Oct. 1, 2012 FYI Poll

It’s live until Oct. 15 when the next issue of FYI News is published. All responses are anonymous.


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Employee Appreciation Day is Sept. 27! How long have you worked at the U? 

  • Less than one year: 24 votes (11%)
  • Between 1-5 years: 51 votes (25%)
  • Between 6-10 years: 40 votes (19%)
  • More than 10 years: 49 votes (24%)
  • More than 20 years: 30 votes (14%)
  • More than 30 years: 9 votes (4%)
  • More than 40 years: 1 vote (0%)

Total votes: 204

Announcements of interest


The campus community is invited to meet David Manderscheid, one of the candidates for the position of senior vice president for academic affairs, then give feedback.

What:         Open Forum to meet the candidate        

When:        Wednesday, Oct. 3, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Where:       University Union Theatre

Who:          David Manderscheid. View his vita here

Your feedback after hearing from the candidate is appreciated.


On Thursday, Oct. 4, Utah will play USC at Rice-Eccles Stadium at 7:00 p.m. One of the largest crowds ever on this campus is expected. Everyone is encouraaged to make plans to take TRAX, ride a bus, carpool, bike, or walk to campus that day. Instructors are encouraged to remind students about the game and encourage them to seek alternative means of transportation. In addition, all managers are asked to consider adjusting staff schedules to minimize parking conflicts. Those who do drive to campus should consider a route that avoids the south end. The parking lots on the north end of campus have fewer restrictions. Additional information on parking may be found here. Thanks for your assistance in minimizing traffic and parking problems on campus. 



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In a Sept. 19, 2012 Chronicle of Higher Ed article, Jeffrey R. Young reports that Coursera, a provider of free online courses, has announced 17 new college partners,, nearly doubling the number that have agreed to use the company’s platform to offer MOOC’s, or massive open online courses. The new partners include state flagships like the University of Maryland at College Park, liberal-arts colleges like Wesleyan University, specialized institutions including the Berklee College of Music, and foreign institutions such as the University of Melbourne, in Australia. The speed at which colleges are joining is remarkable: The company began operations only in January. Read the article here.


For just $35 a year, flaunt your U spirit and support the general scholarship fund for the University of Utah Alumni Association with a special-edition license plate (one-time new plate fees apply). Available by mail order and at all Utah Division of Motor Vehicles locations. Visit Alumni or call 801-581-3719 for details.


Thursday, Oct. 11, 9:00 p.m.
KUED-7, KUEN-9, and KBYU-11
The only televised Utah gubernatorial debate will be broadcast statewide on multiple public broadcasting stations on Thursday, Oct.11, at 9 p.m.as part of the VoteUtah 2012 collaboration among Utah’s public broadcasting entities. Participating stations include KUED Channel-7, KBYU-Channel 11, KUEN-Channel 9 and select public radio stations. The hour-long debate will be moderated by KUED’s Ken Verdoia, director of production. It follows the vice presidential debate that will be broadcast live on PBS at 7:00 p.m. as part of the NewsHour election coverage. For more information, contact Erik Nielsen or call 801-585-5887.

Note: You also might want to check out the non-partisan Utah League of Women Voters Voter Guide.


The October book of the month is The Night Circus, by Erin Mongenstern, offered at a 30 percent discount at the Campus store. 

The circus appears out of nowhere, travelling across cities and countries without any notice. Filled with acts that will take your breath away, magical mazes and unimaginable exhibits and displays, the circus is only open at night drawing in curious spectators with its magnificent black and white big top. However, the Cirque des Rêves also has a secret; it is the backdrop for a duel between two young magicians who were selected as children by the greatest magicians to learn to compete. Unknown to Celia and Marco, only one magician will be left standing when all is said and done. As each tries to outmatch the other with magical skills, they slowly begin to fall in love. Are they doomed to fulfill their destiny or will love conquer all?


Friday, Oct. 5
Einer Nielson Field House
In this day of overweight parents and children, Campus Recreation Services begins a new Family Fitness program: Learn to play racquet-ball together! Two classes are offered: 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. or 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. If the parent has a CRS membership, the class fee is $2 per parent and $2 for each child age 8-18. If no CRS membership, guest fee is $5 per parent and $2 for each child age 8-18. Space is limited, so call 801-581-8898 to register, or pre-register in person at the field house to reserve your spot. Racquetball equipment will be provided if you do not have your own.


Have a thirst for knowledge and a commitment to arts education? Become a Weekday Docent at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts. The UMFA relies on committed docents to guide thousands of visitors through the museum each year. The next docent class starts soon and has several openings available. Training for Weekday Docents begins Tuesday, Oct. 9 and takes place every Tuesday and Thursday from 1-3 p.m. through May. For more information, contact Amy Edwards or call 801-585-9875 by Friday, Oct. 5.

Upcoming on Campus

Tuesday, Oct. 2, 7:30 p.m.
Libby Gardner Concert Hall
Jazz Ensemble One and Two will perform compositions by Paul Ferguson, Herbie Hancock, and Ann Ronell. Free parking at the Rice Eccles Stadium lot. The concert is free to students, faculty, and staff; $10 general admission. Contact the School of Music at 801-581-6762 or visit here for more information. 


Wednesday, Oct. 3, 3:00 p.m.
Union Courtyard

Indigenous students and Allies for Change present a collective of native writers, performers, and filmmakers changing the way mainstream culture sees the modern American Indian. For more information send email to ISAC. See the poster here.


Thursday, Oct. 4, 7:00 p.m.
Rice-Eccles Stadium

Join the Utah Utes as they host nationally ranked USC at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Contact Jordan Vardell at 801-581-8849 or visit here for more information. 


Geography Club

Oct. 4-7, 7:30 p.m.
Performing Arts Building

To close the events of Pride Week, which runs Oct. 1-7, a production of Geography Club, based on the novel by Brent Hartinger and directed by Jerry Rapier, will be presented. Follow these Goodkind High School students on their journey who feel like outsiders because of their sexual orientation. Tickets are $10 general admission/$8 for U faculty and staff; free to U students. Call 801-581-7100 or click here for ticket information. A complete list of Pride Week events can be found here


Lunch and a workshop (free)
Tuesday, Oct. 9
Noon-1:30 p.m.
Marriott Library, Gould Auditorium
Continuing education’s professional education office invites all staff to attend a lunch and professional skills workshop. A welcome address will be presented by Martha Bradley, senior vice president for academic affairs. Choose to attend one of the following workshops: Fundamentals of Project Management; Swimming in a Sea of Tasks; What is Coaching and How Can it Help my Organization? RSVPs will be accepted until space is filled. Call 801-585-1780 or visit here for more information. RSVP here.

Thursday, Oct. 11, 4:30-6:00 p.m.
Natural History Museum of Utah, Community Room

This quarterly meeting is open to everyone, including neighbors of the U and the campus community. Agenda items include a briefing on plans for the new law school project (Hiram Chodosh, Dean, S. J. Quinney College of Law); an update on crowds and traffic at Utah football games (Collin Simmons, Administrative Manager, Commuter Services); new fees for street lighting (Jim Lewis, CFO, Salt Lake City Public Utilities); and a presentation on the new Student Life Center (Peggy McDonough-Jan and Brent Agnew, MHTN Architects, and Michael Beck, U Staff Architect and Project Manager). For more information, contact Ann Floor, call 801-585-3595, or visit the Community Forum website.

Monday-Friday, through October, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
School of Medicine – Level A, Rm#AC115

Photography by Carl Kjeldsberg, professor in the Department of Pathology, features images from work and studies in India, Norway, and Utah. All artwork is for sale. Additional information is available here.



Info for Researchers

1. Getting Started on SciValResearch Updates
2. Research Training Opportunities for Faculty and Postdoctoral Scholars
3. PAM Initiative and Projects
4. Grant Writing Crash Course
5. Upcoming Research Grant Opportunities
6. Upcoming Classes in the Research Administration Training Series (RATS)

Getting Started on SciVal

SciVal is the new funding search tool on campus. This database allows users to search out and match funding opportunities from a variety of sources, including governments, private entities, corporations, and many other miscellaneous organizations. The database currently contains over 15,000 funding opportunities, as well as historical data on over 2.5 million awarded grants, which can be used to evaluate current proposals. Please use this document to help get you started using SciVal.

2.    Research Training Opportunities for Faculty and Postdoctoral Scholars

Research Education offers Investigator Training Workshops for all University faculty members and postdoctoral scholars. The program is designed to support both new and veteran investigators with the administration of their research. For more information and to register online, please visit here or contact Tony Onofrietti, Director of Research Education at 801-585-3492.

Clinical Research Session
3:30-5:30p.m., Wednesday, Oct 10
117 RAB
University regulations regarding clinical trials, sponsor requirements and financial management practices will be described including an overview of good clinical practices and data management.

Researcher Resources and Funding Searches Session
2:00-4:00p.m., Wednesday, Oct 24
3100C HSEB (Lab)
How to identify and target potential funding sources utilizing University and external databases, and how to register with federal funding alert services.

Responsible Conduct of Research Session
2:00-4:00p.m., Wednesday, Oct 31
1730 HSEB
Research integrity and conflict of interest policies will be reviewed including procedures for suspected abuse and noncompliance. Issues related to authorship and peer review will be discussed.

3.    PAM Initiative and Projects

Many significant changes are coming this Fall under the PAM program that will affect PI’s, Account Executives, researchers, and grants/business officers. Over the next couple of months watch for additional communications regarding specific changes, a schedule of training sessions, and other resources to guide you through the change. Begin preparing for the following changes now:

Web Management Reports for Research Projects
If you currently utilize the web management tool to upload budget data into your own project administration tool or spreadsheet, please be aware that after the PeopleSoft Grants implementation go-live in December, budget data will use the new standard set of 33 budget categories. Expense and encumbrance data will continue to be available at the detailed account level.

Additionally, the Summary of Revenue and Expense by Budget Category Report will roll-up expense and encumbrance transactional data at the budget category level giving a quick overall summary of the financial status. Expanding the Subrecipient budget category, you will see detail by Vendor/PO.

If you have specific questions or need assistance, please contact your cognizant Accountant in Grants and Contracts Accounting.

Training for PeopleSoft Grants Changes
Training for key changes in pre to post-award processes and reports will occur in December and January. Watch FYI for dates and times. Invites will be sent to qualified Principal Investigators and Account Executives on active projects.

Payroll Reallocation Process Changes
Changes are on the horizon that will make it easier to submit in-quarter payroll reallocations on projects, part of an initiative underway to simplify the management of employee compensation on sponsored awards.

As part of the changes, you can expect to see an increased emphasis on keeping planned employee distributions up-to-date, reducing the need for correcting entries. Departments are encouraged to set up employee distributions in advance of payroll processing that reasonably reflect average effort anticipated during the period. You’re encouraged to review actual payroll distributions monthly, and correct errors and adjust planned distributions when needed, rather than waiting for the quarterly PAR certification cycle.

We’re on board, doing all we can to make the PAM goals a reality…for institutional reports to more accurately reflect the true financial status of awards, to provide our research sponsors with invoices that are correct and timely, and to reduce our own time and effort making it happen. With you on board, we’ll be able to take a real step in that direction.

Check out the new web page that gives more detail of what’s coming, and to see the prototype in-quarter effort reallocation web application that is anticipated to be released in November.

Share your feedback or questions using our Ask Us link.

4.    Grant Writing Crash Course

Apr 26-28, 2013
The Lodges at Deer Valley Resort
Park City, Utah

Open to all Faculty members and Postdoctoral Scholars

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 GWCC, receiving real-time feedback to strengthen their proposals and enhance their likelihood of funding. A high faculty-to-trainee (PI) ratio is provided and attendance is highly limited. 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/partner and up to two children are welcome to accompany the participant (additional charge if more than two children attend). To register, or for more information, please contact Tony Onofrietti, Director of Research Education at 801-585-3492.

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

5.    Upcoming Research Grant Opportunities

Intramural Funding Opportunities
URC Faculty Fellow Awards
Deadline to applicant’s department chair: Oct 16, 2012

URC Distinguished Scholarly and Creative Research Awards
Nomination deadline: Oct 15, 2012

Limited Submission Opportunities
Major Research Instrumentation Program
Internal submission deadline: Dec 6, 2012

External Funding Opportunities
NSF Waterman Award
The highest honor by NSF for young faculty is the Waterman Award. It is restricted to faculty less than 35 years of age OR within 7 years from their PhD. In addition to a medal, the awardee receives a grant of $1,000,000 over a five-year period for scientific research or advanced study in the mathematical, physical, biological, engineering, social, or other sciences at the institution of the recipient’s choice.

Since self-nominations are not allowed, interested young faculty should consult mentors and colleagues. 

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

For questions concerning RATS, please contact Tony Onofrietti (801-585-3492) or visit the RATS website.

Researcher Resources and Funding Searches
Wednesday, Oct 10 2:00-4:00p.m.
HSEB Rm. 1730

Investigator Training Workshop: Clinical Research Session
Wednesday, Oct 10 3:30-5:30p.m.
117 RAB

Introduction to the IRB, IACUC & IBC
Thursday, Oct 11 2:00-4:00p.m.
HSEB Rm. 1730

Data and Safety Monitoring: Plans, Boards & Committees
Tuesday, Oct 16 2:00-4:00p.m.
HSEB Rm. 1750

Institutional Review Board and Human Subject Research
Wednesday, Oct 17 2:00-4:00p.m.
HSEB Rm. 1730

Project Management: Implementing the Award Process
Thursday, Oct 18 2:00-4:00p.m.
HSEB Rm. 1750

U announces new Beacons of Excellence Award

Award recognizes excellence in offering transforming experiences to undergraduate students.


As part of the U’s new campaign to transform the undergraduate experience, the offices of Undergraduate Studies and Student Affairs have established the Transforming U: Beacons of Excellence Award to recognize and celebrate examples of “best practices” on campus, whether by individuals, programs, centers, or projects. Six awards—given annually— will recognize excellence in creating and offering a transformational experience to undergraduate students.

This first year, the award attracted more than 270 nominations from students, faculty, staff, and community members. Martha Bradley, senior associate vice president for academic affairs, charged the Harvesting Best Practices Committee with developing excellence criteria and selecting award recipients. They will be honored at a ceremony on Oct. 31, hosted by David Pershing, Barb Snyder, vice president for student affairs, and Bradley. The event will take place in the University Union Ballroom from noon to 1:30 p.m.

The six recipients include Matt Bradley (posthumously), a professor in the Honors College; Ganesh Gopalakrishnan, a professor in the College of Engineering; Hester Henderson, founder of the UFIT Program, College of Health; Mark Nielsen, a professor of anatomy and the Human Anatomy Lab, College of Science; the Native American Research Internship Program, School of Medicine; and the University of Utah fraternity and sorority community, Dean of Students Office.

 “The Transforming U:  Beacons of Excellence Award recognizes pockets of brilliance at the University of Utah:  inspiring teachers, empowering programs, and engaging research opportunities,” says Bradley.  “The award winners demonstrate the core values of the campaign to transform the student experience.”

Read more about the award recipients here.

New mining safety and health center gets a green light

U mining engineering students with giant mining equipment at Rio Tinto-Utah Kennecott Copper’s Bingham Canyon Mine. Photo Credit: Mike Nelson, University of Utah.

Construction of a new Center for Mining Safety and Health Excellence was approved by the Utah State Board of Regents in July. The center will most likely be built over the next couple of years on the south end of the Browning Building. The center has a global mission to work for the improvement of mining safety and health management standards, and performance through advocacy, education, research and consultation. The center will focus its efforts in Utah where the mining industry has played an important historical role in the state’s development, and continues to play a key role in the state’s economy. The Western Mining Presidential Endowed Chair in Mine Safety resides in the center and currently is occupied by Tom Hethmon, an associate professor and a mining industry safety and health expert. Hethmon also directs the new center. Read the news release here.

Law and Society Association now housed at U

On Sept.1, the University of Utah became the host institution of the Law and Society Association (LSA). LSA is an interdisciplinary association of scholars—with more than 1,400 members world-wide—who study the place of law in social, political, economic, and cultural life. Susan Olson, Professor Emerita and Associate Vice President Emerita, was selected in a national search for a five-year, renewable term as the LSA’s executive officer. With strong support of the Quinney College of Law, the College of Social and Behavior Science, and the central administration, the organization moved to the U campus from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, where it had been hosted for 25 years. In two years the LSA will celebrate its 50th anniversary.

LSA members are sociologists, anthropologists, lawyers, political scientists, historians, economists, psychologists, philosophers, and geographers. Although they share a common commitment to develop theoretical and empirical understandings of law, interests of LSA members range widely. Some are concerned with the place of law in relation to other social institutions and consider law in the context of broad theories of social change. Others seek to understand legal decision-making by individuals and groups. Still others systematically study the impact of specific reforms, compliance with tax laws, the criminal justice system, dispute processing, the functioning of juries, globalization of law, and the many roles played by various types of lawyers. Whatever the issue, there is an openness in the association to exploring the contours of law through a variety of research methods and modes of analysis.

Olson and her staff members, Monica Kohler and Megan Crowley, will manage the quarterly Law & Society Review and organize the association’s annual research conference in Boston in 2013 and in other cities each year. On campus, Olson hopes to create an academic community of faculty and graduate students in all colleges and departments who have law-related interests and link them to the national organization. To that end, the president of the LSA, Michael McCann, the Gordon Hirabayashi Professor for the Advancement of Citizenship at the University of Washington Political Science Department, will be visiting campus Oct. 18 and 19. Specific events will be posted online. For more information about the LSA, see its website. To join a list-serve to stay abreast of law and society activities on campus, sign up here.

Antarctica 2012

The following four blog entries trace the first few days of a journey by three researchers from the U—math professor Kenneth Golden, math doctoral student Christian Sampson, and electrical engineering grad student David Lubbers—who are bound for a two-month research mission on an icebreaker in Antarctica. This is the 15th excursion for Golden and the second trip for Lubbers, who will be blogging periodically from the ship. Access all Lubbers’s blog entries here.

Sept. 13, 2012

I’d like to tell you a little bit about the actual goal of this expedition. So, why are we interested in studying sea ice? It is a leading indicator of climate change, and a key component of Earth’s climate system. The dramatic decline in summer Arctic sea ice is being tracked by measuring its areal extent from satellite data. This information is combined with ice depth data, where it exists, to monitor the volume of Arctic sea ice that survives the summer melt cycle. Read the rest of the blog entry here.

Sept. 17

Today we underwent our ship induction. This allowed us to board the Aurora Australis for the first time. The ship is still under construction so we had to wear hard hats and orange reflective vests for safety. The hard hats ended up being a good thing as some of the doorways have thick lips on the top and bottom, making it easy to bump your head going through. Read the rest of the blog here.

Sept. 19

The Aurora Australis has set sail! The seas have been calm, and I do not know anyone that has experienced any seasickness. Immediately after boarding the vessel we were instructed on various alarms. The fire alarm is a constant ring, and abandon ship is seven short rings followed by a long one. We had an emergency muster drill, in which everyone had to don an immersion suit as practice in case something catastrophic occurs… It was fun to watch as we attempted to squeeze into the “one size fits none” suits. There were a lot of laughs…which was nice as it countered more serious thoughts of ever having to put on an immersion suit again. Read the rest of the blog here.

Sept. 20

We have now been at sea for a few days and everyone is rapidly falling into routine. Breakfast, lunch and dinner act as anchor points around which all other plans hinge…weekdays typically end in someone giving a presentation explaining their work to the other scientists. This is followed by a movie, chosen from requests placed upon a whiteboard in the mess hall. The presentations and movies, coupled with fantastic food and the onboard gym has made these early days feel a bit like a cruise. A wobbly and very geeky cruise. Read the rest of the blog here.


Sitting L to R: Shane Girton, Karren Nichols, Shanna Erickson, Nancy Parker, Lindy Nielsen. Standing: Sandy Bennett, David Pershing


The University of Utah Staff Excellence Awards (USEA) lunch, hosted by Dave Pershing, president, and Loretta Harper, vice presdent, was held on Tuesday, Sept. 18. The awards program recognizes superior service and ongoing contributions by the U’s full-time staff. All 24 District Staff Award recipients were recognized and received a certificate and an engraved desk clock. Each of the six USEA winners received a $5,000 check, an engraved plaque, and their names will be added to the perpetual plaque on display in the Human Resources Building at 420 Wakara Way.

Congratulations to:
Sandra Bennett – Child Care Office
Shanna Erickson – Office of the VP for Research
Shane Girton – Campus Store
Karren Nichols – Marriott Library
Lindy Nielsen – Housing & Residential Education
Nancy Parker – Office of the Dean, College of Health



Jeff Metcalf’s collection of essays titled 52 by 52 recently took first place in the Utah Original Writers Competition, hosted by The Salt Lake Tribune. Metcalf is a professor in the College of Humanities. Twenty-two writers were honored by the Utah Division of Arts & Museums for their work. The annual competition is one of the most prestigious in the state, with manuscripts judged in a blind process by writers who live outside Utah. Past winners have included Utah’s entire slate of Poets Laureate, as well as science-fiction writer Orson Scott Card and award-winning novelist and short-story writer Ron Carlson, who now teaches at the University of California, Irvine. Winners will be recognized Oct. 30 during an awards ceremony as part of the Utah Humanities Book Festival, which takes place Oct. 2-30 at venues around the state.



Michele Johnson, director of Environmental Health and Safety, has received certification as a Biological Safety Professional (BSP) by the American Biological Safety Association (ABSA). An BSP is an individual with a documented university education who has had specialized training in relevant biological safety disciplines and has been found eligible for registration by the ABSA Credentialing Evaluation Board. The BSP understands sufficient cell biology, pathogenic microbiology, molecular genetics, immune responses of hosts, and concepts of infectious transmission to enable them to apply safeguards to work with biohazardous materials. Certification is earned by passing an exam developed by members of the ABSA and administered by the National Registry of Certified Microbiologists. Johnson was hired by the U as associate director for Environmental Health and Safety in 1996; she became director in spring 2012.

The Way of Motion

Jerry Gardner teaches movement at the University of Utah but has an office so tiny he can hardly turn around in it. It’s just half an office, really, and is filled to the brim with masks and books and a pink tank of helium. But sit down and have a conversation with him (you’ll have to wedge a chair between the desk and the room divider), and you’ll soon learn that movement is only part of Gardner’s story.

Across town, at the Tibetan Buddhist Temple he founded with his wife, Jean LaSarre Gardner, Jerry Gardner is also known as Lama Thupten Dorje Gyaltsen. Visit him there, in the spacious yellow room where he teaches Buddhist practice, and you will find a man who can sit still for hours at a time contemplating the nature of awareness.

Movement and stillness: These are the yang and yin of Gardner’s life.

Most of his students at the U, where Gardner is an associate professor of theater, are in the Actor Training Program. He teaches them how to do mime, how to work with masks, how to move like ballet dancers, how to perform the stylistic, often disquieting Japanese dance known as butoh. He teaches them how to be at home in their own bodies and the bodies of the characters they portray. At the core of all these lessons is a deeper lesson: “how vital it is to be fully present,” says Jaten McGriff, a senior studying in the program.

Read the rest of the article by Elaine Jarvik in the latest issue of Continuum magazine.

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