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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month
2017 Red Butte Garden Outdoor Concert series
Three U professors elected to American Academy of Arts and Science
U students receive Fulbright Awards
Maria Creasey-Baldwin: Outstanding student adviser
Sustainable leadership: The U partners with Alta Ski Area to recognize sustainability leaders
Order your thesis or dissertation
HCI trainee wins St. Baldrick’s summer fellow grant
Data retrieval tool for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is unavailable
April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month
The Office of the Registrar announces electronic wait list
Matlab: Latest release available for download
This week’s Red & White Fridays winner
University committee service survey


APRIL IS SEXUAL ASSAULT AWARENESS MONTH

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, a time where we highlight the history and culture of sexual violence to educate, raise awareness and rejuvenate prevention efforts. This month we have chosen the theme “Engage Voices. Challenge Rape Culture.” to invite all voices to join together to end sexual violence in all its forms.

Please join us for one or more events hosted by various partner offices on campus throughout April. See the outline of events below and visit our website for more details.

Contact the Center for Student Wellness with any questions you may have at 801-581-7776.
 
April 19 – Centering Margins within Movement @ 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Audre Lorde Student Lounge
April 19 – Protecting U: Introducing New Policy on Sexual Violence @ 2:30 to 4 p.m. in Union Theatre
April 20 – Barriers to Reporting: Why Survivors Remain Silent @ 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Union, Parlor A


2017 RED BUTTE GARDEN OUTDOOR CONCERT SERIES IS HERE

 
This year’s lineup brings several new acts to the Garden Amphitheatre. Red Butte’s goal is to present acts that they know and love as well as bands that engage new audiences and appeal to a variety of music tastes.  For those who have enjoyed music for a few decades, Ian Anderson playing Jethro Tull will be a treat, as will Taj Mahal with Keb’ Mo’ – merged to become TajMo. Santana, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Chick Corea Elektric Band with Bela Fleck ad the Flecktones and Herbie Hancock. The jazz vibe will pulse through the summer and fits perfectly with the Garden setting. For children of the ‘80s, step back in time with a night featuring Howard Jones, The English Beat and Men Without Hats. Some nights will rock for garden concert goers with Dispatch and Guster, Portugal. The Man, Gregory Alan Isakov and Blind Pilot, HAIM and the Decemberists.
 
Tickets go on sale to garden members on Monday, April 24 and the general public on Monday, May 1. For more information, visit redbuttegarden.org/concerts.


THREE U PROFESSORS ELECTED TO AMERICAN ACADEMY OF ARTS AND SCIENCE


University of Utah professors Bradley R. Cairns, professor and chair of Oncological Sciences and senior director of Basic Science; Dana Carroll, distinguished professor of biochemistry; and Christopher D. Hacon, distinguished professor of mathematics, were raised to a high honor in science today with their election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The three scientists join 225 U.S. scholars, scientists, writers, artists, as well as civic, business and philanthropic leaders, elected by the Academy, which is headquartered in Cambridge, Mass.

Members of the 2017 class include winners of the Pulitzer Prize and the Wolf Prize, MacArthur Fellows, Fields Medalists, Presidential Medal of Freedom and National Medal of Arts recipients, and Academy Award, Grammy Award, Emmy Award and Tony Award winners.Bradley R. Cairns was honored for his work examining how chromatin, the structures that package chromosomal DNA, switch genes on or off. He is working to understand how changes in chromatin affect cellular mechanisms that can lead to cancer development. As an investigator at the Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah, Cairns is using zebrafish to study genes associated with many types of cancers.Along with this latest honor, Cairns has been a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator since 2000.“Dr. Cairns has made fundamental discoveries in the areas of DNA remodeling and regulation of gene expression that are influencing how we think about human development and disease,” said Mary Beckerle, CEO and director of HCI. “In addition to his innovative and high-impact scientific work, Dr. Cairns is also an exceptional leader who has built a culture of excellence and collaboration at Huntsman Cancer Institute and the University of Utah. The American Academy of Arts and Sciences couldn’t have chosen a better person to honor with membership in this distinguished society.”


THIS WEEK’S #REDWHITEFRIDAY WINNER

This week’s Red & White Fridays winner is Yen Lee, , a University of Utah graduate with a degree in Finance, who just won $100 to Utah Red Zone by showing her (and her 9-month-old son’s) University of Utah pride on Instagram. She has also been entered for the Red & White Fridays grand prize — a $1,000 shopping spree at Utah Red Zone. Congrats, Yen!

Next week’s winner could be you — just follow these three steps:

  1. Take a photo of yourself wearing Utes gear
  2. Tag and follow @americafirst and @uredzone
  3. Post your photo to Instagram using #RedWhiteFriday

Visit redandwhitefridays.com for more information about how to win a weekly $100 to Utah Red Zone, and don’t forget to wear red and white on Fridays.


U STUDENTS RECEIVE FULBRIGHT AWARDS

Two University of Utah students have been selected as finalist for the prestigious Fulbright scholarship and two students have been chosen as alternates.

Elizabeth Gamarra and Alison Shimko have received highly competitive Fulbright U.S. Student Program grants from the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board for the 2017-2018 academic year. The awards will allow both to teach English in Spain.
 
Tuscan Thompson and Claire Taylor are alternates and will receive the award if openings are created. If selected, Thompson will teach English in South Korea and Taylor will conduct research in New Zealand.
 
Gamarra and Shimko are two of 1,900 U.S. citizens who will teach, conduct research and provide expertise abroad through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Recipients are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement as well as record of service and demonstrated leadership in their respective fields. The U.S. Fulbright program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to build relations between people in the U.S. and the people of other countries that are needed to solve global challenges.

More information here.


MARIA CREASEY-BALDWIN: OUTSTANDING STUDENT ADVISER

“If it was not for her, I would have not gone to school at all.”

These are the words written by a University of Utah student in nominating mentor Maria Creasey-Baldwin for recognition as an outstanding student adviser. Creasey-Baldwin is an academic advising coordinator with the U’s TRIO Student Support Services, providing support to college students who are low income, have disabilities, and/or are first generation.

Recognizing that academic success can go well beyond credit hours and majors, Creasey-Baldwin is known for supporting the whole student in whatever way needed in order to succeed, from financial advice, to navigating the many complex policies and procedures of the university, to helping them overcome personal struggles so they can get back to focusing on school. As a result, she is beloved and respected by students and administrators alike for being highly effective, as well as deeply committed and truly caring.

In recognition of the crucial role exceptional advisers such as Creasey-Baldwin play in college success, the Alumni Association each year presents a staff or faculty member with the Perlman Award for Excellence in Student Counseling. As this year’s honoree, Maria will be celebrated on Wednesday, April 12, at the Alumni Association’s Spring Awards Banquet.

As another of the students nominating her for the Perlman Award noted, “Maria is not just an adviser; she is a complete support system for students like myself.”

Creasey-Baldwin joined the U’s TRIO programs in 1998. TRIO is a group of federal programs (named for its original three) providing academic support to students underrepresented in postsecondary education. Creasey-Baldwin started at TRIO as an academic adviser for Upward Bound high school students and later moved to its Student Support Services (SSS) department to work with college students.

Read the full article here.


SUSTAINABLE LEADERSHIP: The U partners with Alta Ski Area to recognize sustainability leaders

The Sustainability Office and Alta Ski Area recently awarded eight Alta Sustainability Leadership Awards to members of the University of Utah campus community for their sustainability leadership, and recognized Onno Wieringa, Alta’s general manager and president, for his lifetime work advancing sustainability.

“Alta Ski area realizes we must encourage our future leaders because we need them,” said Maura Olivos, the sustainability coordinator at the Alta Environmental Center. “It takes more than passion and smarts to be a leader and maintain effort or progress. Leadership requires honesty, dedication, empathy, courage, communication and a shared vision.”

Each of these leaders received an honorarium in addition to recognition at the annual Alta Lecture and Awards event. In total, members of the U community were awarded $10,000. The 2017 award recipients are:

  • Elizabeth Archuleta, associate chair of Ethnic Studies in the College of Social and Cultural Transformation
  • Robin Craig, professor in the College of Law
  • Hunter Klingensmith, undergraduate student in Environmental and Sustainability Studies, along with her team architecture students Matthew Cranney, Matthew Drake and Nathan Jellen
  • Aaron Phillips, assistant professor (lecturer) in Management at the School of Business
  • Cheryl Pirozzi, assistant professor of Internal Medicine in the School of Medicine
  • Onno Wieringa, Alta present and general manager

Click here to read the full article.


ORDER YOUR THESIS OR DISSERTATION

For a limited time, special discounts are available to graduating students who print their Thesis or Dissertation on the Espresso Book Machine. Print unlimited copies in soft cover for just $15 each. With no set up fees or hidden charges, these bookstore quality prints are a great thank you gift to parents, friends, or professors.

Orders are typically filled in two business days; same-day pickup is available with an appointment.

Contact the Reserve Desk to schedule an appointment or visit our website to start your order.

For more information, click here.


HCI TRAINEE WINS ST. BALDRICK’S SUMMER FELLOW GRANT

Joemy Ramsay, a graduate student in the Kirchhoff group​, received a 2017 St. Baldrick’s Summer Fellow Grant​​​​. This $5,000 award will support Ramsay’s research on late health effects for childhood cancer survivors this summer. ​

Therapies used to treat childhood, adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancers place patients at risk for adverse health effects later in life, including severe respiratory conditions. Although several studies have addressed hospitalizations in childhood and AYA survivors, the frequency of emergency department (ED) visits in this group is unknown. ED visits serve as an indicator of underlying respiratory conditions and give insight into the health of childhood and AYA cancer patients and survivors. The study will look at predictors of ED visits and compare rates of respiratory-related ED visits among cancer survivors relative to their siblings and cancer-free population controls.

“Receiving this fellowship means a lot to me,” says Ramsay. “I want to contribute to the understanding of late health effects for cancer survivors and help identify ways to improve survivorship and quality of life after cancer treatment. I’m also excited about the opportunity to continue learning about pediatric oncology and survivorship as well as the unique challenges and opportunities associated with working with this population.”


Data Retrieval Tool for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is Unavailable

According to a statement released by the U.S. Department of Education and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) for the FAFSA and studentloans.gov is unavailable due to security concerns. At this time, extra security measures are being implemented and the DRT is expected to be operational by the time the 2018-2019 FAFSA opens in October.

Students and parents will still be able to complete the FAFSA by transferring information manually from their 2015 federal tax returns.  Those who do not have a copy of their federal tax returns can request a tax transcript online or through the mail. Review the requirements for secure access carefully before attempting to register.

The University Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid is available to assist students and families with the FAFSA process. We can be reached by telephone at 801-581-6211 and by email at financialaid@sa.utah.edu. Walk-in appointments are available — visit our office in Student Services Building, room 105 on the University of Utah campus.

Full statement from the IRS and the U.S. Department of Education can be found here.

Click here for information about how to apply for financial aid at the University of Utah.


APRIL IS NATIONAL DISTRACTED DRIVING AWARENESS MONTH

Distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving.  There are three types of distracted driving — Visual: taking your eyes off the road, Manual: taking your hands off the wheel and Cognitive: taking your mind off what you are doing.  The technology in our vehicles allows us to make phone calls, dictate texts or emails and update social media all behind the wheel.  We are multitasking when we ought to be paying attention to driving and safety.  Please commit to distraction free driving and you may save a life.

Click here to go to the U Risk & Insurance Services website, where you can find out more about distracted driving.


THE OFFICE OF THE REGISTRAR ANNOUNCES ELECTRONIC WAIT LIST

The Office of the Registrar is excited to announce that electronic wait listing will be available beginning with the Fall 2017 registration cycle. That means that when students attempt to register for a class that is full, wait listing will allow them to add their name to an electronic list to potentially be added to the class, if space opens up and they meet all the class requirements.

Wait listing does not guarantee a seat in the class if it remains full, and it is only available through departments who have decided to activate this new functionality. We look forward to bringing this new technology to the campus community.

For a full list of departments who currently allow wait listing, information about launching wait listing for your department and answers to many frequently asked questions, please visit registrar.utah.edu/register/waitlisting.php.


MATLAB: LATEST RELEASE AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD

The latest version of MATLAB – R2017a—has been released and includes a number of new features. Remember, the MATLAB Total Academic Headcount (TAH) Academic Annual License is available to students, faculty, and staff. This license is for academic (which includes both research and teaching) use purposes. Learn more about purchasing the MATLAB TAH Academic Annual License.

Pricing for each MATLAB license, which includes Simulink and the 48 products:

  • MATLAB TAH Academic Annual License:
    • Student – $20 per individual use license
    • Academic – $90 per license/seat for Individual, Group, and Concurrent Use licenses
  • MATLAB TAH Classroom Annual License
    • Classroom – $20.00 per seat for Concurrent Use licenses

New features for version R2017a include:

  • Regression learner app
  • Big data algorithms
  • Code generation
  • Bayesian statistics
  • Feature extraction

UNIVERSITY COMMITTEE SERVICE SURVEY

We need your help, the university has almost 50 university-wide committees that need the active and engaged participation of our faculty (both tenure and career-line), as well as staff and students. Committee service not only benefits the university, but also provides an excellent opportunity for faculty members to get a glimpse of how the university works as a whole, meet new colleagues and further the progress toward reappointment and promotion.

Whether you want to advance the cause and practice of academic freedom, you are concerned about health and safety on campus, you want to work to increase diversity among our students and faculty, you want to be heard on matters of budget and planning, or you think parking on campus needs to be restructured and reorganized, there is an opportunity for you to learn about issues and to have an impact on how the matter is handled in our university.

Click here to begin the survey.

You can find a complete list of university committees here. You can find a complete list of senate committees here.

If you have any questions or want additional information, please feel free to email or talk to any of us. Our contact information is located here.