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Vol. XXXIX No. 7; February 18, 2009
Editor: Adam Overland,

Inside This Issue
--The Board of Regents met Feb. 11-13.
--Higher education fared well in the fiscal stimulus bill.
--The Feb. 5 Quality Fair featured innovations from around the U.
--OVPR is working to help U researchers understand funding opportunities in the fiscal stimulus bill.
--People: Jane Davidson received the Ada Comstock Distinguished Women Scholar Award; and more.

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

THE BOARD OF REGENTS addressed a number of topics at its Feb. 11-13 meeting. President Bruininks reported to the board on the critical challenge of the economy and its effect on the U. Robert McMaster presented the board with an overview of how students pay for college, present and future. The UMR campus master plan was approved. For more information, see Regents.

FEBRUARY FEDERAL RELATIONS UPDATE: Higher education fared well in the fiscal stimulus bill. For more information on some key elements of the bill related to higher education, see Federal Relations.

BACKACHES, BALLPOINT PENS, SCHOLARSHIP, AND THE QUALITY FAIR. It is difficult to define quality, but it was obviously on display Feb. 5 at the McNamara Alumni Center, during the U's third annual Quality Fair. For more information, see Quality Fair.

THE OFFICE OF THE VICE PRESIDENT FOR RESEARCH (OVPR) is creating a new Web site and several Listserves for University researchers interested in new funding opportunities within the fiscal stimulus bill. The infusion of these new, presumably one-time funds, will be tracked closely by the OVPR. For more information, see OVPR stimulus. For more information about other initiatives that OVPR is launching, see research funding.

PEOPLE: Jane Davidson has received the Ada Comstock Distinguished Women Scholar Award for spring 2009; the Association for Computing Machinery has awarded the distinction of fellow to Joe Konstan; associate professor R. Lee Penn has been named a McKnight Presidential Fellow 2008-11; several faculty have been awarded National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development grants; David Pitt and Lance Neckar have been named as coeditors of Landscape Journal; U in the News features a selection of U faculty cited in the media. Read about these topics and more in People.



PRESIDENT BRUININKS GAVE THE BOARD OF REGENTS a more detailed report on the short- and long-term financial challenges facing the U and the cost-cutting actions under way or being considered. His PowerPoint presentation is now available online at the Economy and the U. To receive e-mail updates from the Economy and the U, subscribe here.

SUPPORT THE U DAY: The Minnesota Student Association invites you to join hundreds of U students and supporters at Support the U Day, Feb. 25, noon, State Capitol rotunda, St. Paul. For more information, see the Support the U Day registration page or e-mail the legislative network.

DEVELOPING SUCCESSFUL INTERDISCIPLINARY TEAMS AND PROPOSALS, a workshop for faculty, will cover stages of project and team development, including formulating a vision, recruiting a team, and meeting challenges. A faculty panel will include Linda Bearinger, Arthur Erdman, David Feinberg, Kristen Nelson, Claudia Neuhauser, and Scott Selleck. Mid-career faculty are especially encouraged to attend. Free, but space is limited and registration is required. Feb. 23, 3-5 p.m., rooms A & B, fourth floor, Coffman Union. For more information, see workshop.

CONNECT @ HOME: WATCH OUT FOR PREDATORY CREDIT. Within our struggling economy, many consumers look for alternatives when managing personal finances. Consumers who find themselves in a fraudulent situation probably did not get the information they needed before "signing on the dotted line." For more information, read Connect @ Home, by Shirley Anderson-Porisch.

LOSING THE AMERICAN DREAM. As foreclosure notices are being posted on houses throughout the Twin Cities, one faculty member at the U wondered about the impact of the mortgage crisis on immigrants in the metro area. Ryan Allen, assistant professor at the Humphrey Institute, will discuss his findings at the next Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) Housing Forum. Feb. 20, noon-1:30 p.m., L-110 Honeywell Auditorium, Carlson School of Management. CURA is part of System Academic Administration.


UMC's SUSTAINABILITY COMMITTEE will present at a session Feb. 19, noon-2 p.m., Bede Ballroom. The committee will discuss their charge and responsibilities as they relate to the U's participation in the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment. Dan Daly from the Energy & Environment Research Center at the University of North Dakota will speak, preceded by presentations from the sustainability committee and UMC Students for Sustainable Development.

THREE REPRESENTATIVES FROM UMC PRESENTED AT THE GREEN CAMPUS FORUM held in late January at Bemidji State University and sponsored by the Northwest Clean Energy Resource Team (CERT). Linda Kingery, director, Northwest Regional Sustainable Development Partnership, presented an overview of the various sustainability projects at UMC; Paul Aakre, assistant professor, agricultural systems management, discussed his CERT-funded farm-scale biofuels project; and natural resources student Chris Waltz spoke about a CERT-funded project involving LEED certification for the new residence hall.


WALKABILITY CATCHES THE ATTENTION OF DULUTH. Olaf Kuhlke, associate professor and chair of the Geography Department, is interested in the design of sustainable cities and transportation. After attending a conference where he heard a lecture about what makes cities walkable, he got the idea to explore the "walkability" of Duluth. For more information, see walkability.


JUNIOR CHELSEA PETTIT WILL JOIN OTHERS FROM THE MORRIS AREA IN WASHINGTON D.C., Feb. 28 through Mar. 5, to lobby for the revision of cuts to the Agricultural Research Service budget. Cuts are affecting work at the North Central Soil Conservation Research Laboratory, located in Morris. The opportunity comes as part of Pettit's internship with UMM's Center for Small Towns. For more information, see agricultural research.


THE UMR CAMPUS MASTER PLAN WAS APPROVED by the Board of Regents at its Feb. 12 meeting. The plan calls for the newest U of M campus to remain in downtown Rochester and anticipates potential growth of up to 5,000 students over the next 20 years. For more information, see master plan.

THE BIOBUSINESS ALLIANCE OF MINNESOTA SAYS IN ITS DESTINATION 2025 project that Rochester will need to play a key role to help the state regain its competitive edge in the life sciences. For more information, see the Post Bulletin .

Twin Cities:

WILL FEDERAL SUPPORT KEEP MINNESOTA FAMILIES IN THEIR HOMES? A Humphrey Institute panel will discuss the ongoing housing crisis and the possible benefits from federal housing support, Feb. 19, 8 a.m., Humphrey Center. The event is free and open to the public, although space is limited. Please RSVP to

MANAGEMENT OF THE LES BOLSTAD GOLF COURSE recently transferred from Intercollegiate Athletics to the Department of Recreational Sports. Golf course staff and Rec Sports will work together to enhance the programming, facilities, and services at the course and to continue to provide exceptional golfing experiences, educational opportunities, and diverse programming to local communities and the University. For more information, see Les Bolstad Golf Course.

PROFESSOR JASBIR PUAR OF RUTGERS UNIVERSITY, Women's & Gender Studies Department, will present "Prognosis Time: Towards a Geopolitics of Affect, Debility, and Capacity," Feb. 23, 3:30 p.m., 101 Walter Library. For more information, e-mail American Studies or call 612-624-4190.

OIT SIGNS AGREEMENT WITH GOOGLE. The Office of Information Technology (OIT) signed an agreement with Google in December and has put together a project team to begin work on plans to integrate Google applications for use at the University and explore potential implementations of Google applications. Send questions to

THE FIFTH ANNUAL WOMEN'S LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE, hosted by the Carlson School of Management and entitled "Leveraging the Power of You!," will take place Apr. 10, 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Coffman Union. Keynote speakers include Gail Evans, author of Play Like a Man, Win Like a Woman, and Verna Cornelia Price, president and principal consultant, J. Cameron & Associates and JCAMA Publishers. General admission is $150 with a U student rate of $50. To register, visit Carlson or call Emily Nelson at 612-626-9334.

THE HARTFORD CENTER WILL HOST VISITING SCHOLAR KEELA HERR, professor and chair of adult and gerontology at the University of Iowa College of Nursing, Apr. 14-16. Herr is an international expert in evidence-based guidelines in pain management in older adults and in end-of-life curriculum. Three public lectures, including an evening community presentation cohosted with the U's Center on Aging, will take place Apr. 14 and 15, noon-1 p.m., Mayo Memorial Auditorium; and Apr. 15, 5-6 p.m., 2-201 Hasselmo Hall. For more information, see the Hartford Center.

MORE EVENTS include Wishing Won't Make It Go Away: Strategies for Graduate Students Navigating Academic Bullying and Other Incivilities (Feb. 20); Adventure Science: "Buzzing With Bees in India" (Feb. 22); "Poetics, Politics, and Place II" (Feb. 23); "(Un)Common Ground: Space and Place in African American and Native American Convergences": A talk by LaRose Davis (Feb. 24). SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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