Wagon-Wheel Pasta Shape for Better LED

pastaOLEDs_300dpiOne problem in developing more efficient organic LED light bulbs and displays for TVs and phones is that much of the light is polarized in one direction and thus trapped within the light-emitting diode, or LED. University of Utah physicists believe they have solved the problem by creating a new organic molecule that is shaped like rotelle – wagon-wheel pasta – rather than spaghetti.

The rotelle-shaped molecule – known as a “pi-conjugated spoked-wheel macrocycle” – acts the opposite of polarizing sunglasses, which screen out glare reflected off water and other surfaces and allow only direct sunlight to enter the eyes.

The new study showed wagon-wheel molecules emit light randomly in all directions – a necessary feature for a more efficient OLED, or organic LED. Existing OLEDs now in some smart phones and TVs use spaghetti-shaped polymers – chains of repeating molecular units – that emit only polarized light.

“This work shows it is possible to scramble the polarization of light from OLEDs and thereby build displays where light doesn’t get trapped inside the OLED,” says University of Utah physicist John Lupton, lead author of a study of the spoked-wheel-shaped molecules published online Sunday, Sept. 29 in the journal Nature Chemistry.

“We made a molecule that is perfectly symmetrical, and that makes the light it generates perfectly random,” he adds. “It can generate light more efficiently because it is scrambling the polarization. That holds promise for future OLEDs that would use less electricity and thus increase battery life for phones, and for OLED light bulbs that are more efficient and cheaper to operate.”

Read more here.

Info for Researchers

Research Updates

  1. Oakridge Associated Universities (ORAU)
  2. Research and Pharmaceutical Materials Stored in Cooling Units-An Ounce of Prevention
  3. Federal F&A Cost Study Information Sessions
  4. Interested in Translational Research Funding?
  5. Patent Databases
  6. Mentoring Topic of the Month
  7. Upcoming Research Grant Opportunities
  8. Grant Writing Crash Course
  9. Upcoming Classes in the Research Administration Training Series (RATS)
  10. Research News & Publicizing Research

1. Oakridge Associated Universities (ORAU)

The University of Utah has now joined the Oakridge Associated Universities (ORAU) group. This provides many opportunities for graduate student and postdoc fellowships, faculty/student/post doc research experiences, sabbaticals and internships. ORAU administers these programs for a variety of federal agencies including DOD (AF, Navy, Army, etc.), NASA, national labs, etc. so you can find a wide variety of opportunities here in business, engineering, science, life/health/medical science, communication & graphics design, earth/environmental/marine science, math, physical science, social & behavioral science. See ORAU’s website for faculty and student programs. There also is a searchable database of programs. Please check out these programs.

2. Research and Pharmaceutical Materials Stored in Cooling Units-An Ounce of Prevention

In the February 4, 1736 issue of the Pennsylvania Gazette, Benjamin Franklin famously said that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” and then offered some fire prevention tips so that “at midnight, when your stairs being in flames, you [are not] forced to leap out of your windows and hazard your necks to avoid being oven-roasted.”

If you store research or pharmaceutical materials in a freezer or refrigerator, it is imperative that you take action to prevent losses due to equipment malfunctions or power outages. Please be aware that insurance coverage is very limited (past recoveries have been for a fraction of estimated values), and the University’s insurers will deny your claim entirely if you haven’t complied with their requirements. Requirements include installation and use of auto-dial alarms, contingency plans, regular inspections, and reporting the value of each unit’s contents to the Risk and Insurance Management Department at least annually.

For more information, including a comprehensive list of loss prevention protocols see the U Risk & Insurance Management website here or call 581-5590.

3. Federal F&A Cost Study Information Sessions

This is an overview of the University’s current efforts to renegotiate new F&A (Facilities & Administrative) rates with the federal government. Please see the announcement here.

4. Interested in Translational Research Funding?

Is your research ready to move from basic science to a more translational/commercial level? Check out this new page on OSP to help you find funding to get there. We’ve just added information on various bid mechanisms for federal and commercial entities, that are used for more translational research efforts. This may be of particular interest to post docs, research professors, and faculty teams who are interested in moving beyond the bench and into practice. We have several resources and centers on campus already working in this realm, also linked on this page.

5. Patent Databases

Are you a campus researcher or PI? Have your students, staff, or assistants asked for suggestions for post-graduation employment or additional research opportunities? Have you considered using the U.S. Patent databases to identify future employers or research collaborators? Contact Dave Morrison in the Marriott Library to learn strategies to search patent databases for your students’ areas of research, and to learn shortcuts to identify, sort, and manage organizational information within the patent databases to provide you with further collaborative research or employment 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.

6. Mentoring Topic of the Month

A faculty career is challenging, rewarding, and interesting. There are many different paths to a great faculty career that depend on many things — discipline and areas of interest, your department/college/university and the expectations, collaborations, and opportunities available locally/nationally/internationally, plus personal preference and how you creatively take advantage of (and create!) opportunities for your work. Mentors — people who have experience with various aspects of a professional career — can be very helpful to share, talk, think through, and challenge ideas, and to provide supportive camaraderie and suggestions throughout your career.

How do you find good mentors? How can you become a great mentor? What do you want from your mentoring relationship? And once you have found a prospective mentor, how / when / how often will you contact your mentor / mentee, and what do you want to talk about?

Check out the UofU Research Mentoring Website, which talks about mentoring in general and how to get / give great mentoring.

In addition, it is meant to help raise good mentoring questions. Once a month both you and a mentor(s) will receive an email with a suggested topic, online resources, and common questions to get you started. So start here!

Step 1: Figure out what you want to know. Make a list of all of the things you wish you could talk with a mentor about today. Think about what you need to know today, this year, and for the next 5-7 years. Some common questions about an early faculty career revolve around tenure, which is based on teaching, research, and service.

Step 2: Find resources to help you think about your questions. It is always better to sit down having already thought about and learned much of the common and available information related to your questions. This way, you can discuss more specific aspects related to your specific work and career.

Some UofU resources:
Department / College Resources: Ask your departmental admin, chair, etc. what information is available for faculty in your department. This should include information on the RPT process specific to your department or college. Here is the university link to the Office for Faculty.
Research Resources:
o UofU Office of Sponsored Projects provides a centralized resource for information for faculty on sponsored research at the U. Especially check out the New Faculty resources, the Grants Life Cycle and Faculty Resources.
o The VP for Research Office administers and supports sponsored research on campus. Also look here for internal research funds.
o My Research Assistant: Can’t find something? Don’t know whom to ask? Need help? Ask MyRA!
Teaching Resources:
o Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence
o Teaching and Learning Technologies

Step 3: NOW find mentors for various aspects of your career. Most professionals have multiple mentors at any given time, and these mentors may change throughout your career.
Talk with your department chair or college research dean about finding an initial mentor(s) to help you get started.

Step 4: Make contact! It is usually up to the mentee to make contact with the mentor and ask for advice. If you department has a set method of identifying and assigning mentors, start there. But do not feel constrained to one assigned mentor. It is up to you to find people with the skills you would like to emulate and ask them for advice as you want and need it throughout your career.

Step 5: Sign up: The UofU Online Mentoring Back Bone is one way to provide resources and generate discussion between mentors and mentees on campus. Email askVPR@utah.edu to join. Include the Mentee & Mentor(s) names, departments, emails, and the stage (first year assistant professor, tenure track, for instance) of the mentee. You will each then be added as a ‘student’ (both mentors and mentees) to this canvas course, and you will all be emailed a monthly suggestion for a topic of discussion. It will then be up to you to get together (over lunch perhaps?) and make contact.

7. Upcoming Research Grant Opportunities

Limited Submissions Opportunities
Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientist
Deadline: October 1, 2013

International Cooperative Biodiversity Groups (U19)
Deadline: October 2, 2013

Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI)
Deadline: October 10, 2013

External Funding Opportunities
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

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation: Records for Life Contest
Submission Deadline: October 31, 2013

Grand Challenges: Achieving Healthy Growth through Agriculture and Nutrition
Submission Deadline: October 31, 2013

Grand Challenges: Explorations
Submission Deadline: November 12, 2013

The Role of Environmental Exposures in the Development of Autoimmune Disease
Submission Deadline: November 15, 2013

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

Breast Cancer Research Program: Breakthrough Award
Pre-Application Deadline: October 8, 2013
Application Deadline: January 15, 2013

DoD Multidisciplinary Research Program of the University Research Initiative (MURI)
White Papers: October 15, 2013
Full Proposal: December 16, 2013

NIH Director’s Early Independence Awards
Letter of Intent Due Date: December 31, 2013
Submission Deadline: January 31, 2013

8. 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!
Using a unique and proven method to learn how to write a fundable proposal, the Grant Writing Crash Course provides one-on-one mentoring by successful University of Utah Faculty Grant Writers. Participants complete a series of short exercises prior to the Grant Writing Crash Course, drafting text that will be refined and assembled under the guidance of faculty mentors into critical sections of their proposal. Several essential topics are covered in focused brief lectures and discussions, including the strategies and mechanics of effective proposal writing, how to sell your project (and yourself as Principal Investigator) to a sponsoring agency, the criteria that reviewers use to evaluate your proposal, pitfalls to avoid in grant writing, how to develop aims and justifications, the ins and outs of major funding agencies, and the political, social, and psychological aspects of “grantsmanship.” Focused, intensive work sessions provide participants with amply uninterrupted time to craft and recraft their thinking, writing, and presentation based on real-time constructive feedback from faculty mentors, enhancing their proposals and increasing the likelihood of their success.

Attendance is highly limited. 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). 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. To register, or for more information, please contact Tony Onofrietti, Director of Research Education, at 801-585-3492 or at tony.onofrietti@hsc.utah.edu.

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.

9. 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 Research Integrity

Tuesday, October 1 2:00-4:00 p.m.
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Introduction to the Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP)

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

Preparation for Investigator-Initiated Drug and Device Studies
Thursday, October 3 2:00-4:00 p.m.
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Researcher Resources and Funding Searches

Tuesday, October 8 2:00-4:00 p.m.
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Protocol Billing Grids (PBG) and Medicare Coverage Analysis (MCA)
Wednesday, October 9 2:00-4:00 p.m.
HSEB, Rm. 2110

Investigator Training Workshop: Clinical Research Session
Wednesday, October 9 3:30-5:30 p.m.
RAB, Rm. 117

Utah Population Database: Introduction and Overview

Thursday, October 10 10:00 a.m.-12:00n
HSEB, Rm. 5100B

Introduction to the IRB, IACUC & IBC

Thursday, October 10 2:00-4:00 p.m.
HSEB, Rm. 1750

10. 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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You’re Invited to Utah’s Biggest Pre-Game Party


The University of Utah will host the state’s biggest pregame party, Oct. 12, to cheer on the Utes before they meet Stanford in one of the most anticipated football games of the season. The Block U Party will begin three hours prior to kick-off (start time has not yet been determined) and will include live music, food, a kid zone and activities for the entire family.

“We hope the community will come out and enjoy the day with us,” said Brian Rasmussen, marketing director, University of Utah. “We want everyone to feel welcome on the U campus, and what better way to do that than to host a huge party.”

Located on the plazas and sidewalks near the Marriott Library, the Block U Party will give family and friends of the U an opportunity to visit the ever-evolving campus, meet representatives from various colleges and departments and celebrate with the community. With free entrance, fans of all ages are encouraged to show their spirit and join the excitement.

For more information, please visit the website, www.utah.edu/blockuparty. KUTV Channel 2 and the Simmons Radio Group are the media partners for this event and will be assisting in the promotion of the Block U Party.

Wilson Named Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week

Utah 20 BYU 13Utah sophomore quarterback Travis Wilson, who on Sunday, Sept. 22 was named the Athlon Sports National Player of the Week, was recognized as the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week. Wilson led Utah to a 20-13 win over BYU on Sept. 21 for Utah’s fourth-straight win over its instate rival.

Wilson completed 24-of-35 passes (69%) for 273 yards and two touchdowns (no interceptions). His numbers included a 74-yard pass to Dres Anderson—Wilson’s fifth pass play of more than 50 yards this season. With Utah holding a tenuous 13-6 lead to start the fourth quarter, Wilson engineered a 12-play, 79-yard drive that concluded with a 2-yard touchdown pass to Karl Williams and put the Utes up 20-6.

Wilson becomes Utah’s first Pac-12 Player of the Week this season and he is the first to earn the offensive weekly award since the Utes joined the conference in 2011.

The Utes have a bye week before hosting UCLA on Thursday, Oct. 3 at 8:00 p.m. MT.

Associate Professor Moderates White House Briefing

MarilynLuptak2On September 25, Marilyn Luptak, an associate professor in the University of Utah College of Social Work moderated a panel on the new expectations for health care during a White House Briefing in Washington, D.C.  Hosted by the Council on Social Work Education, the White House Briefing concentrated on “Addressing the Social Determinants of Health in a New Era: The Role of Social Work Education.”

“Today’s White House Briefing was historic.” said Luptak, “It was the first briefing ever to bring together members of the White House administration and federal agencies, and about 150 social work educators from around the country to really look at what the new era of health care looks like as we move forward with implementing the Affordable Care Act.”

“Social workers have long understood that unmet social needs – like access to good food, reliable transportation, adequate housing – lead to worse health for Americans,” she added.  “Today’s briefing allowed us to touch on how social workers can participate in the changing health care system, and the critical skill set that social workers bring to the table, in terms of providing care coordination, patient-centered care, and working on interprofessional teams.”

Dr. Luptak is an associate professor, chair of the MSW Aging in Social Work concentration, John A. Hartford Faculty Scholar in Geriatric Social Work (2008-2010), and Belle S. Spafford Endowed Chair (2011-2012) in the College of Social Work at the University of Utah. Her scholarly activities address health and mental health care for older adults and their family caregivers in rural and urban settings, interprofessional education and collaborative practice, and end-of-life care.


Entrepreneurship Program Ranked in Top-25

The David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah has ranked among the top 25 schools for entrepreneurship for the third year in the annual survey by the Princeton Review released today. The graduate program at the David Eccles School of Business ranked 23 among more than 2,000 institutions across the country.

“We have consistently ranked high for entrepreneurship, and we continue to build strengths in this area,” says Taylor Randall, dean of the David Eccles School of Business. “The ranking is evidence of our exceptional faculty and our motivated students that get hands-on experience starting real companies.”

The rankings are based on surveys sent to administrators from April to June 2013. The Princeton Review reports the top 50 schools for entrepreneurship – 25 undergraduate and 25 graduate programs. The Princeton Review has reported these lists annually since 2006 in partnership with Entrepreneur Media Inc., publisher of Entrepreneur magazine.

Three years ago, the David Eccles School of Business debuted on this list after years of growing interest and emphasis in entrepreneurship. It has consistently appeared in the rankings since then and continues to add entrepreneurship learning opportunities and experienced faculty.

Read more here.

Announcements of Interest

Redbutte-logo[1]Zeke Dumke FREE Day at Red Butte Garden
Oct. 7, 9a.m.- 5p.m.

In recognition of Ezekiel R. Dumke, Jr.’s role in the founding and development of Red Butte Garden, the first Monday of every October is Zeke Dumke Day, a free admission day. Funding provided by Zoo, Arts & Parks.


Garden After Dark at Red Butte Garden
Thursdays through Saturdays, Oct. 17, 18 and 19 and 24, 25 and 26, 6 – 9 p.m.
Tickets on sale Monday, Sept. 23. Admission is $12 per person.

Garden After Dark is an indoor/outdoor, costume and kid-friendly romp through the Garden to celebrate Halloween. With crafts, activities, light displays and more, this is an event you definitely don’t want to miss! This year the theme is “Fearsome Flora,” so join the Garden for a  “whodunit” as they safely uncover details of carnivorous, poisonous and downright dangerous plants found in nature.

Garden After Dark – Call For Volunteers!
Face painting, kid’s crafts, directional guides, event set up and tear down. And you can wear a Halloween costume! Contact Meghan Eames, volunteer coordinator.


Child CareChild Care for Students, Staff and Faculty
There are part-time and full-time child care openings for children 3 years and older.

Services include:
Child care listings of licensed centers and family homes near the university or your home
Child care subsidy information for students
Child care counseling on service options and quality indicators (how to choose quality child care)
Parent resource library (books, videos & brochures on child development and parenting issues)
Parent Night Out (free child care for students one Saturday night each month)
Finals week child care (free child care for students during exam week each semester)

Please contact the Child Care Coordinating Office for more information.
408 Olpin Union Bldg., 585-5897 or 587-7730.


KarenAzenbergPTC Artistic Director Honored for Work on Broadway 

PTC Artistic Director Karen Azenberg was honored at the fifth annual Broadway Salutes ceremony , Sept. 24 at the Times Square Visitor Center in New York City. Broadway Salutes is an annual event where the people who dedicate their lives to Broadway are honored. It gives special recognition to the individuals working today who have been a part of the community for 25, 35, and 50-plus years. Azenberg, whose first Broadway credit was for Master Harold…and the Boys by Athol Fugard in 1983, was recognized at the 25-year level.


The U Department of Theatre Presents “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead”U theatre
Studio 115 in the Performing Arts Building
September 26 – October 6
Directed by Plan-B Theatre Company’s Jerry Rapier

Acclaimed as a groundbreaking modern dramatic masterpiece, Tom Stoppard’s “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead” is the fabulously inventive tale of “Hamlet,” as told from the worm’s-eye view of two of the minor characters. Stoppard recasts Rosencrantz and Guildenstern as heroes of their own play, and as the story of “Hamlet” plays out all around them, they struggle to figure out what is happening, what it all means, and whether they can escape their ultimate fate. Complete details can be found here.


Study participants wanted
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, call or text 801-641-7056, or send email.



Academic Senate Information

Agenda for October 7, 2013

1. CALL TO ORDER: 3:00 p.m. in 110 SFEBB

2. MINUTES: September 9, 2013



a. Appendix I: Resignations, Administrative and Faculty Appointments





a. Faculty Budget and Planning Advisory Committee Elections (online)


a. Proposed Revision to University Policy 6-101, Sec. 3.H-2 “Department and College Admission Criteria”


a. Name Change for the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine

b. Discontinuation of Revitalization of Endangered Languages Certificate

c. Proposal Data Center Engineering Certificate

d. Senate Career-line elections exception


a. Procurement Policy Revisions


a. President’s Report – September 2013


Full Agenda will be posted on Academic Senate website


Campus Construction and Commuter Updates



  • On Thursday, Oct. 3, University of Utah will host UCLA 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. These fields will not accommodate parking for football patrons. In the case of inclement weather, there will not be additional grass parking areas for university permit holders. As always, TRAX, FrontRunner and UTA busses are available and encouraged.
  • 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 200 spots have opened since school began. Vehicles can park in the stadium lot while construction is underway.

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.

Sidewalks and Pedestrian Traffic

  • A new sidewalk will be installed on the west side of Connor Road, which runs east of Sage Point campus housing. During the installation, there will be interruptions to the entrances to the parking lots north and south of Sage Point. At least one entrance will remain open at all times.
  • There is a sidewalk disruption on the south side of Milton Bennion Hall as a result of a project to connect chilled water service to Sorenson Arts & Education Complex. This project is expected to be completed by Oct.15.
  • 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 Honors Residential Scholars Community and the soccer field.
  • 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.

More Information:

  • A map of construction zones and timeframes is available here.
  • For more information on current or upcoming projects click here.
  • Connect with Facilities Management on Facebook or Twitter.
  • Visit Commuter Services’ new website for detailed information about parking, alternative transportation, events and more.
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