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Vol. XXXIX No. 8; February 25, 2009
Editor: Adam Overland, brief@umn.edu

Inside This Issue
--U continues to make plans for substantial budget reduction.
--The U's Wellness Program offers healthy rewards.
--People: Yoichiro Mori has received the Sloan Research Fellowship; and more.

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


THE U CONTINUES TO MAKE PLANS TO ADDRESS A SUBSTANTIAL BUDGET REDUCTION from the state for the coming biennium. The budget news from the state may grow worse with next week's new revenue forecast, but another factor in the mix is funding that may come to the U through the recently approved federal stimulus package. It might not be until much later this spring that the University discovers its final budget parameters. For more information, see the story U prepares for cuts in state funding, by Rick Moore. To receive e-mail updates from the Economy and the U, subscribe here.

THE U's WELLNESS PROGRAM OFFERS REWARDS BOTH MONETARY AND PERSONAL. More than 10,000 U of M employees and their family members are participating in a comprehensive approach to wellness available through the UPlan Medical Program. The program gives a participant a $65 wellness reward when he or she completes an online wellness assessment. Another $65 reward is earned when the participant takes steps to improve his or her health. For more information, see Rewarding health.

PEOPLE: Yoichiro Mori has received the Sloan Research Fellowship; A "Great Conversation" with Larry Jacobs and Daniel Ellsberg has been accepted by the ResearchChannel; UMC faculty members Ken Myers and Marilyn Grave presented during the Rocky Mountain Chapter Regional Conference; Deon Stuthman is featured in the latest installment of Speaking of Science; Roger Wareham has accepted the position of director of grants development at Morris; U in the News features a selection of U faculty cited in the media. Read about these topics and more in People.

CAMPUS ANNOUNCEMENTS AND EVENTS

University-wide:

PROVOST SULLIVAN RECENTLY ANNOUNCED AN IMPLEMENTATION TEAM that will make recommendations for restructuring the oversight and support of graduate education. The Graduate School will be changed to an Office of Graduate Education that parallels the Office of Undergraduate Education within the provost's office. Implementation recommendations are due to the provost by mid-April and will be posted at that time for public comment. Implementation is expected to continue through Fall 2010. For more information, see the implementation announcement PDF or visit the provost's office Web site.

THE BENEFITS ADVISORY COMMITTEE IS REQUESTING COMMENTS about experiences with U medical, pharmacy, and wellness plans in 2008 and 2009 to date. Comment deadline is March 6. Anonymous summaries of comments are used in performance reviews of UPlan health benefits. For more information, contact the appropriate representative at Comments on 2008 UPlan Medical Plans.

THE HEALTHY FOODS, HEALTHY LIVES INSTITUTE ISSUED AN RFP Feb. 16. The Institute will award U faculty members and community partners a research grant of $25,000-$50,000 in the areas of food policy, prevention of obesity and chronic disease, or food safety. RFPs will be accepted until May 4. For more information, see the RFP, call 612-625-8693, or e-mail healthy foods.

CURA DIRECTOR OPEN FORUMS. During the week of March 9, the Office for Public Engagement will host open forums for finalists for the position of director of the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA). The candidates include Ed Goetz, professor, Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs; Scott McConnell, professor, Department of Educational Psychology; and Michael Oakes, associate professor, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health. For more information, see open forums.

THE CENTER FOR URBAN AND REGIONAL AFFAIRS (CURA) ANNOUNCES ITS CALL FOR RESEARCH PROPOSALS for the 2009-10 Faculty Interactive Research Program. The program was created to encourage faculty to pursue projects that involve issues of public policy for the state. Awards cover the faculty member's salary for the summer, plus a research assistant for one year. For more information, see Research Proposals. CURA is part of System Academic Administration.

U OF M VIDEO: MINNESOTA WATER IS GETTING SALTIER. There's no doubt that road salt helps drivers, but what happens to the chemical when spring arrives? U researchers discovered that salt is flowing into lakes and rivers. Civil engineering professor Heinz Stefan says this will affect aquatic life and drinking water. For more information, see the News Service video.

Crookston:

THE OTTO BREMER FOUNDATION AWARDED $85,000 to the Minnesota Rural Health Association (MRHA) to help build advocacy and ensure that the rural voice is not left out of statewide discussions and decisions on health care. For more information, see Otto Bremer. For more about the MRHA, see rural health.

ENJOY INTERNATIONAL CUISINE during UMC's International Dinner Series, a popular annual event highlighting the foods and customs of featured countries over four evenings. March 2, 9, and 23, and April 1. For more information, see international cuisine.

THE MINNESOTA CHAPTER OF THE WILDLIFE SOCIETY awarded Chris Waltz the Student Conservationist Award at its annual meeting. The award is the top student award given by the professional organization. This is the eighth time in 12 years that a UMC student has received the award. For more information, see conservationist award.

Duluth:

UMD DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC PRESENTS Falstaff, a comic opera by Giuseppe Verdi, conducted by School of Fine Arts dean Jack Bowman. Performances will be held Feb. 27 and 28, 7:30 p.m., Marshall Performing Arts Center. Tickets: $17 adult, $13 senior, $8 student, $6 UMD student. Call 218-726-8877 or see tickets.

A CHORAL CONCERT with the Concert Chorale, University Singers, and Chamber Singers, directed by Stanley R. Wold and Tina Thielen-Gaffey, will take place March 1, 3 p.m., Weber Music Hall. Call 218-726-8877 or see tickets.

A UNIVERSITY FOR SENIORS Journey Jargon event, "Egypt: A Glance at the Ancient and a Glimpse of the New," will be presented by Leonore Baeumler March 2, 11:30 a.m., 311 Kirby Plaza. Free and open to the public. For more information, e-mail Clara Weitz.

A GEOLOGY SEMINAR ENTITLED "The Not-so-Deep Biosphere of Active Methanogenesis in Ancient Black Shales" will be presented by Steven Petsch, associate professor of geosciences and adjunct professor in microbiology at the University of Massachesetts-Amherst. Feb. 26, 3:30 p.m., 175 Life Science. For more information, e-mail Laura Chapin.

Morris:

VIEW THE NIGHT SKY THROUGH THE 16-INCH TELESCOPE in the observatory of the Science Building. Public viewing is scheduled beginning Feb. 28. For more information, see night sky.

Rochester:

EXPANSION PLANS FOR UMR WERE PRESENTED to the Rochester City Council Feb. 23. Several council members voiced support for a proposal to use sales tax dollars for University-related construction. For more information, see the Post Bulletin .

Twin Cities:

TWENTY-SIX DIMENSIONS: ART TO Z. Art to Z is getting the message out that the U does not discriminate against your cultural or scholarly tastes. From the two-dimensional poster, showing 26 letters, each embedded in a square of vivid imagery, to the 26 dimensions those events represent, Art to Z has something for everyone. The program's second installment is under way. For more information, see the story Twenty-six dimensions.

THE FINAL SESSION OF THE BROWN BAG FINANCIAL SERIES takes place Feb. 25, noon-1 p.m., 215 Donhowe. Bring a lunch and participate in "Keeping Your Investment Strategy on Track," sponsored by Employee Benefits. For those unable to attend, the seminar will be broadcast through UM Connect. For more information, see brown bag.

REPLACE U CARDS ISSUED ON OR BEFORE JAN. 9, 2002. Get a free replacement at the Coffman U Card Office before June 7. U Cards issued on or after Jan. 10, 2002, no longer had Social Security Numbers encoded in the magnetic strip and do not need to be replaced.

OIT TECH STOP WILL CELEBRATE ITS GRAND OPENING during an open house, Feb. 26, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., 101 Coffman Union. Attendees can register for prizes, visit with staff, learn about Tech Stop services, meet UMart vendors, and participate in demonstrations and other activities. Refreshments will be served. Tech Stop offers walk-in consultation, assistance, and support for U technology services. Most help is available at no cost. For more information, see Tech Stop grand opening.

CELEBRATE TECHFEST 2009. The Institute of Technology Alumni Society invites faculty and staff to this National Engineers Week event. Activities for the family include viewing an aircraft, robot demonstrations, building a mini hovercraft with the kids, seeing a futuristic vehicle, having a photo taken with Goldy Gopher, and more. Free and open to the public. Feb. 28, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., The Works museum, third floor, Edina Community Center, 5701 Normandale Road.

CANCER AND THE HUMAN BODY will include hands-on exhibits where visitors of all ages can learn about cancer and research being done at the U. Feb. 28, 1-4 p.m., Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul. For more information, see Masonic Cancer Center.

TEL SEMINAR: COPYRIGHT IN THE AGE OF YOUTUBE. Emerging technologies can create confusion about the use and creation of copyrighted materials in education and research. Panelists from different disciplines will offer insight and clarification on the intersection of copyright, technology, and university life. Mar. 4, noon-1:30 p.m., 402 Walter Library. Free and open to the public. For more information, see TEL seminar.

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

THE FOURTH IN A FIVE-PART SERIES OF 3M-SPONSORED SEMINARS for graduate students in technology and science programs, entitled "Technology Commercialization for Web 2.0 Businesses," will be held Mar. 9, 5-7 p.m., 2-206 Carlson School of Management. To register, e-mail Carlson. For more information, see 3M seminars.

DON'T LET THE BEDBUGS BITE. Bedbugs are a growing problem in some cities in the United States. Stephen Kells, Department of Entomology assistant professor and leading expert on the control of bedbugs, will give a presentation about how to recognize an infestation and what to do about it. Free and open to the U community, local landlords, colleges, universities, companies, and others. March 12, 10 a.m.-noon, Mississippi Room, Coffman Union.

THE 2009 SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY BANQUET is the Institute of Technology's premier scholarship fund-raiser and networking event. Cynthia Lesher, retired president and CEO of Northern States Power, Minnesota, will give the keynote presentation "Energy--It's Everyone's Business." Registration deadline is March 17. March 26, 5 p.m. reception, 6:30 p.m. dinner, 7 p.m. program, Hilton, 1001 Marquette Ave. S. For more information or to register, see S & T banquet.

THE SPLIT ROCK ARTS PROGRAM IS BACK WITH ITS SUMMER WORKSHOPS. Earn academic credit during an unforgettable learning experience close to home. The Split Rock Arts Program is the U's series of summer workshops in creative writing, visual art, and design. Choose from more than 35 weeklong and three-day workshops, June 14-July 24. Open to all University students, faculty, and staff. For more information and online registration, see summer workshops, e-mail Split Rock, or call 612-625-1976.

MORE EVENTS include Regional Planning and Policy Brown Bag (Feb. 25); Experimental and Media Arts Exhibition (Feb. 27); Kung Fu Class (Feb. 28); Adventure Science: "Travels in Tropical America: Looking for Dirt" (March 1); "Leading for Minnesota's Future": Public Forum with Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher (March 2); What is Web 2.0? Discovering the Participatory Web (March 3). SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.


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