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From the V.P. for Research

1.         Open Access Fund Site for Internal Research Grants

2.         Upcoming Research Grant Opportunities

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

4.         Primary Children’s Medical Center Foundation Integrated Science Award: Request for proposals 


1.         Open Access Fund Site for Internal Research Grants 

The J. Willard Marriott Library, as part of Open Access Week 2011, is pleased to make funds available, on a limited basis, to offset open access article processing fees where outside funding is not otherwise available. Proposals from faculty, staff, and students on main campus (excluding law) will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis beginning Monday, October 24, 2011 and ending Friday, November 4, 2011. For more information, guidelines, or to apply, please visit here 

2.         Upcoming Research Grant Opportunities 

Intramural Funding Opportunities (See VP for Research website for more information.)

Faculty Research and Creative Grant Program
Deadline: Nov. 15 

Research Instrumentation Fund
Submit to dean’s office: Dec. 12 

Limited Submission Opportunities (apply through CIS in the Limited Submission Application link)

NIGMS Centers for HIV-AIDS-Related Structural Biology (P50)
Internal submission deadline: Nov. 17  

Major Research Instrumentation Program: Instrumentation Acquisition or Development Internal submission deadline: Dec. 8 

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

 For any questions concerning RATS, contact Tony Onofrietti, call 801-585-3492, or visit here. 

Clinical Research Budget Development, Negotiation and Oversight
Tuesday, Nov. 8
2-4 p.m.
HSEB Rm. 2120 

Introduction to Technology Commercialization and Intellectual Property
Wednesday, Nov. 9
2-4 p.m.
HSEB Rm. 1730 

Utah Population Database: Access and Approval for Research Projects
Thursday, Nov. 10
10 a.m.-12 noon
HSEB Rm. 3430 

Fundamentals of Effort Reporting, Audits and Recharge Centers
Thursday, Nov. 10
2-4 p.m.
HSEB Rm. 1750 

Grant-Writing Workshop: The National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Tuesday, Nov. 15
2-4 p.m.
HSEB Rm. 2120 

Case Studies in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)
Wednesday, Nov. 16
2-4 p.m.
HSEB Rm. 1730 

Publishing Smart: How to Make Your Article Visible
Thursday, Nov. 17
2-4 p.m
HSEB Lab 3100B

Source Documentation for Data Management
Thursday, Nov. 17
2-4 p.m.
HSEB Rm. 1750 

4.      Primary Children’s Medical Center Foundation Integrated Science Award: Request for proposals. Deadline: Dec. 15, 2011  

Integrated Science Award is sponsored by the Primary Children’s Medical Center Foundation and is managed by the Division of Neonatology on behalf of the Department of Pediatrics. Proposals for this competition should have a single theme related to pediatric health and disease. The projects within each theme should be synergistic and related, but not interdependent. An aim in each proposal should include how this integrated approach develops junior faculty careers. Preference will be given to proposals that integrate two or more established programs, particularly a bench and a clinical.

First year applicants can apply for up to $40,000 in direct costs only. Second year applicants must reapply for second year funding up to $30,000 in direct costs. Funding is contingent upon available funds and research advancement from first year activities evident in the progress report. See application guidelines for allowable and unallowable costs.

NIH R01 Multiple PI Model. All PIs share the responsibility and authority for leading and directing the project. No information or forms other than what is asked for will be reviewed.

Electronic proposals are to be submitted as a single PDF document to Tara Henderson no later than 5 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011. No late applications will be accepted or reviewed. This award mechanism does not require a document summary sheet nor does it need to be submitted through the Office of Sponsored Projects.

Funded projects will be determined by a multidisciplinary study section of investigators which will include, Division Chiefs, Departmental experts in clinical and/or basic research, external reviewers, and select Junior Faculty.

January 2012 – Proposal Review
February 2012 – Award Notification
March 1, 2012 – Earliest Start Date

For application questions contact Tara Henderson or call 801-587‐7501.
For budget questions contact Debbie Carter or call 801-213‐3244.



Announcements of interest


The University tested the UAlert (campus emergency notification) System on Thursday, Oct. 27, at 10:45 a.m. Did you receive a test text or email? University alert administrators are interested in your feedback and are offering two iPad2s as incentive to share your experiences. Yes… the feedback website crashed almost immediately on the day of the test. Not to worry, it’s not about who got there first, but about getting to the site to provide your input (it’s a drawing from all feedback providers). The survey site will be up for approximatley two weeks, and the drawing will be held in mid-November. Please share your feedback here. 


Remember to vote! This is a municipal election. Salt Lake City has elections for mayor, and city council districts 2,4, and 6. Information is here. For information on elections in other areas, check each town’s website.


Commuter Services is giving a Commuter of the Month award during fall semester with each winner receiving a new I-Pad 2. There are two requirements for eligibility:
1.    You must be a current U faculty, staff, or student.
2.    You must tap on/tap off with your UCard at all Utah Transit Authority (UTA) service stops at least ten days during the month. This includes TRAX, FrontRunner, and all buses. 
This campaign to get everyone to tap on/tap off is important because UTA bases its fee to the U for the UCard service on ridership. Commuters always tap on/tap off when riding the bus because it’s mandatory. But it’s especially important to tap on/tap off when riding TRAX. The U needs to have an accurate count of how many of its students, faculty, and staff are using the UTA system. You can help by remembering to tap on/tap off, especially on TRAX.
The contest runs now through Wednesday Nov. 30. A winner will be chosen Dec. 1.


The University’s quarterly Community Forum for neighbors and other interested community members, including campus, will be held Thursday, Nov. 10, 4:30-6 p.m. in the building located at 540 Arapeen in Research Park. Free parking is available west of the building. The agenda includes the following:

  • Update on city streets impacting the U and its neighborhoods, Kevin Young, transportation planning engineer for Salt Lake City
  • Update on the campus bike plan and the ADA Paths of Travel Study, Gerry Tully, consultant, Psomas Engineering
  • Report on the new substation and line upgrade project at Foothill Drive and Sunnyside Ave., Alene Bentley, Rocky Mountain Power
  • Review of construction projects being submitted for approval to the 2012 Legislature, Mike Perez, associate vice president for facilities; and John McNary, director, campus design and construction

If you have suggestions or questions, please contact Ann Floor or call 801-585-3595  


Several policies and other regulations have been updated and added to the University’s Regulations Library. New regulations also have been added. See the complete list of updates here.   


Vivian S. Lee, senior vice president for health sciences, has been selected to give the keynote address at the U’s 2012 Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration. Born and raised in Oklahoma, Lee is the daughter of university professors. Although the family was middle class, Lee experienced difficulties growing up Chinese in a predominately white community. Nevertheless, she excelled at school, particularly in the sciences. She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard and Radcliffe colleges in biochemical sciences, earned a doctorate in medical engineering as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, and returned to Harvard for medical school. In addition, she received a master’s in business administration from New York University’s Stern School of Business in 2006. Lee will speak Jan. 18, 2012, at noon in the Union Ballroom.


The Department of Psychology is looking for faculty and staff who are at least 65 years old to participate in an IRB-approved study on forgiveness. Participants will be required to complete questionnaires and narrate two forgiveness stories. The time commitment is about one hour. Participants may choose to have the researcher meet them in their office. For more information, contact Emma Mansour of call 801-232-1161.


Others’ suicidal thoughts—whose responsibility?


David Derezotes

Our collective responsibilities for those struggling with suicidal thoughts

By David Derezotes, Professor, College of Social Work

Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released research findings indicating that Utah had the highest rate of serious thoughts of suicide (1 in 15 adults). We know that suicide is not unique to Utah—more than 36,000 people die of suicide every year in the USA, many more make attempts, and suicide is a significant cause of death in every other country in the world. However, this finding should make us reflect on the factors associated with suicidal ideation and suicide prevention.

From the social work perspective, any thought or behavior is associated with many factors, including such “clinical/micro level” factors as emotional, physical, spiritual, and mental well-being and genetic history; and on such “mezzo/macro level” issues as family history, culture, community, and social identities. This is true of suicidal thinking and behavior as well. The so-called “mezzo/macro level” issues tend to be less emphasized in our current treatment and prevention programs. But if we want to understand suicide, and perhaps help empower people to create lives worth living, we must look at all of these factors.

Social workers know that certain populations are especially at risk for suicidal thinking and behavior, including adolescents and young adults, the elderly, and members of minoritized populations such as the GLBTQ community and American Indians. A study in the news late last year, for example, found that Utah women are twice as likely as men to be on antidepressants, and depression can be linked to suicidal ideation. We have also known for years that the highest youth suicide rates are found among American Indians. People in at-risk populations may be more likely to experience isolation, oppression, and hopelessness, experiences that can be linked to suicidal ideation.

Read the full RedThread blog entry here.


Ryan E. Smith receives international New Researcher Award

Ryan E. Smith

Ryan E. Smith, associate professor of architecture, has received the 2010-2011 New Researcher Award from Architectural Research Centers Consortium (ARCC). The international award, given to one person annually, acknowledges innovation, dedication, and leadership in architectural and environmental design research. It is offered to acknowledge and reward emerging figures in architectural and environmental design research that demonstrate innovation in thinking, dedication in scholarship, contributions to the academy, and leadership within architectural and environmental design research. Smith is director of the U’s Integrated Technology in Architecture Center (ITAC), which performs research that evaluates and develops technologies for sustainable and lean design in construction practice and has been supported by public and private organizations. Smith is also research director of the Rio Mesa Center, a remote field campus on the Colorado Plateau. See FYI News feature on Rio Mesa here. Read more about Smith here.


2011 Merit of Honor Award recipients announced

The Emeritus Alumni Board of the University of Utah Alumni Association has selected its five exemplary graduates to receive the esteemed Merit of Honor Award, presented to alumni who graduated 40 or more years ago and whose careers are marked by outstanding service to the University, their professions, and their communities. The 2011 Merit of Honor Award recipients are Marian Watkins Ingham BS’63, Beth S. Jarman BS’64 MS’70 PhD’77, Kay Atkinson King BA’64, Mike Korologos BS’59 and Ted L. Wilson BS’64. Award recipients will be recognized at a banquet in their honor on Nov. 2.  Read more about the recipients here.  


Of interest to faculty

Senate Annuities and Salaries Committee works in your behalf

Did you know that the Academic Senate’s annuities and salaries committee is charged with advising the senate and central administration on regulations related to sabbatical leaves, salaries, salary schedules, cost of living, faculty retirement plans, annuities, health and life insurance, and other benefits? Last year the committee worked on a range of issues, including the tuition benefits for employees’ family members, changes in the structure of the WellU program, rules regarding prescription drug benefits, employees’ retirement planning knowledge gaps, and access to 401(a) funds after age 70 for current employees. This year the committee is focusing on the prescription drug plan, retirement planning education, and evaluating how changes to the WellU plan have been received by employees.

If you have issues you would like the committee to address, contact Cathleen Zick, 2011-12 annuities and salaries committee chair. 

Deadlines for nominations coming soon

The University Teaching Committee administers teaching grants and four University awards. Application deadlines are Dec. 7 for the following:

The Calvin S. and JeNeal N. Hatch Prize in Teaching
This prize recognizes an outstanding and longstanding service by a teacher from tenured or tenure-track faculty ranks. The prize is $5,000, and nominations are due Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011. The award will be announced in March 2012. 

Early Career Teaching Awards
These awards recognize up to four outstanding tenured or tenure-track faculty at an early stage in their careers at the U. To be eligible, a faculty member must have completed at least three full years but fewer than eight years of service at the University. The prize is $2,500, and nominations are due Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011. These awards will be announced in March 2012.

Award nominations and grant applications are now submitted online here. For more information contact Natalie Aguayo.


Field Notes: Rio Mesa Center

Located along nearly three miles of the Dolores River in the magnificent red-rock country of southeastern Utah, the University of Utah’s Rio Mesa Center provides opportunities for field-based interdisciplinary research that emphasize ecology and the environment. The Rio Mesa Center is a real-world laboratory for integrated thinking about humans and their place in biologically complex, but fragile, systems. The center promotes research, studies and professional training at the interface of history, anthropology, biology, art and human sustainability. Water conservation in the West, human history and sustainability on the Colorado Plateau, and the role of solitude and inspiration all play a role in creative and scholarly work. 

In the three years that Rio Mesa Center has been in operation, University courses sponsored by the center in the departments of Biology, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Architecture, Art, Anthropology, Parks, Recreation and Tourism have almost tripled. This fall, the center is breaking ground on its off-grid, solar-powered camping area that will serve forty people. 

The facilities are available for research, classes, workshops, retreats, writers, and artists-in-residence and can be scheduled here.

—Fifth in a series on the U’s field stations and research projects, by Sylvia Torti, associate director of the U’s Rio Mesa Center

Veterans Day is Nov. 11

The University’s annual Veterans Day Commemoration Program will be held Friday, Nov. 11. Everyone is invited to attend. The day’s events include a panel discussion at 8:45 a.m. in the Olpin Union Theater titled Intelligence Operations: Looking for the Bad Guys, where panelists will provide insight about how contemporary military intelligence operations are used; and the 56th annual Veterans Day concert in the Jon. M. Huntsman Center at 7 p.m., featuring the Utah National Guard 23rd Army Band and combined granite School District High School Choir. The centerpiece event of the day is a full-dress military ceremony and cannon salute to honor 11 honorees at 11 a.m. in the Olpin Union Ballroom.

This year’s honorees include veterans of WWII, the Korean War, Vietnam, and Desert Storm: Benjamin W. Bowthorpe, Air Force, Vietnam; Don E. Bush, Navy, World War II, Korea; Richard D. Coleman, Army Air Corps, World War II; John Delliskave, Marine Corps, World War II; Russell A. Elder, Navy, Vietnam; Scott Oliver Konopasek, Army, Desert Storm; RKay Mower, Army, Air Force, World War II; Lynn Poulsen, Army, World War II; Craig “Stu” Shipley, Marine Corps, Vietnam; Winston L. Thatcher, Army, World War II; and Richard B. Warke, Navy, Marines, Vietnam.

For more information on the concert, call 801-432-4407. For more information on Veterans Day call 801-585-9244 or visit here.

U research animal adoption is soon

The 2011 Paws ‘n Claws dog and cat adoption benefit for the U’s research animals will be held Thursday, Nov. 17, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. in the Eccles Institute of Human Genetics, Bldg. 533, first floor atrium. The building is located at 15 North 2030 East, (see map here). Metered parking is available in the lot immediately west of the Eccles Medical Library (map here), and in the visitor parking section of the Health Sciences Parking Center located at 5 South 2030 East (map here).  

The annual holiday bazaar raises funds for the care, support, and placement of the U’s retired research animals. Every effort is made to responsibly adopt them into permanent homes in the community. The bazaar is crucial for the success of the adoption program, providing a resource for a currently unfunded program. Contributions aid in the adoption program’s ability to work directly with animal rescue groups, both in Utah and outside the state. All who are working to find homes for the U’s animals are volunteers. To date, 700 dogs, 195 cats, and numerous pigs, goats, and sheep have been adopted through the program. This event supports these continued efforts. 

Paws ‘n Claws attracts talented crafts people who come together in good spirit to sell their wares, donating a percentage of their sales to the University’s Development Fund for Retired Research Animals (a tax-deductible donation). You’ll find jewelry, pottery, prints and watercolors, purses, socks and gloves. There are also gifts for pets, such as quilts, beds, and collars by WoofWare, who donates 100 percent of its sales to the research animal fund. World Dog will have gourmet traditional and veggie hotdogs and soups for a lunchtime treat; and a bake sale along with caramel apples and raffle—100 percent of which is donated back—provides the finishing touch. Dogs and cats will be available for adoption.

For more information about the research animal adoption, contact Linda Schmidt or call 801-554-5304.


Upcoming on campus

Find a list of featured campus events here.

 Free film series: Black Swan

Wednesday, Nov. 2, 7 p.m.
Post Theater in Fort Douglas
For additional information call 801-581-2788.

Faculty Lecture: Arthur C. Nelson, What Americans Really Want

Thursday, Nov. 3, 5-7 p.m.
The Leonardo, 209 E 500 S
Part of the 10.11.12. Lecture Series, featuring 10 urban planning professors in 2011-12
America became a “suburban” nation after World War II by meeting the needs of the baby boomers. The “American dream” was to own a home on a large lot in the suburbs. That was then and this is now. The American dream is now plural; people want more out of their neighborhoods and communities than in the past. This presentation will show the mismatch between what Americans want and what they have, and summarize options to close the gap. Nelson is a University Presidential Professor of City and Metropolitan Planning. Find more information on the lecture here.

Managing Public Lands in a Changing Climate

Lynn Scarlett, Co-Director, Center for Management of Ecological Wealth and Former Deputy Secretary, Department of the Interior
Thursday, Nov. 3, 5:30-7 p.m.
S.J. Quinney College of Law Sutherland Moot Courtroom
Scarlett is an environmental advisor working on climate change adaptation, ecosystem services, water, landscape-scale conservation, and science and decision making.


SCI X: An Exploration of Computing and Imaging Research at the U 

Keynote presentation by U alum and Adobe co-founder John Warnock at 4 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 4, 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Warnock Engineering  Building
SCI X is an exploration of innovation and multidisciplinary Scientific Computing and Imaging (SCI) Institute research at the U. It is intended to provide its guests access to unique resources and expertise found within the SCI Institute, creating an expanded relationship between the SCI Institute and our past, present, and future academic and industry collaborators. For more information contact Corinne Garcia, call 801-585-1867, or check here.

Fall semester book sale

Monday, Nov. 7-Friday, Nov. 11
9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Marriott Library
Prices start at $2 for hardback books and $1 for paperback books. Prices drop everyday and all books are free on Friday. To be added to our e-mail list to receive information about upcoming sales, send your name and email address to Carly Anderson. For additional information call 801-581-6856.

Hajo Eicken, Professor, Geophysical Institute and the Department of Geology and Geophysics, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Frontiers of Science Lecture
Tuesday, Nov. 8, 7:30 p.m.
Aline Wilmot Skaggs Biology Building
Free and open to all

Arctic sea ice is a key player in the global climate system. Changes in the northern oceans’ ice cover have been linked to major climate and ecosystem transformations. As a defining feature of the present-day Arctic, the ice pack provides important services to ecosystems and people, both above and below the Arctic Circle.

Veterans Day Commemoration

Friday, Nov. 11
Morning panel, 8:45-10:15 a.m.
Olpin Union Theatre

Full-dress Military Ceremony
11 a.m.
Olpin Union Ballroom

More information is here.

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