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Vol. XXXIX No. 12; March 25, 2009
Editor: Adam Overland,

Inside This Issue
--The governor's revised state budget outlines his plans for federal stimulus funds.
--UMC will discontinue its men's hockey program.
--People: Doris Taylor is on TIME magazine's list of the 100 Most Influential People of 2009; and more.

Campus Announcements and Events
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MARCH 16 LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: Governor Pawlenty proposed a revised state budget outlining his plan for how federal stimulus funds would be used. Media reports implied that cuts to higher education, and the U in particular, would be scaled back. In fact, the governor's plan would reduce the U's base budget further and use one-time, temporary federal stimulus funds to replenish the proposed cut to the FY 2009 budget and the coming biennium (2010-11). For more information, see state relations and The economy and the U.

UMC WILL DISCONTINUE ITS MEN'S HOCKEY PROGRAM EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY. Facing the current economic climate, looming state budget cuts to higher education, and difficulties in scheduling, officials explored many options before making the decision. Coach Gary Warren will be reassigned to work with game management, athletic facilities, and assistant AD duties. For more information, see the news release.

PEOPLE: Doris Taylor is on TIME magazine's list of the 100 Most Influential People of 2009; John Tate Award recipients for excellence in undergraduate advising were recently announced; Douglas Norman Arnold was elected as a foreign member in the Norwegian Academy of Sciences and Letters; the Initiative for Renewable Energy and the Environment awarded $4.85 million to seven projects; William Hueg is a recipient of the Siehl Prize For Excellence in Agriculture; the Office of Institutional Research recently won a national award; CFANS alumnus Norman Borlaug celebrates his 95th birthday March 25; U in the News features a selection of U faculty cited in the media. Read about these topics and more in People.



U-WIDE STUDY ABROAD CURRICULUM INTEGRATION SUSTAINABILITY RETREAT will take place March 30, UMD. Sessions will be led by faculty, advisers, and staff from around the U and include topics such as internationalizing the disciplines, intercultural learning in study abroad experiences, service learning, and study abroad advising with first-year students. For more information, e-mail UMD International Education or visit learning abroad.

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: The Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) invites proposals from faculty across the U for its Faculty Interactive Research Program. The purpose of the program is to encourage faculty to carry out research projects that involve a significant issue of public policy for the state or its communities and that include interaction and engagement with groups, agencies, or organizations in Minnesota. Applications must be received by March 31, 4:30 p.m. For application procedures and more information, see CURA grants.

MINNEWEBCON is a Web design and usability conference. The event will include keynote presentations by two internationally acclaimed experts on Web communications: Doc Searls, Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Harvard; and Bruce Schneier, British Telecommunications; plus 15 breakout sessions on a variety of topics. Cost: $150 for U faculty and staff, $100 for students. April 6, Continuing Education and Conference Center. For registration and more information, see MinneWebCon. Organized by System Academic Administration.

THE PRESIDENT'S EMERGING LEADER'S PROGRAM (PEL) is currently accepting applications for its 2009-10 cohort. The program is designed to identify and develop the leadership skills of talented P&A, civil service, and bargaining unit staff. PEL offers participants a structured but flexible development opportunity, featuring both educational and experiential components. The application deadline is April 24. For the application and more information, see emerging leaders.

PROFILE: U PROFESSOR JANE DAVIDSON USES SOLAR ENERGY TO MAKE FUEL. Davidson, who directs the U's Solar Energy Laboratory, was recently named an Ada Comstock Distinguished Scholar, an award that honors the accomplishments and leadership of distinguished female faculty at the U. For more information, read "Power from the sun."

U OF M MOMENT: What makes Wall Street tick? An old Pink Floyd song probably sounds more on the money these days to taxpayers as they learn that the failed firms on Wall Street are paying out hundreds of millions of dollars in bonuses after being bailed out. U anthropology professor Karen Ho studied Wall Street's unique culture and provides some answers on how it might have contributed to the current crisis. The feature, as well as an archive of more audio content, can be found at U of M Moment.

BEFORE THE U-LED RED WING RURAL ELECTRIFICATION PROJECT, some utility companies thought rural electrification would be a profit-buster. Starting in 1923, a University project showed the value of bringing electricity to farms. Its success became a model for the national Rural Electrification Administration when it formed in 1935. On March 26, the Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering will commemorate the project during its centennial celebration. For more information, read rural electrification.

LAST WEEK'S STORY ABOUT THE WEB SITE POSTIVECHANGE.COM, created by U staff member Eric Schnell, may have been just the boost the young charity needed. Schnell says that since the article's publication in Brief, more than $300 has been raised. The site has gathered enough donations so far to feed 1,300 people for a day. For more information, read the story, "Positive change, one dollar at a time."


BUSINESS ACTIVITIES DAY scheduled for March 25 has been CANCELED due to flooding.

THE 25TH ANNUAL NORWEST URBAN FORESTRY WORKSHOP scheduled March 26 has been CANCELED due to weather.

THE PLAY STARKLE, STARKLE, LITTLE TWINK, will take place March 27, 7 p.m., Kiehle Auditorium. Coauthor, actor, and Vietnam veteran Basil Clark will perform in the play. Clark will be joined by cast members from the campus and community. Free. Donations accepted in support of veterans' scholarships at UMC. For more information, see Little Twink.


"REFLECTIONS ON THE KOSOVO WAR CRIMES TRIBUNAL," an Alworth International Institute Event, will be presented by Norman Sepenuk, March 25, 7 p.m. "Spain: A Winter Odyssey" will be presented by Pauline Nuhring, March 26, noon. Both events will be in the UMD Library Rotunda. For more information, e-mail Cindy Christian.

A COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS RESEARCH THURSDAY presentation will feature Ryan Goei, UMD Department of Communications. His talk is entitled "Chasing Indebtedness: An Examination of the Normative Components of Human Reciprocity." March 26, 3:15 p.m., Library Rotunda. For more information, e-mail Jerry Pepper.

THE UMD SUMMIT ON DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND MULTICULTURALISM will take place March 30, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Kirby Student Center Ballroom. Workshops, discussion circles, films, and lectures are scheduled throughout the day. The 4 p.m. keynote presentation features Beverly Daniel Tatum, president of Spelman College. For more information, see summit.


WORLD TOUCH CULTURAL HERITAGE WEEK is March 23-28. This year's theme, Diversity Is Yours to Discover, offers a tour through a diversity of cultures, presented by way of fashion, writing, song, humor, food, and more. The public is welcome to attend. For more information and a schedule, see heritage week.

THE 23RD ANNUAL EDITH R. FARRELL FRENCH POETRY READING CONTEST will feature students, staff, and faculty who've prepared a French or Francophone poem for recitation. April 7, 7 p.m., Oyate Hall. For more information, see poetry.

THE 2009 JURIED STUDENT ART EXHIBITION opening reception takes place March 26, 7 p.m., Humanities Fine Arts Gallery. The show runs until April 16. For more information, see student art.


UMR IS COSPONSORING A WORLD TB DAY EVENT with the Rochester Healthy Communities Partnership. Dr. Nicole Zitterkopf will present "Fact or Fiction? Tuberculosis Infection Revisited." March 24, 12:30 p.m., 417 University Square. The event will available on UM Connect. For more information, see TB day event.

Twin Cities:

LECTURE: "FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES AT NSF in History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Science and Technology" will be presented by Frederick Kronz of the National Science Foundation. After reviewing research areas covered by the program and the various modes of support, the discussion will turn to other funding opportunities at NSF for researchers. March 26, noon, 2-233 Carlson School of Management. For more information, see funding opportunities.

CHILDREN IN CLINICAL RESEARCH TRIALS: Dr. Brad Miller will discuss the unique set of challenges and considerations in conducting trials with pediatric research subjects. Open to the research community. April 1, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., 2-520 Moos.

"SCIENCE IN THE SUPREME COURT: Hypotheses and Hypocrisy in Constitutional Decision Making" will feature David Faigman, the John F. Digardi Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco. His talk will focus on the role of science in legal decision making. April 3, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., 25 Mondale Hall. For registration and more information, see science court.

BIOMEDICINES FROM PLANT SOURCES: Cornell University professor Eloy Rodriguez will present a lecture on "The Healing Forest: The Origin and Discovery of Natural Organic Medicines From the Forbidden Forests of Africa and the Amazon in Peru." April 7, 7:30 p.m., Bell Museum. Free. For more information, see natural medicines.

THE FIFTH ANNUAL SPH FILM FESTIVAL, hosted in celebration of National Public Health Week, will take place April 6-11. Nightly, 5:30 p.m., Mayo Memorial Auditorium. Free. A new addition to the festival is a Family Fun Film Day, April 11, 10:30 a.m., which includes short films for kids, crafts, and pictures with Goldy Gopher. For more information, see SPH Film Fesitval.

JOHN GERZEMA WILL BE THE BRAND MATTERS featured speaker April 9, 8 a.m., 3M Auditorium, Carlson School. Gerzema is chief insights officer for Young & Rubicam Group and author of The Brand Bubble. Brand Matters is a speakers forum that provides tools and insights to help companies build their brands. For registration and more information, see brand matters.

THE INSTITUTE FOR MATHEMATICS AND ITS APPLICATIONS will hold a Math Matters Lecture April 28, 7 p.m., 125 Willey Hall. "From the Web to Human Diseases" will show recent studies that indicate that the evolution of complex networks is governed by simple but generic laws, resulting in universal architectural features. For more information, see Math Matters.

THE 2009 SUMMER PUBLIC HEALTH INSTITUTE will provide public health professionals with an opportunity to immerse themselves in a chosen field of study for a single day or three weeks. The institute offers a variety of courses for those practicing or studying public health or related fields. May 26-June 12. For more information, see summer health.

LEARN ABOUT CSA FARMS AT THE CAMPUS CLUB. If you want fresh food this summer, you many want to invest in Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). CSA farms provide a way for the food-buying public to create a relationship with a farm and to receive a weekly basket of produce. April 1, 5-7 p.m., Campus Club. The Campus Club will be a CSA drop-off point this summer. For more information, see Campus Club.

REMINDER: HENNEPIN COUNTY SERVICE CENTER IS NOW LOCATED AT COFFMAN UNION. Services range from vehicle registration to hunting, fishing, and marriage licenses, and birth and death certificates. For more information, see service or call 612-348-8240.

MORE EVENTS include "Darfur and the Crime of Genocide": A presentation by John Hagan (March 26); "Celebrating New Books by English Faculty" (March 27); Cabin Fever--Summer Camp Preview (March 28); panel discussion on Uncivil Wars with David Weissbrodt, Caroline Palmer, and Leslie Van Duzer (March 30). SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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