Student Life

Campus Store Apple summer sale
U scientists awarded Department of Energy grants for chemistry, atmospheric research
Marriott Library one of six to receive Catalyst Fund Grant
Former U inventor Robert Jarvik receives lifetime achievement award
$1,000 deductible applies to all U property insurance losses
Drones on campus
Duo 2FA phone call, text options will be discontinued July 17, 2018
Nominate a veteran

Campus Store Apple Summer Sale

Looking to upgrade your tech this summer? You are in luck because for a limited time only the Campus Store is offering great deals on select Apple products. Now through June 29, the Campus Store UTech department is offering $100 off of any purchase of a MacBook, MacBook Pro, or iMac. Additionally, UTech is offering $50 off any purchase of a MacBook Air or iPad Pro. This great summer deal will end on June 29, or while supplies last, so hurry in to either the Main Campus Store or Campus Store Health in HSEB to take advantage of this great deal. This offer is only valid in-store for individual staff, faculty and student purchases.

If you have any questions about what product may be available please call the Campus Store UTech sales experts at 801-581-4776.

U scientists awarded Department of Energy grants for chemistry, atmospheric research

The U.S. Department of Energy announced that Luisa Whittaker-Brooks, assistant professor of chemistry, is one of 84 recipients of an award from the DOE’s Early Career Research Program, worth $750,000 over five years. Whittaker-Brooks will use the award to investigate the properties of two-dimensional hybrid organic-inorganic materials for their use as detectors of low-energy infrared photons.

Also receiving DOE funding is Gerald Mace, with one of 27 projects selected for funding to improve predictive power of Earth system models. Mace studies the thermodynamics of precipitation in clouds over the Southern Ocean. The award will enable him to develop algorithms and analyze data collected from recent field measurement campaigns in the region.

Marriott Library One of Six to Receive Catalyst Fund Grant

The Marriott Library is one of six institutions nationwide to receive a Catalyst Fund grant from LYRASIS, a member based organization that assists libraries and other organziations in realizing innovative goals.

The name of the project receiving funding is “Machine learning meets library archives: Image Analysis to generate descriptive metadata,” and according to a press release from LYRASIS, the $34,700 will be used to develop and test a model for applying machine learning techniques to extract useful information from historical images in the Marriott Library’s Digital Library. The goal is to assist in and increase the efficiency of metadata creation for archives, libraries, and museums of all types.

Learn about the six Catalyst Fund winning projects in this “Info Docket” write-up.


United Business Media honored Robert Jarvik, M.D., for Lifetime Achievement during the Medical Design Excellence Awards ceremony at Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) East on June 12 in New York City.

Jarvik was recognized for his pioneering work in the design and implementation of bridge to transplant devices, like the artificial heart and left ventricle assist devices. In 1982, Jarvik designed the Jarvik-7 artificial heart under the tutelage of Willem Johan Kolff, former director of the Division of Artificial Organs and Institute for Biomedical Engineering.



The university has formalized a policy to address the use of drones on campus by university and commercial entities. The full policy is available online or call the Auxiliary Business Development Office at 801-585-1634.

Duo 2FA phone call, text options will be discontinued July 17, 2018

On July 17, 2018, Duo phone call and text message options for two-factor authentication (2FA) will be discontinued. Users need to select another method for Duo 2FA to log in to the majority of university applications after July 17.

The Strategic Information Technology Committee approved this decision for a number of reasons – most importantly, recent industry guidance and practice has indicated that phone calls and text messages are vulnerable and not considered secure methods of authentication. There is also a significant cost associated with providing these authentication methods. The phone call option was intended to be a backup or emergency method for using Duo, yet for many it has become their primary method. The new backup option for Duo authentication will now be completed through the central university help desks (contact information below).

You may choose one of the following options for 2FA, which are used by the majority of campus and U Health users:

Duo mobile app:

  • Easiest and fastest method
  • Install on a smartphone or tablet (includes Apple, Android, and Windows mobile devices)
  • Two options to authenticate:
    1. Mobile push notification (select “approve” or “deny” from your device’s home screen or Duo notification page — no need to type in a code)
    2. Type in a passcode (network connectivity is not required for this option)

Duo hardware token:

Visit the 2FA webpage, Duo 2FA overview article, and Duo tutorial video found in Pulse (U Health) or Bridge (campus) for more information. If you have questions, contact the UIT Help Desk (801-581-4000, option 1) or ITS Service Desk (801-587-6000) for assistance.

Nominate a Veteran

The University of Utah Veterans Day Committee honors veterans each year based on their honor, courage, commitment and sacrifice during their military service to our nation. Nominations for this year’s ceremony are due by July 31, 2018.

For more information or to nominate a veteran to be honored, go to or call 801-587-7722.