U.S. Climate Disaster in Global Perspective

Adler climate change op-ed appears on Huffington Post

Law professor Robert Adler recently published an op-ed on the Green page of the Huffington Post, a popular news website, content aggregator and blog.

Adler’s contribution, “U.S. Climate Disaster in Global Perspective,” juxtaposes Hurricane Sandy, which recently struck the Eastern U.S., with Cyclone Nilam, which hammered the Indian states of Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu only a week later, noting that there is widespread agreement among mainstream scientists that global climate change will increase the likelihood of such extreme weather events.

“When weather catastrophes are linked to changes in the global climate, and strike opposite sides of the world with such fury in two successive weeks, we can no longer afford to think solely in terms of national interests,” Adler writes. Accordingly, he argues that global consensus on how to respond to climate change “is long overdue.”

Click here to read the Huffington Post article.

 

 

 

Info for Researchers

  • Updates regarding EPSCoR announcementsResearch Updates
  • Changes to NSF Merit Review Criteria Jan 2013
  • Export Control Policy Training, Dec 13
  • Grant Writing Crash Course
  • Upcoming Research Grant Opportunities

1.    Updates regarding EPSCoR announcements

EPSCoR announcements can be found at the following links:
Utah EPSCoR information
NSF EPSCoR project

2.    Changes to NSF Merit Review Criteria Jan 2013

The National Science Foundation has put together a presentation regarding upcoming changes to the Merit Review Criteria. Please see it here

3.    Export Control Policy Training, Dec 13

The University of Utah, in compliance with federal law, actively manages the export of sensitive equipment, software and technology in accordance with national security interests and foreign policy objectives. This training will provide a practical orientation of export control topics in the context of research and related service activities. All Principal Investigators, Research Administrators, Postdoctoral Scholars and Students are invited to attend this important and informative program.

Who Will Present:
The sessions will be presented by Donald L. Fischer of Fisher and Associates.  Fischer & Associates is one of the country’s leading experts in assisting research institutions and multinational corporations in developing comprehensive export compliance programs.

What Does This Training Cover:
U.S. Federal agencies are strictly enforcing export control regulations at all major research institutions. These regulations govern what hardware, software, materials, and technology the University of Utah can export out of the country, as well as expose to certain foreign nationals studying and working within our laboratories, for whom some of these items are considered sensitive. All scientific research is affected by these rules, including international collaborations. This affects fundamental research as well as sponsor-restricted programs.

Why Now:
Given the current enforcement environment, the University has taken significant steps toward enhancing its export control program: this training is designed to provide you with the incisive overview of the requirements and compliance tools which you need to comply and which the University is implementing.

Who Should Attend:
Since all individuals employed or enrolled at the University are legally responsible for complying with export regulations and subject to legal enforcement, all faculty, administrators, student researchers and post docs should attend.

For more information, please contact Todd Nilsen, Associate Director – Contracts, Office of Sponsored Projects at 801-581-8948.

Two Opportunities to Attend, Thursday, Dec 13, 2012
Register here

10:00a.m.-12:00p.m.
Health Sciences Education Building (HSEB), Room 1730

2:00p.m.-4:00p.m.
Carolyn Tanner Irish Humanities Building (CTIHB), Room 109

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

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

Other Funding Opportunities
Two Opportunities for EPSCoR RID funding for 2013

Minigrant research proposal opportunitiy (deadline Jan 11, 2013): Faculty member PI’s below rank of full professor are eligible to apply. The purpose of NASA’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Cooperative Research (EPSCoR) is to help develop core expertise and infrastructure to enable investigators to successfully compete at the national level for resources on research projects and programs in alignment with the missions of the NASA Mission Directorates.

Research student support proposal opportunity (deadline Jan 11, 2013): Graduate students (MS or PhD) at Utah institutions of higher education are eligible to propose who are teaming with industry and/or government agencies to perform research. Priority will be given to student proposals that have a high likelihood of leading to enhancing the research infrastructure of the student’s lab and resulting in collaboration with government agencies and/or industry within the State of Utah.

Nov. 26, 2012 FYI Poll

It’s live until Jan. 7, 2013 when the next issue of FYI News is published. All responses are anonymous. 

Send us your ideas for poll questions!

 

Will the U.S. go over the fiscal cliff?






Show Results

Nov. 12, 2012 FYI Poll responses:

Did you vote in the 2012 presidential election?

Yes: 245 votes, 92%

No: 21 votes, 7%

Total votes: 266

Upcoming on campus

PARTICLE SMASHERS, HIGGS HUNTERS, AND THE FUNDAMENTAL THEORY OF NATURE
Frontiers of Science Lecture, with Pearl Sandick
Assistant Professor, Physics and Astronomy

Wednesday, Nov. 28, 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.
220 Aline Skaggs Biology Building
Pearl Sandick is an assistant professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the U. Her research focuses on topics at the interface of particle physics and cosmology. Her specialties include supersymmetry and particle dark matter. Before coming to the U, Sandick was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Theory Group at The University of Texas at Austin. Please arrive early, as seating and parking will be limited. The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information call 801-581-6958 or send email

 

Simone Porter. Photo credit: Philip Pirolo

VIRTUOSO SERIES FEATURES 15-YEAR-OLD PRODIGY
Simone Porter
Friday, Nov. 30, 7:30 p.m.
Libby Gardner Hall
At 15 years old, Seattle-based violin prodigy Simone Porter has already established herself as a world-class musician. Since making her solo orchestral debut at age 8, she has been a featured performer on the nationally syndicated radio program From the Top: Live from Carnegie Hall, She also was featured in 2008 at age 11 in the documentary The World’s Greatest Musical Prodigies. She has been a featured solo performer with top orchestras and opened for a ceremony honoroing the Dalai Lama in  Seattle with an audience of 55,000. Tickets are free for U students (ArtPass); $15 general; $5 outside students; and $10 for faculty, staff, and seniors. Find out more here.

 

BILL MCKIBBEN: DO THE MATH TOUR
Monday, Dec. 3, 7:00 p.m. (Doors open at 6 p.m.)
Olpin Union Ballroom
Bill McKibben and 350.org are on tour across America to build a movement to face the crisis of climate change. McKibben will present the new math of climate change and unveil a plan for how we can rise to this planetary challenge. He will be joined by friends from across the climate movement to explain how together we can confront the fossil fuel industry, using lessons learned from the most successful movements of the past century. Visit math.350.org for more information. This event presented by Peaceful Uprising.

 

PERSONALIZED MEDICINE: RESEARCH AND CARE IN ONCOLOGY AND BEYOND
Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 5-6
University Guest House
Registration is now open for the  Personalized Medicine: Research and Care In Oncology and Beyond symposium. The event is sponsored by the. Huntsman Cancer Institute and Program in Personalized Health Care. Additional information, including a symposium agenda and registration form, is available here. Check out the symposium flyer here.

 

CHOIRS AND ORCHESTRA HOLIDAY CONCERT
Dec. 7-8, 7:30 p.m.
Libby Gardner Concert Hall
A dramatic showcase of singers and instrumentalists will ring in the holiday season at the School of Music in this two-night event. The Chamber Choir, A Cappella Choir and Women’s Chorus will be joined by the Philharmonia Chamber Orchestra and the Harp Ensemble to present a wide range of seasonal favorites,  including excerpts from Benjamin Britten’s “Ceremony of Carols,” accompanied by the Harp Ensemble. The Chamber Choir and A Cappella Choir will present excerpts from Bach’s Christmas Oratoria,. The ensembles will also perform “Christmas Carol,” arranged and conducted by Barlow Bradford. Tickets are $10 General; $6 non-U students and seniors; and free to U students.

 

MARRIOTT LIBRARY TO HOST VIETNAM WAR TALK BY WALTER JONES
Sunday, Dec. 9, 3:00 p.m.
Marriott Library Gould Auditorium
Jones is assistant director of the library’s Special Collections and last year donated 94 boxes of books, magazines, and other articles about the Indo-China war, which he collected over several decades. A veteran of the Army and Army National Guard, Jones will discuss literature that sheds light on U.S. involvement in Vietnam.

 

CAMPUS CULTURAL TOUR: MARRIOTT LIBRARY
Tuesday, Dec. 11, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 
Meet on Level 5 by the elevators at 11:30 a.m. sharp!
The J. Willard Marriott Library is home to many fascinating collections and services, as well as some of Utah’s most valuable treasures. Find out more about them on this behind-the-scenes campus tour hosted by Staff Council. If you plan to attend, RSVP here.

 

 

 

 

ANNUAL FESTIVUS CELEBRATION
Friday, Dec. 21, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Union Lobby
Festivus for the Rest of Us is a nondenominational holiday featured in an episode of Seinfeld. Join in the fun and plan to attend this favorite annual event! Open to all.

 

FREE STAR PARTY
Every clear Wednesday
7:00 – 11:55 p.m.
Roof of the South Physics Building (directly east of Kingsbury Hall)
Dress warmly. Binoculars, cameras, and personal telescopes are always welcome. All star parties are weather permitting. Check here for a forecast. Sidewalk astronomy is a great family activity designed to both entertain and educate. The South Physics observatory serves as the only public observatory in Salt Lake. Call 801-587-7223 for more information.

Holiday gift ideas from campus

RED BUTTE GARDEN HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE
Saturday, Dec.1  and Sunday, Dec. 2
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

300 Wakara Way in Research Park
This free annual tradition features items for sale by local artists, warm cocoa and cider, and an activity for kids. Gifts for the most avid gardener can be found all season long in the garden gift shop.   

CAMPUS REC: GIVE THE GIFT OF HEALTH
Looking for that perfect gift this holiday season? How about a gift certificate from Campus Recreation Services? Certificates may be purchased for any amount, never expire, and can be redeemed for memberships, personal training, outdoor gear rental, or fitness classes. Certificates may be purchased at either the Field House or HPER Complex. For more information call 801-581-3706 

HOLIDAY STUDENT ART SALE
Dec. 4-6, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Art Building, Alvin Gittins Gallery
Objets d’art may be found at this special holiday sale. Support student groups in the Department of Art & Art History by purchasing ceramics, prints, drawings, paintings, books, and photographs. 

UNIVERSITY GUEST HOUSE HOTEL OFFERS SPECIAL HOLIDAY RATES
If family members are traveling to Utah for the holidays, employees can give the gift of comfort by purchasing a night at the University Guest House. From now to Jan. 1, the Guest House is offering a special employee holiday rate of $88 per room based on single or double occupancy. The Guest House offers a complimentary hot breakfast, Internet service and parking. Reservations are required and are based on availability. For more information, call 801-587-1000 or visit here 

PRINT & MAIL SERVICES OFFERS CUSTOM CARDS AND GIFTS
University Print & Mail Services is your source for custom holiday cards and gifts. In addition to U-themed holiday cards, they offer fun gift items personalized by you: canvas gallery wraps, buttons, notecards, calendars, T-shirts, and much more. For more information, check out their storefront here, call 801-581-6171, or stop by their shop at 135 VRTUSB (first building west of the Jon Huntsman Center).

UTAH MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS (UMFA)
Saturday, Dec. 8, 11:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m.
410 Campus Center Drive in the Marcia and John Price Museum Building
The UMFA will host The Holiday Market, a free event featuring art-inspired gifts created by top local artisans, including jewelry, pottery, textiles, glass, and letterpress. Holiday cards, ornaments, books, and children’s gifts are also available in The Museum Store during regular hours: Tuesday – Friday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Wednesdays 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; weekends, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; closed Mondays and holidays. For more information call 801-581-7332 or visit the museum’s website.

SCHOOL OF MEDICINE HALLSIDE GALLERY EXHIBIT AND SALES
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday – Friday
Through December
Health Sciences Campus, south end of the School of Medicine, Room AC115.
Photographs by Jeffrey R. Botkin, Professor, Pediatrics and Medical Ethics
Exhibit and sales: West Rim Photography. Fifty percent of all profits are donated to the Natural History Museum of Utah.

U TINS
The Office of Marketing and Communications has empty U tins for sale for $3 each unfilled, or you may contact
Fran Andrus to get a price for having them filled with a variety of nuts from Western Nut Company. The tins are black with a red ‘U’ lid; approximatley 5 inches wide, 6 inches long, and 2 inches deep—great for holiday giving! To order call 801-581-7190 or contact Fran.

PIONEER THEATRE COMPANY
Looking for the perfect family or corporate holiday outing? Consider theatre tickets to A Christmas Carol: The Musical, running Nov. 30 through Dec. 15. Group rates are available. Or consider tickets to PTC’s remaining plays this 2012-2013 season:

The comedy The Philadelphia Story, Jan. 11 – 26
Tony Award-winning Clybourne Park, Feb. 15 – Mar. 2
Classic comedy The Odd Couple, Mar. 22 – Apr. 6
Les Misérables returns! May 3 – Jun. 1

In the spirit of Charles Dickens and the holiday season, Pioneer Theatre is asking ticket holders to bring non-perishable food items and drop them off in the theater lobby during its presentation of A Christmas Carol: The Musical. For each pound of food collected, Wells Fargo Bank will give $1, up to $10,000.  Call the box office at 801-581-6961 or visit online

GIVE THE GIFT OF LEARNING: CONTINUING EDUCATION
Change someone’s life this holiday season with the gift of learning. A gift certificate from Continuing Education at the U opens the door to more than 3,000 classes with options for everyone. From professional certification to summer youth camps, from grad school exam prep to hundreds of hands-on classes for all ages—recreation, art, business, language, home and garden, healthy living, and much more—you’re sure to find the perfect fit for anyone on your list. Find a complete list of classes or more information here or call 801-581-6461.

GIVE THE GIFT OF GETTING FIT
Give more than a gift this season—give something that can promote good health. PEAK Health and Fitness offers a wide variety of health and fitness merchandise and services
•         U employee fitness classes:  Pilates, circuit training, yoga, and more!
•         Fitness testing and services: Bod Pod (%fat) analysis, resting metabolic rate testing, personal training
•         Nutrition services: Diet analysis, individual or group consultations, cooking classes
•         Fitness merchandise: Yoga mats, pedometers, foam rollers, etc.
•         Gift certificates: Not sure what to get? We offer gift certificates in any amount.
PEAK Health and Fitness is a clinic of the Exercise and Sport Science Department and the Division of Nutrition within the College of Health. Click here for more information or call 801-585-7325.

ESPRESSO BOOK MACHINE AT MARRIOTT LIBRARY
Print a book in minutes or create a personalized publication for that special someone from the Espresso Book Machine at the Marriott Library. Go to the Reserve Desk on level 2 of the library. For more information call 801-581-6049 or send email.

UNIVERSITY OF UTAH PRESS
Give the gift of reading! The University of Utah Press has several “gifty” titles available, including a book of essays on Clint Eastwood, one on the historic homes of Salt Lake’s Avenues district, and another on the foods of the Mormon pioneers.

NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM OF UTAH TRUNK SHOWS
Get your holiday shopping started at these jewelry trunk shows featuring artists from the museum’s award-winning store—recipient of Salt Lake Magazine’s 2012 Best of the Beehive award for Most Unique Jewelry.  Located in the Canyon, the museum’s free space.

Friday, Nov. 30and Saturday Dec. 1, 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Olga Lubarsky –Baltic amber jewelry; Jessica Bolda-locally made beaded and found object jewelry; Jennifer Boyle –locally hand crafted sterling charm and gemstone jewelry inspired by nature.; Nancy Jorgensen-locally made beaded gem and mineral jewelry.

Friday, Dec. 7 and Saturday, Dec. 8, 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Fred Wilhelmsen-locally handmade copper jewelry; Kim Kendell-locally made  gem and mineral jewelry; Jessica Bolda-locally made beaded and found object jewelry; Nancy Jorgensen- locally made beaded gem and mineral jewelry. 

NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM OF UTAH WEDNESDAY HOLIDAY SHOPPING NIGHTS
Wednesday Dec. 5, 12, and 19, 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Shop at the museum’s unique store, offering 10 percent off all purchases from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. each of these nights.  Members of the museum will receive an extra 10 percent off from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Getting to know Karen Azenberg

Artistic Director, Pioneer Theatre Company

On July 1, 2012, Karen Azenberg succeeded Charles Morey as Pioneer Theatre Company’s artistic director. A New York-based freelance director and choreographer, Azenberg has directed and/or choreographed a number of shows at PTC, including most recently Next to Normal, Rent, Miss Saigon, and the musical staging for Les Miserables. She is a voter for the Tony Awards, and has directed over 60 musicals and plays at theaters across the country. FYI News recently had an opportunity to ask her a few questions.

FYI NEWS: Now that you’ve been here for four months, what are your impressions of living in Salt Lake City?
KAREN AZENBERG: I love the culture, diversity, and energy of the Salt Lake City community but I do miss New York City bagels and take-out Chinese food.

FYI: What do you hope to accomplish at PTC?
AZENBERG: I want to raise the profile of PTC and to further highlight the incredible talent of the resident artists.

FYI: How did you become interested in theater?
AZENBERG: My father is a Broadway theater producer, so I guess you could say it’s in my blood.

FYI: What are a few things you love about it?
AZENBERG: My job changes a little bit with every different production that I work on and I am also able to collaborate with different people on every project so the job is never boring, never the same.

FYI: What experiences stand out for you in your career? 
AZENBERG: When I choreographed West Side Story at the Michigan Opera, I was just 24 years old and that was a defining moment–it’s when I realized that this was what I wanted to do for my career. Then another was when I was elected president of SDC (Stage Directors and Choreographers Society) because that’s when my leadership abilities were recognized by my peers.  

FYI: With the hectic schedules and rehearsals that come with theater life, what do you do to stay balanced?
AZENBERG: I make time to have dinner with my family and do the laundry.

FYI: What books are on your bedside table?
AZENBERG: Les Misérables, by Victor Hugo, and Directing Plays, Directing People, by Mary Robinson (the director of PTC’s Of Mice and Men).

FYI: What’s the best advice you ever got?
AZENBERG: To never say “no” to any job opportunities.

Pioneer Theatre Company’s holiday show, A Christmas Carol, The Musical, runs Nov. 30 through Dec. 15. Find ticket information here.

The Bennion Center celebrates 25 years

Lowell L. Bennion

Let’s stop talking. Let’s go out and paint some houses.
          Lowell Bennion

Lowell Bennion lived a life that made his name synonymous with compassion, service, and commitment. U students sought his advice while he served as associate dean of students, and he regularly made calls to young people in his neighborhood to join him in weekend service projects. Young men learned to work, play, and talk at his Teton Valley Boys’ Ranch. Those who knew him in his retirement years respected his humanitarian work as director of the Community Services Council.

In 1985, U alum Dick Jacobsen and his wife Sue, admirers of Bennion, offered an initial endowment gift to the University of Utah to begin a campus community service center in his name. After securing agreement from then-U president Chase Petersen, planning for the new center began, and in 1987, Irene Fisher was selected from 100 applicants as director of the new Bennion Center. Fisher retired in 2001.

“For the past 25 years, the Bennion Center has provided thousands of students with valuable community engagement and leadership opportunities,” says U President Dave Pershing. “This type of education not only benefits our community, it also meets the needs of students who are looking for a ‘real life’ connection to curriculum. The future success of this university, and of universities across our state and nation, is increasingly tied to involvement in our respective communities.”

On Nov. 14, the Lowell L. Bennion Community Service Center, under the leadership of its current director, Linda Dunn, will celebrate its 25-year anniversary of building community.  Learn more about its many projects here.

Announcements of interest

NOTE: This is the last issue of FYI News until the beginning of spring semester Jan. 7. Happy holidays to all! 

JESSE JACKSON TO KEYNOTE MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR WEEK
Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, civil rights activist and politician, will present the keynote address during a week of activities to honor the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. Jackson will speak Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, at  noon in the Jon M. Huntsman Center. The event is free and open to all, but tickets are required. Watch for more details in early January.

 

 

DONNA WHITE NAMED INTERIM DEAN OF THE GRADUATE SCHOOL 
The Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs announces that Donna M. White has been appointed to serve as interim dean of the Graduate School, effective Jan. 1, 2013. White has been associate dean of the Graduate School since July 2010. In that capacity she has been responsible for leadership of the Graduate Council reviews of departments and degree programs, and she has chaired the Graduate Admissions Committee. White holds a master’s of fine arts in modern dance and is professor of dance at the U. Chuck Wight, outgoing dean, says “Donna has done a fantastic job as associate dean, and I know that she will continue to be a strong advocate for graduate students and programs.” A full search for a permanent dean will be conducted during the spring 2013 semester.

 

DAY WITH(OUT) ART
The Utah Museum of Fine Arts honors World AIDS Day
On Saturday, Dec. 1, the Utah Museum of Fine Arts will participate in its annual observance of World AIDS Day by covering a selected work of art from the permanent collection, the Auguste Rodin bronze sculpture, Female Torso V & A, located in the second floor European gallery. The entire sculpture will be covered with a black cloth during visiting hours in recognition of Day With(out) Art, a global event that coincides with World AIDS Day and aims to acknowledge the complex issues surrounding the lives of individuals living with HIV or AIDS. The “absence” of this work will serve as a reminder to museum visitors of the fallen victims to the disease who are now absent, as well as those who continue to suffer from the epidemic and crusade for a cure. The UMFA joins thousands of other institutions on this day in using art to honor individual legacies, commemorate personal loss and to underline the necessity of increased awareness and action to combat the ongoing AIDS epidemic.

 

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: BENNION CENTER PUBLIC SERVICE PROFESSORSHIP
The Bennion Center is requesting proposals for the 2013-14 Bennion Center Public Service Professorship. The $7,500 grant supports the community engaged scholarship of a U faculty member. Successful applicants will combine elements of research and teaching at the University in partnership with at least one community organization. Letters of Intent are due Jan. 11, 2013 and full applications are due Jan. 28, 2013. The application may be found here

 

WORDS FROM LOWELL BENNION
The Bennion Center—celebrating 25 years
“I find all persons I meet interesting, even those who seem obnoxious. I rejoice in the great diversity among human beings—young and old, of every shade and color, of diverse patterns of thinking. I am pleased to associate with youth and the elderly, with professionals and nonprofessionals, with men and women, with ‘sinners’ and ‘saints.’  There is nothing that fascinates me quite as much as a human being—myself and others. There is no higher value on earth, it seems to me, than fine human relationships.”
       The Things That Matter Most, Lowell L. Bennion, 1978   
      

 

FORMER PTC DIRECTOR’S NEW PLAY A HIT IN NEW YORK
Charles Morey’s Figaro traces the 99% fight to the 18th Century

Chuck Morey, former artistic director at Pioneer Theatre Company (1984 – 2012) where he directed more than 90 productions, has scored a success in New York. His new play, Figarofreely adapted from Beaumarchais’ Le Mariage de Figaro, was commissioned by New York City’s Pearl Theatre Company and is currently playing Off-Broadway having received rave reviews from The New York Times and the Associated Press among others, and was named a New York Times “Critic’s Pick.” Read the review here.

 

 

BRANDLEY PEREZ 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 November’s winner—Brandley Perez!

Kudos

Miriah Meyer

MIRIAH MEYER NAMED TED FELLOW
School of Computing assistant professor Miriah Meyer has been named a 2013 TED Fellow, recognizing her efforts in interactive visualization systems that help scientists make sense of complex data. As a TED Fellow, Meyer will participate in the TED Conference in Long Beach, CA or the TEDGlobal event in Edinburgh, U.K. Meyer and the 20 other TED Fellows will also interact in “specially designed pre-conference programs with training from the world’s experts in spreading great ideas.”

“I’m really looking forward to participating in the TED Fellows program, in large part because it will give me an opportunity to the spread the word about the amazing research going on in the School of Computing, the SCI Institute and the College of Engineering,” Meyer says. “The TED vision seems very much in line with our focus on tackling challenging and important problems that matter for our quality of life today, as well as in the future.” TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started in 1984 as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Learn more here.

 

Ivan Sutherland

FORMER U COMPUTER SCIENCE PROFESSOR RECEIVES KYOTO PRIZE
Ivan Sutherland, a former U computer science professor (1968-1974) and co-founder of Salt Lake City’s Evans & Sutherland has won the 2012 Kyoto Prize for “pioneering achievements in the development of computer graphics and interactive interfaces.” The Kyoto Prize recognizes outstanding works in the categories of advanced technology, basic sciences, and arts and philosophy. Within each category, the prize rotates among disciplines—electronics, biotechnology, materials science and engineering, and information science are part of the “advanced technology” rotation. Each Kyoto Laureate receives a diploma, a 20-karat gold medal, and prize money of 50 million yen (currently worth almost $629,000). Read more here.

 

Lance Olsen

BERLIN PRIZE FELLOWSHIP GOES TO LANCE OLSEN
Lance Olsen, a professor of literature and creative writing in the College of Humanities, has received the Berlin Prize Fellowship for the spring 2013 term from the American Academy in Berlin. The Academy awards fellowships to Americans in the fields of arts, literature, humanities, politics, economics, law, and music affording recipients time to pursue independent study and engage with  Berlin’s academic, cultural and political life. The prize includes residence at the Academy’s lakeside Hans Arnhold Center. Olsen, an author, is working on a novel about the earthwork artist Robert Smithson and Smithson’s fascination with the beauty of decline, entropy, and the wearing down of things. Olsen’s short stories, essays, poems, and reviews have appeared in hundreds of journals, magazines, and anthologies.

 

A reminder from the U’s Trademarks and Licensing Office

With the holiday season approaching, many of you will be looking for a University of Utah gift for your family and friends. The U’s Trademarks & Licensing Program reminds you that there are individuals and companies that will try to take advantage of the University’s marks by selling unlicensed products in the marketplace. Here are a few reasons to purchase officially licensed merchandise:

The proceeds from licensed merchandise, regardless of where it is purchased, go directly to support student scholarships.

Buying officially licensed products ensures that the University of Utah is being represented appropriately.

Licensed products meet the Fair Labor Association Standards, meaning, among other things, that no sweatshops are used to produce the product. 

To ensure that your purchase is officially licensed, they encourage you to look for the label. Every officially licensed product has one of two different marks: either an officially licensed hologram sticker placed on the tag; or a Collegiate Licensing Company logo placed directly on the product or packaging. These marks ensure your hard earned dollars are helping the University strengthen the school’s scholarship programs. It is the best way to ensure the money you spend shows your pride and support for the University of Utah.

For additional information, contact Richard Fairchild or call 801-585-1692.

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