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U reaches $515 million in research funding
Two professors honored as 2018 AAAS Fellows
In memoriam: Professor Thomas A. Kursar
WIH Ambassador opportunity
Phishing attempt targets U students
uNID-based account archiving
Last-minute gifts and stocking stuffers
Send personal packages home, please
Customized holiday gifts by Print & Mail Services
U holiday cards by Print & Mail Services
Authentic World War I uniforms on display


reaches $515 million in research funding

Dear Colleagues,

As you may have heard, we achieved a remarkable milestone in our research growth and activities during FY 2018 thanks to your exceptional efforts.

We reached $515 million in research funding—a new high in the U’s academic history and an indication of our upward trajectory as a model public university. Our production of scholarly works—from published books to journal articles and citations—also is reaching new heights.

The U’s innovations are made possible by talented researchers and faculty, graduate and undergraduate students and staff who continue to drive excellence across campus. You are lifting our reputation across the country and around the world. You are making a difference, whether it’s searching for a cure for cancer, developing game-changing technologies or gaining a new understanding of society’s grand challenges.

These achievements speak directly to the dedication and quality of our research community. Congratulations to all of you and thank you for your many contributions to an excellent year in research. Go Utah!

Sincerely,

Ruth V. Watkins
President of the University of Utah
Andrew S. Weyrich
Vice President for Research
Daniel A. Reed
Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
Michael L. Good
Senior Vice President for Health Sciences


Two U professors honored as 2018 AAAS Fellows

University of Utah professors Shelley Minteer and Glenn Prestwich are among the 416 newly-elected Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Election as a Fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers.

Minteer, of the department of chemistry, was elected for “fundamental and applied contributions to electrochemistry, including electrocatalytic cascades and natural and artificial metabolons for biofuel cells.”

Prestwich, of the department of medicinal chemistry, was elected for “entrepreneurial uses of chemistry to solve biological problems, including insect pest control, lipids in cell signaling, and hyaluronan materials for regenerative medicine and inflammation.”

Read more about Minteer, Prestwich and the AAAS Fellows program here.


In Memoriam: Professor Thomas A. Kursar

Professor of biology Thomas A. Kursar passed away peacefully at home on Nov. 18, 2018, from pancreatic cancer. He was 69 years old. In 1982, he and his wife, distinguished professor of biology Phyllis Coley, joined what is now the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Utah where they established a joint lab that became renowned for its foundational contributions to our understanding of rainforest ecology.

Tom’s research on water use by tropical plants fundamentally changed the way we think about how plants respond to the stress of too little water, or too much. Working together, Tom and Lissy made important contributions to solving why the tropical rainforests are so diverse. Tom’s commitment to conservation led him to use this knowledge of plant chemicals to design a bioprospecting program in Panama which is today run by Panamanians and links the search for novel pharmaceuticals with job creation, research development, education and preservation of forests.

Tom’s bravery in the face of his disease may be his last great contribution to science. On learning of his diagnosis on Feb 14, 2017, he had a Whipple procedure and seven kinds of chemotherapy and then volunteered for three different experimental treatments at the Huntsman Cancer Institute. His extraordinary oncologist said that Tom’s generosity has advanced the treatment of pancreatic cancer. A full obituary can be found here.


WIH Ambassador Opportunity

If you have a passion for living well, and you are excited to get others involved on the journey to a healthier lifestyle, then we are looking for you. As the new academic year opens, we would like to introduce the Wellness and Integrative Health (WIH) Ambassadors at University of Utah Health. Through this program, we want to encourage and equip employees like you to serve as ambassadors of wellness to your fellow colleagues.

Not only will you make progress toward your own wellness, but you will also make a positive change throughout your team and office setting. We want to enable you to make wellness an all-day, every-day habit.

Your role will include quarterly meetings at HSEB, lasting 60-90 minutes, plus whatever additional time you will need to communicate with those in your department. Please be sure to discuss this time commitment with your supervisor before participating.

Please confirm your participation as a WIH Ambassador via email to Sarah Schlaefke, sarah.schlaefke@hsc.utah.edu no later than Friday, Nov. 30. The next WIH Ambassador meeting is scheduled for Monday, Dec. 10, 2018 at 8 a.m., HSEB Alumni Hall (HSEB 2120). Once you email Sarah, a meeting invitation will be coming soon, but please secure that time on your calendars right away.


Phishing attempt targets U students

Recently, University Information Technology received a number of reports about a suspicious message sent to University of Utah students. The message, from a fraudulent person claiming to be an alum in search of a personal assistant, is a phishing attempt:

“Hello,
I contacted your school admin at University of Utah; I graduated from there. I explained that I was looking for an Administrative/Personal Assistant and your contact was sent to me, they said you are an honest person. This job is flexible so you can perform the tasks during your spare time outside of school and the position is extremely rewarding. Get back to me ASAP via my email … if you are interested.
Regards
Mrs Tracy Walter“

Please note that no University of Utah “school admin” has released student contact information to the sender. The sender has used public Campus Directory information to target students.

If you receive(d) this message, or receive something similar in the future, do not select any links, open any attachments, or respond to the sender. Please report the message to the Information Security Office (visit the UIT help article “Phishing” for instructions) and then delete it.

Students and employees can manage their public Campus Directory contact information via the Campus Information Services (CIS) portal. Please visit the UIT help article “Updating the online campus directory” for instructions.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the UIT Help Desk at helpdesk@utah.edu or 801-581-4000, option 1.


uNID-based Account Archiving

In order to streamline centrally administered uNID-based account management and reduce risk for the University of Utah, starting Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018, and monthly thereafter, the Identity Access and Management team will archive the accounts of inactive users who meet all the following criteria:
  • Not a current employee/student/affiliate, and
  • Account has existed for at least 18 months, and
  • User has not logged in for at least 18 months, and
  • Password not changed in at least 18 months

In addition, accounts of university affiliates who are “current,” meet all the above selection criteria, and have no end date will be selected for archiving. If/when an archived user returns to the U and needs his/her account re-activated, an automatic process running twice per day will move the account out of archived status.

What won’t be affected as part of this project (out of scope):

  1. UMail account access and UMail forwarding capability for inactive users
  2. Accounts for systems managed locally (e.g., department, college and business unit-specific accounts)
  3. Access changes on termination
  4. Access changes on org moves

The U’s Strategic Information Technology Committee approved this project and process. Currently, there are a total of ~400,000 inactive personal accounts, ~172,000 of which have never been used and ~270,000 of which meet all of the above criteria. A university-wide awareness campaign has begun and individuals with inactive accounts will be contacted directly prior to the archive date and given instructions to keep their accounts active if desired.

If you have any questions, please contact the UIT Help Desk at helpdesk@utah.edu or 801-581-4000.

UIT Help article: Archived uNID-based accounts.


Last-minute Gifts and Stocking Stuffers

It’s not too late to get those gifts and stocking stuffers you need to put under the tree this holiday season! Toyland at the University Campus Store has stocked their shelves with fun toys, stuffed animals, games, gadgets and more, making your holiday shopping easier than ever this year.

Whether you need to get a perfect gift for your favorite niece, or that brother-in-law you never know what to get, or your grandkids that you always spoil, let the Campus Store help you find something for everyone. Stop by the Campus Store today and get your holiday shopping done, so you can enjoy the most wonderful time of the year with no stressful last-minute lists. Open Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-6 p.m. or Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.


Send personal packages home, please

As the holiday season approaches and use of mail services increases, University Print & Mail Services would like to remind campus that personal correspondence, packages (e.g. Amazon shipments, etc.) and other deliveries should not be sent to campus addresses but rather, to home addresses. There are several ways to keep your home packages safe, including using smart package lockers, lockboxes or convenience store deliveries. You may also utilize Amazon key service, signature-required deliveries or request delivery alerts. More permanent solutions may include security camera installations or coordinating with neighbors to secure packages.

Because of changes with UPS and FedEx rerouting packages through The United States Postal Service (USPS), the volume of packages distributed through campus mail has increased significantly, making prompt deliveries more difficult. Pursuant to University Policy 3-162, “use of the Campus Mail system is available only to recognized university organizations for official University purposes and is not intended for personal use.” Accordingly, faculty and staff should refrain from using the campus mail system for receiving or sending personal mail and understand that if they do so, the university is not liable for the contents of those parcels.

Questions or concerns may be directed to Juan Sosa at 801-580-7792 or juan.sosa@utah.edu. Thank you for your cooperation, University Print & Mail Services enjoys serving the campus community and appreciates your ongoing support.


Customized Holiday Gifts by University Print & Mail Services

In need of holiday gifts or giveaways for those special people on your list this year? Let University Print & Mail Services help you design and customize one-of-a-kind gifts for your department or personal use.

From water bottles to umbrellas, blankets to tote bags, if you can think of it, Print & Mail can create it and make it your own by adding text, logos or other specific designs. Most items have a minimum order count of approximately 100 pieces. Also, items typically take five weeks for production and delivery, so order now to ensure your gifts arrive in time for the holidays. For more information or a custom quote, please contact Roger King at 801-581-3947 or roger.king@utah.edu.

University Print & Mail Services is an official licensee of the University of Utah and is therefore legally permitted to use and reproduce university-owned trademarks and logos. By supporting official licensees like Print & Mail, you are assured to receive quality products while also supporting student scholarships, athletic programs and other university initiatives.


U Holiday Cards by Print & Mail Services

Get a head start on the holiday season by ordering your greeting cards from University Print & Mail Services. Conveniently place your order online and choose from 24 designs, enhanced by your personalized message. Campus orders are typically completed in five business days and can be picked up or delivered to your office for free.

For help with these mailing services, reach out to your customer service representative who will guide you through your options.

In addition to holiday card designs, University Print & Mail offers several other styles for fall, along with other special occasion cards such as birthday cards, thank you cards, custom-design cards and personalized stationery.

Both personal and office orders are welcome. Visit us online to view designs and place your order.


AUTHENTIC WORLD WAR I UNIFORMS ON DISPLAY

The Fort Douglas Military Museum presents an exhibit of authentic World War I uniforms, weaponry and equipment. Generously on loan from A. Gustaf Bryngelson, a collector of World War I memorabilia, the display includes uniforms and items from not only the U.S. but also from many of the combatant nations. The exhibit runs through Jan. 4, 2019.

For more information, click here.