Upcoming on campus


Wednesday, Jan. 25, 5:30 p.m.
Keys on Main, 242 South Main Street
How does the universe grow and evolve with time? How will the universe look one billion years from now? Kyle Dawson, assistant professor of physics and astronomy, will attempt to answer those questions. Astronomers at the U are now part of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, and are mapping more than 1.5 million galaxies to better understand dark energy and dark matter. Free and open to the public. Must be 21 or over to attend. More information is online or contact Justin Parnell at 801-581-6958. 



Wednesday, Jan. 25, 7 p.m.
Museum of Fine Arts Auditorium

Andrea Bowers, internationally acclaimed Los Angeles based artist, has been selected as the 2012 artist for the Marva and John Warnock Endowed Visiting Artist Residency Program.  Her drawings, videos, and installations explore the intersections between art and democratic processes, and between aesthetics and political action. Bowers is a visual artist, activist, community artist, and scholar. Her work focuses primarily on direct action and non-violent civil disobedience. More information is online or contact Sara Pickett at 801-585-6237.



Thursday, Jan. 26, 7 p.m.
Jon M. Huntsman Center
The annual Utah Women’s Basketball Faculty/Staff Appreciation Night will be held when the U plays UCLA on Thursday, Jan. 26.  All U faculty and staff, and their families, will receive free admission to the evening’s game. Present your UCard at any Jon M. Huntsman Center entrance on the night of the game to receive free admission for faculty/staff members, family and friends. Parking is free. More information is online or contact the Utah Athletics ticket office at 801-581-UTIX.



Thursday, Jan. 26, 7 p.m.
Museum of Fine Arts Auditorium
Buddhism, especially Tibetan Buddhism, is a latecomer to the religion-science dialogue, but now engages deeply with the various scientific disciplines. Tibetan Monk,Thupten Jinpa, will discuss the ongoing dialogue and collaboration between the Buddhist tradition and Western science, particularly neuroscience. The talk will also explore the implications of this interaction for the ethical challenges scientists face. More information is online or contact Rachel Marston at 801-581-7989.  



Friday, Jan. 27, 7 p.m.
Jon M. Huntsman Center
Join the Utah Women’s Gymnastics team as the Red Rocks take on rival BYU. More information is online or contact Jennifer Binkley at 801-581-UTIX. 



Wednesday, Feb. 1, 7:30 p.m.
Aline W. Skaggs Biology Building
We are accustomed to three dimensions – height, length, and width. But how many dimensions can exist, and how can we describe and understand higher dimensional spaces? John W. Morgan, a professor from Stony Brook University, will discuss what the notions of “dimension,” “shape,” and “space” refer to in topology, the tricks topologists use to describe these concepts, and how these methods and techniques apply to higher-dimensional spaces. This event is free and open to the public. No tickets are required so arrive early for best seating. More information is online, contact Jim DeGooyer, or call 801-581-6958.



FYI poll

Take our FYI News poll

It’s live until Feb. 8 when the next issue of FYI News is published. All responses are anonymous.

January 25 Poll:

Who do you want to win Super Bowl XLVI?

Show Results

Last FYI poll results–based on 69 respondents:


Did you set New Year’s Resolutions this year?
Yes, and I intend to follow through on all/most of them. 22 votes (31%)
Yes, but I’ve already fallen short on more than one of them. 2 votes (2%)
No, I didn’t set any this year. 22 votes (31%)
No, I think it is a waste of time so I never bother setting them. 15 votes (21%)
I didn’t even think about it this year. 7 votes (10%)
Other (please explain). 1 vote (1%)



V.P. for Research updates

Research notebook1. FY2012 Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) Review

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

3. Upcoming Research Grant Opportunities

4. Grant Writing Crash Course Update


1.     FY2012 Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) Review

The AFOSR Spring Review is available to all faculty via streaming webcast. This review includes information on what the program managers are supporting now and what their interests are for the future. This is likely to be useful to any faculty who are potentially interested in finding research through AFOSR. You can find out more about the streaming video and the agenda here.


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

For any questions concerning RATS, please contact Tony Onofrietticall 801-585-3492,  or visit the website

Electronic Application Through Grants.gov
Wednesday, January 25
HSEB Rm. 1730

Mandatory Effort Reporting Training
Thursday, January 26
HSEB Rm. 1730

Understanding IRB Report Form Submissions in ERICA
Tuesday, January 31
HSEB Rm. 1730

Introduction to the Office of Sponsored Projects
Thursday, February 2
HSEB Rm. 1730

Investigator Training Workshop:  Pre-award Session
Wednesday, February 8
3:30-5:30 pm
RAB, Rm. 117


3.     Upcoming Research Grant Opportunities

Intramural Funding Opportunities

Funding Incentive Seed Grant Program
Deadline: February 15, 2012

URC Faculty Research and Creative Grant Awards
Deadline: February 15, 2012

Research Instrumentation Fund
For 2012, only core research facilities that meet certain qualifications will be eligible to compete for central equipment funds. To allow time for core facilities to meet the new standards described below, the due date for RIF applications has been extended to Monday, February 20, 2012. For the full RFP, please go to the website.

To be eligible for central funding, core facilities must have the following characteristics:

  1. A website (linked to the Health Sciences Core Facility website or other campus-wide core facilities website) providing basic information about the core facility, including available instruments and technical assistance, names of the core director and faculty oversight committee, user fees, and information about scheduling use of the facility.
  2. All research at the University of Utah may use the facility.
  3. A recharge facility approved by the Research Accounting department.
  4. A sign-up process to reserve time on the instruments, with an open queue (i.e. first come, first served).
  5. Everyone who uses the facility pays user fees and all on-campus users are charged the same rates
  6. There is a faculty or staff person with responsibility for supervising day-to-day operation of the facility
  7. There is an oversight committee comprised of at least three faculty members whose research programs use the facility. The oversight committee should have a chair and meet at least twice per year.

To apply for recognition as a qualified core research facility, please submit the following information in PDF format to the Core Facilities Executive Committee c/o Angela Stone. The current Core Facilities Executive Committee members are Profs. Bradley Cairns, Jerry Kaplan, Joel Miller, and Florian Solzbacher and the committee is chaired by the Vice President for Research.

  1. Name of the facility.
  2. Technical descriptions of the instruments and services available.
  3. Names of the supervising faculty or staff person (core director) and at least three faculty users who have agreed to serve as an oversight committee for the facility.
  4. Best available information about users and hours of usage of the facility during the past year.
  5. The facility’s current (FY12) budget, listing separately all sources of income/funding and the budgeted expenditures for personnel, service contracts and other maintenance costs, expendable supplies, and equipment over $1000.

Technology Commercialization Projects
Deadline:  March 15, 2012


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

Identifying Reasons for Racial/Ethnic Disparities With Completing the HPV Vaccine Series Among Adolescent Females
Internal submission deadline: February 9, 2012

Intervention Study to Increase Use of Standing Orders Programs for Vaccinating Adults in Physician Office Settings
Internal submission deadline: February 9, 2012

Planning a Partnership Model for a Giant Segmented Mirror Telescope
Internal submission deadline: February 23, 2012

NEI Mentored Clinical Scientist Development Award (K12)
Internal submission deadline: March 22, 2012

Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program
Internal submission deadline: March 29, 2012

NEI Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Institutional Research Training Grants (T32) for Statistical Genetics and Genome Informatics
Internal submission deadline: March 29, 2012

Team-Based Design in Biomedical Engineering Education (R25)
Internal submission deadline: March 29, 2012


4.   Grant Writing Crash Course Update

Registration for the Spring 2012 “Grant Writing Crash Course” is now available.

June 8 – 10, 2012
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.  Attendance is highly limited and we encourage you to approach your department chair to request funding for your participation. Registration fees include two nights lodging at the Deer Valley Resort, use of recreational facilities, and most meals. A spouse and up to two children are welcome to accompany the participant (additional charge if more than two children attend).

Attendance is highly limited and you are encouraged to reserve your place as soon as possible.  To register, or for more information, please 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.

David W. Pershing named new U president

New U President David W. Pershing

The Utah State Board of Regents on Jan. 20 announced that David W. Pershing has been selected to be the new president of the University of Utah. Pershing has served as senior vice president for academic affairs at the University since 1998.
       “I am honored to have the opportunity to lead the University of Utah into its next growth phase,” said Pershing. “When I arrived at the U three decades ago my sole ambition was to become an effective teacher in the Chemical Engineering Department. I never dreamed that I would be given so many wonderful opportunities—to teach bright, inquisitive students, pursue exciting research and, in my most recent role overseeing academic affairs, help shape the remarkable trajectory of this institution. Now I am eager to work with our superb faculty, deans, cabinet, trustees and staff to accelerate our efforts. I am committed to ensuring that the U sustains its focus on academic excellence, outstanding health care, and cutting edge scholarship and research, while finding innovative ways to support our amazing students and maximize our economic contribution to the State of Utah.”
       Pershing joined the U as an assistant professor in chemical engineering in 1977. He was named a Presidential Young Investigator by the National Science Foundation in 1984 and became dean of the College of Engineering in 1987. He has more than 80 peer-reviewed publications, more than 20 research grants, and five patents to his credit. Pershing has won both the Distinguished Teaching and Distinguished Research Awards and is the 1997 recipient of the Rosenblatt Prize for Excellence. He was the director of the U’s Center for Simulation of Accidental Fires and Explosions, fueled by a $40 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy of Utah. Pershing holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Purdue University and a Ph.D. in the same field from the University of Arizona.

Read more here.

The U in the news

U biochemist wins honor for work in genetics
Jan. 23, 2012, The Salt Lake Tribune

A field biologist with literary talents, Sylvia Torti named new honors dean
Jan. 23, 2012, The Salt Lake Tribune

Pershing is  new University of Utah president
Jan. 20, 2012, The Salt Lake Tribune

Provosts at Utah, Kentucky finalists for U president
Jan. 17, 2012, The Salt Lake Tribune

Agreement reached to protect Utah’s iconic Spiral Jetty
Jan. 12, 2012, The Salt Lake Tribune 

U unites with 100 medical schools to help vets
Jan. 11, 2012, The Salt Lake Tribune


Remote-control helicopter has a fine view of U campus

See fascinating photos of the U taken by grad student Isaac Hart with his remote-control helicopter in the Jan. 19, 2012 issue of The Chronicle of Higher Ed. The article is by Lawrence Biemiller, a senior writer at The Chronicle who writes about facilities and architecture, and contributes to the Notes from Academe column.

Pioneer diaries now available

 Books on demand in minutes


B.H. Roberts

“While I was lingering about [outside the train] talking with the passengers, [Elder Taylor] found the Salt Lake papers containing President Woodruff’s Manifesto. As soon as I entered the car he called to me and showed me the papers containing the document, the headlines of which I read with astonishment,” explains B.H. Roberts, reacting to Woodruff’s manifesto disavowing plural marriage (from Roberts’s diary 1890-1893, p. 39). 


Frederick Kesler

Enthusiasts of Utah pioneer history take note. Copies of original pioneer diaries are now available to order through the Marriott Library. 
       Drawing on the rich manuscript holdings of the library’s Special Collections Department, the diaries of Utah pioneers B.H. (Brigham Henry) Roberts and Frederick Kesler—written in their own hand—are now available to the general public for the first time. The series of 14 diaries offers a glimpse into the personal, business, and religious affairs of two men who helped shape the early history of Utah and the region.
       The diaries may be ordered online individually or as a set. Each volume is reproduced on the library’s Espresso Book Machine (EBM), through the Books On Demand program. The pages of the diaries have been digitized and may be viewed online. Versions formatted for various e-readers will be available in the future.
       Sometimes referred to as an ATM for books, the EBM was purchased by the library in 2009 and prints the text in black-and-white and the cover in color. It glues the cover into place and trims the entire package to the proper size, in this case, 6” x 9” books.
       The EBM process is well suited for self-publishing items such as personalized journal notebooks and is available for use by library patrons and the general public. A large number of other paperback books may be ordered as well. 
       For additional information contact John Herbert or call 801-585-6019.


About the Pioneers 

Frederick Kesler was many things: orphan, millwright, polygamist, warden, bishop, justice of the peace, school trustee, and confidant to Brigham Young. Born in Pennsylvania in 1816, he moved through Ohio, Mississippi, Iowa, Missouri and Illinois before settling in Salt Lake City in 1851. His full, wide-ranging life is captured in these diaries, written in his own hand, beginning in 1859 and continuing until 1899, the year of his death. Kesler diaries are available in these issues: 1859-1874, 1874-1877, 1877-1881, 1881-1885, 1885-1888, 1888-1890, 1890-1893, 1893-1896, 1896-1898, 1898-1899 

B. H. Roberts was born in England in 1857 and immigrated to America in 1866 to join his mother in Salt Lake City. He spent nearly his entire adult life in church service. Always outspoken and sometimes controversial, his writings challenged some of the positions and teachings of his church and he was not allowed to fill his seat in the U. S. House of Representatives in 1898 because of his earlier polygamist lifestyle. Roberts diaries are available in these issues: 1882-1883, 1884-1885, 1886-1887, 1890-1893

Facilities Management update

As a follow up to the article on capital requests to the 2012 Legislature reported in the Jan. 11, 2012 issue of FYI News, we are providing a link to some slides on those projects, which include utility distribution infrastructure replacement, Orthopaedics Building Phase II expansion, a new home for the S.J. Quinney College of Law, a School of Dentistry building, and two parking terraces. You may view slides of the projects as well as recently completed capital facilities projects here. You may also visit the Facilities Management website here.

News for faculty

Chicana/o Scholarships

The Office of Diversity announces that the Chicana/o Scholarship Fund is receiving applications for its annual scholarship, with a deadline of Jan. 31, 2012.  The Chicana/o Scholarship Fund has offered scholarships to U students for the past 35 years. An important criterion for consideration is that candidates have offered community service within Latina/o communities. Additional information is online or contact Feleti Matagi, director, Undergraduate Diversity Scholarships, or call 801-581-4378.


UROP Symposium submission deadline soon

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP), the Honors College, and the Office of Undergraduate Studies are sponsoring the ninth annual Undergraduate Research Symposium on Wednesday, April 4, 2012 at the Olpin Union Building. Undergraduate students from all disciplines are invited to present their research and creative projects.
       “The symposium gives students an opportunity to share the results of their research in a poster, an oral presentation, or a performance with fellow students and faculty,” says Steve Roens, UROP director. “In addition to receiving feedback from peers and mentors in presenting their work, they gain valuable experience that will be useful for future student and professional presentations.”
       All symposium submissions will be considered for the Monson Essay Prize. Submissions for the symposium are due Feb. 24. Applications and information can be found online
. For additional information, contact Andrea Haag or call 801-581-3811.




U bike plan and ADA access on campus

Bicycle Master Plan

The campus bike master plan has been completed. Project Consultant Gerry Tully, with Psomas Engineering, and Tami Cleveland, the U’s project manager, have held public meetings and collected comments which have been integrated into the final draft and circulated to the agencies involved. The bike plan covers areas within the University’s 1,800 acres, including the academic campus, health sciences, Research Park, Guardsman Way, and student housing on Sunnyside Avenue. It also takes into consideration the connections into campus from city bike routes. Formerly, most bike paths went through the city and ended at the campus boundary. From there cyclists picked their way through campus. Now a campus plan with designated routes will guide cyclists into and through campus to get them closer to their destination. Recommendations encourage biking because every bike that comes to campus means one less parking space is needed and one less car is on the road—and the University receives health, financial, and environmental benefits from that. “We have a 3 to 5 percent rider share on bikes now, depending on the weather,” says Tully. “And it’s not hard to imagine doubling that.” 
The No. 1 barrier to riding bikes on campus is getting the bikes there in the first place, so the U and UTA are working together to find solutions. Providing bike racks on campus shuttles also is being considered. Many students who live in the dorms say they don’t mind riding to campus, but would like to be able to put their bike on a shuttle to get back up the hill. Once the bike plan is adopted by the University, it will be posted online as part of the campus master plan and will be used to guide future decision making.


ADA access on campus

In response to revised regulations to the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design, the campus pedestrian network is under review, with a focus on accessible doorways, pathways, and parking stalls. Existing handicap accessibility conditions are being classified to make the campus environment easier to navigate for those with disabilities. “We’re looking at everything from people on walkers and crutches to those with visual and hearing disabilities,” says Gerry Tully.
Focus groups have helped planners realize just how complicated the network is. “If you are visually impaired and navigating campus with a cane, you’re looking for a nice 90 degree edge on walkways, but the U is known for its long sweeping curves, and that kills the route-finding for those with disabilities because they can’t tell where they are,” says Tully. “They come up on stairs and don’t know if there are two steps or 12 steps.”
To be fully compliant with ADA requirements, slopes need to be under 5 percent. The average slope on campus is close to 7 percent, “so it’s no small task to identify the pathways that really do meet the intent of the law. We’re going to get that knowledge into the system,” adds Tully. A “beta” release of a new ADA route-finding tool will be provided soon to the Center for Disability Services office to support assisting students in navigating the campus.  Pedestrian route-finding for those who do not require ADA features will roll out in January. “The University is undertaking many incremental changes to make campus more hospitable to people who have to work harder to be there than most of us,” adds Tully.


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