CATALYTIC CONVERTERS ARE A CAMPUS TARGET FOR CAR VANDALS
Imagine this scene: You walk to your car, start it up, and suddenly it starts making a strange sound. The dashboard warning lights signal a problem. Someone may have swiped your catalytic converter—making you the victim of an increasingly common form of car vandalism. Catalytic converters are valuable to thieves because they are made of precious metals and can be sold for $600 or more. This kind of vandalism is hard to detect because it doesn’t require thieves to enter the vehicle. The suspects often work in pairs—one is a lookout, while the other quickly removes the converter from underneath the vehicle. From May 2009 to the present, catalytic converter thefts on campus have been taken exclusively from Nissan and Toyota trucks. Large parking lots are the most common location for thefts, particularly O lots and the hospital parking terrace. During 2012, there were 12 converter thefts on campus. As of today, there haven’t been any prosecutions for those thefts.
- Report people who drive through parking lots with no intention of parking (driving by many open parking places), or those who stop by or walk around Toyota or Nissan 4-wheel drive trucks.
- Report anyone who is under a vehicle.
- Park your own vehicle near a camera or a heavily traveled area.
- Report odd or unusual behavior in parking lots to 801-585-2677.
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U SCIENCE GRAD HOPES TO BECOME MISS AMERICA
Kara Arnold, who spent the past year serving as Miss Utah, graduated from the U last year with a degree in chemistry and a minor in music. Now she’s about to leave for the Miss America Pageant. If she loses, she’ll go straight to medical school. If she wins, she’ll continue to promote her platform for education: “Discover Your Potential – Step Up with STEM” (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). Watch the 2013 Miss America Pageant live on ABC on Jan. 12, 2013. Read the UNews release
SERVICE AWARDS LUNCH TO HONOR LONGTIME STAFF
Nearly 185 staff members will be recognized for their years of service (25, 30, 35 and 40 years) at a lunch hosted by David W. Pershing on Tuesday, Jan. 15, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Olpin Union Ballroom. A list of recipients may be found online. Guest tickets are available for $15 each. RSVP to Terri Crow (801-585-0928) before noon on Jan. 11, 2013.
CNN SPOTLIGHTS ‘TREE EVANGELIST’ NALINI NADKARNI
Nalini Nadkarni, a professor of biology and director of the Center for Science and Math Education (CSME) recently was featured on a CNN program titled The Next List. The program highlights some of the details of the work at CSME and also Nadkarni’s own research and science communication efforts prior to her move to Utah to join the U faculty. Watch it here.
BUSINESS SUIT DRIVE
Collecting until Friday, Jan. 11
In an effort to assist U students—both women and men—in making the best impression with potential employers at upcoming career fairs and job interviews, and in work experiences, Career Services is launching its “Suit Up!” business suit drive. Gently worn and/or new business suits are needed, as well as monetary donations, which will be used to purchase additional suits. The business suits will be given to students at no charge, so help Career Services extend this opportunity to as many students as possible by participating. Suits and/or monetary donations may be dropped off at the Career Services Office, Room 350, Student Services Building. For additional information, contact Kelly Dries (801-585-5059) or Valery Pozo (801-585-3338).
CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: LINDA K. AMOS AWARD
Due Friday, Jan. 25 at noon
The Office for Equity and Diversity, the Presidential Commission on the Status of Women, and the Women’s Week 2013 Committee request nominations for the 15th annual Linda K. Amos Award for Distinguished Service to Women. The award recognizes a female staff or faculty member who has selflessly given time and energy to improve the educational and/or working environment for women at the U. Send nomination materials via email to Amos Award. Learn more about how to submit a nomination.
OPPORTUNITY: COMMUNITY-BASED RESEARCH GRANT
Due Feb. 15
The Community-Based Research (CBR) Grant seeks to fund research that has emerged from community-engaged work done in collaboration with community partners, and with reciprocal benefit from the research for both U and community partners (it does not fund the partnership/program work itself). The grant provides either one award of $20,000 or two of $10,000. If you have been involved in community-engaged work, you are encouraged to consider whether the grant could fund collaborative research projects you or your students are interested in pursuing. Those interested in applying should plan to attend a CBR Grant workshop on Thursday, Jan. 24, 12:30 p.m., at University Neighborhood Partners (1060 South 900 West). Link to the CBR Grant here. RSVP for the workshop to Sarah Monro (801-972-3596).
CAMPUS REC OFFERS SPRING FITNESS PROGRAMS
The perfect place to accomplish your New Years resolution! Register now for fitness classes. A Fitpass is $60; 12-punch card is $38. A free week runs Jan. 7-13. Check out the group X classes for free! Classes include Zumba, Usanity, Turbo Kick, RIPPED, Body Works, TRX, Butts & Guts, Body Pump, Ballet Barre, Dance Fit, Belly Dance, Pilates, Yoga, Indoor Cycling, Adult Swim, and more. For details on classes, personal training, and other fitness opportunities, and to register online, check the Campus Rec website.
WINTER 2012-13 CONTINUUM NOW AVAILABLE
The new issue of Continuum magazine invites you to explore the wonders of the U’s rare books—one of the top and most accessible collections in the West. You’ll also learn about how the U’s health care system is preparing for the federal Affordable Care Act’s many changes. And you can read about Utah Athletics’ five-year plan to bring U facilities to the Pac-12 level. You’ll also get to know U professor Sam Wilson, who melds whimsy and discipline in his art; and U alumna Lindsay Zanno, a young star in paleontology who seeks clues to the future in the fossils of the past.
TAPPING PAYS OFF FOR COMMUTER OF THE MONTH
From a pool of more than 5,000 eligible participants, James Clark, a pharmacy student, was selected Commuter of the Month for December 2012. Clark won a new i-Pad, courtesy of Commuter Services. Remember to tap on/tap off at least 10 days each month to be automatically entered into the contest. Check the Commuter Services website for details.
TOP 10 MOST READ FYI NEWS ARTICLES IN 2012
# 10. U.S. News Rankings are out
# 9. Update on UDOT repaving project
# 8. Utah State Legislature 2012 report
# 7. Jay Leno coming to campus for UMFA’s Speed exhibit
# 6. Drop, Cover, Hold on—Evacuate!
# 5. Do you drive on Sunnyside Ave?
# 4. Holiday gift ideas from campus
# 3. Voice mail at the U is changing
# 2. UTA says tap/on/tap off…or else
# 1. Update on UDOT repaving project
STUDY PARTICIPANTS WANTED
Recruiting females with major depression
The Brain Institute is conducting an IRB-approved study for females ages 13-21 with major depressive disorder who are taking an elective serotonin re-uptake inhibitor (SSRI) medication but are not feeling better. While maintaining current SSRI treatment regimen, subjects will be treated with the nutritional supplement, creatine. After a screening visit, subjects will participate in eight study visits, including two MRI scans of their brain over a 10-week period. Participants will be compensated for their time. For more information contact Lauren Forrest (801-587-1549).
Men and women age 21 and older who are overweight or have diabetes
Participants are needed for an IRB-approved study sponsored by the U’s Molecular Medicine Program. Men and women age 21 and older who are overweight or have Type 2 diabetes are needed. The study is looking at platelets and how they are affected by diabetes. Participation involves three study visits where information will be gathered on the participant’s health status (such as medications, illnesses), a urinary analysis, and blood samples. Participants will be compensated for their time. For more information contact the study coordinator (801-581-6983).