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Vol. XXXIX No. 4; January 28, 2009
Editor: Adam Overland,

Inside This Issue
--The 2010-11 budget recommendations will impact the U.
--Join in a discussion about the U's academic mission in a declining economy.
--Reminder: Jan. 28 legislative briefing.
--People: McKnight Land-Grant Professors for 2009-11 include 11 early career faculty members; and more.

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

THE 2010-11 BUDGET RECOMMENDED BY GOV. PAWLENTY includes cuts to the University of Minnesota. The recommendations are the first step in a long budget process that will include difficult choices at the U. The U has been working aggressively to reduce costs, scale back investments, and take other actions to help resolve the shortfall. For more information, see a statement by President Bruininks at the Economy and the U. For detailed budget information for the state, see budget plan.

OPEN FORUM WITH PROVOST SULLIVAN: Faculty, staff, and students are invited to join in a discussion about the U's academic mission in a declining economy. Jan. 29, 3-4 p.m., 101 Fraser Hall. To participate electronically, visit the Economy and the U Web site the day of the event for details.

REMINDER: SUPPORT THE U BY ATTENDING THE 2009 LEGISLATIVE BRIEFING. Drive home the statewide value of the U during this crucial legislative session that will address Minnesota's budget deficit. Jan. 28, 5:30-8 p.m., McNamara Alumni Center. For more information, call 612-626-1417.

PEOPLE: McKnight Land-Grant Professors for 2009-11 include 11 early-career faculty members; Michael O'Connor succeeded Brian Van Ness as head of the Department of Genetics, Cell Biology, and Development; U in the News features a selection of U faculty cited in the media. Read about these topics and more in People.



THE U'S THIRD ANNUAL QUALITY FAIR offers an opportunity to see quality improvement in action. More than 20 posters will be on display, as well as summaries of 16 "Working Smarter" ideas and 5 new projects. Feb. 5, 9:45 a.m.-3 p.m., McNamara Alumni Center. Register online by Jan. 28 to reserve a lunch. For more information, see Quality Fair.

CONFLICT DYNAMICS: SIMPLE STRATEGIES FOR COMPLEX TIMES is the topic of two workshops designed for faculty. Participants will learn how to recognize and respond more effectively to conflict in a variety of settings. Sessions will feature current research in the field, case studies, and tools to help manage conflict. Feb. 2 and 9, 3-5 p.m., Mississippi Room, Coffman Union, UMTC. Free, but registration is required. For more information, see conflict dynamics.

THE DEADLINE FOR THE $3,000 ARTS, DESIGN, AND HUMANITIES Faculty Awards is Feb. 2. All tenured/tenure-track arts, humanities, and design faculty are eligible. For more information, see faculty awards.

DEVELOPING A SUSTAINABLE RESOURCE BASE for interdisciplinary graduate programs is the topic of a workshop for faculty and staff. Participants will identify resources necessary for sustaining programs, and a U panel will share strategies to gain essential support, including agreements with department and college administrators and revenue-generating possibilities. Feb. 4, 3-5 p.m., Mississippi Room, UMTC. Free, but space is limited and registration is required. For more information, see resource base.

BROWN BAG FINANCIAL SERIES offers three seminars designed to help U employees become more savvy investors. Topics include Taking Control of Your Financial Life, A Perspective on Today's Economy and Portfolio Diversification, and Keeping Your Investment Strategy on Track. Feb. 4, 11, and 25, noon-1 p.m., 215 Donhowe. The seminars will also be available through UM Connect. For more information and to register, see brown bag series.

CALL FOR PROPOSALS (DEADLINE EXTENDED): The U's Academy of Distinguished Teachers, the Center for Teaching and Learning, the Office of Information Technology, and Instructional Development Services (UMD) are sponsoring a one-day conference focusing on making connections between teaching and learning. Presentation and poster proposals will be accepted through Feb. 2. The conference takes place Apr. 27, 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m., McNamara Alumni Center. For more information and proposal submission guidelines, see proposals. Questions can be directed to Jeremy Hernandez.

U OF M MOMENT: STEM CELL INSTITUTE SEARCHING FOR CURES. Parkinson's Disease, diabetes, and paralysis are devastating illnesses and conditions that were once thought permanent. Now, with advanced stem cell research, cures may be on the horizon. Jonathan Slack, director of the U's Stem Cell Institute, says the possibilities are limitless. For more information, listen to U of M Moment.

THE SYSTEMWIDE U OF M JOB AND INTERNSHIP FAIR is free and open to all undergraduate and graduate students, as well as recent U graduates (2006-present). Last year's fair served 2,700 job seekers and over 250 employers. Feb. 9, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Minneapolis Convention Center. Preregister at Job Fair.

U TWITTER: The U's News Service recently launched a presence with the online phenomenon Twitter. With the 24-hour news cycle, increasing prominence of blogs, and dramatic transformation in the news business, Twitter has become an emerging tool for journalists, bloggers, PR pros, social networkers, and others. For more information, see U of M Twitter.


MARKETPLACE FOR ENTREPRENEURS is in its 20th year, and two representatives from UMC participated in the recent event. Business instructor Kenneth Johnson was joined by Rick Chapin, a business management major and member of the Students in Free Enterprise team. For more information, see marketplace.

WARM YOUR HEART ON A COLD WINTER EVENING and raise funds for student scholarships. UMC's Valentine's Day Gala is slated for Feb. 14, Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased through a member of the UMC Women's Project Fund or by calling the Chamber of Commerce at 218-281-4320. For more information, see student scholarships.


THE WEBER STREAM RESTORATION INITIATIVE was presented with the Milton Pelletier Environmental Stewardship Award by the St. Louis River Alliance Jan. 21. The award was given for the initiative's efforts to enhance habitat and biodiversity in Lake Superior tributary streams by protecting and restoring watersheds along the North Shore. For more information, see the Weber Stream Restoration Initiative.

UMD HEALTH SERVICES WAS AWARDED the certificate of accreditation by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, Inc. Health Services underwent an extensive onsite survey that evaluated all aspects of patient care. This is the sixth consecutive time Health Services has received a three-year accreditation.

THREE 2008 HUBERT H. HUMPHREY FELLOWS, Elizabeth da Cunha Sussekind, Maria del Rocio Bermeo Sevilla, and Juan Carlos Arjona Est?vez, will speak on "Human Rights Issues in Latin America: Environment, Energy and Indigenous Rights." Feb. 4, 7 p.m., Fourth Floor Rotunda, UMD Library. Free and open to the public. For more information, see Alworth Institute.

"UFOs: FACT OR FICTION?" Join the Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium for a history of UFO sightings. Free. Jan. 28, 7 p.m. For more information, see planetarium.


MORRIS RESIDENTS ARE INVITED to partake in the first in a series of four community meals designed to strengthen and enrich the community through food. Morris Community Meals is an effort of students and local residents. Meals are prepared by volunteers and served at Legacy Living, Ltd. Jan. 26, 5:30-7 p.m. Subsequent meals will be served on the last Monday of the month through April. For more information, see Morris Community Meals.

THE COMMUNITY OF SCHOLARS event will welcome approximately 200 students and their families to campus Feb. 6-7. Students will be competing for the Prairie Scholars Award and the Morris Scholars Award. For more information, see community.


UMR WILL PARTICIPATE IN THE GRAND RECEPTION at the sixth annual Rochester on Tour at the Capitol, Jan. 28, 5:30-7:30 p.m., National Guard Armory, St. Paul. Last year, more than 85 legislators from across the state learned from 700-plus citizens how important Rochester is to the economic vitality of the state. For more information, visit the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce Web site.

Twin Cities:

OPEN FORUMS TO PREVIEW UMTC MASTER PLAN RECOMMENDATIONS will take place Feb 2, 1-2:30 p.m., Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey Center; Feb 3, 10-11:30 a.m., Mississippi Room, Coffman Union; Feb 4, 1-2:30 p.m., 33 McNeal Hall, St. Paul; Feb 5, 7-8:30 p.m., Multi-purpose Room, Van Cleve Park, 901 15th Ave. S.E. The plan will be presented to the Board of Regents on Feb. 12. A public comment period will run Feb. 6-20 on the Master Plan Web site.

WARRIOR TO CITIZEN: Stories of Minnesota's Most Recent Veterans debuts Jan. 27, and continues through Jan. 31, at the Humphrey Forum. The exhibit showcases various elements of veterans' experiences, from preparing for war to understanding their role as citizens upon returning home. Free and open to the public. For more information, including hours, see Warrior to Citizen.

TEL SEMINAR SERIES: DATA-DRIVEN APPLICATIONS IN TEACHING AND LEARNING. Panelists will discuss how they developed databases and data mashups to create multimedia learning opportunities, a repository of case studies, an Internet mapping application, and an online learning style module to promote authentic, engaged learning in varied modalities. Free and open to the public. Feb. 4, noon-1:30 p.m., 402 Walter Library. For more information, see TEL Seminar.

KONOPKA LECTURESHIP: "THE PANIC OVER GIRLS" features keynote speaker Mike Males, senior researcher for the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice in San Francisco, a columnist for Youth Today, and principal investigator and content director for the information service Males is also the author of The Scapegoat Generation: America's War on Adolescents and Framing Youth: Ten Myths About the Next Generation. Feb. 11, 10 a.m. For more information, see the Konopka Institute.

MINI-MEDICAL SCHOOL SPRING 2009: New Frontiers in Medicine. The biannual five-class endeavor will feature health topics spanning new frontiers in medicine. The series runs Mondays, Feb. 23-Mar. 23, 6-8:30 p.m. Cost is $75 (includes binder and printouts of PowerPoint presentations), or $60 (paperless, with ability to download presentations). For more information and registration, see Mini-Medical School.

THE RUSSIAN NATIONAL BALLET WILL PERFORM AT NORTHROP for the first time ever, performing the fairytale Sleeping Beauty on Jan. 30 and 31, 8 p.m. Staff and faculty receive $4 off regular ticket prices. For more information, see Northrop or call 612-624-2345.

THE STUDENT-RUN MEDICATION MANAGEMENT CLINIC is seeking pharmaceutical care experiential clinic patients. Advanced standing pharmacy students conduct comprehensive assessments of a patient's medication-related needs in the presence of experienced faculty. Free. To schedule an appointment, obtain a brochure, or ask questions, call Brian Isetts at 612-625-7929.

TREAT YOUR SWEETHEART to a four-course dinner at the Campus Club, Feb. 13. Membership is not required. Social hour is at 5 p.m. and dinner seating is 5:30-7:30 p.m. Reservations are required. For more information, call 612-626-7788.

MORE EVENTS include Usability Lab Open House (Jan. 29); SJMC Alumni Society's Twin Cities Media Stars Quiz Bowl (Jan. 29); Minnesota Geospatial Futures Symposium (Jan. 30-31); Changing Identity Preview Party (Jan. 31); "Superconductivity: High Science and High Technology" (Feb. 2) Healthy Eating/Healthy Living With Brenda Langton (Feb. 3-10). SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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