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U Provides Free Software to Campus Community

20130118_UULIFESTYLESHOOTThe University of Utah has signed a new agreement with Adobe that provides U faculty, staff and students with free access to Adobe’s world-class suite of Creative Cloud software, including Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Illustrator, InDesign and more.

In addition to Adobe Creative Cloud, other free products include Microsoft software and Box, which provides 50 gigabytes of cloud storage.

Faculty and staff can download Adobe and Microsoft software onto university-owned computers for free. The software can also be downloaded for personal use for less than $10. Secure Box cloud storage can be accessed by logging in at with your uNID and CIS password.

2014 Pride Week

Lavern CoxThe University of Utah celebrates its annual Pride Week Oct. 2-11 with the theme “Imagine U: Beyond Marriage, Moving Forward.”

Actress Lavern Cox, who currently appears in the Netflix original series “Orange is the New Black,” will give the week’s keynote address Friday, Oct. 10, 6-7 p.m. in the University of Utah Union Ballroom. Tickets are available at the Union front desk for $10; students can receive two tickets for free.

Her speech, “Ain’t I a Woman: My Journey to Womanhood,” will draw from personal experiences to explore how the intersections of race, class and gender affect the lives of transgender women of color.

Cox’s character in “Orange is the New Black,” Sophia Burset is an incarcerated African American transgender woman. She is the first transgender woman of color to have a leading role on a mainstream television show. Time Magazine named Burset the fourth most influential fictional character of 2013. A renowned speaker, Cox has shared her empowering message of moving beyond gender expectations to live more authentically across the country. Her insights have been featured on CNN, MSNBC, ABC, NPR, VH1 and more.

In addition to the keynote, the U will sponsor a week of activities designed to recognize and support the LGBTQ community. For a full schedule of events, click here.


Asteroid Named for University of Utah

Patrick Wiggins, Utah astronomy educator

Patrick Wiggins, Utah astronomy educator

What’s rocky, about a mile wide, orbits between Mars and Jupiter and poses no threat to Earth?

An asteroid named “Univofutah” after the University of Utah.

Discovered on Sept. 8, 2008, by longtime Utah astronomy educator Patrick Wiggins, the asteroid also known as 391795 (2008 RV77) this month was renamed Univofutah by the International Astronomical Union’s Minor Planet Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

“It’s neat,” Wiggins says. “There aren’t too many other universities on the whole planet with asteroids named after them. So that puts the U in rather rarified company.”

“We are very honored,” says Carleton Detar, the university’s chairman of physics and astronomy. “Patrick Wiggins has been a dedicated champion of Utah amateur astronomy. Next, we’ll need student volunteers to install a large block U on our asteroid.”

Wiggins, who now works as a part-time public education assistant in the university’s Department of Physics and Astronomy, had submitted the naming request in July as “Univ of Utah” but the naming agency changed it to Univofutah – much to the dismay of university marketing officials, who would have preferred “U of Utah.” Wiggins says names must be limited to 16 characters, ruling out the university’s full name.

The asteroid “is no more than 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) across,” Wiggins says. Because of its small size and distance, it is “too far away for even the Hubble Space Telescope to determine the shape.”

Read more here.

Art Returns to the Park Building

"Delight" by Jeff Mauger

“Delight” by Jeff Mauger

One hundred years after the first art gallery on the University of Utah campus opened in the Park Building, art is again to be exhibited there. This new special gallery is devoted to the artistic works of current students, faculty and staff of the U.

“It is fitting to celebrate one hundred years of art collecting at the U by showing work created by a new generation of creative people—whatever their professional disciplines—on the campus of the University of Utah,” says Sandi Pershing, assistant vice president of engagement for the U.

The original Park Gallery grew over the years to the stand-alone Utah Museum of Fine Arts with a permanent collection of 20,000 objects – ranging from antiquities and European masterworks to art of the American West and global contemporary art.

The President’s Gallery is on the third floor of the Park Building and is free and open to the public during building hours.

Read more here.

Info For Researchers

  1. Additional Grant Writing Support Now AvailableResearch Updates
  2. Brown Bag Mentor Workshop
  3. Mentoring Topic of the Month
  4. Undergraduate Research Training
  5. What Can You Spend Grant Money On? Understanding the New Omni-Circular
  6. Grant Writing Crash Course
  7. Research Education Invites You to Join The Research Administrators’ Network (RAN)
  8. Upcoming Research Grant Opportunities
  9. Upcoming Classes in the Research Administration Training Series (RATS)
  10. Research News and Publicizing Research


 1. Additional Grant Writing Support Now Available

Grant Development Team

Building on the success of the Collaborative Research Support Program (CRSP) the vice president for research has increased the level of grant writing support available to faculty through the Office of Sponsored Projects via the creation of a new Grant Development Services team. Grant Development Services will support faculty on strategic, catalytic and capacity building research development activities by matching funding opportunities with resources, promoting new and junior faculty research, promoting large center grants and facilitating multi/interdisciplinary research programs.

The Grants Development team will provide services in three key areas:

Opportunity Matching  

  • Identify new and diverse funding opportunities
  • Assist in identifying research affinity groups and resources
  • Train faculty and staff on funding opportunity identification tools
    • Evaluate opportunities and match to available resources (i.e., people, equipment, and centers of expertise)

Program Development 

  • Support establishment of collaborative multi/interdisciplinary research teams and strategic alliances for major programmatic grants and contracts
  • Coordinate research development events to foster new research initiatives and opportunities
  • Facilitate and coordinate meetings and communications between university team members
  • Facilitate and coordinate external partner relationships for both pre-award and post-award activity
  • Draft institutional elements of programmatic proposals and coordinate individual elements
  • Review and evaluate proposals for competitiveness vis-a-vis funding agency and funding program guidelines and missions
  • Provide institutional guidance on long-term proposal and program planning

Proposal Development 

  • Provide grant writing training and proposal development tools and templates
  • Facilitate pre-submission review
  • Maintain a database of successful proposal and reviewer feedback to increase proposal quality and competitiveness
  • Support proposal preparation for new and junior faculty by:
        • Matching new faculty with successful mentors
      • Providing customized funding opportunity searches
      • Providing hands-on grant writing consultation

Grant Development Space in the Faculty Center at the Marriott Library-

In partnership with the J. Willard Marriott Library, the new home for the Grant Development Services team will be in the Faculty Center on the 1st floor of the Marriott Library. This centrally located space is convenient for a significant portion of campus. Through this collaboration, the Faculty Center is able to offer a significant variety of research development services in a single location.

The Grant Development team is comprised of:

Kathy Christiansen
Karen Krapcho
Dawn Porter
Ceceilia Tso

For more information, please contact any member of the team or Brent Brown, director, Office of Sponsored Projects, or visit OSP Grants Development Team & Grant Resource Center.


 2. Brown Bag Mentor Workshop

The Office of the Associate Vice President for Research & the Grant Resource Center is pleased to announce a new Brown Bag Research Series to be held in the Marriott Library beginning this October. Come learn what the Grant Resource Network has to offer you as you prepare your next research proposal. Grab a lunch at the library café, network with your colleagues and discover the possibility of new collaborations.

All workshops will be held in the Marriott Library Rm, 1170.

Finding Funding
Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014
12:15 am – 1:15 pm
MLIB, Rm. 1170

Generating Research Ideas
Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014
12:15 pm – 1:15 pm
MLIB, Rm. 1170

Grant Writing – Support Available
Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
MLIB, Rm. 1170

Time and Stress Management/Work-Life Balance
Tuesday, Mar. 17, 2015
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
MLIB, Rm. 1170

Mentoring Graduate Students
Tuesday, Apr. 21, 2015
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
MLIB, Rm. 1170


 3. Mentoring Topic of the Month 

First Year Faculty: Finding Funding

Finding funding is one of a researcher’s biggest thoughts and concerns. Here are a few questions sometimes asked about developing a research strategy and finding funding:

  • Where do people in my discipline commonly find funding?
  • Are there other creative places my work might be funded?  Is there funding specific to an application of your idea rather than just the idea itself?  What about foundations or corporations?
  • How many grants should I write? Should they be ‘big grants’ or smaller ones?
  • How can I find collaborators? How can I decide if I should be the PI or the coPI on these grants?
  • Should I start with a good idea, and then find funding that may or may not match it perfectly, or should I start with a good source of funding (an upcoming deadline, for instance), and then think of a good idea that matches that funding really well?

Here are resources available at the U:

To Do:

  • First, please give us feedback. We want to know if you contacted your mentor/mentee last month, how this online mentoring backbone is working for you, and any special questions you might like to see addressed that aren’t already in our list.
  • Plan your short and long term research strategy.
  • Talk with your mentor/mentee about it.
  • Sign up for SciVal funding search tool , if you haven’t already.
  • Sign up to receive Research Updates from the vice president for research (if you are a currently funded PI, you will receive these automatically).

Second Year Faculty: Publication 

Publication of your research results is an exciting way to share your ideas with other researchers in your area, with people who might apply your findings and with the general public. The culture of publication can be different from discipline-to-discipline, so it is especially useful to talk with your mentor/mentee and other colleagues about this. If you are working in a new area, talk with your collaborators and others in that discipline to learn more.

Here are some common questions about publication:

Here is a link to resources for aspects of sharing your research on the OSP Grants LifeCycle.

Choosing a journal:

  • Which publication(s) are most highly respected in your area? Information on Citation and Metrics may be helpful, but seasoned experience can also help choose the right journal for your work.
  • Which are most appropriate for your research results? For example, if you find yourself ‘referencing’ papers from a particular journal, maybe that is where you work would fit as well. If you have no references from a particular journal, the editor may wonder if your work fits there.
  • Check out UofU RATS training on this subject.

Culture and Changes in Publication:

  • How much should I put in my paper?  Some disciplines complete several years of work before publicizing results, and others expect more incremental updates along the way.  What is yours like?

Self-Plagiarism:  Your publications are likely to naturally build upon each other.

  • Can you re-use figures, introductory material, etc. from one paper to the next? What about writing a journal article to follow a conference presentation (how much can you re-use)?  What about writing a paper for a technical journal and similar material for an application-specific journal or the popular press, as well? What are the standards of self-plagiarism in your particular discipline? See the ORI Link on Ethics in Writing .

Open-Access / OA / Publically-Available Research:

  • Many sponsors (most notably NIH) require public access to publications, data, etc. created under their funding.  There are many discussions about Open Access Publications, where the material is free for the reader, but the author pays the publication costs.  Many faculty want to put links to their publications, so prospective students, colleagues, etc. can find their work quickly and easily. What are the standards and discussions within your discipline?

Your Career:

  • Expectations for publication vary from discipline to discipline and therefore from department to department.  What are the expectations in your department?
  • How can you increase the IMPACT and VISIBILITY of your work? Check out the UofU RATS training on this subject.
  • What are the relative merits of journal articles, conference presentations, performances, recordings, books or book chapters, invited presentations, keynote presentations, patents, mass media and other public outreach, etc.?
  • Check out ‘Things I Wish They Had Told Me’ by Richard Felder.


  • How do you find the time to write???!  See ”How to Write Anything “ by Richard Felder.
  • How can you write better?
  • How can you help your students be better writers, so you can publish together more easily?
  • The UofU Writing Center is here to help you and your students with writing and editing grants, papers, and thesis/dissertations.

To Do:

  • Start by making a list of all of the past/existing work you may not yet have ready for publication, and ideas for future work that will hopefully lead to additional publications.
  • Talk with your mentor about publication in your discipline.
  • Find out about publication expectations in your department and college.  Talk with your mentor, chair, and others.
  • Decide how you want to create and measure the IMPACT and VISIBILITY of your research. How is this typically done in your field? If applicable in your area, check out the citations on your current publications, and metrics on journals you have published in or are considering publishing in.  Citation and Metrics 
  • Plan your publication strategy (what publications you want to do, and when).  Put this on your calendar.
  • Find out more about copyright and self-plagiarism in your discipline.
  • Schedule regular to time(s) to write on your weekly calendar.


 4. Undergraduate Research Training

All University of Utah undergraduate students are invited to attend the upcoming OUR seminars and workshops. For any questions regarding details on upcoming events, please contact Rachel Hayes-Harb.

The Art of Abstract Writing
Mon, Oct. 6, 2014
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Location: Union Den

Are you planning to submit an abstract to UCUR, NCUR, or Research Posters on the hill? Would you like help polishing your UROP abstract? The Art of Abstract Writing presentation will acquaint students with the basic conventions of abstract writing. Zac Chatterley and Aaron Philips will be the presenters at this event.

Community-Based Research
Thurs, Oct. 9, 2014
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Location: Union Room 323

Come learn about the opportunities for Community-Based Research from the new director of the Bennion Center, Dean McGovern. Please invite your friends and colleagues!


5. What Can You Spend Grant Money On? Understanding the New Omni-Circular

Research Education and the Office of Research Management & Compliance are offering informational sessions on the new OMB Uniform Guidance, which becomes effective for all new federal awards, and new funding for existing awards, on December 26, 2014. The new OMB Uniform Guidance will supersede administrative requirements, cost principles, and audit requirements previously described in OMB Circulars A-21, A-87, A-110, and A-122 for federal awards to educational institutions.  Participants will learn about the specific changes in regulations that impact the University and will have the opportunity to ask questions.  The following dates are open for registration:

Monday, September 29, 2014
1:00pm – 3:00pm
Intermountain Network Scientific CC (INSCC) Auditorium

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
10:00am – 11:30am
Health Sciences Education Building (HSEB), Room 1750

For complete information and to register online, please visit the Special Events page on the Research Education website.


6. Grant Writing Crash Course

May 1-3, 2015
The Lodges at Deer Valley Resort
Park City, Utah

Open to all Faculty members from the Health Sciences and Main Campus!

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 May 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 May 2015 program, or for more information, please contact Tony Onofrietti, director, Research Education, at 801-585-3492.

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


 7. Research Education invites you to join the Research Administrators’ Network (RAN)!

The mission of the Research Administrators’ Network (RAN) is to provide informative peer-to-peer networking, support and guidance for the benefit of the University Research Administrative community. By becoming a member of the RAN you will receive notifications about new funding opportunities, announcements about upcoming research-related events, and will gain access to the RAN Canvas™ Site, which offers numerous resources including a real-time Peer Discussion Board. To become of member of the Research Administrators’ Network (RAN) please contact Danny Trujillo, research education project coordinator, at 801-585-3958.


8. Upcoming Research Grant Opportunities 

Limited Submission Opportunities

Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) in Engineering and Computer Sciences
Internal Deadline: September 17, 2014

Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE)
Internal Deadline: September 23, 2014

Academic-Community Partnership Conference Series (R13)
Internal Deadline: September 26, 2014

Intramural Funding Opportunities:

Seed Grant Program:
Internal Deadline: August 20 and February 15

University Research Committee:
Faculty Research and Creative Grant Program
Internal Deadline: August 20, November 20, and February 15

URC Faculty Fellow Awards
Internal Deadline: October 23

Distinguished Scholarly and Creative Research Awards
Internal Deadline: October 15

Research Instrumentation Fund (RIF) Program:
Internal Deadline: December 15, 2014

MRSEC Seed Grant Program
Internal Deadline: October 15, 2014

The NSF Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) at the University of Utah is pleased to announce the fourth round of competition for Seed funding that will support new research related to the goals of the MRSEC. This program will potentially support basic and translational studies in materials science and engineering that would otherwise be considered eligible for support through the Division of Materials Research (DMR) of the NSF. The emphasis of this program is on developing new directions that can potentially form a third independent Interdisciplinary Research Group (IRG). The current two existing IRGs are (i) Plasmonic Metamaterials and (ii) Organic Spintronics.

Successful proposals will discuss how the proposed research could lead to the formation of a new IRG, why the proposed research is a promising area for an independent new IRG, and whether or not other large-scale centers already exist in the area of the proposed research. Given the broad research topics covered within an IRG, Seed proposals from a group of investigators are strongly recommended.

One copy of the proposal should be submitted, along with the Document Summary Sheet, to the MRSEC Seed Program Committee at Proposals will not be returned. If human subjects or animal research is involved, provide one copy of the IRB or IACUC. Applications must be made and approved prior to funds being released.

The application must include the following:

  • Abstract of the proposal: 1 page
  • Technical proposal (including a statement of why the proposed research is a promising 
area for an independent new IRG): limited to 3 pages
  • References: limited to 1 additional page
  • Budget (Excel format)
  • Current and pending support (list yearly direct funds for each grant)
  • Biographical sketch: (limited to 3 pages)
  • Letter of support from department chair
  • List of 4 potential reviewers – 2 can be within your department and 2 outside your 
department; must be University of Utah faculty, excluding members of the MRSEC Executive and Seed Program Committees.

Any questions or concerns regarding eligibility of applicants and areas of research eligible for funding under this program should be directed to the chair of the MRSEC Seed Program Committee, Michael H. Bartl prior to preparing an application.

External Funding Opportunities

Minerva Research Initiative
White Papers Deadline: Friday, October 31, 2014 by 3:00 PM EST
Full Proposal External Deadline: January 30, 2015 at 3:00 PM EST

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) is interested in receiving proposals for the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD)-led Minerva Research Initiative (, a DoD-sponsored, university-based social science research program initiated by the Secretary of Defense.

The program focuses on areas of strategic importance to U.S. national security policy. It seeks to increase the Department’s intellectual capital in the social sciences and improve its ability to address future challenges and build bridges between the Department and the social science community. Minerva brings together universities, research institutions, and individual scholars and supports multidisciplinary and cross-institutional projects addressing specific topic areas determined by the Department of Defense. The Minerva Research Initiative aims to promote research in specific areas of social science and to promote a candid and constructive relationship between DoD and the social science academic community.

White papers and full proposals are solicited which propose basic research in the following four topics / eleven subtopics listed below.  The detailed descriptions of each — found in Section VIII of the BAA referenced above — are intended to provide the proposer a frame of reference and are not meant to be restrictive. Topics are not mutually exclusive and proposals may consider issues relating to questions, scope, or regions beyond those listed.

(1) Identity, Influence, and Mobilization

(1-A)   Culture, identity, and security

(1-B)   Belief formation and influence

(1-C)   Mobilization for change

(2) Contributors to Societal Resilience and Change

(2-A)   Governance and rule of law

(2-B)   Resources, economics, and globalization

(2-C)   Additional factors impacting societal resilience and change

(3) Power and Deterrence

(3-A)   Power projection and diffusion

(3-B)   Beyond conventional deterrence

(4) Innovations in National Security, Conflict, and Cooperation

(4-A)   Analytical methods and metrics for security research

(4-B)   Emerging topics in conflict and security

Proposals will be considered both for single-investigator awards as well as larger, multidisciplinary and multi-institution teams.  This competition is open to institutions of higher education (universities), including DoD institutions of higher education and foreign universities.  Non-profit institutions and commercial entities are also eligible to compete as collaborators on university-led proposals. For more information, visit the Minerva Research Initiative Proposal at GRANTS.GOV.

Integrated NSF Support Promoting Interdisciplinary Research and Education (INSPIRE)

The Integrated NSF Support Promoting Interdisciplinary Research and Education (INSPIRE) pilot seeks to support bold interdisciplinary projects in all NSF-supported areas of science, engineering, and education research. INSPIRE has no targeted themes and serves as a funding mechanism for proposals that are required both to be interdisciplinary and to exhibit potentially transformative research. Complementing existing NSF efforts, INSPIRE was created to handle proposals whose:

  • Scientific advances lie outside the scope of a single program or discipline, such that substantial funding support from more than one program or discipline is necessary.
  • Lines of research promise transformational advances.
  • Prospective discoveries reside at the interfaces of disciplinary boundaries that may not be recognized through traditional review or co-review.

To receive funding as an INSPIRE-appropriate project, all three criteria must be met. INSPIRE is not intended to be used for interdisciplinary projects that can be accommodated within other NSF funding mechanisms or that continue well-established practices.

Prospective Principal Investigators must receive approval to submit a proposal from at least two NSF Program Officers, in intellectually distinct programs, whose expertise is most germane to the proposal topics. Consultations with Program Officers prior to submission are required in order to aid in determining the appropriateness of the work for consideration under the INSPIRE mechanism. Only after approval is provided by at least two NSF Program Officers in distinctly different research areas may a proposal be submitted. For more information, please visit the INSPIRE Proposal at NSF.GOV. 

Alan T. Waterman Award
External Deadline: October 24, 2014

The National Science Foundation is pleased to accept nominations for the 2015 Alan T. Waterman Award. Each year, the Foundation bestows the Waterman Award to recognize the talent, creativity, and influence of a singular young researcher. The award consists of a $1,000,000 prize, a medal, a certificate, and a trip for two to Washington, DC, to receive the award. Nominees are accepted from any field of science or engineering and must be submitted electronically through the NSF Fastlane System. For more information, visit the Alan T. Waterman Award Proposal at NSF.GOV.

NIH: Self-Management for Health in Chronic Conditions (R01)
External Deadline: February 5, 2015

NIH: Self-Management for Health in Chronic Conditions (R21)
External Deadline: February 16, 2015

NIH: Self-Management for Health in Chronic Conditions (R15)
External Deadline: February 25, 2015

The purpose of this initiative is to support research in self-management focused across conditions. A recent report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) identifies the epidemic of chronic condition as the nation’s leading health challenge and calls for cross-cutting, coordinated public health actions for “living well with chronic illness”.  This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) addresses that recommendation by describing an initiative that focuses on self-management as a mainstream science in order to reduce the burden of chronic illnesses/conditions. Self-management is the ability of the individual, in conjunction with family, community, and healthcare professionals, to manage symptoms, treatments, lifestyle changes, and psychosocial, cultural, and spiritual consequences associated with a chronic illness or condition. For more information, please visit Self-Management for Health in Chronic Conditions (R21) Proposal at GRANTS.NIH.GOV.


9. 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 

OMB Uniform Guidance: Understanding the New OMNI-Circular
Monday, Sept. 29
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
INSCC Auditorium

Best Practice Roundtable: Establishing an Umbrella IRB Application for Secondary Data Analyses
Tuesday, Sept. 30
10:00 am – 11:30 am
HSEB, Rm. 3515D

Introduction to the IRB, the IACUC and the IBC
Tuesday, Sept. 30
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Getting Published: Responsible Authorship and Peer Review
Wednesday, Oct. 1
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
HSEB, Rm. 1730

Financial Management in Clinical Research
Thursday, Oct. 2
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Grant-Writing Workshop: Foundations and Charities
Friday, Oct. 3
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Marriott Library, Rm. 1170

Mandatory Effort Reporting (PAR) Training
Monday, Oct. 6
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Introduction to Research Integrity
Tuesday, Oct. 7
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Introduction to Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) and Radiological Health
Wednesday, Oct. 8
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
HSEB, Rm. 2120

Investigator Training Workshop: Clinical Research Session
Wednesday, Oct. 8
3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
RAB, Main Conference Room 117

Researcher Resources and Funding Searches
Thursday, Oct. 9
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
HSEB, Rm. 4100B

OMB Uniform Guidance: Understanding the New OMNI-Circular
Tuesday, Oct. 14
10:00 am – 11:30 am
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Tissue Banking in Research
Tuesday, Oct. 14
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
HSEB, Rm. 175


10. 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 howto, along with contact information, may be found at: Publicizing Research and Working with the Media.


Announcements of Interest

Vigilant Guard Exercise
Nov. 3-6
University of Utah campus

The University of Utah is partnering with the Utah Division of Emergency Management and the Utah National Guard to participate in Vigilant Guard Utah 2014, a multiagency earthquake-response exercise in various locations along the Wasatch Front including the U campus.

Emergency responders will be conducting simulations of security sweeps, victim recovery and search and rescue missions around campus. There will be various emergency vehicles on campus, including a helicopter, which will land on Stillwell field multiple times throughout the exercise. The operations center will be located near the HPER mall and will include emergency personnel, U volunteers and multiple check-points. 

More information will be distributed as the event draws closer.

Fam FriendlyMarriott Library Family Events

Family Reading Room Grand Opening
Tues, Sept. 30, 4 – 6 p.m.
Marriott Library, level 3
Children’s book reading, crafts, cupcakes and photos with Swoop.

Family Health Day
Wed, Oct. 1, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Marriott Library, level 3
Flu shots, vision screenings and wellness consultations

Family Movie Day
Sat, Oct. 4, 10:00 a.m.
Marriott Library, Gould Auditorium, level 1
Toy Story 3

Step Afrika! Performs at Kingsbury Hall
Saturday, October 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Kingsbury Hall

Kingsbury Hall Presents Step Afrika!, an explosive musical dance performance that uses movement, stomps, claps and chants to create a percussive experience. Tickets are available here.

Step Afrika! is the first professional company in the world dedicated to the tradition of stepping. Their performances are powerfully visual and aural experiences that move, educate and unify audiences.  The company completes an annual 50-city tour of colleges and theaters from Maine to Mississippi and is a national model for the use of stepping in education, espousing themes such as teamwork, academic achievement and cross-cultural understanding.

lassondePublic Welcome: Lassonde Studios ‘Sneak Peek and Groundbreaking’
Friday, Oct. 10, 11 a.m.

All are welcome to the “Sneak Peek and Groundbreaking” event for the Lassonde Studios at the construction site east of the Carolyn Tanner Irish Humanities Building (215 S. Central Campus Dr.). The event will feature virtual 3D tours, prototype “living pods,” student showcase, presentations and more.

Scheduled to open in fall 2016, the Lassonde Studios will be the new home for student innovators and entrepreneurs at the U. The facility will feature 400 unique residences and a 20,000-square-foot “garage” open for all students to attend events, build prototypes and launch companies. The Lassonde Studios will be the place where any student, from any background or major, can “Live. Create. Launch.”

2014 Staff Excellence Awards
Monday, Oct. 13, noon
University Guest House, Douglas Ballroom

Award recipients will be selected from the 24 winners of the District Staff Awards and will be announced at the lunch. To purchase a ticket ($17 per person), contact Terri Crow or call 801-581-3117 by Oct. 6.

2014 District Staff Award Recipients

Academic Affairs:
Darci Berg, Graduate School
Mark Bryant, Civil & Environmental Engineering
Rebecca Meadows Anderson, Virginia Tanner Creative Dance
Natalie Montoya, College of Humanities
Ashley Quimby, Materials Science & Engineering

Administrative Services:
Randi Ruff, Purchasing
Kristen Shulsen, Environmental Health and Safety
Juan Sosa, Print & Mail Services

General Administration:
Paul Burrows, University IT
Amanda Gutierrez, Payroll

Academic Health Sciences
Joe Aruscavage, Biochemistry
Christina Echeverria, College of Nursing
Bella Johnson, HCI Schiffman Lab
Anthony Pomicter, HCI Deininger

Student Affairs:
Leslie Bolton, Career Services
Ryan Randall, Office of the Dean of Students

University Hospital:
Jill Austin, Stroke Center
Alisha Berry, Epilepsy Clinic
Debbie Day, ITS Program Office
Deirdre Driscoll, HCH, Clinic 2C
Jennifer Kelley, HCH, Surgical
Rachelle Montoya, Transplant Administration
Heather Smith, South Jordan Health Center
Kari Smith, South Jordan Health Center

Bennion Center Public Service Professorship Request for Proposals

An award of $7,500 will be given to the recipient of the 2014-15 Bennion Center Public Service Professorship. This grant is designed to help a faculty member strengthen community-engaged learning experiences and opportunities and to foster stronger partnerships with the local community. It is open to all faculty members at the U. The Public Service Professorship is made possible by the generous support from Vice President of Academic Affairs.

More information and applications are available online. Letters of intent are due Jan. 2, 2015. Final proposals are due Jan. 28, 2015.

Floral_Walk_SummerRed Butte Garden Named 2nd Most Stunning in the Country

The Best Masters Programs website recently ranked the top 50 most stunning university gardens and arboreta in the country and Red Butte Garden came in second place. Red Butte was recognized for it’s stellar botanical gardens, hiking trails and amphitheater. See the entire list here.

University of Utah Diabetes Prevention Research Program

Are you at risk for diabetes? Click here to take the quiz.

If the answer is yes, and you want to join a 12 month research study that will help you learn more about decreasing your risk for diabetes, email the University of Utah Diabetes Prevention Research Program and provide your phone number. A Diabetes Prevention Program Lifestyle Coach will call you to ask a series of questions to determine eligibility. Click here to see the video.

Research Study

Researchers in the Department of Anesthesiology are conducting an IRB approved study for females 21-65 years of age that have fibromyalgia and do not exercise regularly (less than 30 minutes per week). They are also recruiting healthy volunteers that do not have chronic pain and do not exercise regularly. The purpose of this research project is to examine if sleep is related to thermal and ischemic pain sensitivity and cellular aging in women with Fibromyalgia compared to healthy volunteers. After an initial visit, participants will monitor their sleep using a wrist watch for seven days then return for a single testing visit where researchers will evaluate two different methods to test pain tolerance and threshold. There will be compensation for time and participation. For more information, please contact the study coordinator at (801) 581-4232.

U Solar Program Extended

UCS Installation EmigrationSince the University of Utah Community Solar program launched on Earth Day this year, more than 160 people have installed residential rooftop solar panels, totaling more than 750 kilowatts of energy. Over the lifetime of the solar panels, that’s equivalent to taking almost 4,000 cars off the road.

You still have a chance to join our program — the deadline to participate has been extended to Oct. 24. To get started, take the solar survey, which takes just 5-10 minutes to complete and asks questions about your home and electricity usage. There is no commitment by taking the survey.  Upon completion, an installer will contact you to discuss your goals and budget in more detail.

To learn more, attend the last information session:

Thursday, Oct. 16, 5:30p.m., Health Sciences Education Building, Alumni Hall, 26 South 2000 East (RSVP here)

Academic Senate Agenda


October 6, 2014

1. CALL TO ORDER: 3:00 p.m. in WEB L105

2. MINUTES: September 8, 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. Update on Interim Rule 4-004D: Health Sciences Encryption of Protected Health


a. Employee & Student Wellness

b. Student Textbook Savings follow-up report

c. 2014-2015 Investment Committee Meetings-Report to Academic Senate

d. Graduate Council Review of Physics and Astronomy

e. Graduate Council Review of Languages and Literature


a. September 2014 President’s Report


Construction and Commuter Updates


  • Construction on the new Lassonde Studios will begin Nov. 1, but a construction fence will go up in early October in preparation for the groundbreaking and site preparation. The building will be located to the east of the Languages and Communication building (LNCO) and northeast of the Tanner Humanities Building. About 300 parking stalls will be unavailable during construction.
  • The Critical Infrastructure Project is currently underway in the Health Sciences area of campus and to the south of the new Ambulatory Care Complex. The road in front of the Huntsman Cancer Institute will remain open until Oct. 6. After that, traffic will be rerouted through Nov. 16.  Work will also take place along Connor Road and on Red Butte Canyon Road. One lane will remain open at all times. Construction for this project on main campus is happening to the east of University Street near Pioneer Memorial Theatre, to the south of the Sill Center, and to the west of Honors Housing.



  • Construction began on the Northwest Parking Garage, located between the Naval Sciences and Sutton buildings on 100 South. The garage is scheduled to open in fall 2015. For a comprehensive map of parking alternatives, click here. This will close the surface lot between Sutton and Naval Sciences and the adjacent reserved lot to the south of Naval Science; accessible parking will remain in the area. Pedestrian routes through the area will remain open.
  • A project to install a chilled water distribution system began May 25 and will continue to move through the southwest quadrant of campus. The chilled water is piped to buildings to provide cooling and air conditioning. Installation of the system is currently underway near the Life Sciences building. A small area of parking is still closed as a result of the project. Stalls will remain closed through the end of October.
  • A project to upgrade the Ivor Thomas labs in the Mining Systems Research Lab began in mid-June. The parking lot to the west will be closed to the public through November.
  • 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 in the northeast corner will be unavailable through 2015.
  • Construction for the new Jon M. and Karen Huntsman Basketball Training Facility began to the north of the Huntsman Center. Forty 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 Business Loop is currently closed to through traffic as extensive utility work occurs in the road. The pay lot remains open. The Business Loop will remain closed while the Business Loop Parking Garage is under construction.
  • Construction on the Huntsman Cancer Institute’s Primary Children’s & Families’ Cancer Research Center began in early September. The construction site is directly to the south of the Huntsman Cancer Institute. The building will be complete in December 2016. This project requires a temporary road closure along Medical Drive East from Oct. 6 through the end of November. Access to the parking terrace between the Huntsman Cancer Hospital and the Clinical Neurosciences Building will remain open.

Public Transportation

  • The Red, Blue and Black shuttle routes will be detoured during construction on the Huntsman Cancer Institute’s Primary Children’s & Families’ Cancer Research Center. An updated shuttle route can be found here. The site is located directly south of the Huntsman Cancer Institute and is scheduled for completion in December 2016.
  • 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

  • A small section of sidewalk between the Henry Eyring Chemistry Building and the campus garden will be temporarily closed for repairs. Pedestrians will be rerouted a nearby sidewalk to the west, between the campus garden and Pioneer Memorial Theatre. The sidewalk will reopen by mid October.
  • The sidewalk to the east of the Henry Eyring Chemistry and Thatcher Chemistry buildings will be closed while it is repaired and motorcycle parking is restored in the area. The sidewalk will reopen by Oct. 1. Pedestrians headed south will be rerouted slightly east to the sidewalk between the Campus Garden and the law building.
  • 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.
  • One of the sidewalks between the Union and Orson Spencer Hall will be closed temporarily while improvements are made that will enhance accessibility for people with disabilities. Construction will be completed by mid October.
  • 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

  • A project to renovate the south plaza at the Rice Eccles Stadium began in August. Improvements include a new fence, enhanced lighting and expanded Wi-Fi service to the plaza. Construction will not take place during football games and will conclude by November.
  • Construction began on the 800-stall Business Loop Parking Garage in late June. The garage will be complete by April 2015. Alternative parking options are listed here.
  • Construction on the 350-stall Northwest Parking Garage is under way and is scheduled for completion in fall 2015.
  • The second phase of the expansion and renovation of the Kennecott Building is scheduled for completion in May 2015.

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.
  • Visit Commuter Services’ website for detailed information about parking, alternative transportation, construction impacts, events and more.
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