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Vol. XLI No. 21; June 29, 2011
Editor: Adam Overland,

Brief publication calendar: Brief summer publication dates will be June 29, July 13 and 27; Aug. 10 and 24; and Sept. 7. The weekly schedule returns Sept. 14. The deadline for submissions is noon on the Friday before publication.

Inside This Issue
--Greetings from President Kaler.
--U to remain open if state government shuts down.
--Features: Peace takes practice; Profile of Brian Aukema, McKnight Land-Grant Professor; Getting the pole positions; Toward making resistance truly futile; U of M Moment; This week @Minnesota.
--People: Maureen Reed has been elected volunteer national chair of the University of Minnesota Alumni Association; and more.

University News and Events
Top News | University-wide | Crookston | Duluth | Morris | Rochester | Twin Cities


GREETINGS FROM PRESIDENT KALER: President Kaler officially begins as the U's 16th president July 1, but he and his wife Karen have already completed their move from New York to Minnesota. In a letter to faculty and staff, the president shared his excitement about becoming the president of what he called an energetic, diverse, curious, and innovative University, among the very best in the country. For more information, read a greeting from President Kaler.

THE U WILL REMAIN OPEN IN THE EVENT OF A STATE GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN. U officials will closely monitor the situation at the Capitol and continue developing contingency plans in case the shutdown should stretch into late summer. For more information, see the news release.


FEATURE: Most people turn away from conflict. U professor Mark Umbreit has dedicated his life's work to facing it head on. From conflicts in some of the most war-torn countries in the world, to crimes in American communities that range from murder and rape to less serious crimes like juvenile fighting in schools, Umbreit has pioneered an end to conflict using nothing more novel, and more powerful, than conversations. Conversations which, to many of us, may seem incomprehensible. For more information, read "Peace takes practice."

FEATURE: Brian Aukema is a world expert in diagnosing insect outbreaks that threaten forests. The Emerald Ash Borer does just that. Minnesota has more ash trees than any state—well over 900 million. Aukema was recruited to an open position in Minnesota because he's a world expert in diagnosing insect outbreaks that threaten forests. This year, he was named a McKnight Land-Grant Professor because his research is so critical to addressing urgent needs for the state and nation. For more information, read a profile of Brian Aukema.

FEATURE: Pictures of the Arctic and Antarctic can barely do justice to the beauty of mile-wide glaciers flowing between jagged mountains or sculpted white ice floating in an azure sea. In these days of global climate change, however, monitoring the state of these near-pristine ecosystems is more important than ever. Doing this requires knowledge of polar landscapes, plus the ability to identify and track changes in features ranging from glaciers and meltwater lakes to Weddell seal and penguin populations. For that, researchers around the nation turn to Paul Morin and his staff at the U's Polar Geospatial Center. For more information, read "Getting the pole positions."

FEATURE: A University of Minnesota-led team of researchers has discovered how a genetic "switch" controls the spread of antibiotic resistance in certain pathogenic bacteria. The discovery points the way toward developing a means of keeping the switch "off" in order to thwart the spread of resistance, a growing threat to global health and lives. For more information, read "Toward making resistance truly futile."

U OF M MOMENT: The Independence Day weekend is just around the corner, and that means cookouts, parties, and fireworks. While fireworks displays may be fun to watch, each year more than 8,800 people nationwide require a trip to the emergency room for firework-related injuries. Matthew Putnam, a professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the U who specializes in hand surgery and trauma, explains the scope of these injuries. For more information, listen to the U of M Moment.

THIS WEEK @MINNESOTA: June 17–24. This installment of the weekly video feature from the U's News Service looks inside the US Open Qualifiers at the Baseline Tennis Center; shows the best deals for bowling, billiards, and food on campus; and gives you an inside look at the Mini Medical School's most recent class on concussions. For more information, watch "This Week @Minnesota."

Awards, appointments, and other announcements

PEOPLE: Maureen Reed, executive director of the Nobel Peace Prize Forum, has been elected volunteer national chair of the University of Minnesota Alumni Association; George John has been named associate dean of faculty and research at the Carlson School; Ted Labuza received the Life Achievement in Food Engineering from the International Association for Engineering and Food; Tryphon Georgiou was elected a foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences; Peter Zetterberg passed away June 22, at the age of 61; Kris Nelson, director of neighborhood programs at CURA, passed away June 17; U in the News features U faculty and staff cited in the media. Read about these topics and more in People.



Administrative information

THE U RECENTLY ANNOUNCED MAJOR INVESTMENTS IN 11 RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS, with funding for the initiative derived from technology commercialization revenue. VP for research Tim Mulcahy announced that more than $12 million will be invested to enhance key infrastructure in support of research and scholarship at the University of Minnesota. This one-time funding follows recent investments of an additional $15 million, bringing the U's total investment of technology commercialization royalties in critical infrastructure needs to $27 million over the past 18 months. For more information, see research infrastructure investments.

STATE FAIR EXHIBITION SPACE 2011: Looking for an opportunity to connect with the people of Minnesota and share the work your unit is doing while experiencing food on a stick? Your department is invited to join groups like the Confucius Institute, Tucker Center, and Youth Studies, which are already planning 2011 exhibits at the U's State Fair building. The U location sees tens of thousands of visitors each day. Fair dates are Aug. 25–Sept. 5. To book a time or for more information, email Drew Swain or call 612-625-8962.

ONE STOP STUDENT SERVICES WILL LAUNCH A REDESIGNED HOMEPAGE ON JULY 8. The redesign will more effectively alert users to timely information related to registration, financial aid, billing, and degree planning. The architecture of the site will remain the same, and no links will change. Highlights of the new design include timely feature topics that will change to meet the needs of students, a 14-day look at the academic calendar, and more prominent links to information for new and former students, parents and guests, and others. The web address will remain

Lectures, exhibits, and other events

THE U LANDSCAPE ARBORETUM WILL HOST ITS POPULAR TOAST & TASTE IN THE GARDENS event, highlighting top Twin Cities restaurants and local wines. The evening will serve up tastes of in-season, fresh, local cuisine from 25 top independent restaurants in the Twin Cities and surrounding area. Minnesota and regional wineries will pour samples in the gardens. July 28, 6–9 p.m. Cost: $75 for general admission from 7 to 9 p.m.; $125 for patron-level early admission at 6 p.m. Reservations are required. Proceeds benefit the Arboretum. For reservations and more information, call 612-625-9875, or see Toast & Taste.


UMC will be at this year's Polk County Fair in Fertile, Minn., June 30–July3. For more information, see Polk County Fair.
THE BOARD OF REGENTS APPROVED THE ONLINE DELIVERY of the information technology management and health management degrees during its May 2011 meeting, and an online communication degree was approved during the Regents' June meeting. The new online degrees join seven existing online programs, including accounting, applied health, applied studies, business management, marketing, manufacturing management, and quality management.

UMC IS HOSTING AN ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE (ESL) SUMMER CAMP AND CULTURAL EXPERIENCE through July 5 for 11 students from Korea. Each day, the students have three hours of classroom work in the morning and a cultural experience in the afternoon. Working with Extension educators, the program also connected the ESL group with visiting students from the White Earth Reservation on June 27. The students are blogging about their experiences online.


THE SECOND ANNUAL UMD BIKE/WALK TO WORK WEEK will take place July 5–8, with scheduled on-campus activities and prizes. Sponsored by the UMD Employee Wellness Program. Register online by June 30. For more information, see Bike/Walk.

ART HISTORY PROFESSOR EMERITUS Thomas Hedin published an article in Art Bulletin: Centennial Anthology. Hedin's article, "The Petite Command of 1664: Burlesque in the Gardens of Versailles," is included in an online collection of the 32 best or most influential essays from the first century of the journal. For more information, see most influential essays.

PSYCHEDELIC SIGNATURES: Rock Posters from the Andrew and Victoria Olson Collection will be presented by the Tweed Museum of Art through Jan. 15. The exhibit features classic rock music posters from the late 1960s and early 1970s collected by the Olsons, both Duluth educators. Opening reception: July 5, 4–6 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more information, see rock posters.


RAY SCHULTZ, associate professor of theatre, is directing the critically acclaimed play, Next Fall, by playwright Geoffrey Nauffts, for the Performance Network in Ann Arbor, MI. His direction of the Tony-nominated comic drama is receiving rave reviews, and the show has been extended into July. For more information, see Ray Schultz.

CAMPUS SUSTAINABILITY: The Morris campus was featured in the article "Power Potential" in the latest issue of Business Officer, published by the National Association of College and University Business Officers. Lowell Rasmussen, vice chancellor for facilities and finance, was interviewed about Morris's local renewable energy resources as cost-effective power supplies. For more information, see Power Potential.

ALUMNI BEN LACY '09 is one of two young Americans to receive the Duke of Edinburgh's Award: Young Americans' Challenge, awarded for the first time in the United States. Lacy was honored at a Capitol Hill reception attended by the His Royal Highness Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex. A professional with the Boy Scouts of America, Lacy credits faculty encouragement for launching his career in Washington, D.C. For more information, see award.


UMR HELPED CELEBRATE ROCHESTERFEST LAST WEEK, with the Raptor Mascot, UMR chancellor Stephen Lehmkhule, faculty, staff, and their families in the parade on Friday. They handed out raptor eggs that contained candy and raptor facts. Photos from the event are on the UMR Facebook page.


Lectures, exhibits, and other events

THE BELL MUSEUM WILL BE HOME TO THE MINNESOTA PLANETARIUM SOCIETY'S EXPLORADOME for a limited time this summer. An inflatable and fully immersive, interactive astronomy and Earth science learning environment, the ExploraDome allows visitors to discover the wonders of the current night sky and journey through a 3-D exploration of the solar system, galaxy, and universe. The ExploraDome will be at the Bell for public shows July 12, 19, and 26; and Aug. 2, 10, 17, and 23; at 1, 2, and 3 p.m. No reservations are necessary, and the shows are included with regular admission. For more information, see Bell Museum.

THE HEART-BRAIN CONNECTION, the Institute for Engineering in Medicine's 2011 Educational Symposium, will cover the topics of basic and applied research, clinical symptoms of heart/brain interactions, prevention and clinical management, and surgical treatments and resuscitation. Over the course of the day, 12 University-affiliated researchers will give presentations on various issues relating to the heart-brain connection and highlighting areas that need additional engineering-related innovation. July 27, Mayo Auditorium. Cost: Free for U faculty, staff, and students; others, $50. Early registration is encouraged. For registration and more information, see Heart-Brain Connection.

UNIVERSITY DINING SERVICES HAS ADDED ONLINE ORDERING options for the Subway restaurant in the St. Paul Student Center and Essentials Market in Blegen Hall. Simply place an order online, select a time to pick it up, and UDS will have it ready. UDS accepts cash, credit cards, FlexDine Dollars, and Gopher GOLD™ value. For more information, order online.

MORE EVENTS include Power, Mystery, and Riches: The Life and Death of King Tut (June 30); Birding at the Twin Cities Arsenal (July 6); appearance by author and illustrator Anne Rockwell (July 12); Evoking Nature: The Aesthetics of Japanese-Style Gardens (July 13). SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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