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Vol. XXXIX No. 3; January 21, 2009
Editor: Adam Overland,

Inside This Issue
--Announcing The Economy and the U Web site.
--Notes to mend a nature deficit disorder.
--Practical saving strategies by Extension educator Shirley Anderson-Porisch.
--People: Diane Wiese-Bjornstal has been appointed to the 2009 Science Board of the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports; and more.

Campus Announcements and Events
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ANNOUNCING THE ECONOMY AND THE U WEB SITE. As the University is called to respond to Minnesota's budget deficit in the coming months, providing timely and transparent updates to faculty and staff will be a top priority. The Economy and the U Web site was created to ensure that faculty and staff hear emerging budget news as quickly as possible, while also providing opportunities for suggestions and feedback. For more information, see the Economy and the U.

NOTES TO MEND A NATURE DEFICIT DISORDER. Nature requires a patience and attention difficult to pay in this age of deficit. To be sure, there is not a deficit of nature at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. The sights, sounds, and smells inspire patience and observation with more than 1,000 acres of gardens and landscapes, 5,000 plant varieties, and natural areas from woodlands and wetlands to prairie. And it's a great place to take a walk--just ask arboretum research fellow Julia Bohnen and naturalist Matt Schuth. Or better yet, take a look at their ever-evolving creation, the Nature Notes blog. For more information, see Modern day Muir.

THE CURRENT ECONOMIC SITUATION calls for all of us to use common sense and be practical with our money. That means evaluating current spending, saving money, and being purposeful about using money that comes into our household. In the column Connect @ Home, family resource management Extension educator Shirley Anderson-Porisch writes about practical saving strategies. For more information, see Connect @ Home.

PEOPLE: Diane Wiese-Bjornstal has been appointed to the 2009 Science Board of the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports; the Office for Equity and Diversity has named Donna Johnson the new director of Disability Services; a paper coauthored by professor of plant biology and Bell Museum curator of fungi David McLaughlin has been featured in ScienceWatch; a memorial service for Roger Page will take place Jan. 25, 2 p.m., Weisman Art Museum; Keith Stelter recently received the WCCO Radio Good Neighbor Award; U in the News features a selection of U faculty cited in the media. Read about these topics and more in People.



THE RESEARCHCHANNEL'S SECOND ROUND OF CONTENT SUBMISSION provides an opportunity to promote the outstanding research and discovery that takes place at the U. Faculty, staff, and eligible students are invited to submit videos to the ResearchChannel by Jan. 30. To view the selection criteria and for additional information, visit OIT Video Solutions or the ResearchChannel Web site.

THE IMAGINE FUND SEEKS PROPOSALS from individuals, groups, departments, and centers to identify candidates of distinction for the new Visiting Distinguished Chair in the Arts, Humanities, or Design. The chair will attract a world-class scholar or scholars to spend up to one academic year at the U. This position will be a catalyst with the goal of stimulating wide-ranging discussion on the arts, design, and humanities across the University. For more information, see Imagine Fund.

THE CENTER FOR TRANSPORTATION STUDIES (CTS) is sponsoring a free transportation career expo, open to undergraduate and graduate students, employers, and representatives of professional organizations. The expo offers the opportunity to learn about transportation career options, career preparation strategies, networking opportunities, and job openings. Students are advised to bring their resumes for feedback. Feb. 5, 4:30-7:15 p.m., President's Room, Coffman Union. Register online or download the brochure and registration form. For more information, call 612-625-5608 or e-mail CTS is part of the U's System Academic Administration.

REGISTER FOR THE QUALITY FAIR BY JAN. 28 FOR A FREE LUNCH. See your colleagues leading change at the U: more than 30 poster projects, 16 working smarter ideas, and 5 projects in process. Breakout sessions include Tools U Can Use to Drive Quality Improvement, Project Management Fundamentals, and Resources for Process Improvement. Feb. 5, 9:45 a.m.-3 p.m., McNamara Alumni Center. For more information and an application, see Quality Fair.

KEEP YOUR SEPTIC SYSTEM FROM FREEZING. Minnesotans have survived the latest wave of arctic temperatures, but we're not out of winter yet. For nearly 600,000 residents who have septic systems, severe cold temperatures pose a serious threat. Nick Haig, Water Resources Center program coordinator, has tips to keep your system regular. For more information, see U of M Moment.


UMC'S CENTER FOR ADULT LEARNING (CAL) has been selected to act as the student support call center for the U's Digital Campus. The six-month contract is based upon the expansion and initiatives of online education growth within the U of M system and the Digital Campus. CAL launched the call center Jan. 12. The Digital Campus has 18 degrees available online along with noncredit professional development activities. For more information, see Digital Campus.

THE AGRICULTURAL UTILIZATION RESEARCH INSTITUTE (AURI) hosted a reception in late December for students who worked with David DeMuth, associate professor of physics, on a collaborative effort with AURI to develop a Web-based communications portal for members of Minnesota's Renewable Energy Roundtable (MNRER). Members of MNRER and individuals interested in renewable energy topics will use the portal for information, news, and networking. For more information, see MNRER.


VALENTINE'S DINNER AT GLENSHEEN. The historic estate is setting the stage for a unique and romantic dinner just in time for Valentine's Day. In addition to dinner, the evening includes a tour, live music, beer and wine tasting, and a take-home rose. Feb. 13 and 14, 6 p.m. Tickets are $60 per person. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 218-726-8910 or 1-888-454-GLEN. For more information, see the events calendar. For Glensheen winter tour hours, see winter hours.

GLENSHEEN MAIN ENTRANCE GATE RESTORATION. The west gate entrance to Glensheen Historic Estate is being restored to the original design style. Restoration began Jan. 9 and will be completed in one month. UMD Facilities Management is doing the project.


THE SCIENCE MUSEUM OF MINNESOTA'S ONLINE SCIENTIST ON THE SPOT program will feature UMM professor of biology Van Gooch. Gooch will field questions related to his research, Jan. 23-Mar. 5. For more information, see Scientist on the Spot.


UMR HELD THE FIFTH BIOMEDICAL INFORMATICS AND COMPUTATIONAL BIOLOGY (BICB) RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM Jan. 16. Approximately 130 researchers and administrators from collaborating institutions (UMTC, IBM, Mayo Clinic, Hormel Institute) attended the symposium. The purpose of the event was to provide BICB program updates, seed grant status reports, trainee poster sessions, networking opportunities, and research team meetings. For more information, see symposium.

THE ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN RECENTLY FEATURED AN EDITORIAL ABOUT THE UMR campus and its recruiting efforts. The editorial, "UMR offers perks for pioneering students" touts UMR's curriculum, state-of-the-art educational environment, and unique learning environment. For more information, see UMR editorial.

Twin Cities:

EPA'S CHIEF SCIENTIST WILL SPEAK AT THE U ABOUT SCIENCE PRIORITIES IN THE NEW PRESIDENTIAL ADMINISTRATION. "Science Priorities and Using Science for Decision Making at the U.S. EPA" will begin at 11 a.m., Jan. 29, 105 Cargill Building for Microbial and Plant Genetics, St. Paul. The lecture is sponsored by the U's Water Resources Center, whose codirector Deborah Swackhamer was recently named chair of the EPA's Science Advisory Board. The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, see EPA lecture.

CHANGING IDENTITY: RECENT WORKS BY WOMEN ARTISTS FROM VIETNAM, is the first major touring exhibition to feature Vietnamese women artists in the United States. The Weisman exhibition explores the roles of women in Vietnamese society and challenges the stereotypes they face. A preview party will take place Jan. 31. Open to the public. The exhibit opens Feb. 1. For more information, see Changing Identity.

ART EXHIBIT OPENING RECEPTION: Vietnam, an exhibit by artist Justin Finch, opens Jan. 21, reception 4-6 p.m., W120 Gailon Roen Room Gallery, Boynton Health Service. Supported by the Boynton Health Service Art Committee and the Center for Arts and Medicine. For more information, see Vietnam.

THE DEPARTMENT OF BIOPRODUCTS AND BIOSYSTEMS ENGINEERING will hold its Centennial Seminar to celebrate 100 years of innovation. Cornell University professor Norm Scott will kick off the event with his presentation "Nanobiotechnology, Renewable Energy, and Sustainability: Where Is Agriculture Going?" Jan. 26. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Colien Hefferan will present "Looking Ahead to Agriculture in the 21st Century: The Next Big Thing, What Does the Future Hold for Agriculture Science and Education?" Jan. 29. Both take place 3-4 p.m., North Star Ballroom, St. Paul Student Center. For more information, see centennial.

SAVE THE DATE: "From Every Voice," the U's annual concert in honor of the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr., will take place Feb. 22, 4 p.m. Ted Mann Concert Hall. This year's concert will feature Take 6, the award-winning a cappella group. In two decades of performing jazz and R&B standards, Take 6 has won 10 Grammy Awards, 10 Dove Awards, 1 Soul Train Award, and 2 NAACP Image Award nominations. Free and open to the public; no tickets or reservations required. For more information, see From Every Voice or call 612-624-0594.

MORE EVENTS include "Wastelands and Wilderness": A presentation by Peter Galison (Jan. 22); actor/performer Charlie Bethel's "Gilgamesh!"(Jan. 23); Round Table Discussion on Morrill Hall Takeover (Jan. 24); The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Presents the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (Jan. 25); conference on Internet privacy (Jan. 26); Handling Discrimination Concerns Effectively (Jan. 27). SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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