Info for Researchers

Research Updates

  1. Mentoring Topic of the Month
  2. 2014 NSF CAREER Proposal Writing Workshop
  3. Michelson Prize & Grants
  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. Mentoring Topic of the Month

Time & Stress Management/Work-Life Balance

Time is a most precious resource and few faculty feel they have enough of it.

Some common questions are:
How do you balance your professional time between teaching/research/service/clinical/other?
How do you efficiently balance just one day?
How to balance work and life ?
How did you DO it?
What do you say ‘no’ to, and how?

Obviously these answers are varied, personal, and constantly in flux.

Check out a few of these online resources:
Mind Tools
Time Management Tools

Mayo Clinic Stress Management
U of Illinois Time Management
NSFCareer-Life Balance Page (with funding help!)

It’s the end of the semester. Hang in there! This one is easy … Send an email today to your mentor/mentee to schedule a time AFTER the semester craziness is over, to go to lunch or have a cup of tea, an talk about the things you would most like to discuss at this point.

2. 2014 NSF CAREER Proposal Writing Workshop

Sponsored by the NSF Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation, the 2014 NSF CAREER Proposal Writing Workshop will be held on April 7 and 8, 2014.  The workshop will be hosted by the University of Maryland, College Park, MD.  This workshop will cover the basics of CAREER proposal writing and review.  It will include presentations by NSF Program Officers and recent CAREER awardees, a mock panel review using actual awarded and declined CAREER proposals, and a feedback session where small groups will review and discuss the draft CAREER proposal project summaries that each participant prepared.  Participants will also have an opportunity to meet with current and previous NSF Program Officers.  The workshop will be hands-on, requiring that all participants read and review six CAREER proposals, actively participate in the mock panel reviews, which are designed as a realistic simulation of actual CAREER proposal review panels, and provide a draft copy of the project summary page that they intend to submit as part of their own CAREER proposal.  In order to facilitate the mock panel reviews and the review of each participant’s project summary page, attendance is limited to 150.  Data from previous workshops suggest that the success rate of the participants is considerably higher than the overall NSF average.  Correspondingly, this workshop attracts far more applicants than we can admit, so early application is strongly recommended.  In order to provide sufficient time for these important sessions and to encourage networking among participants and facilitators, mealtime activities will be an important component of the agenda, and the workshop fee of $250 will be charged to help defray the cost of workshop meals and materials.

The application deadline is February 15, 2014. The application procedure and tentative agenda for the workshop can be found at

Workshop organizers:
Alison Flatau, University of Maryland,
Brad Kramer, Kansas State University,

NSF Coordinators:
George Hazelrigg, Deputy Division Director, CMMI,
Z.J. Pei, Program Director, MME/CMMI,

3. Michelson Prize a & Grants

Found Animals offers Michelson Grants of up to $750,000 USD for research in pursuit of a single-dose, permanent, nonsurgical sterilization product or technology for use in male and female cats and dogs. To qualify for a Michelson Grant, a proposed project must pursue a technology, mechanism, or pathway representing an innovative approach to nonsurgical sterilization. Investigators are encouraged to submit for “proof of concept” studies in cell culture, rodents, and/or target species. Scientists from a wide range of fields are encouraged to apply.

The first step to apply for a Michelson Grant is submission of a letter of intent. Letters of intent are accepted and reviewed on an ongoing basis and, if approved, researchers are invited to submit grant proposals for a March, July, or November deadline.

The Michelson Prize

The winning entry for the $25 million Michelson Prize will have, at minimum, the following characteristics:
• Single-dose, permanent, nonsurgical sterilant
• Safe and effective in male and female cats and dogs
• Ablates sex steroids and/or their effects
• Suitable for administration in a field setting
• Viable pathway to regulatory approval
• Reasonable manufacturing process and cost

4. Upcoming Research Grant Opportunities

Intramural Funding Opportunities
Community Based Research
Deadline: February 18

Funding Incentive Seed Grant
Deadline: February 18

University Research Committee Faculty Research & Creative Grant
Deadline: February 18

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

Environmental Education Grants
Deadline: February 4, 2014

National Institute of Standards and Technology
Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program
Deadline: February 14, 2014

Department of Commerce
2014 Marine Education and Training Mini Grant Program Modification 1
Deadline: February 28, 2014

National Institutes of Health
Development of an NIH BD2K Data Discovery Index Coordination Consortium
Deadline: March 6, 2014

Particulate Matter and Related Pollutants in a Changing World
Deadline: March 14, 2014

National Science Foundation
Cyber-Innovation for Sustainability Science and Engineering (CyberSEES)
Deadline: April 8, 2014

5. Grant Writing Crash Course

October 11-13, 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/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

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.

6. 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

Grant-Writing Workshop: Foundations and Charities
Wednesday, February 5 2:00pm-4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Investigator Training Workshop: Pre-Award Session
Wednesday, February 5 3:30pm-5:30pm
RAB, Rm. 117

Preparation for Investigator-Initiated Drug and Device Studies
Thursday, February 6 2:00pm-4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Research Data Management, Sharing and Ownership
Monday, February 10 2:00pm-4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Introduction to the Office of Sponsored Projects
Tuesday, February 11 2:00pm-4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Researcher Resources and Funding Searches
Wednesday, February 12 2:00pm-4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Case Studies in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)
Thursday, February 13 2:00pm-4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Grant-Writing Workshop: The National Science Foundation (NSF)
Tuesday, February 18 2:00pm-4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 1750

7. 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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Continuing Education at the U

Continuing Education offers classes and training for everyone aged 2 to 102. Plus, benefits eligible employees get 50% off many of the programs (click here for the full details)

Academic Noncredit
From learning a new sport to mastering a language or taking classes in the humanities, sciences, business and much more, these classes are a great way to experience an academically intense class in a less expensive, stress-free way (no grades or tests). Second session classes start February 26. Information here.

LifelongLifelong Learning
Sprinkle some creative zest into your days and nights with art and photography classes like Timeless Pop Art for the Ages, Exploring the Creative Process and Night Photography. Shake up your kitchen capabilities with food and cooking classes that cover everything from drinks to desserts like Stocking the Home Bar, Italian Rolls, Cooking Korean Food, and Chocolates & Confections. With over 160 classes available this spring, Lifelong Learning has something to match every taste. Information here.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute has long been Utah’s premier academic program for adults 50 and better. With the diverse course offerings, fascinating special events, and hands-on learning, Osher membership ignites your passion for knowledge. Spring term starts March 31. Spring class preview on Feb. 26. Information here.

Professional Education
Professional Education has hands-on training in budget and finance, HR management, leadership and management, nonprofit management, project management, and writing and communication. Information here.

Technology Education
The noncredit, professional development classes and certificate programs cover a myriad of subjects and provide hands-on learning that is immediately applicable in the real world. Microsoft Office, web design and development, cyber security, CISCO and Apple-certified classes. Information here.

Test Preparation
Your first step is to prepare for a graduate school entrance exam with Test Preparation. The U offers GMAT, GRE, and LSAT preparatory courses to help you get started. Information here.

Youth Education
Have kids or grandkids? Youth Education has classes and camps for kids of all ages and interests. SUMMERSCOOL helps kids make tons of new friends, explore awesome activities on campus and at dozens of hot spots along the Wasatch Front, and develop skills in music, photography, fashion, art, science, sports and more! The summer schedule will be posted February 10! Information here.

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Don’t just take a vacation; dive in deeper to your destination with Go Learn. Spring trips include biking along the Camino de Santiago in Spain with Professor Fernando Rubio, or a mythical odyssey through Sicily with Randy Stewart and Taunya Dressler from Humanities. Fall trips will journey to London on Stage, Centennial Valley Montana, and Plein Air Painting in Southern Utah. There is an adventure for everyone. Information here.


Banff Mountain Film Festival

BanffIgnite your passion for adventure, action and travel! The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour will exhilarate you with amazing big-screen stories when it comes to Kingsbury Hall at 7 p.m. on Feb. 18 – 20.  Journey to exotic locations, paddle the wildest waters, and climb the highest peaks. Get your tickets today and be taken away to the most captivating places on earth.

The 2013-2014 Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour brings films to 400 communities around the world. From an exploration of remote landscapes and mountain cultures to adrenaline-fueled action sports, films in this year’s world tour are sure to captivate and amaze the explorer within you. This year marks the 23rd year the University’s Outdoor Adventure Program has hosted the event on campus.

Be moved. Be inspired. Don’t miss out. Reserve your tickets today.  For more information click here, or call 801-581-8516. This stop on the world tour is hosted by University of Utah’s Outdoor Adventures.

National Jurist Ranks U Law No. 2

Quinney-LawThe University of Utah’s S.J. Quinney College of Law ranks second in the nation, just behind Yale Law School, for student clinical opportunities, according to data compiled by National Jurist magazine.

“This recognition affirms our long-standing commitment to preparing students for practice by providing myriad opportunities for hands-on learning,” said Linda F. Smith, director of the college’s clinical program. “It is important for students to have community-engaged learning opportunities to prepare them for their careers, but it also fills important needs in our community.”

The rankings were reported in the winter 2014 issue of the National Jurist’s sister magazine, PreLaw. Law schools were ranked in order of most clinical opportunities and were calculated by dividing the number of clinical course positions filled by the number of students in the school. The data combined both faculty-supervised clinics and field placements of 200 law schools.

Read more here.


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The latest post, “Drone Strikes and the Lessons of Nonlinear Science,” comes from Sean Lawson, a professor in the U’s Department of Communication.

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Are You Headed to the Olympics?

olympicsAre you headed to Sochi for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games? Would you be interested in sharing your experience? We would love to hear from you. Please email

Go Team USA!

Announcements of Interest

 Utah Indoor Clean Air Act Compliance and Smoking On Campus 

As a state agency, the U is obligated to prohibit smoking within all buildings (leased, owned or operated) and in state vehicles. Additionally, smoking is prohibited within 25′ of an operable window, entrance or air intake vent. Cigarette ash cans are placed at entrances, not to facilitate smoking, but rather to provide a place to extinguish and dispose of smoking materials as one approaches an entrance.

The University of Utah compliance plan assigns responsibility for education of employees to supervisors that they might ensure that employees are familiar with and follow these restrictions and to department administrators who have opportunity to pass along these guidelines to students.

University of Utah encourages smoking cessation counseling and treatment for students, faculty and staff through its Student Health Services and Employee Assistance Program.

On campus, the University’s Environmental Health and Safety Department is available to answer questions: 801-581-6590.


Nonviolent Human Rights Advocacy Forum
Feb. 19 – 20
Free and open to the public

In collaboration with the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, the Tanner Human Rights Center will examine new challenges to peace in the early 21st century—challenges that would not have been clearly envisioned 100 years ago when Carnegie’s philanthropies were established. The forum will explore environmental degradation and its impact on international relations, violence by non-state actors, and global economic inequality. The purpose is not just to document these challenges but to examine how new forms of global ethical dialogue and interaction can lead to effective non-violent responses to these challenges. Click here for details or call 801-581-6751.


School of Medicine Distinguished Alumni, Distinguished Service and Distinguished Humanitarian Nominations

Visit the School of Medicine Alumni Relations to see past recipients and to submit a nomination. Deadline to submit a nomination is March 3; honorees will be chosen by May 2014 and recognized at an Awards Banquet at The Grand America Hotel on Oct. 9.


She Loves MeShe loves me
U of U Department of Theatre
Feb. 7 – 23
Babcock Theatre

She Loves Me is a warm romantic comedy with an endearing innocence and a touch of old world elegance and nostalgia. The story follows Amalia and Georg, two feuding clerks in a European parfumerie who secretly find solace as anonymous romantic pen pals, little knowing their respective correspondents are actually each other. Tickets available here.


Red Butte Garden Volunteer Training

Spend this summer in Utah’s favorite garden! Learn about Red Butte Garden and share your knowledge with school children at summer camp and/or with guests from around the world!

Garden Guides Training
Wednesday, March 12, 6 – 8 p.m.
Saturday, March 15, 10 a.m. – Noon
Learn how to lead public and private Garden tours; and serve as a program host for classes and workshops.

School Programs Training
Wednesday, March 26, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Thursday, March 27, 9 – 1 p.m.
Lead young people on exciting educational tours and teach them about the magic of simple botany and ecology.

To register, please email, call 801-585-5688 or visit the website to fill out the online form.


The University Neuropsychiatric Institute, Evening with Experts
UNI Auditorium
Wednesdays, 7-8:30 p.m.

Feb 5
“Drug Identification and Symptomology”
Katie Carlson, MD with Det. Stanton Van Wagoner, SLPD

Feb 12
“Resilience to Stress”
Michael Lowry, MD

Feb 19
“Understanding Suicide Risk Factors and Suicide Prevention”
Doug Gray, MD

Feb 26
“Genetic Modeling: From Cancer to Mental Health”
Mario Capecchi, PhD

For more information, please call 801-583-2500.

The 63rd Annual Frederick W. Reynolds Lecture: A Grown-Up Conversation about Games: Mind, Body, and Soul
Feb. 10, 10 a.m.
Union Ballroom
Presented by Continuing Education and the Office of Engagement
Bob Kessler, Roger Altizer, Jose Zagal, Entertainment Arts & Engineering program at the U of U

Explore the possibilities within the video gaming industry, from the ethics of gaming, to video games designed to heal our bodies. Speakers from the University of Utah’s Entertainment Arts and Engineering program, recently ranked the top program of its kind in the country, will show us new ways of thinking about a popular, and sometimes controversial, pastime.

RSVP required here:

Academic Senate Information


February 3, 2014

1. CALL TO ORDER: 3 p.m. in 1750 HSEB

2. MINUTES: January 6, 2014



a. Appendix I:  Resignations, Administrative and Faculty Appointments

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

c. Appendix III: Emeritus Appointments






a. Proposal for Certificate in Big Data


a. SAFE Campaign Update


a. January 2014 President’s Report

b. Board Docs Training


Link for the full agenda.

Campus Construction and Commuter Updates


  • The Critical Infrastructure Upgrade continues to move through campus with current work at the substation on the east side of Rice-Eccles Stadium and along Ft. Douglas Boulevard. A small portion of Ft. Douglas drive will also be impacted; both lanes of traffic will remain open during construction.


Snow Removal Season

  • Landscape maintenance crews clear snow from the ADA-accessible and main routes through campus before clearing other routes. If you see an area in need of attention, please call dispatch at 801-581-7221.

Construction and New Buildings

  • Demolition of the Fraser Lab building and reconstruction of the parking lot is expected to conclude in early February. Pedestrian access east from the bus stop on Mario Capecchi Drive is rerouted around the Children’s Special Needs Clinic or north of the Fraser Lab demolition site.
  • Construction on the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts and Education Complex continues. It is scheduled to be completed at the end of February.
  • Construction on the new George S. Eccles Student Life Center is under way. It is scheduled to be completed in November 2014.
  • Construction on the Ray & Tye Noorda Oral Health Sciences Building is under way on Wakara Way between the Orthopaedic Center and the Health Professions Education Building. It is scheduled to be completed in December 2014.
  • Phase two of the expansion and renovation of the Kennecott Building continues. It is scheduled for completion in April 2015.
  • Construction on the S. J. Quinney College of Law building continues. It is scheduled to be completed in early 2015.


  • The parking lots between the Fieldhouse 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. 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

  • 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’ website for detailed information about parking, alternative transportation, events and more.
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