Info for Researchers

  • SciVal Funding Quick-Tour Training VideosResearch Updates
  • Project Administration and Management (PAM) Program update
  • Grant Writing Crash Course
  • Upcoming Research Grant Opportunities
  • Upcoming Classes in the Research Administration Training Series (RATS)

1. SciVal Funding Quick-Tour Training Videos

Below are instructions to access 4 quick-tour SciVal training videos. Please feel free to use in meetings, distribute to faculty or use for your own training. We welcome any feedback and can incorporate your suggestions in updated versions.

  • Link to MediaCORE (another cool tool we will be reviewing at our November meeting)
  • Choose the University of Utah link on the right hand side of the screen
  • Enter your CIS uNID and Password
  • From the menu on the left, choose “Search”
  • In the search field enter “scival” and hit enter or the “search” button
  • In the results you will see the 4 SciVal videos: a) Registering with SciVal, b) SciVal Sponsor Searches, c) SciVal Basic Funding Search, and d) SciVal Award SearchesClick on the link to the video you would like to watch, you will be taken to a description page where you can download the video.If you are not able to access the system for some reason, please call: 585-5959 or email

2. Project Administration and Management (PAM) Program update

The PAM Program is a campus initiative to review and implement post-award accounting and management tools available to researchers, staff, and administrators. There are a series of projects that have been initiated, planned, and underway to go live December 2012. For updated information, go here.

In preparation, it is important that all involved (researchers, staff, and administrators) have an updated email address on file for university communication.

To update your email address:

  • Log in to CIS
  • Enter your uNID and password
  • Under “My Human Resources/Payroll”, select “Personal Bio/Demo Information”
  • Click on “Change Email Addresses”
  • In the box labeled “Email addresses,” verify for a valid email address or enter the email address to which you would like official messages to be sent.

3. 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.

4. Upcoming Research Grant Opportunities

Limited Submission Opportunities
Limited Competition: Framework Programs for Global Health Innovations (D43)
Internal submission deadline: Nov 1, 2012

Cancer Center Support Grants (CCSGs) for NCI-designated Cancer Centers
Internal submission deadline: Nov 8, 2012

Harold J. Lloyd Charitable Trust Melanoma Research Grants
Internal submission deadline: Nov 15, 2012

Cancer Research Grant Program
Internal submission deadline: Nov 15, 2012

Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar
Internal submission deadline: Nov 15, 2012

Damon Runyon Clinical Investigator Award
Internal submission deadline: Nov 15, 2012

Brain and Immuno-Imaging Grant Program
Internal submission deadline: Nov 15, 2012

New Scholars in Aging Program
Internal submission deadline: Nov 15, 2012

Fellowships for Science and Engineering
Internal submission deadline: Nov 15, 2012

St. Baldrick’s Foundation Scholars
Internal submission deadline: Nov 15, 2012

Henry Dreyfus Teacher Scholar
Internal submission deadline: Nov 15, 2012

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

Other Funding Opportunities
Personalized Health Care Travel Grant
Applications due: Monday, Nov 5, 2012 at 5:00p.m. MDT
Find application instructions and a list of eligible conferences here.

The University of Utah Program in Personalized Health Care provides funding for University of Utah faculty member and trainee travel to national personalized health care conferences. The purpose of these grants is to contribute to development of a robust Utah community of experts in the scientific, clinical, technical, legal, ethical, and policy aspects of this growing field.

The specific goal of this program is to provide members of the University community with the opportunity to:

  • Explore the broader view of personalized health care outside their specific disciplines.
  • Attend personalized health care-focused conferences that they would not typically attend.
  • Share and apply new perspectives with the University of Utah personalized health care community.
  • Share personalized health care methods and approaches developed in Utah with a broader audience.

Five awards are remaining for travel to conferences between Jan 1-Jun 30, 2013. Awards will cover up to $2,000 in conference registration, airfare, lodging, ground transportation and per diem expenses. University of Utah faculty members and senior-level trainees likely to join the University of Utah faculty are eligible to apply. For questions, please contact Jennifer Logan.

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

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

Informed Consent Models and Requirements
Tuesday, Nov 6 2:00-4:00p.m.
HSEB Rm. 1750

Getting Published: Responsible Authorship and Peer Review
Wednesday, Nov 7 2:00-4:00p.m.
HSEB Rm. 1730

Fundamentals of Effort Reporting, Audits and Recharge Centers
Thursday, Nov 8 2:00-4:00p.m.
HSEB Rm. 1750

The Process of Informed Consent and Your Participant
Tuesday, Nov 13 2:00-4:00p.m.
HSEB Rm. 2120

Introduction to Technology Commercialization and Intellectual Property
Wednesday, Nov 14 2:00-4:00p.m.
HSEB Rm. 1730

Budget Preparation and Development
Thursday, Nov 15 2:00-4:00p.m.
HSEB Rm. 1750

Oct. 29, 2012 FYI Poll

It’s live until Nov. 12 when the next issue of FYI News is published. All responses are anonymous.

(Send us your ideas for future poll questions!)


Do you have a family member who is or was a veteran of a foreign war?

If YES, please indicate who. (Check all that apply.)

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Under which university presidents have your worked?

  • David W. Pershing: 182 votes (29%)
  • Michael K. Young: 171 votes (27%)
  • Bernie Machen: 96 votes (15%)
  • Arthur K. Smith: 62 votes (10%)
  • Chase N. Peterson: 56 votes (9%)
  • David P. Gardner: 35 votes (5%)
  • Alfred C. Emery: 5 votes
  • James C. Fletecher: 4 votes
  • A. Ray Olpin: 2 votes
  • Other: 2 votes

David W. Pershing inaugurated as new U president

Watch the inaugural program here.


David W. Pershing was officially inaugurated on Oct. 25, 2012 as the 15th president of the University of Utah. Pershing, Distinguished Professor of chemical engineering, was selected by the State Board of Regents earlier this year to succeed Michael K. Young.

Pershing celebrates more than three decades of service to the University of Utah. He joined the U as an assistant professor of chemical engineering in 1977 and was named a Presidential Young Investigator by the National Science Foundation in 1984. He became dean of the college of engineering in 1987. He was named senior vice president of academic affairs in 1998 and was responsible for approximately 1,000 faculty and 25,000 students in the colleges of the main campus.  

A gifted teacher and prolific researcher, Pershing is the recipient of the University of Utah’s Distinguished Teaching and Distinguished Research Awards and the university’s Rosenblatt Prize for Excellence. He was named Engineering Educator of the Year by the Utah Engineering Council in 2002 and is a winner of the Governor’s Medal for Science and Technology. 

He has authored more than 80 peer-reviewed publications, won more than 20 research grants totaling approximately $60 million, and earned five patents. He was director of the University of Utah’s Center for Simulation of Accidental Fires and Explosions, funded by a $40 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. 

Pershing holds a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University and a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona, both in chemical engineering.

In his inaugural address, Pershing described the initiatives he will promote as well as two surprise announcments: First, that funding has been secured from retired mining magnate Pierre Lassonde for a new 400-bed residential entrepreneurship institute; and second, that the family of the late Novell founder Ray Noorda has pledged $30 million to start a School of Dentistry to be built in Research Park. 

Details of Pershing’s initiatives for the University may be found in this Salt Lake Tribune article.  



Upcoming on campus

Through October
Kingsbury Hall
According to The Salt Lake Tribune, “Odyssey’s production of Thriller was truly a thrill for the audience, which was at times breathless with laughter, at times fearful and amazed, but always totally entertained.” Thriller is a Halloween spectacular and includes all your favorite Halloween characters—Frankenstein, The Curse of the Mummy, and Jason. Learn more here.




Wednesday, Oct. 31, check here for time
Hinckley Caucus Room, OSH 253 

Wednesday, Oct. 31, 11:00 a.m. -12 noon
Hinckley Caucus Room, OSH 253
A live KUER (90.1 FM) RadioWest broadcast with moderator Doug Fabrizio.

Wednesday, Nov. 7, 10:45 a.m.
Hinckley Caucus Room, OSH 253
An after-election recap with Dan Jones, professor/lecturer, U political science and president of Dan Jones & Associates; Frank Pignanelli, adjunct professor, U political science and attorney/partner Foxley and Pignanelli; Lavarr Webb, publisher, Utah Policy Daily, partner, the Exoro Group, and Deseret News political columnist; and Doug Foxley (moderator), adjunct professor, U political science, attorney/partner Foxley and Pignanelli.

Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Come for a costume contest! Prizes will be given for the most creative and scariest costumes. There also will be trick or treating for the kids (or the kids at heart) at each department around the store. The best part? You get 20 percent off any purchase you make just by showing up. 




Several reading discussions will be hosted by the Tanner Humanities Center each Wednesday through Nov. 14. To register, contact Josh Elstein or call 801-585-9341. 

Making Sense of the War
Oct. 31, 7 p.m., Tanner Irish Humanities Bldg.
Texts:  Selection of short texts, with introductions written by Ed Ayers
Scholar:  John Reed, Assistant Professor, Department of History

The Shape of War
Nov. 7, 7 p.m., Tanner Irish Humanities Bldg.
Texts:  James M. McPherson, Crossroads of Freedom: Antietam
Scholar:  Ed Davis, Professor, Department of History


Interstate Groundwater Law: Equitable Apportionment of Transboundary Resources and Implications for the Snake Valley Aquifer Dispute
Noah Hall, Associate Professor of Law, Wayne State University Law School
Thursday, Nov. 1, 12:15-1:15 p.m.
S.J. Quinney College of Law, Room 106
Noah Hall’s research focuses on public and private water rights, transboundary water management and pollution, climate change adaptation, U.S.-Canadian environmental law, and citizen enforcement. For more information, contact the Wallace Stegner Center or call 801-585-3440.


Friday, Nov. 2, 8:00 p.m.
Libby Gardner Concert Hall
The School of Music will honor the 2012 Camerata Awards winners Roger Miller and the S.J. and Jesse E. Quinney Foundationat this 12th annual concert gala, which celebrates the contributions of passionate and dedicated individuals who have served and contribute to the School of Music in meaningful ways. The program of classical favorites will feature solo and combined performances by the School of Music’s top ensembles. Tickets are $10. For additional information, call 801-581-6762 or check the website.


Saturday, Nov. 3, time 1 p.m.
Rice-Eccles Stadium
Join the Utah Utes as they host Washington State at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Contact Jordan Vardell at 801-581-8849 or visit here for more information.



Courtney Martin: Do it Anyway: The New Generation of Activists
Thursday, Nov. 8, 10:00 a.m.
UMFA Dumke Auditorium
Free but RSVP required: 801-585-6375
Award-winning author Courtney Martin will examine the challenges of modern activism and illustrate examples of contemporary community heroes. “Martin’s work provides a road map for engaged citizens, both young and old, to move beyond abstract notions of ‘saving the world’ and into concrete, tangible ways in which we can truly impact our communities,” says Sandi Pershing, assistant vice president for continuing education. Martin’s lecture will draw upon her new book, Do It Anyway: The New Generation of Activists. Additional information may be found here.


Tuesday, Nov. 13, 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Warnock Engineering Building, third and fourth floors

Learn about computing techniques and tools created by SCI Institute researchers and collaborators as they work toward solving human problems in biomedicine, fluid dynamics, geophysics, combustion, and atmospheric dispersion.

Keynote Presentation: Alan Kay
6:00 p.m.
Kay is a Turing Award recipient, U alum, and a pioneer in personal computing and graphical user interfaces. Additional information is available here.

President Pershing exceeds students’ expectations

The following story was taken from an article in the Oct. 25, 2012 Utah Daily Chronicle by Anne Plummer, reporting on Dave Pershing’s recent visit with students during the week of his inauguration. 

While students munched on pizza in the Union Ballroom, U President David Pershing walked from table to table and listened to their concerns. Pershing … said the administration wanted to hear students’ voices in a more personal environment. … He said the most important thing for him is to listen. “Sometimes presidents just talk and I’m trying not to do that,” he said.

Questions pertained to tuition, public transportation, parking on campus and where Pac-12 revenue is distributed. Pershing said the administration’s goal is to make the U the most cost-effective school in the Pac-12. … Stephen Perry, a senior in accounting, asked Pershing what kind of impact the Pac-12 has outside of athletics. “Everybody wants a chance to talk to the top,” Perry said. “You want to get your information from the source. I felt like [Pershing] actually cares. I didn’t expect such an open line of communication.”

Henry Elu, a junior in psychology…said he hopes to see Pac-12 funds distributed equally in sports other than football. Elu said it is unfair to have football obtain the most money just because it is a media-centric sport. He said sports such as gymnastics and basketball are just as important.

Pershing said some of the students had surprising concerns — for instance, he did not realize cheerleaders were not considered athletes and don’t receive the same stipends other athletes do.

Some students said although they expected him to be uptight, Pershing was approachable and friendly.

Read the complete article here.

Announcements of interest

Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics, recently responded to an article in the City Weekly that asserted results of the upcoming elections are “a forgone conclusion, so why vote?” In his letter, Jowers provides a very different view. Read the RedThread blog here. 

And if you missed the Oct. 23 KCPW radio interview with Dan McCool, a professor of political science and editor of a new book titled The Most Fundamental Right: Contrasting Perspectives on the Voting Rights Act, you may liisten here. 

Tuesday, Nov. 6
Polls are open 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Find out where to vote here.



Explore Utah Science is the brainchild of Salt Lake City writers Julie Kiefer and Kim Schuske, who landed a grant from the National Association of Science Writers to develop their idea for a website that “uncovers science stories that matter to Utahns.” Both founders have day jobs doing outreach for U research units. Although some of its content will highlight U science and technology, the site is structured to be independent. Read the Oct. 22, 2012 Salt Lake Tribune article here. 

A new site for the Office of Sustainability centralizes under one website information on all sustainability programs and initiatives happening on campus. With the U’s recent STARS Bronze Award, its commitment to the American College and University President’s Climate Commitment, and sustainability being included as one of the U’s seven core values, these issues are clearly important to our campus community. Contact Myron Willson in the Office of Sustainability with any comments or questions about the new website, or to submit information on sustainability-related events that are happening on campus.



When She Woke
By Hillary Jordan
Discount: 30 percent off paperback 
at the Campus Store

After Hannah Payne is convicted of murder, she awakens to a nightmarish new life. She finds herself lying on a table in a bare room, with cameras broadcasting her every move to millions at home, for whom observing new Chromes—criminals whose skin color has been genetically altered to match the class of their crime—is a sinister form of entertainment. Hannah is a Red for the crime of murder. The victim was her unborn child, and Hannah is determined to protect the identity of the father. A powerful reimagining of The Scarlet LetterWhen She Woke is a timely fable about a stigmatized woman struggling to navigate an America of the not-too-distant future, where the line between church and state has been eradicated, and convicted felons are no longer imprisoned but chromed and released back into the population to survive as best they can. In seeking a path to safety, Hannah embarks on a journey of self-discovery that forces her to question the values she once held true and the righteousness of a country that politicizes faith and love.


The U’s annual Security and Fire Safety Report is now online. Required by federal law, it includes policy statements and crime statistics for the U. It also includes statistics for the previous three years on crimes reported on campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by the U; and on public property within or immediately adjacent to and accessible from campus. The report also describes fire safety measures in place at the U, and institutional policies concerning campus security (sexual assault and other matters). For more information, call 801-585-2677.  Questions regarding the report may be directed to the office of the Chief of Police.


The League of American Bicyclists on Oct. 24 designated the University of Utah as a Bicycle Friendly University. The award is presented to institutions with “remarkable commitments to bicycling.” The U is one of 44 colleges in 25 states to gain the recognition, and on its first application, the U reached the  Silver Level for 2012.The designation is valid for four years, after which time the U will be reevaluated. Read the more on the U’s RedThread blog.


The annual holiday gift and service listing will be included in the Nov. 26 FYI News. If your college, department, or center will be inviting food or clothing donations, or offering holiday gifts or other items for sale, or have holiday specials, please send information to FYI News by Nov. 15.


Evolving Fort Douglas



During its 150 years, the historic fort has seen increasing ties to the University of Utah.

From Continuum magazine, by Roy Webb. Published Fall 2012.

Like many U.S. Army posts established for monitoring the frontiers, Fort Douglas has seen its share of American history. The fort was founded on the east bench of the Salt Lake Valley in October 1862 by a regiment of California Volunteers under Colonel Patrick Connor to guard the overland mail (and, legend has it, to keep an eye on the Mormons). Fort Douglas this year is celebrating its 150th anniversary, and that history has entwined with the University of Utah’s own…

The land that the University and Fort Douglas presently share originally was declared “University Square” by an act of the Territorial Legislature in 1855, but with the coming of Connor’s Volunteers, it was absorbed into the Fort Douglas military reservation. Then, in 1894, shortly before Utah became a state, the University was granted 60 acres of the Fort Douglas Military Reservation for expansion. That acreage formed the core of the present University of Utah campus: Presidents Circle and associated buildings on the west side of the campus.

The article, available here, includes 22 historic photographs and paintings of Fort Douglas from the 19th and 20th centuries.

Community Engagement Day: What did you do?

We asked a few people who participated in last Tuesday’s Community Engagement Day—the kickoff event for President Dave Pershing’s inauguration week—to comment on their experience. The following responses are from Gina Nelson Shipley, academic advising coordinator; Dallin Cowles, academic coordinator in the registrar’s office; and Jacquie Winrow, executive assistant, Office of the President.  

GINA NELSON SHIPLEY: I organized some students from the College of Social and Behavioral Science who went to Bennion Elementary, and others who bowled in the Union with East High refugee students. 

DALLIN COWLES: We went to the Utah Food Bank and sorted potatoes for deliveries to the elderly; then cleaned up the barrels that will be used in the food drives in the coming holiday season.

JACQUIE WINROW: I was involved with the project in the Park Building to tie blankets.


SHIPLEY: At Bennion Elementary, U students helped with homework and read with elementary students; at the bowling alley, U students interacted with refugee students and discussed college preparation and the college experience while having fun together.

COWLES: The potatoes will benefit the elderly; cleaning the barrels really helps everyone who is hungry since these will be used for the food drives. 

WINROW: The blankets will be donated to the Rape Recovery Center.


SHIPLEY: It was a very positive experience and students from our college want to continue with both of these projects on an ongoing basis. 

COWLES: I thought it was a great opportunity to get out and serve. It made me realize that it doesn’t take a lot of time to help in a big way. It made me want to seek out more service opportunities 

WINROW: I enjoyed being involved in the project. It’s been a long time since I’ve participated in a service project. I enjoyed meeting other staff members from different areas of campus, along with fellow employees of other departments within our own building.



Geoffrey Tabin, a physician at the Moran Eye Center, is one of two local physicians who will be honored by Jewish Family Service on Oct. 28, for their outstanding contributions and humanitarian work. “The Hebrew phrase, ‘Tikkun Olam,’ or ‘repair the world,’ is no more evident than in the humanitarian work of Tabin,” says Ellen Silver, executive director of the organization. “He has greatly impacted both local and international communities with his humanitarian efforts.” Tabin is an ophthalmologist and the co-founder of the Himalayan Cataract Project, which works “to eliminate all preventable and treatable blindness from the developing world.” Named an “unsung hero” by the Dalai Lama for his international efforts and dedication, Tabin is a leader in both the national and international ophthalmic communities. 


The Emeritus Alumni Board has selected five exemplary alumni to be honored with its 2012 Merit of Honor Awards. The annual awards recognize U alumni who graduated 40 or more years ago and whose careers have been marked by outstanding service to the University, their professions, and their communities. This year’s recipients are Daryl Cameron Barrett BS’67, Kim R. Burningham BS’60, Loabelle “Loa” Black Mangelson-Clawson BS’59 MFA’68, Bryant W. Rossiter BA’54 PhD’57, and JoAnn B. Seghini BS’58 MEd’73 PhD’79. The recipients will be honored at a Merit of Honor Awards Banquet on Nov. 7. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Joanne Beardshall or call 801-581-3719 by Nov. 1. The cost is $65 per person. Read more about the recipients here.


The American Chemical Society (ACS) has named  Henry White to the 2012 class of ACS Fellows, a prestigious honor bestowed upon 96 distinguished scientists who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments in chemistry and made important contributions to ACS, the world’s largest scientific society. White is noted for his ccontributions to the development of electrochemical science and for his contribution to the ACS community in organizing professional symposia and workshops, and providing editorial service to the ACS. “These chemists hold the future to our country, to our way of life, and to the legacy we will leave for the next generation,” says Bassam Z. Shakhashiri, ACS president. “Whether it’s producing renewable fuels, finding cures for afflictions such as diabetes, cancer, AIDS and Alzheimer’s disease, or ensuring safe drinking water, these Fellows are scientific leaders, improving our lives through the transforming power of chemistry.” The 2012 Fellows were recognized at an induction ceremony in Philadelphia. See the list of 2012 Fellows here.


KUED received eight Emmy Awards at the 35th Annual Rocky Mountain Emmy Awards in Phoenix, Arizona. “Not only is this evidence of the high regard with which our peers in the industry hold our work, it is another example of our outstanding production department and their commitment to excellence and in being, ‘Utah’s Best Storyteller,'” says Michael A. Dunn, KUED’s general manager. “This accomplishment is even more impressive given the shrinking budgets, shortened timelines and enormous workload under which these craftspeople and artisans now work.” 

KUED Senior Producer John Howe’s work was honored with four Emmys: Five Rivers Five Voices, for Environment Program/Special, Photographer and Writer; and Horses of the West: America’s Love Story for Director. Nancy Green, Joe Prokop and Cheryl Niederhauser’s work on Utah’s Freedom Riders was honored in the Historical Documentary category. Carol Dalrymple’s Climb for Life: A Legacy took the award for Public/Current/Community Affairs Program/Special. William Montoya, Bill Gordon and Kevin Sweet received an Emmy for Audio for Utah Vietnam War Stories: Escalation. Navigating Freedom, produced for KUED by students from Spy Hop, was honored in the Student Long Form category.

Read the full news release here.



Campaign for our Community




Dear Colleagues:

Each year, U employees reach out to the community by providing food for the hungry, assisting children with social and developmental needs, supporting research for treating diseases, and helping unwanted pets. The Campaign For Our Community is our chance to give back to the community that supports the University’s activities all year.

Giving to The Campaign For Our Community makes it easy to help others. And by using our convenient, secure website to make your gift, you are helping the planet as well.

Please visit, where you will find a list of more than 100 trusted charities coordinated through our partners, Community Health Charities Utah, Community Shares/Utah, and United Way of Salt Lake, and an easy-to-use gift form.

Whether you’re working on Presidents Circle, at Moran Eye Center, in Research Park, in the Redstone Clinic in Park City, or anywhere in between, now is the time to take advantage of the opportunity to participate in the 2012-2013 Campaign For Our Community.


David W. Pershing


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