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Research Updates

  1. Completed Enhancements to
  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. Completed Enhancements to

Since October 2012, Principal Investigators (PIs) have used to successfully submit over 47,000 project reports to the National Science Foundation (NSF). Over that time, NSF has received feedback and suggestions from NSF awardees and Program Officers (POs) on how to further improve project reporting. The following enhancements, based on awardee and NSF staff feedback, were implemented on March 17th:

– POs will view project reports in HTML rather than PDF, which will allows POs and PIs to view the same layout for a project report.

– NSF will pre-populate the Products, Organization and Participants sections of a project report from information previously submitted in This will save awardees time and reduce redundant data entry.

– The progress report pages will be redesigned to optimize space, minimize scrolling efforts, and become more user-friendly. The default setting for non-critical sections will be “hidden”, users will be able to click “Show Report and Progress Summary” to view sections as needed.

– PIs will be able to edit reporting periods for an Interim Project Report (IPR). This will allow PIs to accurately report specific dates applicable to the task(s) being reported upon.

If you would like to stay up-to-date on upcoming events or future enhancements to and/or FastLane, subscribe to our new System Updates NSF listserv. This listserv is available to both NSF staff and awardees. To subscribe, simply email:  NSF Updates and you will be automatically enrolled.

Where should PIs go for help with project reports?

–  Online Help

–  Project Report Information Page

NSF Help Desk

If you have any additional feedback on project reporting, please email here.

2. Upcoming Research Grant Opportunities

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

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

Faculty Research Infrastructure Award Program
Deadline: May 1, 2014

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

Protocol Billing Grids (PBG) and Medicare Coverage Analysis (MCA)
Tuesday, April 1 2:00-4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 3515C

Introduction to Technology Commercialization and Intellectual Property
Wednesday, April 2 2:00-4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 1730

Introduction to SciVal Funding
Wednesday, April 2 2:00-4:00pm
HSEB, Lab 3100C

Basics of Good Clinical Practices
Thursday, April 3 2:00-4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 3515

Research Participants and the Informed Consent Process
Tuesday, April 8 2:00-4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 2110

Getting Published: Responsible Authorship and Peer Review
Wednesday, April 9 2:00-4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 1730

Principles of Contracts, Subcontracts and SubAwards
Tuesday, April 15 2:00-4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 2110

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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Announcements of Interest

Fulbright Forum
Tuesday, April 1, 2 p.m.
Hinckley Caucus Room

Panelists include Bruce L. Smith, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Fulbright Scholar, Poland; Wesley Sasaki-Uemura, Department of History, Fulbright Scholar, Japan; Mercedes Ward, Graduate Student Scholar, Nicaragua; David Proffitt, Graduate Student Scholar, India; Amir Khabibullin, Foreign Fulbright Graduate Student, Russia.

Panelists will respond to three questions:
1. How did you prepare for Fulbright?
2. What did you learn?
3. How did the Fulbright scholarship benefit you?


Howard P. Lehman Receives Fulbright Scholar Grant 

Howard P. Lehman, professor of political science has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to lecture and conduct research at the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna, Austria in spring 2015. As the visiting professor of international studies, Lehman will teach classes on international politics and conduct a study entitled “Soft Power, Leadership and Foreign Aid: The Case of Austria.” This is Lehman’s third Fulbright Award, having received one for Slovakia (1994-5) and for Japan (2002-3).


DR. JEFFREY BOTKINPushing the Boundaries of Life
Thursday, April 10, 7 p.m.
The City Library

The Natural History Museum of Utah will welcome Jeffrey Botkin as the next speaker in the 2014 Lecture Series: Pushing the Boundaries of Life. Botkin will interactively explore the ethical, legal and social questions surrounding the new field of genomic medicine. Reservations are required and can be made here.

Click here for full details.


What is Peace?What is Peace
Thursday, April 10, 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Okazaki Community Meeting Room (SW 155)
University of Utah College of Social Work

Please join the College of Social Work and Peace and Conflict Studies in a dialogue on inner peace and world peace. They are inviting a diverse group of local clergy to begin this dialogue, which is being held in recognition of the assassination date of Martin Luther King on April 4th, 1968, and in support of the re-establishment of a campus multi-faith student organization. All participants will have an opportunity to listen and to join in the dialogue. Pastor France Davis from Calvary Baptist Church will speak first.


Tanner Humanities Center Symposium:
Faith and Reason, Conscience and Conflict: The Paths of Lowell Bennion, Sterling McMurrin and Obert Tanner
April 11-12, 2014

The Tanner Humanities Center will offer a unique symposium on the lives and legacies of Sterling M. McMurrin, Obert C. Tanner and Lowell L. Bennion. Their stories reveal the tensions between faith and reason, conformity and dissent. This event is presented in partnership with the College of Humanities, Smith-Pettit  Foundation and Michael Morris.

Professor Kathleen Flake (Richard L. Bushman Chair of Mormon Studies at the University of Virginia) will deliver the 23rd annual Sterling McMurrin Lecture on Religion and Culture, “The LDS Intellectual Tradition: A Study on Three Lives.”

For full details, click here.


Electronics Recycling on Campus
April 11, 8 am – Noon
1795 E. South Campus Drive

The Sustainability Resource Center and UIT will host an electronic waste collection at the V. Randall Turpin University Services Building, 1795 E. South Campus Drive. Local company Metech Recycling will handle the collection and material recycling. Metech accepts a large list of items, including computers, televisions, DVD and VCR players, audio and video tapes, cameras, cell phones, batteries and many more. For a complete list, click here. Additionally, Metech provides certified destruction for storage devices.


Fskinscreening2ree Skin Screening
Saturday, April 12, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Huntsman Cancer Institute

Sun-safe behavior and early detection are key steps to preventing skin cancer, including melanoma, the deadliest form of the disease. When caught early, skin cancer has a 98% cure rate. To help Utah residents find skin cancers early, Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah will hold a free skin cancer screening clinic. For an appointment, call the Huntsman Cancer Learning Center, toll-free at (888) 424-2100. Call today, appointments fill quickly.


Symposium: “This Land is Your Land”
Last day for early bird registration

April 15 is the last day to get the early registration price for the symposium, “This Land is Your Land,” which focuses on understanding nature’s resiliency-building and restorative power for armed forces personnel, veterans and their families. Early registration is available for $250 through April 15 ($100 for students) and is $350 after April 15.

The symposium will be held at the University Guest House, Sept. 17-20 and is organized by the Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department at the U in conjunction with the Sierra Club Outdoors. More information is available here or contact PRT professor Daniel Dustin at 801-585-7560.








President’s Gallery and Art Exhibition

Presidents-Gallery-squareA creative spirit that dates back at least a century is thriving on the campus of the University of Utah, and in some unexpected places.

To showcase the work of all artists – whether current students, faculty members or staff – a new exhibition and exhibit space has been established by Sandi Pershing, assistant vice president of engagement at the U.

“This is a creative campus, and I wanted to find a way to recognize talent across campus and to engage the university community in a new and visible way,” said Pershing. “This inaugural campus-wide exhibition supports the UMFA’s Art is 100 celebration, and spotlights the Park Building, which was home to the U’s first art gallery when completed in 1914. This is a great year, and an exciting way, to support the arts at the U and to welcome the public to an iconic building on campus to experience it.”

Visual artists working in all media, from any department on the University of Utah campus, are invited to submit examples of three pieces of their work to be juried by the President’s Gallery Committee.  Accepted submissions will reflect a sense of place – presenting diverse observations on the land, the people, the community, and campus life in Utah and at the University of Utah.

Deadline for submission to the President’s Gallery: A Sense of Place is Friday, April 18. Following the jury’s review, artists will be notified no later than June 1. The exhibition will show in the new space in the Park Building during fall semester 2014. Complete instructions for submitting are available online.

Academic Senate Information

April 7, 2014

1. CALL TO ORDER: 3:00 p.m. in Eccles Institute of Human Genetics Auditorium

2. MINUTES: March 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. Policy Updates to 2-005, 6-001, 6-303, 6-310 (plus rule)


a. Proposal to close out Department of Physiology

b. Proposal to create Population Health Sciences

c. Academic Calendar 2014-2021


a. University of Utah Scholarship Program

b. Senate Committee Reports

c. Graduate Council Review Department of City and Metropolitan Planning

d. Graduate Council Review Department of Health Promotion and Education

e. Graduate Council Review Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy

f. Graduate Council Review Nursing PhD and Gerontology MS Programs – College of Nursing

g. 2014 Distinguished Professors

h. 2014 Early Career Teaching Awards Recipients

i. Calvin S. and JaNeal N. Hatch Prize in Teaching


a. March 2014 President’s Report



Campus Construction Updates


  • The two most northern rows of parking to the east of the Carolyn Tanner Irish Humanities building will be closed off for excavation in preparation for the Lassonde Living and Learning Center’s construction that will begin this fall. These spaces will reopen by April 20.
  • Parking between the Fieldhouse and the law building is temporarily open. A limited number of parking spots near the new law building remain closed, and most spots will close again after May 24. Vehicles can park in the stadium lot while construction is underway.
  • Ten parking spaces on the west end and 10 spaces on the northeast corner of the parking lot to the north of Merrill Engineering will be closed as part of a staging area for campus construction projects. The parking spaces on the west end will reopen in June. The parking spaces in the northeast corner will be unavailable through 2015.
  • The sidewalk and parking spaces on the east side of the parking lot between the life sciences and biology buildings will be closed until Sunday, April 20. The reserved and maintenance stalls have been temporarily reassigned. Traffic flow through this area will remain open, allowing access to the daycare center. Disability access will be on the west side of the biology building.
  • The south side of the sidewalk in front of the Pioneer Memorial Theatre is temporarily closed while a new route is constructed. The new route will improve accessibility from University Street to the theatre for people with disabilities. Access to the west side of the theatre will remain open during construction. The project is scheduled to be completed by April 30.
  • One of the sidewalks between the Union and OSH will be closed temporarily while improvements are made that will enhance accessibility for people with disabilities. Construction will be completed mid-summer.
  • A small section of Ft. Douglas Blvd. will be closed April 1-9 as an electrical duct bank associated with the Critical Infrastructure Project is installed. Northbound traffic will be rerouted along the Heritage Center loop. Southbound traffic will be routed along De Trobriand Street.

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Construction and New Buildings

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 by April 15. 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.

Science Behind Bars

nalini_lecture1In 2013, the Justice Department reported that incarcerated inmates who participated in correctional education programs had 43 percent lower odds of returning to prison than inmates who did not. Recognizing the need for these programs, the University of Utah partnered with the Salt Lake County Jail to bring science education to inmates each month. The first lecture took place March 24, 2014.

Read more about the first lecture and see photos in the Deseret News.

“Bringing lectures and projects delivered by scientists and engineers to incarcerated individuals is an effective way to provide experiential learning, job training and inspiration to a group of citizens who lack access to science education,” said Nalini Nadkarni, professor of biology and director of the Center for Science and Mathematics Education at the U. “These programs benefit inmates during incarceration and after their release by helping them rebuild their lives through education, and thus, helping society as a whole.”

The Initiative to Bring Science Programs to the Incarcerated, or INSPIRE, forges collaborations with scientists, jail staff, students and community partners to provide lectures, workshops, activities and hands-on science projects that focus on science, math and conservation.

“Providing science and math education in the jail will stimulate the minds and change thought processes of our prisoners,” said Captain Matt Dumont, Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office Corrections Bureau. “Learning about things like energy efficiency, horticulture, plants and wildlife will increase their understanding of the world around them and help them engage in society after release. We look forward to seeing the impact of this initiative.”

During her lecture on March 24, Nadkarni, a forest ecologist, discussed the diverse relationships that exist between trees and humans in Utah and around the world. She also spoke about her research involving rainforest canopies and provided information about jobs and professions related to forest science, such as arboriculture and landscaping. Topics of future lectures by other U faculty include biology in microorganisms, applications of mathematics, chemistry of air quality and other STEM topics.


U Commemorates Holocaust

uremembers logoThe University of Utah honors victims of the Holocaust with its annual Days of Remembrance commemoration March 31 through April 2. This year’s theme, “U Remembers,” focuses on communal memory – how people collectively look back at events through memorials, artwork, museums and other actions.

Nationally recognized Holocaust expert James E. Young will give a keynote address, “Memory, Counter-Memory and the End of Holocaust Monuments,” Tuesday, April 1, noon – 1 p.m., in the Gould Auditorium in the Marriott Library on campus.

Young is a professor of English and Judaic studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst who specializes in how communities remember tragic events and the people affected by them. In addition to his books and articles about the Holocaust, he has consulted with numerous city agencies on their memorials and museums, including serving on the Academic Advisory board for the National 9/11 Memorial Museum in New York City.

“The Holocaust epitomizes one of the darkest periods of world history – an example of human cruelty played out on a massive scale,” said Randy Silverman, chair of the U’s Days of Remembrance committee. “It exemplifies a powerful majority’s refusal to tolerate minorities and to respect their right to survive. Commemorating the Holocaust provides an opportunity to reflect on this tragic failing and to understand that the victims were human beings just like us. Preventing this type of atrocity from reoccurring can only succeed if we can begin to recognize the other as ourselves.”

In addition to the keynote address, events for Days of Remembrance include a Holocaust workshop, a candlelight vigil and a panel discussion. All events are free and open to the public, but registration is required for the workshop, which may be taken for one academic credit.

More information about Days of Remembrance is available here.

‘Physics of Freestyle’

physics-freestyle-banner2University of Utah’s College of Science presented its first Physics of Freestyle event, March 27 at the Eccles Center in Park City. The program, which explored the science behind skiing and snowboarding, was geared toward K-12 students.

Read more about the event and see images in the Deseret News.

The 90-minute program explored backcountry and avalanche safety, ski racing, aerials and slopestyle skiing. Prior to the presentation, students had time to meet athletes and industry experts and learn about a variety of related academic programs at the U.

“We jumped at the opportunity to partner on this incredibly dynamic presentation,” said Abby McNulty, executive director of the Park City Education Foundation. “We hope that exposing students to science in this way will encourage them to become engaged in STEM disciplines.”


A ‘Chicken from Hell’ Dinosaur

ChickenScientists from Carnegie and Smithsonian museums and the University of Utah today unveiled the discovery, naming and description of a sharp-clawed, 500-pound, bird-like dinosaur that roamed the Dakotas with T. rex 66 million years ago and looked like an 11 ½-foot-long “chicken from hell.”

“It was a giant raptor, but with a chicken-like head and presumably feathers. The animal stood about 10 feet tall, so it would be scary as well as absurd to encounter,” says University of Utah biology postdoctoral fellow Emma Schachner, a co-author of a new study of the dinosaur. It was published online today in PLOS ONE, a journal of the Public Library of Science.

The study’s lead author, Matt Lamanna of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh, says: “We jokingly call this thing the ‘chicken from hell,’ and I think that’s pretty appropriate.”

The beaked dinosaur’s formal name is Anzu wyliei – Anzu after a bird-like demon in Mesopotamian mythology, and wyliei after a boy named Wylie, the dinosaur-loving grandson of a Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh trustee.

Three partial skeletons of the dinosaur – almost making up a full skeleton – were excavated from the uppermost level of the Hell Creek rock formation in North and South Dakota – a formation known for abundant fossils of Tyrannosaurus rex and Triceratops. The new dinosaur was 11 ½ feet long, almost 5 feet tall at the hip and weighed an estimated 440 to 660 pounds. Its full cast is on display at the Carnegie Museum.

Read more about the “chicken from hell” in the Washington Post.

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