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Vol. XXXIX No. 2; January 14, 2009
Editor: Adam Overland,

Inside This Issue
--Maintain a healthy work life.
--The Quality Fair is looking for quality ideas.
--People: John Sheehan will join the Institute on the Environment; and more.

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

STRESS ERODES THE QUALITY AND PRODUCTIVITY OF OUR WORK LIVES. To maintain a healthy work environment and the balance between work and personal life, consider the strategies at Take a slice out of stress.

DO YOU HAVE A WORKING SMARTER IDEA? Staff and faculty members who have ideas to save the University money, increase revenue, increase efficiency, or provide better service are invited to submit their ideas at the Quality Fair, Feb. 5, 9:45 a.m.-3 p.m., McNamara Alumni Center. You could win $75 for one of the top 25 ideas or $25 just for entering. Later in the semester, there will be a $500 challenge to departments that try to implement a Working Smarter or Quality Fair Poster project idea. The Working Smarter application and fair registration form are online.

PEOPLE: Arthur Hill and Susan Meyer Goldstein are the recipients of the Best Empirical Paper Award; Mark Sellner has been presented the 2007-08 R. Glen Berryman Award; John Sheehan will join the Institute on the Environment; Peg Lonnquist has been selected as the director of the Women's Center; Yuqing (Ching) Ren is a co-principal investigator of a proposal funded by the National Science Foundation; Kathleen Vohs was recently named a McKnight Presidential Fellow; Ivy Zhang received the Journal of Accounting and Economics 2007 Best Paper Prize. Read about these topics and more in People.



CELEBRATING CHINA: To kick off its 30th anniversary, the China Center will host its annual Griffin Lecture and Chinese New Year celebration at 4 p.m., Jan. 24, Ted Mann Concert Hall. Rob Gifford, former National Public Radio China correspondent and author of the book, China Road, will present the lecture. The China Center, in the Office of International Programs, is part of System Academic Administration.

U OF M MOMENT: Arguably the most difficult part about starting a business is securing the right financing, especially when faced with a difficult economy. Carlson School lecturer Dileep Rao's new book, Finance Any Business Intelligently, offers business owners and entrepreneurs a practical framework. For more information, listen to the U of M Moment.

NOMINATIONS FOR THE DISTINGUISHED LEADERSHIP AWARD FOR INTERNATIONALS are now being accepted. This U-wide award honors international alumni, former students, and friends of the U who have distinguished themselves in their post-University work. Deadline is Feb. 2. For more information, see distinguished leadership.


THE LIFE OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. will be celebrated with a Jan. 15 presentation at UMC. "Honoring the Dream" will be held in Kiehle Auditorium at noon. Under the direction of Thomas Williams, director of diversity and multicultural services, the program will feature highlights of King's life. Following the presentation there will be questions and conversation regarding the influence of Dr. King and the civil rights movement. Free and open to the public. For more information, see King.

UMC'S ANNUAL AG ARAMA WEEKEND is scheduled for Jan. 30-31. Most of the activities take place Jan. 31 in the University Teaching and Outreach Center. Ag Arama features contests in agronomy, animal science, horticulture, and natural resources. The contests are opportunities for students to showcase their knowledge and skills and to interact with alumni and faculty members. For more information, see Ag Arama.


UMD OFFICE OF CULTURAL DIVERSITY will hold a presidential inauguration celebration featuring live television coverage of the inauguration of Barack Obama. Jan. 20, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Kirby Student Center Lounge.

"A NEW BIRTH OF FREEDOM," a presentation by Curtis Austin, director of the Center for Black Studies at University of Southern Mississippi and former director for the Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage, will take place Jan. 20, 3:30 p.m., Kirby Student Center lounge. His most recent book is Up Against the Wall: Violence in the Making and Unmaking of the Black Panther Party. For more information, see freedom.

UMD GRADUATE AND CURRENT MISS MINNESOTA, Angie McDermott, will compete in the Miss America pageant Jan. 24 in Las Vegas. For more information, see Miss Minnesota.


THE ADVANCED BIOMASS ENERGY WORKSHOP, featuring current and near-term biomass use in energy production, will take place Jan. 15, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Student Center. The event is cosponsored by the U's West Central Research and Outreach Center and UMM. For more information, see biomass.

UMM STUDENTS HAVE BEEN WORKING TO REVITALIZE THE ECONOMY in downtown Hoffman. Students have been working with Muriel Krusemark, who heads the Hoffman Economic Development Association. For more information, see Hoffman economy.

UMM IS RANKED AMONG THE TOP 100 COLLEGES NATIONALLY as a best value in the 2009 Kiplinger Best Values in Public Colleges survey. The Morris and Twin Cities campuses of the U are the only Minnesota schools to make the list.

UMM WILL RECEIVE FUNDING from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield (Minnesota) tobacco settlement to promote healthier eating to improve the lives of Minnesotans. For more information, see health funding.


THE ROCHESTER HEALTHY COMMUNITIES PARTNERSHIP, which includes UMR, Winona State University, Mayo Clinic, and Hawthorne Education Center, are partnering with Rochester Public Schools in a joint effort to identify health education needs and promote good health practices in low-literacy populations in the community. For more information, see healthy communities.

Twin Cities:

GOOD TO EAT: Brenda Langton's cooking style is all natural and spiced with color. Find out how this local chef shops for a meal and cooks at home, when she leads the "Healthy Living, Healthy Eating" course in February. For more information, see benefits of whole food shopping and cooking.

OBAMA INAUGURATION: An open viewing of the historic Obama inauguration will take place via live Internet feed in 140 Nolte, Jan. 20. Preliminary festivities will begin at 9 a.m., with the swearing in of Barack Obama at 11 a.m. Refreshments will be served. The full inaugural schedule is available at historic inauguration.

REGENTS PROFESSOR LECTURE SERIES: Allen Goldman, Regents Professor and head of physics, will present "Superconductivity: High Science and High Technology," Feb. 2, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Coffman Union Theater. His talk will be followed by a reception. The entire U community is invited to attend. The event is the first of the semester in the Regents Professor Lecture Series. For more information, see Goldman.

PHYSICS CIRCUS: The Institute of Technology's Physics Force will present their largest public show of the year at the annual Physics Circus. The show is a unique mix of large-scale physics demonstrations and humor for adults and children of all ages. It is free and open to the public. Demonstrations include dropping a team member from a 20-foot gantry while shooting a ball at him to demonstrate the effect of gravity, a human rocket to show the mechanics of collisions, collapsing a 55-gallon drum to show the force of air pressure, and much more. Jan. 15, 7 p.m., Northrop Auditorium. For more information, see Physics Circus.

ORGANIZATIONAL EFFECTIVENESS WILL OFFER TWO PROJECT MANAGEMENT courses in February. Introduction to Project Management for Administrative Staff is designed for administrative support staff and others who wish to apply project management skills to their work responsibilities. Project Management Fundamentals is a two-day course designed for project managers, administrators, and other project team leaders. For more information, see project management.

THE THIRD IN A FIVE-PART SERIES OF 3M-SPONSORED SEMINARS for graduate students in technology and science programs, entitled "Financing Your Technology-based Venture," will be held Jan. 26, 5-7 p.m., 2-206 Carlson School. To register, e-mail For more information, see entrepreneur.

A FEAST OF WORDS: THE UNCANNY PHYSICS OF SUPERHERO COMIC BOOKS features a social hour, dinner, and commentary by Professor James Kakalios. Presented by the Friends of the University of Minnesota Libraries and the Campus Club. Tickets are $25.99 for adults and $12.95 for students. Jan. 29, 5 p.m. social hour, 5:30 p.m. dinner buffet, Coffman Union, Campus Club. Reservations required; call 612-626-7788. For more information, see uncanny physics.

THE 2009 DEINARD MEMORIAL LECTURE ON LAW & MEDICINE will host Professor M. Gregg Bloche, Georgetown and Brookings Institute, as he presents "The Emergent Logic of Health Reform," Jan. 29, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Coffman Union Theater. For more information, see Deinard Lecture.

PRESIDENT'S STUDENT LEADERSHIP AND SERVICE AWARDS highlight the U's outstanding student leaders. Nominations will be accepted through Feb. 6. Undergraduate, graduate, and professional students may be nominated by colleagues, faculty, students, and staff. For more information and nomination forms, see student leadership.

THE BUILDING TIES EXHIBIT AT THE HENNEPIN HISTORY MUSEUM showcases culturally sensitive housing designs for Mexicans and Somalis developed by interior design students of the U. Opening reception is Feb. 8, 1-3 p.m., Hennepin History Museum, 2303 Third Ave. S. The exhibit will run until Mar. 8. For more information, see housing design.

THE CONSORTIUM ON LAW AND VALUES' 10TH ANNIVERSARY CONFERENCE "What's Next in Law, Health & the Life Sciences? Debating Openness, Access & Accountability," takes place Mar. 6, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey Center. For more information, see Law and Values.

THE 29th ANNUAL SUNBOWL BOWLING TOURNAMENT will take place at Goldy's Gameroom and the Gopher Spot, Feb. 2-Mar. 6. Grand Prizes are $1,000 and $500 travel vouchers. For more information, see Sunbowl.

FREE BOWLING: The 70-year-old bowling lanes of Goldy's Gameroom were replaced during winter break. Try out the brand-new lanes with free bowling and shoe rental, Jan. 20-21, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., subject to availability (two games per person). For more information, see free bowling.

MORE EVENTS include Gather News and Updates in One Place with Web feeds Like RSS (Jan. 14); Web Tools for Working Collaboratively (Jan. 15); Men's Hockey vs. St. Cloud State (Jan 16); Women's Hockey vs. Bemidji State (Jan. 17); Women's Basketball vs. Michigan (Jan. 18). SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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