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Vol. XXXIX No. 23; July 8, 2009
Editor: Adam Overland, brief@umn.edu

Brief publication calendar: 2009 upcoming summer publication dates will be July 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.

For additional news, information, and resources about U faculty and staff, visit the Faculty and Staff Web site.

Inside This Issue
--The President's report on changes to graduate and professional education is available.
--Provost Sullivan has appointed a search committee for the new vice provost and dean of graduate education.
--Board of Regents meets July 8.
--People: Three professors were recently named Regents Professors--the highest level of recognition given to faculty by the University; and more.

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

THE PRESIDENT'S REPORT ON CHANGES TO GRADUATE AND PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION is available. Some highlights of the report: the Graduate School will retain its current name and reporting line; a vice provost and dean of graduate education will oversee the school (VP for Research Tim Mulcahy was named interim); the Diversity Office became part of the Office of Equity and Diversity on July 1; and more. Changes in other processes and practices are not expected before July 1, 2010. Five working groups will be charged by Sept. 1 to explore additional improvements. For more information, see the report PDF.

PROVOST SULLIVAN HAS APPOINTED A SEARCH COMMITTEE FOR THE NEW VICE PROVOST AND DEAN OF GRADUATE EDUCATION. The committee will conduct an internal search to ensure continuity in leadership and to recruit candidates who are knowledgeable about the University of Minnesota system. Faculty, staff, and students will be invited to participate in the public interview process at the beginning of the fall semester to provide input on the final candidates. An appointment will likely be made shortly thereafter, in early- to mid-fall. For more information, see the provost's Web site.

THE BOARD OF REGENTS WILL MEET JULY 8. This will be the first meeting in which newly elected chair Clyde Allen and vice chair Linda Cohen will preside. The agenda includes recognition of a new Civil Service Committee chair and a new chair of the Council of Academic & Professional Administrators; action upon the Collective Bargaining Agreement with Teamsters Local 320; an update on the underground physics laboratory along the Ash River; and action on a revision to the Board of Regents policy on diversity, equal employment opportunity, and affirmative action. For more information, including docket materials and live-streaming video of the meeting, see Regents.

PEOPLE: Three professors were recently named Regents Professors--the highest level of recognition given to faculty by the University; Mobilization, Participation, and Democracy in America, a book written by Steven Rosenstone and John Hansen, has been selected to receive the Philip E. Converse Book Award; the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities has recognized William Angell with its 2009 Excellence in Extension Award for the North Central Region for his work in radon mitigation; Ruthann Manlet has been awarded a 2009 Association of Physical Plant Administrators Pacesetter Award; Mark Teragawa was recently appointed director of University Stores; 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:

FARMERS MARKET RETURNS FOR THE FIFTH FABULOUS YEAR. When the U's farmers market launched in 2005, its success wasn't guaranteed. But as it opens July 8 for its fifth season along Church Street on the east bank of the Twin Cities campus, it seems its longevity may be perennial. Every Wednesday through Oct. 7, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., visitors can buy locally grown berries, produce, fresh flowers, and more. For more information, read "Five years old and all grown up."

THE HENNEPIN UNIVERSITY PARTNERSHIP, the only known major university-county partnership in the United States, is in the process of determining its major policy areas for 2009-10. After a strategic planning session by representatives of the U and Hennepin County in late April, staff have been developing next steps in three policy areas identified as most critical and doable. For more information, read "Local policy partnership looks for new research issues."

DISTINGUISHED TEACHING AWARD RECIPIENT. As a public affairs faculty member, Sally Kenney believes in putting her research, teaching, and advising into practice in the world. A recent Humphrey Institute Teacher of the Year, Kenney creates a classroom culture that is challenging, questioning, and supportive of risk taking. For more information, see distinguished teaching.

ADMINISTRATIVE POLICY: The Regents Scholarship Program policy has been updated to reflect recent changes. The University will cover 90 percent of the tuition costs for those employees enrolled for the first time in a baccalaureate degree program and 75 percent of the tuition cost for all other eligible employees enrolled in covered courses. The update also covers the impact of voluntary termination or layoff/nonrenewal if an employee is currently enrolled in a course. Two other administrative policies (Graduate Assistant Employment and Postdoctoral Appointments) have been revised to allow for appointment terminations prior to the end date, either for just cause (current policy) or fiscal emergency (new language). This change was made to be consistent across all appointment types. Policies are available for comment through July 22. For more information, see administrative policy.

THE EARLY CAREER FACULTY LEARNING COMMUNITY is designed to develop and enhance the teaching skills of faculty members in their first five years at the U. Participants work one-on-one and in interdisciplinary small groups with resource teachers chosen for their commitment to mentoring and their superior classroom skills. Space is limited. For registration and more information, call 612-625-3041 or see the Center for Teaching and Learning.

THE SYSTEMWIDE OFFICE OF PLANNING HAS BEEN REORGANIZED into the Office of Planning and Analysis. This change creates a more unified planning portfolio for the U and brings together the offices and staff responsible for a wide spectrum of planning activities. Peter Radcliffe, director of the Academic Health Center planning and analysis office, has been appointed executive director of the new office. Associate VP Robert Kvavik will undertake systemwide planning projects. For more information, see the Office of Planning and Analysis.

MINNESOTA LANDSCAPE ARBORETUM AUXILIARY GARDEN TOURS are July 12, 14, and 15. Tour guests take escorted air-conditioned buses to view four of the area's best private gardens and enjoy a luncheon at the arboretum. Cost for the tour and lunch/brunch is $55 on July 12 and $50 on July 14 and 15. Space is limited. For more information and reservations, see garden tours.

Crookston:

THE NORTHWEST SCHOOL OF AGRICULTURE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION (NWSA) honored two outstanding alumni with the "Top Aggie" award during a recent banquet and program, concluding a weekend of events during the annual NWSA alumni reunion. For more information, see Top Aggie.

TO INTEGRATE MORE OPTIONS FOR STUDY ABROAD into the curriculum, a small team of faculty (Harouna Maiga, Chuck LaRieviere, and Terrill Bradford) visited the French National Agricultural Research Institute (INRA) in Paris and its allied agricultural universities. The group made several stops, including Tours, France, where they investigated options for collaboration and linkages with INRA. The trip was funded in part by a grant from the Office of International Programs and by professional development funds.

Duluth:

JULY CONCERTS: Enjoy the second annual chamber music concert by musicians from the Aurora-based Northern Lights Music Festival and the Young Artists Piano Camp. July 13, 7:30 p.m., Weber Music Hall. And swing to the talents of UMD Jazz faculty and friends featuring standards and new music written exclusively for the concert. July 20, 7:30 p.m., Weber Music Hall. Tickets to each event: $14 adult, $12 senior, $8 student/child, $6 UMD student/faculty/staff. For tickets and more information, call 218-726-8561 or see music concert.

A VIEW FROM THE LAKE CRUISES, sponsored by the Minnesota Sea Grant Program and the University of Wisconsin Extension, are ongoing. The remaining schedule for the science-infused cruises aboard a Lake Superior research vessel, the L.L. Smith, includes departure from Two Harbors, MN, July 25 and 26; Duluth, July 30, 31, and Aug. 1; and Superior, WI, July 16, 17 and 18. For reservations and tickets, see Minnesota Sea Grant or call 218-726-8106.

DISCOVERY AT THE TWEED. On Tuesdays through Aug. 11, noon-4 p.m., Tweed Museum staff and UMD interns publicly inspect and assess extraordinary objects from the museum's collection. For more information about the free events, call 218-726-8222 or see Tweed Museum.

Morris:

THE 2009 GATEWAY PROGRAM will be held July 13 through Aug. 7. The high school to college transitional program exposes talented students from diverse cultural backgrounds to the challenges of college and the abundance of resources at UMM. Peer mentors, staff, and faculty encourage and assist new students within an environment conducive to learning and personal development.

WEST CENTRAL SCHOOL OF AGRICULTURE ALUMNI will return to campus on July 18 for the annual all-school reunion with special recognition planned for the Class of 1959, celebrating its 50th reunion; the Class of 1954, celebrating its 55th reunion; and the Class of 1949, celebrating its 60th reunion.

THE UMM ALUMNI ASSOCIATION IS ON THE ROAD TO ALEXANDRIA for a summertime social gathering. Alumni, friends, and guests are invited. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres will be served. July 21, 5 -7 p.m., Sixth Avenue Wine and Ale, 115 6th Avenue East. RSVP by July 15 online, by e-mail, or by calling 320-589-6066.

Rochester:

UMR HAS A NEW WEB SITE. UMR is growing, and its new Web site shows it. Take a tour and see all UMR has to offer, at the UMR homepage.

Twin Cities:

AN ENERGY SHOWCASE RECOMMISSIONING OPEN HOUSE will be held July 15, 11 a.m., Vincent Hall, as part of the U's commitment to reduce annual campus energy usage by 5 percent by the end of 2010. A 5 percent reduction will save the University $2.25 million each year and result in 25,000 fewer tons of CO2 released into the atmosphere. To learn more about what you can do to help the U community in achieving this goal, see It All Adds Up or attend the energy showcase.

COMMUNITY CONSULTATION AND EXCEPTION FROM INFORMED CONSENT is the topic that will be presented at the next Clinical Research Coordinators' Group meeting. Federal regulations allow research, without informed consent, to study emergency conditions if there is no satisfactory treatment for the condition and no time to obtain advance consent from the patient, and if there is community involvement through public disclosure and community consultation. Michelle Biros, vice chair of research, Department of Emergency Medicine, will discuss her experience with and issues around obtaining exception from informed consent and community consultation. Open to anyone in the research community. July 15, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., 5-125 Moos Tower.

UNIVERSITY VIDEO USERS COMMUNITY (UVUC) is holding its quarterly meeting July 17. UVUC is a professional peer network of video professionals at the U. Members work in all types of video, including production, presentation, networking, event coverage, and classroom use. For more information, see video community.

HATHA YOGA AND MEDITATION SPECIAL EVENT: An Evening With Swami Veda Bharati is a free event that will introduce participants to the relationship between Hatha yoga and meditation. Yogi Swami Veda has traveled from Sadhaka Grama Ashram in India to share these teachings with the Minnesota community. The event is part of the 2-credit CSPH course, Yoga: Ethics, Spirituality, and Healing. Instructor Miriam Cameron is opening the class to the community so that as many people as possible can attend. July 22, 4;40-6:30 p.m., Mayo Auditorium. For more information, see yoga.

SUMMER INSTITUTE IN ADOLESCENT HEALTH: Participants in Social and Emotional Health for all Young People: Expanding Approaches will learn strategies for enhancing supportive environments and fostering skills for social and emotional health. All who work with young people are invited to attend. July 27-29; July 30 for grad students. For more information, see adolescent health.

JULY TECHNOLOGY TRAINING COURSES: The Office of Information Technology offers a number of technology training courses through the University Technology Training Center. Courses on Dreamweaver CS3, Microsoft Excel, Moodle, and more provide solid introductions to a number of tools. For more information and a course list, see technology training and registration.

SAVE THE DATE: HISTORY OF NURSING CONFERENCE. The School of Nursing and the American Association for the History of Nursing will examine current issues through the lens of historical research and learn about the nursing profession and its impact across time, populations, and geography. Featured speaker Steven Berlin Johnson is author of the national bestseller, The Ghost Map: The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic. Sept. 24-27, The Saint Paul Hotel. For registration and more information, see nursing history conference.

WIN COFFEE WITH BAGELS AND CREAM CHEESE FOR YOUR OFFICE. The Gopher Express (Coffman Cube) and Gopher Express West (West Bank Skyway) challenge you to solve their summer riddles for a chance to win! For more information, see coffee bagel riddle.

MORE EVENTS include The Galactic Cowboy Orchestra (July 9); Sizzlin' Summer Specials (July 10); "Intersections: Where Art and Fashion Meet" (July 11); Curiosity Camp: Blown, Slumped, Molded, and More: The Living Color of American Art Glass (July 13); Field Trip: Discovering Lichens (July 14); World Superpower (July 15); St. Paul campus noontime concerts: Chris Koza (July 16); Presentation Featuring Claudia Mills (July 17); Nature Printing Workshop (July 19); SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.


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