FYI Mystery Photo Contest


Where is this on campus? Send your answer (be specific) to FYI News by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, August 29 for a chance to win two VIP passes to Red Butte Garden. The winner will be randomly selected from the pool of those submitting the correct answer and will be listed in the Sept. 7 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

July 6 Mystery Photo

The July 6 FYI Mystery Photo shows the newly-remodeled front entrance to the University Hospital.

Congratulations to Kory Jasperson, winner of the July 6 FYI Mystery Photo Contest! Kory was randomly selected from the pool of 88 contestants who sent in the correct answer.

Kory is a board-certified genetic counselor at the Huntsman Cancer Institute in the high risk cancer clinics. His job involves identifying individuals and families at increased risk for cancer to promote awareness, early detection and cancer prevention. “With cutting edge patient care and a strong commitment to research, particularly scientific endeavors revolving around genetics, Huntsman Cancer Institute is a great place for someone in my field to work,” says Kory.

Kory won a $25 gift certificate from Campus Recreation Services. A big thanks to Campus Rec for providing the prize. And thanks to everyone who participated in the contest.

Upcoming on Campus


Wednesday, Aug. 24, 1-4 p.m.
Social Work Building Room 132
Safe Zone is about fostering an environment of inclusion for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ+) individuals on our campus and in the surrounding community. The program helps provide education, raise visibility, promote ally building, and create a safe environment. For more information visit the LGBT Resource Center or contact Brianne Blanchard at 801-587-7973.



Thursdays through Oct. 6, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Tanner Plaza west of the Olpin Union Building
The market links local growers and artisans with the campus community and provides access to fresh, local produce and unique arts and crafts. For more information visit the Office of Sustainability or contact Jen Colby at 801-585-9352.



Friday, Aug. 26, 7:00 p.m. vs. Weber State
Saturday, Aug. 27, 12:00 p.m. vs. Cal State Northridge
Saturday, Aug. 27, 7:00 p.m. vs. Northwestern
Utah Crimson Court (HPER East Building)
Support the women’s volleyball team at the Utah Classic. For more information visit Women’s Volleyball or call the ticket office at 801- 581-UTIX. 



Thursday, Sept. 1, 6:00 p.m.
Rice-Eccles Stadium
Support the football team in the season opener and first home football game as a Pac-12 team when Utah takes on Montana State. For more information visit Utah Football or call the ticket office at 801- 581-UTIX. 



Tuesday, Sept. 6, 6-10 p.m.
Red Butte Garden Visitors Center
University of Utah Health Care and Regence BlueCross BlueShield are collaborating on health screenings, lectures with health care experts, cooking demonstrations, and other healthy activities to encourage healthier choices. Activities will start on Sept. 6, with a family hike to explore ways to adopt healthy lifestyles, and conclude on Saturday, Sept. 10 with a health fair featuring free screenings and healthy activities for everyone. For more information visit Be Well Utah or call 801-581-7387. 



Tuesday, Sept. 6, 6-8 p.m.
Blue Star Cafe, 2795 South 2300 East
To promote Bike to the U Day (Sept. 7) the Office of Sustainability is hosting an education evening the night before with information on bike maintenance (i.e. how to change a flat) and bike safety demos along with food, drinks, and conversation. For more information visit Bike to the U or call 801-581-9352.  

FYI poll

Take our FYI Newspoll

It’s live until Sept. 7 when the next issue of FYI News is published. All responses are anonymous.

August 24 Poll:

How do you usually travel to campus?

Show Results

Last FYI poll results–based on 239 respondents:


What impact will joining the Pac-12 have on the U? (check all that apply)

The Athletics department will receive a lot more money and get more national attention. 104 Votes (43%)
Academics will improve so the U becomes more like an Ivy League school. 17 Votes (7%)
All areas at the U will get more national recognition. 59 Votes (24%)
There will not be any noticeable difference. 7 Votes (2%)
I have no idea what impact being in the Pac-12 will have. 15 Votes (6%)
I just don’t care about the Pac-12. 37 Votes (15%)


Announcements of interest

Marriott Library Plaza—Reimagined!

Marriott Library staff members Claire Taylor and Emily Tipps

Have you seen the new crimson tables and chairs near the fountain on Marriott Plaza? It’s the 2010 Senior Class gift to campus. Installed last week, the colorful cluster provides a cozy spot to meet a colleague for an early morning coffee, read the newspaper, or just enjoy being outside.

Bike to the U Day is Wednesday, Sept. 7

If you haven’t been cycling yet this summer, it’s time to get your bike out of the garage, dust it off, and get the tires filled with air—Bike to the U Day is Wednesday, Sept. 7! Information on bike safety laws will be available, and free baked goods, coffee and courier bags will go to the first 300 people to show up on their bikes on the Union Plaza. As a bonus, staff will be on hand to demonstrate the proper way to change a flat tire and how to securely lock your bike to prevent theft. Read more.

FedEx rates—Up to 65 percent lower than retail

University Print & Mail Services is implementing a new FedEx shipping request application throughout the campus community to ensure that each department receives the discounted contract rates for the University—rates up to 65 percent lower than retail. Address books, shipment tracking and history, and simplified billing are just some of the additional benefits of the system. Contact Jane Bushnell or call 801-581-6003 to get started.

KUER transmitters moving to Farnsworth Peak

High atop Mt. Vision, located at the north end of the Oquirrh Mountains at an altitude of 8,500 feet, KUER’s two transmitters stand in an unattended, remote site. This means that troubleshooting signal problems in winter requires snowmobiles and snowshoes. According to KUER general manager John Greene, before the snow flies this fall KUER will erect a new FM/HD transmitter and antenna on Farnsworth Peak, just six miles north of Mt. Vision. Fully staffed (24-hours), the site is operated by KSL and houses 15 FM and AM radio stations and 11 TV stations, including KUED Channel 7 and KBYU Channel 11. The location will provide more reliable reception for KUER’s nearly 200,000 statewide listeners. Read more.

AED training offered

Automatic External Defibrillators (AED) have been placed in several campus buildings so individuals suffering sudden cardiac arrest will have life saving equipment accessible nearby. To learn how to use the Zoll AED Plus, register for the next scheduled classroom training. The class is not a certification program but a demonstration of how to use the Zoll AED Plus. More information, including training videos is online.


Two Creek Coffee House now offering sandwiches

Conveniently located for those who ride the bus and use the stop at the intersection of 100 South and North Campus Drive, Two Creek Coffee House, inside the Sutton Building (home to the College of Mines and Earth Sciences) is now serving sandwiches: turkey, havarti cheese and apple on a 7-grain baguette with peach chutney; and mozzarella, basil, tomato, olive oil and vinegar on ciabatta bread. Hours are M-F 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.


Discovering Snow and Stewart

V. Douglas Snow

Visit the Utah Museum of Fine Arts before January 2012 to see works by two of Utah’s important 20th Century landscape painters: V. Douglas Snow (1927-2009) and LeConte Stewart (1891-1990).  The Final Light: V. Douglas Snow in Retrospect (opens Aug. 31), includes works that express Snow’s passion for the mesas and mountains of Utah’s Capitol Reef area where he lived and worked as a painter and printmaker for more than half a century.

LeConte Stewart

LeConte Stewart: Depression Era Art, is presented in collaboration with the LDS Church History Museum, which has a companion exhibit of Stewart’s rural Utah landscapes in its downtown gallery. More than 200 paintings and drawings are featured. For more information, contact UMFA or call 801-581-7332.

Note: Both men served as chairman of the U’s art department—LeConte Stewart from 1938 until his retirement in 1956; and V. Douglas Snow from 1966 to 1971. Snow was a professor of art for 35 years.

Computer screen: Quick way to change text size

Larger: click Control +
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Free hazardous waste disposal

Drop off your household hazardous waste for free on Thursday, Aug. 25 at Sugar House Park from 7-10 a.m. in the Mount Olympus Pavilion Area. Acceptable items include household and garden chemicals and cleaners; over-the-counter and prescription drugs; paints and solvents; fluorescent light bulbs and tubes; and electronics. More information is online.

Bike security tips

From the Department of Public Safety

  • Use a hardened steel U-lock to secure your bike—it’s more difficult to break than chains or cables.
  • Lock your bike to a designated bike rack. Do not block wheelchair ramps or other facility entrances. Do not lock your bike to objects that are easily cut, such as a chain link fence or tree branch. Bikes can be lifted over traffic signs or fence poles. Secure your bike properly by placing the U-Lock around the back wheel, frame and bike rack. Use a secondary cable lock to secure the front wheel to the frame. If space is limited, lock the frame to the bike rack—it is the most valuable part of your bike.
  • Register the serial number with the U’s Police Department. While registering your bike won’t keep it from being stolen, it helps the police identify and locate the proper owner. Other options include the National Bike Registry or the Stolen Bicycle Registry. Write down your bike serial number information and save a good photo of your bike for future records.
  • Remove accessories (lights, cycle computer, pump and panniers or bags) to reduce theft opportunities.
  • Report any suspicious activity to the U of U police at 801-585-2677.

For more information, call 801-585-2677 or visit the Department of Public Safety.


Call for study participants

The Department of Psychology is seeking 17 to 18-year-old young men and their mothers to participate in an Institutional Review Board-approved study on mother-teen communication around identity issues. The study lasts about an hour and a half, and both mothers and sons are compensated for their time. Prospective participants may receive more information or make an appointment to participate by calling 801-803-4338 or contacting Trisha Weeks.


From the Office of the V.P. for Research


  1. Research notebookU of U Treatment of Fringe Benefits Applicable to Grants and Contracts Effective Aug. 1, 2011
  2. Feds Giving Engineers and Scientists $50K to Learn to Start Companies
  3. New Program from NSF: NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps)
  4. Recently Released NSF Opportunities
  5. Letter from the Radiological Health Department
  6. Grant Writing Crash Course
  7. Research Administration Training Series (RATS)


 1.     U of U Treatment of Fringe Benefits Applicable to Grants and Contracts Effective Aug. 1, 2011

Fringe benefits are applicable to direct salaries and wages are treated as direct costs.

The University uses a fringe benefit rate for estimating direct fringe benefits costs on grant application and contract proposals. For reimbursement, the cost of each benefit is specifically identified to each employee. The following rates became effective Aug. 1, 2011. The rate for estimating purposes only is 37 percent of direct salaries and wages. For employees such as graduate, undergraduate, part time salaries etc. with limited benefits for estimating purposes the rate is 14 percent. The rate includes all fringe benefits treated as direct costs. The University may, on an individual grant or contract basis, negotiate a higher estimating rate if the rate can be substantiated.

Questions related to U of U fringe benefits procedures may be addressed to:

Barbara Nielsen
Associate Director of Compliance Accounting and Reporting
University of Utah
201 S Presidents Circle Room 408
Salt Lake City Utah 84112-9023

Phone: 801-581-5989
Fax: 801-585-5257
Email: Barbara Nielsen

2.     Feds Giving Engineers and Scientists $50K to Learn to Start Companies

A national program was announced July 28, 2011. About 100 $50K supplements will be given to current NSF-funded PIs whose projects have commercial potential. Please review the full article here. 

3.     New Program from NSF: NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps)

Subra Suresh (NSF Director) and John Holdren (Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy) announced a new NSF initiative, the NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps). The I-Corps initiative seeks to invest in new entrepreneurial talent and help develop scientific and engineering discoveries into useful technologies, products, and processes.

To learn more about this new initiative, please see the attached link.

Link to the solicitation here.

4.     Recently Released NSF Opportunities

Please find below a list of recently announced National Science Foundation (NSF) program solicitations. As these are important solicitations for the DMR Community, please read the solicitations carefully and forward to other interested individuals. If you have a question regarding a program solicitation, contact a DMR Program Director or the solicitation’s Cognizant Program Director(s).  A list of the Program Directors for the Division of Materials Research is available here.

1. Partnerships for Research and Education in Materials (PREM) Program Solicitation 11-562 Proposal Deadline: October 25, 2011. Link here.

2. Innovation Corps Program (I-Corps) Program Solicitation 11-560 First submission window: Aug. 17 – Sept. 9, 2011. Link here.

3. Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) Program Solicitation 11-564  Preliminary Proposal Deadline: October 19, 2011. Link here.

4. ADVANCE: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers (ADVANCE) Program Solicitation 10-593 Proposal Deadline: Nov. 7, 2011. Link here.

5. Research Coordination Networks (RCN) Program Solicitation 11-531 Proposal Deadline (SEES Track)  Feb. 3, 2012. Link here.

6. NSF-NIST Interaction in Basic and Applied Scientific Research in BIO, ENG & MPS (NSF-NIST) Program Solicitation 11-066 No Deadlines (contact Program Officer). Link here.

5.     Letter from the Radiological Health Department


  • X-rays are produced during the operation of an Electron Microscope!
  • There are radiation safety concerns related to electron backscatter, as well as X-rays produced during the process.
  • Most SEMs are typically well shielded and do not produce exposure rates greater than background. 
  • SEMs are considered radiation generating machines and should be inventoried by the Radiological Health Department (RHD) to insure State compliance.
  • There are no registration fees to inventory your SEMs. 


Typical instruments that may produce X-rays as a byproduct of operation:

  • Electron Microscopes
  • Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM)
  • Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM)
  • Reflection Electron Microscope (REM)
  • Scanning Transmission Electron Microscope (STEM)
  • Luminoscopes
  • Any instrument which is equipped with an Electron Gun
  • Cold Cathode Gas Discharge Tubes


If you possess electronic equipment in this category (do not include television displays or computer monitors) please forward the Make, Model, Serial# and Location, along with contact information to:

Mario A. Bettolo
Radiological Health Department
75 S. 2000 East, Room 322
322 Research Administration Building
Salt Lake City, UT 84112-9159

If you are unsure, or have questions, about a particular device, please contact Radiological Health at 801-581-6141. 

6.     Grant Writing Crash Course

Sept. 30 – Oct. 2, 2011
The Lodges at Deer Valley Resort
Park City, Utah

Experienced University of Utah faculty will provide individualized instruction in the mechanics of effective grant proposal writing, how to sell your idea to a sponsoring agency, how to develop specific aims and justifications, and the political and social aspects of “grantsmanship.” Participants will work on their grant proposals at the Crash Course, receiving real-time feedback to strengthen their proposals and enhance their likelihood of funding.  The $995 registration fee includes two nights lodging at Deer Valley Lodges, use of recreational facilities, and most meals.  Immediate family members are welcome to accompany the participant at an additional charge. Attendance is highly limited and you are encouraged to reserve your place no later than Sept. 2, 2011.  To register, or for more information, contact Tony Onofrietti, director of Research Education or call 801-585-3492.

The “Grant Writing Crash Course” is sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research and led by Gary C. Schoenwolf, Distinguished Professor of Neurobiology and Anatomy.

7. Research Administration Training Series (RATS)

The Research Administration Training Series (RATS) offers several opportunities to assist faculty and staff in the management of research activities, to identify funding sources and develop grant proposals, and to comply with sponsor requirements for the responsible conduct of research (RCR).  All members of the University research community are invited to attend individual classes or to earn a Certificate of Achievement in any of six specialized tracks of study: Pre-Award, Post-Award, Clinical Research, IRB Human Subject Research Training, Research Investigator,  and Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR).  There is no cost to participate.  To register for classes, or for more information about research education and training opportunities, please visit our website or contact Tony Onofrietti, director of Research Education, at 801-585-3492. 

Do the right thing—report suspected fraud or abuse

The University is committed to the highest standards of ethical conduct and encourages employees and others to report any dishonest or improper act that violates the law, wastes money, or endangers public health or safety. Employees are encouraged to report suspected improprieties to their supervisor or to a higher authority if the supervisor is involved. Also, the University has an ongoing contract with EthicsPoint, a private company, to administer an ethics and compliance hotline: 888-206-6025 or online at EthicsPoint.  This service ensures confidentiality and provides 24/7 availability.

Hotline reports are regularly investigated, and often assist University leaders to halt improper behavior, address policy violations, and resolve other problems. Past reports have been instrumental in correcting issues such as misuse of University resources and unauthorized hiring of relatives.

If you suspect or know of fraud or abuse, report it to management. If you feel unable to communicate your concerns directly to management or another appropriate University department, use the hotline. Provide details—names, dates, times, amounts, circumstances, witnesses, etc. You can even check back and respond to questions from the person investigating your report without divulging your identity.




University Police


Internal Audit


Human Resources


Environmental Health & Safety


Health Sciences Compliance Office


Solar Ivy comes to the U

Solar Ivy is a technology that could be used on every building to help power our computers, phones and mechanical systems while at the same time provide green energy jobs and keep our air clean. What’s not to like about a product that offers this?

            —Undergraduate student Tom Melburn

Tom Melburn

This fall, the U will increase its green power production using a revolutionary way to harness the sun’s energy called Solar Ivy—colorful “leaves” that are united with efficient thin-film solar panels that will feed the university’s electrical grid. Undergraduate student Tom Melburn was awarded a grant to install the first Solar Ivy array in the country. It is completely recyclable and contains no toxic materials. Once installed, the colorful array will generate electricity, tie it back into the grid, and display the results on a monitor in the building (the specific location has not yet been determined). This will make the third solar array project on campus, joining those at the Sill Center and the University Services Building.

With encouragement from mentor and Sustainability Research Center Director Kent Udell, Melburn got a quote from the company, determined the potential energy savings, and scouted various locations on campus using a device called a Solar Pathfinder, which illustrates the shading of a particular spot throughout the year. He wrote the grant, made the presentation, and in April was awarded $30,000 of the $42,000 needed to make the project a reality. The Sustainable Campus Initiative Fund (SCIF) provided a portion of the initial funding. Once the rest of the money is raised ($25 buys one solar leaf) Solar Ivy will bring power to campus during the 2011-2012 academic year. Additional information is online.

Time for Staff Awards

The 2011 Staff Service Awards luncheon, recognizing University of Utah staff members with 25, 30, 35, 40, and 45 years of service will be held from noon – 1 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 1, in the Olpin Union Ballroom. A list of recipients can be found online. Guest tickets are available for $15 each – contact Terri Crow or call 801-585-0928.

Administration to celebrate exceptional staff contributions

Twenty-four University of Utah staff employees from six districts will be recognized for their exceptional contribution to the University at a lunch hosted by Interim President A. Lorris Betz and Vice President Loretta Harper on Thursday, Sept. 15, in the Olpin Union Ballroom at 12 noon.  Six individuals have been selected from this group to receive the 2011 University of Utah Staff Excellence Award.  The winners will be announced at the lunch and each will receive $5,000, a special plaque, and their names added to the perpetual plaque that resides in the Human Resources Building at 420 Wakara Way in Research Park. Everyone is welcome to attend.  To purchase a ticket ($16 per person), contact Terri Crow or call 801-585-0928. 

The 2011 District Staff Excellence Award recipients are:

  • Ken Ashby
  • Joyce Bawden
  • Melody Berg
  • Maureen Brinkman
  • Bernadene Butters
  • Debra Cayias
  • Thomas Christensen
  • Erika Church
  • Kim Collard
  • James Elder
  • Leslie Giles-Smith
  • Steve Hadley
  • Marci Healy
  • Pamela Hofmann
  • Kristy Holt
  • Christie Jamjian
  • Darin Johnson
  • James Muller
  • Angela Newman
  • Brooke Pohlman
  • Diana Ramirez
  • Vicki Rosser
  • Shelley Stoker
  • Lin Wrathall


Field Notes

The U’s field stations span the state

Click on map for larger image.

What is a field station? Field stations are “living libraries and outdoor laboratories where scholars, teachers and students study processes governing nature (Organization for Biological Field Stations). “They are places,” as James Kirchner, professor of earth and planetary science at UC Berkeley said, “where we can read the book of life in the language in which it was written.”

Many of these research and education sites are unknown to the University community. In each of the upcoming issues of FYI News, we’ll highlight one field station or field research project.

In 2009 the U of U took the lead in organizing all field stations in Utah  under the Utah Field Station Network. This consortium, administered by the University of Utah, Utah State University, Brigham Young University, Snow College, and various state and federal agencies, is dedicated to promoting a deeper understanding of Utah’s diverse ecosystems and contributing to the sustainable, economic use of Utah’s natural resources. The network will provide long-term, uniform and centralized data to help land managers understand current and future environmental conditions in Utah as they relate to global change, drought, infectious diseases, health and changing economies.

Additional information, including a map of all sites, is online.  

Sylvia Torti, Associate Director
University of Utah Rio Mesa Center


“Big deal” journal subscriptions can’t last much longer

University Librarian Joyce Ogburn

An article titled “Libraries Abandon Expensive ‘Big Deal’ Subscription Packages to Multiple Journals” by Jennifer Howard appeared in the Chronicle of Higher Education on July 17, 2011. University Librarian and Marriott Library Director Joyce Ogburn gives the following response:

Like our counterparts across the country, the Marriott Library has entered into “big deals” for cost effective access to large numbers of journals, as well as additional content and analytical tools. We diligently examine the usage of each title and negotiate hard-to-obtain good financial terms. In addition we aggressively pursue group purchasing with other libraries; indeed, the Marriott Library manages collaborative purchases among the academic libraries in Utah that enable every student in the state to have equal access to phenomenal resources.

The Marriott Library has experienced budget reductions that hamper our ability to acquire the kinds of collections the university needs to be a leader in teaching, research and innovation. Moreover, for years the prices for scholarly journals have risen much faster than inflation. Fortunately, we have topnotch negotiators in the library, and they share strategies with other librarians, often through our national library associations that gather and analyze information about the publishing industry and individual library budgets and practices. Even so, every year we are forced to cancel subscriptions that our faculty and students value highly. This year we face $300,000 in cancellations due to publishers’ annual price hikes, and fully expect the same next year. The “big deal” can’t hold much longer.


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