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Vol. XXXIX No. 6; February 11, 2009
Editor: Adam Overland,

Inside This Issue
--Minnesota Medical Foundation announces second largest donation in U history.
--The U will restructure the administration of its graduate programs.
--The Board of Regents will meet this week.
--People: Julie Schumacher's novel Black Box has been named an American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults; and more.

Campus Announcements and Events
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CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL NAMING: The Minnesota Medical Foundation (MMF) on Feb. 10 announced a $50 million gift for the naming of the new children's hospital, which will be named after medical device pioneer Dr. Kurt Amplatz. The gift is the second largest donation in U history. For more information, see $50 million gift.

GRADUATE SCHOOL RESTRUCTURING ANNOUNCED: The U will restructure the administration of its graduate programs to enhance graduate education for students, strengthen the programs, and reduce costs. As part of the restructuring, the current Graduate School will be changed from a free-standing administrative unit to which all graduate programs report, to the Office for Graduate Education within the provost's office. New reporting lines will be effective July 1, with full implementation expected by fall 2010. For more information, see the news release or the provost's office Web site.

THE BOARD OF REGENTS WILL MEET FEB. 11, 12, and 13. The agenda and docket materials are available on the Board of Regents Web site.

PEOPLE: Julie Schumacher's novel Black Box has been named an American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults; the National Association of Conservation Districts presented the Friend of Conservation award to U of M Extension; the Institute on the Environment has selected five new projects to receive major funding from its Discovery Grants program; U in the News features a selection of U faculty cited in the media. Read about these topics and more in People.



THE ECONOMY AND THE U WEB SITE has been updated with links to the president's message to faculty and staff, the announcement of the Graduate School restructuring, budget principles, and new suggestions from employees around the U. For more information, see the economy and the U. To receive e-mail updates from the economy and the U, subscribe here.

URBAN RESEARCH AND OUTREACH/ENGAGEMENT CENTER (UROC) will host a conference for stakeholders to discuss the vision of UROC as it coordinates the U's partnership with the Northside community. Participants will review and analyze the past, examine current operations, develop future scenarios, and construct action plans for both short- and long-term recommendations. Findings will be used to develop a five-year strategic plan for UROC. Feb. 20-21 at Parents in Community Action, 700 Humboldt Ave. N. For more information, e-mail UROC or call 612-626-UROC. UROC is part of System Academic Administration.

THE EQUITY AND DIVERSITY WORKSHOP SERIES includes sessions on diversifying the search process, working as an ally in equity and diversity efforts, and understanding identity theories related to the development of students of color. Free and open to the U community. For a full list of workshops, see Equity and Diversity.

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: Identify nominees to receive Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowships for 2009-10. Fellowships aim to support outstanding Ph.D. students whose current or proposed dissertation topic is interdisciplinary and who would benefit from interaction with faculty at one of the U-wide interdisciplinary centers or institutes. Students must be nominated by their program director. At least 14 fellowships will be awarded. For more information, see call for nominations.

THE "IT'S GLOBAL" PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT (PSA) CONTEST is a chance to tell the world about pollution, clean water, climate change, second-hand smoke, or any other global public health topic--and to win up to $500. Submissions should be 30 seconds or less, entry deadline is Mar. 6. For more information, see the 2009 "It's Global" PSA contest. Sponsored by the School of Public Health.

THE U LIBRARIES ASSIGNMENT CALCULATOR has been adapted by dozens of college and university libraries and writing centers around the world. A new, enhanced version gives instructors and students greater control over their assignments and allows for seamless integration into courses. Instructors can now build assignments from templates such as video projects, speeches, research papers, and soon from lab reports. For more information, and to try the site, see assignment.

THE WEB AND E-MAIL TEMPLATES AND REVISED STANDARDS SITE is online. Updated Web and e-mail templates along with graphics for unit headers are available for download. Checklists ensure the basics are covered before publishing a site, modifying a template, or sending mass e-mail. For more information, see eCommunication Standards.


THE ALSETH-NWSA BUSINESS BOARDROOM, named in honor of Alumnus Stanley Alseth, '35, and the Northwest School of Agriculture (NWSA), will be dedicated Feb. 24, 11 a.m., 116 Dowell Hall. The classroom will be a focal point of the business major, the largest program at UMC. For more information, see dedication .

THE UMC ALUMNI ASSOCIATION adopted a new mission statement at a recent board meeting, reading, "The mission of the University of Minnesota, Crookston, Alumni Association is to visibly promote and support the University of Minnesota, Crookston, through communication, outreach, and recognition while building lifelong connections and preserving our legacy."


DISCOVERY AT TWEED is a new educational program at the Tweed Museum. Every Tuesday, 12-4 p.m., the public is invited to observe museum staff and interns as they inventory and assess the museum's collection, noting the condition and history of each object. For more information, see Tweed.

"STRATEGIES FOR OVERWINTERING IN ARTIC ANIMALS" will be presented by Brian Barnes as part of International Darwin Day. Feb. 12, 3:30 p.m., 175 Life Science. Barnes is director of the Institute of Arctic Biology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Barnes will also speak during the Biology Seminar Series, Feb. 13, 3:15 p.m., 185 Life Science, coffee and cookies at 3 p.m.

OUT COLD WINTER WEEK is set for Feb. 23-28. Join in a variety of fun activities and celebrate school spirit. The annual decorating contest for departments is Feb. 25. Creative displays of all shapes and sizes are welcome. For rules and a list of events, see out cold.

THE ALWORTH BROWN BAG LUNCH SERIES PRESENTS "The Pakistan You Don't Know," by Waqas Ahmad and Nisar Ahmed, graduate students in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Feb. 12, noon, fourth floor Library Rotunda. For more information, see brown bag.


CHANCELLOR JACQUELINE JOHNSON and students Kate Grabosky, Joseph Hartmann, Qinglu (Chris) Shao, and Rachel Olm will participate in the Clinton Global Initiative University, Feb. 13-15, University of Texas at Austin. Johnson will serve as a panelist during a session on "The University as Laboratory: Towards Carbon Neutral Communities." For more information, see global initiative.

THE UMM CONCERT CHOIR has been selected to perform during the Minnesota Music Education Association Midwinter Clinic, Feb. 13, 7:30 p.m., Minneapolis Convention Center. In addition to the choir's performance, Martin Seggelke, Morris campus director of wind ensembles, will present two sessions. For more information, see UMM concert choir.

PRIDE OF THE PRAIRIE COMMUNITY FOODS DAY is Feb. 17, 1-7 p.m. The event will showcase local foods and producers of west central Minnesota, and include an afternoon farmers market followed by a local foods meal. For more information, see community foods day.


ACTION ON THE RESOLUTION RELATED TO THE CAMPUS MASTER PLAN for University of Minnesota, Rochester, will be taken during the Board of Regents meeting Feb. 12, 1:15-3:15 p.m., McNamara Alumni Center, sixth floor, West Committee Room. For more information, see Board of Regents.

Twin Cities:

ASHIS BRAHMA, DOCTOR TO DARFUR REFUGEES, will speak at the U on the continuing genocide in Darfur, focusing on public policy, health, and the refugee crisis. Brahma is a Dutch physician who worked as the sole doctor at the Oure Cassoni camp in Chad from July 2006 through July 2007, caring for 27,000 Darfur refugees forced from their homes in Sudan. Feb. 11, noon-1:15 p.m., 250 Moos Tower. For more information, see Darfur refugees. For more information about Brahma's activities in Minneapolis, see Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

RECYCLING MEDIA EVENT: University Services staff and U of M students dumped six tons of garbage on the snow-covered lawn in front of Coffman Union on Feb. 4 to highlight the need for recycling and to raise awareness about what is recyclable. The U's News Service produced an interesting video with some amazing stats on recycling at the U, available at YouTube.

THE COLLEGE OF DESIGN'S SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE WAS RECOGNIZED by DesignIntelligence as a world-class architectural school of the United States in a new listing of programs that have distinguished themselves over the past 10 years. For more information, see DesignIntelligence.

FACULTY AND CENTER FOR TEACHING AND LEARNING STAFF will hold a series of stand-alone seminars examining incivilities in academic contexts, strategies for fostering civilities, and approaches to conflict mediation. For registration and more information, see incivilities.

"HOW UNLEASHED CAPITALISM PRODUCES ECONOMIC CRISES: WHAT IS TO BE DONE?" will feature a presentation by Robert Pollin on the consequences of operating without tight regulations on financial markets, among other public policy interventions. Pollin is professor of economics and founding codirector of the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Feb. 23, 4 p.m., 275 Nicholson Hall. For more information, see economic crises.

VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED TO HOST INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS attending an orientation in St. Paul, Feb. 23-24, Mar. 23-24, or April 6-7. Hosts provide students with a reassuring welcome and typically house students three to four nights. Hosts are asked to provide room and board as well as transportation to and from campus. For more information, e-mail Susan VonBank or call 612-625-8797. For more about the program, see MAST International.

PARTICIPATORY ACTION RESEARCH (PAR) WORKSHOPS engage U researchers and community members in investigations to derive solutions that can effectively address real life, complex issues in the local community. The Office of Public Engagement is sponsoring a three-hour introductory workshop designed to involve U faculty, staff, and students, as well as community members, in exploring the principles and practice of PAR. Mar. 24, 1-4 p.m., 332 Coffman Union. For registration or more information, call Michelle Wittcoff Kuhl at 612-624-1562.

P & A AUDIO SPOTLIGHT: Jim Turman, Department of Recreational Sports. As assistant vice president for Student Affairs and director for the Department of Recreational Sports, Jim Turman has seen the U's recreational sports thrive during his tenure. For more information, listen here.

DRY ICE MARTINIS? LIQUID NITROGEN ICE CREAM? Only at the Campus Club. These and more menu selections that demonstrate key principles of chemistry will be featured at the second annual Kitchen Chemistry Buffet, Feb. 19, Campus Club. Families and nonmembers are welcome. Demonstrations begin at 5:30 p.m., with buffet seating at 6:30 p.m. Call 612-626-7788 for reservations. For pricing information and more, see campus club.

THE INSTITUTE FOR MATHEMATICS AND ITS APPLICATIONS will hold a public lecture entitled "Sports Scheduling and the Practice of Operations Research," Mar. 4, 7 p.m., 125 Willey Hall. For more information, see the Math Matters lecture series.

MORE EVENTS include U of M professor Nabil Matar discusses his book Europe Through Arab Eyes 1578-1727 (Feb. 12); "The Future of Liberalism," public lecture by Alan Wolfe" (Feb. 13); "Reinventing Community: The Role of Philanthropy" (Feb. 16); Batsheva Dance Company (Feb. 18); "Dedicated to You" Kurt Elling Sings: Coltrane/Hartman, featuring Ernie Watts, Ethel, and the Laurence Hobgood Trio (Feb. 20); panel discussion of Gran Torino with the film's actors (Feb. 20). SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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