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Vol. XXXIX No. 27; September 2, 2009
Editor: Adam Overland, brief@umn.edu

Brief publication calendar: The weekly schedule returns Sept. 16. The submission deadline 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
--H1N1 and the fall flu season will likely bring unusual challenges.
--People: Michael Osterholm has been elected to membership of the Council on Foreign Relations; and more.

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

H1N1 AND THE FALL FLU SEASON are likely to bring some unusual challenges. It's important to review current expectations for impact on the U community, the challenges this flu outbreak may cause, and the U's plans for addressing them. Stay alert to H1N1 messages during the academic year. Pandemics can change quickly, and all need to be cooperative, flexible, and resilient in responding. For more information, see H1N1 update.

PEOPLE: Michael Osterholm has been elected to membership in the Council on Foreign Relations; Deborah Swackhamer has been reappointed by Governor Pawlenty to the Clean Water Council; the National Council of University Research Administrators will present Pamela Webb with its Distinguished Service Award; Jim Cotner received a National Science Foundation grant to support research into the potential for carbon sequestration in temperate lakes; Ronald Poling has been named as head of the School of Physics and Astronomy; William Tolman has been named chair of the Department of Chemistry; eight outstanding individuals will be honored with induction into the U's "M" Club Hall of Fame; 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:

FACULTY AND STAFF SHOULD ENCOURAGE outstanding undergraduates from diverse cultural backgrounds who demonstrate academic achievement in academic performance and community outreach and activism to apply for the 2009 undergraduate Scholarly Excellence in Equity and Diversity (SEED Awards). Eight to twelve SEED Awards, ranging from $1,000 to $5,000, will be awarded. Application deadline is Sept. 25, 4:30 p.m. For more information, see SEED Awards.

NOMINATIONS FOR McKNIGHT LAND-GRANT PROFESSORSHIPS are invited by the Office of the Vice President for Research. The program provides two-year awards to junior faculty through an annual competition with the aim of strengthening faculty for the future. Deadline: Oct. 1. For more information, see McKnight nominations.

APPLICATIONS ARE BEING ACCEPTED FOR THE GRANT-IN-AID fall 2009 competition. The Grant-in-Aid of Research, Artistry, and Scholarship Program in the Office of the Vice President for Research seeks to promote the scholarly and artistic activities of faculty and their graduate students and to foster academic excellence at the U. Deadline: Sept. 21. For more information, see grant application.

STUDENT-STAFF DIRECTORY: DEADLINE FOR UPDATES TO INDIVIDUAL LISTINGS is Sept. 23. Go to "Update Personal Information" at Employee Self-Service.

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. 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. Online registration ends on Sept. 14. For more information, see healthy symposium.

U OF M MOMENT: Battle of the brands. Hershey's chocolate chips in Pillsbury cookies, and Intel processors running Dell computers. Sometimes it seems like we hear more about the pieces in a product than the product itself. It's called component branding, and Professor George John, chair of the marketing department at the Carlson School of Management, says it can lead to some interesting problems, especially in an era of government bailouts. For more information, see U of M Moment.

SHOW YOUR MAROON AND GOLD, Sept. 4, in honor of national College Colors Day. Stop by the U of M Bookstore in Coffman Union, St. Paul Student Center, UMC, UMM, and UMR (M Gear store) and enter to win a $50 gift card.

FEATURE STORY: Their own devices. Innovators take wing with help from Marie Johnson and the Medical Devices Fellows Program. The program brings in cross-disciplinary teams comprising postdoctoral level engineers, scientists, and physicians for a rigorous, one-year initiation as inventors of medical devices. For more information, read "Their own devices."

Crookston:

AN ALUMNUS GIFT TO UMC will provide scholarships for upper division students majoring in agriculture beginning in the fall semester 2010. Harris Peterson, '42, recently made a gift that establishes a scholarship fund of more than $141,000. For more information, see scholarship.

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR ALVIN KILLOUGH recently attended the 2009 National HIV Prevention Conference on behalf of Strengthening Africans' Resilience and Excellence (S.A.R.X.), a Minneapolis-based community organization investing in the future of Africans in Minnesota. For more information, see HIV prevention.

UMC ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT kicked off the NCAA CHAMPS/Life Skills Program in Lysaker Gymnasium on Aug. 26. UMC is one of 34 institutions selected to participate in the program during the 2009-10 year. For more information, see NCAA program.

A FOOTBALL PRACTICE FIELD WAS DEDICATED IN HONOR OF alumnus James "Jim" LeClair on Aug. 28. In 1972, LeClair was drafted by the National Football League's Cincinnati Bengals, for whom he played 12 seasons. The field is located just east of Evergreen Hall, the new residence hall. For more information, see practice field.

Duluth:

UMD PROJECTED FRESHMAN ENROLLMENT is anticipated at 2,150, with nearly 90 percent of freshmen living on campus. Total enrollment is estimated at 11,300 students (approximately the same as last year), with 500 new transfer students.

UMD STUDENT MOVE-IN DAY IS SEPT. 3. Campus will be filled with students and their families, as well as food, music, and orientation activities. Unloading of vehicles will take place at Lake Superior Hall and Griggs Hall. Food tents will be set up near "Griggs Beach" (behind Lake Superior Hall). Chancellor Kathryn Martin, along with vice chancellors, deans, faculty, and staff, will be on hand with the more than 150 student volunteers. For more information, see moving in.

UMD BULLDOG WELCOME WEEK begins Sept. 4. Required for all Freshmen, with new transfer students invited to participate, UMD Bulldog Welcome Week will offer four days packed with information and activities, all aimed at preparing new students for their transition to the college and community. The program is an all-campus effort that will involve more than 100 faculty, 150 staff members, and 175 student leaders. For more information, see Bulldog welcome.

Morris:

UMM IS AMONG THE TOP 10 "COOL SCHOOLS" according to Mother Jones magazine's recently published "Mojo Mini College" guide. Mother Jones cites UMM as a best value for "alt-energy enthusiasts." It states: "This public liberal arts college has academic chops and green-energy cred." For more information, see cool schools.

Rochester:

UMR IS HOSTING A BLOCK-PARTY LUNCHEON, SEPT. 3, for faculty, staff, and the mall merchants in University Square. The luncheon is a celebration of the opening of UMR's new student learning spaces and a show of appreciation to the mall merchants for their patience during the summer's construction of classrooms and labs.

MEMBERS OF THE ROCHESTER HIGHER EDUCATION DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE were on campus Aug. 28. The focus of the meeting was to update the committee on advancements at UMR, on the development and approval of the new bachelor of science in health sciences program, development of facilities to support the program, and to celebrate the inaugural freshman class of UMR.

Twin Cities:

THE "IT ALL ADDS UP" CAMPAIGN WILL HAND OUT FREE REUSABLE TOTE BAGS at remaining farmers markets while supplies last. Stop by the It all adds up booth on Sept. 2 and find out how the campaign, through the pledges of the University community, is reducing energy consumption and saving money at the U. The goal of a 5 percent reduction by the end of 2010 will save $2.25 million each year and 25,000 tons of CO2. Take the pledge today at It all adds up.

THE INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY HAS A NUMBER OF UPCOMING EVENTS, including public tours of the solar house, Sept. 16-18, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., St. Paul campus; a public lecture on Sept. 10 featuring hometown astronaut and U alumnus Duane "Digger" Carey; and the free Minnesota Math and Science Fun Fair, Sept. 26, 11 a.m.–4 p.m., Coffman Union. For more information on upcoming Institute of Technology events, see iTems.

THE OFFICE FOR DIVERSITY IN GRADUATE EDUCATION HAS MOVED under the auspices of the Office for Equity and Diversity, at the recommendation of the Committee on Graduate Education. The office will remain at 333 Johnston Hall. Staff have retained phone and e-mail addresses and will continue to offer services and support to students, including assistance with the graduate admissions process, mentoring, academic support, career counseling for current graduate students, and national outreach initiatives. For more information, see diversity.

COURSE RESERVES FOR FALL 2009. U Libraries offer course reserve services to help instructors provide course materials, publications, and other information resources--both print and Web-based--to their students. Students can access electronic content from within the libraries or remotely. For more information about placing materials on course reserve for fall semester, see reserves, e-mail Jerrie Bayer, or call 612-624-8530.

UNIVERSITY TECHNOLOGY TRAINING CENTER courses are available to current faculty, staff, and students at no charge. For more information, see UTTC classes.

THE MEDICAL SCHOOL AND DISABILITY SERVICES HAVE BEEN AWARDED a $75,000 "Taking It to the Next Level: Advancing Awareness and Equity of Medical Trainees with Invisible Disabilities" grant from the Marcus Foundation. The project’s goal is to promote welcoming and inclusive learning environments for all medical trainees, including those with invisible disabilities (e.g., psychiatric, attentional, learning, systemic). For more information, e-mail principal investigator Marilyn Becker or call 612-626-7196.

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA ALUMNI ASSOCIATION HAS A NEW WEB SITE currently featuring a video of the cover shoot for the just-published fall issue of Minnesota magazine. For more information, watch "Football comes home."

TWENTY-THREE COMPUTERS WERE DONATED TO FAMILIES through the Student Parent HELP Center (SPHC). Academic Support Resources, in partnership with Student Legal Services, donated the computers to SPHC students and their families to assist them in furthering their academic goals. For more information, see SPHC.

U OF M ALUMNI ASSOCIATION WILL HOST AN ETIQUETTE DINNER on Oct. 20, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Memorial Hall, McNamara Alumni Center. From salad forks to telling someone whether they have food in their teeth, opportunities to try out new skills will arise during the three-course meal by D'Amico Catering. Cost: $20, student; $30, alumni association member; $35, general public. For more information, see etiquette.

THIS FALL JOIN THE CAMPUS CLUB FOR HALF PRICE. The club will collect no dues during your first six months. Joining members receive a certificate good for a free lunch and a Campus Club member mug. For more information, see Campus Club.

MORE EVENTS include Design Indaba 10X10 Low Cost Housing: "The Sandbag House" (Sept. 8); University Women's Consortium Fall Meeting (Sept. 9); "Choreography and the Brain": A Conversation With Random Dance Founder Wayne McGregor (Sept. 10); Guest Workshop: Alfredo Ortiz, Harp (Sept. 13); Creating a National Data Enclave System for Health Data Resources, presented by Peter Meyer, director, Research Data Center, National Center for Health Statistics (Sept. 14). SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.


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