FYI poll

It’s live until Apr. 18 when the next issue of FYI News is published. All responses are anonymous.

April 4 Poll:


As a pedestrian walking through campus, when you encounter a motorized cart, truck, or car, what do you think? (multiple answers allowed)

Show Results

Last FYI poll results–based on 173 respondents:


Do you think Governor Herbert made the right decision in vetoing HB 363, the controversial sex education bill?

Yes   155 votes (89%)
No   6 votes (3%)
Undecided   9 votes (5%)
Other   3 votes (1%) 


Upcoming on campus


Apr. 2-6, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Marriott Library, Level 1, Room 1100A
Come browse the Marriott Library’s Spring Semester Book Sale from April 2-6. Prices drop every day. More information is online or contact Carly Anderson at 801-581-6856.



Tuesday, Apr. 3, 5:30 p.m.
Spencer Fox Eccles Building (SFEBB), Room 1110
The John R. Park Debate Society (the U’s speech and debate team) is pleased to host the Irish Times national debate champions in a debate that will focus on the controversy, merit, and effectiveness of comprehensive sex education in public schools—a controversial topic in both Utah and Ireland. More information is online or contact Michael Middleton at 801-581-6454.



Wednesday, Apr. 4, 5:30 p.m.
Gould Auditorium, Marriott Library
Candy Chang is an artist and designer who likes to make cities more comfortable for people. Her background in design, street art, and urban planning have informed many of her projects, which redefine the ways public space can be used to spark dialogue and engage citizens with their cities and with one another. Recent public art projects include a blighted house in New Orleans turned into an interactive wall of dreams, an abandoned high-rise in Fairbanks turned into an emotional beacon for memories and hopes, and an online tool that helps people influence the development of their neighborhoods. More information is online or contact Ann Beverly at 801-581-7045.



Monday, Apr. 9, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Natural History Museum of Utah
The Natural History Museum of Utah will offer a Free Day on Monday, Apr. 9, in appreciation for the Zoo, Arts, and Parks funding. It is recommended that visitors reserve advance tickets online for Free Days on a while-supplies-last basis. More information is online or contact Scott Pettett at 801-585-6927.



Wednesday, Apr. 11, 4:00 p.m.
Eccles Auditorium Carolyn Tanner Irish Humanities Building, CTIHB 109
Mario Pacheny, professor of political science and sociology of health, University of Buenos Aires, has conducted extensive research and published widely on issues related to health (HIV and AIDS, reproductive health, chronic illnesses, drug use), sexuality, human rights and politics in Latin America and other regions. More information is online or contact Rachel Leiker at 801-581-6214.



Friday, Apr. 14, 7:30 p.m.
Kingsbury Hall
The Golden Dragon Acrobats have become the world’s leading Chinese acrobatic troupe, representing the best of a time-honored tradition that began more than twenty-five centuries ago. Whether dangling high above the stage or simultaneously spinning 100 plates on bamboo sticks, these performers know how to make the impossible appear effortless. More information is online or contact the Kingsbury Hall Box Office at 801-581-7100.



Sunday, Apr. 15, 3:00 p.m.
Marriott Library, Level 1, Room 1100A
Roy Webb, Marriott Library’s multimedia curator, will be speaking about his latest book. Lost Canyons of the Green River: The Story before Flaming Gorge Dam, chronicles the history that is most closely linked to the river and its bottomlands. More information is online or contact Judy Jarrow at 801-581-3421.



Monday, Apr. 16, 7:00 p.m.
Gould Auditorium, Marriott Library
Biological anthropologist Dennis H. O’Rourke will present the 32nd Annual Rufus Wood Leigh Lecture: Over the Top: Contradictions and Concordances in American Colonization Models. He will be speaking about new genetic and biological evidence relating to the Native American colonization of the Americas, with a focus on anthropological genetics. More information is online or contact Shawn Carlyle at 801-581-6251.


April 16-20
With the theme Advocate, Listen and  Relate? Be An Ally! the LGBT Resource Center is hosting events including a keynote address by anti-bulling activist Jamie Nabozny, a Hinckley Forum panel about the impact of bulling, the annual Ally Social, and Silence is a Drag Drag Show. Download more information here.

Announcements of interest

T-shirt contest. Enter now!

Consider yourself witty? Do people call you a master of snark? Then how about drumming up a few one-liners for U of U t-shirts? The U is looking to refresh its t-shirt collection with new, clever and creative slogans. So you’re invited to come up with one or more witty one-liner slogans to help make it happen.

And this isn’t just for the good of your soul—there are $200 Campus Store gift certificates for the top three slogan creators! 

So, put on your thinking caps and send your one-liners to FYI by April 13. You can write something about the overall U, or for individual colleges. Plus, any lines that can combine academics and athletics would be especially welcome. But, please, no profanity or other words you know we can’t use. The deadline for submissions is Friday, April 13. For more information, contact FYI or call 801-585-3595.  

Spring Community Forum open to all 

Thursday, April 12, 2012
4:30-6:30 p.m.
Natural History Museum of Utah

This quarterly meeting for neighbors and other interested community members is meant to provide timely information on construction, road, and traffic projects that will impact the neighboring community. We welcome your attendance, comments, and participation in the discussion. The meeting agenda is as follows: 

  • Update on the East Bench Master Plan process, Wayne Mills, Senior Planner, Salt Lake City Planning Division  
  • Research Park marks 40 years: What does the future hold? Charles Evans, Director  
  • Weather permitting: A walking tour of the water-wise landscape at ARUP with Hal Fordham, landscape contractor at ARUP 

Construction to begin on Ambulatory Care parking terrace

In preparation for construction of the new Ambulatory Care parking terrace, located west of Primary Children’s Medical Center across Mario Capacchi Drive on the former golf course, fencing will go up early this month. 

Spring cleaning?

FYI Classifieds MastheadIf you’re cleaning out closets, the garage, or basement, consider selling some of those unwanted items on Crimson Classifieds. It’s easy! (Items sell faster if photos are included.) Look for it in the bottom left corner of each FYI story page, or click here.    

Shelli King is Commuter of the Month

Tapping on and off UTA bus and TRAX can pay off in more ways than one! U employees who tap on/tap off 10 times or more during the month are automatically entered in Commuter Services’ monthly contest, where one person is selected to receive an i-Pad. Congratulations to April’s winner–Shelli King! 

Alumni Spring Awards Banquet is April 10

The Alumni Association and Young Alumni Board-sponsored Spring Awards Banquet is Tuesday, April 10, at 6:30 p.m. at the Rice-Eccles Stadium & Tower. Outstanding young alumna (an alum within 15 years of graduation) Kiri L. Wagstaff BS’97, a senior researcher at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, will be honored with the Par Excellence Award. Associate Dean of Students Lori McDonald BS’95 will be honored with the Perlman Award for Excellence in Counseling. The Spring Awards Banquet also acknowledges Alumni Association scholarship recipients and outstanding seniors from each college. Two-time Interim U President Lorris Betz will be the keynote speaker. Tickets are $45 per person. Please secure your reservations by Friday, March 30, online or by calling 801-585-9012.

Staff Council seeks new members

Staff Council is currently looking for new members. The council was established by University Policy 5-003 to ensure that the interests of staff are represented. During the 2011-2012 academic year, Staff Council has:

  • Drafted and helped institute a more inclusive sick leave policy that better reflects the needs of staff
  • Raised money for and awarded $4,000 in scholarships to staff
  • Participated in the university presidential search
  • Sponsored several events for staff including a preview of the new Natural History Museum of Utah, Shred Days (shredding of personal documents at no charge), and U-Nights at Real Salt Lake, Utah Grizzlies, and Salt Lake Bees games.
  • Participated in the legislative process as advocates for U staff
  • Continued co-sponsorship of Employee Appreciation Day

Interested? If so, then submit an application before 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 4, 2012. The time commitment to Staff Council involves a two-hour meeting on the first Wednesday of every month as well as participation on at least one standing committee which also involves a one-to-two-hour monthly commitment. Learn more about Staff Council here. Apply yourself, or nominate someone else, and Staff Council will contact them to submit an application.

The U in the news

Leaving a legacy: Donating your body to science
March 29, 2012, The Salt Lake Tribune

University of Utah medical class still small while need for providers grows
March 25, 2012, The Salt Lake Tribune

Controversial revamp of U.S. children’s health study hits Utah
March 23, 2012, The Salt Lake Tribune 

Pac-12 football boosting Utah economy, report says
March 20, 2012, The Salt Lake Tribune

Travel and learn with an expert

Ever wanted to go on a truffle hunt? How about wine tastings or cooking lessons—in Italy? Now, a University faculty expert on all things Italian will lead the way when Continuing Education’s new Go Learn program offers its first trip May 5-15. Travelers will be guided on a custom tour through the heart of Italy, loaded with discoveries and learning.

After nearly a decade without a travel program for the community, the U is initiating Go Learn to once again engage participants in meaningful educational travel. The trips include both domestic and international destinations.

“I am really excited to have University experts lead trips and to reach out to the community in such a way that we truly connect campus to the rest of the valley and beyond,” says Christoph Dressler, the program’s director.

Go Learn is open to community members, friends, and alumni of the U who want to explore the world with the expertise of University faculty and academic leaders.

Watch a “meet the tour director” video, or find more information here.

Continuum magazine, Spring 2012


In memoriam

Honors College lecturer, Matthew “Bronco” Bradley, died March 21, 2012. Additional information is here: U of U community, activists mourn educator, The Salt Lake Tribune, March 21, 2012.

V.P. for Research Updates

Research notebook1. Warning about misleading solicitations from online journals and news organizations

2. Cayuse424 mandatory for submissions as of April 1, 2012

3. University of Utah’s Software Development Center

4. NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Program

5. Spring 2012 NSF Webinar Series

6. Upcoming Research Grant Opportunities

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

8. Grant Writing Crash Course


1. Warning about misleading solicitations from online journals and news organizations

The university has become aware that faculty members have recently received solicitations from what are represented as new online scholarly journals or research news organizations. Some of the solicitations reflect specific knowledge about the faculty member’s research and make flattering comments about it. In all cases, a substantial fee (thousands of dollars) is requested from the faculty member to defray the journal or news organization’s expenses to publish or publicize his or her research. In the cases that have been researched by the university, these are not legitimate scholarly journals or news organizations but can be characterized at as falling into the range between vanity presses and scams. Caution is advised in dealing with any unfamiliar organization offering to publish or publicize your work for a fee. The Marriott Library or the Public Affairs Office may be able to provide help in determining if a particular organization is legitimate.

2. Cayuse424 mandatory for submissions as of April 1, 2012

On December 12, 2011 the Office of Sponsored Projects launched Cayuse424 to facilitate grant applications through Cayuse simplifies the creation, review, and submission of these applications. Users find the new system easy to use and effective at ensuring timely submission. Accordingly, on April 1, 2012, use of Cayuse424 will become mandatory for ALL applications, other than for NSF. NSF applications may be created and managed either through the Fastlane system or through, in which case Cayuse should be used. Please see OSP’s website for further information about Cayuse, system training, and FAQs. Contact Todd Bjorklund of the OSP at 801-585-6946 for questions.

3. University of Utah’s Software Development Center

The University of Utah, in conjunction with the Scientific Computing and Imaging (SCI) Institute and the Technology Commercialization Office (TCO), created the Software Development Center in the Fall of 2009. The SDC, a joint effort across campus, was established to find and develop promising University of Utah software projects, and to disseminate them to the public from one centralized source.

Mission Statement:

The SDC has a multifaceted mission of creating a clear development and distribution channel for University software projects and developing state of the art entrepreneurial applications to aid in broadening the impact of University of Utah research.

The SDC provides software development infrastructure and support for facilitating the management, development, and distribution of software projects from across the University. This includes a code repository and bug/feature tracking facilities. Additionally, the SDC provides access to software engineer professionals to work on complex computer software projects. Our computer professionals have extensive experience in developing software in areas ranging from scientific computer modeling, simulation, and visualization to database applications.

4. NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Program

Just days ago, the Obama administration approved an additional $20 million budget for Innovation Corps Program

The NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps) program, a public-private partnership, identifies NSF-funded researchers for additional support – in the form of mentoring and funding – to spur translation of fundamental research into emerging products and services that can attract subsequent third-party funding. NSF plans to fund up to 100 projects per year. Each project team accepted into the program will receive $50,000 for six months.

The grant is to connect NSF-funded researchers with the technological, entrepreneurial, and business communities to help create a stronger national ecosystem for innovation that “builds upon fundamental research to guide the output of scientific discoveries closer to the development of technologies, products, and processes that benefit society.”

NSF I-Corps provides additional support to NSF-funded investigators, in the form of mentoring and funding, to accelerate innovation that can attract subsequent third-party funding. NSF I-Corps grants will give project teams access to resources to help determine the readiness to transition technology developed by previously or currently funded NSF projects.

Successful completion of an I-Corps grant is expected to contribute to one or more of the following:
• New start-up businesses
• Licenses
• SBIR proposals
• A business plan ready for review by third-party investors
• Students prepared to be entrepreneurially competitive
• New or improved curriculum

NSF I-Corps Program Home
NSF Innovation Corps Program (I-Corps) Announcement (NSF 11-560)
NSF I-Corps Q&A
NSF I-Corps Webinars
NSF Press Release I-Corps: To Strengthen the Impact of Scientific Discoveries

Presentations from Awardees:

If you are interested in submitting an application, TCO may help in forming a team (e.g. finding a mentor), preparing marketing/business input, guiding through application process, etc.

For additional information please contact:
Danuta Petelenz, MS, MBA
Business and Grants Manager
801-213-3585 (direct line)
801-581-7792 (main office)

5. Spring 2012 NSF Webinar Series

The National Science Foundation is offering a webinar series focused on the Transforming Undergraduate STEM Education (TUES) Program as well as Proposal Writing Strategies, Project Evaluation, and Making an Impact: Building Sustainable and Transportable Projects. The workshops are scheduled for Mar. 6, 20, 27, and Apr. 17 each from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Please use the following links to register for the sessions.


Upcoming Research Grant Opportunities

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

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

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

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

Scalable Nanomanufacturing (SNM)
Internal submission deadline: Apr. 19, 2012

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

For questions concerning RATS, please contact Tony Onofrietti at 801-585-3492, by email, or online.

Grants Management Essentials
Wednesday, Mar. 28
2:00-4:00 p.m.
HSEB Rm. 1730

Clinical Research Budget Development, Negotiation and Oversight
Thursday, Mar. 29
2:00-4:00 p.m.
HSEB Rm. 2120

Informed Consent in Research
Tuesday, Apr. 3
2:00-4:00 p.m.
HSEB Rm. 2600

Introduction to Technology Commercialization and Intellectual Property
Wednesday, Apr. 4
2:00-4:00 p.m.
HSEB Rm. 1730

Investigator Training Workshop: Research Resources Session
Wednesday, Apr. 4
3:30-5:30 p.m.
HSEB Lab 3100C

Budget Preparation and Development
Thursday, Apr. 5
2:00-4:00 p.m.
HSEB Rm. 3515B

7. Grant Writing Crash Course

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.

Upcoming on campus


Keynote Lecture, Tuesday, Mar. 21, 12:00 p.m., Olpin Student Union Ballroom
Cynthia Bioteau is the seventh president and first woman CEO of Salt Lake Community College. With over 35 years in the education, mental health, and business fields, she has converged the expertise and attributes of all three into her passion for accessible and critical education for all community members. More information is online or contact Colleen Casto at 801-581-4250.

Edie Kochenour Memorial Lecture, Friday, Mar. 23, 12:00 p.m. Orson Spencer Hall Auditorium
Janet Hyde will present the lecture: Girls are Bad at Math and Science… Or Are They? She will discuss how the socialization of girls and young women can lead to premature limiting of vocational and life choices. Such beliefs cause harm in numerous realms, including women’s opportunities in the workplace. Registration is required for this event. Networking and a light lunch will be available from 11:15 to 11:45 a.m. in the Union Lounge, south end of the Union Building. More information is online or contact Colleen Casto at 801-581-4250.



Tuesday, Mar. 20, 12 p.m.
Goodwill Humanitarian Building, Community Meeting Room 155
What have Utah schools done to improve the school food environment… and why does it matter? Julie Metos will describe the history of school lunches, explain how they’ve changed, outline what still needs to be done, and provide attendees with information on how they can help. Enjoy soup courtesy of Chartwells (first come, first served until gone; please bring your own bowl and utensils to reduce waste). More information is online or contact Jen Nozawa at 801-585-9303.



Thursday, Mar. 22, 7:00 p.m.
Salt Lake City Main Library
The Natural History Museum of Utah’s The Nature of Things lecture series will delve into the human drama behind the advances in neuroscience. Award-winning journalist and health correspondent Sharon Begley will lecture on Neuroplasticity: New Stories about Your Brain. More information is online or contact Scott Pettett at 801-585-6927.



Mar. 23 – Apr. 7
Simmons Pioneer Memorial Theatre
PTC Artistic Director Charles Morey’s hilarious and affectionate look at the world of theatre has had close to a hundred productions around the country since its PTC premiere over a decade ago. When The Playhouse, a rustic New England summer theatre, schedules a repertory season of Dracula, Hamlet and Charley’s Aunt, comic mayhem ensues. More information is online or contact the Pioneer Theatre Company Box Office at 801-581-6961.



Sunday, Mar. 25, 7:30 p.m.
Libby Gardner Concert Hall
Comprising members from the Utah Symphony and Salt Lake freelance musicians, Vivaldi Virtuosi is well known for its longstanding Vivaldi by Candlelight concert series. Directed by faculty violinist Gerald Elias, the ensemble will perform repertoire by Mozart, Domenico Cimarosa and Josef Myslivecek. More information is online or contact the School of Music at 801-581-6762.



Wednesday, Mar. 28, 5:30 p.m.
Keys on Main, 242 South Main Street
Have you ever dreamed of being invisible? One method scientists have tested is an “invisiblity cloak” made from specially designed materials. Although good for invisibility, such cloaks would completely isolate a person from the outside world. U researchers, including Fernando Guevara Vasquez, assistant professor of mathematics, have been developing alternative models for invisibility devices. One such model would hide objects with the same technology used in noise-canceling headphones. 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.

FYI poll

Take our FYI News poll

It’s live until Apr. 4 when the next issue of FYI News is published. All responses are anonymous.

March 21 Poll:

Last FYI poll results–based on 150 respondents:


What is your opinion of the i-Pad?

I have one and couldn’t live without it!   21 votes (14%)
I plan on buying one soon.   7 votes (4%)
I wish I had one.   55 votes (36%)
I don’t care about it.   52 votes (34%)
What’s an i-Pad?   7 votes (4%)
Other   8 votes (5%)

How do you use your i-Pad?

I only use it for work.   5 votes (4%)
I only use it for home/fun.   8 votes (6%)
I use it for both.   23 votes (18%)
I don’t use an i-Pad.   82 votes (67%)
Other   4 votes (3%)



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