 PARK, online, or by sending a request to Kate Ferebee. Additional details are online.

“The Seattle Times” says Michael Young has his work cut out for him at UW

Jon Talton

According to The Seattle Times writer Jon Talton, Michael Young faces the challenge of his career as the incoming president of the University of Washington, “and it has nothing to do with where he goes to church. Even so, the 61-year-old will need all the acumen, shrewdness and industry of his forebear, Brigham Young, without whom America would not have finished the transcontinental railroad.” Read the complete article online.

Staff Council Perk of the Month: Discount tickets for Broadway and Tower theaters

From now until December 2012, the Salt Lake Film Society is offering matinee prices for evening shows at both the Broadway and the Tower theaters. Just show your UCard to get the discount. You’ll find additional information here.

Campus Rec to increase fees

Effective July 1, 2011, Campus Recreation Services will increase membership fees. Those enrolled in payroll deduction will note a $1.20 increase in the amount withdrawn each pay period for an individual staff/faculty membership. Additional memberships will also increase by specific category. If you have any questions, please call 801-581-3760 or 801-581-3797.

Red Zone PAC 12 Tailgate Party

Don’t miss the Utah Red Zone PAC 12 Tailgate Party on Thursday, June 30, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. This is your first chance to buy official U of U PAC 12 merchandise.  Additional information is at the Campus Store 

Discovering Utah: Explore the wetlands without getting your feet wet

Photo by Stuart Ruckman

If you’re looking for a half-day get-away with family or friends, pack a lunch and take the 45-minute drive from Salt Lake City to the Nature Conservancy’s Great Salt Lake Shorelands Preserve just west of Layton. The one-mile boardwalk with interpretive signs lets you enjoy being outside among the cattails while you learn about the habits of the thousands of migratory birds that make a pit-stop at Great Salt Lake. This is especially delightful in the morning or early evening.

Directions from Interstate 15 heading north:

  • Take Layton exit # 330 and follow the frontage road to the intersection of Main Street and Gentile Street.
  • Take a left (west) on Gentile Street.
  • Take a left on 3200 West.
  • Drive to the end of 3200 West, which turns into a dirt road.
  • The visitor center is located at the end of the dirt road.

Bridging Town & Gown: Downtown Farmers Market opens soon

  • The Downtown Saturday Farmers Market opens June 11 and runs through Oct. 22, open 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at historic Pioneer Park (300 South & 300 West).
  • The Downtown Tuesday Farmers Market opens Aug. 9 and runs through Oct. 25, open late afternoons from 4 p.m. until dusk, also at Pioneer Park.

Buy local! The market—with over 200 vendors—offers a variety of farm produce, baked goods, prepared food and beverages, packaged foods, and items crafted by local artisans. More information is online at Salt Lake City Farmers Market.

Coming soon:

Our own campus farmers market—located on Tanner Plaza between the Student Services Building and the west end of Olpin Union—begins Thursday, Aug. 18 and runs each Thursday through Oct. 6.

UMFA offers free summer admission to active duty military and families

The Utah Museum of Fine Arts is pleased to announce their second participation in Blue Star Museums, a partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and more than 1,300 museums across America. Blue Star Museums is designed to offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2011. Leadership support has been provided by MetLife Foundation through Blue Star Families, and the complete list of participating museums is available online at Blue Star Museums. For additional details, visit UMFA online.

Study participants wanted

Neuroimaging Study of Mood Disorders

Have you been diagnosed with bipolar disorder or depression? Do you think you might have one of these conditions? Male and female participants are needed who are ages 21-45, right-handed, not currently using nicotine, and not taking any psychiatric medication. The Department of Psychiatry is a partner in the IRB-approved study. Study participation involves a psychiatric evaluation and up to two MRI scans. This study does not involve treatment. Compensation will be provided. For more information, contact Susanna Johnson, call 801-582-1565 ext. 2759, or visit the study website.

Brain Imaging Study

The purpose of this IRB-approved study is to enhance understanding of brain function in mood disorders. The study is looking for individuals without psychiatric disorders for a control group. Male and female participants are needed who are ages 21-45, right-handed, not currently using nicotine, and have no history of a psychiatric disorder. Study participation involves a psychiatric evaluation and one MRI scan. Compensation will be provided. For more information, contact Susanna Johnson, call 801-582-1565 ext 2759, or visit the study website.

From the Office of the VP for Research

Research notebook1. Announcing the new MURE: My University Research Experience site
2. New NSF Strategic Plan Released
3. Unite: The University of Utah’s Web-based Collaboration Software

1. Announcing the new MURE: My University Research Experience website

Now live for faculty
Going Live for students: June 10, 2011

The University of Utah is committed to providing exceptional signature educational experiences for our students.  One type of signature experience is university research, where undergraduates participate directly with faculty in developing the next generation of life-changing technologies, medical discoveries, discoveries about our world and its peoples, creating new forms of art, music, and dance, and more. The My University Research Experience (MURE) site is a place for faculty to post those undergraduate research opportunities, and for students to find them.  Positions can be paid or unpaid, short term or long term. They can be in any department on campus, and may include off campus and international experiences. 

This site opened May 25 for faculty to post positions, but not until June 10 for students to seek them. This will allow us to ‘fill’ the site before students go looking. Please post any ongoing positions you have in your department, and spread the word among your colleagues. In addition to using this site to find students, we will also use this site to discover the breadth and depth of undergraduate research at the U. This site will not collect student resumes for you. You will be asked to post ‘how to apply’ for each position. This may include identifying a place to drop or email resumes, or contacting you directly.  If you list a position as ‘ongoing’ it will stay on the site indefinitely (you will be reminded to review these ongoing opportunities yearly, to ensure they are still active and up-to-date). If you have a position with a specific closing date, the site will automatically close that position when the target date is reached. You can always close, edit or re-open your positions by logging onto the Mure site.

2. New NSF Strategic Plan Released

The new five year strategic plan for NSF has just been released. Additional emphasis on potentially transformative science, developing the STEM workforce, and having a positive impact on society are some of the highlights of this new plan.

3. Unite: The University of Utah’s Web-based Collaboration Software

Unite—an online collaboration tool for U of U faculty and staff and their external collaborators—is supported by the Office of the Vice President for Research and administered by University Information Technology. Unite has more than 1,700 users to date, 83 percent of whom are U of U faculty and staff. The remaining 17 percent of users are students, postdocs, and collaborators from outside the U. People use Unite to collaborate on a range of efforts, from grant proposals to research projects to committee work. If you haven’t yet incorporated Unite into your toolkit, learn more about Unite online. Click here for a brief guide on getting started with Unite.

June Book of the Month

Fire Season:  Field Notes from a Wilderness Lookout, by Philip Connors

Regular price: $24.99, Campus Store price is $17.49

Phil Connors has a job in which he may not see another human being for weeks. A job that can be at times monotonous, exciting, or even dangerous. Connors is one of the remaining 300 fire lookouts who sit in high towers in national forests and wilderness areas across the country, scanning the horizon for wisps of smoke in order to alert the forest service firefighters.

It is a job that gave Connors plenty of time to think, to write, and to contemplate. Over ten seasons keeping watch in the Gila National Forest of Arizona, he kept extensive notes about his time alone on the mountain. He has compiled the notes into a series of fascinating stories that are funny and sad, exciting and terrifying. He writes about the beginnings of the National Forest Service and how wilderness management has evolved. He writes about the beauty of nature rarely seen on weekend camping trips, and of the damage done to some of the most priceless places on the planet. He joins the ranks of writers like Edward Abbey, Jack Kerouac, and Norman McClean who all started their careers sitting on the tops of mountains watching for fires and having a lot of time on their hands to write.

Skillfully written and completely engaging, Fire Season will have you immersed in the beauty of a solitary life lived atop a 10,000-foot peak.

Academic Senate names new officers

Patricia Hanna, who has been serving as president-elect of the Academic Senate during this past year, moves into position as senate president for the 2011/2012 academic year. Hanna is a professor of philosophy and linguistics and has been a member of the faculty since 1972. She succeeds Jim Metherall, associate professor of human genetics in the School of Medicine, who served as Senate president this year.

Bob Fujinami

Senators elected Robert Fujinami as president-elect. Fujinami is a professor in the Department of Pathology. Newly elected members of the senate executive committee for the 2011/2012 year include: James E. Anderson, professor (communications); Joanna Bettmann, assistant professor (social work); Mardie Clayton, assistant professor (nursing); Lee Dibble, assistant professor (physical therapy); Stephen Alder, assistant professor (family and preventive medicine); Bruce Gale, associate professor (mechanical engineering); Henryk Hecht, professor (mathematics); Kim Martinez, assistant professor (art/art history); Allyson Mower, assistant librarian (Marriott Library); and Andrea Rorrer, associate professor (educational leadership/policy).

David Meikle captures drama through color and shape

The RedThread blog showcases our campus community highlighting the range of professional and academic pursuits by those who work and study here. Featured here is David Meikle, senior graphic designer and illustrator in the Office of Marketing and Communications.

"Black Rock," by David Meikle

The rolling foothills, rugged mountains, and sharp red rock formations found in the West hold great appeal to me as an artist. There is great drama to be found in the mountains, canyons and valleys that surround us. Shape and color are what I think about most when I am creating an image. The overall design of the painting is just as important as the colors used and the paint strokes applied. The idea of emphasizing strong shapes and patterns lends itself very well to exploring contrasts in scale and color for dramatic effect. I am attracted to the portrayal of distance in my paintings and I manipulate my colors to create the illusion of depth in the picture plane. As the landforms recede in the distance, I make sure the colors are lighter in value, less saturated, and cooler in hue. On the other hand, the colors in the foreground elements are much more saturated, warmer in hue, and the contrasts in values are much greater. The contrasts in the properties of the colors, foreground and background, create the depth found in the painting. My work is about the the manipulation of both color and shape to make dramatic and bold statements about the landscape as well as give the viewer a heightened sense of reality. The resulting painting is my translation of our three-dimensional world onto a two-dimensional plane. I want the viewer to be rewarded not only by looking at the brush strokes close up, but by being able to stand back and enjoy the composition as a whole.

See more images by David Meikle.
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Clear the Air 2011


Take the Challenge:  June 13 – July 10


If you haven’t already noticed, air pollution in Utah is becoming an unwelcome reality. But the good news is that for the past two summers, Clear the Air Challenge participants have reduced emissions by more than 4.1 million pounds! We can do even better with your help. Enter as an individual, team, department, or college. There are lots of great prizes, but with clearer air, we’re all winners.  The goal of the 2011 Challenge is to:

  • Eliminate 300,000 vehicle trips
  • Save 2 million miles
  • Reduce emissions by 3.4 million lbs.

Register online at Clear the Air Challenge and start making a difference. The University of Utah has been a partner in these efforts since Clear the Air started and we hope to have wide-spread participation again this summer. Get a team together and help to Clear the Air!

Heads up: UDOT pavement project begins on Foothill Drive

From Sunnyside Ave. to I-215

June through August 2011

The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) will be performing pavement preservation on Foothill Drive (State Route 186) between Sunnyside Avenue and the I-80/I-215 interchange. The project is anticipated to begin in late June 2011 and will reach substantial completion at the end of August 2011. Elements of this construction project include new asphalt overlay, upgraded sidewalk ramps at pedestrian crossings, and new traffic detection technology.

Area residents and businesses can expect daytime work throughout the project and should anticipate some noise and vibration during construction. Although lane restrictions will be minimized during peak travel times, motorists should anticipate and plan for minor delays.

The Foothill Pavement Preservation project is part of UDOT’s Renovate I-80 initiative, which encompasses all 2011 UDOT construction projects on or near the Utah I-80 corridor. These projects will improve and reinforce the existing infrastructure, extend the life of the roadway, and help prevent the need for more extensive reconstruction in the future. 

Additional details on the Renovate I-80 and the Foothill Pavement Preservation project are online at Renovate I-80, or you may contact a project representative, or call 888-803-3921. Weekly travel advisories regarding all UDOT projects are online at UDOT. Click on the orange “Know Where Know Why” tab.

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