Vivian Lee remembers L. S. “Sam” Skaggs

LS SkaggsL. S. “Sam” Skaggs was a truly remarkable and generous man – and one of the Health Sciences greatest benefactors and friends. On behalf of all of us at the Health Sciences, I offer our deepest condolences to his wife, Aline, their children, Susie Balukoff, Claudia Skaggs Luttrell, Mark Skaggs, Don Skaggs and all their family members and friends.

Many of you know Mr. Skaggs through his kind donations to the College of Pharmacy, which began in the early 1960s with construction of L. S. Skaggs Hall and continues up to today with the new L. S. Skaggs Pharmacy Institute. Named in honor of Sam Skaggs, this new institute, which opens next month, will stand in tribute to his vision, kindness and dedication to promoting scientific discoveries that benefit people worldwide.

Please join me in remembering Mr. Skaggs in your thoughts and in sending our sympathy to his family. His legacy is one that each of us in our own way will strive to continue.

Read more about Mr. Skaggs here.

Census analysis by University of Utah researchers

SLC2010Atlas_CoverThe national census undertaken every 10 years by the federal government is fine for compiling raw data about the numbers of people living in the United States at a given time. But when government entities want to dig deeper into the numbers, they turn to experts capable of breaking down the data into incredible detail.

That is why the Salt Lake City government led by Mayor Ralph Becker looks to the Bureau of Economic and Business Research, or BEBR, at the University of Utah’s David Eccles School of Business to help burrow down to those minute details. For the second time, the city has contracted with BEBR to create the Salt Lake City Census 2010 Atlas, a massive effort that breaks down the census numbers into a series of analyses, charts and maps that tells far more about the community than simply how many people live in Salt Lake City. Click here for more information.


Year of the bike!

Do you bike to campus?

2013 is the Year of the Bike.Year-of-the-Bike_-U-of-U-Logo

We’re looking for faculty and staff who bike to campus on a regular basis. Are you one of them? As you may have heard, Salt Lake City has designated 2013 as the Year of the Bike and the U is a founding partner in the project, along with UDOT, UTA, Wasatch Front Regional Council and Salt Lake County. We would like to establish a core group of faculty and staff who would meet from time to time throughout the year to help foster a University bicycling community and coordinate how the U contributes to this project. Interested? If so, please contact Heidi Goedhart ( (801-581-4189), bicycle coordinator for the U, by April 15. If you simply want to stay up-to-date on current happenings visit the Bike the University of Utah Facebook page.

Days of Remembrance

dor_poster2013Holocaust Workshop
Wednesday, April 10
12:55 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Warnock Engineering Building (WEB) L105

This is a workshop with lectures and discussions on different aspects of the Holocaust. Participants will include Nadja Durbach (History), Maeera Shreiber (English), Nathan Devir (Languages and Literature) and Peter Black (United States Holocaust Memorial Museum).

Reading of the Victims’ Names
Wednesday, April 10
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Student Union + Patio

Candlelight Vigil
Thursday, April 11
6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Carolyn Tanner Irish Humanities Building, patio and labyrinth

Keynote Address
Thursday, April 11
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Carolyn Tanner Irish Humanities Building Lecture Hall, CTIHB 109

Peter Black, senior historian, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
“70th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising”

All 2013 Days of Remembrance events are free and open to the public. For more information, call 801-581-7569 or visit

L. S. Skaggs Pharmacy Institute opens April 12


The College of Pharmacy will hold the ribbon cutting for its new L. S. Skaggs Pharmacy Institute on the morning of Friday, April 12. The 150,000-square-foot building is named in honor of L. S. “Sam” Skaggs, the businessman-philanthropist who was a great friend and generous benefactor of the College of Pharmacy for almost five decades before his death on March 21, 2013.

Mr. Skaggs, and charitable entities he created, donated the great majority of funds to construct the new Institute, which is designed to promote translational research to find new drug compounds to help people with disease worldwide. The building features wide-open, well-lighted laboratories, an abundance of places for faculty, students and staff to meet for impromptu brainstorming sessions and an atrium that can host lectures, graduation ceremonies and other gatherings. The Utah Poison Control Center, which is part of the pharmacy college, has relocated from Research Park to the building’s fourth floor.

The Institute is designed to achieve LEED Gold certification for its efficient use of energy and water. Click here for more information.

Bulbs and Blooms Festival

April 6 – 27 at Red Butte GardenDaffodil_chorus

Visit Red Butte Garden any time during the Bulbs & Blooms Festival to see a breathtaking, colorful array of 360,000 blooming bulbs! Of those, over 215,000 are daffodils. The rest are: Allium, Anemone, Camassia, Chionodoxa, Cyclamen, Fritillaria, Galanthus, Hyacinthus, Ipheion, Iris, Leucojum, Muscari, Scilla and more.

Every fall for the past ten years, Garden volunteers and staff have spent countless hours planting thousands of bulbs. In 2011 alone, an incredible 97,000 bulbs were planted. Let’s put our bulb number into a better perspective. According to the 2011 U.S. Census, there are about 190,000 people living in the Salt Lake City Metro area. With 360,000 bulbs planted, and the knowledge that over the years, some bulbs also divide and naturalize creating more blooms, we can assume that there could be double or triple as many bulbs blooming in the Garden this spring as there are Salt Lake City residents! While daffodils will be the stars of the show, ending the winter doldrums with bright blossoms, there will also be waves of primrose yellow, saffron, orange, creamy whites, and even pink colored blooms ebbing and flowing throughout the Garden.

For more information, click here.

Student Feedback Measures: Meta Analysis

iStock_student_feedbackThis student feedback study was presented as an interim report from the chair of the Student Course Feedback Oversight Committee to the oversight committee and to the Academic Senate Executive Committee in April, 2012. Over the ensuing year it has been updated with additional analyses and is now a final report. It reveals important characteristics about student feedback responses that cannot be seen on the usual course-by-course basis on which such measures are typically engaged. The findings of this study have critical implications for the use of student feedback measures in merit, retention, promotion, and tenure matters.

The study is based on two large samples drawn from the standard instructor and course forms of the student feedback measures for the 2009 semesters and the 2010 semesters cutting across three academic years. See the complete Student Feedback Measures final report.

Upcoming on campus

Wednesday, April 3 at noon
Hinckley Caucus Room, OSH 255102_0574

Working in one of the most war-torn, conflict-ridden environments in the world MIAGE student, Dane Sawyer, put his graduate studies to use for a year, mid-program, to serve with the US Army in Afghanistan as a Civil-Affairs Officer. Recently returned, Dane will share his experiences serving as an intermediary between the Afghan people and the US military, acting as the subject matter expert on the complex human terrain system existing in Afghanistan, administering a micro-loan program and working with organizations such as USAID, the US Department of State, US Treasury Representatives, USDA and the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. Click here for more information.


April 1 – 5, 2013 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Room 1100A

Get great deals on books at the Marriott Library Book Sale! Prices drop every day. Monday: Hardbacks $2, Paperbacks $1. Tuesday: Hardbacks $1, Paperbacks $.50. Wednesday: Fill a Library Bag for $5. Thursday: Fill a Library Bag for $3. Friday: All remaining books are FREE!


Thursday, April 4 at 6:00 p.m.
Utah Museum of Fine Arts

Jedediah Caesar (b. 1973). “*|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_,” 2011. Photo credit Robert Wedemeyer.

Jedediah Caesar (b. 1973). “*|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_,” 2011. Photo credit Robert Wedemeyer.

Los Angeles-based artist Jedediah Caesar will give an artist talk at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA), which recently acquired one of Caesar’s pieces for the Museum’s permanent collection. Caesar, who makes art from found materials, will discuss his current work, including “*|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_,” a sculpture the UMFA’s Friends of Contemporary Art (FoCA) selected for purchase last fall. The free public talk, sponsored by A Gallery, will be held at 6 p.m. in the Katherine W. and Ezekiel R. Dumke Jr. Auditorium in the UMFA’s Marcia and John Price Museum Building. “*|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_” will be on view in the UMFA’s Phyllis Cannon Wattis Gallery for Twentieth Century Art through July.


April 8 – 12, 2013

By the year 2030, one in five clients will be age 65 or older! Consequently, the job outlook for professionals working with older adults is very favorable. The University of Utah Gerontology Interdisciplinary Program, in partnership with the College of Social Work and KUED, invite you to explore the diverse and rewarding possibilities of a career in aging at Careers in Aging Week. This cutting-edge event at the University of Utah will focus on the future of aging in Utah and the rest of the country. For information about events, please contact Dr. Fran Wilby: 801-585-9276,


Thursday, April 11 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. events-HOME_UMFAbuildingBanner
UMFA Patio

The University of Utah Campus Art Walk will kick off on the patio of the UMFA with refreshments and live music. The goal of the event is to highlight the hidden works of art on the campus of the University of Utah. Guests of the event will be provided with a map to find the secret art located in various buildings around campus. Contact Iris Moulton for more information, 801-581-4405,


April 11, 12 and 13
University Park Marriott

The University of Utah Integrative Health Conference is a collaboration of educators, health care professionals, counselors, students and community networks. The conference will endeavor to bring better understanding and promotion of optimal health, well-being and healthy lifestyles through comprehensive and integrative approaches. By addressing social, cultural, political issues and beliefs, the conference intends to raise awareness, dispel myths and support evidence based methods which will improve the knowledge, understanding and well-being of students and professionals, as well as the greater community. Click here for more information.







Announcements of interest

Thursday, April 11 at 7:00 p.m.hare-woods172color
Salt Lake City Main Library

Brian Hare, associate professor of evolutionary anthropology and a member of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience at Duke University will present a free lecture, “A Journey of the Mind: Asking Animals How We Became Human,” on Thursday, April 11 at 7:00 p.m. in the Salt Lake City Main Library, 210 East 400 South. Hare will share research comparing the human mind to that of the bonobo and chimpanzee, as well as the minds of more distant relatives—dogs. Hare’s premise is that revealing the secrets of these species’ inner lives aids in understanding what makes humans unique and how the human mind came to be. For more information visit


Opening Lecture Thursday, April 4 at 7p.m.
Salt Lake City Main Library, Level 4

Explore the legacy of Greek myth as it presents itself in literature and art throughout history. Your guide is James Svendsen, associate professor emeritus of classics and theatre at the University of Utah and artistic director of the Classical Greek Theater Festival of Utah. Click here for more information.

Book Club

Devoted students of Greek myth and those looking to understand the role these long-standing tales have played on art and culture through the ages are invited to join The City Library in a 4-session reading group, focusing on some of the stories that helped shape our understanding of the world—whether we are aware of it or not. Click here for more information. AncientGreekMLBookPoster



Youth Education at the University of Utah offers hundreds of classes for kids of all ages in film-making, technology, computers, creative arts, language, music, science, math, sports and more!  All University employees receive a 15% tuition discount. For more information, visit the website.



The American Council on Education (ACE) announced Paul Gore, director of institutional analysis and associate professor of educational psychology at the University of Utah has been named an ACE Fellow for academic year 2013-14.The ACE Fellows Program is designed to strengthen institutions and leadership in American higher education by identifying and preparing promising senior faculty and administrators for responsible positions in college and university administration.



With the completion of the new L. S. Skaggs Pharmacy Building, we are pleased to announce the re-opening of the Health Sciences Store parking lot this April, just south of the HSEB! To celebrate the new building, the Health Sciences Store is lowering prices on all Welch Allyn diagnostic equipment and postponing the Littmann Stethoscope price increase to the end of April. Also, don’t forget the Health Sciences Store is your one-stop snack shop!  Be sure to show your Staff/Faculty U Card to receive a 10% discount.

Monday-Friday 8am-5pm and Saturday 10am-1pm
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Tanner Humanities Center Logo - High ResolutionThe Tanner Humanities Center announces the fourth “Professors Off Campus” competition to encourage University of Utah faculty to go “on site” into the community and develop research and service projects in schools, churches, government offices and public interest groups.  Funds will be awarded to “buy” a professor out of one university semester-long class to allow the creation of a community-sited project. Additional funding will be provided to facilitate project development and to support the partnering community agency. The program will facilitate projects during either the fall or spring semester of the 2013-14 academic year. Proposals must be submitted to Professor Bob Goldberg ( by April 29, 2013. Visit for complete information.


2013 U of U SUMMER PIANO CAMP Summer Piano Camp

Work with University of Utah faculty and professional artists in master classes, participate in exciting electives and receive personal instruction in this comprehensive music camp for experienced and aspiring pianists. Expand your musical repertoire and understanding in areas of your choice by selecting electives and taking lessons with U of U piano faculty. The camp will conclude with a special concert and awards ceremony. Join us for this amazing week filled with incredible opportunities for every young musician! Click here for more information.


Volunteers with Clinical Depression Needed for Investigation of New Blood Biomarkers of Pain and Fatigue 

The departments of Anesthesiology and Exercise and Sport Science are conducting a research project designed to examine effects of moderate exercise on blood-based immune and sensory biomarkers influenced by fatigue and pain. We are recruiting individuals with a doctor’s diagnosis of depression, aged 18-75, who can tolerate 25 minutes of moderate exercise. Volunteers will be screened for health status, medical history and medications, fatigue, pain and depression. The protocol involves one 1.5 to 2-hour visit for screening, blood sampling and the exercise test. Volunteers will be asked to return for blood draws at 8, 24 and 48 hours after the initial exercise test. Participants will be compensated for their time ($100).

For more information, please contact Andrea White, Ph.D., or 801 573-5387


Info for Researchers

  1. Research Updates Publicizing Research
  2. Utah EPSCoR Eligibility
  3. Sequestration
  4. Grant Writing Crash Course
  5. Upcoming Classes in the Research Administration Training Series


1.     Publicizing Research

Faculty members with potentially newsworthy research should contact university communications representatives as soon as their studies are submitted. Once a study is published online, it is too late to publicize it. Those and other guidelines for publicizing research, along with contact information, may be found at: Publicizing Research and Working with the Media.

2.     Utah EPSCoR Eligibility

Utah has exceeded the NSF funding level that made us EPSCoR eligible, so we are not NSF EPSCoR eligible for fiscal year 2013. To get more detailed information on how this impacts Utah’s ESPCoR funding at the agencies where we had EPSCoR eligibility, click here.

3.     Sequestration

According to initial AAAS estimates, federal R&D investment will amount to approximately $130.9 billion in FY 2013, a drop of $9.6 billion or 6.9 percent from FY 2012. Nearly all of this decline is due to sequestration, as Congress appeared to hold several R&D accounts nearly flat and trimming only $506.6 million from R&D expenditures in the final bill. However, there is some considerable variation agency-by-agency. For instance, on the defense side of the ledger, Congress trimmed Department of Defense (DOD) R&D by $1.3 billion below FY 2012 levels – though short of the Administration’s goal to cut appropriations further. Coupled with sequestration, DOD R&D will likely fall by $7.0 billion, or nearly ten percent; it’s hard to say at this time how these cuts will be allocated between the science & technology and weapons development accounts. On the other hand, Congress granted increases to the Department of Energy (DOE) atomic weapons and nonproliferation accounts within the National Nuclear Security Administration, leaving DOE’s atomic defense R&D funding $313 million or 7.3 percent above FY 2012 levels. After sequestration, this funding will only experience a roughly 1.1 percent drop from FY 2012. Congress also restored funding for research in the Defense Health Program, as they have in years past.

Non-defense research agencies also are subject to some variation. For instance, the National Science Foundation received an overall R&D boost of $152 million or 2.7 percent, which would leave the agency’s R&D budget only 2.4 percent below FY 2012 levels after including sequestration. NSF also saw the preservation of its political science research programs, but with some clear restrictions. Overall R&D budgets at the National Institute of Standards and Technology and, especially, the Department of Homeland Security were increased significantly – in near accord with the Administration’s original budget request – likely leaving both agencies above FY 2012 levels even after sequestration is applied. At NASA, the Science and Space Technology directorates were boosted at the expense of the Exploration and Space Operations accounts, leaving the overall R&D budget $103.3 million or 1.1 percent above FY 2012 levels, and $371.8 million or 4.0 percent below FY 2012 after sequestration. The NIH Director’s Office received a modest boost, but sequestration will still leave agency R&D funding roughly $1.4 billion or 4.8 percent below FY 2012 levels.

More information can be found at: AAAS Website

4.     Grant Writing Crash Course

April 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 “granstmanship”. 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 Classes in the Research Administration Training Series (RATS)
For questions concerning RATS, please contact Tony Onofrietti (801-585-3492) or visit the RATS website.

Introduction to Technology Commercialization and Intellectual Property
Wednesday, April 10 2:00-4:00 p.m.
HSEB Rm. 1730

Utah Population Database: Use of a Pre-Research Query Tool
Thursday, April 11 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
HSEB Lab 3100C

Informed Consent: Models and Requirements
Tuesday, April 16 2:00-4:00 p.m.
HSEB Rm. 2110

Principles of Contracts, Subcontracts and Subawards
Wednesday, April 17 2:00-4:00 p.m.
HSEB Rm. 1730

Utah Population Database: Access and Approval for Research Projects
Thursday, April 18 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
HSEB Rm. 3515C

Fundamentals of Effort Reporting, Audits and Recharge Centers
Thursday, April 18 2:00-4:00 p.m.
HSEB Rm. 2110

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