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New Horned Dinosaur Discovered in Utah


Photo Credit: Lukas Panzann

A remarkable new species of horned dinosaur has been unearthed in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, southern Utah. The huge plant-eater inhabited Laramidia, a landmass formed when a shallow sea flooded the central region of North America, isolating western and eastern portions for millions of years during the Late Cretaceous Period. The newly discovered dinosaur, belonging to the same family as the famous Triceratops, was announced today in the British scientific journal, Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

The study, funded in large part by the Bureau of Land Management and the National Science Foundation, was led by Scott Sampson, when he was the Chief Curator at the Natural History Museum of Utah at the University of Utah.  Sampson is now the Vice President of Research and Collections at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Additional authors include Eric Lund (Ohio University; previously a University of Utah graduate student), Mark Loewen (Natural History Museum of Utah and Dept. of Geology and Geophysics, University of Utah), Andrew Farke (Raymond Alf Museum), and Katherine Clayton (Natural History Museum of Utah).

Horned dinosaurs, or “ceratopsids,” were a group of big-bodied, four-footed herbivores that lived during the Late Cretaceous Period. As epitomized by Triceratops, most members of this group have huge skulls bearing a single horn over the nose, one horn over each eye, and an elongate, bony frill at the rear. The newly discovered species, Nasutoceratops titusi, possesses several unique features, including an oversized nose relative to other members of the family, and exceptionally long, curving, forward-oriented horns over the eyes. The bony frill, rather than possessing elaborate ornamentations such as hooks or spikes, is relatively unadorned, with a simple, scalloped margin. Nasutoceratops translates as “big-nose horned face,” and the second part of the name honors Alan Titus, Monument Paleontologist at Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, for his years of research collaboration.

Click here for the full story.

For “Utah’s Best” Look No Further than the U


Photo Credit: Lawrence Boye

If you’re looking for the best in arts, culture, recreation or family fun, you need look no further than the University of Utah campus.

The Salt Lake Tribune’s Choice Awards for 2013, published Friday, named the Natural History Museum of Utah, Red Butte Garden and the Utah Museum of Fine Arts tops on several lists. All the attractions are within a two-mile footprint, and better still, you can walk, bike, take TRAX or ride a bus between all of them.

Natural History Museum of Utah: Winner, People’s Choice for Museums; Winner, People’s Choice for Family Fun; Second Runner-Up, Editors’ Choice for Utah Dinosaur Destinations.

“Spend the day. You have 150 million years to cover” is not just a slogan. The 163,000-square-foot facility is home to more than 1.2 million objects and offers innovative exhibitions and educational programs to thousands of residents and visitors each year. The Tribune notes that visitors can “imagine the region’s future as well as its past” and that “special events and exhibitions make the museum a place that can easily be visited several times a year.” A patio and café also make it a popular stopping spot for those using the nearby Bonneville Shoreline Trail. For more information, visit

Red Butte Garden: Winner, Editors’ and People’s Choice for Concert Venues; First Runner-Up People’s Choice for Family Fun.

Next door to the museum is the Red Butte Garden, also part of the University of Utah. The garden has more than 100 acres of display and natural gardens, including the Children’s Garden, walking paths and natural areas with hiking trails. And then there is the concert venue, where the Tribune says “nothing signals summer’s arrival like the amphitheater at Red Butte Garden” where top performers like Steely Dan, Merle Haggard and Tony Bennett are on the 2013 schedule. Accompanying the musicians is the “spectacular view of the crimson canyons … Salt Lake valley… and the moon always overhead.”  For more information, visit

Utah Museum of Fine Arts: Winner, Editors’ Choice for Museums; First Runner-Up, People’s Choice for Museums.

Simply put, “this is the state’s showpiece for art, classical and modern,” says the Tribune, with recent exhibitions focusing on interesting modern art, ranging from last year’s classic race cars to the current exhibition of “outsider art” by photographer Mike Disfarmer. Especially noteworthy, programs for families and classes for children run year-round. The Utah Museum of Fine Arts is Utah’s only visual arts institution that collects, exhibits, interprets and preserves a comprehensive collection of more than 5,000 years of global art. Highlights include European and American masterworks, art of Utah and the American West and new work from emerging international artists. For more information, visit

Also worth noting, all three organizations are part of the Foothill Cultural District, which was the editors’ first runner-up and people’s second runner-up for Tourist Spots. The District collectively draws more than 2 million visitors each year and also includes Utah’s Hogle Zoo, This is the Place Heritage Park, Olympic Park, Ft. Douglas Museum and the University Guest House.

New Dean for the College of Education

Franquiz-BRJ_PhotoThe University of Utah named Dr. María E. Fránquiz as dean of the College of Education, effective January 6, 2014, contingent upon the approval of President David Pershing and the University Board of Trustees.

“María Fránquiz is a nationally recognized scholar in the field of education who brings to Utah and the university a rich and extensive background of teaching, research and community engagement,” said Michael Hardman, interim senior vice president for Academic Affairs. “She is committed to the highest quality faculty scholarship, has a lifelong passion for teaching and possesses a deep understanding of literacy, learning and culture.”

Fránquiz received her doctorate at the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 1995 and currently teaches qualitative research methods and bilingual teacher education at The University of Texas at Austin, where she is also affiliate faculty in the Center for Mexican American Studies. She holds the Maxine Foreman Zarrow Endowed Faculty Fellowship in Education and serves as assistant dean of Faculty Development in the College of Education.

Read more here.

Lifelong Learning Offers 10-Class Challenge

cheesemaking0413_020Have you ever considered bee keeping, making your own cheese, playing African drums or reading the Tarot? For those interested in learning something new, the University of Utah’s Lifelong Learning program will accept applications for one person to complete 10 courses for free this fall in exchange for writing about his or her experience.

With more than 120 classes available, the selected individual will plunge into learning mode, break out of his or her comfort zone, develop new skills and expand current ones in an engaging and social atmosphere. Evening and weekend classes include offerings in art, photography, business, dance, food and wine, home and garden, language, writing and more. Some classes last one day and others meet once a week for up to six weeks.

“Lifelong Learning provides a huge variety of classes that are engaging, unique and fun,” said Mandy Self, director of Lifelong Learning at the U. “We are looking for a participant who wants to expand their horizons, take a wide variety of classes and meet new people at the same time.”

After the completion of each class, the participant will write a short review about his or her experience to be posted on Lifelong Learning’s blog.

The deadline for submissions is Sept. 3 and the winner will be announced Sept. 6. Preference will be given to those interested in multiple subjects and who have some experience with WordPress (Lifelong Learning offers a class for that as well).

To apply and to see a full listing of fall classes, click here.

Pre-School and Kindergarten Classes Offered

Pre schoolChild & Family Development Center accepting applications for pre-school and kindergarten.

Classes for children ages 2-6

Located in Presidents Circle on the first floor of the Alfred Emery Building (AEB).

225 South 1400 East Salt Lake City, UT 84112

Visit the website for more information

Phone: 801-585-1184


Save the Date for Employee Appreciation Day

EAD 2013

Save the Date for the 2013 Employee Appreciation Day!

Thursday, September 26

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Volunteers can register online beginning August 1.

Announcements of Interest

Bennion Community Service Center
ngaged Faculty Institute
August 14-15
Homestead Resort, Midway Utah

Examining the Spectrum of Engagement: Where do you see yourself?”

Whether or not you  teach using community engaged learning (service-learning), do community based research, or engage the community as partners through some other avenue, this institute will help you think about where your work might fit on the spectrum and where you might take it.

For a detailed schedule and to register, please visit the website.

Annual Teaching Symposium
Monday, August 19
8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Marriott Library, Gould Auditorium

The Annual Teaching Symposium is a full day of break-out sessions on various teaching topics, and is free to all instructors, including both graduate students and faculty. The full list of this year’s sessions will become available on August 1st.

For information click here or call  801-581-7597.

Meet Joe CopperBasso Book
Masculinity and Race on Montana’s World War II Home Front
Written by Matthew Basso, associate professor of gender studies and history, University of Utah

Basso’s new book tells the story of the men who stayed on the home front during World War II.  He argues they are the missing component in the saga of the Greatest Generation and critical to our understanding of 20th century U.S. history. Click here to read more.

Study Participants Needed

The Brain Institute
The Brain Institute is conducting an IRB-approved study for males and females between the ages of 13 and 21 years who have bipolar disorder and are currently feeling depressed. The researchers are investigating the effectiveness of taking the nutritional supplement, uridine, to relieve depressive symptoms. Participants are not required to be taking medication for the treatment of bipolar disorder to be in this study. After a screening visit, subjects will participate in nine study visits, including two MRI brain scans, over an eight-week period. Participants will be compensated for their time. For more information, please call 801-587-1549, email Lauren Forrest or click here.

The Brain Institute
The Brain Institute is conducting an IRB-approved study for depressed females, ages 13-21, with Major Depressive Disorder who are taking a selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitor (SSRI) but are not feeling better. Subjects will continue taking their current SSRI and the nutritional supplement, creatine, will be added to their treatment regimen. After a screening visit, subjects will participate in nine study visits, including two MRI brain scans, over a 10-week period. Participants will be compensated for their time. For more information, please call 801-587-1549, email Lauren Forrest, or click here.

HOPE: Home Observation of Periconceptional Exposures Study
Are you hoping to become pregnant in the next three months? If you are a couple (woman 18–35 years; man 18–40 years) planning to conceive with no history of infertility or medical conditions likely to cause sub-fertility (unable to conceive a child after a year or more of regular, unprotected sexual intercourse), you may be eligible to participate in the IRB-approved Home Observation of Periconceptional Exposures Study. Participants will be provided with materials to learn a simple method for fertility tracking. Compensation will be provided. There are no blood draws or clinic visits. For more information and to take our simple eligibility questionnaire visit online, find us on Facebook at HOPE STUDY UTAH, call or text 801-641-7056, or send email.


Campus Construction and Commuter Updates

Campus Construction and Commuter Updates:


  • Construction on the School of Dentistry building is scheduled to begin this month on Wakara Way between the Orthopaedic Center and the Health Professions Education Building
  • Carlson Hall will come down this month to make way for the new College of Law Building.


  • The parking lots behind Carlson Hall and the Law Building continue to be closed with a limited number of parking spots available in the lots between the law building and chemistry building. Additional spots will become available when fall semester begins. Vehicles can park in the stadium lot while construction is underway.

Public Transportation

  • The campus shuttle and UTA bus stop at the Fieldhouse have been closed for the duration of construction on the Law Building. Instead, use the existing stop around the corner on University Street to catch red and green shuttles. For detour information for UTA buses, click here.

Sidewalks and Pedestrian Traffic

  • The sidewalks to the west and north of the Sorenson construction site are scheduled to re-open in mid-August.
  • The south entrance to the Law Building remains closed for the duration of construction. The sidewalk on the north side of the law building is accessible and has been reconstructed to make it accessible for people with disabilities.


  • The Marriott Library fountain remains closed while it is refurbished. The surrounding trees will be pruned to improve the health and appearance of the landscape.

More Information:

  • A map of construction zones and timeframes is available here.

Info for Researchers

Research Updates

  1. NIH Regional Seminar
  2. Patent Databases
  3. NIH Early Career Reviewer (ECR) Program
  4. MRSEC Seed Grant Program
  5. Upcoming Research Grant Opportunities
  6. Lily Grant Office Notification
  7. Grant Writing Crash Course
  8. Upcoming Classes in the Research Administration Training Series (RATS)
  9. Research News & Publicizing Research

1. NIH Regional Seminar

To see materials and slides from the NIH Regional Seminar, click here

2. Patent Databases

The U.S. Patent Database is the single largest, cross-referenced technical database in the world. It contains more than 8 million inventions grouped into classifications by technical problems and solutions.

Dave Morrison, the Marriott Library’s expert on patent searching, can be reached by email  or by phone at 5-6802. His ‘how-to’ guide is available here.

3. NIH Early Career Reviewer (ECR) Program

The NIH Center for Scientific Review (CSR) Early Career Reviewer (ECR) program was developed to:

• Train qualified scientists without prior CSR review experience to become effective reviewers
• Help emerging researchers advance their careers by exposing them to peer review
• Enrich the existing pool of NIH reviewers by including scientists from less research-intensive institutions as well as those from traditionally research- intensive institutions

For more information, click here

4. MRSEC Seed Grant Program

The Executive Committee of the Utah MRSEC (Materials Research Science and Engineering Center) is pleased to announce the continuation of the MRSEC Seed Grant Program at the University of Utah. Applications are now being accepted for the Fall 2013 cycle. Instructions for the application are attached here, and also can be retrieved from the MRSEC web site.

Proposals should be submitted to the MRSEC Executive Committee.

The application deadline is September 1, 2013.

This program was created as a part of the MRSEC sponsored by the NSF, USTAR, and the University of Utah, in response to the following NSF instructions:

Seed funding: NSF intends to provide flexibility for the center to respond quickly and effectively to new opportunities, and pursue high risk/high impact and transformative research. These may include (but are not limited to): seed support for junior faculty and for investigators changing fields; emerging areas of interdisciplinary research; programs to link the university effort in materials with industry, national laboratories, and other sectors; the development of tools and cyber infrastructure for remote access to instrumentation; and innovative interdisciplinary educational ventures.”

Seed funding through the MRSEC is not intended to provide a substitute for individual investigator funding from extramural agencies. Successful applicants are expected to use the results generated by seed funding to pursue extramural funding.

The MRSEC Seed Grant Program will support new basic and translational studies in all areas of materials research. The emphasis of this program is on developing new research directions that can either be integrated into one of the two existing Interdisciplinary Research Groups (IRGs)or developed into a third independent IRG. The two existing IRGs are focused on (i) Plasmonics, and (ii) Organic Spintronics.

Applications should not have overlap with existing extramural research grants. The award can be up to $30,000 for an individual PI, although additional funding (up to a total of $50,000) may be considered for a proposal with two or more PIs. Funding is for one year with the possibility (on rare occasions) of extension for a second year of support. Only one application per faculty member as a PI or co-PI is permitted.

5. Upcoming Research Grant Opportunities

Limited Submissions Opportunities
Academic-Community Partnership Conference Series
Submission Deadline: August 5, 2013

External Funding Opportunities
Alfred P. Sloan: Research Fellows
Submission Deadline: August 15, 2013

National Science Foundation: Faculty Early Career Development Program
Submission Deadline: August 15, 2013

The Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise
Submission Deadline: August 15, 2013

Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy: The Fund for Discovery

Dana Foundation: Clinical Neuroscience Research

Dana Foundation accepts applications on a rolling basis.

Extramural Funding Opportunities
EPA’s New Methods in 21st Century Exposure Science
Due: 09/17/2013
Funding: Up to $900K (direct & indirect), 5 awards anticipated.
Summary: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA is seeking applications proposing innovative research to advance methods for characterizing real-world human exposure to chemicals associated with consumer products in indoor environments.

EPA’s Healthy Schools: Environmental Factors, Children’s Health and Performance, and Sustainable Building Practices
Due: 10/08/2013
Funding: $1,000,000 over 4 years (direct and indirect), 6 awards
Summary: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA is seeking applications proposing research that will inform school (K-12 educational facilities) building design, construction and operation practices in order to foster safe and healthy school environments and maximize student achievement and teacher and staff effectiveness.

NIEHS’s Research on the Role of Epigenetics in Social, Behavioral, Environmental and Biological Relationships, throughout the Life-Span and across Generations (R21)
Due: 11/13/2013
Funding: $150,000 per award (direct costs), $1 million in available funding
Summary: The purpose of this FOA is to support development of basic research to elucidate the role of social (including cultural and socio-economic context) and behavioral, influences on the epigenome, and vice versa, and their relationship to external and internal, environmental and biological, factors throughout the life-span and across generations.

Nigh Rover Challenge
Registration is now open for teams wishing to compete in the $1.5 million energy storage competition known as the Night Rover Challenge, sponsored by NASA and managed by Cleantech Open of Palo Alto, Calif. Registration for the competition will close October 25, 2013. The competition will be held January 20, 2014 through March 24, 2014.

For information about the Night Rover Challenge, Challenge rules, requirements, and how to register, click here:

“The goal of the Night Rover Challenge is to stimulate innovations in energy storage technologies of value in extreme space environments, such as the surface of the moon, or for electric vehicles and renewable energy systems here on Earth,” said Michael Gazarik, NASA’s associate administrator for Space Technology at NASA Headquarters in Washington. “NASA wants this challenge to generate new ideas that will allow planetary rovers the ability to take on a night shift, and possibly create new energy storage technologies for applications of benefit here on our home planet.”

To win, a team must demonstrate a stored energy system that can power a simulated solar-powered exploration vehicle that can operate through multiple cycles of daylight and extended periods of darkness. During the Night Rover Challenge energy storage systems will receive electrical energy from a simulated solar collector during daylight hours. During darkness, the stored energy will be used for simulated thermal management, scientific experimentation, communication, and rover movement.

This is a Centennial Challenge in which NASA provides the prize purse for technological achievements. The challenge is extended to individuals, groups and companies. Unlike most contracts or grants, awards will be made only after solutions are demonstrated successfully. Since the program’s inception in 2005, NASA’s Centennial Challenges has awarded more than $6 million to 15 different competition-winning teams through 23 events. Competitors have included private companies, citizen inventors and academia working outside the traditional aerospace industry.

The Night Rover Challenge is part of the Centennial Challenges Program within NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate, which is innovating, developing, testing and flying hardware for use in NASA’s future missions. For more information about NASA’s investment in space technology, click here.

DoD Autism Pilot Award
The ARP Pilot Award supports conceptually innovative, high-risk/high-reward research that could ultimately lead to critical discoveries or major advancements that will drive the field of ASD forward. Research projects should include a testable hypothesis based on a strong scientific rationale. To see the funding opportunity, click here.

DoD Prostate Cancer Research Program (PCRP)
The Department of Defense (DoD) has released funding opportunities in the Prostate Cancer Research Program:

Collaborative Undergraduate HBCU Student Summer Training Program Award
Exploration-Hypothesis Development Award
Dr. Barbara Terry-Koroma Health Disparity Research Award
Physician Research Training Award
Population Science Impact Award
Postdoctoral Training Award

Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program (PRMRP)
The Department of Defense has released funding opportunities in the Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program:

Discovery Award

Grant Opportunities in Stem Education

NSF has a new funding opportunity: the EHR Core Research (ECR) program seeks proposals that will synthesize or expand research in STEM learning, STEM learning environments, workforce development, and participation in STEM. The full ECR proposal target deadline is July 12.

6. Lily Grant Office Notification

Effective June 19, 2013 we will require that all grant request applications be submitted at least 60 days before the event date but not more than one year before the event date.

We are making this change to allow for more application review and processing time. However, we realize this will prevent organizations from submitting requests for programs occurring between July 19 – August 19, 2013. If this impacts you, please contact us so we can assist you.

Please check the portal for this and any additional future application requirement changes. If you have any questions, please contact the Lilly Grant Office at 1-877-545-5946.

Thank you,

Lilly Grant Office

7. Grant Writing Crash Course

October 11-13, 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

8. 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

Best Practice Roundtable: SciVal Funding Basics
Tuesday, July 30 10:00-11:30 a.m.
HSEB, Rm. 5100

9. Research News & Publicizing Research

Interested in the cool research going on at the U? For the latest news on research, go to news. If you are interested in publicizing your research, guidelines and information on how to, along with contact information, may be found at: Publicizing Research and Working with the Media.

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