Department of Theatre Announces New Season
Campus Construction Updates
- A project to install a chilled water distribution system began May 25 and will continue to move through the southeast quadrant of campus. The chilled water is piped to buildings to provide cooling and air conditioning. Installation of the system will begin near the Field House and will move north toward the Emery Building on Presidents Circle.
- During this project, the parking lot between the S. J. Quinney Law Library and Thatcher Building for Biological and Biophysical Chemistry will be closed. It is scheduled to reopen in August. The stadium parking lot can be used instead.
- The sidewalk on the south side of the Field House is closed through the first week of June. The tunnel under South Campus Drive remains open, and pedestrian and bike traffic is routed to the north side of the Field House.
- The south entrance to HPER West is closed for remodeling and creation of a strength and training area. The sidewalk near the door is also closed. The area will reopen in early 2015.
- A waterline connection project will disrupt a large portion of the Social and Behavioral Sciences plaza, to the north of the Film and Media Arts building; however, foot traffic will still be able to move through the area. The project will begin in early June and will last for about a month and a half.
- 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 campus shuttle and UTA bus stop at the Field House 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
- Minor preparation for the new Basketball Training Facility has begun to the north of the Huntsman Arena. Construction for this project will close a portion of the sidewalk directly to the south of HPER East. Eight parking stalls in the northeast corner of the parking lot east of the Huntsman Center will be closed to serve as staging for construction materials.
- 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 mid-summer.
- 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.
- 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.
Construction and New Buildings
- George S. Eccles Student Life Center
- Scheduled completion: January 2015
- Ray & Tye Noorda Oral Health Sciences Building
- Scheduled completion: December 2014
- Phase two of the expansion and renovation of the Kennecott Building
- Scheduled completion: April 2015
- S. J. Quinney College of Law building
- Scheduled completion: Early 2015
- 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 Fort Douglas Boulevard. Landscape crews will soon re-sod, replace and enhance disrupted areas.
- 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.
Randall J. Olson Receives 2014 Rosenblatt Prize
Randall J. Olson, M.D., professor and chair of ophthalmology and visual sciences and CEO of the John A. Moran Eye Center at the University of Utah, was honored at commencement ceremonies, May 1, with the Rosenblatt Prize for Excellence, the U’s most prestigious award. The $40,000 gift is presented annually to a faculty member who displays excellence in teaching, research and administrative efforts.
The Rosenblatt Prize Committee, a group of distinguished faculty members, recommends selected candidates for the award. University President David W. Pershing made the final selection.
“Dr. Olson has a long, rich history with the University and is an inspired choice for this honor,” Pershing said. “His forward-thinking leadership has effectively put the Moran Eye Center on the national map, bringing life-changing research and outreach, renowned patient care and academic excellence together in one outstanding institution.”
Olson holds a doctor of medicine degree from the University of Utah School of Medicine, where he has been a faculty member since 1979 and full professor from 1982. He was appointed the first John A. Moran Presidential Chair of the University of Utah School of Medicine in 1997, and became the CEO of the Moran Eye Center in 2006.
Olson is the author of more than 300 professional publications and a worldwide lecturer. He specializes in research dealing with cataract surgery complications and infectious ophthalmic diseases.
Under his leadership, the U’s ophthalmology program has grown from a single faculty member in 1979 to “one of the nation’s top ophthalmology programs and vision institutes in the world – the John A. Moran Eye Center,” says Vivian Lee, senior vice president for health sciences at the U. “The U’s department of ophthalmology and Moran Eye Center are now home to more than 500 employees – including more than 30 practicing ophthalmologists and 50 researchers world renowned in their fields.”
Read more about Olson here.
Utah’s Own ‘Monuments Man’ Celebrated at Library
The recently released film, “The Monuments Men,” illustrates how art experts working for the U.S. military helped reclaim looted art in Europe after World War II. In a similar fashion, a man named Lennox Tierney— who eventually came to the University of Utah’s College of Fine Arts as associate dean— worked to save pieces of Japan’s artistic and cultural heritage post WWII.
An exhibition of that work, “Picturing the Past: Exploring Past Images of Japan with Professor Lennox Tierney,” opened at the J. Willard Marriott Library on May 15 and the public is invited to the opening reception for the exhibition.
In 1947 Lennox Tierney went to work as the Arts and Monuments Commissioner for General Douglas MacArthur during the Allied Forces’ occupation of Japan. As an advisor to MacArthur, Tierney was particularly focused on the restoration of damaged cultural sites. He also photographed cultural sites, wrote reports and served as translator when needed. Tierney spent six years locating and documenting the condition of castles, monuments, mansions, bridges, temples, gardens, sculptures and other edifices after the war and its destruction. What resulted from Tierney’s work in Japan is an outstanding collection totaling more than 250,000 photographic slides and films.
Tierney’s immersion in the country of Japan rendered him one of a handful of Americans possessing a deep expertise on Japanese art and culture. After many years teaching art history in southern California and traveling the world, Tierney came to Salt Lake City in the early 1970s to serve as associate dean in the U’s College of Fine Arts and to teach courses on the art history of Asia with an emphasis on Japan. Additionally Tierney served as curator of Asian art at the Mingei International Museum and curator of Japanese art at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts. One of his greatest accomplishments was founding the Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena, Calif.
Upon his retirement, Tierney began donating his slides, films and lectures to the U’s Marriott Library. Staff of the Katherine W. Dumke Fine Arts and Architecture Library within the Marriott Library have digitized more than 11,000 slides and have conducted over 55 hours of oral histories with Professor Tierney. This Web page offers links to Tierney’s digital slide collection, films from his work in Japan in the 1940s, oral histories and streamed lectures from his teaching days at the U: http://bit.ly/1fq8tr4.
In 2007 the Japanese government awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon to Tierney for documenting Japan during the 1940s (and beyond) with his photographs and recordings. His passion for learning about other cultures has taken him to nearly every country in the world. Professor Tierney celebrated his 100th birthday in January.
Mice with MS Walk Again After Stem Cell Treatment
Mice severely disabled by a condition similar to multiple sclerosis (MS) could walk less than two weeks following treatment with human stem cells. The finding, which uncovers new avenues for treating MS, will be published online on May 15, 2014, in the journal Stem Cell Reports.
When scientists transplanted human stem cells into MS mice, they expected no benefit from the treatment. They thought the cells would be rejected, much like rejection of an organ transplant.
Instead, the experiment yielded spectacular results.
“My postdoctoral fellow Dr. Lu Chen came to me and said, ‘The mice are walking.’ I didn’t believe her,” said co-senior author, Tom Lane, Ph.D., a professor of pathology at the University of Utah, who began the study at the University of California, Irvine.
Within a short period of time, 10 to 14 days, the mice could walk and run. Six months later, they showed no signs of slowing down.
“This result opens up a whole new area of research for us to figure out why it worked,” said co-senior author Jeanne Loring, Ph.D., director of the Center for Regenerative Medicine at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, Calif.
More than 2.3 million people worldwide have MS, a disease in which the immune system attacks myelin, an insulation layer surrounding nerve fibers. The resulting damage inhibits transmission of nerve impulses, producing a wide array of symptoms including difficulty walking, impaired vision, fatigue and pain.
Current FDA-approved medications slow early forms of the disease by dampening attacks by the immune system. In recent years, scientists have turned their attention to searching for ways to halt or reverse MS. Such a discovery could help patients with latter, or progressive, stages of the disease, for whom there are no treatments.
Read more here.
New Dean of Social and Behavioral Science
Cynthia A. Berg, professor of psychology at the University of Utah, has been named the next dean of the U’s College of Social and Behavioral Science effective July 1, 2014, pending approval by the Board of Trustees.
Berg has served as interim dean of the college since 2013 and was chair of the psychology department from 2008 to 2011. She joined the U faculty in 1987 and holds a doctorate in psychology from Yale University.
“Professor Berg is an award-winning scholar, graduate student mentor and a collaborative researcher, all essential attributes for directing the U’s largest college,” said Ruth Watkins, senior vice president of academic affairs. “She has also demonstrated valuable leadership skills directing the operation of seven departments with over 200 faculty members and 6,000 students.”
Berg stated that she “looks forward to continuing initiatives we have begun to enhance the student experience— including graduate and undergraduate fellowships, mentoring programs for junior faculty, and programs aimed at enhancing interdisciplinary scholarship across campus.”
Read more here.
Faculty and Staff Night at NHMU
U Faculty and Staff Appreciation Evening at Chocolate: The Exhibition
May 28, 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Natural History Museum of Utah | Rio Tinto Center
301 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City
Staff, faculty, and their families are invited to spend a free evening visiting Chocolate: The Exhibition and all permanent exhibits at the Natural History Museum of Utah. The evening will include chocolate tastings, free truffles (while supplies last) and the opportunity to grind cacao.
Announcements of Interest
U Community Solar
Ready to install solar at your home? Join the U Community Solar workshop to learn more about the substantial discount and simplified process. Now is your time to shine! RSVP preferred, register here.
Aug. 5, Alumni Hall, Health Sciences Education Building, 12-1:30 p.m.
July 31, Summit County Kimball Junction Library, Park City, 6-7 p.m.
Sept. 10, Union Theater, University Union, 4-5:30 p.m.
Sept. 25, Gould Auditorium, Marriott Library, 12-1:30 p.m.
Brain Fitness for a Lifetime” a lecture by Kevin Duff
Presented by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
August 19, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Rice Eccles Stadium
A Workout for Your Brain
Want to keep your brain in tip-top shape? Want to learn and meet interesting people on your schedule without the hassle of tests, grades, or parking? Learn about a special program for you at the U offering stimulating courses, lectures, and special activities. Enjoy a sneak peek of three upcoming classes with top instructors and stay after the keynote to mingle with fall term instructors.
RSVP required. 801-585-5442
New Virtual Parking Permits
Starting fall semester 2014, University of Utah Commuter Services will be introducing new virtual parking permits to campus.
What This Means to You:
No more hangtags. After registering and paying for your permit, your license plate serves as your virtual permit.
You can purchase and manage your parking permit online.
You can register two vehicles on your permit. Only one vehicle is allowed on campus at a time.
Current permit holders who register their vehicle(s) Here before July 31st will have a chance to win 1 of 7 iPad minis.
Clean Air Challenge
In the summer, air quality remains an ongoing health concern along the Wasatch Front. According to the Utah Department of Environmental Quality, vehicle-related emissions are a significant source of summer pollution. Your travel choices make a difference. The 2014 Utah Clear the Air Challenge runs July 1-31 and helps motivate participants to reduce single-occupant vehicle trips with handy planning tools, friendly competition and prizes. This year, the challenge has a new and improved TravelWISE trip tracker. To join the 2014 challenge, register here. When you register, you can choose a U of U team or compete as an individual. For more information, contact Jen Colby, sustainability coordinator, Sustainability Resource Center.
The Registrar’s Office has implemented a new campaign entitled FERPA Certified to ensure that all teaching faculty on campus are familiar with their responsibilities regarding FERPA policies. To become FERPA Certified, faculty members complete the online FERPA Review found on the Registrar’s Office website. Completion of the FERPA Review ensures faculty will retain security access to student information (e-Grading, class rosters, etc.) via Campus Information Services (CIS). The campaign will run through October 1, 2014. Please visit our FERPA Certified webpage for more information. Contact the Registrar’s Office for more information.
Multiple Sclerosis Study
The Intermountain Multiple Sclerosis Project is studying the causes of MS and how a family history of MS can effect a person’s risk of developing the disease.The research team at the U of U Neurology Department is seeking participants over the age of 18 who do NOT have MS and do not have a parent,sibling or child with MS. Volunteers would complete a brief medical history and consent form and donate two tablespoons of blood – about a 20 minute visit.
Please contact Dee Husebye or call 801-581-3661 for an appointment at the Imaging & Neurosciences Center in Research Park.
Upcoming Go Learn Trips through Continuing Education
Writing and Photography in Centennial Valley, Montana
September 17-21, 2014
Plein Air Painting in Southern Utah
October 1-5, 2014
London on Stage
October 7-16, 2014
Northern Italy: Torino and the Charming Countryside
October 9-18, 2014
The Mystery and Majesty of Morocco
October 9-19, 2014
January/February—TO BE DETERMINED
Details not yet confirmed on this trip—stay tuned
A Mythical Odyssey in Sicily
May 13-24, 2015
Biking the Camino de Santiago, Spain
June 12-24, 2015
Architecture and Gardens of Japan
May 21-31, 2015
New Department Created in the College of Humanities
The College of Humanities is pleased to announce the creation of a new department, effective July 1 2014. The Department of Writing and Rhetoric Studies will join six existing departments in the College (English, Communication, History, Linguistics, Languages & Literature, and Philosophy).
According to Maureen Mathison, the chair of this new department, the approval of Writing and Rhetoric Studies brings the U in line with a national trend, which is to offer students a focused and in-depth curriculum in writing. “This will enhance the mission of the university,” notes Mathison. “Students will now be able to learn more about the histories and theories that inform writing and rhetoric; they will also have many more opportunities to practice writing and improve their skills. The major and minor the new department offer are excellent choices for students in any field.”
Continuing Education expands Cisco courses, Training
Technology Education, a division of Continuing Education at the University of Utah, previously offered just one Cisco certification – the basic CCNA. Now, a total of eight Cisco certifications will be offered, following a recent contract signing with Stormwind, an IT training company that specializes in online classroom experiences taught by experts in a live format. Stormwind’s courses last for two weeks and only require two hours a day.
For more information call 801-581-6061 or click here.
The U’s English Language Institute Helps Campus and Locals
English for Special Purposes courses prepare international students to enter, or improve their experience within specific colleges in an American university. They currently offer English for Business, Medical Terminology, English for Engineering, English for Social Work and English for Physics. If you have international students in your department who struggle with terminology specific to their studies, they can design a special program for you. The English for Business course is scheduled for August 4 – 15, 2014. More information available here.
This program helps international students already accepted into an American university brush up on their English language skills. It also introduces them to the local culture through a host family and a variety of activities. It is scheduled for August 4 – 15. More information available here.
ELI also has a variety of English courses that will help anyone with language needs. Intensive courses are offered in eight levels of proficiency.
University tuition benefit policies apply to many of the courses, please click here or call 801-581-4600 for more information.
Leslie P. Francis, professor of law and philosophy, has been elected as vice president of the Pacific Division of the American Philosophical Association, for a term to begin July 2014. She will then serve as the president from 2015 to 2016. Being elected president is the division’s highest honor. Professor Francis also holds adjunct appointments in Family and Preventive Medicine, Internal Medicine and Political Science. She was appointed to the rank of Distinguished Professor in 2009.
New Associate Dean for IT Services
Harish Maringanti will be joining the Marriott Library as the new associate dean for IT Services. Harish is currently at Kansas State University where he has been the integrated technologies services coordinator since 2012. Harish has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science & Engineering from Osmania University in India and a master’s degree e in Computing & Information Sciences from Kansas State University. Harish will begin his duties at the Marriott Library on August 18, 2014.