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Gardner Building vandals arrested
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Cerling awarded Geological Society President’s Medal
Transferology resource page
U Staff Scholarship applications open

Inclusive access helps students save 70-80 percent on textbooks

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month


SIGN UP FOR FACULTY CLUB

The Faculty Club at the University of Utah is a longstanding tradition that allows faculty from across campus to meet, mingle and enjoy a variety of social activities. It’s a great way to broaden your social circle, learn about other faculty members’ research interests, discuss issues and get involved in the university and Salt Lake community. Plus, there are great benefits. From new faculty to emeriti faculty, you are all welcome.

Some of the key benefits as a Faculty Club member:

  • Invitation to you and your significant other to all Faculty Club events, including the monthly social dinner at the University Park Marriott
  • Annual children’s party
  • Adults’ Christmas party and white elephant gift exchange
  • Annual Faculty Club business meeting (dinner included)
  • Year-round friends and family discount at the University Park Marriott hotel – $69/night
  • Year-round friends and family discount at the University Guest House – $99/night
  • 20 percent discount on all University Park Marriott meals
  • Discounted use of Faculty Club cabin in the Uinta Mountains
  • Free tickets for some of the UTE sport events

With all of these wonderful activities and benefits, the membership due is only $5 per month via payroll deduction. Please click the Faculty Club website for more details and to join or find us on Facebook: @UofUFacultyClub.

Click here to join Faculty Club.


GARDNER BUILDING VANDALS ARRESTED

The U’s Department of Public Safety announced Tuesday the arrest of three juvenile males in connection with vandalism at the new Carolyn and Kem Gardner Building last weekend. The three suspects, described as local high school students, will be referred to juvenile court on charges of trespass and criminal mischief, according to Dale Brophy, chief of campus police.

The incident prompted a campus-wide email notification on Monday asking for help in identifying possible suspects in the case.

The nature of the vandalism, anti-black slurs, also drew swift condemnation from the university’s administration. “Racial incidents that attack, bully, and intimidate members of our community are indefensible and have no place on our campus,” wrote President David W. Pershing in a message also signed by Senior Vice Presidents Ruth Watkins and Lorris Betz.

Watkins later praised the U’s police force for “swift action and strong police work in identifying the vandals.”

The building is expected to open for classes and research in fall 2018.


WENDY CHAPMAN ELECTED TO THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF MEDICINE

Wendy Chapman, the chair of biomedical informatics at University of Utah Health whose informatics tools have been applied toward addressing a wide array of problems in health care, has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine. The high honor comes on the heels of receiving a top accolade in her field, the Donald A.B. Lindberg Award for Innovation in Informatics.


CERLING AWARDED GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY PRESIDENT’S MEDAL

Thure Cerling, distinguished professor and chair of the department of Geology and Geophysics, was awarded the Geological Society of America’s (GSA) Presidential Medal on Monday, Oct. 22, 2017, at the GSA annual meeting in Seattle.

Cerling was nominated by GSA president Claudia Mora, for his work in geochronology, using isotope ratio information to determine how long rock faces have been exposed or how long groundwater resides in an aquifer. Other research has reconstructed histories of vegetation and changes in grassland and savannah characteristics. “His field experiments have had him studying CO2 diffusion in deep snow, sampling carbonate in paleosols high in the Himalayan Mountains, plucking tail hairs off elephants in the African savannah, and even collecting his beard hair daily as he traveled from the U.S. to Mongolia, an early test of the forensic value of hair to constrain diet and geolocation, and of isotopic turnover rates in mammals,” Mora writes.

Since 2007, GSA has awarded the President’s Medal to “individuals, groups, or entities whose impact has profoundly enhanced the geoscience profession through: (a) supporting and contributing to the Society; (b) advancing geosciences, enhancing professional growth, and/or promoting geosciences in service of humankind; or (c) significantly enlarging the range of scientific achievement for the growth of our profession.”


TRANSFEROLOGY RESOURCE PAGE

Have you ever had a student who needed to know a transfer course equivalency from another department? Wondered what articulations the University has documented for your own department? Needed to help a student find a course they can take ‘back home’ that will transfer to the U? If so, Transferology is the tool for you! This web application will help with these and so much more.

Check out our new Transferology resource page specifically for Advisors. If you do not have a Transferology Lab account (for advisors and administrators) request one here.


U STAFF SCHOLARSHIPS

Applications are now being accepted for staff development scholarships for the Spring 2018 Semester.

Each scholarship is worth up to $500 and can be used towards the employee’s tuition bill. Scholarships can be used towards professional trainings, symposiums, conferences or workshops and their associated expenses.

The committee will process the scholarship applications in the most fair and judicious manner to benefit the employee, according to the procedures directed by the University of Utah policy. UUSC is an equal opportunity provider.

Qualified applicants must meet the following criteria:

1: Currently working at 75 percent or above Full Time Equivalency (FTE) position (30-40 hours per week).

2: Maintained 75 percent or greater Full Time Equivalency (FTE) in a benefits eligible position for two (2) consecutive years as of Dec. 1, 2017.

3: Have not received a Staff Council Scholarship within the past two years.

Current Staff Council Members are not eligible.

Click here to apply. Applications are due by 11:50 p.m.(MST) on Dec. 1, 2017.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.


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.


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 was aligned with the StaySafeOnline.org campaign.

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.