Announcements

MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THE TVC OPEN HOUSE: IDEAS, INVENTIONS & IMAGINATION
Tuesday, Sept. 15 | 3-5 p.m.
TVC, 615 Arapeen Drive, Suite 310
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Guest Speaker: Dr. Greg Hageman, John A. Moran presidential professor and executive director of the Moran Eye Center for Translational Medicine

Are you interested in connecting with successful faculty inventors? Would you like some assistance in acquiring industry or grant funding to further develop your ideas? Are you planning on advancing your technology but need guidance? Would you like an on-the-spot review of your invention? Are you getting ready to publish and would like to discuss potential commercial applications for your invention?

Join Us at TVC’s Annual Open House and network with colleagues, meet your TVC team and talk your science. Enjoy refreshments and bar and valuable prize drawings for gifts and services.

Open to all faculty, postdocs and graduate students.

To register or for more information, including an agenda and a list of exhibits, click here.

 


CITIZEN ADVOCATE TRAINING
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The University of Utah Staff Council invites all interested staff and faculty on Friday,  Sept. 11 at 10 a.m. for a Citizen Advocate training session. The training will take place in classroom 323 of the Student Union. This is an opportunity to learn how to effectively communicate with your political representatives and advocate not only for the University of Utah, but any issue you may be passionate about.

Space is limited. To participate, contact Paul Peterson at ppeterson@sa.utah.edu.

 

 

 


BECOME A CAMPUS MEETING PLANNING EXPERT IN 2015
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Become a campus meeting planning expert in 2015. The University Risk Management and Facilities Management departments will be reviewing all the items that you will need to have a successful campus meetings including:

  • Liability issues
  • Permits and event review
  • Events with children
  • Events with alcohol
  • Catering related issues

The class is free and will include breakfast and free parking at the Guest House.

Planning Successful Meetings on Campus – Risk Management Issues for Meetings on Campus
Wednesday, Sept. 16
9-10:30 a.m.
University Guest House Douglas Ballroom

Register at regonline.com/campus2015 or call the Guest House Conference Center at 801-587-2980 with any questions.


Highlighted Events

WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND
Runs through Oct. 18

Marriott Library, Level three
Goes Around
Bonnie Monteleone, an artist and plastic marine debris researcher from the University of North Carolina, is debuting her exhibition from the Plastic Ocean Project.

Exhibits include her recreation of “The Great Wave of Kanagawa,” a print and recreation of Katsushika Hokusai’s work from 1829…made completely from ocean plastics collected in a 10,000 mile radius!

Be Green and Hang Ten here at the Marriott Library.

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

For more information, visit lib.utah.edu.



RACISM: THE SILENT PARTNER IN HIGH SCHOOL DROPOUT AND HEALTH DISPARITIES
Tuesday, Sept. 1 | 12-1 p.m.

Health Sciences Education Building – Spencer F. and Cleone P. Eccles (HSEB)

Join us for a webinar on Racism: The Silent Partner in High School Dropout and Health Disparities on Tuesday, Sept. 1 at noon in HSEB 4100C.


USAF BAND OF THE GOLDEN WEST-BRASS QUINTET
Tuesday, Sept. 1 | 4:10-5:10 p.m.

Libby Gardner Concert Hall
USAF Band
Join the School of Music and the USAF Band of The Golden West – Brass Quintet at Libby Gardner Concert Hall this Tuesday, Sept. 1.

 

 

 

 

 


ARTS BASH
Wednesday, Sept. 2 | 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Marriott Library Plaza
Arts Bash
One of the largest arts celebrations on campus, Arts Bash boasts live performances, information booths, free t-shirts, interactive art, a photo booth and free food. You can grab a hot dog, watch live performances, and check out the booths. Make sure you pick up a passport and collect enough stamps by visiting the booths, so you can redeem it for your free Arts Bash T-shirt.

In essence, we’re throwing a massive party to let you know what arts experiences are at your fingertips as a student of the University of Utah, including art exhibits, dance performances, film screenings, concerts – even events at Kingsbury Hall, Pioneer Theatre Company and the Utah Museum of Fine Arts.

And, all it takes is your UCard.

 

 


ETHICS TOWN HALL TO LOOK AT $53 MILLION EMBEZZLEMENT CASE
Tuesday, Sept. 2 | 6-8 p.m.
Spencer Fox Eccles Business Building, Child Hall
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On Sept. 2, 2015 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Child Hall in the Spencer Fox Eccles Business Building, gather your coworkers, friends and family and come to the Ethical Leadership Town Hall Meeting to see and discuss footage from the in-process documentary, “All the Queen’s Horses,” that chronicles a tragic story about Rita Crundwell who stole $53 million while working for her small town of Dixon, Illinois. Her crime was the biggest municipal fraud in U.S. history and it could have been prevented.

 

 


CHAMBER MUSIC SERIES
Wednesday, Sept. 2 | 7-8 p.m.

Utah Museum of Fine Arts
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Experience the harmonious convergence of music and art as students from the University of Utah School of Music perform in the galleries of the UMFA.

 

 

 

 

 


FARMERS MARKET: HAPPY PETS-HEALTHY PEOPLE
Thursday, Sept. 3 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Tanner Plaza, West of the Union Building
Farmers Market
Stressed about school? Stock up on puppy love during Happy Pets-Healthy People day, thanks to Rescue Rover’s adoptable dogs.

The market hosts 30 vendors, which sell local fruits and vegetables, hot lunches, canned items, and crafts. The market is open to the campus community and the public.

*Please use public transportation where available. Ride UTA and Google Maps provide the best route information. Parking is available at the Union; validations are not provided.

 

 

 

 


WIKIPEDIA-EDIT-A-THON
Thursday, Sept. 3 | 2-10 p.m.

Marriott Library, Gould Auditorium
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Are you ready to edit? Presenting the Wikipedia-edit-a-thon. Drop by for a few hours or stay the whole time and help improve Wikipedia pages of famous women in Utah history! The event will be in the Gould Auditorium on September 3rd from 2:00pm to 10:00 pm. The Utah Library Association is a co-sponsor and will be providing the food.

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

 

 

 

 

 


UTES VS. MICHIGAN
Thursday, Sept. 3 | 6:30 p.m.
Rice Eccles Stadium

The Utes will play Michigan this Thursday, Sept. 3 at Rice-Eccles Stadium.


THE PARTY
Friday, Sept. 4 | 8-11 p.m.

Utah Museum of Fine Arts

Join us on the red carpet for a night of dancing and celebration as we kick off The Party! Using your ArtsPass, enjoy a scavenger hunt throughout UMFA, or take pictures at our photo booth. With free food, free “The Party” swag, and a killer DJ (DJ Lishus) to boot, The Party Kickoff is an event not to be missed.

Admission is free for University of Utah students with an ArtsPass (UCard)

The Party complies with the University of Utah’s drug and alcohol policy.


LABOR DAY
Monday, Sept. 7

Labor Day
The university will be closed today for Labor Day.

* University closure days do not apply to employees of university hospitals and clinics, certain clinical employees in Health Sciences and other university employees identified as providing critical services during the closure. For clarification, please check with your supervisor.

 


A Healthier U

NATIONAL DIABETES PREVENTION PROGRAM

By Peak Health and Fitness
What is the University of Utah CDC-National Diabetes Prevention Program?
A study done by the Diabetes Prevention Program Research Group in 2002 showed that type 2 diabetes can be prevented in adults at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes by making moderate lifestyle changes. Since that time, numerous studies have shown over and over again that lifestyle modification prevents diabetes. As a result, the Center for Disease Control created a National Diabetes Prevention Program that is modeled after the original study and the University of Utah with the collaboration of the College of Health and Health Sciences started running this program in January 2015 for university employees who are at high risk of type 2 diabetes.The University of Utah will be rolling out this 12-month science-based education and lifestyle modification training program every three to four months. Learn about healthy food choices, build physical activity into your life and decrease your risk of diabetes. People who have been diagnosed with diabetes are not eligible for this program. Please check into: Healthy Body Healthy Heart as an alternative.Type 2 diabetes affects nearly 29 million people in the US today. But that is only the tip of the iceberg, because pre-diabetes affects nearly 86 million people in the US. Pre-diabetes is when blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not high enough yet to meet criteria for diabetes. People who have pre-diabetes are at risk for diabetes.How can you tell if you have pre-diabetes?
Take this quiz now. If you score nine or higher, you are eligible for the UU NDPP.If your score is below 9 but you can answer yes to one or both of these questions, you are eligible for the UU NDPP.
A. You have had a blood test indicating you have pre-diabetes in the last 12 months.
B. You are a woman with a history of gestational diabetes.
1. If you are eligible, and you want to join a program that will help you learn more about decreasing your risk for diabetes, go here. Select NDPP from the drop-down list, click “search courses,” choose a class from the list of options, click “register” and fill out your information.The program is available for a fee of $90 to University of Utah faculty and staff, University of Utah hospital and clinic employees and family members who are at risk for diabetes. Participants must be 18. The next group of classes will roll out in September 2015.

2. Make your payment for your class here.
Class size is limited to 14 participants.

Watch this video to learn about Phase I of our program. Phase II will be starting mid-September 2015 and will have a new video soon. Stay tuned.

Employees participating in the University’s WellU program can receive participation credit for the plan year, beginning July 2015, by participating in this program. Employees participating in the University’s WellNOW program can also use participation in this program as a qualifying event. Ask for details when you sign up for this program. As before, family members do not receive participation credits but are still welcome to participate in the program.

HealthFeed

A LINK BETWEEN CITRUS AND SKIN CANCER?
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Citrus fruits are touted for their health benefits, but could consuming too much actually put you at a higher risk for certain types of cancer?

A new study in the “Journal of Clinical Oncology” found that people who had more than one serving of citrus juice or fruit a day had a higher risk for developing melanoma. So, should you pass on the second glass of juice? Click here to find out.

FOUR IDEAS FOR GOOD ‘PAIN HEALTH’
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Suffering from chronic pain? You’re not alone. A recent survey analysis from the U.S. National Institutes of Health showed that approximately 1 in 10 Americans experience some form of pain regularly, many chronic and severe. Click here to see what the analysis showed.
For more expert health news and information, visit healthcare.utah.edu/healthfeed.

HOW TO KNOW IF CANCER RUNS IN YOUR FAMILY

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Are you wondering if cancer runs in your family? The Family Cancer Assessment Clinic at Huntsman Cancer Institute is here to help with answers to some frequently asked questions. The FCAC identifies and helps families who have an increased risk for cancer.

Read the full story here.

 

Construction & Commuter Updates

NEW:

–     The sidewalk and parking loop west of the Officer’s Club and Potter Street on Fort Douglas will be closed from Aug. 1 to Oct. 30 due to electrical infrastructure upgrades. There will be alternate routes around the construction.

–     Due to construction on the Stewart Building there will be a Dumpster placed on the south side of the Thomas Building. The sidewalk will be closed during the placement and alternative routes will be available for pedestrian traffic.

–      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.

Click below to see the construction impact map.

Construction Impacts Map

Benefiting U

NEW WELLU WELLNESS ACTIVITY OPTION
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The University’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology will be hosting their annual Sandoval Memorial 5K Ovarian Cancer Awareness Event on Saturday, Sept. 12 at Sugar House Park.  Participants who provide their uNID number at registration and complete the 5K race will receive credit for one WellU Wellness Activity.  Register at  app.medicine.utah.edu/ssrun/index or see their Facebook page at:  Facebook.com/Sandoval5K.

For information on the other WellU Wellness Activities, see the Program Requirements Summary.

 

 


 

Research Resources

  1. Assistance with data management
  2. Limited submission opportunities
  3. Intramural funding opportunities
  4. Extramural funding opportunities
  5. Upcoming classes in the Research Administration Training Series (RATS)
  6. Research news and publicizing research

  1. Assistance with data management

The University offers access to data management librarians who can help you organize your research data. This way you can find and share it later, with tools such as file naming, version control and metadata. If you would like to view guides on data and data management or have questions feel free to contact any of the following librarians:

Daureen_Nesdill Daureen Nesdill, the research data management librarian, has been involved in developing and implementing a research data management program on campus since 2009. Before receiving her MLIS in 2001, Nesdill gained experience in RIA endocrinology research and behavioral and chemical ecology research. She is the administrator for the campus DMPTool, a longtime member of IACUC and has been exploring the implementation of electronic lab notebooks (LabArchives) for campus use.

Daureen Nesdill, 801-585-5975

 

 

Darell_ScmickDarrell Schmick, research librarian at Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library, arrived at the University in March 2015. His previous position was the information services librarian at the University of Missouri-Columbia Health Sciences Library, where he worked with the Schools of Medicine, Nursing and University Health Care on several initiatives, such as Quality Improvement Processes. In his current role, Schmick assists researchers in Health Science with finding grants, assessing researcher impact, NIH compliance, conduction of systematic reviews and data management.

Darell Schmick, 801-585-3563

 

 

Rebekah_CummingsRebekah Cummings started her position as the research data management librarian for the Social Sciences and Humanities in April 2015. Her previous position was the assistant director for the Mountain West Digital Library. She received her MLIS from the University of California, Los Angeles, where she worked on the UCLA Knowledge Infrastructures research team, studying the social and technical structures surrounding data and data practices. Cummings’ present responsibilities are developing data services, which include workshops and consultations for researchers in the social sciences and humanities.

Rebekah Cummings, 801-581-7701

 

 


2. Limited submission opportunities

Bridges to Baccalaureate Program (R25)
Internal submission deadline: Sept. 7

The specific objective of this program is to develop and implement an integrated plan of individual and institutional activities that will increase students’ preparation and skills as they advance academically in the pursuit of the baccalaureate and subsequently more advanced degrees in biomedical and behavioral sciences. For additional information, please visit the NIH website.

 

Bridges to Doctorate (R25)
Internal submission deadline: Sept. 7

The NIGMS Bridges to the Doctorate Program provides the opportunity to enhance the pool of students from groups underrepresented in biomedical and behavioral sciences who go on to research careers in these fields, and who are available to participate in NIH-funded research. For additional information, please visit the NIH website.

 


3. Intramural funding opportunities

Research Instrumentation Fund – Faculty
Deadline: Sept. 15

The Research Instrumentation Fund is a competitive program that provides support to faculty for new equipment purchases, or to replace or upgrade existing research instruments. Please verify that similar equipment is not currently available on campus through the find equipment link. If similar equipment is available, provide justification why additional equipment is needed in your application.

 

Research Instrumentation Fund – Core Facilities
Deadline: Sept. 15

The Research Instrumentation Fund is a competitive program that provides support to core facilities for new equipment purchases, or to replace or upgrade existing research instruments. Please verify that similar equipment is not currently available on campus through the find equipment link. If similar equipment is available, provide justification why additional equipment is needed in your application.


4. Extramural funding opportunities

Department of Defense

The Department of Defense has a number of programs for funding university research.  Some of these programs will show up as calls for proposals on SciVal and other funding search tools, but many DOD grants are awarded straight from individual program managers. The Vice President for Research Office provides resources to help you reach Department of Defense program managers, such as travel grants or for a list of DARPA program managers (updated July 2015), tips on writing DOD white papers or to get the contact person in Washington D.C. Email the VPR Office for help.

 

NSF—2016 Alan T. Waterman Award

The call for nominations is currently happening for the 2016 Alan T. Waterman Award.

Congress established the Alan T. Waterman Award in August 1975 to mark the 25th Anniversary of the National Science Foundation and to honor its first director. The annual award recognizes an outstanding young researcher in any field of science or engineering supported by the National Science Foundation. In addition to a medal, the awardee receives a grant of $1,000,000 over a five-year period for scientific research or advanced study in the mathematical, physical, biological, engineering, social or other sciences at the institution of the recipient’s choice.

 

NSF—Computational and Data-Enabled Science and Engineering

This Dear Colleague Letter has a proposal preparation checklist and it also explains the new features that NSF has implemented in the FastLane system for automated compliance checking and about common reasons for lack of compliance. The goals are to ensure consistency in NSF’s proposal submissions, to enhance the ease of submissions, to reduce the number of submitted proposals that will be returned without review and to enable a greater number of meritorious ideas to advance.

The goal of the CDS&E program is to identify, and capitalize on opportunities for major scientific and engineering breakthroughs, through new computational and data analysis approaches. Please see the program page for more information on this opportunity and relevant deadlines.

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5. 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.

Enrollment for the October 2015 Grant Writing Academy has reached capacity. Registration is now available for the May 13-15, 2016 program. For information, please visit the Research Education website or contact Tony Onofrietti, director, Research Education. 

Purchasing and Procurement
Tuesday Sept. 1
2-4 p.m.
HSEB, Room 2600

Electronic Application through Grants.Gov
Thursday Sept. 3
2-4 p.m.
HSEB, Room 1750

Introduction to REDCap
Tuesday Sept. 8
2-4 p.m.
HSEB, Room 2600

Investigator Training Workshop: Pre-Award Session
Wednesday Sept. 9
2-4 p.m.
HSEB, R00m 2120

Governing Regulations for Grants and Contracts
Thursday Sept. 10
2-4 p.m.
HSEB, Room 1750

Understanding IRB Report Form Submissions in ERICA
Monday Sept. 14
2-4 p.m.
HSEB, Room 1750

Introduction to ClinicalTrials.gov
Tuesday Sept. 15, 2015
2-4 p.m.
HSEB, Lab 3100C


6. Research news and publicizing research

Interested in the cool research going on at the U? For the latest news on research, go to news.  If you are interested in publicizing your research, guidelines and information on how-to, along with contact information, may be found at Publicizing Research and Working with the Media.

BUILDING JUSTICE

By Melinda Rogers

The University of Utah on Sept. 1 will celebrate the opening of its newest building on campus, a state-of-the art law school designed to enhance innovation in legal education, bolster community service and provide students with new opportunities for skills training.  Gov. Gary Herbert and U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch will join University of Utah President David W. Pershing and S.J. Quinney College of Law Dean Robert Adler in dedicating the facility. Other dignitaries will also attend the dedication of the building on campus at 11 a.m.

“This new, sustainable home for the S.J. Quinney College of Law is the embodiment of the exceptional and innovative education that will be offered within its walls. It will facilitate additional clinical programs, experiential learning, collaborative research and community engagement, while providing an impressive gateway to the U campus,” said Pershing. “We are grateful and excited for this stunning new resource at the University of Utah.”

After two years of construction, the building is completed and designed to be a LEED platinum building, an acronym that stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. The designation is awarded to buildings that meet standards of being green efficient in their design. The U’s law school is the first on the west coast designed to earn such a designation.

The Alternative Visions Fund of the Chicago Community Trust, a longtime supporter of the Stegner Center, provided $4.5 million towards the purchase of sustainable building infrastructure. As a result of this generous support, the College has been able to incorporate sustainability features that will serve as examples to other building projects on the campus of the University of Utah, the Salt Lake community, and the nation.

These features and methods include:

◆ A building designed with the goal of achieving 65 percent reduction in energy costs beyond code requirements through smart structural design and passive solar orientation.

◆ Investments in on-site solar power generation, and maximum use of natural light.

◆ Chilled beam cooling and heating systems, utilization of irrigation well water for the source of cooling and highly efficient fixtures.

◆ Recycling and re-using grey water for non-potable uses such as flushing toilets.

The building will also incorporate passive energy strategies that reduce overall energy consumption through the performance of the building:

◆ Enhanced exterior insulation to reduce thermal conductivity.

◆ Fixed exterior sunshades to minimize solar heat gain during the summer.

◆ Exterior overhangs that also act as sunshades to reduce the building heat gain in the summer.

◆ Low emissions, insulating glass to reduce thermal transmittance and glare while improving visible light transmittance. Windows in the building will employ biomimickry to prevent bird collisions. Biomimickry creates ultraviolet spider web designs that are visible to birds but not humans.

 In addition, the building will also achieve energy savings through the integration of more efficient energy-using systems including:

◆ The chilled beam HVAC system to heat and cool the building, radiant floor heating and cooling to supplement the chilled beam system.

◆ A heat recovery system to transfer the heat from the exhausted conditioned air into the fresh ventilation air.

◆ Regenerative elevators to convert the excess energy generated by an elevator into electricity that can be used elsewhere in the building.

◆ Enhanced lighting system control that include occupancy sensors and daylight sensors.

The building has already garnered two awards for its innovative features. Lead architect Sean Thompson of the VCBO/Smith Group architecture team received a Community Justice Award from the Disability Law Center for the building’s universal accessibility design. Energy engineer Steve Connor from Coleman Engineering was also a finalist for the Governor’s energy innovation award for its unique use of groundwater to help air condition the building using groundwater from a campus well.

Besides its environmental merits, the new building will be used to expand the college’s already substantial commitment to community service and community-engaged learning. University of Utah law students provided almost 40,000 hours of volunteer pro bono and clinical service during the 2014-15 academic year. The new building will enable the school to continue this tradition by providing facilities for direct client interaction.

“Legal education is increasingly moving in the direction of applied, hands-on learning,” said Adler. “We have been a leader in that area for many years, but this new facility will allow us to build on that excellence with dedicated simulation training facilities, room for our service learning programs, and cutting edge technology for skills training.”

The $62.5 million building will provide accessibility for people with a full range of disabilities. Located at the southwest corner of campus across from the Stadium TRAX station, the building will establish a welcoming gateway for visitors to the campus.

“Alumni, students, and the community are thrilled about the beautiful new building for the College of Law, and are particularly proud of the sustainability efforts put into its LEED design,” said Michele Ballantyne, president elect of the S.J. Quinney College of Law Alumni Board of Trustees. “The one-of-a-kind classrooms, study, and program areas will provide an atmosphere where the students can thrive and the college’s programs can flourish and become even more visible nationally.”

The building has received generous support from the S.J. and Jessie E. Quinney Foundation, the University of Utah, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Alternative Visions Fund of the Chicago Community Trust as well as a growing number of law firms and individual donors.

Big-D Construction completed work on the 155,000-square-foot building.

 

Melinda Rogers is a communications specialist at University Marketing and Communications. If you have an interesting story idea, email her at melinda.rogers@utah.edu.

UTAH FOOTBALL KICKS OFF

By Andrew Thompson Landerghini

Utah Football’s season opener versus Michigan will be like no other experienced at Rice-Eccles Stadium. For one, parked in front of RES will be a khaki-covered bus dressed in a maize and blue golf shirt and accented with a giant-size Sharpie and whistle. Powered by Jim Harbaugh and his trail of media hype, this rematch with one of college football’s most iconic teams will be closely watched by the sports world.

However, before we talk about all that fun stuff, first there’s business to tend: The game is on Thursday, so throw in the fact there will be a normal day of class (though faculty are encouraged to alter accommodations for night classes) amidst all the hysteria and hoopla and things will be hectic. Public transit, ride-sharing or bicycling to campus that day are highly recommended. For details on parking changes, see the call-out feature at the bottom.

Now, back to that bus. It departed from Michigan Stadium on Aug. 22 with the “Harbros” at the wheel to tour the nation, build buzz behind the game and to express Fox Sports 1’s fanboy-level infatuation with UM’s new coach. Joining the Harbros is the crew from Opening Drive (the network’s equivalent to ESPN’s College Gameday), which will include Colin Cowherd, recently of ESPN stardom, making his debut with Fox Sports 1. They’ll begin broadcasting live from Rice-Eccles the night before the game and again in the early afternoon leading all the way up to Thursday’s kickoff.

Devontae Booker leads Utah Football
Unlike the opposing coach, Kyle Whittingham will not star in his own “Khaki Cam” live stream (a camera devoted to Harbaugh’s every move) during the game. Instead, he can concentrate on beating Michigan, like the Utes did with conviction last year in Ann Arbor.

Factoring heavily in Coach Whit’s playbook will be running back Devontae Booker, a Heisman hopeful who rushed for over 1,500 yards last season. Paving the way for Booker are three returning offensive line starters—Siaosi Aiono, Isaac Asiata and J.J. Dielman—who are all all-conference candidates. Also returning on offense are starting quarterback Travis Wilson, change-of-pace QB Kendall Thompson and receiving threat Kenneth Scott. Bubba Poole, who led the team in rushing in 2013, will be utilized in both the run and pass game at the slot back position.

Utah defense versus USC 2014
While an effective offense is vital to the Utes’ success in 2015, it’ll be the defense that will be the difference maker. Last season, the unit led the nation in sacks and earned the nickname “Sack Lake City.” Despite losing its sack “mayor” Nate Orchard, who was drafted in the second round of the NFL draft, Utah is poised to repeat its dominance on defense.

Seniors Gionni Paul, who led the team interceptions, and Jared Norris, who led the team in tackles lead a stout linebacker corps. Last year versus Michigan, Paul earned the national defensive player of the week nod from Athlon Sports in his first game with the team (he transferred from Miami). This year, expectations are even higher for Paul as he hopes to stay healthy after injuries kept him out of five games last season. The defensive line also has big plans as end Hunter Dimick, who had 10.5 sacks in 2014, looks to take over the Mayor of Sack Lake City title. The front four will hardly be an autocracy. Seven others will round out Sack Lake’s “city council” (kudos to Salt Lake Tribune‘s Utah Utes beat writer Matt Piper), including Lowell Lotulelei, the little brother of current NFL player and former U standout, Star Lotulelei.

With depth and experience on both sides of the ball, it’s no surprise that the Utes are a five-point favorite over Michigan, despite all the attention focused on the visiting Wolverines and its high-profile head coach. Even with 1,300 square feet of fabric, sometimes substance over style is the way of the victors.

 

PARKING FOR SEPT. 3 AND SEPT. 11

Utah Football’s season opener on Thursday is scheduled to kick off at 6:30 p.m., however parking on campus will be limited all day. It’s strongly recommended you do not drive a vehicle to campus, and instead use your UTA pass.

On Friday, Sept. 11, Utah hosts Utah State for a 7 p.m. tilt. Again, on-campus parking will be limited all day, and taking public transit (free with your UID) is strongly recommended.

There will be no parking in the West Stadium and Guardsman Way lots on the days of both these games. However two alternatives will be opened—Stilwell Field and the field northeast of the Alumni House—from 6 a.m.- 8 p.m. No football parking will be allowed in these two grass fields.

View the PARKING MAP here.

HITCH A RIDE AT THE U

By Ayrel Clark-Proffitt, campus engagement coordinator for the Sustainability Office

The University of Utah is excited to introduce a new partnership with Zimride by Enterprise as an alternative transportation option on campus.

Zimride, a service of Enterprise Rent-A-Car, 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.

Zimride provides students with an easy way to travel to campus, run errands, take weekend trips or go home on school breaks by sharing a ride with another student. Students can share the expense of the trip, and also reduce traffic, air pollution and parking congestion by riding together.

Faculty and staff members can save time, money and stress on their daily commute to campus by using Zimride to form a carpool. The innovative search feature allows users to post their commute, including arrival and departure times, to find matches in the network.

Here’s how it works:

  • The University of Utah program is available only to students, faculty and staff. Members of the campus community interested in using Zimride must have a University of Utah uNID to sign up.
  • In just a few seconds on zimride.com/utah, drivers and passengers can set up a profile, search for open seats or post their ride and destination safely and securely.
  • The platform’s unique approach to ride-matching allows members to link their profile to their Facebook page.

Zimride’s launch at the U is the result of a project by the graduate fellows of the Global Change & Sustainability Center. Led by doctoral student Derek Jensen, the 2013-14 cohort received a grant from the Sustainable Campus Initiative Fund, the U’s green grant program, to fund a three-year pilot of Zimride.

“In the Salt Lake Valley, our air quality is greatly influenced by individual driving habits,” Jensen said. “Ride-matching programs like Zimride give the University of Utah the opportunity to change transportation habits by offering hassle-free carpooling that will reduce emissions and allow the university to lead on reducing air pollution.”

Zimride is part of the university’s focus on sustainable transportation, which supports public transportation, car sharing, ride matching, shuttle service and bicycling to meet the mobility needs of students, faculty and staff. Zimride will help reduce the U’s commuting emissions and is among the recommendations from the U’s Air Quality Task Force to help the university take the lead on fighting air pollution, said the U’s Chief Sustainability Officer Amy Wildermuth.

“Only a small percentage of students live on campus, and Salt Lake City is one of the fastest growing municipalities in the country,” Wildermuth said. “By introducing Zimride, a program that has been successful at more than 100 institutions, the university can make a positive contribution to air quality issues and provide an enjoyable and reliable way to ride together.”

In addition to offering Zimride on campus, Enterprise Rent-A-Car provides its car-sharing service – Enterprise CarShare – to University of Utah students and faculty, as well as residents and local businesses in Salt Lake City and Wasatch Front. When Enterprise CarShare launched in Salt Lake City in 2013, the area became the seventh major U.S. market to offer the service. Today, Enterprise CarShare is available in more than 35 U.S. states, Canada and the U.K., on more than 100 university campuses and through 40 dedicated government and business accounts.

CERTIFIED TO MAKE A CHANGE

By Sarah Lappé, Sustainability Office Outreach Coordinator

When discussing the topics of climate change, sustainability and the environment, we are often asked the open-ended question, “What can I do?” At the U, we believe that through interdisciplinary education and collaborations we can build a foundation to better prepare students to answer that question, as well as prepare them for the changing job market and emerging opportunities.

To create the foundation, the University of Utah is now offering the Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate in Sustainability, which enhances graduate-level education by offering courses in a variety of areas that will help develop students’ knowledge and skills to better equip them to address the complex problems facing our planet.

Cert-SignThrough the Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate in Sustainability program, students will expand their career opportunities as well as their capacities to be agents of transformational change within their communities and institutions. Institutions and companies are beginning to recognize the importance of sustainability in their organizations as it pertains to the triple bottom line—people, planet and profit—and to the organization’s overall success. In addition, employees are seeking to work in places that value sustainability. As the needs of employees and companies are coming together around sustainability, the job market is ripe for graduates of this new certificate.

The University of Utah launched the new Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate in Sustainability in January 2015. The certificate is the result of collaboration between the Global Change and Sustainability Center, the Graduate School, and the Sustainability Office. It is open to graduate students in any program at the University of Utah, and it also is available as a stand-alone program for non-degree seeking students with a bachelor’s degree.

The core curriculum is designed to bring students together from across campus to create a cohort experience, and it will emphasize systems thinking, interdisciplinary communication and collaboration skills and teamwork. The program also aims to provide students with opportunities to be involved with campus and community sustainability efforts.

 

Certificate Requirements  

  • One credit Global Change and Sustainability Center seminar
  • Three credit project-based course on “Global Changes and Society”
  • One “gateway” course focused on chosen Certificate theme (themes are chosen by the student to incorporate interests and fields of study)
  • Three sustainability electives that focus on societal, policy/economics and environmental science aspects of sustainability

The certificate provides many benefits, including: learning the mechanics of academic research; communicating and collaborating across broad disciplinary boundaries; and enhancing graduate education. Additionally, students can qualify for in-state tuition through Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education. The certificate can be a key to opening up new doors and opportunities for your current degree, for future employment, and for the future sustainability of our planet and society.