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Vol. XXXIX No. 18; May 6, 2009
Editor: Adam Overland, brief@umn.edu

Inside This Issue
--Research at the U shows cancer-killing prowess of human immune cells.
--Updates on H1N1 influenza continue to be posted to the Emergency Preparedness Web site.
--People: Two U professors have received the nation's top scientific honor; and more.

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

CANCER-KILLERS: In a study of human tumors growing in mice, researchers have found that immune cells derived from human embryonic stem cells completely eliminated the tumors in 100 percent—13 of 13—of mice tested. For more information, see cancer research.

H1N1 FLU: Updates on H1N1 influenza continue to be posted to the Emergency Preparedness Web site, including guidance for students returning from Mexico, mental health resources for anxiety due to the potential of the flu, and guidelines for commencement handshaking. For more information, see Emergency Preparedness.

PEOPLE: Two U professors were elected to the National Academy of Sciences; Mary Koskan was awarded the APEX award for excellence in education administration and outstanding achievement; UMM assistant vice chancellor for student life Henry Fulda is the recipient of the 2009 Morris Academic Staff Award; U of M psychology and neuroscience senior Anh Tran receives USA Today honor; CLA student Philip Brodeen has been awarded a 2009 Morris K. Udall Native American Congressional Internship; the Law School recently announced its fifth student to receive the Burton Award; U graduate Amber Damm has been chosen 2009 Minnesota Teacher of the Year; 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:

SYMPOSIUM: "NEIGHBORHOOD RESPONSES TO THE FORECLOSURE CRISIS," sponsored by the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) and the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership, will feature an overview of the foreclosure crisis with responses from members of the Twin Cities community. Local and national housing experts from more than 10 cities will be sharing their expertise. May 12, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Humphrey Center. For more information, e-mail CURA, call 612-625-9040, or register online. CURA is part of System Academic Administration.

A NEW TECHNIQUE ALLOWS PRECISION GENE MODIFICATION IN PLANTS. In a paper published April 29 in Nature, a team led by researcher Daniel Voytas describes how a new, precise method restores control over where genes integrate into the genome and what effects that may have. For more information, see "Genetic modification, modified."

OFFICIALS BROKE GROUND ON THE NOvA DETECTOR FACILITY in northern Minnesota, May 1. The international physics laboratory of the School of Physics and Astronomy will be the world's most advanced neutrino experiment. Construction of the facility, supported under a $45 million cooperative agreement between the Department of Energy and the U, is expected to generate 60 to 80 jobs over the next two years. For more information, see NOvA Detector.

LOCAL AND LUSCIOUS: The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum's SummerHouse garden market opens soon. The summer market features locally grown produce, breads, baked goods, U bacon and brats, gifts, garden tools, and gear. Open May 15 through late August, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. For more on the market, see Arboretum.

GOOGLE APPS FOR THE U IS UNDERWAY, with implementation planned for early fall. The Google Initiative project Web site is the place to find the most current information on the project. This site includes a Q&A page, as well as general information. Regular and timely updates will be posted to the site. Questions and comments can be sent to the project team. For more information, see Google Apps.

LOW PROFILE, BIG REPUTATION. The Office of Institutional Research (OIR) is an operation at the U that most employees and students are unaware of. OIR supports planning, policy analysis, and strategic management across the U. Nationally, OIR is well known among institutional research professionals. For more information, see OIR progress.

Crookston:

THE NATIONAL COLLEGIATE ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION (NCAA) awarded UMC the NCAA CHOICES grant. The $30,000 will establish the Golden Eagle Positive CHOICES program. The program's goal is to encourage and engage students in choices that result in better academic and athletic performance, while educating and integrating athletics into campuswide efforts to reduce alcohol use and help students make legal, healthy, appropriate, and safe choices. For more information, see UMC grant.

UMC RECENTLY HONORED STUDENTS WITH ACHIEVEMENT AND SERVICE AWARDS at the annual Student Awards Reception. The ceremony is held each year to honor those who have made outstanding leadership and service contributions or who have achieved high academic standing. For more information, see student awards.

Duluth:

UMD HAS BEEN SELECTED AS A CHARTERED CHAPTER OF MORTAR BOARD, a national honor society that recognizes college seniors for outstanding achievement in scholarship, leadership, and service. The Tau Delta chapter at UMD inducted 21 students April 23. Philosophy professor Eve Browning is UMD Tau Delta Chapter adviser. Since Mortar Board's founding in 1918, the organization has grown from 4 chapters to 226 with nearly a quarter of a million members nationwide.

A MEDICAL SCHOOL LECTURE presented by Donald Dengel, School of Kinesiology associate professor, titled "The Decline of Arterial Health in Children: The Roles of Obesity and Physical Activity," will take place May 8, noon, 130 UMD School of Medicine. For more information, see child health.

GLENSHEEN HISTORICAL ESTATE will present three celebrations in honor of Mother's Day. A tour and celebratory buffet will be held May 10, 9:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 4:30 p.m. For reservations, call 218-726-8910 or e-mail Glensheen.

REMINDER: JEFFERSON LINES DAILY BUS SERVICE from the UMD campus to the Twin Cities is year round. Purchase tickets at UMD Stores, Campus Center.

Morris:

THE FIRST ANNUAL SIX-TON CAMPAIGN to raise food and monetary contributions for the Stevens County Food Shelf was a success. After a month of fund-raising, the tally exceeded the goal with the equivalent of 7.47 tons (744 pounds and $2,366) in food and monetary contributions. For more information, see raise six tons.

AUTHOR AND OUTDOORSMAN WILL WEAVER will provide the keynote address during the May 16 Commencement ceremony. Weaver will sign copies of his books in the lobby of the Student Center at 10:30 a.m. Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance will host a free community event featuring Weaver May 15, 7:30 p.m., Common Cup. For more information, see Weaver.

Rochester:

BICB RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM. The Biomedical Informatics and Computational Biology (BICB) Program will be holding a Research Symposium June 26, Leighton Auditorium, Mayo Clinic-Siebens Building. For more information, see symposium.

Twin Cities:

CDC REPRESENTATIVE ANNE HADDIX WILL DISCUSS rethinking America's public health system, May 6, noon, Humphrey Center. Haddix has served as chief policy officer of the Centers for Disease Control's Office of Strategy and Innovation since 2006. For more information, see America's health.

A WALKABOUT THROUGH THE EXHIBIT "LIFE: A JOURNEY THROUGH TIME" with U associate professor David Fox, paleontologist in the department of geology, and Franklin Barnwell, professor of ecology, evolution, and behavior, will take place May 6, 5:30 p.m. Free. Frans Lanting's photographic exhibit has been held over through May 10 by popular demand. Listen to their thoughts and bring questions to the encore event.

U.S. ORGANIZATIONS WASTE $2.8 BILLION A YEAR IN ENERGY COSTS by leaving computers on overnight. Shutting down one computer during the workweek and sometimes on weekends saves approximately $34 a year. Multiply that by the number of computers connected to the U network, and the impact on the environment and budgets is massive. More than 1,000 U staff have pledged to help reduce annual campus energy usage by 5 percent by the end of 2010. To join in the effort, see It all adds up.

HELPDESK TELEPHONE HOURS TO CHANGE. Beginning May 11, the technology helpdesk hours of operation will be Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; closed Sunday, with varying hours on holidays. Hours may be adjusted, based on demand, at the beginning of the semester and during holiday and spring breaks. For more information, see helpdesk telephone hours or call 612-301-4357.

NORTHROP JAZZ AND THE WALKER ART CENTER present Jason Moran and The Big Bandwagon, In My Mind: Monk at Town Hall 1959, May 9, 7 and 9:30 p.m., McGuire Theater, Walker Art Center. In a related event, Moran will participate in a special evening with the U's Whole Music Club, May 7, 7 p.m., McGuire Theater. For tickets and more information, see Walker Art or call 612-375-7600.

MORE EVENTS include Nature Tots: Life Under a Rock (May 7); SCImagine! 2009 (May 8); Nature Play: Seed and Sprouts in Springtime (May 9); Psychoanalysis, Islam, and the Other of Liberalism (May 11); Reaching Your Dreams: How Women Can Use Money to Take Charge of Their Lives (May 12). SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.


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