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Vol. XXXIX No. 25; August 5, 2009
Editor: Adam Overland,

Brief publication calendar: Remaining summer publication dates are Aug. 19 and Sept. 2. The weekly schedule returns Sept. 16. 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 search committee for a vice provost and dean of graduate education encourages applications.
--People: Professor Julie Jacko has been appointed to serve on the Minnesota e-Health Advisory Committee to represent academics and clinical research; and more.

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

THE SEARCH COMMITTEE FOR A VICE PROVOST AND DEAN OF GRADUATE EDUCATION welcomes and encourages nominations and applications for the leadership position. The committee will begin reviewing applications Aug. 20, with public interviews to take place mid-September. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. For more information, see the position description (requisition #162148).

PEOPLE: Professor Julie Jacko has been appointed to serve on the Minnesota e-Health Advisory Committee to represent academics and clinical research; Ellen Kennedy has received the Anne Frank Center USA's Outstanding Citizen Award; Matt Kramer has been named director of U of M Academic and Corporate Relations Center; Labor Education Service has won the 2009 CAPA Outstanding Unit Award; Robert Washabau has received the 2009 World Small Animal Veterinary Association Waltham International Award for Scientific Achievement; William Angell, professor and Extension housing specialist, was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the United Kingdom's Radon Council; U in the News features a selection of U faculty cited in the media. Read about these topics and more in People.



AN ONGOING HEALTH CARE SAVINGS PLAN SURVEY FOR P & A EMPLOYEES will remain open throughout the summer. Those who have not yet completed the survey may do so by going to the CAPA Web site. For more information, access the survey at CAPA.

ORGANIZATIONAL EFFECTIVENESS (OE), part of the Office of Human Resources, has had a busy summer. With offices spanning from one side of the river to the other on the Twin Cities campus, OE offers a variety of education, training, and consulting services designed to support U employees, with more than 14,000 participants each year. For more information, read opportunity.

FACULTY PROFILE: DISTINGUISHED TEACHER DON ALSTAD. Walking into the first day of a big ecology class, students hardly expect the professor to greet them by name. But Don Alstad does. He makes a point of studying student ID pictures and memorizing all 100-plus names before the first day. More than 600 universities on six continents use his computer program, Populus. Alstad is a 2009 recipient of the Horace T. Morse-University of Minnesota Alumni Association Award for outstanding contributions to undergraduate education. For more information, read "Rigor and respect."

FACULTY PROFILE: DISTINGUISHED TEACHER BUD MARKHART. Professor Bud Markhart isn't afraid to get his students' hands dirty. Students consistently rank him as one of the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences best instructors. Markhart is a 2009 recipient of the Horace T. Morse-University of Minnesota Alumni Association Award for outstanding contributions to undergraduate education. For more information, read "Distinguished teaching--the organic way."

THE MINNESOTA STATE FAIR IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER, Aug. 27-Sept. 7. Receive special savings on admission tickets from the U of M Bookstores at Coffman Union, St. Paul Student Center, UMC Bookstore, UMM Bookstore, or the M Gear Store at UMR. Maroon & Gold Day is Aug. 30; special edition State Fair '09 t-shirts are available. For more information, see tickets and t-shirts.

THE SOUTHERN RESEARCH AND OUTREACH CENTER IN WASECA WILL HOST AN OPEN HOUSE Sept. 10, 4-8 p.m., with a picnic supper from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Entertainment and activities include a corn maze, wagon and trolley rides, farm animals, games for kids, food samples and wine tasting, a sanctioned Kids' Power Pedal Pull, and more. For more information, call 507-835-3620 or see SROC Extension.

U OF M MOMENT: Obliviousness together. From ignoring a relative you notice having a few too many drinks at every family function, to not even thinking about the threat of being struck by a meteorite, everyone operates at a level of obliviousness to the world around them. But that's normal, says family social science professor Paul Rosenblatt, whose new book explores the subject. The feature, as well as an archive of more audio content, can be heard at the U of M Moment site.

P & A AUDIO SPOTLIGHT: Between books on native literature and Japanese animation, University Press editor Jason Weidemann is always working on something to satisfy his hungry curiosity. For more information, listen to Weidemann.

TWEET TWEET! U FACULTY AND STAFF ON TWITTER. The littlest birds may sing the prettiest songs, but the big gopher is tweeting away on twitter just for U faculty and staff. Follow the latest news at UFacultyStaff.

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.


THE PRINCETON REVIEW RECENTLY NAMED UMC ONE OF THE BEST colleges and universities in the Midwest. The education services company selected the school as one of 158 institutions in its "Best in the Midwest" section of its Web site feature "2010 Best Colleges: Region by Region."

UMC WAS SELECTED AS OTTER TAIL POWER COMPANY'S CAMPUS ENERGY CHALLENGE WINNER. UMC will work with Otter Tail in a first-of-its-kind program to reduce electric energy consumption on campus by as much as 15 percent. For more information, see campus conservation.

JUNIOR THOMAS HAARSTICK AND ASSISTANT PROFESSOR PAUL AAKRE converted a tractor to run on straight vegetable oil (SVO). The tractor began using SVO on June 15 and has logged more than 160 hours. For more information, see research at UMC.

A STUDY RELEASED BY THE EDA (ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ADMINISTRATION) CENTER finds that 89.7 percent of rural businesses maintain an Internet connection, up from the 66 percent reported in 2004. And unlike in 2004, when 38.6 percent of rural businesses were still connecting with a dial-up Internet connection, today 96 percent utilize broadband. For more information, see UMC EDA study.


GLENSHEEN WILL HOST A FESTIVAL OF FINE ART AND CRAFT 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 or 1-888-454-GLEN, or see festival of art.

UMD AT THE STATE FAIR. Stop by the fair and learn more about UMD's vibrant campus and programs. UMD will be at the "Connect to the U" booth in the U's Crossroads building, on Dan Patch Avenue and Underwood Street, Aug 27-29, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. For more information, see UMD booth.

MINNESOTA SEA GRANT. Planting and landscaping has begun in Duluth's Lakeside neighborhood as part of the Stormwater Runoff Reduction Project. Researchers and Sea Grant staff are working with neighborhoods and civil engineers to find ways to reduce runoff to streams in Duluth's cold climate and heavy clay soils. For more information, see runoff reduction.

TWEED MUSEUM OF ART. Story Time at Tweed is held every Thursday at 10 a.m., for children ages three to five with a parent or guardian present. Every Saturday at 2 p.m., join the Tweed staff for an afternoon gallery talk. For more information, including current exhibits, call 218-726-8222 or see Tweed.


UMM IS INCLUDED IN THE FISKE GUIDE TO COLLEGES 2010 as one of the country's best and most interesting colleges and universities. For more information, see interesting.


UMR HELD BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN HEALTH SCIENCES (BSHS) ORIENTATION and registration events recently, with 100 percent participation on each of the three days. Students and parents followed separate tracks where they discovered more about what it means to be in the inaugural class of BSHS.

Twin Cities:

LANE CLOSURES AND TRAFFIC DISRUPTIONS ARE EXPECTED ON CAMPUS NEXT WEEK as crews conduct soil borings and testing associated with the Central Corridor Light Rail Transit line. The work will primarily be done in one- to two-block sections on Washington Avenue between Huron Boulevard and the Washington Avenue Bridge. Drilling rigs will also test for soil and groundwater contamination on East River Road and Arlington Street, and around Weisman Art Museum. The work is expected to last about a week.

HOUSEPAINTING 101. On Aug. 1, the associate dean for undergraduate programs and 10 other staff members of the Carlson School's undergraduate program got down to the business of house painting 101. The staff members teamed up to paint the outside of Morgan Kinross-Wright's Brooklyn Center home—in just one day. For more information, read "Operation Paint Max's House."

WELCOME WEEK 2009 VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE FOR FACULTY AND STAFF. Events include a new student move-in, convocation, and the Class of 2013 cookout. More than 5,000 first-year students will participate in Welcome Week, a first-year initiative designed to enhance the academic and student development experience. Sept. 2-7. For more information and volunteer opportunities, see Welcome Week.

CELEBRATE U! AN APPRECIATION EVENT FOR UMTC FACULTY AND STAFF will take place Aug. 25, 2-6 p.m., TCF Bank Stadium. The event includes a free gift (while supplies last), complimentary refreshments, information booths, a video presentation on the Daktronics screen, a performance by members of the marching band, an opportunity to walk the field and tour the home team locker room, and a chance to visit with U senior leaders and Goldy Gopher. The event is made possible through the support of Coca Cola and TCF Bank Stadium. For more information, see Celebrate U!

THERE IS NO FEE FOR OFFICE OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (OIT) TRAINING CLASSES for U faculty and staff. OIT now offers all technology training classes at no charge to U faculty, staff, and students. For more information, see OIT training classes.

THE FIRST SEMINAR-STYLE ENERGY SHOWCASE EVENT was recently held in Dwan/MRCB. The events are designed to provide students, faculty, and staff in buildings that are scheduled to be recommissioned with information, process, and tips about how they can contribute to energy conservation. The next Energy Showcase will be Aug. 18, noon, room 105, 717 Delaware building. For more information, see It all adds up.

A HELPDESK CONSORTIUM MEETING will include information about the Google Apps for the U initiative, and more. Aug. 13, 10:30–11:30 a.m., 101 Walter Library. RSVP to KT Cragg by Aug. 11. The meeting will also be available via UMConnect.

THE ANNUAL UMORE PARK OPEN HOUSE will highlight U research and innovation and its benefits to families in areas such as crop production, nutrition and local food production, disease prevention, environmental quality, renewable energy, and natural resource conservation. Activities include a wagon ride tour; the chance to meet Goldy Gopher, farm animals, and birds of prey; a scavenger hunt, and more. Free corn-on-the-cob and lemonade. Aug. 20, 4-8 p.m. For more information, call 651-423-2455 or see events at UMore Park.

THE UNIVERSITY IS SEEKING FACULTY AND STAFF VOLUNTEERS TO WELCOME UPPERCLASSMEN to campus. Working together with homeowners, landlords, and businesses, the two-hour meet-and-greet will benefit sophomore, junior, and senior student renters in the surrounding neighborhoods. Sept. 2, 3, and 4. For more information or to volunteer, e-mail Kendre Turonie in the Office for Student Affairs or call 612-625-8939 by Aug. 24.

AN ENERGY-EFFICIENT METHOD OF CHEMICAL SEPARATIONS has been developed by a team of researchers led by chemical engineering and materials science professor Michael Tsapatsis. The method could revolutionize processes in the petrochemical and biofuels industries. The new discovery is published in the July 31 issue of Science.

ALL NEW AND TRANSFER INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS ARRIVING for fall semester 2009 should be advised to visit International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) for a document check to complete federal requirements. Students will not be allowed to register for classes until they complete the check. For more information, see ISSS document check.

"ALL IN THE FAMILY: FETAL EFFECTS OF MATERNAL OVERWEIGHT AND OBESITY" will be presented by the National Children's Study Speakers' Series, 3-4 p.m., Sept. 9, Wilder Center, St. Paul. Patricia Fontaine of the Medical School presents. Free, limited seating. For more information, RSVP to Laurie Ukestad or see family.

GOPHER GAME DAY PREVIEW. Beginning at noon on Sat., Aug. 22, football season ticket holders have a chance to preview TCF Bank Stadium. Attendees will learn the best routes to TCF Bank Stadium, locate their parking places and seats in the stadium, watch a 3 p.m. scrimmage, and more. Campus will be busier than normal. Contract parkers can park in their normal spots. For more information, see game day preview.

HAPPY HOUR AT THE CAMPUS CLUB RUNS THROUGH THE END OF AUGUST. All U faculty and staff are welcome during summer happy hours; club membership is not required. Drink and food specials may be enjoyed in the bar or on the Terrace. For more information, see happy hour.

MORE EVENTS include Nature Tots: Shapes, Colors, and Numbers in Nature (Aug. 6); Exhibit: "America's Best Idea: A Photographic Journey Through Our National Parks" (Aug. 8); Delegating to Enhance Job Performance (Aug. 12); Foundations in Business Writing and Design (Aug. 18); Field Trip: Early Autumn Migrants (Aug. 22). SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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