November 2006

Honorable Mention Achievements of U of U Faculty, Staff, and Students

Karen Dace, University of Utah associate vice president for diversity, has resigned to take a job at another university. Dace will leave the U in February to work as Deputy Chancellor for Diversity, Access and Equity at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

U administrators say some of Daces key accomplishments at the U include expanding the number of female and minority faculty members, promoting multicultural events, and creating the Utah Opportunity Scholarship program. A committee of U faculty members has been created to find a replacement for Dace.

Thomas Fairbanks, a U of U junior majoring in Engineering, and Nicholas Zachman, junior in Political Science, took first-place honors at a Sept. 30 preliminary tryout for the U.S. National Shooting Team—the first step toward competing in the Olympics. Fairbanks placed first in the standard pistol competition. Zachman took first place in two different shooting events, air pistol and free pistol crown. The two are members of the Shootin’ Utes. The team is currently ranked fifth in the nation and hopes to become the third non-military team to win the national championship.

Peter Hoogenboom, who works for University of Utah Healthcare as an information-technology staffer, recently returned from a 48-state, 9,700-mile bike “dream tour,” funded by the 2005 Bayer Ascensia Dream Fund. Hoogenboom has been a cyclist for 22 years, and has known he was diabetic for a decade longer than that. He used his bike tour in part to raise awareness about the fact that a diagnosis of diabetes is not an end to life or athletic prowess or dreaming. He kept up a travelogue online at

Maureen Keefe, dean of the College of Nursing and presidential endowed professor, has been appointed by Secretary Michael Leavitt of the Department of Health and Human Services to participate on the National Advisory Council on nurse education and practice. Keefe holds the Louis H. Perry Endowed Chair and played an instrumental role in nursing education initiative to address the statewide nursing shortage. She will serve a four-year term with the council.

KUED received eight 2006 Emmy Awards from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, resulting in 12 Emmy statues for KUED staff members—the greatest number ever presented to the University of Utah’s public broadcasting station in one year by the prestigious organization. See Post-it Notes for details.

Carolyn Larrivee received the 2006 Excellence in Nursing Leadership Award from the Utah Organization of Nurse Leaders. Larrivee—a registered nurse and University Hospital’s director of emergency, critical care, medical and surgical patient care and cardiac services—was chosen to receive the award because of the work she has done as a leader within the health-care community. The Excellence in Nursing Leadership Award is the highest honor given by the Utah Organization of Nurse Leaders.

Thomas L. Miller is the new chief medical officer of University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics. An assistant professor of internal medicine at the U of U, Miller specializes in internal medicine, with a particular interest in patients with diabetes. Before his appointment as CMO, Miller was the executive director of the hospital’s ambulatory clinics. In his new role, Miller will work with medical directors throughout University Health Care to improve patient access and satisfaction. Miller received his undergraduate degree from Colorado College and his medical degree from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He interned and was chief resident of internal medicine at the U.

Four members of the Utah Naval Reserve Office Training Corps won first place overall in the Volkslauf Marine Corp 10K in Bakersfield, Calif., on Oct. 14. The race had 2,000 competitors in all-male, all-female, mixed and relay categories. The U of U team—students Chris Sanchez (senior, Political Science), Ryan Himmighoefer (sophomore, Geography), Jeff Monroe (junior, Mathematics and Economics), and Steven Mackay (year and major unavailable)—received first place overall and set a course record with their time of 59:05. The team plans on competing in the Volkslauf race again next year, with a goal to beat this year’s time.

Josef T. Prchal, professor of internal medicine in the division of hematology at the U’s medical school, will receive more than $2 million to conduct research and clinical trials as a part of the Myeloproliferate Disorders Research Consortium. The U and Prchal will be working with eight other institutions worldwide to advance research about incurable blood disorders, including some forms of leukemia.

Tim Slover, who teaches dramatic literature and directs the playwriting program at the University of Utah, has won the Christopher Brian Wolk Award for Excellence in Playwriting for his play Treasure. The award, given by the Abingdon Theatre Company in New York, carries a $1,000 cash prize. Treasure dramatizes a true story of 18th-century politics: the affair of Alexander Hamilton, the nation’s first Treasury secretary, with Maria Reynolds, and the power brokers who try to use the indiscretion to derail Hamiton’s economic policies. Slover’s book “Messiah": The Little-Known Story of Handel’s Beloved Oratorio was published by Silverleaf Press at the end of October Slover is also the author of Joyful Noise, produced off-Broadway at Lamb’s Theatre, and March Tale, which won the annual Writers’ Digest Grand Prize. He is currently working on a film project, Despised, with Red Rocks Filmwerks.

Jesse Soriano has resigned as the director of the University of Utah Health Sciences Ethnic Minority Affairs Office to become the new director for Utah’s Office of Hispanic/Latino Affairs after a five-month search to fill the position. Soriano, a 73-year-old Republican, is also stepping down as the state’s Hispanic/Latino Advisory Council chairman after three years on the board. The council and the Hispanic affairs office are supposed to serve as a link between the Latino community, State agencies, and Gov. Jon Huntsman.

Lennox Tierney, 92, University of Utah emeritus professor of Japanese Art History and Utah Museum of Fine Arts curator of Japanese Art, has been recognized with the 2006 Reischauer International Education Award from the Japan Society of San Diego and Tijuana (JSSDT). Formed in 1996, the JSSDT aims to promote goodwill and advance business, civic, educational, and cultural interchange and understanding between the people of Japan, San Diego, and Tijuana. The award was given at a gala attended by J. Thomas Schieffer, United States Ambassador to Japan, with welcome remarks from Kazuo Kodama, Consul General of Japan in Los Angeles.

The University of Utah and the Associated Students of the University of Utah received Achievement Awards from the Utah Pollution Prevention Association, a nonprofit organization associated with the Utah Department of Environmental Quality, for buying 25 million kilowatt-hours of renewable energy, a purchase that avoided 34 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions in 2005.

For the third year in a row, the Financial Times has ranked the University of Utah’s David Eccles School of Business Executive MBA program among the top programs in the world. According to the report, the U program was ranked 30th in the United States and 69th in the world. Faculty research output was ranked 28th in the world.

The University of Utah Hospital was among four Utah hospitals honored with the 2006 HealthInsight Quality Award. HealthInsight is the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization for Utah and Nevada. It honored hospitals selected for demonstrating high quality health care and excellence in performance on publicly reported quality of care measures. The national hospital rankings used to select recipients are available by visiting The award was launched two years ago to promote transparency in health care, defined by the Institute of Medicine as “accountable to the public, works openly, makes results known, and builds trust through disclosure.” The hospital quality data is available by visiting or and selecting Compare Hospitals in Your Area, or by calling 1 (800) 633-4227.

Find out more about University of Utah faculty, staff, and student achievements at Recognizing U, a U of U site created to showcase their outstanding efforts and congratulate the honorees and recipients for their excellence.

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