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Vol. XXXIX No. 26; August 19, 2009
Editor: Adam Overland,

Brief publication calendar: The next issue of Brief will be 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: Teaching with technology.
--People: The National Institutes of Health has awarded a five-year, $9.5 million project grant to Bruce Blazar; and more.

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

TEACHING WITH TECHNOLOGY. Wikis and blogs, YouTube and iTunes, podcasts and vodcasts, Twitter and Moodle—it can sound like a foreign language. The landscape of learning is changing, and instructors and students are working together to develop and refine new ways of teaching at the U. Incorporating these tools into teaching is simply a next step in the evolution of education, and it's happening now. For more information, read "Teaching with technology."

PEOPLE: The National Institutes of Health has awarded a five-year, $9.5 million project grant to Bruce Blazar of the U's Masonic Cancer Center; three UMD faculty members have been recognized for their work with undergraduates; Carlson School of Management has named Mark Bergen and Rajesh Aggarwal to endowed positions; Catherine Morrison has been appointed as the U Card Office program director; Karen Seashore has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the University Council for Educational Administration; U in the News features a selection of U faculty cited in the media. Read about these topics and more in People.



THE U's GREAT DISCOVERIES WILL BE ON DISPLAY AT THE MINNESOTA STATE FAIR with engaging exhibits and experts from all five campuses. The U's stage will feature performances, demonstrations, and appearances by U personalities. Maroon and Gold Day will be Aug. 30. U of M Bookstores offers discounts on admission. Aug. 27-Sept. 7, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., U building, Dan Patch Avenue. Booth space is still available. If your department or unit is interested in showing, e-mail Drew Swain or call 612-625-8962. For more information, see State Fair.

STAFF CAN HELP INFORM U STUDENT VETERANS AND SERVICE MEMBERS that they can now apply for grants of up to $1,800 for unpaid or low-paid internships. The grant opportunity is open to degree-seeking undergraduate and graduate students U-wide. Grants will be awarded for fall and spring semesters and summer session. The grant program is currently funded for the 2009-10 academic year. For more information, e-mail One Stop Veterans Certification Office or call 612-625-8076.

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: The Medical Industry Leadership Institute (MILI) Interdisciplinary Grant Program has announced its 2009 call for proposals. Two kinds of grants are available; one provides seed funds to support faculty research and discovery: the other funds the development of a letter of intent for faculty research focused on the medical industry. The application deadline is Sept. 18. For more information and to apply, see MILI Grants.

MEMBERS OF THE 2009-10 PRESIDENT'S EMERGING LEADERS (PEL) PROGRAM are developing leadership skills through hard work and diligent training. The 2009-10 PEL cohort, consisting of 22 members from throughout the U community, is ramping up for a yearlong educational and experiential training program that will prepare them for future leadership positions at the U. For more information, see PEL 2009-10.

A NEW ARTS AND HEALING INITIATIVE AT THE CENTER FOR SPIRITUALITY AND HEALING kicks off with The Buddha Prince, an outdoor "walking play" that celebrates the life of the 14th Dalai Lama. A special, public performance will be held at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Sept. 10, 4:30 p.m. The play will also be performed Sept. 17-21, Powderhorn Park. For more information, see walking play.

UNIVERSITY E-MAIL ACCOUNT CHANGES. The Office of Information Technology recently made adjustments to e-mail accounts. As of Aug. 17, the maximum e-mail message size is 25MB. Trash/sent folders will be auto-filed after 30 days. Note that when e-mails are auto-filed they remain accessible in an archive folder. Large attachments can be shared through Netfiles. The changes will help facilitate users' potential move to Gmail this fall. For more information, see e-mail accounts.

GOOGLE E-MAIL AND APPLICATIONS ARE COMING. The U is partnering with Google to offer Google Apps for registered students, faculty, and staff. Google Apps includes tools like Gmail, Docs, Calendar, Talk, and sites that may enhance collaboration. The optional service is slated to launch in October. For more information, see U Google initiative.

ECOPUTING TIP OF THE WEEK. Turn off your monitor when you are not going to use your computer for more than 20 minutes. Turn off your computer and monitor if you are not going to use your computer for more than 2 hours. For more tips, see It all adds up.


ORIENTATION CONVOCATION will be held Aug. 21, 3:15 p.m., Kiehle Auditorium. Other opening week highlights include a picnic sponsored by the Crookston Retail Merchant's Association and the Crookston Area Chamber of Commerce. The annual Welcome Back Picnic is scheduled Aug. 27, 5 p.m., Brown dining room. Local restaurants and businesses will provide samples.

AS SUMMER WINDS DOWN, UMC IS RAMPING UP. While a number of faculty and staff have worked throughout the summer, all officially returned Aug. 17 to prepare for fall semester classes, beginning Aug. 25. For more information, see the Opening Week Agenda PDF.


THE 14TH COLD REGIONS ENGINEERING CONFERENCE will be held in Duluth, Aug. 30-Sept. 2. The theme for the conference is "Cold Regions Impacts on Research-Design-Construction." The schedule includes a variety of tours, including one of the landmark Aerial Lift Bridge and the Skyline Parkway. Registration opens Aug. 30, noon. For more information, see cold engineering.

UMD AT THE STATE FAIR. Join UMD at the Minnesota State Fair, Aug. 27-29, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. UMD takes the stage Aug. 28 with the pep band and a music students' performance. UM Crossroads building, Dan Patch Avenue and Underwood Street. For more information, see UMD fair.

MN SEA GRANT ON TWITTER. The MN Sea Grant is sending out regular "tweets" through the social networking site, Twitter. The messages contain facts about Lake Superior and Minnesota's inland waters, and news and information about upcoming events and opportunities. For more information, see MN Sea Grant Twitter.

TWEED MUSEUM. "Force of the North: Selections from the Potlatch Collection of Royal Canadian Mounted Police Illustrations" closes Sept. 6. The exhibition, featuring a selection of original paintings, advertisements, and Mountie archival materials, was developed from conception to installation by the museum's 19 interns. For more information, see Mountie.


UMM HAS BEEN RECOGNIZED NATIONALLY BY FORBES for the magazine's "America's Best College Buys" list, with a ranking of 78 in the top 100. UMM is the only Minnesota school to make the list. Read more at

UMM STUDENTS WERE SELECTED TO PRODUCE A SUSTAINABILITY VIDEO for Apple, Inc., and the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment initiative. The Morris campus was one of only five institutions nationwide chosen for the film project. For more information, watch the video.


SOUTH BROADWAY IN DOWNTOWN ROCHESTER WAS RECENTLY CLOSED as UMR installed an air-purifying unit on the roof of University Square. The unit is 30 feet long and 8 feet wide. It was installed in conjunction with UMR adding an organic chemistry lab at University Square. For more information and pictures, see UMR news.

Twin Cities:

FOOTBALL SATURDAYS ARE JUST AROUND THE CORNER and campus will be abuzz with activity seven Saturdays this fall. Whether you’re a football fanatic or a U staffer wondering how to navigate campus, here are some things you may wish to know about the game-day experience. For more information, read game day.

CELEBRATE U! AN APPRECIATION EVENT FOR UMTC FACULTY AND STAFF will take place Aug. 25, 2-6 p.m., TCF Bank Stadium. Attendees must have a U Card to enter the stadium. For more information, see Celebrate U!

HOMECOMING 2009: THE ULTIMATE HOMECOMING IS LOOKING FOR STAFF AND FACULTY VOLUNTEERS. Volunteer opportunities include TCF Bank Stadium Tours and University Open House, Student Scholar and Public Engagement Showcase, Maroon and Gold Pre-Parade Party, and The Ultimate Volunteer Experience. Oct. 4-11. For more information or to volunteer, see Homecoming 2009.

CONTRACT PARKING ON GAME DAYS. The Gophers will have their first audience at TCF Bank Stadium, for a preview game, Aug. 22. This game does not affect parking contract locations. Contract parkers are relocated for regular-season home games. Plan ahead and allow extra time, because campus streets will be busier than usual with both vehicular and pedestrian travel. For more information, see gameday parking or e-mail parking.

HEALTHY FOODS, HEALTHY LIVES SYMPOSIUM: CRITICAL ISSUES IN RESEARCH AND PUBLIC POLICY will take place Sept. 21, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Cowles Auditorium, Hubert H Humphrey Center. Nationally and internationally renowned speakers will present science on four controversial topics related to the effects of food consumption on human health: food processing, consumption of organic foods, high fructose corn syrup, and antibiotic use in animals. Register by Sept. 11 for a $10 discount. Cost: $10 students, $50 U faculty and staff members, $100 non-U attendees. Online registration ends on Sept. 14. For registration and more information, see healthy symposium.

THE U MEDICAL SCHOOL HAS RECEIVED A $6.24 MILLION GRANT FROM THE National Institutes of Health to establish a Center of Excellence in Minority Health. More then 30 percent of Minneapolis is composed of ethnic minorities, and the grant will help provide the school with the resources to enhance opportunities for diverse populations and to improve minority health.

GO AROUND THE WORLD WITHOUT LEAVING YOUR BACKYARD with the 2009-10 Compleat Scholar Sampler. This free event offers a "sneak peek" of three of the most intriguing short courses on tap for this season. Attend and receive a coupon for $20 off the price of tuition for one Compleat Scholar course. Sept. 8, 6:30-8 p.m., Continuing Education and Conference Center, St. Paul campus. For registration and more information, see free sampler.

THE U RECEIVED A "100 BEST FLEETS IN NORTH AMERICA" award from Government Fleet Magazine. This is the fifth year in a row that the U has received this designation. Of 38,000 public fleet departments in North America, the U was among two universities that made it into the top 100.

A HISTORY OF NURSING CONFERENCE features bestselling author Steven Berlin Johnson with a keynote presentation based on his 2006 book, The Ghost Map. The presentation tells the story of how two unlikely allies turned London's most deadly cholera epidemic into a scientific breakthrough. Johnson is a contributing editor to Wired magazine. He lectures widely on technological, scientific, and cultural issues. Sept. 24-27, with Johnson on Sept. 25. For registration ($35) and more information, see nursing conference.

HELEN QUINN, PROFESSOR OF PHYSICS, STANFORD UNIVERSITY, will give a free public lecture entitled, "Wandering Planets, Falling Apples, Curving Spaces, Whirling Stars: How Unraveling the Mysteries of Gravity Has Taught Us About the Universe." Oct. 6, 7 p.m., Memorial Hall, McNamara Alumni Center. Quinn's presentation is the fourth in the William I. Fine Theoretical Physics Institute's annual Misel Family Lecture Series. For more information, see lecture series.

CAMPUS CLUB WILL BE OPEN ON GAME DAYS THIS FALL. Rooms are available for members to rent for private parties. Other parts of the club will be open to members and guests. The general public is invited to make advance reservations for the Campus Club Breakfast or the Gridiron Grill. For more information, see Campus Club.

MORE EVENTS include Field Trip: Early Autumn Migrants (Aug. 22); Create your Poster in PowerPoint (Aug. 24); Celebrate U! (Aug. 25); Field Trip: Hunting for Mushrooms (Aug. 29); Multicultural Kickoff (Sept. 1). SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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