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Vol. XXXIX No. 20; May 20, 2009
Editor: Adam Overland, brief@umn.edu

Brief publication calendar: Weekly on most Wednesdays during academic terms. Published every other week during the summer. 2009 summer publication dates will be June 10 and 24, July 8 and 22, August 5 and 19, and Sept. 2. The weekly schedule returns Sept. 16. The deadline for submissions is noon on the Friday before publication.

Inside This Issue
--State legislative update.
--May Federal Relations report.
--People: Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Tony Kushner will receive an honorary doctorate from the U's College of Liberal Arts; and more.

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

STATE LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: Governor Pawlenty signed the capital bonding bill on May 16. It includes $25 million for HEAPR and $2.5 million for a solar project. The Bell Museum project was vetoed. The higher education bill was also signed by the governor. It reduces the University's funding by $105 million for the biennium. The University's FY2010 annual budget, based in part on state funds, will be presented to the Board of Regents at their June meeting. For more information, see legislative updates.

MAY FEDERAL RELATIONS REPORT: Budget Process Underway. A new administration is always pressed to get its budget out in a timely manner because it comes into office in the middle of the fiscal year. The Obama administration released (and submitted to Congress) a FY 2010 budget outline at the end of February, and a more complete budget on May 7. For research funding, the Obama budget is good news given economic circumstances. For more information, read May's Federal Relations Report.

PEOPLE: Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Tony Kushner will receive an honorary doctorate from the U's College of Liberal Arts; Margaret Sughrue Carlson, chief executive officer of the Alumni Association, announced plans to retire in early 2010; School of Nursing alumna General Clara Adams-Ender spoke at the school’s commencement on May 15 and received an honorary doctor of humane letters; two UMD faculty and two students have been named Fulbright Scholars for 2009-10; fourteen U students have received Fulbright Grants for 2009-10; 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:

SUMMER PROGRAMS DESIGNED FOR CHILDREN, YOUTH, FAMILIES, AND EDUCATORS can be found easily through the PreK-12 activities Web site. Just check the boxes that match your interests, such as the age(s) of the children involved, or the subject, and watch the list of programs realign in response.

THE NATIONAL CANCER INSTITUTE (NCI) HAS RENEWED THE MASONIC CANCER CENTER'S designation as a comprehensive cancer center. NCI awards this highest level designation only to institutions that make ongoing, significant advances in cancer research, treatment, and education. Only 41 cancer centers in the United States are designated by NCI as comprehensive cancer centers. The Masonic Cancer Center first applied for the designation in 1998 and received it. The designation was successfully renewed in 2003 and now in 2009.

FEATURE: News of the weir (weir: a dam in a stream or river to raise or divert water). Researchers are using remote-controlled sensors to track pollutant loads from storms. The next cup of stale coffee you pour down the drain may end up as evidence. Not in a courtroom, but in a study of how well Twin Cities sewers and waterways handle the loads of pollutants washed into them by storms. For more information, read "News of the weir."

VIDEO: Professor Bin He has developed a new technique that has led to preliminary successes in noninvasive imaging of seizure foci. The technique promises to play an important role in the treatment of epileptic seizures. For more information, watch the News Service video.

A CASE STUDY OF THE TRANSFORMATIONAL LEADERSHIP PROGRAM (TLP), offered through the Office of Service and Continuous Improvement (OSCI), has been published in the April issue of the national Journal for Quality and Participation. Multiple cohorts on both the Twin Cities and Duluth campuses have participated in the TLP since its start in 2005. The program supports faculty and staff in leading process improvement projects across the U. OSCI is part of System Academic Administration.

MEDICATION THERAPY MANAGEMENT (MTM) SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE TO UPLAN MEMBERS and covered dependents who take four or more UPlan-covered prescriptions and over-the-counter medications for chronic conditions. For more information, including a list of participating pharmacists and how to save up to $192 over six months on four covered prescriptions, see MTM services.

BEGINNING MAY 18, ALL EMPLOYMENT ELIGIBILITY VERIFICATION FORMS (I-9 forms) for new hires at the U will be completed online. The decision was driven by a federal regulation requiring electronic verification of employment eligibility. For more information, see Online I-9.

VIDEO: BABY GIRAFFE COMES TO THE U FOR CARE. A giraffe has been steadily progressing since getting off to a rough start after being born recently at the Como Zoo. Micky Trent, College of Veterinary Medicine, talks about the giraffe's progress in a News Service video.

Crookston:

BUSINESS OFFICE STAFF FROM UMC WILL BE IN MORRIS May 27 for Enterprise Financial System training. The business office will be closed that day so staff can attend the training.

RECIPIENTS OF THE SATHER SCHOLARSHIP were recently named by the UMC Office of Development and Alumni Relations. For more information, see Sather.

Duluth:

UMD'S GLENSHEEN HISTORIC ESTATE WILL OFFER FREE TOURS May 22 in celebration of its 30 years in service to the public as a historic house museum. The complimentary community day begins at 9:30 a.m. (last tour at 4 p.m.). The regular tour season begins May 23. For information, e-mail Glensheen or call 218-726-8910.

THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF GREAT LAKES RESEARCH (IAGRL) selected Duluth as the site of its 54th annual conference, set for May 2010. The Duluth proposal was developed and submitted by the UMD Center for Fresh Water Research and Policy, working with University and local partnerships, including UMD Large Lakes Observatory, NRRI, Minnesota Sea Grant, GLMRI, Minnesota DNR, Great Lakes Aquarium, MPCA, and the U.S. EPA. This is the first time since its inception in 1953 that the IAGRL annual conference will be held in Minnesota or anywhere on the shores of Lake Superior. For more information, see Great Lakes.

Morris:

RENOVATION OF THE COMMUNITY SERVICES BUILDING IS UNDER WAY. Built in 1915 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the building will be the first in Minnesota to use energy-efficient chilled beam technology. Chilled beams, using water (not air) and in-floor radiant heat, will cool and heat work spaces, with a projected energy cost savings of 37 percent. The completed project, referred to as a gateway center, will be the U's first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum building, one of only 13 such higher education buildings in the world.

THE SECOND ANNUAL SUMMER JAZZ EXPERIENCE FOR HIGH SCHOOL MUSICIANS is June 14-17. The four-day clinic will feature artists in residence and international jazz greats Byron Stripling and Kenni Holmen. For more information, see summer jazz.

THIRTY TREES WERE PLANTED by 25 seniors near the entrance of Big Cat Stadium, with the help of Plant Services, as the Class of 2009's senior legacy gift to the campus. In addition to enhancing the outdoor space and serving as a windbreak, the trees symbolize the growth the members of the Class of 2009 experienced; the renewable, sustainable liberal arts degrees they earned; and their support of the campus’s green initiatives. For more information, see 30 trees.

Rochester:

UMR WILL HOST THE ROCHESTER AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE "Business After Hours EXTRA!" with more than 80 booths from Rochester area vendors. UMR is anticipating more than 500 guests at the event, which gives UMR a chance to introduce its new and existing programs to the community. May 21, UMR. For more information, see EXTRA!

Twin Cities:

A CLINICAL RESEARCH COORDINATORS GROUP MEETING will introduce the new Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), which will provide streamlined access to specialized resources for collaborative clinical translational science research. Tim Tracy, CTSI's director of clinical translational research services, will describe the mission, vision, and values of the new organization, as well as its services, facilities, and resources. Open to anyone in the research community. May 21, 3 p.m., 5-125 Moos Tower.

A HEALTH CARE REFORM SEMINAR will focus on a potential bipartisan proposal for health care reform, a political strategy for its implementation, and the likely impacts of its adoption. Douglas Holtz-Eakin, president of DHE Consulting LLC, will discuss "Health care Reform 2009," May 28, 3 p.m., 1-103 Hanson Hall. Sponsored by the Medical Industry Leadership Institute. For more information, see the PDF.

A ONE-HUNDRETH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION IN HONOR OF ELMER L. ANDERSEN will feature remarks by U librarian Wendy Pradt Lougee, Andersen’s son Julian Andersen, and Star Tribune columnist and Andersen biographer Lori Sturdevant; a showing of a new documentary on Andersen's life, "Legacy of a Leader: Elmer L. Andersen"; and an opening dessert reception for "A Man’s Reach: A Transforming Life," a new exhibit exploring Andersen's interests, philosophies regarding government and business practices, and impact on the U, the state, and the nation. June 17, 7:30 p.m., Willey Hall. Free and open to the public. RSVP by June 10 to Andersen or call 612-624-9339. For more information, see Elmer Andersen.

AN APPRECIATION EVENT FOR ALL UMTC FACULTY AND STAFF will take place Aug. 25, 2-6 p.m., TCF Bank Stadium. The event, called "Celebrate U!" includes a preview of the new stadium, complimentary refreshments, a video presentation on the second largest screen in the nation, a performance by members of the U of M Marching Band, and an opportunity to visit with senior leaders and Goldy Gopher. For more information, see Celebrate U!

THE FIRST OF THE BELL MUSEUM'S SUMMER DISCOVERY DAY CAMPS takes place soon. The popular weeklong day camps are packed with hands-on projects that encourage kids to explore the fields of science, art, and technology. Each year, these interactive camps, led by Bell Museum education staff, are offered on a range of stimulating topics. Examples of upcoming camps include "Art in Nature," "Reptiles Rule and Amphibians are Cool," "Forensic Science," and "Mysteries of the Plant World." Camps run June 15 through September 4. For registration, call 612-624-9050. For more information, see summer camps.

UNIVERSITY DINING SERVICES (UDS) WILL CONTINUE TO OFFER ONLINE ORDERING THIS SUMMER at the M Deli Sandwich Shop in Coffman Union, and at Subway in the St. Paul Student Center. Avoid the line and order online.

JOIN THE SUMMER CHORUS, sponsored by the U's School of Music and the Oratorio Society of Minnesota (OSM), in performing Haydn’s Creation (with full orchestra) at Ted Mann Concert Hall, with U faculty member and OSM artistic director, Matthew Mehaffey. For registration and more information, see summer chorus or oratorio.

MORE EVENTS include Mobile Music for Everyday People: A Symposium on Mobile Music and Sound (May 22); Field Trip: Frogs and Frog Calls (May 23); Chinese for Travelers (May 26). SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.


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