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Vol. XXXIX No. 17; April 29, 2009
Editor: Adam Overland,

Inside This Issue
--State legislative summary: higher education bill next steps.
--The University is committed to providing up-to-date information on swine flu and its impacts.
--People: John Romano, professor in educational psychology, was corecipient of the American Counseling Association 2009 Research Award; and more.

Campus Announcements and Events
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LEGISLATIVE SUMMARY: Both the House and Senate have passed their respective higher education bills. The bills now move to conference committee, where members from both houses will reach a compromise on the legislation. Additionally, the Capital Investment conference committee has been meeting; House conferees have offered to accept some of the original Senate language that includes the Bell Museum and a larger portion of funding for asset preservation. For more information, see State Relations.

SWINE FLU UPDATE: The University is committed to providing up-to-date information on swine flu and its impacts. As home to the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP), the U is at the forefront in planning and researching critical public health issues. Monitor events as they develop and know where to go for accurate, timely information at the U's swine flu information page.

PEOPLE: John Romano was corecipient of the American Counseling Association 2009 Research Award; Joachim Savelsberg was recently inducted as a Fellow of the American Society of Criminology; Steven Harris has been named director of the Marriage and Family Therapy graduate program; two faculty from UMC were honored at the Minnesota State FFA Convention; The Law School's Asylum Law Project received a Tony Diggs Excellence Award for Outstanding Graduate or Professional Student Group; Duane Burnham, former CEO and chairman of Abbott Laboratories, was presented with an Outstanding Achievement Award; U in the News features a selection of U faculty cited in the media. Read about these topics and more in People.



THE COMMITTEE ON GRADUATE EDUCATION has released its recommendations regarding restructuring the Graduate School. Provost Sullivan received the report April 24. Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to review the recommendations and offer comments during the 30-day public comment period ending May 24. For more information, see the recommendations.

NEW OR REVISED EDUCATION POLICIES covering a range of topics from admissions to use of personal electronic devices in classrooms are now available. For more information, see education policies.

HEALTH TALK AND YOU: YOUR AGING BRAIN. Worried about the consequences of aging? You're not alone. As the baby boomer population continues to grow older, more and more people are interested in what happens to their brains as they age. Associate professor of neurology Susan McPherson suggests that continually striving to learn new things may keep the brain fit. For more information, read "Your Aging Brain."

BLOGS AT THE U: Adjunct assistant professor of English Michael Tortorello recently began writing a recurring gardening column for the New York Times, chronicling his own adventures in gardening at his Minneapolis home. Tortorello will continue to update his blog throughout the summer. Keep up with other high-flying U blogs, like Gary Schwitzer's health news blog and Eric Ostermeier's Smart Politics at Faculty and Staff.

U OF M MOMENT: When mom and dad start Facebooking. A few years ago, online social networking sites such as Facebook were dominated by college students. Now mom and dad have discovered they can use them, too. That was one of the reasons why Parent Program director Marj Savage has updated her book, You're On Your Own (But I'm Here If You Need Me). Savage says parents are increasingly embracing social networking, which is unsettling for some newly independent students. To listen, visit U of M Moment.

SHOP THE ARBORETUM AUXILIARY PLANT SALE. Shop for specialty plants, University of Minnesota introductions, and old-time favorites at the annual Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Spring Plant Sale, one of the largest plant sales in the region. May 9 and 10, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, see arboretum or call 952-443-1400.

THE TRANSFORMATIONAL LEADERSHIP PROGRAM at UMD has graduated its third cohort, consisting of 10 University staff and faculty members. Projects stemming from this year's graduates are strategically aligned to multiple University goals, such as sustainability, staff development, diversity, and student support services. For more information see TLP program.


THE MINNESOTA BOARD OF PEACE OFFICER STANDARDS AND TRAINING has approved the certification of the criminal justice program in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Department. With certification, UMC graduates are eligible to become licensed police officers in Minnesota. The program, under the direction of David Seyfried, is the only certified criminal justice program at the U. For more information, see criminal justice.

MINNESOTA EXTENSION'S Juan Moreno will present an intercultural development workshop for faculty and staff, April 30, noon-2 p.m., Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center.

A RETIREMENT RECEPTION in honor of professor Bernard "Barney" Selzler and Barbara Ricord will take place April 30, 3-5 p.m., Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center. For more information, see retirement honor.

UMC AND THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION SAFETY TEAM will sponsor two speakers, April 30, 7 p.m., Youngquist Auditorium. Dan Riddle, National Weather Service, will present "Weather Forecasting for the Pilot," and Jim Niehoff, FAA Safety Team, will present "Pilot Performed Maintenance." Free.


"SUSTAINABILITY AND U: VIEWPOINTS FROM UMD," the culmination of April sustainability events, will be held April 29, 10:30 a.m., Weber Music Hall, with Chancellor Kathryn Martin and U VP Kathleen O'Brien. For more information, see UMD Sustainability or U-wide sustainability.

UPCOMING EVENTS AT UMD INCLUDE CHORAL MASTERWORKS CONCERTS, May 1 and 2, 7:30 p.m., and May 3, 3 p.m., Weber Music Hall, $12/$10/$7/$5. For tickets, call 218-726-8877 or see events.

A SCREENING OF THE POV DOCUMENTARY FILM Made in L.A., by Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar, will be presented May 5, 2 p.m., 90 Bohannon. Dylan Savall will facilitate a discussion after the film. For more information, e-mail Dylan Savall or call 218-726-8645.

A NEW BA IN WRITING STUDIES will begin in fall 2009, providing writing studies majors with two tracks—journalism, and professional writing. For more information, see Writing Studies.

DOCUMENTARY FILM SCREENING: Resonance: The Odyssey of the Bells, a screening and discussion about the Duluth Peace Bell, will be presented by filmmaker Paul Creager, April 29, 7 p.m., 80 Montague Hall.


A FACULTY AND STAFF RECOGNITION DINNER will honor 10 employees with nearly 300 years of combined service to UMM. April 30, 4:30 p.m., Retirees Association reception, LaFave House; 6 p.m., dinner, Oyate Hall. For more information, see recognition dinner.

STUDENTS IN THE MUSIC DISCIPLINES' OPERA WORKSHOP will perform New York, New York. Directed by Melissa Hanson, music faculty, and Ray Schultz, theatre arts faculty, the performance will focus on the theater music of Leonard Bernstein and feature selections from West Side Story, On the Town, Wonderful Town, and Candide. May 1 and 2, 7:30 p.m., Recital Hall, Humanities Fine Arts.


REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR THE BIOMEDICAL INFORMATICS AND COMPUTATION BIOLOGY (BICB) Symposium at UMR June 26. The purpose of the event is to broaden BICB research areas and report results of past seed grants. For more information, see BICB.

Twin Cities:

COPYRIGHT PERMISSION REQUESTS FOR SUMMER 2009 course materials should be submitted to the Copyright Permissions Center as soon as possible. Source information may be dropped off at any Printing Services location, faxed to 612-626-9810, mailed to 102 Printing Services Building, or submitted online. For more information, e-mail Dale Mossestad or call 612-626-9416.

PROMOTION AND TENURE WORKSHOPS for UMTC probationary faculty and associate professors will be offered in May. The Becoming a Full Professor workshop for newly tenured associate professors (within the last two to three years) will take place May 14, 10 a.m.-noon, 105 Cargill Building, St. Paul campus. Demystifying the Promotion and Tenure Process, a workshop for probationary faculty, will be offered twice: May 15, 10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m., 110 Shevlin Hall, (focus on women faculty); and May 21, 1-3 p.m., 105 Cargill Building. For registration and more information, e-mail Cheryl Johnson.

POSITIVE AGING ACROSS THE LIFESPAN, featuring Peter Whitehouse, is the topic of the annual Ruth Stricker Mind-Body Lecture. Dr. Whitehouse will dispel common myths about Alzheimer's disease and will address the importance of prevention and creating healthier intergenerational stories of brain aging. Evidence will be discussed regarding the important role of nutrition, exercise, environmental exposures, stress, cognitive stimulation, and the power of community. April 30, 3-4:30 p.m., Mayo Memorial Auditorium, $15. For registration and more information, see tickets.

BEAUTIFUL U DAY UPDATE: What began as a day has become a way. Beautiful U Day has evolved into a commitment to campus beautification and sustainability through student involvement, employee contributions, and community collaborations. With the rollout of the campuswide energy conservation program, U community members are taking the pledge to reduce annual campus energy usage by 5 percent by the end of 2010. For more information, see It all adds up.

SPRING RAPTOR RELEASE: The annual event, sponsored by The Raptor Center, will take place May 2, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Hyland Lake Park Reserve, Bloomington, Minnesota. Attendees can learn about and photograph eagles, falcons, hawks, and owls, and win a chance to release a raptor. Children's activities and a climbing wall will be onsite. Free. For more information, see raptor release.

THE REUSE WAREHOUSE WILL HOLD A SEALED BID AUCTION April 30, May 1, and May 4. The used University property includes antique furniture, a commercial refrigerator, a high-end used bicycle, a warehouse dock-leveling system, and more. The public auction will take place at the warehouse, 883 29th Ave. S.E., Minneapolis. A complete list of auction items will be posted April 29 at ReUse Warehouse.

THE 2008-09 TECHNOLOGY-ENHANCED LEARNING (TEL) GRANT PROGRAM will hold a TEL Grant recipient poster presentation sponsored by the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost and the Office of Information Technology. May 4, 1-3 p.m., 401 Walter Library. For more information, see TEL Grant.

THE EXTENSION CENTER FOR YOUTH DEVELOPMENT will hold a free public symposium, "A European Perspective on Youth Work Concepts, Policies, and Practices." Presenter Lasse Siurala, director of the Department of Youth, City of Helsinki, will talk about nonformal learning among youth. May 8, 8:30 a.m., McNamara Alumni Center. For registration and more information, see youth development.

THE ANNUAL KERMIT OLSON LECTURE, held by the Department of Horticultural Science, will feature best-selling writer Amy Stewart. The free lecture, entitled "The Global Garden: Translating the World of Horticulture," will detail the stories to be found in places such as laboratories, greenhouses, farms, and backyards. May 6, 4 p.m., 110 Green Hall (St. Paul campus), with awards and scholarships at 3:30 p.m. For more information, see horticulture stories.

2009 INTERDISCIPLINARY GRANT PROGRAM. The Medical Industry Leadership Institute is seeking applications for grants to fund faculty research focused on the medical industry. Grants will be awarded through a competitive review process. One grant will be funded at a maximum of $20,000. Apply by May 8.

A DAY-LONG SYMPOSIUM FOCUSED ON THE INNOVATIVE WRITING-ENRICHED CURRICULUM PROJECT includes a keynote address by renowned literacy and assessment scholar Kathleen Blake Yancey. May 13, Al Johnson Great Room, McNamara Alumni Center. For registration and more information, see writing or call 612-626-7579.

MINNESOTA CUP PRIMER: Business Planning and New Venture Financing. To encourage participation in the 2009 Minnesota Cup, the Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship is hosting a 90-minute session on business planning and new venture financing, featuring columnist, author, and Carlson School instructor Dileep Rao. May 14, 4:30 p.m., 1-106 of Hanson Hall. RSVP to

MELANOMA MONDAY: This year marks the 25th anniversary of Melanoma Monday, the free skin-cancer screening event sponsored by the American Academy of Dermatology. Dermatologists at the U Medical Center, Fairview will perform full body checks or simply check suspicious lesions, depending on preference. Literature and sunscreen samples will also be available. May 4, Dermatologic Surgery and Laser Center, 4th floor, Phillips-Wangensteen Building. Open to the U community and the public on a first-come first-serve basis. For more information, call 612-624-9964 or see Melanoma Monday.

TAILGATING WILL BE PERMITTED ON FOOTBALL GAME DAYS AT UMTC. For specific rules and locations of the new policy, see game days.

U EMPLOYEES RECEIVE A 50 PERCENT DISCOUNT ON THE MOMENTUM SERIES of high-impact development programs, which begins next month. Half-day and one-day courses offered by Carlson Executive Education cover topics such as personal operations management, enhancing the power of your executive presence, and critical thinking and communications. For more information, see momentum.

MORE EVENTS include What's Up in Sustainable Agriculture Seminar: Farm Beginnings Program (April 29); Violence and Culture in Contemporary Brazil (April 30); Field Trip: Bird Migration at Tamarack Nature Center (May 1); Eduardo Kac: Natural History of the Enigma (May 2); Hand In Health 5k Fun Run (May 3); Lecture by Marilyn Ivy (May 4). SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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