By Ayrel Clark-Proffitt

Curtail use of two-stroke leaf blowers. Support clean-fuel vehicles with parking discounts. Add energy standards to renovation projects. These are just a few strategies recommended by the University of Utah Air Quality Task Force.

In July, the task force released its report on strategies for the U to decrease its contribution to Salt Lake Valley’s pollution. “Improving the Air We Breathe:Emission Mitigation Strategies for the University of Utah”outlines near-term strategies that can reduce the U’s emissions and demonstrate its commitment to a healthy, livable community. The task force looked at a wide range of recommendations, from operational adjustments to commuting to behavior change.

USCAN founder and U of U student Carl Ingwell votes for a strategy to create more behavior change campaigns on campus at the Air Quality Task Force meeting on Friday, January 31, 2014.

USCAN founder and U of U student Carl Ingwell votes for a strategy to create more behavior change campaigns on campus at the Air Quality Task Force meeting on Friday, January 31, 2014.

The Air Quality Task Force formed to evaluate ways the University of Utah can address air-quality concerns. Vice President Arnold Combe and Ruth Watkins and Vivian Lee created the committee in response to poor winter air quality in recent years and increased public awareness of the health concerns from fine particulate matter and ozone hovering over Salt Lake City.  The task force tackled both large and small topics that can lessen the U’s overall pollution. The report includes more than 30 ideas.

Marty Shaub, managing director of Environmental Health and Safety and co-chair of the Air Quality Task Force, said she believes that the task force’s efforts and report will create momentum to make a wide range of improvements.

“There has been a great deal of progress thanks to a number of frontline units that have been progressive in addressing operations that impact air quality,” Shaub said. “With senior administration in support, we can go beyond making changes to just the low-hanging fruit and have a larger impact on emissions.”

The university did not wait until the report’s release to start implementing strategies. Multiple recommendations are already in progress, including:

  • Include air quality as a decision-making factor

A decade ago, most decisions were largely evaluated on initial cost. In the past five years, the U moved toward evaluating the life-cycle cost, which includes the cost of utilities and ongoing maintenance. Now, it will also consider how buildings, processes and equipment will impact the airshed. By integrating air-quality concerns into decision making, the U can ensure that factors such as equipment choices, growth and other outcomes are in line with state and federal regulations. Two new construction projects—the Lassonde Studios and Crocker Science Center—used air quality to evaluate building systems prior to purchase, and both buildings selected high-efficiency boilers with low nitrogen oxide emissions, significantly reducing pollution from how buildings were heated in the past.

  • Implement Zimride, an innovative ride-matching service

Zimride, a service of Enterprise Rent-A-Car, will launch at the start of the fall semester. It is an online ride-matching service that leverages the power of social media. By integrating with Facebook, Zimride connects drivers and passengers within a private University of Utah network heading to the same area. It is free for students, faculty and staff to join the network and begin searching for matches or posting rides of their own.

  • Ban two-stroke engines on poor air-quality days

Thirty minutes of using a leaf blower with a two-stroke engine is the equivalent to driving 3,887 miles in a high-efficiency Ford Raptor truck, according to a test by Edmunds. Based on these emissions concerns, the U will no longer use two-stroke engines on days labeled as “red air quality” by the state’s Division of Air Quality. The landscape maintenance department piloted the ban in February 2014. In addition, Facilities Management will transition away from most two-stroke engines, which it hopes to complete by July 2016.

In addition, the university has completed or is pursuing:

  • Introduction of a winter sustainable transportation challenge
  • Installation of electric vehicle charging stations, including ultra-fast charging stations
  • Consideration of transit options factored into real estate purchases
  • Implementation of behavior change campaigns to reduce resource waste
  • Construction of a through-campus shuttle route
  • Development of an energy standard for renovation projects
  • Optimization of central hot water plants

The U’s Sustainability Office will be in charge of promoting and tracking initiatives in the Air Quality Task Force report.


By Annalisa Purser

If you’ve ever taken the time to program a home sprinkler system, you might wonder how a campus as big and diverse as the University of Utah manages its irrigation needs, and if it’s possible to streamline water use on a growing campus.

It is a big task, and the U is committed to being a responsible environmental steward. The landscape department within Facilities Management employs a nine-person irrigation team with more than 110 years of collective experience in landscape maintenance, horticulture and plant science, and their secret weapon is an irrigation system called Maxicom, which is the next best thing to a weather crystal ball.

Seven years ago, Facilities Management invested in the high-tech system, which allows landscape maintenance technicians to regulate watering duration and amount with detailed precision based on real-time data. The system tracks climate and moisture changes, solar radiation, wind speed, temperature, humidity and rainfall through a weather station on campus.

The system is vast. A central computer runs the program—12 cluster control units perched atop buildings throughout campus remotely sends signals to 172 clocks that control between 5 and 40 stations each for a total of 2,688 stations.

The majority of watering on campus happens over night, between 6 p.m. and 10 a.m., but sometimes sprinklers are on during the day. If you happen to catch a #RogueSprinkler, here’s what to know:

  • New plants: New landscape or sod requires may require additional moisture to take root. In the hottest months, those areas are typically watered at approximately 2 p.m. as needed. These areas will continue to be watered until the sod is established, which can take 2-3 weeks.
  • Maintenance: While Maxicom is able to register large leaks, broken heads or stuck valves are harder to detect. Sprinklers on during the day may mean maintenance technicians are in the area trying to fix a problem. If you see a white truck or an irrigation technician nearby, it’s likely a maintenance issue being resolved.
  • #RogueSprinkler: Facilities Management does its best to responsibly irrigate campus, but our technicians can’t be everywhere at once. We need your help finding problem spots. If you don’t see a white truck or a technician nearby when a sprinkler is on during the day, call Facilities Management at 801-581-7221. A landscape technician will be dispatched immediately to address the problem.


Additionally, landscape teams have been working to adjust landscape designs so watering systems can be even more efficient. Areas that have a mix of sod and shrub beds and are managed with just one sprinkler zone are being adjusted.

Not all areas that appear to be on the University of Utah campus are managed by the U’s landscape department. The areas in green are managed by the University of Utah. Click to enlarge image.

Not all areas that appear to be on the University of Utah campus are managed by the U’s landscape department. The areas in green are managed by the University of Utah. Click to enlarge image.

In some cases, a drip irrigation system for the shrubs is installed and sprinklers are moved to grassy areas. Many of these sprays and rotors have been transitioned to pressure-reducing heads with matched precipitation-rate nozzles. This improves the consistency of the water application to help reduce overwatering. Maxicom is also set up to cycle and soak the irrigation zones according to the slope and soil type. The cycle/soak may take longer to complete the irrigation cycle but allows for deeper saturation and reduced run off.


@HomeTip: Many homeowners turn on their irrigation systems in the spring and let it run all summer without making any changes to the programs. In cooler weather, less water is required. Our irrigation specialists suggest reducing watering times in the cooler months to save water. Many residential clocks have a water budget or percent adjust feature that makes it easy to reduce times on all stations with one simple step.System maintenance prevents problems as well. Test your system at least once a month.Also, if possible, separate sprinklers that water shrubs from those that water grass. Mature shrubs require much less water than grassy areas. Finally, pressure-reducing heads are readily available for residential sprinkler systems and are very affordable. Just remember to adjust your sprinkler time if you make the change.Slow the Flow provides free water checks to help you use the right amount of water for your landscape. To schedule a free appointment, visit


Annalisa Purser is a communications specialist at University Marketing and Communications. If you have an interesting story idea, email her at


By Annalisa Purser

In an unprecedented effort to understand the connections between mountain water supply and urban demand, more than 50 researchers from 22 different lab groups and seven universities, including the University of Utah, gathered to study the Red Butte Creek watershed in a collaborative, three-day venture, July 20-22.

Ecology team

Hannah Vander Zanden (left), Jordan Risley (middle) and Simone Jackson (right) sort and classify insects found in Red Butte Creek.

This coordinated effort, organized by the National Science Foundation-funded iUTAH project, brought faculty and students together from disciplines ranging from sociology to chemistry and from atmospheric physics to ecology. Together, they collected hundreds of water, soil, vegetation, insect and microbial samples from more than 70 sites throughout the watershed that included protected natural areas, as well as urban environments with heavy human impacts.

“Red Butte Creek is a great place to address questions of how both water supply and demand are coupled,” said Paul Brooks, U professor and project coordinator. “In the face of ongoing climate change and growing populations, these questions are relevant not just to Utah, but to much of the west. Although small, Red Butte Creek is large enough that we can perform research in both high-elevation areas similar to areas that supply water for the entire western U.S., as well as low-elevation areas where people live and water is needed.”

Once the data is analyzed, the project will provide a comprehensive “snapshot” of the water and surrounding land and air to better understand how to maintain a safe, stable, high-quality water supply in the face of growing demand for water and increasing climate variability.

A stream hydrology team headed by Bethany Neilson, a professor in Utah State University’s Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, used both physical observations and dilute tracers to reveal how and where the stream gains and loses water as it moves downstream.

When compared with chemical information collected by multiple research groups at the U, the researchers will begin to understand how the stream continues to flow when it doesn’t rain for months; how much of the stream water comes from snowmelt and how long the water is stored as groundwater before becoming part of the stream; how human impacts affect the quality of water both in the stream and in the ground; how to manage the landscape to ensure a more resilient stream during times of drought and more.

Because water is central to so many aspects of climate, weather, society and ecosystems, researchers that study water cycling and availability are scattered in many departments, programs, government offices and stakeholder groups and rarely have time and resources to come together on a joint project.

“Getting together in the same place not only allows us to gather information that will provide a more complete picture of our water issues, but just as importantly, it facilitates connections that otherwise wouldn’t happen,” Brooks said. “I’ve already heard many reports that discussions in the field the other week have led groups to self organize to jointly analyze data and follow up on this event with future research projects and connections to regional resource managers”

Jordan Risley, an incoming sophomore studying sociology at USU took part in the project. After spending the summer in an office, he was excited to get his hands dirty.

Hannah Vander Zanden, a postdoctoral researcher in the U’s Department of Geology and Geophysics, shows a bottle of healthy insects collected from the protected upper reaches of Red Butte Creek.

Hannah Vander Zanden, a postdoctoral researcher in the U’s Department of Geology and Geophysics, shows a bottle of healthy insects collected from the protected upper reaches of Red Butte Creek.

As an undergraduate just learning about his field, Risley took the opportunity to volunteer on the project and found himself working with “team bug life,” as he jokingly called it.

The stream ecology group, lead by Hannah Vander Zanden, a postdoctoral researcher in the U’s Department of Geology and Geophysics, and Simone Jackson, a lab technician in the U’s Department of Biology, spent the week collecting leaves along the creek, algae from rocks and macro invertebrates from the water.

By analyzing the isotopic and chemical contents of these samples, the researchers will be able to address fundamental questions on the food web that supports life in the stream.

“Spending the day with ecology researchers might seem unrelated to sociology, but that was the point of the project,” Risley said. “This experience was everything I could have hoped for as a sociology student. I got to meet researchers I would normally never connect with, learn about their research processes, understand the types of questions they ask, learn about how our disciplines intersect, and to top it off, I got to spend the day at Red Butte Creek.”

After three long days in the field, researchers took samples back to their labs and have begun developing a sharable database for their findings that will document the diversity of data collected, coordinate sample analyses and begin to strengthen links between research groups.

A similar effort will be conducted on the Logan River this month. As more data is collected, the researchers will gain a broader understand of water in the West and will integrate results into publications and presentations that will help guide future research and decisions about how to manage water resources in Utah and beyond.


Annalisa Purser is a communications specialist at University Marketing and Communications. If you have an interesting story idea, email her at


By John Fackler, director of Alumni Relations, Alumni Association

The Start

“When I came to Utah as an assistant in 1994, the student section consisted of four students and a dog. And the dog was a stray.”
−Utah Head Football Coach Kyle Whittingham

In 2001, average student attendance at Utah home football games was around 500 students per game. In 2002, the Alumni Association and Department of Athletics partnered to start the Utah Football Fan Club, which was renamed The MUSS (Mighty Utah Student Section) in 2003. And the rest is history. The MUSS has grown to 6,000 members and was named the nation’s fourth best student section by in 2014.

The honk and wave

Growing The MUSS to its current size took more than great football. MUSS Board members would take to street corners near the U to urge students to join. The MUSS also led the campaign to get Utah fans to wear red to games. Membership grew to 5,000 by the 2008 season. In 2010, an additional 1,000 standing-room only memberships were added.

The original MUSS bus

The MUSS Bus 2015 will head to Seattle in November when Utah takes on Washington. Hundreds of MUSS members create great memories on each bus trip. The original MUSS Bus (pictured) took around 50 Utah students on a 34-hour each way jaunt to the Liberty Bowl in Memphis in late December of 2003. Before Utah’s move to the Pac-12, MUSS Bus trips were usually to either San Diego or Las Vegas. Since joining the Pac-12, a wider range of options is available. Recent trips include USC, Washington, Cal and Stanford.

The MUSS helmet

The MUSS has always had a close bond with the Utah football team. Starting with former Head Coach Urban Meyer and continuing with Head Coach Kyle Whittingham, The MUSS has been recognized on team helmets.

MUSS post game sing-a-long

Another great tradition between Utah Football and The MUSS started in 2003 and continues today. Following every game, home or road, win or lose, the team comes over to The MUSS section to join with the students in singing the “Utah Fight Song.”

Third down dump

The 3rd Down Jump became a MUSS tradition starting with the 44-6 upset of No. 11 UCLA in 2007. The bedlam produced on 3rd down by The MUSS caused several false starts on the Bruins.

“We didn’t handle the crowd noise and lost our poise,” said then-UCLA Coach Karl Dorrell. “We stalled on several crucial drives.”

The MUSS now hangs a “5” over the stadium railing for every opponent false start.

TCU blackout

The MUSS is typically a sea of red, but once each season The MUSS becomes a black hole. The first blackout game was in 2008 (pictured) when the then No. 10 Utes defeated No. 11 TCU on the way to a 13-0 season, a trouncing of Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, and a No. 2 final national ranking.

Not fair weather fans

The MUSS supports the Utes win or lose, hot or cold, clear or stormy.

storming the field

The MUSS is known for its traditions, both encouraged like the 3rd Down Jump, and discouraged like storming the field. And The MUSS has had ample storming opportunities over the past 11 seasons. It started with a BCS-busting win over rival BYU in 2004. In 2008, The MUSS led the crowd onto the field after improbable comeback wins over Oregon State and TCU, and after a rout of BYU that sent Utah to the Allstate Sugar Bowl.

Speaking of BYU, in 2012 The MUSS stormed the field three times during the final seconds, but BYU was given another play on the first two occasions. When BYU’s game-tying field goal attempt smacked off the upright, the third time was the charm.

not just football

Utah students have returned to the Jon M. Huntsman Center to support Utah Basketball. The MUSS has grown to create a raucous home court advantage for the Runnin’ Utes. And coming off a Sweet 16 appearance, the 2015-16 season looks extremely promising.

the impact of the MUSS

Joining The MUSS gives you more than just football tickets. It provides a bond for the U’s student body. The MUSS is focused on providing not only a huge home field advantage, but also building relationships between students.

Following the 2012 rivalry game, Salt Lake Tribune columnist Kurt Kragthorpe wrote:
“In its own way, the MUSS validated the rivalry. People obviously do care about this thing. And all night, I was marveling about how Utah’s students can affect the outcome of games.



Don’t miss your chance to join the greatest student section in the country and be a part of the biggest home opener in Utah Football history.
Utah vs. Michigan is Sept. 3
, and trust us, you will want to be there. Head to for details on how to register. Do it now because seats are limited.


By Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute

Not many people know that seven creeks run in vein-like tunnels beneath Salt Lake Valley’s pavement.

But students from the Seven Canyons Trust know about these subterranean waters. They know the beautiful, daylight course these streams traveled in the past, and they are envisioning the face of the valley in the future — and their vision is stunning.

Established in 2014, the Seven Canyons Trust is a state-recognized organization established by students from an urban ecology workshop led by Stephen Goldsmith, professor of city and metropolitan planning. Their goal is simple: to “make the invisible visible” by bringing the creeks forced into pipelines underground back above ground, helping to restore our natural environment and the community’s connection to it.

The solutions, however, require long-term and far-reaching goals, and many of the students are prepared to make this a lifelong project.

“The ball is starting to get rolling, and people are starting to catch hold of our vision,” said Liz Jackson, urban planning graduate and one of the student leaders for the project.

Seven Canyons Trust is one example of exciting projects that students involved with the U’s Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute get to take part in.

The Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute has a world-class reputation as a place where students can advance their business and product ideas while fulfilling a college degree. In the fall of 2016, Lassonde Studios takes that concept to the next level, through constructing a place where young entrepreneurs can live with fellow future game-changers who push each other to think more, to be more, to do more.

Lassonde Studios will be a place for young visionaries to have an around-the-clock environment to bounce ideas off of others who also are working through plans that may one day become the next cutting-edge technology. The 160,000-square-foot Lassonde Studios will have a 20,000-square-foot innovation garage on the main floor of the residence hall, complete with 3-D printers, laser cutters, prototyping tools and company launch space. Above will be four floors of housing, with students allowed to choose between “pods,” lofts and traditional rooms.

This spring, Lassonde Studios launched a nationwide search for the “400 best student entrepreneurs,”who will become the first group to live in the state-of-the-art $45 million facility and have an opportunity to earn up to $3 million in scholarships.

What might students create? More ideas like Seven Canyons Trust are sure to emerge from a future generation of students who will live at Lassonde Studios.

About “Student Innovation at the U”

A version of this article originally appeared in the 2015 “Student Innovation at the U” report. The publication is produced by the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute to celebrate students from all colleges and majors doing amazing things. Read more stories and get involved at


Faculty and Staff:

The Center for New Student & Family Programs invites you to join speakers President David W. Pershing, ASUU President Ambra Jackson and faculty member Ann Engar as we welcome first-year students and their families to the U’s community. The fourth annual New Student Welcome ceremony will take place Saturday, Aug. 22, at 10:30 Welcome Weeka.m. in Kingsbury Hall. This energetic event will help first-year students understand what it means to join our vibrant community and will feature words of wisdom from a faculty member on how to achieve academic success, from a student leader on how to find a meaningful way for co-curricular engagement and on how to ensure our football rivals cannot hear their own plays when we practice the fourth-down jump.

A picnic will follow on Presidents Circle, so feel free to dress comfortably for the weather as you informally meet members of the incoming class of 2019. More than 1,000 new students and their families joined us last year, so be sure to wear your university name tags so you are identified as a U representative. Shuttles will run continuously from the Rice-Eccles Stadium parking lot, where attendees can park for free.

For more information about the New Student Welcome and other Welcome Week events, please click here or contact the Center for New Student & Family Programs at or 801-581-7069.


Kathryn Kay Coquemont
Director, Center for New Student & Family Programs



Photo credit: Referee Photo

Photo credit: Referee Photo

University of Utah Bennion Community Service Center Director Dean McGovern was profiled last week in an article in “Runner’s World” magazine. McGovern, an avid runner, was interviewed about his experience helping his stepson prepare for the teen’s first marathon – a race where the pair served as pacers for other runners.

“Running with my son, River, was such a joy,” says McGovern. “It was inspiring to see how hard he worked.” McGovern says he sees many similarities between running and his day job – helping University of Utah faculty and students engage with the community in quality programs that offer deep learning with great impact.

“The Bennion Center is setting the pace for how community-engaged learning changes lives.”

To read the story, visit




University of Utah’s Cassie Kelsch won the National Association of College & University Food Services challenge.

The Culinary Challenge recognizes outstanding food preparation and presentation skills in collegiate dining services. The winners of each of the association’s regional culinary contests square off at the national conference for gold, silver and bronze medals before a live audience of college and university food service managers and industry suppliers.

The 2015 National Culinary Challenge took place on Thursday, July 23, in Indianapolis. Competitors were required to incorporate the featured protein, buffalo flank steak into their dishes.




Kramer Nakano
UAMMI, the Utah Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Initiative led by the University of Utah, is among the first 12 such efforts across the U.S. to be named a Designated Manufacturing Community by the Commerce Department. That means UAMMI partners in Utah will receive coordinated support from eleven federal agencies with more than $1 billion available in economic development funding. In July, U.S. Small Business Administration Deputy Administrator Douglas Kramer toured the U and met with UAMMI stakeholders.




Kiplinger recently named Salt Lake City among the top 10 places to retire in 2015. While Kiplinger lauded Salt Lake’s low cost of living, stunning scenery, vibrant city life and light-rail system, there is yet another reason Salt Lake is an excellent place for those 50 and over: The University of Utah’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, which ensures that education is a lifelong pursuit by providing opportunities for affordable, noncredit learning and meaningful social engagement.

The Bernard Osher Foundation recently gave the U’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute a $1 million endowment, which will enhance the depth and breadth of the institute’s programs.

Read the full story here.


UIT is pleased to announce that Ken Pink has accepted the position of Deputy Chief Information Officer for UIT. Ken steps into the post previously held by Steve Corbató, bringing with him more than 25 years of IT experience in the private and public sectors. His first official day with UIT will be Aug. 10, 2015.

Ken has extensive experience developing and implementing a variety of IT infrastructure and systems improvements. At Fleming Foods he implemented SAP for the technology division, and integrated warehouse, inventory, and accounting systems for supply chain management. He also ran software development, the support desk, network support, and infrastructure and DBA support, as well as oversaw product development.

Click here to read more.





Tickets on sale now for the third annual TEDxSaltLakeCity. The event, which takes place on Sept. 19 at Kingsbury Hall, features 15 live speakers interspersed with performance pieces and several of TED’s most-watched videos.

This year’s theme – Upcycled Thinking – asks speakers to consider how a concept or product can be repurposed, reused or revitalized in a way that transforms its value or quality into something even greater than the original. Among the lineup of speakers is a high-school aged peer educator who counsels fellow students about reproductive health, a Paralympian with a “fembot” perspective on one of Utah’s favorite winter pastimes and a crowdsourcing journalist challenging the misconceptions about truth in the mainstream media.

The full list of speakers and bios can be found at


Nominations open now, due Dec. 4

The Distinguished Innovation and Impact Award recognizes outstanding faculty innovators for contributions that improved the lives of people. The DIIA recognizes contributions by faculty from all academic disciplines, including health care, energy, environment, business, law, communications, technology or the arts. Awards are given each year to one or two outstanding faculty members who distinguished themselves and the university through entrepreneurial activities that resulted in innovations with a measurable societal impact. Faculty on career, clinical or tenure tracks are eligible. The recipient receives public recognition plus a $10,000 cash award to be used at his or her discretion.

Nominations for this award are accepted throughout the year on behalf of eligible faculty with at least five years of service at the University of Utah. Faculty, administrators and alumni are welcome to submit nominations for this prestigious university award. Past awardees are profiled at the Entrepreneurial Faculty Scholars page.

Letters of nomination containing a short statement outlining the qualifications of the nominee and curriculum vitae for this award are now being solicited. Nominations should be submitted electronically using a nomination form found here. This success of our nomination campaign depends, to a large extent, on the initiative of departments, administrative offices and campus organizations.

The deadline for submission of the nominations is Dec. 4 at 5 p.m.

For more information, call Kataleeya Kumsooktawonge at 801-581-8661 or email

Essential documents


A Healthier U

By Max Polin, M.S.

For the training exerciser, it may not be possible to choose goal events that are in pleasant climates and out of the direct sunlight. That’s when heat acclimatizing can come to the rescue. If you have to compete in the heat, you’d better think about strategies for training and competing in the heat. Here are some helpful tips and methods to get you through the more unpleasant moments.

runningThankfully, you don’t have to spend every day in the oven to get results! Physiological adaptations to heat stress occur rapidly. All it takes is exercising in the heat (ideally one that resembles your goal competition environment) for ~60 minutes per day, for four to six days. Reaching peak acclimation and peak benefits occurs for those that continue on for two weeks. In most cases, researchers have discovered that different training methods can still result in similar adaptations. Exercising at a low-intensity effort for 60 minutes seems to yield similar benefits as exercising moderately for 30 minutes.

Hydrating and sodium: It seems to be a traditional rule of thumb when exercising in the heat, that if you wait to drink until you are thirsty, you may already be sabotaging your performance. So drink before you feel you need to! It is recommended to follow a 6mL of fluid per kg of body weight every two to three hours per day when you are acclimatizing to heat, and again using this formula in the preceding hours before an event or heat training session. Understanding how much fluid to consume during training depends heavily on your individual sweat rate, however, it has been found that the average sweat loss is 1-1.5L/hour when exercising vigorously in the heat. Furthermore, adding sodium in the amount of 0.5-0.7g/L to your drinks is recommended during competition and up to 1.5g/L if you commonly experience muscle cramps.

When it comes to cooling strategies, keeping the core and the skin cool, while maintaining warm muscles is the ideal method. Some athletes may choose to purchase specialized cooling vests for the core and trunk, while for others it may be more realistic to utilize a slushy of blended ice at about 35-40 F. When keeping the skin cool during exercise, get creative. Misting your hands and ears with cool water, ice-packs under your shirt, or even ice-cubes held in pantyhose around your neck for a constant flow of cold water.

The bottom line is to get yourself as frequently exposed to the heat as you can during training, and keep yourself as cool as you can be during your event.

(1) Racinais, S. et al., (2015). Consensus recommendations on training and competing in the heat. British Journal of Sports Medicine. 0, 1–10

pedestrianAccording to the NTHSA, on average, a pedestrian is killed every two hours and injured every seven minutes in traffic crashes. Fourteen percent of all traffic fatalities and an estimated three percent of those injured in traffic crashes are pedestrians. In our community, incidents involving pedestrians occur every four days.Click here to read the full story.For more expert health news and information, visit

Highlighted Events

Monday, Aug. 3 | 6 p.m.
Red Butte Garden
Free with regular garden admission / Garden members free

Filled with the music and dance of cultural groups found right here in Utah. Bring a picnic and blanket to enjoy a performance at either 6 p.m. or 7 p.m. and be sure to stop by the exploration station to share in a garden-related craft or activity to wrap up your evening.

August 3 Yunuen Carrillo, Mariachi Alma de México de Utah, & Ballet Viva el Folklore

All events will be held in the Red Butte Garden Courtyard, behind the visitor’s center.

Click here for more information.

Tuesday, Aug. 4 | 7:30-8:30 a.m.
Red Butte Garden
Increase your flexibility; feel rejuvenated and ready for your day. Join instructor Kristin Vance of Fluid Heart Yoga in this 6-week Vinyasa Yoga course at Red Butte Garden.

Registration is required. Click here fore more information and to sign up.

Wednesday, Aug. 5 – Monday, Sept. 28 | 5:15-6 p.m.
Lawn east of the Health Sciences Education building
University of Utah Health Sciences Wellness Program is holding PEAK Health and Fitness Outdoor Flow Yoga class that will be taking place on the lawn east of the HSEB on Mondays and Wednesdays at 5:15-6 p.m. starting August 5 through Sept. 28.

Registration is required. Click here for more information.









Wednesday, Aug. 5 | 4–5 p.m.

Salt Lake City Public Library, 210 East 400 S. Salt Lake City

Thursday, Aug. 6 | 4–5 p.m.
Glendale Branch, 1375 Concord St., Salt Lake City

Join the Utah Museum of Fine Arts at the City Library downtown and the new Glendale Branch, where we will be making Superhero Masks. Learn about superheroes from all over the world and then choose your own superhero power to represent in a mask. Then make your own original mask to wear home.


Run through Aug. 14

Tanner Dance

Photo credit: Derek Smith

Tanner Dance is offering 50 different weeklong summer camps for kindergarten through high school students.
Camps are designed as half or full day programs.

Click here for more information and a schedule of the camps.








Aug. 7 | 3:15 – 4 p.m.
George S. Eccles Student Life Center
Aqua Aerobics TV

Campus Recreation Services invites you to try some FREE Aqua Aerobics classes in the amazing outdoor pool at the George S. Eccles Student Life Center.

Classes will be held on Friday Aug. 7 from 3:15- 4 p.m. A Campus Recreation Services membership is required or a $6 daily guest fee may be applicable.

Bonus: Come to one free class and get $15 off a new annual membership.



July 3 – Aug. 30
Marriott Library
Horst Schober
Horst E. Schober (1880-1950) was the chef at the Newhouse Hotel and the Salt Lake Country Club during the 1930s and 1940s. His family generously donated his cookbook collection to Special Collections. We celebrate the art of haute cuisine with his collection and others and the beloved local restaurants of times past.

Park in the visitor parking lot, west of the library, next to the Campus Store.







The U’s Department of Theatre proudly announces its rich and diverse 2015-16 season of plays and musicals with old favorites and cutting-edge titles. Ranging from classics like “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown,” “Hello, Dolly!” and Green Day’s “American Idiot,” to the Utah Premiere of “Good Kids,” this seasons offers something for everyone to enjoy.

The stage is set for dialogue between audiences, the university and the Salt Lake community at large with inspired storytelling, music and wit. The season is branded “All the world’s a stage,” which is fitting, with the many venues being used along with the wide variety of dialogue in each play and musical.

2015-16 Season

American IdiotAmerican Idiot
Sept. 18-20 and 24-26 | 7:30 p.m.

Matinees Sept. 19-20 and 26-27 | 2 p.m.
The Hayes Christensen Theatre at the Marriott Center for Dance



Animal FarmAnimal Farm
Oct. 2-4 and 8-10 | 7:30 p.m.

Matinees Oct. 3 and 10, 2015 | 2 p.m.
Babcock Theatre



Good KidsGood Kids
Oct. 30-Nov. 1 and Nov. 5-8 | 7:30 p.m.

Matinees Nov. 7 and 8 | 2 p.m.
Studio 115



Hello DollyHello, Dolly!
Jan. 15-17, 2016 | 7:30 p.m.

Matinees Jan. 16 and 17, 2016 | 2 p.m.
Kingsbury Hall



Importance EarnestThe Importance of Being Earnest
Feb. 26-28 and March 3-6, 2016 | 7:30 p.m.

Matinees March 5 and 6, 2016 | 2 p.m.
Babcock Theatre



As you like itAs You Like It
March 4-6 and March 10-12, 2016 | 7:30 p.m.

Matinees March 5 and 12, 2016 | 2 p.m.
Studio 115



Season flexpasses for the Department of Theatre’s 2015-2016 season are now available at the Performing Arts Box Office (located in Kingsbury Hall) or by calling 801-581-7100.

$80 general public, $50 university faculty/staff

  • Subscribers are entitled to eight tickets to be used in any combination
  • Over 50 percent savings
  • A one-time processing fee
  • Tickets can be shared with family and friends

Individual tickets may be purchased online at, by calling 801-581-7100 or at the Performing Arts Box Office located in Kingsbury Hall.

All University of Utah students receive free tickets to shows in the entire 2015-2016 season with their Arts Pass. Students simply show their UCard at the Performing Arts Box Office prior to any performance or at the theatre box office on the evening they wish to attend and they will receive one free ticket. Students may purchase an additional ticket at the discounted student rate of $7.50.

For more information about productions, tickets or the Department of Theatre, visit

Construction & Commuter Updates


–     100 S. and North Campus Drive will be reduced to one lane each direction with a central flex lane to keep traffic flowing in the direction of greatest need on Tuesday, Aug. 11 from 9 a.m – 5:30 p.m. This closure is necessary to remove the existing sidewalk near the Merrill Engineering Building and existing sod in the area. Flaggers will be on site helping direct traffic. The North Campus Connecting Element is scheduled to open for pedestrian traffic on Aug. 21.
–      The parking lots just west of Skaggs Pharmacy, University Hospital Parking Structure and behind Kingsbury Hall will be closed until Aug. 15, 2015, for pavement repairs.

–      If you see a sprinkler that is damaged or spraying in the wrong direction, please call dispatch at 801-581-7221 and alert Facilities to the concern.



–      Construction on the new Lassonde Studios began Nov. 1, 2014. The building will be located to the northeast of the Languages and Communication building (LNCO) and southeast of the Tanner Humanities Building. About 300 parking stalls will be eliminated. The project will be installing approximately 140 new stalls.

–      Construction of the new S.J. Quinney College of Law that began in spring 2013 will be winding down. A majority of the parking stalls that were affected by the project have been returned to service. This summer the contractor’s trailers will be removed and the final number of stalls returned. As part of the project, the number of stalls in this area will increase.

–      Twenty 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.

–      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 parking lot east of University Hospital and the School of Medicine will be closed for the construction of a turnaround for the rehab valet services.


–     The Business Loop is currently closed. The pay lot remains open though it becomes a temporary “A” lot for the summer. Please proceed with great caution as extensive work continues in the area. The road will be open in August.

Public Transportation

–     The campus shuttle and UTA bus stop at the Field House will be closed for the duration of construction on the S. J. Quinney College of Law building (complete fall of 2015). Instead, use the existing stop around the corner on University Street to catch red and green shuttles.

Sidewalks and Pedestrian Traffic

–      The south entrance to the law building remains closed for the duration of construction (complete fall of 2015). The sidewalk on the north side of the law building is open and has been reconstructed to be accessible for people with disabilities.

–      This summer the Art and Architecture Complex is undergoing a fire protection upgrade. This work requires utility work in the area. Through August, there will be intermittent sidewalk closures around the buildings. This work will be complete before the start of school in the fall.

Construction and New Buildings

–      Repairs are underway on the sidewalk at the east end of the Business Loop. The area at the bottom of the stairs leading up to the northwest corner of the Huntsman Center is being renovated. This area is tightly constricted and a heavy machinery associated with the Central Parking Garage construction moves through the area frequently. The area will be fully repaired for the beginning of fall semester. Please consider using the sidewalk system near the Huntsman Arena and between the HPER buildings to move more easily between the South Campus TRAX stop and main campus.

–      On Monday, May 11 construction began at the Rice-Eccles Stadium to add additional restrooms on the concourse level of the northwest and northeast corner of the stadium. This area is fenced though pedestrian impacts are minimal.

–    Construction on the North Campus Connecting Element is currently underway to provide a fully ADA accessible link between main campus and the Rio Tinto Kennecott Mechanical Engineering Building (MEK).This project also includes a new bus shelter and vehicular pullout to further enhance functionality, safety and traffic flow in the area. Please be aware there will be periodic lane closures on North Campus Drive at the intersection of 100 South. For more project details, click here and to view the construction impacts, go here.

–      The Critical Infrastructure Project is currently underway in the Health Sciences area of campus and to the east of the School of Medicine. Construction for this project on main campus continues, currently near the Fletcher Chemistry Building.

–      Construction on the Northwest Parking Garage, located between the Naval Sciences and Sutton buildings on 100 South, is underway. 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 2014. The garage will be complete in the late summer of 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.

–      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.

–      A map of construction zones and time frames 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.