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Vol. XXXIX No. 15; April 15, 2009
Editor: Adam Overland, brief@umn.edu

Inside This Issue
--The U will save money using a new financial tool to borrow for capital projects.
--Open forums to discuss U sustainability goals are coming to a campus near you.
--People: Geology and geophysics professor R. Lawrence Edwards has received the Guggenheim Award; and more.

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


THE U WILL BE THE FIRST UNIVERSITY IN THE NATION TO USE A NEW FINANCIAL TOOL that will save money in borrowing for capital projects. The new tool came about from the nation's economic stimulus package. It's expected to save $2 million by using Build America Bonds. For more information, see financial tool.

OPEN FORUMS TO DISCUSS U SUSTAINABILITY GOALS will gather input from faculty, staff, and students regarding goals and measures in implementing the regents policy on sustainability and energy. Forums will take place April 20, 1 p.m., Prairie Lounge, Student Center, Morris; April 24, 10 a.m., Youngquist Auditorium, Crookston; April 27, 2:30 p.m., 3-100 Mayo Building, east bank; April 28, 2:30 p.m., 105 Cargill, St. Paul campus; April 29, 10:30 a.m., Weber Music Hall, Duluth. For more information, see sustainability.

PEOPLE: Geology and geophysics professor R. Lawrence Edwards has received the Guggenheim Award; Distinguished McKnight University Professors for 2009 were recently announced; Eli Coleman will receive the Master and Johnson Award for lifetime achievement; Edward Goetz accepted an offer to serve as director of the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs; 2009 Distinguished Women Scholar Awardees are professors Ann Fallon and Dianne Neumark-Sztainer; UMM junior Tara Greiman is a recipient of the 2009 Udall Scholarship; UMM student Melinda Kernik is a 2009 recipient of the Katherine E. Sullivan Scholarship; the U took second place in CLARION's 2009 National Case Competition; 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:

THE DISTINGUISHED TEACHING AWARD CEREMONY will be held April 27, 3:30 p.m., McNamara Alumni Center. RSVP by April 20. For registration and more information, including this year's winners, see award ceremony.

THE OFFICE OF SERVICE AND CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT (OSCI) will be the featured organization at a May forum of the Minnesota Quality Council and is a lead participant in a conference on LEAN practices in higher education. Scott Martens, director of OSCI, will head the education division (K-16) of the American Society for Quality for two years, beginning with the international conference in Minneapolis, May 18-20. OSCI is part of System Academic Administration.

THE CIVIL SERVICE COMMITTEE is seeking representation from four broad areas of the U: (1) one seat, senior vice president of academic affairs/provost; (2) two seats, senior vice president for health sciences, (3) one seat, at large; and (4) one seat, Morris. For an application and more information, see Civil Service Committee. Application deadline is April 24. E-mail Peg Wolff with questions.

U OF M MOMENT: DON'T MISS THESE TAX INCENTIVES. Tax day is April 15, but the recently passed federal stimulus bill has advantages for next season. Paul Gutterman, tax code expert and accounting senior lecturer at Carlson School, outlines some of the top incentives the bill offers. The feature can be found at U of M Moment.

ARBORETUM OFFERS RESOURCES FOR VEGETABLE GARDENERS: If you're looking for ways to save money in a tough economy, search no farther than your own backyard. From the White House to the corner bungalow, everyone is grabbing a hoe and planting a home vegetable garden to help stretch family food dollars. Find out how at Arboretum gardening.

MIDDLE MAN: As scientists search for answers, philosopher Alan Love focuses on questions. Rarely do students choose a graduate school just to work with an assistant professor. Yet two of five in the U's latest entering class of philosophy graduate students have. For more information, read "Middle man."

MOBILE APPLICATION CONTEST $10,000 SCHOLARSHIP: The Office of Information Technology encourages entry into AT&T's "2009 Big Mobile on Campus Challenge." Open to all full-time students and staff, the contest encourages development of "innovative mobile learning, mobile identity, and student system integration applications." Take the challenge and enter to win a $10,000 scholarship (among other prizes). Open to individuals and teams. For a list of prizes, for contest rules, and for additional information, see mobile contest.

Crookston:

PRESIDENT ROBERT BRUININKS AND SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT ROBERT JONES will be on campus April 16. They will meet with faculty, staff, students, and administration. President Bruininks will address the Campus Assembly at 12:30 p.m., Sargeant Student Center.

UMC WILL HOST ITS SECOND ANNUAL PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT DAY April 21. Activities during the day will provide an opportunity for the campus and community to collaborate, to learn more about dimensions of public engagement, and to cultivate new relationships. For more information, see engagement day.

SPRING IS IN THE AIR AND THE HORTICULTURE CLUB is hosting an orchid workshop April 22, 6 p.m. Registration is required. For more information, see orchid workshop.

Duluth:

2009 BAEUMLER-KAPLAN HOLOCAUST COMMEMORATION EVENTS: A keynote lecture titled "Standing Up to the Nazis: Jews' Armed and Spiritual Resistance in the Vilna Ghetto" will be presented by Ellen Kennedy, interim director of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at the U. April 21, 5 p.m., Kirby Student Center Ballroom. A brown bag program titled "History is Not Enough: The Symbolic History of Nuremberg" will take place April 21, noon, UMD Library Rotunda. The film The Counterfeiters will be shown April 19, 7:30 p.m., Weber Music Hall. Darfur: An interactive awareness and education event that brings attention to the ongoing genocide in Darfur, Sudan, April 21, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., UMD Library. For more information on all events, e-mail Cindy Christian.

UMD'S LABOVITZ SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AND ECONOMICS will host its ninth annual "Professor for a Day" event, April 22, 9 a.m., Weber Music Hall. The featured speaker will be David Anderson, founder of Famous Dave's. The title of his speech is "Think Big--Entrepreneurship and Leadership in Challenging Times." Free. For more information, see professor for a day.

INTERNATIONAL ASTRONOMY DAY will feature videos, lectures, demonstrations, booths, and workshops for all ages. A presentation entitled "Return to the Moon" will outline NASA's plans to once again explore the moon. April 18. Free. For more information, see astronomy.

GLBT EVENTS: Mandy Carter, a self-described "out, southern, black, lesbian, social justice activist," will speak about new possibilities under President Obama. April 20, 7 p.m., Kirby Student Center. For more information, see GLBT events.

Morris:

A FASHION SHOW FEATURING styles by students from the Basic Studio 3D Design course will feature outfits created from recycled, found, and repurposed materials. The show's title is "Fashion Trashion: Where Style Meets Sustainability." April 17, 7 p.m., Humanities Fine Arts Gallery.

UMM MEMBERS OF MINNESOTA PUBLIC INTEREST RESEARCH GROUP and others concerned with environmental legislation recently traveled to the state capitol to lobby. For more information, see environmental legislation.

Rochester:

A SENIOR ART EXHIBITION entitled "Past & Present," by Brenda Wiech, opens with a reception on April 20, 4 p.m. The gallery will be open until April 24. Third floor, 111 South Broadway.

Twin Cities:

U OF M RECYCLING PROGRAM CELEBRATES 25 YEARS. In the summer and fall of 2008, prices for metal, paper, and plastic reached record highs. Revenue for recyclable commodities at the U was more than $500,000. It was a good year for recycling, but the U's program has seen the ups and downs of the industry over its 25-year history. For more information, read Recycling celebrates.

REPOWER MINNESOTA TOWN HALL WITH SENATOR AMY KLOBUCHAR: Senator Klobuchar will highlight Washington's response to the economic downturn and the opportunities that lie ahead. She will be accompanied by a panel including Doug Cameron, Piper Jaffray Investments; Louis King, H.I.R.E. Minnesota and Summit Academy OIC; J. Drake Hamilton, Fresh Energy; Professor Alfred Marcus, Carlson School of Management. Seating is limited. April 17, 11:45 a.m., Honeywell Auditorium, Humphrey Center. For registration and more information, see Town hall.

SIGMA PI FRATERNITY RECENTLY HOSTED ITS THIRD ANNUAL UNSUNG HEREOS DINNER. For the past three years, the fraternity has hosted the event in appreciation of the U's Facilities Management second-shift workers. Sigma Pi philanthropy chair Aaron Katz organized this year's event as part of the fraternity's A.C.E. Project (Altruistic Campus Experience). For more information, read "Unsung Heroes."

EARTH DAY: The Hennepin County Board, in partnership with ICLEI: Local Governments for Sustainability and the Hennepin-University Partnership, will host a "National Spotlight Conversation on Climate Action," April 22. Eighty experts on nine topical issues will discuss how to maximize partnerships between the county and the U in the area of climate change. The keynote speaker is Kent Cavender-Bares from the Institute on the Environment. The event is one of only 10 spotlight conversations nationwide. For more information, see cool county.

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA LIBRARIES WILL RECEIVE THE PRESTIGIOUS Excellence in Academic Libraries Award in recognition of its success integrating expertise and resources into campus life. Sponsored by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and Blackwell's Book Services, the $3,000 award and a plaque will be presented by ACRL President Erika Linke to Provost Sullivan and U librarian Wendy Pradt Lougee. April 22, 3 p.m., Great Hall, Walter Library. Refreshments will be served. For more information, see library award.

BEAUTIFUL U DAY IS SET FOR APRIL 23. Join the U community for the kick-off event at 8 a.m., Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences building. The U and Energy Management will roll out a new campuswide energy conservation campaign. Enjoy doughnuts and coffee with President Bruininks and VP O'Brien, learn more about energy conservation efforts on campus, and make a pledge to conserve energy. For more information, see Beautiful U Day.

THREE CANDIDATES FOR DIRECTOR OF THE LEARNING ABROAD CENTER WILL VISIT THE U for on-campus interviews and a presentation at a public session. Candidates are Lynn Anderson, dean of international education and director of the International Center, University of California, San Diego (April 23); Inge Steglitz, assistant director, Office of Study Abroad, Michigan State University (April 28); and Martha Johnson, interim director, Learning Abroad Center, University of Minnesota (April 30). All are scheduled from 3-4:30 p.m., 101 University International Center. For more information, see learning abroad.

THE 93RD ANNUAL MINNESOTA ROYAL EVENT WILL TAKE PLACE APRIL 13-18, St. Paul campus. On April 16, faculty, staff, students, and the surrounding community will work to help fill a trailer with food during the fifth annual "Stock the Trailer" event. Both nonperishable food items and cash donations will be accepted to benefit Second Harvest Heartland food shelf. Other events include a Milk Maid contest, Ag Olympics, 2K Royal Run, concert, and more. For more information, e-mail Janelle Kuechle. For a complete list of activities, see Royal event.

RADIO K, THE STUDENT-RUN RADIO STATION IN THE COLLEGE OF CONTINUING EDUCATION, is holding its Spring Fund Drive, April 22-May 1. Radio K installed a new antenna on top of Rarig Center and can now be heard at 104.5 FM, from 4:30 p.m. to 8 a.m., weekdays, and all weekend long. During the summer, the station will be available 24/7 on 104.5 FM. The station broadcasts at 770 AM, 104.5 FM, and online at RadioK.org. For more information or to become a member, see Spring Fund Drive.

CLINICAL RESEARCH COORDINATOR'S GROUP MEETING: April 23, 7:30 a.m., 5-125 Moos Tower. Topic: Navigating the IRB Continuing Review Process--an interactive discussion on the continuing review process, its regulatory basis and significance, and how to avoid the common pitfalls encountered in the process. Open to anyone in the research community.

"REACHING YOUR DREAMS: How Women Can Use Money to Take Charge of Their Lives" will be presented by nationally recognized financial consultant Ruth Hayden, May 12, noon, Mayo Memorial Auditorium. Free. RSVP to take charge. For more information, call Teaona Hasbrouck at 612-625-9837 or see the Women's Center.

NEWS SERVICE VIDEO: BELL MUSEUM BRINGS BUZ TO THE CLASSROOM. The U's Bell Museum joined Cedar Park STEM Elementary School to create the BUZ (Building Understanding Zone) room to boost students' interest in science as they study hundreds of insects and exotic animals. For more information, watch BUZ video.

THE HORTICULTURE CLUB WILL HOLD ITS SPRING PLANT SALE featuring perennials, herbs, annuals, vegetables, fruits, and a few surprises. All plants are grown locally. May 7-8, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., May 9, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., May 10, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Gortner Ave. between Larpenteur and Folwell. For more information, e-mail hort club.

GOLDY'S GAMEROOM AND GOPHER SPOT ARE OFFERING year-end party deals. April 15-June 30, staff receive 20 percent off reservations and 5 percent off advance food orders. For more information, call Stephanie Broom at 612-625-7707, or see Goldy's.

MORE EVENTS include "Understanding Meditation in Health Care Begins With You" (April 16); "Iron Pour Blood" (April 17); Eduardo Kac: "Natural History of the Enigma" (April 18); Nature and Found Object Craft Workshop (April 19); Clothesline Project (April 20). SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.


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