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Alta call for nominations
Book tackles how to have effective, difficult conversations
Register for Games4Health Challenge
STEM ambassadors for 2017
Migration of student email accounts to 0365 begins Feb. 1
Help us recognize our strong faculty: Nominate someone today
Save the date: Edie Kochenour Memorial Lecture on March 3
Glass recycling on campus
Second annual Clean Air for U: A Travelwise Challenge
Ivory Prize: Call for nominations


ALTA CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

Celebrate sustainability leadership on campus by nominating yourself or a colleague for an Alta Sustainability Leadership Award. These Awards recognize excellence in leadership in the areas of campus as a living lab, community partnership, sustainability education, and research. Thanks to the generous partnership of the Alta Ski Resort, an award of $2500 will be given to each recipient. All students, faculty, and staff eligible to participate.

Submit the nomination form by Feb. 28, 2017.


BOOK TACKLES HOW TO HAVE EFFECTIVE, DIFFICULT CONVERSATIONS

Congratulations to Catherine Soehner, associate dean for Research and User Services at the Marriott Library, and Ann Darling, assistant vice president for Undergraduate Studies at the University of Utah for co-authoring the book “Effective Difficult Conversations: A Step-by-Step Guide,” published by the American Library Association.

This book provides illustrated real-world examples of both successful and unsuccessful difficult conversations in the workplace.

Together, Soehner and Darling have provided presentations on effective difficult conversations as part of the University of Utah Leadership Development Program since March 2013. The success of their presentation broadened their reach across campus and they began providing the same presentation for the Health Sciences Leadership Development Program for a total of four presentations each year. For more information about this book, go to the ALA store.


REGISTER FOR GAMES4HEALTH CHALLENGE
Deadline to register:
Feb. 10
Submissions due: March 8
Awards gala: March 30

Click here to register.

Registration for the fourth annual Games4Health 2017 is now open!

Students working individually or in teams will compete for more than $60,000 in prize money in the global competition by designing an original digital game or app that promotes health. Samsung is sponsoring a $10,000 Super Category Award for the winning game, which it will offer through its platform to 450 million users.

Participants in the competition design and create original video games or applications to address a healthcare need in one of six challenge categories: mental wellbeing; fitness; corporate wellness; chronic disease; clinical; and virtual reality. Each team is required to submit two videos to be reviewed by the judges. Rules can be found here.

Last year, 300 students representing 71 universities in 12 countries competed in the challenge. You can read about the winners here.

The competition is sponsored by the Sorenson Discovery & Innovation Center at the David Eccles School of Business, the University of Utah Health Sciences Center for Medical Innovation and the U’s Entertainment Arts & Engineering Program.


STUDENTS FROM ACROSS THE U NAMED STEM AMBASSADORS FOR 2017Congrats to the students selected as 2017 STEM Ambassadors.

The STEM Ambassador Program is funded by the National Science Foundation. Its goal is to help academic scientists learn how they can synergistically engage non-traditional public audiences to foster a better understanding of science, broadly communicate their research findings, and learn from the people they engage. Ambassadors have the opportunity to connect with a wide range of public audiences — and thus develop communication skills, explore the applications of their research and build continued support within the broader community.

These STEM Ambassadors will work with Nalini Nadkarni, program director and biology professor, as well as program leaders from the National History Museum of Utah, Stanford University, Pacific Science Center and Maine Mathematics & Science Alliance.

The 2017 STEM Ambassadors are:

Amanda Cooper (biology)

Anna Vickrey (biology)

Ariadne Penalva (neurobiology)

Benjamin Breeden (geology)

Dara Niketic (biology)

Emerson Arehart (biology)

Gabrielle Kardon (human genetics)

Gregory Handy (math)

Helena Lucente (oncological science)

Tom Becnel (engineering)

Jordan Herman (biology)

Judy Ou (Huntsman Cancer Institute)

Kelsey Cone (human genetics)

Krista Carlson (engineering)

Lauren Williams (psychology)

Lace Padilla (cognitive neural science)

Nicholas Hebdon (geology)

Pratiti Tagore (architecture and planning)

Joshua Horns (biology)

Bob Cieri (biology)


MIGRATION OF STUDENT UMAIL ACCOUNTS TO 0365 BEGINS FEB. 1

Starting Feb. 1, 2017, University Information Technology (UIT) will begin the gradual migration of 27,000 student UMail accounts from on-campus hardware and software to Exchange Online, a cloud-hosted messaging application that’s part of Microsoft Office 365, or O365.

“The move to Office 365 is in keeping with the university’s strategy to transition to cloud-based services when there are improved services for students combined with less risk and cost for the institution,” said Chief Information Officer Steve Hess. “It will help better align us with Pac-12 and other peer institutions that have already successfully made this move.”

The phased plan will take place over the course of several months, starting with inactive accounts, but eventually encompassing all students with a non-employee role at the university.

Emails informing students of the change will be sent in batches, alerting users that their accounts may be moved as soon as 24 hours after receipt of the email. In addition, the emails outline the new login process and detail user interface changes to post-login screens.

Read the full story here.


HELP US RECOGNIZE OUR STRONG FACULTY

The Career Services Team is looking for a way to honor exceptional faculty members who have helped students prepare for their future and build the tools necessary for success in finding a career.

The form is short and can be completed by going here.

Check out the flier below for further details.


MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THE EDIE KOCHENOUR MEMORIAL LECTURE AT NOON ON FRIDAY, MARCH 3, 2017

This year we are excited to welcome Jennifer Azzi as our speaker. She is a former WNBA player with seven Hall of Fame inductions, an Olympic Gold Medal, a Stanford National Championship, the Naismith Award, and the Wade Trophy. Azzi also played as a guard for our local Utah Starzz for three seasons, leading in minutes played and in 2000, leading the league in free-throw percentage.

Azzi is a well-respected coach, speaker and author who actively represents the sport, both locally and internationally. Azzi’s lecture, Crossing the Half-Court: Women Breaking Boundaries, will address the success she has had pushing the needle on diversity efforts, and how we in higher education should think differently about creating similar successes, not just in sports, but in life.

This topic is particularly important realizing the low success of diversity efforts, despite trying. A symposium consisting of several smaller discussions centered around topics of diversity will follow Azzi’s noon lecture. There will be a light lunch preceding the lecture.

Additional details and a registration link will be available soon.


GLASS RECYCLING ON CAMPUS

Glass recycling has arrived at the University of Utah thanks to the combined efforts of three students, Facilities Management and the Sustainable Campus Initiative Fund, or SCIF.

Fifty bins will be placed in buildings during the beginning of the spring 2017 semester and available for use by students, faculty and staff. At least one glass recycling bin will be placed in all major buildings across campus with a few extra in high-traffic places like the Union and Marriott Library.

While taking Global Changes in Society, a course offered by the Global Change & Sustainability Center, GCSC, three environmental humanities graduate students proposed a glass recycling pilot project. Jennifer Lair, Nicole Cox and Carissa Beckwith wanted to implement an on-campus glass recycling bin program utilizing the Momentum Recycling facility in Salt Lake City.

Click here to read more.


SECOND ANNUAL CLEAN AIR FOR U: A TRAVELWISE CHALLENGE
Month of February
Track your trips at tinyurl.com/Ucleanair

Drive less to help clean the air. Walk, bike, take TRAX, ride buses and shuttles — do whatever you can to not drive alone. Then, log those trips at tinyurl.com/Ucleanair throughout February to see your contribution to better air.

Mobile sources, including personal vehicles, are responsible for nearly half of all winter PM 2.5-related emissions that contribute to the unhealthy air. Together, we can make a difference.

Read more here.


IVORY PRIZE: CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

To encourage student involvement and leadership, Clark Ivory, former chair of the University of Utah Board of Trustees, established the Ivory Prize for Excellence in Student Leadership. This prestigious award recognizes extraordinary and influential student-led projects that positively impact the campus and/or the broader community. The recipient(s) receives a $2,000 award and up to $10,000 to invest in the program or effort for which they are being recognized.

Those who have graduated from the U since 2011 (within the last five years), as well as those currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree programs, are eligible. Self-nominations are welcome.

Nominations are due Friday, Feb. 24.