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Research Updates

  1. Where are the Repositories for your Research Data?
  2. Upcoming Research Grant Opportunities
  3. Grant Writing Crash Course
  4. Upcoming Classes in the Research Administration Training Series (RATS)
  5. Research News & Publicizing Research

1. Where are the Repositories for your Research Data?

Tuesday, March 4, 2014, 1:00 – 2:00pm
1705F, Faculty Center, Marriott Library

Researchers are now expected to deposit research data into repositories for all to reuse and repurpose. So what repositories exist for this purpose? Come learn about the resources available to find a repository for your discipline. We will investigate what information about your research is needed for depositing data. In addition, we will discuss obtaining credit for publishing data and how to appropriately cite datasets in your publications.

For additional information please contact Daureen Nesdill

2. Upcoming Research Grant Opportunities

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

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

Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences-2014 (ROSES-2014)
Deadline: April 30, 2015

3. 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/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.

4. 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, March 4 2:00pm-4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Proposal Preparation, Processing and Review
Wednesday, March 5 2:00pm-4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 2120

Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Human Subject Research

Thursday, March 6 2:00pm-4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Developing Valuable Intellectual Property
Monday, March 10 10:00am-11:30am
WEB, Rm. 1650

Introduction to Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) and Radiological Health
Tuesday, March 11 2:00pm-4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Investigator Training Workshop: Researcher Resources and Funding Searches
Tuesday, March 11 2:00pm-4:00pm
HSEB, 3100C

Project Management: Implementing the Award Process
Wednesday, March 12 2:00pm-4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Introduction to the IRB, IACUC & IRB

Thursday, March 13 2:00pm-4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 1750

How to Use SciVal Experts and SciVal Funding to expand your Research Impact
Tuesday, March 18 10:00am-11:30am
HSEB, Rm. 3515B

How to Use SciVal Experts and SciVal Funding to expand your Research Impact
Tuesday, March 18 1:30pm-3:00pm
WEB, Rm. 1230

5. 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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University of Utah Asia Campus Approved

Asia CampusThe Korean Ministry of Education announced approval for the University of Utah Asia Campus to be located within the Incheon area, part of one of Asia’s largest free economic zones. The university will begin classes in September, and students enrolling can choose from three undergraduate degrees: social work, communication and psychology. The university will also offer one graduate degree in public health. Additional degree programs will be added to the Asia Campus offerings beginning in the fall of 2015 with the goal of 2,000 U students enrolled at the campus within six years.

In 2008 the University of Utah was invited by the Korean government to be one of the first four U.S. and European universities – all of which are ranked among the top 100 in the world by Shanghai Jiao Tong University – to participate in this new global university campus. A business, cultural and recreational hub, the Incheon Free Economic Zone includes the Incheon International Airport, Incheon Port and the Songdo International City of the Future. It is within 3 1/2 hours, by air, of one-third of the world’s population.

“This approval by the Korean Ministry of Education is a pivotal milestone in the development of an extraordinary opportunity for students and faculty,” said university President David W. Pershing. “Our participation as a founding institution of this exciting global university allows us to also better fulfill our core mission to serve the people of Utah, by providing a convenient, cost-effective way for Utah students to study in Asia.”

Students enrolled at the U Asia Campus will be part of a global student body that includes students from Belgium’s Ghent University, George Mason University and the State University of New York, Stony Brook. Campus operations will be financially subsidized by the Korean government, involve no infrastructure costs for the U, and no expenditures of state dollars.

Read more here.

Sorenson Arts and Education Complex Now Open

Sorenson BuildingThe University of Utah announced the completion of the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts and Education Complex, a $37.5 million interdisciplinary facility for arts and education. The new facility was made possible by a leading $12.5 million donation from the Sorenson Legacy Foundation, the largest single donation in support of arts and education in university history.

“The Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts and Education Complex is truly a culmination of the vision my mother had of bringing together the arts and education to improve the learning experience for Utah students,” said Ann Crocker, president of the Sorenson Legacy Foundation. “We lost my mother last year, but I know she would have been unbelievably proud to know her legacy is being carried forward.”

This new complex will be home to the university’s College of Education and Tanner Dance Program and has been designed to serve as the premier academic hub of evidence-based K-12 arts integration research, training, practice and advocacy in the nation. This unique and unprecedented collaboration aligns with the Sorenson Legacy Foundation’s long-time support of bringing arts-rich instruction to Utah and will focus on five main activities: academic research; interdisciplinary pre-service teacher and arts specialist training; professional development for teachers and education leaders; programming for schools, youth and families; and community involvement and leadership.

“The completion of this building represents the beginning of an incredibly exciting endeavor for the University of Utah that has the potential to profoundly impact arts-integrated education on a national scale,” said David Pershing, president of the University of Utah. “The interdisciplinary work of the College of Education and the College of Fine Arts is focused on the ongoing development of teaching models in which the arts are used to teach multiple subjects. That work focuses on visual arts, theater, music and dance. The nationally recognized Tanner Dance Program will be the resident arts group within the new facility and has a more than 75-year legacy of providing dance and arts instruction for children and adults and professional development for teachers.”

Features of the 110,000-square-foot facility include seven classrooms with distance education capabilities, a 200-seat auditorium, a demonstration space for the latest techniques and approaches for integrated curriculum models, 27 conference and project rooms, six dance studios, a black box theater, an art studio and a costume fabrication shop. A model classroom will make it possible for researchers and educators to observe and demonstrate the latest techniques and approaches for integrated curriculum models.

Read more here.

U Celebrates Women’s Week

The University of Utah continues its annual Women’s Week celebration  through March 6, with the theme “What Matters.” This week of events allows women to connect with each other, identify goals and passions and learn skills to confront the challenges that continue to inhibit women’s progress.

All events for Women’s Week are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

Gay Family Matters
March 5, Noon-1 p.m.
Hinckley Institute of Politics, Orson Spencer Hall, Room 255, 260 Central Campus
Dr. Elizabeth Clement, associate professor in the U’s Department of History, will explore how the state makes and breaks LGBT families through legal and economic rights. She will also discuss relevant issues pertaining to marriage equality in Utah. Clement recently released a book titled “We are Family: Gays and Lesbians and the American Family.”

Women’s Leadership Summit
March 5, 2:30-5:30 p.m.
Peterson Heritage Center, Room 5, 151 Connor St.
This summit, geared toward undergraduate women, provides workshops, speakers and networking opportunities. Associate Dean of the David Eccles School of Business, Natalie Gouchnour, will give the keynote address on women leadership in higher education. This event is open to the public but preregistration is required. The cost is $5.

Money Matters: Negotiating Salaries for Women
March 5, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Career Services Office, Student Services Building, Room 350, 201 S. 1460 East
This workshop, led by Kelly Dries and Amy Jackson from the U’s Career Services Office, will teach women how to effectively negotiate their salaries and provide job-hunting strategies and resume building tips.

Mentoring Matters: Creative Solution Luncheon
March 6, Noon-1:30 p.m.
Olpin Student Union Building SaltAir Room, 200 Central Campus Dr.
The U’s Honors College will sponsor a networking luncheon designed to connect female students with local women leaders in business, nonprofit organizations, activist groups and the arts. The event is free but preregistration is required by emailing

Voice Matters: A Multimedia Concert of Barbara Strozzi, Veronica Franco and Artemisia Gentileschi
March 6, 7:30-8:30 p.m.
David P. Gardner Hall, Dumke Recital Room 204, 1375 S. Presidents Circle
The U’s departments of Music, Languages and Literature, and Modern Dance combine to share the stories of three Italian women who overcame social barriers to become great artists. Students and faculty bring these women to life with a musical performance accompanied by interpretive dance and spoken word.

For information, visit the Office for Equity and Diversity.

Archive Highlights Noted 20th Century Women

Marriot Lib 2Visionary, high-spirited leaders aren’t easily found these days. Most fortunately, a number of women fitting this description have landed on the doorstep of the J. Willard Marriott Library at the University of Utah, bringing with them the Clyde 20th Century Women’s Legacy Archive.

The effort is headed by Aileen H. Clyde, a community leader with a 60 plus-year track record of heading-up major initiatives. Aileen and her advisory board of eight have set out to document and preserve the history of women in Utah (and elsewhere) whose lives and work helped create social and cultural change.

The archive contains oral histories, journals, photographs and manuscripts of noteworthy women from all walks of life. Examples include Karen Shepherd, former member of the U.S. Congress, Esther Landa, granddaughter of a Polish-Jewish immigrant and political and community activist, and Carol Lynn Pearson, Mormon writer, poet, and playwright who authored the pivotal memoir “Goodbye, I Love You.” The one unifying element: women who have in some way made a positive impact.

Event Details:
What: Clyde 20th Century Women’s Legacy Archive Inaugural Celebration
Where: University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library, Gould Auditorium, level 1
When: Thursday, March 6, 7:00 p.m.
Cost: Free and open to the public

Read more here.

Announcements of Interest

UMFA Chamber Music Series
Wednesday, March 5, 7 p.m.

The Chamber Music Series program at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts will feature the Forward 4 Clarinet Quartet—University doctoral candidates Henry Caceres and Kattiusca Marin, and undergraduate performance students Sam Noyce and Jairo Velazquez. The quartet performs a wide range of music, from Latin American to folk to jazz, both nationally and internationally. The series pairs innovative musical talents from the U School of Music with artwork on display in the galleries for a multisensory experience.


To the Unknown Goddess: The Music, Poetry and Art of Strozzi, Franco and Gentileschi Presented by the University of Utah School of Music
March 6, 7:30 p.m.
Libby Gardner Concert Hall
Adults $28 Faculty/Staff/Seniors $16 Students $8
Tickets available at the door

Explore history from a fresh perspective with the art, music and poetry of Artemesia Gentileschi, Barbara Strozzi and Veronica Franco, three Italian women of the Renaissance and Baroque who overcame social barriers to achieve greatness. Visiting lute player John Lenti teams up with U of U departments of music, literature, and modern dance for an extraordinary evening of performance and lecture.


Equity and Diversity Award

The Office for Equity and Diversity is accepting nominations from U faculty, staff and students for the annual Equity and Diversity Award. The awards are presented on the basis of excellence in fostering leadership and commitment to enhance equity and diversity, and expand opportunities for students, staff, and/or faculty at the U.

The deadline for award nomination letters is Friday, March 7.  For more information and to nominate an individual, please click here.


Klea In Concert
Friday, March 7, 8 p.m.
Rose Wagner

Famous University of Utah alumna, Klea Blackhurst, will take center stage at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center in her sassy, musical, one-person show benefitting the College of Fine Arts’ Department of Theatre. Tickets to Klea In Concert are on sale now at (801.355.ARTS). All proceeds benefit the Department of Theatre scholarship fund.


Smithsonian Libraries Lecture Given By Marriott Library Associate Dean
March 10, 2 – 3 p.m. MST

Rick Anderson, associate dean for Scholarly Resources and Collections, will be giving a lecture “Is a Rational Discussion of Open Access Possible?” at the Smithsonian Libraries’ Ripley Center in Washington D.C. The lecture will be webcast live for public access: Click here for more info.


Conversation on Creativity with Doug Fabrizio and Jeffrey Hein
Friday, March 14, 6 p.m.

Join UMFA, KUER, Williams Fine Art and F. Weixler Co. for a live portrait demonstration and interview with Utah artist Jeffrey Hein and KUER’s Doug Fabrizio. Free and open to the public. Limited seating.


For T-Mobile Customers:
The existing State of Utah contract with T-Mobile is expiring. Customers must migrate their accounts to the new state contract in order to continue receiving a 15% discount. To add the discount to your account, please complete the migration form online at
Organization Name: State of Utah
Parent Organization: State of Utah
Corporate Node Number: 11460735

If you have questions or concerns contact Hillary Udy, T-Mobile Advantage Program Rep, 801-816-4559.


For Cancer Survivors: Opportunity to Share Your Experience

If you are a cancer survivor, or know of someone who is, you may qualify for a survey study which can help health care workers to understand the link between cancer, symptoms and medical conditions. If you are 65 years or older, have two or more medical conditions (such as arthritis, high blood pressure, heart disease, asthma, emphysema, diabetes or another condition) and at least one symptom (such as pain, feeling tired, lack of appetite or another symptom) and have been treated for cancer one or more years ago, please contact: Cheri Lacasse, RN, MS at 520-429-1172 for more information.


Summer Kids Program

Summer Kids Program at the Early Childhood Education Center – “Making Connections through the Arts” for K-3rd grade children.  June 9 – Aug. 8, 2014.  Full nine week program dedicated to in-depth learning about music, visual arts, dance, drama and more; weekly field trips; qualified staff; a whole summer of fun! Click here for more information.


UMFA Docents Needed

The Utah Museum of Fine Arts is looking for passionate volunteers to serve as weekend docents. The UMFA depends on a dedicated docent team each year to fulfill its mission and guide thousands of visitors through its halls. Weekend docents lead public Highlights of the Collections Tours on Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 p.m. and on the first Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. Docents  have the opportunity to delve deep into art history and the UMFA’s exhibitions, gain valuable communication skills, and earn rewarding community service experience. If you are eager to become a UMFA docent, please contact the volunteer program manager, Ali Monjar at (801) 581-3580, or click here for more information. Applications are due April 14, 2014.





U Graduate Opens Bakery in Mumbai

2University of Utah graduate Erik Larsen and his wife Cori opened the first of what will become a franchise of cupcake shops in India today. The grand opening is only the first of five set to occur this year and they anticipate 30 to 40 more to open across India within the next five years.

“It’s been an adventure with a lot of trial and error,” said Erik, alumnus of the Department of Communication. “In India, all the products are different and most people cook over an open flame. We are training people who have never seen a whisk and who have no idea what a cupcake is.”

The Larsens created their first cupcake company, Heaven Cupcake, in Salt Lake City in 2010 with the help of the U’s Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute and its Foundry program, a business discovery program for students. The Foundry helped the couple develop their company’s logo, website and a promotional video for the Food Network’s show “Cupcake Wars.”

The couple’s multiple appearances on “Cupcake Wars” gave them international exposure and caught the attention of a group of Indian entrepreneurs.

Now, with their Indian partners, they are launching Boston Cupcakery in Mumbai with a menu that includes classic American cupcake flavors as well as unique Indian inspired flavors such as coriander, anise and chiku.

Since their arrival in India in September, they have been busy experimenting with recipes, managing construction, training new employees and importing ingredients from places as far as France, Switzerland and the U.S. along with overseeing their bakery in Salt Lake.

The U’s Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute, which is part of the David Eccles School of Business, provides a wealth of programs and services to student entrepreneur like the Larsens. Programs include business plan competitions, scholarship opportunities, internships and business incubators.

“Our programs provide an opportunity for students to explore their passions,” said Troy D’Ambrosio, executive director of the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute. “It’s exciting to see the Larsens take their passions all the way to India.”

Learn more about the entrepreneurship at the U at For more information about Heaven Cupcake, visit or follow Cori’s blog at

Academic Senate Information

March 3, 2014

1. CALL TO ORDER: 3:00 p.m. in 1750 HSEB

2. MINUTES: February 3, 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. Revision of Policy 6-100

b. Songdo Academic Calendar

c. Faculty & Student Response Pool Ad Hoc Committee

d. Learning Enhancement and Outcome Assessment Ad Hoc Committee

e. Anti-Vehicle Idling Ad Hoc Committee


a. Revising Policies 6-001, 6-300, and others on academic governance and authority of the Senate and faculties.

b. 2014 Distinguished Innovation and Impact Award

c. John R. Park Teaching Fellowship

d. BoardDocs Training


a. February 2014 President’s Report

b. Senate Advisory Committee on Budget and Planning Survey Questions


Full Agenda available here.

Campus Construction and Commuter Updates


  • Beginning March 10, the temporary sidewalk along the south side of the new Student Life Center construction site will be closed. Signage will direct pedestrians around the site toward Honors housing and along the south side of the soccer field.
  • The Critical Infrastructure Upgrade continues to move through campus with current work at the substation on the east side of Rice-Eccles Stadium, near Life Sciences and along Ft. Douglas Boulevard. A small portion of Ft. Douglas drive will be impacted, but both lanes of traffic will remain open. Because of this work, access to the parking lot west of the Skaggs Pharmacy building is closed. A temporary entrance is located at the corner of Medical Drive and 1900 East. This lot is used primarily for on-campus residents but has some visitor spots and metered parking.


Construction and New Buildings


  • 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

  • Demolition of the Fraser Lab building is complete. Construction of a parking lot in that location is expected to conclude in mid-March. 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.
  • 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:

  • Have a maintenance issue that needs to be addressed? Fill out a work request to get the project started.
  • 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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