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Vol. XXXIX No. 1; January 7, 2009
Editor: Adam Overland, brief@umn.edu

Inside This Issue
--Support the U by attending the 2009 legislative briefing.
--Christy Haynes constructs an immune system, one cell at a time.
--The Federal Relations Report suggests that not all is grim and gloom.
--People: Stergios Roumeliotis has been awarded a prestigious Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers; and more.

Campus Announcements and Events
University-wide | Crookston | Duluth | Morris | Rochester | Twin Cities


SUPPORT THE U BY ATTENDING THE 2009 LEGISLATIVE BRIEFING. Learn how your personal story can drive home the statewide value of the U during this crucial legislative session that will address Minnesota's $4.8 billion budget deficit. Jan. 28, 5:30-8 p.m., McNamara Alumni Center. Registration deadline is Jan. 22. For more information, see Legislative Briefing or call 612-626-1417.

U RESEARCHER CHRISTY HAYNES CONSTRUCTS AN IMMUNE SYSTEM, ONE CELL AT A TIME. It's been said that no one understood how birds could fly until the airplane was invented. Now, Haynes is applying the same tactic to understanding the human immune system: She's building one. For more information, see Immunity builder.

THE LATEST FEDERAL RELATIONS REPORT FOR DECEMBER 2008 suggests that while national and state economies appear bleak, not all is grim and gloom. The University is actively advocating for higher education to be part of a federal infrastructure package now in the works and for improved budgets for research accounts, which may fare better despite the current economic climate. For more information, see Federal Relations.

PEOPLE: Stergios Roumeliotis has been awarded a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers; The American Association for the Advancement of Science has awarded the distinction of Fellow to seven members from the U; indigenous law scholar John Borrows will join the U Law School faculty in fall; family social science professor Sharon Danes, graduate student Jinhee Lee, and staff member Sayali Amarapurkar were selected to receive the John Jack Award; Keith McFarland, administrator and dean at the U for more than 44 years, died Dec. 27; U in the News, featuring a selection of U faculty cited in the media; Read about these topics and more in People.

CAMPUS ANNOUNCEMENTS AND EVENTS

University-wide:

QUALITY FAIR LOOKING FOR WORKING SMARTER IDEAS. Bring Working Smarter ideas to the Quality Fair, Feb. 5, 9:45 a.m.-3 p.m., McNamara Alumni Center. Exhibits will have a chance to win $75 for one of the top 25 ideas or $25 for entering. The U is looking for ideas that can cut costs, increase revenue, provide better service to students, faculty, and staff. In the fall, departments that implement a Working Smarter idea may apply for $500 awards. For more information and an application, see Quality Fair.

THE U IS RESOLVED TO REWARD STEPS TO HEALTH IN THE NEW YEAR. Members of the UPlan medical program may take a preventive health screening to pinpoint individual health risks and earn a $65 wellness reward for completing the online wellness assessment. Members may earn another $65 reward (up to $130 per person) for working with a health coach, enrolling in a walking program, or completing an online health program in 2009. Walk-in health screenings are offered regularly through the end of April at various locations on the Twin Cities campus. For more information, see Wellness Program.

NOMINATIONS FOR THE DISTINGUISHED WOMEN SCHOLARS AWARD are invited by the Graduate School and the Women's Center. Annual awards are made to two women faculty members--one in the sciences and engineering, and one in the humanities, social sciences, and arts. Nominations are due Jan. 23 to college deans, with final nominations from college deans to the Graduate School due on Jan. 30. For more information see Distinguished Women Scholars Award.

GRANT-IN-AID OF RESEARCH, ARTISTRY, AND SCHOLARSHIP: The Spring 2009 application for the FY2010 Grant-in-Aid Program is due Feb. 2. The Office of the Dean of the Graduate School administers the Grant-in-Aid Program to promote the scholarly and artistic activities of faculty and their graduate students and to foster academic excellence at the U. In FY2009, 115 grants were awarded with an average award of $24,914. Applications must be submitted electronically. For more information, see Grant-in-Aid.

TCF BANK STADIUM WILL BE A MODEL OF ACCESSIBILITY, thanks in part to efforts led by University Disability Services staff member Roberta Juarez. Jaurez is working to make certain the facility is accessible to the entire University community and its visitors, including individuals with disabilities. The completed stadium will be one of the most accessible in the nation. For more information, see Ensuring access.

Crookston:

UMC WENT TOBACCO FREE JAN. 1. Students, faculty, and staff with questions or concerns or who would like information on cessation resources may contact Laurie Wilson, 218-281-8587; Vicki Svedarsky, 281-8583; or Stacey Grunewald, 281-8512.

STUDENTS MAJORING IN BIOLOGY AND HEALTH SCIENCES recently presented anatomy and physiology-themed activities to local middle school students in Crookston and Fisher, Minn. under the direction of UMC associate professor of biology Pam Elf. Activities were sponsored through grants awarded to the Northwest Minnesota Area Health Education Center. Middle school students learned through teaching activities that demonstrated neural sensation, blood pressure and heart rate, respiration, pharmacology, and other topics.

Duluth:

WIND VELOCITY ALONG THE NORTH SHORE OF LAKE SUPERIOR was measured by a team of students and UMD assistant professor Mike Mageau to determine if the area has more wind than was previously suggested by the state. The results show a considerable increase in wind speed over past forecasts and have prompted significant interest in and development of smaller-scale community wind generation projects. For more information, see Tapping wind power.

Morris:

AMONG COLLEGES THAT AWARD BACHELOR'S DEGREES, UMM RANKS THIRD in the percentage of students who participate in a study abroad experience during college, according to the recent "Open Doors Report 2008" study by The Institute of International Education. The report analyzes data from the 2006-07 academic year. Other colleges named in the same category are St. Olaf College (10th), Concordia College-Moorhead (18th), Carleton College (21st), and Macalester College (25th).

UMM'S WOMEN'S SOCCER TEAM earned the National Soccer Coaches Association of America College Team Academic Award for the 10th time. The team earned a collective cumulative GPA of 3.56 in the 2007-08 academic year, the third highest in the nation among the 400 plus NCAA Division 3 schools sponsoring women's soccer. For more information, see soccer GPA.

Rochester:

UMR LAUNCHED A WEB SITE for the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences this week. To take a look, visit UMR Health Sciences.

THE JAN. 9 EDITION OF THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION will include a commentary by William Massey discussing the need for increased academic efficiency and touting UMR's Center for Learning Innovation and Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences degree program as an example of cost-effective and personalized learning. For more information, see Chronicle.

Twin Cities:

THE U'S LAW SCHOOL RECEIVED A $6 MILLION ROBINA GRANT to be administered over five years. The funding will provide backing for the Law School's new Program on Law, Public Policy, and Society, which will support innovative public policy research and prepare law students to serve as agents of social transformation. For more information, see Robina Grant.

A $300,000 GRANT FROM THE ROBERT WOOD JOHNSON FOUNDATION will benefit researchers at the U's Schools of Nursing and of Public Health. Together with the Department of Veterans Affairs at Minneapolis and Palo Alto, Calif., the researchers will study better ways to care for heart failure patients. The grant is part of the Foundation's Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative, which aims to generate, disseminate, and translate research to understand how nurses contribute to and improve the quality of patient care. For more information, see nursing quality.

EXTENSION CENTER FOR YOUTH DEVELOPMENT WILL HOST THE SYMPOSIUM: "More Than Safe Spaces: Adolescent Development and Relationship Building in After-School Settings," presented by Nancy Deutsch. U faculty and staff are invited to attend the event, Jan. 23, 8:30-11:30 a.m., Memorial Hall, McNamara Alumni Center. Free, but registration is required. For more information, see youth development.

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: THE JOSEPH M. JURAN CENTER FOR LEADERSHIP IN QUALITY is seeking proposals for the 2009 Juran Fellowship for Ph.D. students. Fellowships are open to U students and are due Mar. 10. An information session will be held Jan. 30, 11:30 a.m., 2-250, Hanson Hall, Carlson School of Management. For more information and to RSVP, e-mail Jill Pearson-Wood or call her at 612-626-4555.

APPOINTMENTS ARE BEING ACCEPTED FOR PHARMACEUTICAL CARE EXPERIENTIAL CLINIC PATIENTS. Participation helps pharmacy students learn how to deliver medication therapy management services--a new health benefit covered by some insurers and government programs. An advanced standing pharmacy student conducts a comprehensive assessment of a patient's medication-related needs in the presence of experienced faculty. All U employees, friends, and relatives are encouraged to participate at no charge. For more information and to set up an appointment, call Brian Isetts at 612-625-7929.

NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION: EXERCISE YOUR MIND. When it comes to resolutions for the New Year, most people hit the gym to work on their physical well-being. But the U's Compleat Scholars Program is offering a series of enrichment courses that stimulate mental well-being. Lara Roy, director of the program, explains in a recent University of Minnesota Moment audio recording. For additional U of M Moments, see recent recordings.

THE BELL MUSEUM CALENDAR OF UPCOMING PROGRAMS includes everything from exhibits and adventure science to field trips and family programs. For more information, see the calendar.

THE CAMPUS CLUB INVITES U FACULTY AND STAFF TO CELEBRATE BIRTHDAYS with lunch during their birthday month. Membership is not required; make reservations at least two days in advance at 612-626-7788. For more information, see Campus Club.

MORE EVENTS include Headliners: A Culture in Peril: Hmong Grave Desecration in Thailand (Jan. 8); Men's Gymnastics Alumni Meet (Jan. 9); Women's Gymnastics vs. Arizona (Jan. 10); Men's Basketball vs. Penn State (Jan. 11); The Green House: New Designs in Sustainable Architecture & Design (Jan. 12-Mar. 8). SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.


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