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Duo 2FA phone call, text options will be discontinued July 17, 2018
Pre-summer intensive courses available
Next Academic Senate meeting
Nominate a veteran
Nadkarni honored with lifetime achievement award
Sandi Pershing to serve as UPCEA president
Sun Safe poster contest
Join the Wasatch Experience
HCI Total Cancer Care support study: Looking for cancer-free volunteers


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.


TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAVORITE TEACHER

Teacher Appreciation is just around the corner and we want to give you the chance to show your appreciation for your favorite teachers.

Email thisweek@utah.edu and let us know who you want to see included in our Teacher Appreciation article and why.


Pre-Summer Intensive Courses Available

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 flexibleoptions.utah.edu. Questions? Call 801-585-9963.


NEXT ACADEMIC SENATE MEETING

The next meeting of the Academic Senate is Monday, April 30 from 3-5 p.m. The following items will be discussed, among others:
  • New undergraduate certificate in quantitative research analytics
  • New track in earth resource management in the Professional Master’s in Science and Technology degree
  • New graduate certificate in emergency health
  • New graduate certificate in international affairs and global enterprise

The meeting will be in the Moot Courtroom (6th floor) of the College of Law. Meetings are open to the public. The agenda will be posted approximately one week before a utah.instructure.com/courses/51590/modules.


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 veteransday.utah.edu or call 801-587-7722.


Nadkarni honored with lifetime achievement award

Biology professor Nalini Nadkarni has been awarded the 2018 Women of Discovery Lifetime Achievement Award by WINGS WorldQuest. She and four other award winners will be induced as WINGS WorldQuest fellows on April 25, 2018, in New York City.

From WINGS WorldQuest’s website: “For three decades, Dr. Nalini Nadkarni has used mountain-climbing techniques, construction cranes, and hot air balloons to explore life in the treetops of Costa Rica and the Pacific Northwest, documenting biota that are rarely or never seen on the forest floor. She also studies the effects of forest fragmentation on biodiversity, and has published over 110 scientific articles and three scholarly books.”

WINGS WorldQuest recognizes and supports extraordinary women in science and exploration through grants to Women of Discovery awardees, Flag Carriers and speakers. Since 2003, WINGS has awarded more than $500,000 in grants to scientists and explorers.


Sandi Pershing to serve as UPCEA president

The University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) a Washington, D.C.-based association for university leaders in professional, continuing and online education, welcomed Sandi Pershing, assistant vice president for Engagement and a professor in the Master of Public Administration program at the University of Utah, as the association’s 2018-19 President during the 2018 UPCEA Annual Conference.

As UPCEA president, Pershing will encourage its membership to continue to develop new pathways for access, as well as championing diversity and inclusion efforts on their campuses. “I’m extremely passionate about access to higher education for all,” said Pershing. “I’m grateful for the opportunity to do this work every day and am looking forward to working with UPCEA members everywhere in their efforts to build pipelines to and through higher education.”

 


SUN SAFE POSTER CONTEST

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 uofuhealth.org/sunsafe.


Join the Wasatch Experience
Apply by May 4 at tinyurl.com/wasatchexp

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.


HUNTSMAN CANCER INSTITUTE TOTAL CANCER CARE SUPPORT STUDY
Looking for cancer-free volunteers

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 tcc.support@hci.utah.edu.