Student Life

Gardner Building vandals arrested
Wendy Chapman elected to the National Academy of Medicine
Cerling awarded Geological Society President’s Medal
Help us expand and improve transportation-related options on campus
Inclusive access helps students save 70-80 percent on textbooks

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month


The U’s Department of Public Safety announced Tuesday the arrest of three juvenile males in connection with vandalism at the new Carolyn and Kem Gardner Building last weekend. The three suspects, described as local high school students, will be referred to juvenile court on charges of trespass and criminal mischief, according to Dale Brophy, chief of campus police.

The incident prompted a campus-wide email notification on Monday asking for help in identifying possible suspects in the case.

The nature of the vandalism, anti-black slurs, also drew swift condemnation from the university’s administration. “Racial incidents that attack, bully, and intimidate members of our community are indefensible and have no place on our campus,” wrote President David W. Pershing in a message also signed by Senior Vice Presidents Ruth Watkins and Lorris Betz.

Watkins later praised the U’s police force for “swift action and strong police work in identifying the vandals.”

The building is expected to open for classes and research in fall 2018.


Wendy Chapman, the chair of biomedical informatics at University of Utah Health whose informatics tools have been applied toward addressing a wide array of problems in health care, has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine. The high honor comes on the heels of receiving a top accolade in her field, the Donald A.B. Lindberg Award for Innovation in Informatics.


Thure Cerling, distinguished professor and chair of the department of Geology and Geophysics, was awarded the Geological Society of America’s (GSA) Presidential Medal on Monday, Oct. 22, 2017, at the GSA annual meeting in Seattle.

Cerling was nominated by GSA president Claudia Mora, for his work in geochronology, using isotope ratio information to determine how long rock faces have been exposed or how long groundwater resides in an aquifer. Other research has reconstructed histories of vegetation and changes in grassland and savannah characteristics. “His field experiments have had him studying CO2 diffusion in deep snow, sampling carbonate in paleosols high in the Himalayan Mountains, plucking tail hairs off elephants in the African savannah, and even collecting his beard hair daily as he traveled from the U.S. to Mongolia, an early test of the forensic value of hair to constrain diet and geolocation, and of isotopic turnover rates in mammals,” Mora writes.

Since 2007, GSA has awarded the President’s Medal to “individuals, groups, or entities whose impact has profoundly enhanced the geoscience profession through: (a) supporting and contributing to the Society; (b) advancing geosciences, enhancing professional growth, and/or promoting geosciences in service of humankind; or (c) significantly enlarging the range of scientific achievement for the growth of our profession.”


Applications are now being accepted for staff development scholarships for the Spring 2018 Semester.

Each scholarship is worth up to $500 and can be used towards the employee’s tuition bill. Scholarships can be used towards professional trainings, symposiums, conferences or workshops and their associated expenses.

The committee will process the scholarship applications in the most fair and judicious manner to benefit the employee, according to the procedures directed by the University of Utah policy. UUSC is an equal opportunity provider.

Qualified applicants must meet the following criteria:

1: Currently working at 75 percent or above Full Time Equivalency (FTE) position (30-40 hours per week).

2: Maintained 75 percent or greater Full Time Equivalency (FTE) in a benefits eligible position for two (2) consecutive years as of Dec. 1, 2017.

3: Have not received a Staff Council Scholarship within the past two years.

Current Staff Council Members are not eligible.

Click here to apply. Applications are due by 11:50 p.m.(MST) on Dec. 1, 2017.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Help us expand and improve transportation-related options on campus

Calling all students. Want additional transportation options? The Sustainability Office is interested in understanding perceptions of electric bicycles as part of its mission to promote active and sustainable transportation.

You can help guide future efforts by completing a short survey about your commuting habits and opinions and be entered in an opportunity drawing for prizes.

Please respond by Nov. 5, 2017.


Do you run programs on campus that serve elementary, middle or high school students? Did you know that the university has a policy for the protection of minors participating in university programs?  Join the folks from the Youth Protection and Program Support to get the latest information about the Safety of Minors Policy and its requirements.  Learn about the required elements of the policy and how Youth Protection and Program Support can help with compliance.

If you’re already familiar with the policy, don’t miss the chance to meet up with your fellow K-12 outreach program directors and coordinators for a couple hours of collaborative idea sharing and networking. Youth Protection and the Office of Engagement will be leading a discussion about how we can continue to serve the growing need for outreach in our community.

RSVP is required so please email Youth Protection and Program Support to let us know you’ll be there.

Event details:
Nov. 7 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Gould Auditorium, Marriott Library
*Lunch will be served

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 percent 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 Oct. 31, 2017. Help your students save a substantial amount of money each semester by participating in the Inclusive Access program.

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 was aligned with the campaign.

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.