Student Life

Inclusive access helps students save 70-80 percent on textbooks
2017 Beacons of Excellence winners
HCI trainee wins NCI Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition Award
October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

Inclusive Access Helps Students Save 70-80 percent on Textbooks

As part of its ongoing effort to support students and faculty in meaningful ways, the University Campus Store is launching an Inclusive Access program that will help students save 70-80% on course materials—a welcome alternative to the high cost of textbooks with the added convenience of accessing materials electronically.

Any course is eligible for Inclusive Access and the fee is paid along with class registration, eliminating the need to search for and purchase textbooks separately. Students can conveniently view their textbooks online, track their progress from assignment to assignment and communicate with other students in their class. Professors can also communicate with students, as well as provide updates and announcements online.

To learn more and establish access for your courses, contact Shane Girton, Senior Associate Director of the Campus Store, at or 801-581-8296. Course submissions must be made by October 31st, 2017. Help your students save a substantial amount of money each semester by participating in the Inclusive Access program.

2017 Beacons of Excellence Winners
People, programs and building recognized for providing transformative experiences to undergraduate students

Following a thorough evaluation process, the sixth annual Beacons of Excellence Award winners have been selected from numerous nominations. This award recognizes individuals, programs and centers that provide transformative experiences to undergraduate students while at the University of Utah.

The Beacon of Excellence Award was conceived as part of a 2011 initiative to “reimagine the undergraduate experience” at the University of Utah. This award seeks to celebrate those who have dedicated considerable efforts to ensuring undergraduate students have meaningful opportunities for growth.

This year, four individuals, two programs and a building will be recognized:

  • Isabel Dulfano, College of Humanities
  • Jonathan Davies, College of Engineering
  • Laura Schwartz, Alternative Breaks, Bennion Community Service Center
  • Judith Neugebauer/BioEyes, College of Medicine
  • Student Success Advocates, Undergraduate Studies
  • Connect2Health
  • Fredrick Albert Sutton Building

A luncheon will be held on Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017, from 12-1:15 p.m. in the Union Ballroom. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Olivia Harker at by Friday, Oct. 20.


Gurkan Mollaoglu, a graduate student in the Oliver Lab at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah, received an F99 NCI Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition Award. This prestigious grant recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who have demonstrated potential and interest in pursuing careers as independent cancer researchers. The award will support Mollaoglu’s research on the role of oncogenes (genes that have the potential to cause cancer) in lung cancer. We asked him to talk about his research and the significance of receiving this award.

In a broad perspective, I am studying the role of oncogenes in lung cancer by developing and employing genetically engineered mouse models. We further use human tissue samples, cell lines, and bioinformatics data in order to translate our findings into potential future clinical practices.

“In my first project, we demonstrated how MYC, a well-known oncogene, promotes tumor heterogeneity in small cell lung cancer and renders tumors vulnerable to specific treatment options (Mollaoglu et al., Cancer Cell 2017). For my second project, I aim to understand how oncogenes in non-small cell lung cancer modify the tumor immune microenvironment. As we are witnessing the cancer immunotherapy revolution, we also realize the need to better understand complex interactions among cancer cells and immune cells. We hope our findings will be valuable to further improve cancer immunotherapies.

“I was honored to represent HCI and the University of Utah in this highly competitive application process. Unlike most other grants, which are awarded for specific projects, the NCI Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition Award is designed to support individual scientists based on their research and training plans. Therefore, I am exhilarated for recognition of my potential to become a leading cancer biologist. I hope to fulfill that potential and be among the scientists and physicians who will make a significant contribution to improve cancer patients’ quality of life and survival.”

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

The internet is a huge part of life at work and at home, and no one is immune to cyber threats. That’s why for the fourth year in a row, University Information Technology (UIT) is participating in the National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) campaign. It’s everyone’s responsibility to behave safely online, and UIT wants to help you learn how to do so.

This year, UIT’s message is aligned with the campaign. The topics to be covered each week include:

Week 1 (Oct. 2-6): Simple Steps to Online Safety

Week 2 (Oct. 9-13): Cybersecurity in the Workplace is Everyone’s Business

Week 3 (Oct. 16-20): Today’s Predictions for Tomorrow’s Internet

Week 4 (Oct. 23-27): Protecting Critical Infrastructure from Cyber Threats

UIT invites you to visit our NCSAM website each week as we learn together about ways to stay informed, as well as best practices for how to stay safe online.