U Donates 780 Meals


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University of Utah’s Dining Services will prepare nearly 800 donated meals that will be delivered to homebound Salt Lake valley residents on Thanksgiving Day.

Food donations were secured through the Salvation Army and the Utah Restaurant Association, and University Dining Services volunteered its kitchens, supplies, personnel and time to prepare the food and help deliver meals beginning at 6 a.m. Thursday. This is the first year University Dining Services has partnered in this annual effort.

“I grew up in a large family of 10 with a single mother, and our church always made sure my family was taken care of during the holidays,” said U Executive Chef Peter Hodgson, who coordinated the partnership. “Now it’s my turn to do the same for others.”

Hodgson is also a chef mentor in the ProStart program, which is a nationwide organization that provides hands-on foodservice experience for high school students interested in pursuing a career in the hospitality industry. Hodgson has been a mentor since 2002 and has helped the program grow from seven to 52 high schools across the state. More than 30 ProStart students will join Dining Services’ staff to prepare and deliver the Thanksgiving meals. The University of Utah currently mentors two students through ProStart.

The meals will include Norbest turkey, green beans, mashed potatoes, turkey gravy, fresh cranberry relish, sweet potatoes and cornbread stuffing made with a recipe from U Dining Services Director Reggie Conerly.

The U is midway through its annual food drive, which collected more than 402,000 pounds of food and more than $85,000 in monetary donations last year. Donations are accepted through Nov. 30. More information is available here.

“We’re glad to be able to contribute to the university’s effort to provide food to members of our community who might not have had a Thanksgiving meal otherwise,” Hodgson said.

Info for Researchers

Research Updates

  1. Teaching with the Flipped Classroom
  2. SciVal Experts
  3. Mentoring Topic of the Month
  4. Upcoming Research Grant Opportunities
  5. Grant Writing Crash Course
  6. Upcoming Classes in the Research Administration Training Series (RATS)
  7. Research News & Publicizing Research

1. Teaching with the Flipped Classroom

Cynthia Furse, professor of electrical and computer engineering, veteran ‘flipper’, and associate VP for Research at the University of Utah is piloting an online (and flipped!) class called “Teaching with the Flipped Classroom.” It will run from Nov. 24, – April 27, 2014. The goal is to teach faculty how to effectively flip their own classes and incorporate active learning.

Donna Ziegenfuss, associate librarian, Marriott Library, and Stacy Bamberg, associate professor of mechanical engineering will also instruct and coordinate class discussions.

Check out the Canvas site, module topics and schedule here.

There is no cost associated with the class. We will be piloting 12 online modules covering the basics of the flipped class, active learning strategies, flipped course design, video lecture design/capture/upload, helping your students learn flipped, and assessment. Each module will include video and written instructional material, an ‘assignment’ to try out in your class, and a chance to interact with other faculty through the online Canvas site. By the time you have completed all 12 modules, you should have the skills to successfully flip your class. This is a PILOT test, our first time through these modules. We will request your feedback as we go through each module.

To register for the pilot class, please email: melissa.johanson@utah.edu

Teaching with the Flipped Classroom is designed for faculty with teaching experience. It does not cover introductory pedagogy. It is not recommended for new faculty or those teaching a class for the first time.

This project is generously funded by the National Science Foundation (DUE-1245904).
Additional support provided by the University of Utah and Salt Lake Community College.

2. SciVal Experts

SciVal Experts Now Live at the U!

In order to help our researchers form partnerships, demonstrate our expertise to the global research community, and increase research activities at the University of Utah, the Office of the Vice President for Research has implemented SciVal Experts, an expertise profiling and research networking tool. SciVal Experts will make it easier for our researchers and administrators to find expertise and enable collaboration within the university and across other participating institutions by automatically creating individual profiles for faculty included in the system. Profiles are pre-populated with publication histories from the Scopus abstract and citation databases. SciVal Experts then produces a visual semantic index, or Fingerprint, of relevant concepts that instantly reveals each of our researcher’s distinctive expertise, and uses this information to expose valuable potential connections between faculty members. 800 of the most active university researchers from all areas of campus are included in the system, which is now accessible at http://www.experts.scival.com/utah.

The Office of Sponsored Projects has set up a webpage to provide more information, training, and user guides, located at http://osp.utah.edu/grant-life-cycle/find-funding/scival-experts.php.

Please contact Brent Brown at 801-581-3003 or brent.brown@osp.utah.edu if you have any questions or feedback.

3. Mentoring Topic of the Month

Finding Collaborators

One of the most fun, interesting, challenging and creative aspects of research is collaboration. ‘Team research‘ is likely to be cited more often, funded more often, and lead to additional creative ideas. Getting started in a research collaboration may be as serendipitous as meeting someone at the gym, or it may require a detailed search for the right research team.

Here are a few questions often asked about finding a collaborator and getting started in team research:

What ideas do I have that would benefit from collaboration?
How could I get involved in a collaborative group where we could generate ideas together?
What ideas do you have that would benefit from someone helping you? Where might your skills help someone else?
How can I find a collaborator? Or be found by one?
What should I look for in a good collaborator?
How do you organize and run a collaborative team? What goes well, and what might not?

Here are a some resources at the U to help you find collaborators:
OSP Collaboration Page
Find a Researcher
MBM Researcher Database

Also talk with the research dean in your college for ideas on finding and enhancing collaborations. (For a complete list of research deans, contact the Office of the Vice President for Research).

And a couple of good national resources:
Thriving in an Era of Team Science
Collaboration and Team Science: A Field Guide

Finding out about research projects that are going on in your college, university and elsewhere can help spark new creative applications and ideas for your research. Check out your college newsletters, the UofU research news, and research updates from federal funding agencies such as NSF, NIH, AFOSR, and others.

To Do:
Talk with your mentor/mentee about research ideas that might benefit from collaborations, and what types of collaborators would be good.
Find out more about different research projects going on in your college, the university, and outside of the university. (See links above) Sign up for any that you find particularly interesting, or mark your calendar to check them out on a regular basis.
Remind yourself to be curious and creative. Schedule time to think. Check out the resources on the OSP ‘Generate your idea’ page.
Check out the resources above, and bookmark the ones you find most useful.
Invite a colleague to lunch! Go have lunch with someone you don’t know too well, whose research interests you. Find out more.

4. Upcoming Research Grant Opportunities

Limited Submissions Opportunities
NIH Director’s Early Independence Awards (DP5)
Internal Deadline: December 13, 2013

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

6. Grant Writing Crash Course

October 10-12, 2014

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 ample 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 for the October program include two nights lodging at the Deer Valley Resort, use of recreational facilities and most meals. A spouse or 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 for the October 2014 program, or for more information, please contact Tony Onofrietti, Director, Research Education, at 801-585-3492 or at tony.onofrietti@hsc.utah.edu.

The Grant Writing Crash Course program is sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research and are led by Dr. Gary C. Schoenwolf, Distinguished Professor of Neurobiology and Anatomy.

7. 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

Patent and Trademark Searching
Tuesday, November 26 2:00-4:00 p.m.
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Unrelated Business Income and Sales Tax

Tuesday, December 3 10:00-11:30 a.m.
HSEB, Rm. 3515A

Case Studies in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)

Tuesday, December 3 2:00-4:00 p.m.
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Laboratory Leadership and Staffing

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

Mandatory Effort Reporting (PAR) Training

Thursday, December 5 2:00-4:00 p.m.
HSEB, Rm. 1750

8. 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

Students at nanoUniversity of Utah Nanotechnology Conference and Exhibition

The University of Utah’s 10th Nanotechnology Conference and Exhibition, nanoUtah 2013, held October 18 and organized jointly by the Nano Institute of Utah and the College of Engineering to demonstrate and showcase advancements in nanotechnology, attracted almost 200 scientists, engineers, students and members of the nanotechnology industry from across the state. Attendees heard 25 research presentations in either “Materials and Characterization,” “Devices and Sensors,” “Energy and Environment,” or “Nanomedicine.”  Graduate students from around the state presented seventy-four posters while members of the nanotechnology industry exhibited their technologies and services.

Be Wild AwareUtah cougar in snow
Outreach program provided by Hogle Zoo

The Utah University campus extends up into the northeastern foothills, which is home to some amazing wildlife. Cougars are common in the area and may be more visible in the fall and winter when their main prey, mule deer, migrates into the valleys. Most wildlife are active at dawn an dusk, so to avoid encounters this winter pay attention when driving through campus, hiking and biking, watching not just for cougars, but also for mule deer, coyotes and bobcats. Springtime will bring out rattlesnakes and non-venomous snakes.

It is normal to see wildlife close to campus. You can learn more about how to avoid conflicts and observe the animals safely by visiting Wild Aware Utah.

For more information or to schedule a presentation on wildlife awareness for your employees, contact Stephanie Jochum-Natt with Wild Aware Utah, 801-584-1722.

Elf – The Musical
Pioneer Theatre Company
Dec. 6 –  24

This production marks the Utah premiere of the new musical version that took Broadway by storm last holiday season. The musical is based on the 2003 holiday film that quickly became a Christmas classic. It’s an evening of entertainment for the whole family that the New York Post called “a bona fide treat.”

Click here for ticket information or call 801-581-6961.

UMFA Holiday Market
Saturday, Dec. 7, 11 a.m.–5 .pm. 

Holiday decorations, hand-crafted jewelry, ceramics, textiles, note cards, artisan chocolates, and more—from SLC’s finest local artisans. Free admission. Complimentary gift wrapping. 10% UMFA member discount. 

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Alfred Lambourne (English-born American, 1850–1926), Great Salt Lake, n.d., oil painting. Courtesy of Snow, Christensen, and Martineau.

UMFA Exhibition:
The Savage Poem Around Me: Alfred Lambourne’s Great Salt Lake
Dec. 13 – June 15, 2014 

Alfred Lambourne walked the Mormon Trail in 1866, at age sixteen, to Salt Lake City, sketching during much of the route. This exhibition will explore the art—roughly twenty-five paintings—and the writings of this unique and beloved Pioneer artist and his obsession with the landscape of our “inland sea”—Great Salt Lake.

Please visit UMFA’s website for more information and a full list of events.

University of Utah Faculty Club Children’s Holiday Party
Friday, Dec. 6, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Officers’ Club at Fort Douglas
$10 per family
University of Utah Faculty Club members are free

The University of Utah Faculty Club is pleased to invite all faculty and administrators to bring their children and/or grandchildren to participate in this year’s Children’s Holiday Party.

The evening, designed for children ages 4-12, includes the U Musical Theatre Holiday Quartet, Youth Theatre performers, the U Elves, Jubjub the Clown, the Balloon Granny, crafts, photo booth, holiday snacks and treats. Due to size limitations, reservations (with payment for non-members) must be made by everyone and are on a first come first served basis. Contact Shawnee Worsley, (801) 581-5203 for reservations.


Campus Store Events for Faculty and Staff

AppleProductsApple Tax-Free Day: 
Tuesday, Nov. 26, University Campus Store
Friday, Dec. 6, Health Sciences Store

Limited to:
iPad WiFi Standard Models
iPad Air WiFi Models
iPad Mini WiFi Models
MacBook Pro 13” Models
MacBook Pro 13” Retina Display Models

Purchases will be eligible for the Campus Store’s employee payroll deduction program, as well as the Tech Trade-in Program.

For the convenience of faculty and staff located on upper campus, there will be a shuttle service every 15 minutes (11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.) between the Moran Eye Center and the Campus Store.

Staff & Faculty Night:campus store
Friday, Dec. 6, University Campus Store

30%* discount on eligible items all day at the Campus Store, Health Sciences Store and Utah Red Zone locations (Layton, Sandy, Jordan Landing).

Select Apple products academically priced and TAX-FREE at the Health Sciences Store.

Light refreshments served from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Campus Store.

Santa at the Campus Store from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., so bring the kids.

Prize drawing at 7:00 p.m.  Must be present to win. Tickets given out upon entry starting at 5:00 p.m., only at the Campus Store.

Free gift wrapping of your purchased items from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Campus Store.

Author signing and live demonstrations from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Campus Store.

Free parking at pay lots with Campus Store validation.

Please bring your Faculty/Staff ID Card (UCard), a pay stub at time of check-out to receive your 30%* discount. The discount is available all day long with valid ID. Family and friends are welcome to accompany you, so bring them along! Tickets for the prize giveaways at the Campus Store will be given upon entry.

*Cannot be combined with other discounts. Excludes computers, electronics, software, diploma frames, textbooks and special services.

University of Utah Food Drive

The University of Utah Alumni Association is celebrating the 20th annual Utah Food Drive to benefit the Utah Food Bank. This year’s drive runs through Saturday, Nov. 30.

The food drive, which started in 1994 as a small competition for canned food between the Utah and BYU Alumni Associations, has grown into a vital holiday food drive providing food and monetary donations to the Utah Food Bank. In 2012, Utah supporters donated 402,000 pounds of food and $85,000 in monetary support. Although the rivalry competition ended after 2011, doing all that the U community can to ease hunger in Utah remains a top priority. One in five children in Utah faces a shortage of food daily. In addition, many needy Utah families have recently seen their government access to food resources reduced.

You can help support the U’s effort in many ways. You can make a monetary donation online or you can bring non-perishable food items to the Alumni House, 155 S. Central Campus Drive, or directly to the Utah Food Bank, 3150 S. 900 W.

Members of the Student Alumni Board and MUSS Board will be collecting food and money donations at many local grocery stores from Monday, Nov. 25 through Wednesday, Nov. 27. Please help support their efforts.

Please join the Alumni Association in a continuing tradition of serving our community.

U to Warn Reckless Riders

SAFEThe University of Utah launched its campaign in August to make campus sidewalks safer. Officials found that 3-7 p.m. is the busiest time for recreational use of non-motorized riding vehicles, including bicycles, skateboards, rollerblades, etc.

Through the university’s Sidewalks are for Everyone, or SAFE, campaign, Commuter Services personnel as well as contracted security staff have educated or warned more than 500 cyclists and skateboarders in the last month alone. This was part of the first phase of the campaign, which focused on educating the campus community about the policy.

“We’ve had a lot of success with this phase,” said Gordon Wilson, assistant vice president for auxiliary services. “The majority of people we talk to are very receptive, but we’ve continued to see a handful of accidents involving non-motorized vehicles when people haven’t followed the safety rules.”

The policy enforces a 10-mph speed limit for all motorized and non-motorized vehicles, prohibits skateboarders from riding in parking lots or roadways, requires riders to yield to pedestrians, bans non-motorized vehicles from stairways, grass, benches, etc., among other precautionary measures.

As the SAFE campaign heads into the fifth month, safety officers will begin citing violators with written warnings for their first offense. For the second offense, riders will have their vehicle impounded for a minimum of 48 hours and receive a minimum $100 fine. 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.

“We invite everyone to visit campus and enjoy the beautiful scenery, museums, theaters and other resources it offers,” said Wilson. “Our first priority is to make campus a safe place, and this policy is designed to promote safe behaviors. We hope all sidewalk users, including pedestrians, will be respectful and courteous to one another.”

The university’s policy for non-motorized riding devices is available here.

Faculty/Staff Honor Gettysburg Address

Abe LincolnTo honor the sesquicentennial of one of the most important speeches in U.S. history, University of Utah faculty and staff recited the Gettysburg Address in partnership with KUED Channel 7, Salt Lake City’s PBS affiliate.

Watch it here.

U Alumni Celebrate Merit of Honor Award Recipients

Since 1971, more than 500 U alumni have received the prestigious Merit of Honor Award from the Emeritus Alumni Board of the University of Utah Alumni Association. Now in its 42nd year, this recognition is for alumni who attended the university 40 or more years ago (or who have reached age 65) and whose careers have been marked by outstanding service to the U, their professions and their communities.

This year’s Merit of Honor Award recipients are Jess A. Agraz BS’65 MS’71, Virginia Albo BS’63, Dixie S. Huefner MS’77 JD’86, Elaine S. Marshall BS’72 MS’79 PhD’88, and John C. Nelson MD’69 MPH’93. The awardees were recognized at the 2013 Merit of Honor Banquet, Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 6:30 p.m. at Rice-Eccles Stadium and Tower.

Read the bios and see photos here.

Academic Senate Information


December 2, 2013

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

2. MINUTES: Nov. 4, 2013



a. Appendix I:  Resignations, Administrative and Faculty Appointments

b. Appendix II: Career-line, Adjunct and Visiting Faculty Appointments

c. Appendix III: Emeritus Appointments





a. Updated Senate Committee Charges (Formal Proposal to revise policy 6-002 due to Senate Jan. 6, 2014)


a. Diversity Committee ex-officio additions

b. Undergraduate Certificate in Hazards and Emergency Management

c. Academic Calendar Changes

d. Student Textbook Savings Ad hoc Committee

e. Proposal for Writing and Rhetoric Studies Department


a. Proposal for Emphasis for Master of Music — String Performance & Pedagogy


a. Nov. 2013 President’s Report

b. 2014 University Distinguished Teaching Awards


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