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New American Indian undergraduate student scholarships
KUED’s Ted Capener interviews President Ruth V. Watkins
U geologist awarded early career grant
Biology chair recognized with Mammalogy Award

Register for the Utah Heart and Stroke Walk
Volunteers needed for The Donate Life Transplant Games
Duo 2FA phone call, text options will be discontinued July 17, 2018
Nominate a veteran

NEW AMERICAN INDIAN UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″][/bs_col][bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]Two $5,000 scholarships awards are available to American Indian undergraduate students who are enrolled members of a federally-recognized American Indian Tribe, with a preference for students who are enrolled members of or have at least one parent or grandparent who is an enrolled member of one of Utah’s Tribes: The Ute Tribe (Northern Utes), The Southern Ute and White Mesa Tribe, The Confederated Bands of the Goshute, The Skull Valley Band of Goshute, The Southern Paiute Tribe out of Cedar City, The Northwest Band of Shoshone Nation, The San Juan Southern Paiute Tribe, and The Navajo Nation.  The Zumbro family scholarships will be awarded based on the following additional criteria:

  1. Freshmen or transfer student
  2. A minimum 2.5 grade point average
  3. Full time student (12 credit hours or more) and making good academic progress
  4. Financial need
  5. Demonstrate a desire or commitment to serving or working with the student’s Tribal community post-graduation (based on the student’s personal statement as part of the scholarship application process)

Students who wish to apply for the scholarship must submit a one-page, typed personal statement addressing the question: How do you plan to apply your education post-graduation?

For more information and how to apply for the scholarship, go here.[/bs_col][/bs_row]

KUED’S TED CAPENER INTERVIEWS PRESIDENT RUTH V. WATKINS[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″][/bs_col][bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]If you missed President Ruth V. Watkins’ interview with KUED’s Ted Capener, you can catch it here.[/bs_col][/bs_row]

U geologist awarded early career grant[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″][/bs_col][bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]Fan-Chi Lin, of the U’s Department of Geology and Geophysics, has been awarded a CAREER grant by the National Science Foundation. The grant is a five-year, $585,000 award that will be used to support Lin’s work in “Advanced Subsurface Imaging Across USArray and Intermountain Seismic Belt Using Dense Seismic Arrays.” Through the use of dense arrays of small seismometers, Lin and his colleagues hope to better understand the structure of the West’s seismic landscapes. Lin recently deployed a seismic network to monitor the ongoing eruption of the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii.

NSF CAREER awards support “early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization. Activities pursued by early-career faculty should build a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating education and research.”[/bs_col][/bs_row]

Biology chair recognized with mammalogy award[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″][/bs_col][bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]Denise Dearing, chair of the biology department at the University of Utah, has been awarded the 2018 Joseph Grinnell Award by the American Society of Mammalogists. The award recognizes outstanding contributions to education in mammalogy. The citation notes Dearing’s “dedication to understanding whole animal physiology and particularly the evolutionary associations between mammals and plants. . . nowhere was your impact more evident than your efforts as a role model for students and postdocs.”

Learn more about Dearing’s recent work to understand the relationship between desert woodrats and their environment here.[/bs_col][/bs_row]

UTAH HEART AND STROKE WALK[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″][/bs_col][bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]With your help, a fun-filled, three-mile stroll through Sugar House Park on Saturday, Sept. 15 can positively affect the lives of those facing cardiovascular and stroke issues. Register for the walk, donate $25 to the American Heart Association and receive a University of Utah Health T-shirt for free. Men’s, women’s and youth sizes available.

Register at

Questions? Contact the Heart & Stroke Walk Steering Committee at[/bs_col][/bs_row]

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED (CLINICAL & GENERAL)[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″][/bs_col][bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]The Donate Life Transplant Games will be held in Salt Lake City Aug. 2-7.

The Transplant Games of America highlight the critical importance of organ, eye, and tissue donation while celebrating the lives of organ donors and recipients. There are 21 competitive events and 15 special events that will be happening throughout the week. Locations of events: Salt Palace Convention Center, Smith’s Ballpark, Salt Lake Tennis Club, Fairmont Swimming Pool, West High School, Bonwood Bowl, Abravanel Hall, This is the Place Heritage Park, State Fairgrounds and Meadowbrook Golf Course. Participants are coming from all over the world and include every age range.

We are looking for approximately 2500 volunteer shifts to ensure the success of this incredible event.

Volunteers must be 15 or older, will undergo a basic background investigation, will attend one 45 minute training (many opportunities at many local locations) prior to the Games, can sign up for one four-hour-shift or several four-hour-shifts. Volunteers will receive swag and volunteering makes you feel happy.

Register here to volunteer.

Or email for more information.[/bs_col][/bs_row]

Duo 2FA phone call, text options will be discontinued July 17, 2018[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″][/bs_col][bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]On July 17, 2018, Duo phone call and text message options for two-factor authentication (2FA) will be discontinued. Users need to select another method for Duo 2FA to log in to the majority of university applications after July 17.

The Strategic Information Technology Committee approved this decision for a number of reasons – most importantly, recent industry guidance and practice has indicated that phone calls and text messages are vulnerable and not considered secure methods of authentication. There is also a significant cost associated with providing these authentication methods. The phone call option was intended to be a backup or emergency method for using Duo, yet for many, it has become their primary method. The new backup option for Duo authentication will now be completed through the central university help desks (contact information below).

You may choose one of the following options for 2FA, which are used by the majority of campus and U Health users:

Duo mobile app:

  • Easiest and fastest method
  • Install on a smartphone or tablet (includes Apple, Android, and Windows mobile devices)
  • Two options to authenticate:
    1. Mobile push notification (select “approve” or “deny” from your device’s home screen or Duo notification page — no need to type in a code)
    2. Type in a passcode (network connectivity is not required for this option)

Duo hardware token:

Visit the 2FA webpage, Duo 2FA overview article, and Duo tutorial video found in Pulse (U Health) or Bridge (campus) for more information. If you have questions, contact the UIT Help Desk (801-581-4000, option 1) or ITS Service Desk (801-587-6000) for assistance.[/bs_col][/bs_row]

Nominate a Veteran[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″][/bs_col][bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]The University of Utah Veterans Day Committee honors veterans each year based on their honor, courage, commitment and sacrifice during their military service to our nation. Nominations for this year’s ceremony are due by July 31, 2018.

For more information or to nominate a veteran to be honored, go to or call 801-587-7722.[/bs_col][/bs_row]