Announcements

NOMINATE AN OUTSTANDING ACADEMIC ADVISOR


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Do you know an academic advisor who has made a positive impact on the lives of their students?  Nominations are now being accepted from students, staff and faculty for the 2016 University Academic Advising Committee’s Outstanding Advisor Awards.  The deadline to nominate is Feb. 5, 2016.

The awards recognize U of U academic advisors who have demonstrated qualities associated with outstanding advising of students such as:

  • Approaches advising as teaching
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Available to advisees
  • Reaches out and supports underserved populations
  • Makes appropriate referrals
  • Uses and disseminates appropriate information sources
  • Caring, helpful attitude toward advisees, faculty, and staff
  • Works with students outside of office in formal University-related activities
  • Monitors advisee progress toward academic and career goals
  • Mastery of institutional regulations, policies, and procedures
  • Participates in and supports advisor development programs
  • Proactive; builds relationships with advisees and follows up
  • Practices developmental advising

It only takes a few moments; Complete the nomination process by clicking here.

Additional questions can be addressed to Bobbi Davis (Bobbi.Davis@utah.edu) or Shawn Adrian (Shawn.Adrian@utah.edu).

Consider recognizing an outstanding advisor at the U of U by submitting a nomination today!


JOIN THE U’S LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY EFFORTS


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Faculty and staff are invited to join in the U’s legislative advocacy efforts, through the U for Higher Ed Program. Legislative advocates are volunteers — alumni, present and former faculty and staff members and students — who encourage their representatives and senators to support the University of Utah in particular and higher education in general.

Through the efforts of the U for Higher Ed Program, advocates are provided with information on important issues and funding priorities, so they can collectively speak in a unified and coordinated way to support the U’s priorities for greater impact with the Legislature.

The 2016 Utah legislative session kicks off on Jan. 25. The U’s priorities for 2016 include a request for a three percent performance-based compensation increase for faculty/staff and funding for a new Medical Education Building.

For details on the program, and to sign up, click here.


SNOW-FREE, COVERED PARKING AVAILABLE

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Snow-free, on-campus, plentiful covered parking is now available for students, staff and faculty. Two new parking garages, completed in the fall of 2015, added more than 1,000 parking spaces that are available to all members of the campus community.

The Central Garage, located in the Business Loop, offers more than 800 parking spaces and is the first garage on campus available to students, in addition to staff and faculty.

The Northwest Garage is located east of Naval Sciences and offers parking to faculty, staff and visitors attending evening performances on the north end of campus.

These garages provide abundant, covered and convenient parking and will serve as a valuable asset to those who need to park on campus. Make this winter a little easier by purchasing a covered parking permit through your account here. For detailed information on parking permits, contact Commuter Services at 801-581-6415.


FITNESS CLASSES BEGIN THIS WEEK


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Join us for semester-length fitness classes at the George S. Eccles Student Life Center. Classes begin this week but registration is ongoing.

With a large variety of classes and times, you’re sure to find something to fit your new year’s fitness goals.

If you’re ready to register, head over to campusrec.utah.edu and get started.


INTRAMURAL SPORTS REGISTRATION IS WIDE OPEN


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Registration for Intramural Sports is open and the leagues are just a few days away. Spots fill up fast so get your teams registered early.

You can register as a full team or as an individual. Faculty and Staff are eligible to play as well with a CRS membership.

For a complete list of sports, registration deadlines, and league days check out campusrec.utah.edu.


ALTA SUSTAINABILITY LEADERSHIP AWARDS – NOMINATIONS DUE BY FEB. 8, 2016


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The University of Utah is partnering with Alta Ski Area to recognize students, faculty and staff  with the second Alta Sustainability Leadership Awards. The awards recognize four members of the university community who demonstrate leadership in sustainability education, research or campus/community initiatives.

Application deadline is Feb. 8, 2016

The awards will be presented on March 3, 2016. Each recipient also receives a $2,500 cash prize. For more information on applying, click here.


CLINIC SERVICES AT THE SCHOOL OF DENTISTRY


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The Ray and Tye Noorda Oral Health Sciences Building is home to a full-service community dental clinic featuring 62 dental operatories; an oral diagnosis suite with eight operatories and a Cone Beam CT machine for 3-D imaging; a pediatric dentistry suite with eight operatories including a private waiting room for children and an oral maxillofacial surgery suite with four private operatories.

The clinic offers a full range of services including:

  • Oral health screening
  • Periodontal treatment
  • Comprehensive restorative care:
    • Fillings
    • Crowns
    • Bridges – fixed and removable appliances
    • Root canals
    • Implants
    • Cosmetic dentistry and teeth whitening
  • Pediatric dentistry
  • Geriatric dentistry
  • Orthodontics (at our residency clinics)
  • Oral surgery
  • Special needs patients

All patient care is supervised by faculty who are licensed dentists in Utah. Service fees are as follows:

  • Student dentists – 50 percent discounted
  • Resident dentists – 30 percent discounted
  • Faculty dentists – Full cost

Most insurance plans are accepted.

To schedule an initial screening/consultation call -801- 58-SMILE (7-6453) and visit dentistry.utah.edu for more information.


U CHEMIST HONORED BY CHINA’S PRESIDENT


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University of Utah chemist Peter J. Stang shook hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping after Stang and six other foreign scientists were honored with China’s 2015 International Science and Technology Cooperation Award.

“I said ‘thank you’ to him in Chinese and he smiled,” says Stang, recalling the Jan. 8 award ceremony in the Great Hall of the People on Tiananmen Square in Beijing.

Stang – a University of Utah distinguished professor of chemistry and former dean of science – now has been given major awards and shaken hands with leaders of the world’s two most powerful nations: Xi after the recent award and U.S. President Barack Obama in 2011, when Stang was honored with a National Medal of Science.

What does that feel like?

“I’m a scientist. I’m not very emotional,” Stang says. “It was a nice whatever, but I was cool as a cucumber. I felt good obviously, and I felt honored.”

Video of Stang shaking hands with Xi was captured by CCTV, the primary television broadcaster in China.

Click here to read the full story.


U RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTED IN SCIENTIFIC COMPUTATION PUBLICATION


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Affiliate research from the U’s Center for High Performance Computing (CHPC) is highlighted in the Coalition for Academic Scientific Computation (CASC)’s 2016 brochure.

“Inclusion in the CASC brochure is competitive, so having the university featured twice serves to point out the important role CHPC plays in broadly supporting, innovating and enabling research computing on campus,” said Tom Cheatham, director of Research Computing and CHPC at University Information Technology (UIT).

A research team led by Philip Smith, director of Carbon-Capture Multidisciplinary Simulation Center (Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration multi-disciplinary simulation center) and professor of Chemical Engineering at the U, is featured in a piece about new coal technologies.

A second piece highlights the findings of a research team led by Fan-Chi Lin, assistant professor of geology and geophysics at the U, and postdoctoral researcher Hsin-Hua Huang. Advanced imaging techniques helped the team discover one of the world’s largest active volcanoes deep beneath the surface of Yellowstone National Park.

The research summaries can be found on pages 8 and 15 of the brochure.


PATIENT AND FAMILY HOUSING GIVES BACK


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Patient and Family Housing’s Health Information Management Department (HIM) resolves to find a way to give back to the community, especially during the holidays. When it came to their attention that The U’s very own Patient and Family Housing Facility could use help with patient supplies, HIM jumped right in.

Adrienne Wilson, manager of the Patient and Family Housing facility, presented at the November staff meeting explaining the lists of items the guests needed. HIM chose to do “Welcome Baskets.” As soon as the list was distributed the entire department pitched in. Over the entire month of December Adrienne would come up and everyone would help load her SUV with as much as it could hold. The goal was to complete 20 baskets and we were able to complete 50 Welcome Baskets! We had so many blankets, paper towels, toilet paper, dinner napkins and boxes of facial tissue that we boxed them separately.

We all felt that this was by far the most rewarding way to give back to our patients, the community and the U.


DEADLINE EXTENDED UNTIL JAN. 20 FOR HATCH PRIZE

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The Calvin S. and JeNeal N. Hatch Prize in Teaching is provided by an endowment given to the University of Utah by Mr. and Mrs. Hatch. The purpose of the prize is to recognize an outstanding teacher at the University of Utah and to “make a contribution to teaching, the dissemination of knowledge, and to improve our ability to communicate with each other.”

Eligible faculty members must be from Tenure-line faculty ranks. Previous recipients of the Hatch Prize are not eligible for nomination. Recipients of other University-wide teaching awards must wait five years prior to being eligible for consideration.

Nominations must be submitted by Jan. 20, 2016.

If you have any questions regarding the nomination process, please email the Teaching Committee at teachingcommittee@lists.utah.edu.

For more information call (801) 581-8661.


U DRIVE ELECTRIC DEADLINE EXTENDED UNTIL JAN. 31

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 Another excuse to buy an electric car! 

U Drive Electric deadline has been extended into Jan. 31, due to popular demand. U community members now have a longer opportunity to purchase or lease a, clean, plug-in hybrid or zero tailpipe emissions eclectic vehicle at a discounted price — 5-20 percent off MSRP. With the New Year’s spirit in the air and the inversion season upon us, U Drive Electric hopes to inspire and to facilitate a new generation of electric car owners. To receive the most current information, visit udriveelectric.org. The University of Utah is regularly considering and implementing solutions to lessen its environmental impact and to improve conditions for the community and future generations. The University’s Sustainability Office in partnership with Utah Clean Energy, and with a generous grant from UCAIR has joined together to offer this incentive program.


UNIVERSITY TEACHING GRANTS APPLICATION NEXT DEADLINE IS MARCH 11 

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Awards are made to faculty to undertake projects that will enhance their teaching or the curriculum in which they teach. Tenure-line and Career-line faculty are eligible to propose individual and group grants. Preference will be given to applicants whose primary professional affiliation is as faculty at the University of Utah.

Awards are made for amounts up to $3,500 for individuals and $7,000 for groups for items such as equipment, supplies or travel where appropriate (see website for detailed instructions).

The deadline for applications is now March 11.