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Vol. XXXIX No. 9; March 4, 2009
Editor: Adam Overland,

Inside This Issue
--President Bruininks will deliver his seventh State of the U Address March 5.
--The U's News Service has had phenomenal success with a recent YouTube video.
--OVPR has created a Web page and Listservs for U researchers interested in funding opportunities within the fiscal stimulus bill.
--People: Humphrey Institute names Carol Becker as finance director; and more.

Campus Announcements and Events
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MARCH 2009 MARKS THE PRESIDENT'S SEVENTH STATE OF THE UNIVERSITY ADDRESS. Entitled "New Realities, Renewed Urgency," it examines current trends to set the context for the U's long-term future. President Bruininks asks: What are the new realities we face even after the economy recovers? What actions can we take now to preserve the University's strength and ensure sufficient resources to meet the challenges of the future? What shared values are essential to our future as a public research university, and how can we apply them to the problems of today--and tomorrow? The address will be delivered March 5, 3 p.m., Coffman Union theater. A question-and-answer period will follow the speech.

THE U'S NEWS SERVICE IS WELL AWARE OF THE EVOLUTION OF THE MEDIA LANDSCAPE. For some time, the U has been augmenting its tried-and-true tools like the news release, with new social media tools like Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and blogs. The News Service recently had phenomenal success with a James Kakalios YouTube video about the physics professor's consulting role in the upcoming movie, Watchmen. For more information, read the story It's a jungle out there.

THE OFFICE OF THE VICE PRESIDENT FOR RESEARCH (OVPR) has created a new Web page and several Listservs for researchers interested in new funding opportunities within the fiscal stimulus bill. The infusion of the new funds is being tracked closely by the OVPR. For more information, see the OVPR Web page feature.

PEOPLE: The Humphrey Institute announced Carol Becker as finance director; Morris professor of biology Paul (PZ) Myers is a featured "Scientist on the Spot" in the Science Museum of Minnesota's "Science Buzz"; Paul Rosenblatt has been named a Fellow of the National Council on Family Relations; the Office of Information Technology (OIT) was highlighted in a Baseline Magazine; U in the News features a selection of U faculty cited in the media. Read about these topics and more in People.



REGENTS PROFESSOR PROFILE: BOOKS LINE THE WALLS OF MADELON SPRENGNETHER's office in Lind Hall. She's read most of them. At home, she admits, she doesn't have enough bookcases to hold her collection. Knowledge is built like this; sometimes, what we know is so much that we cannot hold it all in our mind, and so we write it down. For more information, read the story, And so we write it down.

ONLINE REGISTRATION FOR THE 2009 TEACHING AND LEARNING CONFERENCE is now open. "Making Connections Between Teaching and Learning" will feature a keynote address by John Bransford. April 27, 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m., McNamara Alumni Center. Sponsored by the Academy of Distinguished Teachers, the Center for Teaching and Learning, the Office of Information Technology, and Instructional Development Services (UMD). The event is free, but registration is required. For more information and registration, see teaching and learning. E-mail Jeremy Hernandez with questions.

THE RESEARCHCHANNEL HAS CHOSEN three U video productions for its "Video on Demand" series, to be broadcast on cable in upcoming months. ResearchChannel is a consortium of leading research and academic institutions that share their work with the world through online, on-air, and on-demand video distribution. For selected programs and their schedules, see ResearchChannel selections.

THE INSTITUTE FOR RESEARCH IN MARKETING ANNOUNCES its fourth annual call for research proposals. The institute seeks to support research that is of potential interest for the discipline of marketing. Faculty from economics, psychology, statistics, anthropology, and sociology are encouraged to submit proposals by March 16. For a proposal application, e-mail Rebecca Monro or call 612-626-7940.

THE STUDENT-LED SUPPORT THE U DAY rally was a success. An estimated 300 students and supporters from all five U campuses filled the Capitol rotunda on Feb. 25 to meet with legislators, write letters of support for the U, and hear from a host of student speakers and guests, including President Bob Bruininks, regents chair Patricia Simmons, and Minneapolis mayor R.T. Rybak. For more information, see State Relations.

SPRING IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. From maple syrup tours and a pancake brunch, to the Arboretum Auxiliary Spring Plant Sale, the arboretum is blooming with activities for the whole family. For a complete schedule of upcoming events, see Arboretum.

P & A AUDIO SPOTLIGHT: Roberta Juarez, Disability Services. As a disability specialist, Juarez reviews and makes recommendations on accessibility conditions for students, faculty, and staff across campus. She's also in charge of disability accommodations in the new TCF Bank Stadium. For more information, hear P & A Audio Spotlight.


MINNESOTA STATE AUDITOR REBECCA OTTO will be the guest speaker at spring convocation. Otto was a Women's History Month Project 2009 honoree for her commitment to a greener planet. March 4, 10 a.m., Kiehle Auditorium. For more information, see spring convocation.

A PRESENTATION FOR FACULTY AND STAFF ON AQIP (Academic Quality Improvement Program) will take place March 5, 12:15-2 p.m., Youngquist Auditorium. Faculty and staff from Dakota State University will discuss their experiences with AQIP. All faculty and staff are invited.

THE FIRST EVER VALENTINE GALA AT UMC RAISED $2,000 for student scholarships. More than 70 community members gathered to celebrate Valentine's Day, enjoy dinner and dancing, and connect with friends of the U. For more information, see Valentine Gala.


OVATION GUEST ARTIST SERIES: The Kenny Werner Trio performs March 5 and 6, 7:30 p.m., Weber Music Hall. Werner attended the Manhattan and Berklee schools of music, has recorded numerous albums, and published the book Effortless Mastery, which has had a major impact on the music world. For tickets and more information, see Kenny Werner Trio.

THE UMD INTERNATIONAL CLUB WILL PRESENT THE 41ST ANNUAL FEAST OF NATIONS, featuring foods and performers from around the world. March 7, 5:30 p.m., Kirby Ballroom. Tickets: $10 students, $15 adults, children five and under free. For more information, e-mail Trisha O'Keefe or call 218-726-7531.

VISUAL LECTURE SERIES: The Tweed Museum of Art presents photographer and pharmacologist Vance Gellert, March 10, 6 p.m. Gellert has researched how healing rituals within particular cultures work with medicinal plants to affect healing. He uses photography both as a recorder of fact and as an art form. For more information, see the Tweed Museum.


THE 25TH ANNUAL TINMAN TRIATHLON WILL BE HELD APRIL 25. The event features an 1,100-yard swim in an eight-lane competition pool, a 19-mile bike ride, and a 6.2-mile run. UMM Alumni Association will host a spaghetti dinner on April 24, 5-7 p.m., LaFave House, for alumni, and friends, and their families who plan to participate. To register for the event, see triathlon. For more information and to RSVP, e-mail Alumni Relations or call 320-589-6067.


MORE THAN 200 APPLICATIONS HAVE BEEN SUBMITTED FOR UMR'S FIRST FRESHMAN CLASS in the bachelor of science in health sciences. With the first round of acceptance letters sent out last week, interest in the BSHS is strong and applications continue to come in. For more information, see the Post Bulletin .

  Twin Cities:

GOPHER FOOTBALL GAME DAY PLANNING UNDER WAY: The return of Gopher football to campus is six months away. A comprehensive game-day planning effort, which began over a year ago and includes a steering committee and six subcommittees, is addressing everything from parking and transportation to tailgating and game day traditions. Learn more about the work under way to plan for the ultimate homecoming.

FACILITIES MANAGEMENT BEGAN A PILOT PROGRAM in February to refocus custodial services in several buildings by spending more time cleaning high-impact public spaces and less time on private spaces like offices and labs. If successful, the new model could be implemented campuswide. For more information, read the story Pitching-in.

UMTC HAS BEEN NAMED AMONG THE TOP U.S. WORKPLACES FOR POSTDOCTORAL SCHOLARS in an annual survey conducted by The Scientist, an international magazine of the life sciences. The U is the only public university among the top 20, ranking 10th among U.S. laboratories, agencies, and companies. The U employs about 900 postdoctoral researchers each year, with the majority in the sciences and engineering. For more information, see the news release.

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA PLANT BREEDING SYMPOSIUM "Plant Breeding in a Changing World: Overcoming Environmental Challenges" will take place March 20, 8 a.m., Cargill Center for Microbial and Plant Genomics, St. Paul campus. Free and open to the public. For more information and registration, see plant breeding symposium.

"NEW FRONTIERS IN PLANT HEALTH: WILL CLIMATE CHANGE TIP THE BALANCE TOWARD DISEASE?" will take place March 25, 12:30-5 p.m., Northstar Ballroom, St. Paul Student Center. Free, but registration is required by March 18. For more information, see plant health.

THE FOOD INDUSTRY CENTER'S SPRING CONFERENCE AND NETWORKING EVENT will take place April 1, 1:30-5 p.m., Great Hall, Coffman Union. "How Safe is our Food Supply? Expectations, Technology, and Regulation" features topics related to food safety issues and recall. For more information and to register online, see the U's Food Industry Center.

LYNNE ROSSETTO KASPER TALK AND DINNER: A look at food today in America and one woman's lust for good eating. Kasper is host of The Splendid Table on Minnesota Public Radio and the author of three cookbooks. March 8, 1:30 p.m. presentation, 3 p.m. dinner, Coffman Union. For more information, see the Campus Club.

MORE EVENTS include New Media Research Breakfast (March 5); Writing: Solitary Genius or Communal Geist? (March 6); Experimental and Media Arts Exhibition (March 8); Zotero: An Introduction (March 9); Religious Accommodation at the University of Minnesota (March 10). SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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