The U’s RecycBike Brigade rides to first place in the Pac-12 Zero Waste Bowl’s Fan Engagement Category
National radon awareness month
U has role in kindergarten readiness project
A centuries-old math equation used to solve a modern-day genetics challenge
Distinguished Innovation and Impact Award 2018 deadline extended
Financial Aid Priority Date approaches
Global Learning Across the Disciplines grant pre-proposals requested
Beehive Honor Society now accepting applications
Alta Sustainability Leadership Award nominations due by Jan. 31, 2018
Intramural sports spring registration continues
Each Pac-12 institution participates in the Zero Waste Bowl with the goal of determining which university diverted the most waste from the landfill at a selected football and men’s basketball game, as well as which used the most innovative methods to expand reach and impact of sustainability education efforts. In addition to the overall waste diversion rate, the universities were scored on innovation, partnership and participation, and fan engagement. Three judges selected one overall winner and one winner in three categories.
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The Pritzker Children’s Initiative is providing $6.5 million for a pilot project aimed at improving kindergarten readiness by focusing on child development from birth to age three. Partners in the project include the National Association of Counties, National League of Cities, Center for the Study of Social Policy, National Institute for Children Health Quality and StriveTogether.
The Sorenson Impact Center, housed at the U’s David Eccles School of Business, will work with Pritzker and the partner organizations to manage the initiative.
“We are confident that through close collaboration and a shared focus on our nation’s youngest children, this strong network of partners will be able to build local capacity to achieve the greatest outcomes for as many children as possible,” said Janet Froetscher, president of the J.B. and M.K Pritzker Family Foundation.
Each year, an estimated 3 million children across the U.S. are at risk of reaching kindergarten not yet ready to learn. The partners will work to dramatically reduce this number by promoting targeted, evidence-based programs and services that include a healthy start at birth, support for families with infants and toddlers and provision of high-quality care and learning environments.
Research shows that investment in children and their families in the earliest years helps communities create better education, health, social and economic outcomes that increase revenue and reduce the need for costly, less effective interventions later in life.
“We at the Sorenson Impact Center are honored to play a role in the groundbreaking work of the Pritzker Children’s Initiative,” said Fraser Nelson, managing director. “Our mission is to solve complex social problems through evidence-based programs and policies. Through this work, we feel privileged to bring our expertise in project management, innovative financing and data science to improve outcomes for young children and their families.”
The research was led by Sean Tavtigian, Ph.D., a cancer researcher at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) and professor of oncological sciences at the University of Utah, in collaboration with genetics experts from around the United States.
Tavtigian utilized Bayes’ Theorem, a math equation first published in 1763, as the basis of a computational tool he and the team developed to assess the rigor of the current, widely-used approach to evaluate the results of a clinical genetic test.
Clinical genetic testing is used in a variety of medical fields, including cancer care, obstetrics and neurosciences, among others. Results of a genetic test may help to provide a definitive medical diagnosis, or assess the likelihood of a person to develop a particular disease before symptoms appear. The range of approaches employed to provide health care based on the results of the test can vary significantly. Patients may be at negligible risk for disease with no medical management required, or they may pursue costly, invasive medical treatment in an effort to stave off disease or manage and minimize symptoms.
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Here’s some helpful FAFSA hints:
- Use school code 003675 on the FAFSA
- Utilize the Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) in the application. It will securely transfer your federal tax information from the IRS to the FAFSA.
- After submitting your FAFSA, consistently check your UMail account and financial aid status in CIS. The University Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid (UOSFA) may require additional information. Not following up on requests in a timely manner will delay your financial aid award letter.
- Financial aid award letters for 2018-19 are expected to be available in late March-early April.
- Financial aid is available for the 2018 spring and summer semesters. Students will need to complete the 2017-18 FAFSA. The separate summer application will be available on the UOSFA website in the next few months.
The University Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid is here to help you. If you need assistance completing the FAFSA, have financial aid or scholarship questions, visit our website.
Instructions and background information for the pre-proposals can be found here. Please carefully review the purpose of the GLAD Grants and the instructions. If you have any questions or would like to receive feedback on your proposal idea, please contact Sabine Klahr, acting chief global officer, at 7-8888 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
DEADLINE: Feb. 9.
The application is due Feb. 12 and can be found here.
The application deadline is Jan. 31, 2018.
The awards will be presented on Feb. 15, 2018, at the Environment and Sustainability Research Symposium.
For more information on applying, or to nominate yourself or a colleague, click here.