Data servers to move downtown

The construction of the University’s downtown data center is complete. UIT will begin moving into the new facility this month with plans to finish by mid-October. The move includes consolidating seven data centers across campus into the new facility. Moving these services and the equipment that supports them is a complex process.

Because of the complexity, there is potential for some IT services to be unavailable while the move occurs. An outside firm that specializes in data center move planning has been engaged and a plan has been developed to reduce the risk of downtime. Further impacts to the organization will be reduced by moving IT services during times that are best for the University.

An important part of this effort is to effectively communicate as the move occurs. Much of the communication will occur directly with the areas of the organization that are specifically affected by the IT service that is moving. Please watch for these communications which will include information about the move and potential impact.  

Read more about the data center move here.



Library Services offline–Aug. 10-12 

After the Marriott Library closes at 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 10, all Marriott Library online and Internet services and resources may be unavailable through 11:59 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 12, while servers are being moved to the new downtown location. The Marriott Library building will be closed on Saturday, Aug. 11 and Sunday, Aug. 12.  

Alternate Access: Bookmark this handy Library Guide,, and check it often for: 

  • Updates on Marriott Library online or Internet services as they are restored during the weekend of Aug. 10-12. 
  • Other University and public libraries that are available to you. 
  • Alternate access points for research databases. 
  • List of services that are available.  

Voicemail at the U is changing

The new voicemail system is part of UMail Microsoft Exchange Unified Messaging.

Unified Messaging offers features that go beyond our current voicemail systems, like a combined inbox for both email and voicemail.

Speech commands let you: 

  • Read your voice messages with speech-to-text
  • Listen to your email and calendar items over the telephone with text-to-speech
  • Search for contacts from the Global Address List and send them messages
  • Read or hear missed call information

Here is what you can expect:

  • A “heads-up” email advising you that your voicemail will change soon
  • A welcome email from Microsoft Outlook containing:
    • The telephone number to access voicemail
    • Your extension number
    • Your first-time PIN
  • One or two days later, you’ll have access to your new voicemail 

Later this summer, your former voicemail system, Octel or T3, will be permanently retired. Until then, please take time to retrieve any saved messages that you need to review.

If you have questions, please contact University IT. We look forward to providing this improved voice messaging service to the University community.

Update on UDOT repaving project

NOTE: Check back here often. We will add updated information as we receive it.

UTA will have detour information for bus routes on its website on Wednesday, June 20.

The repaving of South Campus Drive is scheduled to begin Saturday morning, June 23, around 6:30 a.m. Once completed, crews will move to North Campus Drive and finish the new asphalt overlay by Sunday evening.

Beginning June 26, crews will begin installing the permanent pavement striping/markings (thermoplastic). This is anticipated to take approximately 6-10 days. There will be lane impacts near that work effort however, the contractor will be doing the thermoplastic during the evening hours (8:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m.) so there should be minimal impacts during daytime commutes. 

The schedule is weather and equipment-dependent.

  • Pedestrian curbside ramp upgrades will continue this week until the repaving begins. This will require partial lane closures near work areas, and crews will maintain one travel lane at all times.
  • Emergency vehicles will have access to the North Campus Drive/Mario Capecchi Drive intersection at all times.
  • There will be no construction on South Campus Drive within six hours before or after any Huntsman Center event.
  • There will be no construction on Wednesday, July 4.
  • Construction schedules are weather and equipment dependent and subject to change.
  • Anticipate minor delays through project construction areas.



For current traffic impacts from this project and all UDOT projects please click on the orange Construction Tab on the UDOT home page.






Greg Thompson

Greg Thompson, associate dean for special collections at the J. Willard Marriott Library will receive the Snowsports Builder Award for 2012 from the Far West Ski Association. The awards event was held at the Ogden Eccles Conference Center on Saturday, June 9, 2012. The award recognizes Thompson’s tireless efforts in developing the Utah Ski Archives, one of the largest ski and winter sports collections in the United States. Thompson’s work has resulted in a remarkable collection of ski history, preserved in perpetuity. Oral histories, rapidly vanishing snowsports records, photos, and memorabilia span the very beginning of the region’s ski industry to the present day.

Nalini Nadkarni


Nalini Nadkarni, biology professor and director of the Center for Science and Mathematics Education, has been honored by an Italian foundation for her work in tree conservation. Every two years, the Bardini and Peyron Monumental Parks Foundation gives awards to several individuals who distinguish themselves for “safeguarding of the Earth’s environmental balance and creating a mass ecological culture.” Nadkarni was cited for her “basic research on rainforest ecosystem ecology in her study sites in Costa Rica and Washington state; for conceiving and developing the ‘Big Canopy Database’ to share and collaboratively manage canopy data from researchers around the world; and for her teaching with deep love and enthusiasm to her students and readers how important trees are in the life of western society, and in what ways they have an influence on the market and life styles.” Famed primatologist-conservationist Jane Goodall also was among this year’s awardees.

Upcoming on campus


All events are from 6-8 p.m.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012 – Jordan Park 1060 S. 900 W. (Large Pavilion)
Thursday, June 28, 2012 – Riverside Park 1490 W. 600 N. (East Pavilion)
Tuesday, July 10, 2012 – Sherwood Park 1450 W. 400 S. (North Pavilion)
Thursday, July 19, 2012 – Westpoint Park 1920 W. Colonel Rd. (1100 N.)
Thursday, August 2, 2012 – Poplar Grove Park 800 S. Emery St. (1170 W.)
Tuesday, August 14, 2012 – Constitution Park 1300 W. 300 N.
Partners in the Park is a university-community partnership program hosted by University Neighborhood Partners. The opening event on June 19 at Jordan Park will celebrate the academic success of students from west Salt Lake City through the awarding of scholarships. The Alumni Association, Career Services, and the University Counseling Center will work closely with their community partner—the Sorenson Multicultural Center—to plan activities, food, and entertainment for the community. For more information, please contact Joel Arvizo or call 801-972-3596.



Tuesday, June 26, 7:30 p.m.
Libby Gardner Concert Hall
Noted pianist Weihui Mao has appeared as a soloist with over 50 symphony orchestras worldwide. With an extensive repertoire, international critical acclaim, and a doctorate of musical arts from the University of Southern California, Mao is considered one of the most respected pianists and educators of her generation. For more information call 801-581-6762.



Friday, June 29, 6:30 p.m.
Weller Book Works, 607 Trolley Square
Roy Webb will read and sign his new book, “Lost Canyons of the Green River.” An historian and a lifetime lover of rivers, Webb’s book chronicles the history that is most closely linked to the river and its bottomlands, sharing the stories of those who traveled the Green through Flaming Gorge and the other canyons now flooded by the reservoir, as well as those who lived, trapped, farmed, or ranched along its banks. Webb considers his book “a guidebook for a river you can no longer run.” More information is available online or by contacting Linda Manning at 801-585-9786.



Monday, July 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, July 9, in appreciation for the Zoo, Arts, and Parks funding. It is recommended that visitors reserve advance tickets for Free Days on a while-supplies-last basis. Ticket information is available online or by contacting Patti Carpenter at 801-581-6369.



Tuesday, July 10, 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Olpin Union Patio
The U Staff Council is sponsoring a series of campus walking tours that will include the hospital, the main campus, research park and Fort Douglas. Places being toured include galleries, buildings, cemeteries, museums, walking tours, etc. Tours will be the first Tuesday of each month starting at 11:30 a.m. The first tour will be the arbor walking tour of campus so be sure to wear comfy shoes and bring sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat (if you want), and a bottle of water to drink. More information is available by contacting Sharon Benavides at 801-581-6726.

FYI poll

It’s live until July 17 when the next issue of FYI News is published. All responses are anonymous.

June 18 Poll:

Do you plan to watch any of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London?

How do you feel about Salt Lake City exploring the possibility of hosting the 2022 Winter Olympic Games.

Show Results

Last FYI poll results–based on 225 respondents:


Have you ever looked through the Crimson Classifieds in FYI News?

Yes, but I’ve never purchased anything. 126 votes (56%)
Yes, and I have purchased something. 4 votes (1%)
No, I’ve never looked through them, but I know they are there. 31 votes (13%)
What are the Crimson Classifieds? 64 votes (28%)
Other (please use comment section to explain). 0 votes (0%)


Would you consider listing an item to sell in Crimson Classifieds?

Yes, I already have. 7 votes (3%)
Yes, I would like to. 103 votes (48%)
No 89 votes (41%)
Other (please use comment section to explain). 14 votes (6%)




Photo Credit: Michal Samuni-Blank, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology

In Israel’s Negev Desert, a plant called sweet mignonettor taily weeduses a toxic “mustard oil bomb” to make the spiny mouse spit out the plant’s seeds when eating the fruit. Thus, the plant has turned a seed-eating rodent into a seed spreader that helps the plant reproduce, says a new study by Utah and Israeli scientists.

“It’s fascinating that these little mice are doing analytical chemistry, assaying the fruit for toxic compounds” and learning not to bite into the seed, says Denise Dearing, a coauthor of the study and professor of biology. “It adds a new dimension to our understanding of the ongoing battle between plants and animals,” she adds. “In this case, the plants have twisted the animals to do their bidding, to spread their progeny.”

The study was published in the journal Current Biology. Read the news release here.

Info for Researchers

1. MRSEC Seed Program OpportunityResearch Updates
2. Upcoming Research Grant Opportunities
3. Grant Writing Crash Course

1.    MRSEC Seed Program Opportunity

The Executive Committee of the Utah MRSEC (Materials Research Science and Engineering Center) is pleased to announce the continuation of the MRSEC Funding Incentive Seed Grant Program at the University of Utah. Applications are now being accepted for the Fall 2012 cycle. Instructions for the application are attached here, and also can be retrieved from the MRSEC web site:

Proposals should be submitted to the MRSEC Executive Committee at application deadline is Aug. 1, 2012.

This program was created as a part of the MRSEC sponsored by the NSF, USTAR, and the University of Utah, in response to the following NSF instructions:

Seed funding: NSF intends to provide flexibility for the center to respond quickly and effectively to new opportunities, and pursue high risk/high impact and transformative research. These may include (but are not limited to): seed support for junior faculty and for investigators changing fields; emerging areas of interdisciplinary research; programs to link the university effort in materials with industry, national laboratories, and other sectors; the development of tools and cyber infrastructure for remote access to instrumentation; and innovative interdisciplinary educational ventures.”

Seed funding through the MRSEC is not intended to provide a substitute for individual investigator funding from extramural agencies. Successful applicants are expected to use the results generated by seed funding to pursue extramural funding.

The MRSEC Funding Incentive Seed Grant Program will support new basic and translational studies in all areas of materials research. The emphasis of this program is on developing  new research directions that can either be integrated into one of the two existing Interdisciplinary Research Groups (IRGs)or developed into a third independent IRG. The two existing IRGs are focused on (i) Plasmonics, and (ii) Organic Spintronics.

Applications should not have overlap with existing extramural research grants. The award can be up to $30,000 for an individual PI, although additional funding (up to $50,000) may be considered for a proposal with two or more PIs.  Funding is for one year with the possibility (on rare occasions) of extension for a second year of support. Only one application per faculty member as a PI or co-PI is permitted.

2.    Upcoming Research Grant Opportunities

Intramural Funding Opportunities
Funding Incentive Seed Grant Program
Deadline: Aug. 20, 2012

URC Faculty Research and Creative Grant Awards
Deadline: Aug. 20, 2012

Limited Submission Opportunities (apply through CIS in the Limited Submission Application link)
Occupational Safety and Health Training Project Grants
Internal submission deadline: Jul. 5, 2012

Centers of Excellence for Research on CAM
Internal submission deadline: Aug. 2, 2012

Career Awards for Medical Scientists (CAMS)
Internal submission deadline: Aug. 9, 2012

NIDCD Research Core Centers
Internal submission deadline: Aug. 9, 2012

EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Program Track-1 (RII Track-1)
Internal submission deadline: Aug. 9, 2012

NIGMS National Centers for Systems Biology (P50)
Internal submission deadline: Aug. 30, 2012

Academic-Community Partnership Community Series (R13)
Internal submission deadline: Aug. 30, 2012

Advancing Digitization of Biodiversity Collections (ADBC)
Internal submission deadline: Aug. 30, 2012

Major Research Instrumentation Program
Internal submission deadline: Dec. 6, 2012

3.    Grant Writing Crash Course

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

Oct. 12-14, 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. A high faculty to trainee (PI) ratio is provided, so the number of spaces available for attendees is restricted. If you do not have seed or personal funding available for the registration fee, we encourage you to discuss other options with your Department Chair or Research Dean. 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, so 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.

The U in the news

U professor takes on hospital in Utah Medicaid breach
June 16, 2012, The Salt Lake Tribune

Salt Lake City endorses transparency, OKs guidelines
University of Utah students developed “Best Practices” guidelines for transparency in government.
June 12, 2012, The Salt Lake Tribune

Hundreds gather to watch Venus cross the sun
More than 400 people gathered at the Natural History Museum of Utah…to witness a once-in-a-lifetime event: the transit of Venus across the sun.
June 7, 2012, The Daily Utah Chronicle

What is flame? Utah grad’s explanation wins science prize
June 3, 2012, The Salt Lake Tribune

U backs going for Olympics again, wants rest of Fort Douglas
May 31, 2012, The Salt Lake Tribune

University of Utah video game school publishes first title
Master’s program in design creates a character in a pinball machine.
May 30, 2012, The Salt Lake Tribune

University of Utah’s role in national health study ends—for now
A national contractor will now follow the 400 Salt Lake County families already enrolled.
May 30, 2012, The Salt Lake Tribune 

Campbell: Politicians need to bite Super PAC hand
University of Utah student is making a humorous but important point.
May 30, 2012, The Salt Lake Tribune

New scholarship honors memory of Tom Loveridge


Tom Loveridge

Tom Loveridge, devoted colleague and friend, passed away on Feb. 6, 2012. Tom was part of the University of Utah community as a student for both his undergraduate and graduate degrees and then for over thirty years in administration. He was unwavering in his support of staff and was an invaluable member of Staff Council.   

To honor his service and dedication, the University of Utah Staff Council has set up a memorial scholarship in his name. This scholarship for courses taught through the University of Utah will be awarded each semester to a full-time staff member who exemplifies the service and dedication that Tom personified. 

Donations for this scholarship can be made here. Announcements of recipients will be in FYI News and on the Staff Council website.

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