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University statement condemning racism
SVPPA candidate open forums
Remembering Zeke Dumke
RedFest 2018 information
Sun Safe poster contest
Chemist Luisa Whittaker-Brooks wins Cottrell Scholar Award
University of Utah Health DNA Cycling Kits Available for Purchase
Pre-summer intensive courses available
University transitioning to Google Custom Search Engine
Join the Wasatch Experience
HCI Total Cancer Care support study: Looking for cancer-free volunteers
Apply now to work with the Hinckley Institute

UNIVERSITY STATEMENT CONDEMNING RACISM[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″][/bs_col][bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]Several flyers were reported in various locations around the University of Utah campus Friday, April 13, that said “Stop genocide in South Africa White Lives Matter.” These improperly posted flyers were removed. The University of Utah stands against racism in any form. In October, the university announced the creation of a Presidential Anti-Racism Task Force charged with developing and deploying institutional changes to address safety, inclusion and respect for all members of our campus community. The university is committed to offering resources and trainings designed to address implicit bias and support a culture of inclusion and safety.[/bs_col][/bs_row]

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT FOR ACADEMIC AFFAIRS OPEN FORUM DATES AND CANDIDATES ANNOUNCED[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″][/bs_col][bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]Three candidates for Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs are coming to campus this month. Please participate in the selection process by attending the open forum sessions with each candidate.

Following these sessions, you can provide feedback via an electronic survey posted on the SVP-AA search website.

Candidate information, including CVs, will be available on the SVP-AA search site one day prior to their campus visit.

Each finalist will open their forum with a brief presentation, followed by discussion.

  • Senior Vice President Candidate C:
    Monday, April 16 | 2 p.m.
    Gould Auditorium, first floor Marriott Library


REMEMBERING ZEKE DUMKE[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″][/bs_col][bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]”Zeke will be deeply missed by our faculty, staff and students. Zeke and his beloved wife Kay shared a passionate commitment to the University of Utah and gave generously of their time, enthusiasm and financial resources to support dozens of university programs — including Red Butte Garden, our gymnastics team, University of Utah Health, and our campus art and cultural programs.

I will especially miss Zeke’s intellectual curiosity. Even toward the end of his life, he welcomed and wanted to hear new ideas from all areas of campus. He loved asking questions of everyone he met — faculty, staff and students alike. His enthusiasm and energy were unmatched. He and Kay were more than just philanthropists; they were partners in helping the university achieve its mission.

My condolences go out to his daughters Betsy, Claire, and Andrea, his son Zeke III, and their families. On behalf of the entire University of Utah community I want to thank the Dumke family for sharing Zeke with us. We will miss him.”

— President Ruth V. Watkins[/bs_col][/bs_row]

REDFEST 2018[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″][/bs_col][bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]The yearly concert RedFest, organized by the Associated Students of the University of Utah (ASUU) will be held Thursday, April 19, 2018, at 6 p.m. on the Student Union lawn.

A noise variance has been secured from Salt Lake City and will be valid from 2-11 p.m. This year’s headliner is Grammy-nominated music group Migos, with special guest Aminé.

Traffic and Noise Impacts:

Directional signage will be placed around campus to ensure proper flow of traffic. The University of Utah promotes sustainable transportation whenever possible. Students, faculty and staff can ride TRAX and UTA for free with their valid university ID.

Sound checks could begin as early as 2 p.m. and end at 11 p.m. University security will be present as they are at all campus events with large crowd.

University students can receive one free ticket with a valid U student ID and $5 for a second.

General public: $35 per ticket

Click here to read more.[/bs_col][/bs_row]

SUN SAFE POSTER CONTEST[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″][/bs_col][bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]The University of Utah Health Department of Dermatology is accepting entries for their annual Sun Safe Poster Contest until April 30. To participate children (K-8 grade) should create a drawing or painting showing at least three sun safe action steps. Twenty-seven finalists will be selected and two grand prize winners will receive up to $500 in prizes. This year, special partner events are taking place with Discovery Gateway Children Museum and the Tracy Aviary that include free or discounted entries to their organization with the completion of a sun safe entry.

Learn more about the contest rules, how to enter and partner events at[/bs_col][/bs_row]

Chemist Luisa Whittaker-Brooks wins Cottrell Scholar Award[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″][/bs_col][bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]Luisa Whittaker-Brooks, assistant professor of chemistry, has been awarded a Cottrell Scholar Award from the Research Corporation for Science Advancement. She is one of 24 early career researchers to receive the three-year, $100,000 award, which will help her advance both her research and teaching efforts.

In her research efforts, Whittaker-Brooks will use part of the award to develop novel materials that can become transistors in an alternative electronics system called spintronics. Unlike conventional electronics, where the charge of electrons is used to store information in transistors, spintronics uses the spin (angular momentum) of electrons to carry digital information. Whittaker-Brooks is focusing on three different metal-carbon hybrid molecules, looking for materials with, in her words, “fundamentally tunable spin that operate with high reliability, low potential for overheating, low cost, and minimization of defects.”

In her teaching, Whittaker-Brooks intends to design an interdisciplinary general chemistry course that incorporates hands-on activities and evidence-based teaching methods “while fostering a culture of inclusivity,” she says, “across the rapidly diversifying demographics at the University of Utah.”

Adapted from a press release by Research Corporation for Science Advancement.[/bs_col][/bs_row]

University of Utah Health DNA Cycling Kits Available for Purchase[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″][/bs_col][bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]University of Utah Health and DNA Cycling have created a branded jersey to kick off the cycling season.  Cycling kits are available to all University of Utah faculty, staff, students and alumni until April 20, 2018.  Click here to order online.


  • U of U Health Men’s Century Jersey: $65.00 each
  • U of U Health Ladies Century Jersey: $65.00 each
  • U of U Health Men’s Century Bib Short: $75.00 each
  • U of U Health Ladies Women’s Short = $65 each

Contact with any questions.[/bs_col][/bs_row]

University transitioning to Google Custom Search Engine[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″][/bs_col][bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]The University of Utah is in the process of transitioning to Google Custom Search Engine (GCSE). Google Search Appliance (GSA), the university’s current institutional website search product, is being discontinued by Google. After a months-long search for a suitable alternative, the university selected GCSE, Google’s no-cost service, which is ad-free for non-profit institutions. Read this Node 4 article for more information.

Websites using GSA will remain fully functional. Sites with their own GSA search collection (i.e., searches that only look in a specific “collection” of sites) will be migrated to a GCSE collection, and continue to function as before. University Information Technology’s University Support Services (USS) team will migrate campus OmniUpdate (OU) websites to use a local GCSE search page, as has been done with

Even though search boxes will remain fully functional, campus web developers are encouraged to make changes to existing search code, and take advantage of the ability to host a local search results page. Instructions are available here.

Barb Iannucci, USS associate director of Content Management & Usability, will host a UIT Talks event on Tuesday, April 24, 2018, 1-1:30 p.m., to address any remaining questions.

If you would like further instructions and guidance, please email Iannucci at[/bs_col][/bs_row]

Join the Wasatch Experience
Apply by May 4 at[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″][/bs_col][bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]Join University of Utah faculty in a quest to make sustainability teaching more exciting and relevant through the Wasatch Experience. The program engages educators in a two-day, team-based workshop in August, followed by regular small-group meetings during the school year. Participants design and implement an action plan to integrate the big ideas of sustainability into their courses. Upon program completion, participants are awarded $500 and receive the Sustainability Teaching Scholar designation.

The Wasatch Experience will be Aug. 8-9, 2018. Apply now.[/bs_col][/bs_row]

Looking for cancer-free volunteers[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″][/bs_col][bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]If you are cancer-free you may qualify to participate in the HCI-Total Cancer Care SUPPORT Study. TCC SUPPORT is a partnership between patients with cancer, cancer-free participants, health care providers and researchers. Our aim is to better understand what causes cancer and to find better ways to prevent, detect and treat cancer more successfully while also supporting families.

Who can participate? Volunteers who are willing to share samples and data for research. These can be family, friends and anyone who wants to help advance our knowledge on cancer.

How do I participate? You are willing to give blood, and possibly other samples from your body such as urine, stool and saliva. You are willing to fill out questionnaires in regards to your physical and emotional health, and lifestyle. We would also like to collect information and samples at six, 12 and 24 months after you join the study. This is optional.

Why should I take part? This study is an opportunity to contribute samples and information that will be used to accelerate cancer research and improve patient care. Participants like you are vital to our success.

We invite you to participate in this important research or learn more.If you have study questions or want to participate please contact: SUPPORT Study Team at 801-213-6166 or email[/bs_col][/bs_row]

Pre-Summer Intensive Courses Available[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″][/bs_col][bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]

Maximize your summer break with an intensive course May 7 – 11. Courses are offered Monday through Friday 8 AM – 5 PM with a one hour lunch. Course locations are on the Main Campus as well as at the University of Utah’s Sandy Center. Intensive classes will be as rigorous as a semester-long class and requires attendance at each class session. In addition to time spent in the classroom, students will be required to complete pre and post work. Explore courses at Questions? Call 801-585-9963.[/bs_col][/bs_row]

Apply now to work with the Hinckley Institute[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″][/bs_col][bs_col class=”col-sm-8″] Apply now to work with the Hinckley Institute If you are looking for a new way to get involved in the Hinckley Institute next year, here is your chance! We are looking for students to be a part of our student staff, student ambassador program and to be forum hosts. Applications for the 2018-2019 academic year are now open and we want you to apply. The deadline for all applications is Friday, April 6.

Click here to apply for student staff. Click here to apply to be a forum host/ambassador.[/bs_col][/bs_row]