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Vol. XXXIX No. 13; April 1, 2009
Editor: Adam Overland,

Inside This Issue
--A late-March legislative update highlights a broad agenda.
--People: Adel Ali (UMC) served as program coordinator for the 15th Annual Conference on Industry, Engineering, and Management Systems; and more.

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

LEGISLATIVE UPDATES: University Extension Service recently hosted a day at the State Capitol. VP Tim Mulcahy testified before the Joint Commission on Planning and Fiscal Policy concerning potential funding for research grants and the OVPR's promotion of funding opportunities. Mayor Rybak and President Bruininks testified before the Senate Economic Development and Housing Committee in support of the campus neighborhood improvement bill. VP and chief of staff Kathy Brown and athletics director Joel Maturi testified before the Senate Higher Education Committee against liquor legislation. For more information, see legislative update.

PEOPLE: Adel Ali (UMC) served as program coordinator for the 15th Annual Conference on Industry, Engineering, and Management Systems; U in the News features a selection of U faculty cited in the media. Read about these topics and more in People.



MINNESOTA COMPANIES SAVED $3 MILLION IN 2008 WITH HELP FROM THE MINNESOTA TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (MnTAP). MnTAP worked with Minnesota companies to maximize resource and energy efficiency, reduce costs, and prevent pollution. For more information, see MnTAP's full Environmental Benefits Report.

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: The Office for Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action invites nominations for the Lillian H. Williams Award. Candidates include those who have shown commitment educating the community on issues and topics related to equity, diversity, and the struggle against discrimination and harassment. A one-paragraph nomination of an individual or unit should be submitted to Richard Kronstedt by April 15. For more information, see Williams Award.

"SO YOU HAVE AN INTERDISCIPLINARY CENTER--WHAT'S NEXT?" is the topic of a workshop for research center and institute directors. The workshop will explore ways to maintain interdisciplinary centers' and institutes' vitality over their lifespan with a faculty panel including Mary Jo Kane, Steven Ruggles, and Deborah Swackhamer. April 13, 3-5 p.m., Mississippi Room, Coffman Union. Free, but registration is required. For registration and more information, see workshop.

A NEW UNIVERSITY WEB SITE, K12@U, debuted this month. The site helps high school students to find college-level courses, parents to discover summer camps for their grade-schoolers, and K-12 educators and administrators to determine options for professional development. The site was created and will be managed by the College Readiness Consortium, part of System Academic Administration. For more information, see K12@U.

CONNECT @ HOME: At any income level, it takes discipline and planning to save money. Most people realize that saving should be an ongoing strategy but many will ask, "Are there any rules or guidelines for saving?" Extension educator Shirley Anderson-Porisch answers this by looking at saving basics and strategies. For more information, read Connect @ Home.

THE U OF M CREATED TWO OF THE MOST VIEWED VIDEOS on YouTube's new YouTube Edu section, where colleges and universities can showcase their schools with scholarly and entertaining content that functions as both educational and promotional material. The Wall Street Journal reported that the U received top-ranked spots on the site for its Watchman and HIV/AIDS videos. For more information, see U on YouTube Edu.


UMC STUDENTS IN FREE ENTERPRISE (SIFE) TEAM brought home its 10th championship trophy from the regional competition in Minneapolis, March 20. The SIFE team now advances to the national competition in Philadelphia, May 10-12. For more information, see SIFE team.

FACULTY AND STAFF FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-STOUT will discuss their experiences with AQIP (Academic Quality Improvement Program), April 2, 12:15-2 p.m., Bede Ballroom. With AQIP, an institution develops continuous quality improvement activities, and accreditation becomes a continuous process. Faculty and staff are encouraged to attend.

A CHILDREN'S CARNIVAL with games, prizes, food, and fun will take place April 4, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Crookston High School. While it is designed for children 3 to 11 years old, it is a time the whole family can enjoy. For more information, see children's carnival.


MARSHALL ALWORTH PLANETARIUM: Join the planetarium for Stargazing Tonight and learn what will be visible for the month and where to look. Star maps will be available to help find constellations. Suitable for ages 6 and up. April 1, 7 p.m. For more information, call 218-726-7129 or see stargazing.

TWEED MUSEUM Visual Lecture Series presents Cole Rodgers, artistic director and master printer at Highpoint Center for Printmaking, April 2, 10 a.m., and Twin Cities graphic designer Mike Tincher, 2 p.m. For more information, see Tweed visual lectures or call 218-726-8222.

THE AMERICAN STUDIES COLLOQUIUM, an Interdisciplinary Forum for the Study of the Americas, presents UMD assistant professor of English Rochelle Zuck speaking on "Phillis Wheatley and the Poetics of Romanticism: How do we read the life and work of Phillis Wheatley, one of the first published African American poets?" April 3, 2:30-4 p.m., UMD Library Rotunda. For more information e-mail Jeffrey Hole or call 218-726-7316.

EDWIN EDDY LECTURE: Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders presents the annual Edwin Eddy Lecture titled "Voice Rehabilitation Across the Spectrum: K-12 Children, Singers/Actors, and Transgendered Adults," featuring Anita Kozan, April 3, 5-7:45 p.m., and April 4, 8:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m., 90 Bohannon Hall. Registration is required. For more information, see lecture.

WEBER MUSIC HALL has events in April including Vocal Jazz Cabaret Concerts, where Lake Effect and Chill Factor Vocal Jazz Ensembles will perform. April 2, 3, and 4, 7:30 p.m. A faculty artist recital featuring Betsy Husby, cello, and Alexander Chernyshev, piano, will take place April 5, 3 p.m. For more information, see music.

GEOLOGY SEMINARS: Ken Lepper, assistant professor of geology and adjunct professor of physics, North Dakota State University, will present "Optical Dating: A remote in-situ dating method for paleoclimatic and geomorphological research on Mars." April 9, 3:30 p.m., 175 Life Science. For more information, see Mars.


TWO UMM STUDENTS HAVE BEEN NAMED 2009 TRUMAN SCHOLARS. Kellcee Baker and Ashley Gaschk were 2 of 60 selected in the United States to receive the award. Both juniors at Morris, they were selected from among 601 candidates nominated by 289 colleges and universities. For more information, see Truman Scholars.

UMM CONTINUING EDUCATION HAS BEEN AWARDED A GRANT of $174,258 by the Renewable Energy Marketplace-Alliance for Talent Development initiative. The funding will be used to develop new curricula in biomass gasification technology. For more information, see grant.

JOSEPH J. LATTERELL MEMORIAL VISITING ALUMNUS LECTURE: "Chemometrics: Using Statistics Towards Chemical Discovery" will be presented by Jessica Kraker ('99), April 2, 7:30 p.m., Science Auditorium. For more information, see alumnus lecture.


MINNESOTA SCIENCE TEACHERS' ASSOCIATION held its 2009 conference in Rochester, March 27-28. UMR had a booth at the conference. UMR hosted approximately 100 of Minnesota's PK-12 science teachers at a reception for the attendees. The event introduced UMR and its degree programs to PK-12 science educators from all parts of the state. For more information, see science teachers.

Twin Cities:

SECOND ANNUAL DOCTORAL DISSERTATION FELLOWSHIP RESEARCH SHOWCASE will feature more than 60 of this year's DDF fellowship recipients--outstanding, final-year Ph.D. candidates nominated by their graduate program directors in a U-wide competition. Meet and hear some of the top recipients of 2008-09 doctoral dissertation fellowships as they describe their work in fields from engineering to entomology. April 7, noon-2 p.m., Coffman Union. For information and to register by April 1, see DDF event.

A 50 PERCENT DISCOUNT FOR FACULTY AND STAFF on professional development one- and two-day short courses is available through the College of Continuing Education (CCE) and the Office of Human Resources. Courses include management and supervision, communication and writing, project management, and human resources. For more information, including a full list of discounted courses, see CCE's professional education page.

LECTURE: "Why Aren't There More Women in Science and Engineering?" Christina Hoff Sommers, author of Who Stole Feminism and The War Against Boys, will speak on the topic April 3, 7:30 p.m., McNamara Alumni Center. General admission $10, students $1. For more information, e-mail MnScholars.

NEW COLLOQUIUM SERIES: SELF-AUTHORSHIP AND LEARNING PARTNERSHIPS: Intersections of Student Learning, Development, and Diverse/Multicultural Identities will explore the interaction of pedagogy, teaching, and student support with the learning and development of diverse student populations. Through six presentations, eight faculty and staff from UMTC will share their research. Begins April 6. For more information, including full descriptions of each session, see colloquium series. For general questions, e-mail Andy Howe or call 612-626-5977.

THE FIFTH IN A FIVE-PART SERIES OF 3M-SPONSORED SEMINARS for graduate students in technology and science programs, entitled "Technology Commercialization in Medica/Healthcare Industry," will take place April 6, 5-7 p.m., 2-206 Carlson School. To register, e-mail 3M Seminar.

ANNUAL PLANT SALE: See blooming annuals, tropical plants, herbs, carnivorous plants, succulents, and orchids, and hear from an orchid professional who will answer questions about that plant's care. CBS greenhouse staff will be available to answer any questions about the plant selections. April 8-9, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., St. Paul Student Center. For more information, call Jodi Bjork at 612-625-4788.

TEL SEMINAR SERIES: "Technology-Enhanced Learning and Assessment in Health Professions Education" will be the topic of the next session of the series. Panelists will discuss technology-enhanced learning and assessment activities created for future veterinarians, family physicians, and surgeons. Free. April 8, noon-1:30 p.m., 402 Walter Library. For more information, see TEL Seminar.

THE FIFTH ANNUAL WOMEN'S LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE, 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 reduced rate of $50 for full-time U students. To register by April 3, see Carlson or call Emily Nelson at 612-626-9334.

THE WOMEN'S FACULTY CABINET IS HOSTING A SPRING RECEPTION for Twin Cities women faculty, April 15, 3:30-5 p.m., Weisman Art Museum. Join women faculty colleagues and hear about some of the work of this year's Women's Faculty Cabinet. For more information, e-mail Karen Zentner-Bacig.

APRIL IS SEXUAL ASSAULT AWARENESS MONTH, designated by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center to encourage organizations to raise public awareness about sexual violence and educate communities about prevention. A number of activities will be held at the U, beginning April 20-21 with the Clothesline Project, which bears witness to the prevalence of violence with a collection of t-shirts, many made by survivors of sexual violence who are or were part of the U community. For more information, including a complete schedule of events, see awareness month.

LEARN ABOUT COURSESHARE: Two free webinars are planned for those wanting to learn more about sharing students for low-enrollment courses or graduate seminars at other Big Ten institutions via the Courseshare program. April 29, 1:30 p.m.; April 30, noon. Interested faculty or staff should contact Amber Marks or the U's Jeremy Hernandez by April 27 for registration or more information.

THE 19TH ANNUAL COMMUNICATORS FORUM CONFERENCE will take place May 6, Coffman Union. This year's conference includes a special keynote address from widely acclaimed grammarian, writer, and entrepreneur "Grammar Girl." The day will bring sessions and networking opportunities as well as the Maroon & Gold awards, a vendor fair, and more. An early registration discount runs through April 6. Admission covers the daylong conference plus a full year's membership in the forum. For more information and registration, see communicators forum.

MORE EVENTS include Regional Planning and Policy Brownbag (April 1); New Media Research Breakfast (April 2); Critical Consciousness, Critical Thinking, and Writing (April 3); LIFE: A Journey Through Time Exhibit Walkabout (April 5); seminar: Economic Inequality, Economic Segregation, and Political Participation. (April 6). SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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