Info for Researchers

Research Updates

  1. NSF Proposals Returned without Review
  2. Patent Databases
  3. New DARPA Program/Program Officer Contacts
  4. Mentoring
  5. NSF Broader Impacts
  6. Seed Grants and Funding for New and Transformative Research
  7. MRSEC Seed Grant Program
  8. The Engine Funding Program Application Due Dates
  9. Upcoming Research Grant Opportunities
  10. Grant Writing Crash Course
  11. Upcoming Classes in the Research Administration Training Series (RATS)
  12. Research News & Publicizing Research

1. NSF Proposals Returned without Review

Update on NSF Proposals Returned without Review

After last week’s update to faculty on proposals returned without review, based on noncompliance with the grant preparation guide. Particularly, we had one program manager who wanted the full name of authors. Since then, we have received feedback from several departments who have contacted their specific program managers at NSF, and have received some variety of responses. The consistent message is that the use of ‘et al.’ in author lists is unacceptable, and your proposal can be returned without review for this reason. Most program managers PREFER that full names be used in the 2 page faculty CV, so that they can better use this to identify conflicts of interest with reviewers. This is not difficult for faculty – these are your own publications, and you know the full names of your co-authors.

The specific information for the reference list (the references associated with the full proposal) says: ‘Each reference must include the names of all authors (in the same sequence in which they appear in the publication), the article and journal title, book title, volume number, page numbers, and year of publication.’ The common format of Initial.LastName (C.Furse) is sufficient. All authors should still be listed (do not use ‘et al.’), in order they are listed on the publication.

It is suggested that you follow up with your own program manager with any questions you have in proposal development. Your UofU OSP officer is also a good resource for proposal development questions.

NSF is now actively applying the ‘letter of the law’ in many divisions, and turning proposals away if they do not meet the requirements in the 2013 (new) NSF Grant Proposal Guide (GPG). Yes, this has happened to at least one faculty at the UofU.

Common Reasons for Return without review:
– Proposal is a duplicate of, or substantially similar to, one already under consideration by NSF from the same PI/co-PIs.
– Proposal was previously reviewed and has not been substantially revised.
– Broader impacts are not addressed in separate section in (a) Project Summary, (b) Project Description – proposed work, and (c) Project Description –NSF support section
– Recent (last 5 years) NSF support section (up to 5 pages) is missing from Project Description – This is required for each PI and coPI and MUST include NSF award number, amount, time period; title; results of the completed work in two separate sections on Intellectual Merit and Broader Impact; publications/products and their availability; if renewal, relation of the completed work to the proposed work)
– Reference section: title missing; incomplete list of all authors of each Reference (Do not use et al.) . Also, include FULL NAMES of all authors (Cynthia Furse, not C. Furse) – PIs are cautioned to properly reference and quote published work (figures, tables, and text). There is no limit on the size of the reference section, so these changes will not cause problems with length limits.
– Bio Sketch section: incomplete list of all authors of each publication (Do not use et al., use full names); title missing
– Bio Sketch section incomplete (list full names and affiliations of: collaborators within 4 years; co-editors within 2 years; graduate advisors; postdoctoral sponsors; postdoctoral scholars within 5 years; all prior graduate students) – required for each PI, coPI, and senior project personnel. If these changes make your biosketch too long (2 page limit) (some researchers have hundreds of collaborators), contact your NSF program manager. Smaller font can be allowed in these sections, for instance.
– Current and Pending Support section incomplete – required for each PI, coPI, and senior project personnel. Include the project you are applying for now as ‘pending’
– Letter of Commitment that goes beyond a brief statement confirming collaboration; additional remarks about PI/co-PI’s past accomplishments or planned undertakings may not be included. (Program managers can request that you delete a letter even after you have submitted your application.)
– Small font size and margins. See GPG for allowed size/margins.

Be Sure Your Submitted Grant gets Reviewed:

1) CHECK for the changes and now-common mistakes above.
2) SUBMIT to OSP at least 5 days before the deadline. Your grant officer at the Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP) is trained and ready to help be sure your grant meets the GPG requirements for NSF and other types of grants. In order to provide this very important service, OSP needs to receive your grant 5 business days prior to the deadline. Please submit your grant to NSF, click ‘Allow SRO Access’, and also email your OSP grant officer to let them know your grant is ready to be checked.
3) SUBMIT to NSF at least 2 weeks before the deadline. (Yes, this is even earlier than the OSP 5 day deadline.) In many divisions, the NSF Program Officers look at the grants they receive, and contact the PI if they see problems with the grant. This increases the likelihood that you will have sufficient time to resubmit a modified proposal before the deadline. They are not required to provide this service, but many do.

2. Patent Databases

Have you considered using the U.S. Patent databases to identify research organizations or companies that might want to collaborate with you in your areas of technical research? The patent databases will let you find the U.S. Patent Classifications for your areas of research, then you can sort by names of organizations and companies who own the patent rights and licensed them from the original inventors. Leaving you with a handy list for collaborative research or licensing opportunities.

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

3. New DARPA Program/Program Officer Contacts

DARPA has a number of funding programs that may be of interest to researchers in science, engineering, medicine, social science, and possibly others as well. An updated list of programs and program officers can be found here. If you are interested in contacting one of these program officers, the VP for Research Office may be able to assist you.

4. Mentoring
The UofU Mentoring Back Bone hosts a set of topics that have come up from commonly asked questions in workshops around campus. Each topic includes several of the common questions, and a few links to on and off campus resources to help generate the discussion.
To sign up, send contact information for you and your mentor / mentee to: askVPR@utah.edu

• Name, email, department, level of the mentee (first year assistant professor, tenure track, for instance)

5. NSF Broader Impacts

Wondering about NSF broader impacts? Check out this website.

To include education or diversity programs in your broader impacts, consider teaming up with these on campus programs: Outreach & Diversity Resource Directory

6. Seed Grants & Funding for New & Transformative Research

There is a new webpage at OSP that lists resources for funding on and off campus for seed ideas for new and transformative research

7. 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: http://www.mrsec.utah.edu/seed.

Proposals should be submitted to the MRSEC Executive Committee at mrsec@eng.utah.edu.

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.

8. The Engine Funding Program Application Due Dates

The Engine Funding Program supports the development of ideas and technologies into marketable products or start-up companies. This program is managed through the Technology & Venture Commercialization (TVC) office (previously TCO). For a detailed description of the program, please go here.

Below are the application deadlines and funding meeting dates. Decisions will be made approximately two weeks after the deadline.

2013
August 15
October 11
December 20

2014
January 17
March 14
May 09
June 26
August 21

9. Upcoming Research Grant Opportunities

Limited Submissions Opportunities
Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) in Engineering and Computer Science
Deadline: September 9, 2013

Intramural Funding Opportunities
Funding Incentive Seed Grant Program
Deadline: September 2, 2013

Air Quality Program Seed Grant Funding Opportunity
The Program for Air Quality, Health and Society is pleased to announce the availability of seed grant funding.

Funding is available at two levels: up to $25,000 and up to $50,000. Awards at the $50,000 will only be considered for proposals involving significant contributions from two or more faculty.

Applications are due on September 16th, 2013.

Complete details can be found here

External Funding Opportunities
Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy: The Fund for Discovery
Submission Deadline: September 4, 2013

Alfred P. Sloan: Research Fellows
Submission Deadline: September 15, 2013

Whitehall Foundation
Submission Deadline: October 1, 2013

Beckman Young Investigator Program
Submission Deadline: October 2, 2013

ACLS Fellowship
Submission Deadline: October 2, 2013

NIH Pioneer Awards Program
Submission Deadline: October 18, 2013

NIH Director’s New Innovation Program
Submission Deadline: October 25, 2013

Dana Foundation: Clinical Neuroscience Research
Dana Foundation accepts applications on a rolling basis.

EPSCoR RID Minigrant Proposal Opportunity
This is to fund 3 minigrants at $25K each.
Proposals due: September 16, 2013

EPSCoR RID Student Research Award Opportunity
This is to fund 2 graduate students doing research for $7,500 each teaming with industry and/or government.
Proposals due: September 16, 2013

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.

Department of Defense/Air Force Office of Scientific Research
Fiscal Year 2014 Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP)

Due: 10/20/2013
Summary: This announcement seeks proposals to purchase instrumentation in support of research in areas of interest to the DoD, including areas of research supported by the Army Research Office (ARO), the Office of Naval Research (ONR), and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), hereafter referred to collectively as “the administering agencies.” The research areas of interest to the administering agencies are available on-line. A proposal may be submitted to more than one administering agency; however, only one administering agency will fund the proposal, if selected, under the 2014 DURIP. A central purpose of the DURIP is to provide equipment to enhance research-related education. Therefore, proposals must address the impact of the equipment on the institution’s ability to educate students, through research, in disciplines important to DoD missions.

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.


Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency/Information Innovation Office (I20) Office-Wide BAA

Due: 6/25/2014
Summary: The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is soliciting innovative research proposals of interest to the Information Innovation Office (I2O). Proposed research should investigate innovative approaches that enable revolutionary advances in science, devices, or systems. Specifically excluded is research that primarily results in evolutionary improvements to the existing state of the art. I2O seeks unconventional approaches that are outside the mainstream, undertaking directions that challenge assumptions and have the potential to radically change established practice.

10. 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 “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

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

For questions concerning RATS, please contact Tony Onofrietti T(801-585-3492) or visit the RATS website

Introduction to eProposal
Wednesday, August 28 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
HSEB, Lab 3100C


Mandatory Effort Reporting (PAR) Training

Wednesday, August 28 2:00-4:00 p.m.
HSEB, Rm. 1730

Best Practice Roundtable: Technology & Venture Commercialization (TVC)
Tuesday, August 27 10:00-11:30 a.m.
HSEB, Rm. 3515D


Overview of Research Administration

Thursday, August 29th 2:00-4:00 p.m.
HSEB, Rm. 1750

12. 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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Announcements of Interest

Housing & Residential Education Welcomes Students Back on August 22

Housing & Residential Education at the University of Utah will welcome the majority of students living on campus beginning Aug. 22 at 9 a.m. During this time, there will be increased traffic around campus, but particularly around the Fort Douglas area, Donna Garff Marriott Honors Residential Scholars Community on Mario Capecchi Drive, and Wakara Way to Connor Road, which leads up to the main HRE area.

For additional information on HRE move-in, please click here.block_U

New Student Welcome
Saturday, Aug. 24 at 10:30 a.m.
Kingsbury Hall

On behalf of the University of Utah, the Office of Orientation and Leadership Development all faculty and staff members are invited to the New Student Welcome on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013. The program will begin at 10:30 am in Kingsbury Hall, with a picnic immediately following on President’s Circle.

There will be a faculty and staff check-in table outside of Kingsbury Hall where you can sign in. Business casual is recommended, and everyone is encouraged to wear their professional nametags. There will be event shuttles running from the south end of the Rice-Eccles Stadium lot, where attendees are encouraged to park.

PresidentCollege Colors Day
Friday, Aug. 30

All faculty and staff are encouraged to celebrate and pledge to “College Colors Day.” College Colors Day is a national promotion that encourages collegiate fans to wear their college colors on Friday, Aug. 30 in support of their university. In addition to this, fans have been asked to pledge their support to their favorite university by voting once a day, every day through Thursday, Aug. 29. The prize for the university that garners the most pledges is a scholarship for $10,000! This is the first year the U has actively participated in this competition and is currently ranked #13 in the nation.

To vote for the Utes, click here. You can vote once daily and you are not required to have a Facebook account.

Exceptional  Staff Contributions Luncheon
Thursday, Sept. 5 at noon
University Guest House, Douglas Ballroom
To purchase a ticket ($17 per person), contact Terri Crow or call 801-581-3117 by Thursday, Aug. 29.

2013 District Staff Award Recipients

Academic Affairs:
Lisa Batchelder, College of Science
Ann Blanchard, Undergraduate Studies
James DeGoyer, College of Science
Elizabeth Frampton, Continuing Education
Dennis Laros, Social & Behavioral Science
Sarah Rollo, University College Advising

Administrative Services:
Katie Fotsch, General Stores
Lora Mortensen, Facility & Construction Operations
Jane Scott, Purchasing
Mel Smith, Investment Office

General Administration:
Susie Johnson, Human Resources

Other Health Sciences:
Natalie Angle, Huntsman Cancer Institute
Kim Cohee, Physical & Hand Therapy
Doris Dalton, Family & Preventive Medicine
Leanne Johnston, Obstetrics & Gynecology

Student Affairs:
Brenda Flynn, Counseling Center/Learning Enhancement Programs
Julian Gomez, Campus Recreation

University Hospital:
Melissa Banner, HCH4
Katie Budo, Neurology
Dana Frederiksen, Patient Financial Services
Kirt Hunter, Human Resources
Dena Sedbury, Neurosurgery
Breanna Stoll, Graduate Medical Education
Jason Taylor, Ophthalmology

11th Annual Bleed Red Blood Drive

Bring a photo ID. Please eat a healthy meal and drink extra fluids before donating blood. Age 18 or older (16 and 17 with signed ARUP parental permission slip). Free t-shirt given to each presenting donor. Drawings for prizes. Snacks and refreshments will be provided after donation.

Tuesday, Sept. 3
Student Union Ballroom, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Marriott Library, Bloodmobile, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 4
Student Union Ballroom, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Salt Lake Institute of Religion, Gym, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 5
Student Union Ballroom, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
The Heritage Center, room 1A and 1B, 3 p.m.–8 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 6
Student Union Ballroom, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Bookstore, Bloodmobile, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

Art Submissions for the 2014 University Calendar

University Print & Mail Services is calling for University of Utah themed submissions of photographs or original art from faculty and staff for its 2014 calendar. They will select 26 finalists and YOU will pick the final 13 winners. All winners will receive a 20×16 canvas print of their art, plus ten calendars! Click here for submission guidelines and to vote.

Submission deadline is Sept. 6
Voting will take place Sept. 16 – 21

The University Teaching Committee Programs 2013-2014

The University Teaching Committee encourages the efforts of faculty members, departments, and colleges to improve individual teaching skills, devise effective teaching techniques, recognize and reward superior achievements in teaching. Click here to see teaching awards and teaching grants along with the deadlines.

cleartheairFMFacilities Management Takes First in Clear the Air Challenge

Under the leadership of Associate Vice President Mike Perez, 130 Facilities Management employees participated in the statewide Clear the Air Challenge and took first place in the team category. Collectively, Facilities Management eliminated 7,515 trips, a total of 62,792 miles. Click here for the full-story.

Planning Successful Meetings on Campus
Thursday, Sept. 19, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
University Guest House, Fort Douglas Ballroom
Free with breakfast and lunch included

This half day seminar is open to all campus employees that wear the “Department Meeting and Conference Planner” hat from time to time. Click here to register and see the full schedule.

 

 

Faculty/Staff Appreciation Day at Utah Football

University of Utah Football vs San Jose State, September 25, 2010As we kick-off another year all University of Utah faculty and staff are invited to a special day of Utah football. This year’s faculty/staff appreciation game is Saturday, September 7th at noon against the Weber State Wildcats.

Tickets are $25 each and include a FREE 2013 Utah Football Under Armour T-shirt. Faculty/staff appreciation tickets are on sale now, there is a limit of 4 tickets per U-ID card. You must present your U-ID card and purchase your tickets in-person at the Rice-Eccles Stadium box office. Limited supplies available. For questions call 801-581-UTIX.

Make Utah football an unforgettable experience by participating in the Ute Walk two and a half hours before kick-off. Cheer on your Utah Football team as they walk from the corner of 5th South & Guardsman Way into Rice-Eccles Stadium.

There are also many other athletics benefits that University of Utah faculty/staff members receive.  Click here for more information on these benefits & discounted athletics ticketing opportunities.

The strength and spirit of our football program begins right here on campus. A special thank you goes to those who support the football program and the entire athletic department.  Remember faculty/staff appreciation tickets to the Weber State game are available now at the Rice-Eccles Stadium box office.

Go Utes!

U Farmers Market Begins Aug. 29

FarmersMarketPicThe University of Utah’s sixth annual farmers market begins Thursday, Aug. 29, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., on the Tanner Plaza, between the Union and Student Services buildings.

“The market was started as a way to increase access to fresh, local produce and raise awareness of health-related campus services,” said Jen Colby, sustainability coordinator and farmers market committee co-chair. “In addition to goods sold by local farmers and artisans, campus garden student volunteers sell organic produce grown and harvested on campus – you can’t get any more local than that.”

Keeping with the market’s mission to make healthy produce accessible to the campus community, the market accepts food stamps and offers a veggie valet.

The veggie valet, new this year, is modeled after the downtown market and allows customers to purchase food and keep it in coolers provided by University Dining Services until they’re ready to take it home later that day.

“We hope this change makes it more convenient for students, faculty and staff, who may be on campus for hours at a time, to take advantage of the farmers market,” said Katie Hunt, market co-chair.

The market also has a secure bicycle valet to make it easy for riders to attend. The University of Utah farmers market is free and open to the public. Each week the market assumes a different theme and hosts additional vendors and activities that correspond with the theme.

University of Utah Farmers Market Schedule:

Opening Day, Aug. 29

Bike to the U, Sept. 5

–          The third annual Bike to the U Day coincides with the farmers market and features bicycle-themed vendors. Bring your bike for a free lock and register it with Campus Police.

Eat Local, Sept. 12

–          University Dining Services will have chef demonstrations and share nutrition and shopping tips for eating local.

Fall Gardening, Sept. 19

–          Learn how to extend your growing season with simple and low-cost garden covers and shop for seedlings that are best planted in the fall.

The Buzz About Bees, Sept. 26

–          The U of U Beekeepers Association will offer a tour of the honeybee hives at the Union and provide information about beekeeping and how to grow a bee-friendly garden.

Happy Pets, Healthy People, Oct. 3

–          The market will feature local animal adoption groups as well as pet-themed vendors.

Cooking Outdoors, Oct. 10

–          Dutch oven cooking expert and U of U employee Deborah Hair will give a demonstration and tips for cooking outdoors. She will also have cookbooks available.

University Ramps Up Sidewalk Safety Efforts

Student on bikeUniversity of Utah’s Board of Trustees approved changes to a policy that enhances safety for pedestrians across campus. The changes aim to make sidewalks safer by increasing fines and other consequences for safety violations, such as speeding or not yielding to pedestrians.

The policy applies to non-motorized riding devices, such as bicycles, skateboards, roller skates, rollerblades and scooters, but does not include wheelchairs or strollers.

“We want to encourage the campus community to use sustainable transportation methods and live an active lifestyle but not at the expense of safety,” said Arnie Combe, vice president for Administrative Services. “The policy changes allow us to make people accountable for being responsible and respectful on campus sidewalks.”

The university will launch a safety campaign, called Sidewalks are for Everyone, or SAFE, beginning Aug. 26, aimed at educating people about the rules and sidewalk safety habits. The policy enforces a 10-mph speed limit for all non-motorized vehicles, excludes skateboards from riding in parking lots or roadways, requires riders to yield to pedestrians, prohibits non-motorized vehicles from riding on stairways, grass, benches, etc., among other precautionary measures. As part of the campaign, safety ambassadors across campus will reward people for safe behavior, hand out educational brochures and report dangerous behavior.

“We want all sidewalk users to take ownership by being aware of their surroundings, including pedestrians, who can become distracted by texting or miss auditory signals when they wear headphones,” said Combe.

To enforce the policy, the university will have additional security staff to supplement the U’s Department of Public Safety. These security officers will actively patrol campus on bicycles. Violators will receive a written warning for their first offense. For the second offense, the rider will have their vehicle impounded for a minimum of 48 hours and receive a minimum $100 fine if the event occurs within two years of the warning. After the second violation, riders will have their vehicles impounded for a minimum of 30 days and be subject to an escalating schedule of fines.

Campus Construction and Commuter Updates

Construction

  • Construction on the School of Dentistry building, which will be called the Ray & Tye Noorda Oral Health Sciences Building, is underway on Wakara Way between the Orthopaedic Center and the Health Professions Education Building
  • Construction on the S. J. Quinney College of Law building continues. It is scheduled to be completed in early 2015.
  • Construction on the new George S. Eccles Student Life Center is under way. It is scheduled to be completed in November 2014.
  • The Critical Infrastructure Upgrade continues to move through campus with current work at the substation on the east side of Rice-Eccles Stadium, along Fort Douglas Boulevard and in central campus north of the biology buildings.

Parking

  • 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. More than 100 spots are scheduled to open August 24 with additional spaces opening in September. Vehicles can park in the stadium lot while construction is underway.
  • On Thursday, Aug. 29, University of Utah will host Utah State University at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Parking in the west stadium and Guardsman Way lots will be restricted that day for game preparation. Additional parking will be available on two grass fields for valid university permits only from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. See map here. These fields will not accommodate parking for football patrons. As always, TRAX is available.

Public Transportation

  • The campus shuttle and UTA bus stop at the Fieldhouse will be closed for the duration of construction on the Law Building (through early 2015). 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 sidewalk and road along the east side of the George S. Eccles Student Life Center are closed. Pedestrians approaching from Trax or Legacy Bridge are routed south and east between the Donna Garff Marriott Residential Scholars Community and the soccer field. Ballif road, to the north of the construction site, is scheduled to be open for vehicle and pedestrian access for the first week of school.
  • The south entrance to the Law Building remains closed for the duration of construction (through early 2015). The sidewalk on the north side of the Law Building is open and has been reconstructed to be accessible for people with disabilities.

Miscellaneous

  • 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. Maintenance on the fountain is nearly complete.

More Information:

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

University Introduces Redesigned Website

websiteAfter months of collaboration between the University Marketing and Communications Office and University Information Technology, the University of Utah launched a redesigned website, http://www.utah.edu/, just in time for the 2013-14 academic year.

The new site delivers a simplified user experience with a more dynamic appearance and includes a Google Search Appliance, streamlined navigation and a responsive design, which enables the site to be optimally viewed on tablets and mobile devices. The homepage offers large photo-centric banners to accentuate the U’s picturesque setting.

“Our ultimate goal with the new website is to connect with students, faculty, staff, alumni, fans and media and provide an engaging and efficient experience,” says Brian Rasmussen, director of marketing at the U. “We are focused on providing in-depth and comprehensive information about what’s happening at the U while highlighting the unique qualities of our campus.”

The newly designed website also features social media integration to allow all users to more fully engage with the U and stay up-to-date on the latest campus happenings.

CIS-128pxYour CIS page can be found on the Staff or Faculty page or by simply clicking on the CIS icon at the bottom of the homepage.

Employee Appreciation Day!!

EAD icon-final_horz_color-01Save the date! Employee Appreciation Day is Thursday, September 26, 2013 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Rice Eccles Stadium.

The University of Utah excels at research, teaching, health care, community engagement, athletics and more. We’ve risen to this level due to the excellence of our staff and faculty. All faculty and staff are invited to this day of fun and recognition.  Remember, your Employee ID is your entry ticket. We look forward to seeing you there!

EAD Entertainment

The 80’s cover band, Channel Z, will be taking the main stage once again at this year’s EAD.

New Photo Contest

Do you like taking pictures?  Now is your chance to show your skills by entering this year’s EAD photo contest. The theme is “Part of U:  U work. U live. U play.” Each university employee can submit up to two photos that show what makes U, you. Submission information will be available on the EAD website by Aug. 27. Photo submissions and applications will be due Sept. 6. Contact Janzell Tutor  or call 801-581-2788 with questions.

EAD Exhibitors

Maybe you know of a local business that would like to be at EAD as an exhibitor to market their product or service, or perhaps your department would like to reach out to university staff and faculty. If so, exhibitor applications are being accepted through Sept. 15.  You may apply on our Exhibitor Page. Tables are $175 for external exhibitors and free to university departments. If you would like additional information, please contact Marcia Cook at (801) 587-9255.

Hooked on Books

Time to spring clean your book shelves at home and bring all your dusty books for the Hooked on Books annual book drive! Books collected will be given away to faculty and staff at EAD. Collection boxes are located at the east and west entrances of the Marriott Library. Also look for drop off boxes at various locations across campus. Please visit the Hooked on Books website to learn more.

Getting to EAD

We are excited to offer a Bike Corral again at this year’s event. Avoid the road congestion and ride your bike to the stadium. You can drop it off with one of our attendants. The Bike Corral will be located on the northwest side of the stadium. Additionally, shuttles will be available for those arriving from other areas of campus. Visit our website for shuttle route details.

Remembering Brooke Hopkins

BrookeHopkinsPresident Pershing issued the below statement following the passing of professor Brooke Hopkins on July 31, 2013:

The University of Utah community extends condolences to the family, friends and caregivers of English Professor Brooke Hopkins, who passed away, some four-and-a-half years after he was paralyzed in a bicycling accident. Brooke and his wife, philosophy Professor Peggy Battin, are recognized as among the university’s most beloved teachers. Peggy, for years has been a leader in the study of end-of-life issues, and a tireless advocate for human dignity and the right for each person to end their own suffering if they choose. Her academic pursuits became all too personal after Brooke’s accident. Their life together since then has been a tribute to human dignity, perseverance and enduring love. Brooke continued to teach great literature despite his medical ordeal. By sharing their story widely and publicly through their blog and the news media, Brooke and Peggy put the issues of life and death in starkly personal terms that brought the subject home to all who heard their story. By doing that, they both cemented a legacy of great teaching. We wish Peggy well in her life after Brooke’s passing. Click here to read the obituary.

A Memorial Service for Professor Hopkins will be held  Sunday, Aug. 25 at 5:00pm in Libby Gardner Hall.

Professor Hopkins life was recently featured in the New York Times. You can read the article here.

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