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Vol. XXXIX No. 14; April 8, 2009
Editor: Adam Overland,

Inside This Issue
--Flexible work arrangements are becoming more common at the U.
--2009 Imagine Fund award winners were recently announced.
--State legislative update: The House released their 2009 capital investment bill.
--People: President Johnson Sirleaf will receive an honorary doctor of laws degree on April 10; and more.

Campus Announcements and Events
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FLEXIBLE WORK ARRANGEMENTS. From being on duty throughout the night, to an early morning start, U employees are on and off the clock with variable hours and schedules that allow them to balance career, childcare, eldercare, household obligations, and time for themselves. For more information, read "Flexible work arrangements."

2009 IMAGINE FUND AWARD WINNERS WERE RECENTLY ANNOUNCED. The Imagine Fund is a systemwide program open to arts, design, and humanities faculty to support research and enhance the presence of these disciplines at the U. The 217 recipients of this year’s inaugural awards have been granted a total of $651,000 ($3,000 each). For more information, see the recent news release.

STATE LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: The House released its $200 million 2009 capital investment bill. The bill includes $20 million for the University in HEAPR funds and $3 million for a solar certification testing lab. This lab was not part of the U's 2009 capital request, and it is not clear at this time how the $3 million would be used. The Bell Museum of Natural History was not included in the legislation. For more information, see the legislative update.

PEOPLE: President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf will receive an honorary doctor of laws degree April 10; UMM's Kellcee Baker and Ashley Gaschk are two of 60 2009 Truman Scholars; four U students have won the prestigious Goldwater Scholarship; the U's Initiative for Renewable Energy and the Environment announced awards totaling more than $745,000; Morgan Kinross-Wright was honored by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal; UMD's Elaine Hansen has been named the Women in Business Champion of the Year; UMD's Susana Pelayo-Woodward has been named the 2009 winner of the Josie R. Johnson Human Rights and Social Justice Award; Peixuan Guo was named Distinguished Research Alumnus at the College of Veterinary Medicine; U in the News features a selection of U faculty cited in the media. Read about these topics and more in People.



SPRING ASSEMBLY OF THE NETWORK OF INTERDISCIPLINARY INITIATIVES will feature presentations by U cochairs of study groups on graduate education, research, and collaborative technologies, which are part of the national Consortium on Fostering Interdisciplinary Inquiry. Discussion items include the potential impact of budget cuts and proposed restructuring of graduate education on interdisciplinary initiatives. April 20, 3 p.m., Mississippi Room, Coffman Union, with ITV connection in 173 Kirby Plaza, UMD. Register online by April 13.

USE OF THE UNIVERSITY'S TRADEMARKS, LOGOS, COLORS, AND SEAL policy is available for a 30-day review and comment period. The policy outlines the requirements for establishing a consistent visual and brand identity. Feedback received will be considered prior to the policy going into effect. For more information, view the policies under review.

A U-LED TEAM OF RESEARCHERS HAS RECEIVED $5.7 MILLION from the National Science Foundation to search for ways to make legumes like alfalfa, peas, beans, and soybeans more nutritious. For more information, read "A fine fix."

THE SENATE BENEFITS ADVISORY COMMITTEE (BAC) has two vacancies. As representatives of civil service employees, BAC advises U administration on benefit offerings, recommending changes to existing or new programs. Applicants should have some experience or knowledge of insurance and benefit issues. An application is available at BAC vacancy.

ONLINE REGISTRATION WILL CLOSE ON APRIL 15 for the 2009 Teaching and Learning Conference: Making Connections Between Teaching and Learning. April 27, 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m., McNamara Alumni Center. Sponsored by the Academy of Distinguished Teachers, Center for Teaching and Learning, Office of Information Technology, and Instructional Development Services (UMD). Free. For registration and more information, see teaching and learning.

AN AWARDS PROGRAM HONOROING OUTSTANDING UNIVERSITY WOMEN will take place April 20, 2:30 p.m., Memorial Hall, McNamara Alumni Center. Sudha Shetty, executive director of the International Fellowship Program, will deliver opening remarks. Free and open to the public. RSVP to outstanding women or call 612-625-9837. For more information, see awards program.

HENNEPIN COUNTY COMMISSIONER MIKE OPAT will deliver the 2009 State of the County address on the Twin cities campus. The location was chosen because of the ongoing Hennepin-University Partnership supporting collaborations in health care and public service between the U and the county, and shared challenges on issues such as the Central Corridor. April 23, 5 p.m., 3M Auditorium, Carlson School of Management.

INSIDE WALL STREET: Some anthropologists explore lost tribes, but Karen Ho studies the people and culture of Wall Street. It's all about groupthink and overconfidence, she says, and in a new book, she shows how collective financial mores spread across America and do damage. For more information, watch a News Service video.

CURBING THE URGE: It appears a drug commonly used to treat alcohol and drug addiction has a similar effect on the compulsive behavior of kleptomaniacs; it curbs their urge to steal, according to new research at the U led by associate professor of psychiatry and principal investigator of the study, Jon Grant. For more information, watch the video or see Curbing the urge.


THE DESIGN OF A SIXTH STREET GREENSPACE west of the underpass will be the focus of a collaborative session April 9, 6 p.m., 212 Dowell Hall. For more information, see greenspace.

A CELEBRATION OF MEXICAN CULTURE AND TRADITION will be the focus of a Cinco de Mayo dinner and festivities, April 17, 4:30 p.m., Brown Dining Hall, followed by a program in Kiehle Auditorium featuring music and dance. Dinner is free. Sponsored by VOICES, a group that provides community cultural awareness education, and the UMC Office of Diversity and Multicultural Services, and Student Support Services. For more information, see celebration.

"THE COURSEWORK OF CONSERVATION--ARE UNIVERSITY CURRICULA ON TARGET?" was presented at the recent North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference held in Arlington, Virginia. The focus was an analysis of wildlife programs in North America. The session was organized and cochaired by Steve McMullin, Virginia Tech, and Dan Svedarsky, UMC professor and head of the Natural Resources Department and past president of the Wildlife Society. For more information, see conservation.


APRIL IS SEXUAL ASSAULT AWARENESS MONTH. A brown bag "Myths and Facts About Sexual Assault" will take place April 8, noon, 268 Kirby Student Center.

WRITING WORKSHOP: Joyce Zonana, author of Dream Homes: From Cairo to Katrina, An Exile's Journey will hold a workshop April 14, 12-2 p.m., 333 Kirby Student Center. An Egyptian Jew by birth, Zonana explores issues of gender, cultural, and racial identity in the context of a multicultural, international, and ever-changing world. Free.

OVATION GUEST ARTIST SERIES CONCERT: The St. Petersburg Quartet with pianist Maxim Mogilevsky will be presented April 14, 7:30 p.m., Weber Music Hall. Tickets are $32/$27/$17/$15. One of the world's leading string quartets, the St. Petersburg was founded as the Leningrad Quartet. The group received a Grammy nomination, "Best Record" honors in both Stereo Review and Gramophone Magazines, and the Chamber Music America/WQXR Prize for Best CD of 2001. For tickets, see ovation or call 218-726-8877.


THE 2009 UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM will celebrate student research representing all academic disciplines. April 17, 12:30 p.m. registration and opening ceremony, John Q. Imholte Hall Atrium. 2:30 p.m. oral presentations. 5 p.m. poster presentations, Science Atrium.

THE MORRIS MOCK TRIAL TEAM IS THE ONLY MINNESOTA TEAM TO QUALIFY for the National Tournament. Jonathan Bringewatt (cocaptain), Jeremy Jost (cocaptain), Collin Tierney, Adam Kopel, Grace Riedel, Anne Krohmer, Katie Wutchiett, and Eva Wood will compete with teams nationally, April 17-19, Des Moines, Iowa.


UMR AND THE ROCHESTER AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE will host a Lunch & Learn April 30, noon. The topic "Will Your Business Thrive or Dive? Learn How to Stay Afloat During Sinking Times" will address branding and building strategic partnerships to keep business alive during a tough economy. For more information, see thrive or dive.

A LECTURE ON OUR NATION'S ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE FEATURING Massoud Amin, director of the Center for the Development of Technological Leadership, will take place April 15, 7 p.m., 417 University Square. Amin is a nationally recognized expert on the North American electrical power network. For more information, see energy infrastructure.

Twin Cities:

FIRST ANNUAL U OF M PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FAIR will be held April 22, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Coffman Union. Trudy Canine, founder of Pathfinder, an executive coaching, career management, outplacement, and human resources consulting firm, will give the keynote address. The fair will include breakout sessions and an information expo featuring training and development organizations from across the U. For more information, see professional development.

THE U'S NEW CLINICAL AND TRANSLATIONAL SCIENCE INSTITUTE opened April 6. Based in the Academic Health Center, the institute will integrate clinical translational science resources and services to improve the health of communities. For more information, see new institute.

A WORLD PREMIERE OF NEW WORK BY CONTROVERSIAL ARTIST EDUARDO KAC will take place at the Weisman Art Museum. The exhibition is the result of a three-year collaboration between the artist and U scientist Neil Olszewski. The exhibit features a genetically modified petunia with Kac's DNA in its red veined petals, as well as prints based on the seeds produced for the project. Kac calls the plant "Edunia." Kac also created a large public sculpture for the U's St. Paul campus based on a protein from the petunia. Meet the artist at an opening reception April 17, 6 p.m. The exhibition runs through June 21. For more information, see Edunia.

THE TEACHING WITH WRITING PROGRAM through the Center for Writing will offer a panel discussion on first-year writing April 15, noon, 115 Nicholson Hall. Another on senior papers and projects will take place April 29, noon, 2-260 Electrical Engineering/Computer Science. Lunch provided for the first 30 registrants. For more information and registration, see Teaching With Writing or call 612-626-7579.

THE WOMEN'S FACULTY CABINET SPRING RECEPTION for Twin Cities women faculty takes place April 15, 3:30 p.m., Weisman Art Museum. Join women faculty colleagues and hear about some of the work of this year's Women's Faculty Cabinet. To RSVP, e-mail Cheryl Johnson. For more information, e-mail Karen Zentner Bacig.

"DIALOGUE AND NOTES ON SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY" will cover the development of synthetic biology and the challenges the field poses. April 16, 11:30 a.m., Mayo Auditorium. Presented by Drew Endy, assistant professor of bioengineering at Stanford and president of the BioBricks Foundation. For registration and more information, see biology or e-mail law value.

AN ART EXHIBIT OPENING RECEPTION cosponsored by Boynton Health Service and the Center for Arts and Medicine will take place April 17, noon, Gailon Roen Room Gallery, Boynton Health Center. The exhibit of works by Donna Bruni, "Places of Origin," will run through June 1. Free. For more information, see art opening.

EARTH DAY FILM SCREENING: A Sense of Wonder, based on the life and writings of environmentalist Rachel Carson, will be shown April 22, 7 p.m., Bell Museum Auditorium. Free. The film was shot by two-time Academy Award-winning cinematographer Haskell Wexler. A panel discussion with experts from the U's School of Public Health and the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy's Healthy Legacy campaign will follow. For more information, see film screening.

A HELPDESK CONSORTIUM MEETING will take place April 23, 10 a.m., 101 Walter Library. The meeting will include general updates from OIT, a discussion on escalation of network issues, and group survey results and next steps. RSVP by April 20 to KTCragg. For those unable to attend, the event will be available via UMConnect.

CONFERENCE AND EVENT SERVICES WILL HOLD AN OPEN HOUSE April 29, 8:30 a.m., Northstar Ballroom, St. Paul Student Center. Using event space on campus can be a cost-savings mechanism when planning events. Representatives from more than 20 venues and services will be on hand to answer questions and inform event planners about what's available at the U. Tours of St. Paul venues will be available. RSVP to event services by April 21 or call 612-625-9090. Free and open to all U employees. For more information, see open house.

REGENTS PROFESSOR OF CULTURAL STUDIES AND COMPARATIVE LITERATURE RICHARD LEPPERT will present the third and final talk of the semester in the Regents Professor Lecture Series. Leppert will discuss "Music and Political Economies of Order, Disorder, and Violence," April 29, 2 p.m., Mississippi Room, Coffman Union. The lecture will be followed by a reception. For more information, see lecture.

P & A AUDIO PROFILE: Dennis Donovan, Humphrey Institute research fellow. Between teaching, working with young people, and organizing community programs, Dennis Donovan says he "has the best job at the University of Minnesota." For more information, listen to Dennis Donovan.

MORE EVENTS include What's Up in Sustainable Agriculture Seminar Series: Race and Politics of Alternative Food (April 8); Conversations on Body and Knowing (April 9); Bioenergy Production and Sustainability (April 10); Nature Play: A Celebration of Pollination! (April 11); GLBT Ally Training: Minneapolis Campus (April 13); Slaking a City's Thirst: The Quest for Water in Raaso, Ethiopia (April 14). SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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