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Safety of Minors in university programs
Inclusive access helps students save 70-80 percent on textbooks

2017 Beacons of Excellence winners
New faculty profiles launching on Oct. 23
HCI trainee wins NCI Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition Award
October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month
Ready to flip your classroom?


SAFETY OF MINORS IN UNIVERSITY PROGRAMS

Do you run programs on campus that serve elementary, middle or high school students? Did you know that the university has a policy for the protection of minors participating in university programs?  Join the folks from the Youth Protection and Program Support to get the latest information about the Safety of Minors Policy and its requirements.  Learn about the required elements of the policy and how Youth Protection and Program Support can help with compliance.

If you’re already familiar with the policy, don’t miss the chance to meet up with your fellow K-12 outreach program directors and coordinators for a couple hours of collaborative idea sharing and networking. Youth Protection and the Office of Engagement will be leading a discussion about how we can continue to serve the growing need for outreach in our community. 

RSVP is required so please email Youth Protection and Program Support to let us know you’ll be there.

Event details:
Nov. 7 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Gould Auditorium, Marriott Library
*Lunch will be served


Inclusive Access Helps Students Save 70-80 percent on Textbooks

As part of its ongoing effort to support students and faculty in meaningful ways, the University Campus Store is launching an Inclusive Access program that will help students save 70-80 percent on course materials — a welcome alternative to the high cost of textbooks with the added convenience of accessing materials electronically.

Any course is eligible for Inclusive Access and the fee is paid along with class registration, eliminating the need to search for and purchase textbooks separately. Students can conveniently view their textbooks online, track their progress from assignment to assignment and communicate with other students in their class. Professors can also communicate with students, as well as provide updates and announcements online.

To learn more and establish access for your courses, contact Shane Girton, senior associate director of the Campus Store, at sgirton@campusstore.utah.edu or 801-581-8296. Course submissions must be made by Oct. 31, 2017. Help your students save a substantial amount of money each semester by participating in the Inclusive Access program.


2017 Beacons of Excellence Winners
People, programs and building recognized for providing transformative experiences to undergraduate students

Following a thorough evaluation process, the sixth annual Beacons of Excellence Award winners have been selected from numerous nominations. This award recognizes individuals, programs and centers that provide transformative experiences to undergraduate students while at the University of Utah.

The Beacon of Excellence Award was conceived as part of a 2011 initiative to “reimagine the undergraduate experience” at the University of Utah. This award seeks to celebrate those who have dedicated considerable efforts to ensuring undergraduate students have meaningful opportunities for growth.

This year, four individuals, two programs and a building will be recognized:

  • Isabel Dulfano, College of Humanities
  • Jonathan Davies, College of Engineering
  • Laura Schwartz, Alternative Breaks, Bennion Community Service Center
  • Judith Neugebauer/BioEyes, College of Medicine
  • Student Success Advocates, Undergraduate Studies
  • Connect2Health
  • Fredrick Albert Sutton Building

A luncheon will be held on Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017, from 12-1:15 p.m. in the Union Ballroom. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Olivia Harker at oharker@sa.utah.edu by Friday, Oct. 20.


New faculty profiles launching on Oct. 23

We are pleased to announce that newly updated university Faculty Profiles will be launched on Oct. 23, 2017. Our goal is to have Faculty Profiles present a single, unified view of all faculty members. These profiles are intended to enhance the university’s overall web presence by making it easy to locate faculty members as part of one university system. These profiles, however, are not intended to replace departmental or research websites.

After very few changes in the past 10 years, the Faculty Data Steering Committee recommended revamping the Faculty Profiles to create a better overall look and feel and to allow easier viewing on a wide variety of devices. We worked with University Marketing and Communications and faculty focus group sessions for over a year on the design.

What’s changing?

  • New and modernized look and feel.
  • New Home page that allows you to identify “Selected Works” that allows users to pick and choose highlights from different categories of activities.
  • Ability to select higher resolution photos and alternate sizes.

What other changes can we expect?

  • Customizable sub-pages
  • Other options based on faculty feedback

Who does this affect?

Each tenure and career line faculty member is recommended to have a minimum profile that includes:

  • A public-facing CV
  • Education
  • Biographical statement
  • Selected publication or creative works
  • Research summary (if applicable)
  • A photo (professional photos are currently being taken on a college by college basis)

 Does this effect Find a Doctor profiles?

  • Faculty members who already maintain a Find a Doctor or academic profile through the Mission-Based Management Information System (MBM IS) are not affected as MBM IS profiles are automatically used for these purposes.

How are Faculty Profiles utilized?

  • Faculty Profiles are linked from the class schedule to allow students to find out about potential instructors; and they are also linked from the public-facing Find a Researcher tool that performs indexing and facilitates searches for collaboration. Information displayed on the profiles is extended from the Annual Activity Report (FAR) or can be manually entered within the profile system. Faculty members and their delegates continue to have control over which information is visible on his/her individual profile.

How can I access my profile?

How do I submit feedback on the new design?

  • We welcome and encourage your feedback to help build the best possible system.
  • You can contact us directly by clicking on the instant chat icon in the bottom right of your web browser when logged into the Faculty Profile system.
  • You can also click to send feedback directly to Academic-IT-Help@utah.edu. 

How do university Faculty Profiles relate to departmental websites?

  • The data within the Faculty Profiles and the Annual Activity Report (FAR) are recommended to be the source system to provide data for faculty appointment and activity data for public-facing websites. Following this model allows faculty members to update their information in once place and have it connect to college and departments for their purposes. This data has been made available to college and department webmasters so they can dynamically pull faculty data to display within their uniquely branded websites. Please contact Eric Lippincott at eric.lippincott@hsc.utah.edu for more details.

HCI TRAINEE WINS NCI PREDOCTORAL TO POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW TRANSITION AWARD

Gurkan Mollaoglu, a graduate student in the Oliver Lab at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah, received an F99 NCI Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition Award. This prestigious grant recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who have demonstrated potential and interest in pursuing careers as independent cancer researchers. The award will support Mollaoglu’s research on the role of oncogenes (genes that have the potential to cause cancer) in lung cancer. We asked him to talk about his research and the significance of receiving this award.

In a broad perspective, I am studying the role of oncogenes in lung cancer by developing and employing genetically engineered mouse models. We further use human tissue samples, cell lines, and bioinformatics data in order to translate our findings into potential future clinical practices.

In my first project, we demonstrated how MYC, a well-known oncogene, promotes tumor heterogeneity in small cell lung cancer and renders tumors vulnerable to specific treatment options (Mollaoglu et al., Cancer Cell 2017). For my second project, I aim to understand how oncogenes in non-small cell lung cancer modify the tumor immune microenvironment. As we are witnessing the cancer immunotherapy revolution, we also realize the need to better understand complex interactions among cancer cells and immune cells. We hope our findings will be valuable to further improve cancer immunotherapies.

I was honored to represent HCI and the University of Utah in this highly competitive application process. Unlike most other grants, which are awarded for specific projects, the NCI Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition Award is designed to support individual scientists based on their research and training plans. Therefore, I am exhilarated for recognition of my potential to become a leading cancer biologist. I hope to fulfill that potential and be among the scientists and physicians who will make a significant contribution to improve cancer patients’ quality of life and survival.”


October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

The internet is a huge part of life at work and at home, and no one is immune to cyber threats. That’s why for the fourth year in a row, University Information Technology (UIT) is participating in the National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) campaign. It’s everyone’s responsibility to behave safely online, and UIT wants to help you learn how to do so.

This year, UIT’s message is aligned with the StaySafeOnline.org campaign. The topics to be covered each week include:

Week 1 (Oct. 2-6): Simple Steps to Online Safety

Week 2 (Oct. 9-13): Cybersecurity in the Workplace is Everyone’s Business

Week 3 (Oct. 16-20): Today’s Predictions for Tomorrow’s Internet

Week 4 (Oct. 23-27): Protecting Critical Infrastructure from Cyber Threats

UIT invites you to visit our NCSAM website each week as we learn together about ways to stay informed, as well as best practices for how to stay safe online.


READY TO FLIP YOUR CLASSROOM?

Teaching Flipped is a free, six-week online course offered through Canvas Network (canvas.net), starting Oct. 2. Find out more about what it takes to flip your class, and work through the process step-by-step with instructors at the University of Utah.

Topics include the basics of the flipped classroom, creating of video lectures, planning active learning face to face (F2F) experiences, and taking the leap to fully flip.