Earthquake Preparedness Exercise

The U is working with the Utah Division of Emergency Management and the Utah National Guard November 3-6 in a multiagency earthquake-response exercise held in various locations along the Wasatch Front including the U campus. It’s called Vigilant Guard Utah 2014.

The scenario calls for a large-magnitude earthquake, causing extensive damage to buildings and infrastructure, as well as significant loss of life. The exercise is designed to test and improve the Division of Emergency Management’s and the Utah National Guard’s ability to work with and support civilian authorities in response to a natural disaster or a civil emergency.

During the scenario, the U community will see emergency response crews and vehicles on campus, including a helicopter that will land on Stillwell Field in Fort Douglas. The operations center will be located near the soccer stadium and include a set up with large tents and more than one hundred volunteers practicing how they would handle a real emergency.

In the event of an actual emergency, hundreds of people may be stuck on campus and this exercise will help the university prepare how to better utilize their resources and keep people safe.

Some parking near HPER Mall will be affected on November 4. Parking around Stillwell Field will still be available throughout the exercise.

Vigilant Guard is an exercise program sponsored by the United States Northern Command and supported by National Guard Bureau. Some out-of-state participants will relocate temporarily to Utah, while others will remain in their home states to provide command and control, administrative or logistical support for the exercise.

If you have any questions, please contact Marty Shaub, managing director of Environmental Health and Safety.




A More Family Friendly Campus

FamilyLactation cropIn keeping with University of Utah tradition, the Child Care Coordinating Office seeks to provide a campus environment that is safe, inviting and accessible to all students, faculty, staff and families. As part of this commitment, various departments and buildings throughout campus are providing a lactation room where mothers can nurse or express breast milk in a comfortable and private space. These rooms provide a comfortable chair, small table and an electrical outlet.

Both the Union and the Marriott Library have recently made great efforts to keep their commitment to parents and families by providing lactation spaces. These spaces, and others like them, are open to any nursing mother who may need them. You can find the location of these new rooms along with all the other lactation rooms across campus, as well as diaper changing stations, by clicking here. Simply click on the building you are closest to and the it will list the available rooms and changing stations in the building along with any requirements to gain access. Some rooms require a key that you pick up at a nearby office.

The U and the Child Care Coordinating Office are proud to support nursing mothers and no longer want to see them hiding away in bathroom stalls and showers while trying to provide sustenance for their child. Respecting, caring-for and supporting all families across campus is key for student-parent success as well as work/life balance for faculty and staff.

If you know of any lactation rooms or diaper changing areas that have been missed on the map or know of a space that can be converted, please feel free to contact the Child Care Coordinating Office at 801-585-5897.

To view spaces, click here.

Women are Focus of U Enrollment Initiative

Deb DanielsAs the University of Utah works to expand its commitment to helping underserved students succeed at the U, a new initiative has begun to recruit, retain and graduate more women students.

Debra Daniels, director of the Women’s Resource Center (WRC) at the U since 2003, has been named to an additional role as assistant vice president of the Women’s Enrollment Initiative effective immediately. The new program is dedicated to attracting and keeping larger numbers of women to the U.

“We are pleased to have this amazing woman at the helm of an important new initiative,” said Barbara Snyder, vice president for student affairs. “Debra’s experience, skills and passion make her a perfect fit for sharpening the U’s focus on women’s success. In her expanded role, we will establish more connections across campus, in schools and with business leaders in our community to help remove obstacles that prevent women from going to school and achieving. The entire community will be richer for it.”

Currently, although the percentage of women graduates is about equal to men, women’s enrollment lags behind men’s by 20 percent. This year 54 percent of women applicants were accepted, but just 47 percent enrolled. In addition, Utah has the fourth largest wage gap in the country, with women earning 30 percent less than men.

Read more here.

Africa’s Future in the Global Economy

CAA-summit-600x600Ebola, U.S. counterterrorism operations in Somalia and the potential drone base in Niger are just some of the recent events in Africa that have been making headlines recently. To explore the continent, economic development and the future of Africa, the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics and the Council of American Ambassadors will host a two-day summit, Oct. 20- 21 in the Spencer Fox Business Building at the U campus.

The conference, “Africa’s Future in the Global Economy” will feature guests including Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield, 15 former U.S. Ambassadors and a leading expert on Ebola. The event will be free and open to the public. Registration isn’t required.

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Construction and Commuter Updates

Campus Construction and Commuter Updates:


Closed sidewalk–      One of the sidewalks leading from the Huntsman Center in toward campus will be closed as a high-temp water line is placed in the ground. Pedestrians can still connect to main campus as one sidewalk will remain open throughout the project. The high-temp water line, which is used to heat buildings, will be completed by Dec. 1.

–      As a result of utility work, the road in front of the Huntsman Cancer Institute will be closed from Oct. 13 through Nov. 23. Traffic will be rerouted to Mario Capecchi Drive. An updated shuttle map is available here.

–      The bridge entrance to the Dumke Health Professions Education Building will be remodeled to make it more accessible. The project includes a new ramp, stairway at the bridge and a new concrete walkway to connect to the Wakara Way sidewalk from the building entrance. This project begins Oct. 13 and should be completed by the end of fall semester. During construction, use the west entrance located on the first floor.

–      During fall break, the stair tower at the Kennecott Building will be repaired, which will temporarily block the accessible ramp at the east entrance. Instead, use the wheelchair-accessible entrance at the courtyard on the north side of the lower level. The east entrance will reopen by Oct. 17.



–      Construction on the new Lassonde Studios will begin Nov. 1, but a construction fence went up Oct. 9 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.

–      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 into November.

–      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 2016.

–      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 open for one-way traffic, east bound through the area. The pay lot remains open. The Business Loop will closed again periodically while the Business Loop Parking Garage is under construction. Please proceed with great caution as extensive work continues in the area.

–      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. 13 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 Primary Children’s and Families’ Cancer Research Center at Huntsman Cancer Institute. 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 to a nearby sidewalk to the west, between the campus garden and Pioneer Memorial Theatre. The sidewalk will reopen by Dec 1.

–      The south entrance to HPER West and the sidewalk near the door are closed for remodeling and creation of a strength and training area. The area will reopen in early 2015.

–      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

–      The Critical Infrastructure Project is currently underway in the Health Sciences area of campus and to the south of the new Ambulatory Care Complex. Work will also take place along Potter, Connor, 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.

–      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 on the Northwest Parking Garage, located between the Naval Sciences and Sutton buildings on 100 South, is under way. The garage is scheduled to open in fall 2015. Accessible parking and pedestrian routes through the area will remain open. For a comprehensive map of parking alternatives, click here.

–      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. The playfield on top of the garage will be complete for the start of the 2015 fall semester.

–      Construction on the 350-stall Northwest Parking Garage is under way and is scheduled for completion in fall 2015.

–      The George S. Eccles Student Life Center is scheduled for completion in January 2015.

–      The Ray & Tye Noorda Oral Health Sciences Building is scheduled for completion in December 2014.

–      The second phase of the expansion and renovation of the Kennecott Building is scheduled for completion in May 2015.

–      The S. J. Quinney College of Law building is scheduled for completion during the summer of 2015.

More Information

–      There have been many parking changes on campus this year while two parking garages are constructed in place of current surface lots. To learn more about parking and other transportation options, click here.

–      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.

–      Connect with Commuter Services on Facebook and Twitter.

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

Talking to Your Car is Often Distracting

DrivingTwo new AAA-University of Utah studies show that despite public belief to the contrary, hands-free, voice-controlled automobile infotainment systems can distract drivers, although it is possible to design them to be safer.

“Even though your car may be configured to support social media, texting and phone calls, it doesn’t mean it is safe to do so,” says University of Utah psychology professor and study leader David Strayer. “The primary task should be driving. Things that take your attention away make you a poor driver and make the roads less safe.”
The studies were sponsored by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, an arm of the nonprofit AAA, formerly known as the American Automobile Association.

– One new study found that using your voice to make phone calls and tune the radio with Chevrolet’s MyLink system distracted drivers the most. Mercedes’ COMMAND system, MyFord Touch and Chrysler’s UConnect were better, but all diverted attention more than a cell phone conversation. The least distracting system was Toyota’s Entune, which took as much attention as listening to a book on tape, followed by Hyundai’s Blue Link, which was a bit more distracting, but less than talking with a passenger.

– In the other new study, using Apple iPhone’s Siri to send and receive texts, post to Facebook and Twitter and use a calendar was more distracting than any other voice-activated technology – even when it was modified for use as a hands-free, eyes-free device so drivers kept their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.

AAA and Strayer urge drivers to minimize use of distracting in-vehicle technology. The new studies provide recommendations to automakers to help make future voice-controlled systems so they are “simpler and more accurate” in responding to voice commands, and thus less distracting, Strayer says.

“We are concerned we may be making distraction problems worse by going to voice-activated technology, especially if it’s not easy to use,” Strayer says. “But the reality is these systems are here to stay. Given that, let’s make the technology as safe as possible with the goal of making it no more distracting than listening to the radio.”

Read more here.

Campus Store has New Director

Dan Archer HeadshotThe University of Utah’s Campus Store is poised to welcome back a familiar face this fall, one who knows something about bookstore operations and a great deal about making the traditional modern.

Dan Archer assumes directorship of the University Campus Store following two decades of service as director of the University of Southern California Bookstores.

Archer’s vision for the Campus Store is simple: “We’re here to support the lifestyle of our students and the campus community,” he said. “Our role is to act as a butler to the educational process, doing lots of little things for lots of people.”

Archer brings to his post more than 25 years of experience in the college store industry and, interestingly enough, his return to the U lands him right back where he started, filling the position long held by his former boss, Earl Clegg.

“We are thrilled to have Dan onboard,” said Gordon Wilson, assistant vice president for Auxiliary Services. “He is among the most successful bookstore directors in the country and we are very excited to have his vision and expertise here on campus.”

Not by design, Archer’s illustrious career in collegiate retail management began in 1989 when he was hired at the U Campus Store—a job he took “just for the insurance”, where he quickly rose through the ranks, eventually becoming textbook manager.

A far cry from his initial $4.75 per hour wage, Archer approaches his new role as director with determination and vigor. “Universities are a manufacturer charged with sending quality people into the world,” he said. “The Campus Store plays a critical role in making that happen; we help ensure a quality product with every person we come into contact with.”


Info For Researchers

  1. Are You Conducting Surveys?
  2. P2P Announcement: Signature Cards Retire Soon – Need Online Signatures!
  3. Brown Bag Mentor Workshop
  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. Are You Conducting Surveys?

Do you have a secure server to store data? Do you know how to de-identify the data so it can be shared with other researchers and the public to accommodate federal mandates?

The University of Utah is affiliated with REDCap (Research Electronic Data CAPture) for managing online surveys and databases. REDCap is a free web-based application that allows users to build and manage online surveys while accessing databases quickly and securely. It is supported by the Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) Biomedical Informatics Core and charges may apply.

For additional information about REDCap at the U, please visit the Biomedical Informatics Core website . For training, please contact Mei Xue in Biomed Informatics Core CCTS.

 2. P2P Announcement: Signature Cards Retire Soon – Need Online Signatures!

The Signature Authorization Form is going paperless! Grant Financial Authority (GFA) will be replacing the use of signature cards by November 30, 2014. FBS needs your help to meet this deadline to capture all needed signatures for the Electronic signature card. You can use you smartphone or tablet to capture signatures for all PIs and account executives, alternates, and ORG Heads. PIs and Account Executives can also designate and approve alternates online. Here are some more helpful hints:

  • We can deliver GFA styluses to your department and provide help with the process in either one-on-one or group training. Submit Request Form Here Invite us to your next staff meeting, or simply have styluses delivered for you and your staff.
  • PIs and Account Executives can save time approving alternates if all alternate signatures have already been captured.  (Approval will be “pending” until alternate signature is available.)
  • GFA is available on CIS under FBS|Processing, or login directly to GFA here.

Need to know more? Check out the GFA page and instructional videos!

3. 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 2014. 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

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.

Creating Effective Research Posters
Presented by Kristie Durham (Linguistics)
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: Union Den

Ethics of Human Subjects Research
Presented by Dennis O’ Rourke (Anthropology, Institutional Review Board)
Monday, October 27, 2014
3:30 PM– 4:30 PM
Location: Union Room 312

Developing the Research Abstract
Presented by Zac Chatterly (Writing & Rhetoric)
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
2:00 PM– 3:00 PM
Location: Union Den

The Institutional Review Board
Presented by John Stillman (Institutional Review Board)
Friday, November 7, 2014
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Location: Union Room 312

Editing Workshops for Abstracts
Presented by Aaron Philips (Writing & Rhetoric)
Monday, November 24, 2014
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: Union Den

Undergraduate Student Research Presentations
Friday, December 12, 2014
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Location: Heritage Center 2A/B

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:

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 email Tony Onofrietti , Director, Research Education, or call 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 email Research Education Project Coordinator, Danny Trujillo, or call 801-585-3958.

8. Upcoming Research Grant Opportunities

Limited Submission Opportunities

IUSE/Professional Formation of Engineers (RED)
Internal Submission: October 14, 2014

Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists
Internal Submission: October 30, 2014

Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program
Internal Submission Deadline: November 17, 2014

Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Program
Internal Submission Deadline: November 17, 2014

Dana Foundation-David Mahoney Neuroimaging Program
Internal Submission Deadline: November 17, 2014

David and Lucille Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering
Internal Submission Deadline: November 17, 2014

Edward J. Mallinckrodt Jr. Foundation-Mallinckrodt Scholar Awards
Internal Submission Deadline: November 17, 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 . 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:

  1. Abstract of the proposal: 1 page
  2. Technical proposal (including a statement of why the proposed research is a promising 
area for an independent new IRG): limited to 3 pages
  3. References: limited to 1 additional page
  4. Budget (Excel format)
  5. Current and pending support (list yearly direct funds for each grant)
  6. Biographical sketch: (limited to 3 pages)
  7. Letter of support from department chair
  8. 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 

NSF: Integrative Strategies for Understanding Neural and Cognitive Systems (NSF – NCS)
Letter of Intent Deadline: December 10, 2014
External Deadline: January 26, 2015

This solicitation describes the first phase of a new NSF program to support transformative and integrative research that will accelerate understanding of neural and cognitive systems. NSF seeks exceptional proposals that are bold, potentially risky, and transcend the perspectives and approaches typical of disciplinary research programs. For additional information, please visit the Integrative Strategies for Understanding Neural and Cognitive Systems (NSF-NCS) Proposal. 

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. 

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. 

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.

 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
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

Protocol Billing Grids (PBG) and Medicare Coverage Analysis (MCA)
Wednesday, Oct. 15
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
HSEB, Rm. 1730

Introduction to REDCap
Thursday, Oct. 16
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Pandemic Flu: What to Know & What to Do
Monday, Oct. 20
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Project Management: Implementing the Award Process
Tuesday, Oct. 21
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Investigator Training Workshop: Researcher Resources and Funding Searches
Wednesday, Oct. 22
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
HSEB, Computer Lab 3100C

Best Practice Roundtable: Onboarding Research Staff and Student Research Assistants
Thursday, Oct. 23rd
10:00 am – 11:30 am
HSEB, Rm. 2948

Introduction to Technology Commercialization & Intellectual Property
Thursday, Oct. 23
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Investigator Training Workshop: Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)
Monday, Oct. 27
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Best Practice Roundtable: Consent Document Simplification
Tuesday, Oct. 28
10:00 am – 11:30 am
HSEB, Rm. 3515D

Proposal Preparation, Processing and Review
Tuesday, Oct. 28
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
HSEB, Rm. 1750

 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

guest-house-logoThe University Guest House – Here for U
Wednesday, Oct. 15, 3 – 6 p.m. 

The University Guest House and Conference Center is celebrating 15 years of serving the U community. As the only on-campus hotel, the Guest House is the perfect location for meetings, conferences, weddings or overnight stays on game day.

To say thank you, the Guest House will host an open house with food, tours, giveaways and a drawing for a free night stay. As always, parking is free.

Family Sleepover at NHMU
Friday, Oct. 17, 6:30 p.m.- Saturday, Oct. 18 at 8:30 a.m.
Natural History Museum of Utah
Admission: $30-$50

Participate in science activities as you explore the museum after hours. Then, unroll your sleeping bag beneath a giant spiral of DNA, a case of sparkling butterflies or the watchful eyes of an elk. Before you settle in for the night, gather around a virtual campfire for a story. The next morning, enjoy a continental breakfast and then set out for the rest of your day full of memories of your sleepover adventure! Click here for more details.

Indian Art Market at NHMU
Saturday, Oct. 18 and Sunday, Oct. 19, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Natural History Museum of Utah

Celebrate native arts and culture at the Natural History Museum of Utah. The Indian Art Market is a juried show featuring the work of regional native artists. More than 20 selected artists will display and sell their original work ranging from jewelry, beadwork, sculpture, painting and more. Meet the artists, learn about contemporary Indian arts and tribal culture and take home something new and unique to add to your collection. Click here for more details.

Academic Senate Book Cover100 Years of Shared Governance: Academic Senate Commemoration
Thursday, Oct. 23, 4 – 6 p.m.
Union Ballroom

Remarks from Academic Senate President Steve Alder
Remarks from U President David W. Pershing
A brief history of the Academic Senate given by Allyson Mower and Paul Mogren
Recognition of past presidents of the Academic Senate

Please RSVP to 801-581-5203 or 

Solar Eclipse Viewing Party
Thursday, Oct. 23 from 1- 5 p.m.
Natural History Museum of Utah
Admission: $9-$13

Join NHMU for a solar eclipse viewing party and meet some of the knowledgable and local astronomy experts and view the eclipse through professional solar telescopes. Click here for the details.

New Narratives: Recent Work by University of Utah Art Faculty
Oct. 24 – Jan. 11, 2015
Utah Museum of Fine Arts

The art faculty at the U are nationally and internationally recognized contemporary artists and designers who teach, inspire and contribute in important ways to Utah’s cultural landscape. Starting October 24, the latest creations by these talented artists will be on view in a lively and diverse group show at the UMFA.

A free open house will be held Wednesday, Nov. 12, 4 – 8 p.m. at the UMFA. Three free gallery talks will also be held:

Thursday, Nov. 13, 5:30 – 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 19, 5:30 – 7 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 21, 4 – 6 p.m.

2014 McMurrin Lecture on Religion and Culture with David Campbell
“Whither the Promised Land? Mormons’ Place in a Changing Religious Landscape”
October 30, 7 p.m.
Salt Lake City Main Library Auditorium
This event is free and open to the public. No tickets required.

How do Mormons fit into a society where once sharp religious distinctions have blurred and secularism is on the rise? With their high levels of religious devotion and solidarity, Mormons in America are increasingly “peculiar.” Does their peculiarity come at a price? And does that price include a “stained glass ceiling” in presidential politics? In other words, did Mormonism cost Mitt Romney the White House? To the contrary–instead of Mormonism affecting Mitt, Mitt has affected perceptions of Mormonism. Click here for details.

Be Wild Aware

Fall is a very active time for wildlife. Be wild aware this fall, by learning how to prevent conflicts with wildlife found near campus. Mule deer have begun to travel down from their high mountain habitats to winter feeding grounds in the valleys. If you enjoy hiking in the foothills around the campus you may be lucky enough to see a herd of mule deer on the move. Cougars, also known as mountain lions, are found throughout Utah and mainly prey on mule deer. Cougars will follow deer along their migration routes. It is not uncommon to spot a cougar near campus at dawn or dusk when wildlife is the most active. For more wildlife safety information please click 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.

Study participants wanted
HOPE: Home Observation of Periconceptional Exposures Study

Are you hoping to become pregnant in the next three months? If you are a couple (woman 18–35 years; man 18–40 years) planning to conceive with no history of infertility or medical conditions likely to cause sub-fertility (unable to conceive a child after a year or more of regular, unprotected sexual intercourse), you may be eligible to participate in the IRB-approved Home Observation of Periconceptional Exposures (HOPE) Study. Participants will be provided with materials to learn a simple method for fertility tracking. Compensation will be provided. There are no blood draws or clinic visits. For more information and to take our simple eligibility questionnaire visit online, find us on Facebook, call or text 801-641-7056, or send email.

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