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Vol. XXXIX No. 24; July 22, 2009
Editor: Adam Overland,

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
--Feature story: The Imagine Fund: a stimulus package for the mind.
--People: Deborah Swackhamer named president elect of the National Institutes of Water Resources; and more.

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

FEATURE STORY: Consider it a stimulus package for the mind: The Imagine Fund is an annual, $1.3 million program supporting faculty systemwide in arts, humanities, and design. It provides up to 250 awards of $3,000, which recipients can use to enhance their research or teaching. For more information, read Images of imagination.

PEOPLE: Deborah Swackhamer has been named president elect of the National Institutes of Water Resources; UMR's Teresa Puetz was recently appointed as state conference director for the Society of Human Resource Management; the Children, Youth and Family Consortium recently selected four Scholars and three Fellows to participate in its Scholars Program; researchers at the Center for Lung Science and Health have been awarded an $8.4 million five-year grant; Bobbi Daniels has been selected as the next chief executive officer for University of Minnesota Physicians; U in the News features a selection of U faculty cited in the media. Read about these topics and more in People.



A NEW TEST KIT BASED ON U RESEARCH DETECTS MELAMINE, a chemical that has killed children when added to infant formula. The kit utilizes an enzyme discovered by U researchers that produces a color change when melamine is present. For more information, read test kit detects deadly chemical.

THE U RECENTLY BECAME HOME TO THE STATE'S FIRST FEDERALLY FUNDED LEND PROGRAM (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Other Related Disabilities), coordinated by the Department of Pediatrics and the Institute on Community Integration (ICI). The program will be funded by a two-year, $900,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. LEND prepares future leaders who will serve children with autism and other neurodevelopmental related disabilities. For more information, see LEND.

CLOQUET FORESTRY CENTER CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION. The Cloquet Forestry Center will be celebrating 100 years of education, research, and outreach with events through July 25. Established in 1909, the center is the longest continuously operating forestry field station of its kind in the United States. For more information, see Cloquet Forestry.

WEST CENTRAL RESEARCH AND OUTREACH CENTER'S ANNUAL HORTICULTURE NIGHT will take place July 30, 5-9 p.m. The free event includes demonstrations and garden tours (including the raspberry high tunnel, annual flowers, tried-and-true perennial flowers), and many hands-on family activities and food booths. For more information, see horticulture night.

THE JULY ASQ HIGHER EDUCATION BRIEF, published by the American Society for Quality, focuses on systems thinking in universities and includes an article, "How to Launch Lean in a University," a U case study from the Office of Service and Continuous Improvement. For more information, see OSCI.

GARDENING CLASSES AT THE ARBORETUM continue throughout July and August. Upcoming classes include "Botanical Latin: The Naming of Plants," "Lavender: Growing and Using Its Essential Oils," "Perennials for Sun and Shade," "Designing and Creating Rain Gardens," and more. For registration and more information, see gardening.

THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA HAS A FACEBOOK FAN PAGE. Become a fan of the U and get the latest news, videos, and pictures by joining at U of M Facebook.


FACILITIES AND OPERATIONS WILL HOST ITS SECOND ANNUAL CAMPUSWIDE PICNIC, July 22, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Peterson Gazebo, Campus Mall. Food, tables, chairs, and dinnerware are provided. All campus faculty and staff who are working throughout the summer, contracted personnel, and summer student workers are invited.

UMC HOSTED MORE THAN 120 HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH during the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) Camp, July 12-18. RYLA is Rotary's leadership training program for young people. The camp is held annually at UMC.


UMD THEATER STUDENTS WILL PERFORM FOOTLOOSE (based on the 1984 hit movie) with young artists from the Istanbul University State Conservatory. July 23-25 and July 29-Aug. 1, 7:30 p.m.; July 26, 2 p.m., Marshall Performing Arts Center. Tickets: $14 adult, $12 senior, $8 student/child, $6 UMD student/faculty/staff. For information, call 218-726-8561 or see Sieur Du Luth arts fest.

OPERA AT GLENSHEEN. Le Nozze di Figaro, a comic opera by Mozart, will be performed at Glensheen, Aug. 3, 5, 9, and 11. The famous opera is transported to the shores of Lake Superior, where each act will take place in a different space at the historic estate. $50. Seating is limited.

THE FESTIVAL OF FINE ART AND CRAFT will take place Aug. 15, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The region's finest artists participate in the show, named a "best bet" by the Duluth News Tribune and attended by thousands every year. For more information, call 218-726-8910, e-mail festival, or see Glensheen.

THE ANNUAL SOCIAL WORK AND HUMAN SERVICES IN RURAL AREAS CONFERENCE theme is "Diverse Populations: Challenges for Rural Social Work in the 21st Century." Sponsored by UMD Continuing Education and the Department of Social Work. July 27-28, Holiday Inn, downtown Duluth. For more information, see rural social work.

A PUNT, PASS, AND KICK COMPETITION for all area boys and girls ages 8-15 will be held Aug. 8, Malosky Stadium. Punt, Pass, and Kick is a yearly national event sponsored by the National Football League. UMD Facilities Management teamed with the Boys and Girls Club of the Northland to bring the event to campus. All participants must submit a signed entry form and release of liability. Forms are available at 241 Darland Administration Building or online.


RENOVATION ON THE U'S FIRST LEED-CERTIFIED BUILDING IS PROGRESSING. Listed on the National Historic Register and built in 1915, the Community Services Building at UMM is designed to become one of only 13 LEED Platinum buildings in higher education throughout the world. It is the first building in Minnesota to use energy-efficient chilled beam technology. The building is scheduled to be complete fall 2009.


BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN HEALTH SCIENCES (BSHS) ORIENTATION AND REGISTRATION EVENTS are July 21, 24, and 30. Students and family members will be on campus 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., learning more about the details of UMR. Faculty and staff are encouraged to interact with the new students and their families. For more information, see BSHS orientation.

Twin Cities:

FEATURE STORY: AGENT DOUBLE-O-WAM! As a WAM registrar, Laura Muessig is the day-to-day keeper of all physical records and other information about the nearly 20,000 artworks in the Weisman's collection—far more than the museum can display. Rather than let inspiration sit unseen in the depths of the Weisman, several times a year Muessig acts as an art courier, taking to the skies or hitching a ride on an 18-wheeler. After all, Georgia O'Keeffe isn't going to Europe or anywhere else on her own. For more information, read "Agent double-O-WAM!"

FEATURE STORY: If an artist falls in the forest, does he or she make a sound? A new exhibit opened July 9 at the Weisman Museum, presenting the works of the inaugural set of artists sponsored by Twin Cities based arts agency Northern Lights with support from the Jerome Foundation. Included among the displays are an electrifying mix of technology and art. For more information, read, "I am art!"

CHANGING LANDSCAPES: AN ART EXHIBIT OPENING RECEPTION. An imaginary creature—a bulbous three-legged "froomish"—encounters an orange. A turbaned woman looks out at you with soft, haunting eyes. A beetle journeys through a landscape of twisty architecture and globes of nerve ending–like tendrils. These paintings, which adorn the walls inside Pattee Hall, are not just about evoking beauty but about creating awareness of and showcasing works made by Twin Cities area artists with disabilities. Opening reception, July 22, 3–5 p.m., 325 Education Sciences Building. Tours begin at 4:30 p.m. lobby, Pattee Hall. For more information, read "Changing Landscapes."

FEATURE STORY. Anticipating budget cuts, Facilities Management began a pilot program in January whereby individuals manage their own deskside trash and recycling. Surveys indicate that 90 percent of respondents believe the new service meets their needs. Campuswide, the changes are expected to save $3 million. July 20 through Aug. 14, each UMTC campus building's custodial service will be reduced. For more information, read "Garbage disposal changes…"

JUNIOR ENTREPRENEURS OF MINNESOTA. Twenty high school students spread out throughout the classroom in the Carlson School of Management on the west bank of the Twin Cities campus in their final week in the new three-week intensive program Junior Entrepreneurs of Minnesota. For more information, read Junior entrepreneurs.

STAFF AT U LIBRARIES HAVE CREATED AN INTERACTIVE DIGITAL ARCHIVE: "MEMORIAL STADIUM 1924-1992." The "Brickhouse," as fans affectionately called it, was built in 1924 and stood for nearly seven decades until its demolition. For more information, read "Brickhouse redux" or view the exhibit online.

THE CENTER FOR TEACHING AND LEARNING offers professional development workshops for faculty, teaching staff, and teaching assistants. The August teaching enrichment series and new TA orientation will take place Aug. 31-Sept. 3. Workshop sessions are held from morning to noon. Workshops include "Teaching With Technology for the First Time," "Teaching Through Interactive Lectures," and more. For registration and more information, see teaching and learning.

"AMERICA'S BEST IDEA," A PANORAMIC TRIBUTE TO U.S. NATIONAL PARKS, opens Aug. 8 at the Bell Museum. Democratic in design, the U.S. National Park System is quintessentially American. The exhibit features stunning color panoramic prints of America's national parks taken by famed landscape photographer Stan Jorstad. For more information, see the Bell Museum.

U RESEARCHERS AT THE ST. ANTHONY FALLS LABORATORY (SAFL) RECEIVED $400,000 to help generate clean energy for New York City. Fotis Sotiropoulos, director of SAFL, will lead a team of researchers in developing computational models for optimizing underwater turbines to help generate power from tidal, river, and ocean currents. For more information, see SAFL.

COPYRIGHT PERMISSION REQUESTS FOR FALL 2009 course materials should be submitted to the copyright permissions center ASAP. 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.

NORTH MINNEAPOLIS KWANZAA FREEDOM SCHOOL STUDENTS VISITED THE U for the third consecutive year, in partnership with the Konopka Institute for Best Practices in Adolescent Health (Dept. of Pediatrics). The school is a six-week, literacy-rich summer and after-school program designed to create positive learning environments for youth.

A WOLVES AND WILD LANDS EXHIBIT WALKABOUT will take place July 22, noon-1 p.m. The event is free to staff, faculty, and students. Internationally recognized wolf researcher David Mech will share stories and insights about one of Minnesota's most fascinating animals. For more information, see wolf walkabout.

SAVE THE DATE: Institute for Engineering in Medicine Innovation Showcase, Sept. 22, 4-8 p.m., McNamara Alumni Center. The showcase will present a variety of interdisciplinary research between engineering and medical fields using resources available at the U. Attendees will include local industry representatives, faculty, graduate students, alumni, and students working on research projects. IEM Showcase welcomes units that wish to have a table ($60).

MORE EVENTS include Introduction to E-Learning and Webinars (July 23); Opera Arriva and Summer Orchestra Concert (July 26); Curiosity Camp: Florence: Birthplace of the Renaissance (July 27); Create Your Poster in PowerPoint (July 28); Curiosity Camp: Wine That's Found Its Time: Minnesota Vineyards (July 29); Noontime Concerts Series: Ashleigh Still and Nick Salisbury (July 30); Curiosity Camp: Take Me Out to the Ballgame (August 4). SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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