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Vol. XXXIX No. 28; September 16, 2009
Editor: Adam Overland,

Brief welcomes returning faculty, staff, students, and the class of 2013!

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

Inside This Issue
--Board of Regents September meeting: ARRA, 2010 Capital Request, H1N1, and more.
--September Federal Relations Report
--People: The School of Music will confer an honorary degree on conductor Marin Alsop; and more.

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

BOARD OF REGENTS SEPTEMBER MEETING. The Board of Regents' Sept. 10-11 meeting was its first of the new academic year. The board recognized new Regents Professors, examined the impact of the federal stimulus act, reviewed the 2010 State Capital Request, discussed the U's H1N1 flu preparedness, and more. For more information, see September BOR meeting.

SEPTEMBER FEDERAL RELATIONS REPORT. The report includes updates on State Fiscal Stabilization Funds, examples of how American Reinvestment and Recovery Act research and formula funds are being used at the University, and more. For more information, read the report.

PEOPLE: The School of Music will confer an honorary degree on conductor Marin Alsop; Nobel laureate and University alumnus Norman Borlaug died; Masonic Cancer Center scientist Jian-Min Yuan has been awarded a grant of more than $3 million from the National Cancer Institute; Michael Sadowsky has been appointed director of the BioTechnology Institute; Charla Hollingsworth recently accepted a position with the USDA; former U of M College of Liberal Arts dean Fred Lukermann died; U in the News features a selection of U faculty cited in the media. Read about these topics and more in People.



PUBLIC FORUMS FOR THE VICE PROVOST AND DEAN OF GRADUATE EDUCATION FINALISTS will be held Sept. 22, 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.; Sept. 23, 10:30-11:30 a.m.; Sept. 28, 10-11 a.m., 402 Walter Library. The forums can be viewed live at UM Connect. Archived presentations of each candidate will be posted online. Finalists will be announced Sept. 21. For more information, see public forums.

UMD CHANCELLOR KATHRYN MARTIN ANNOUNCED THAT SHE WILL RETIRE July 31, 2010, after the end of the academic year. Martin came to head the UMD campus in August 1995, becoming the first female chancellor in the U system. This school year will mark Martin’s 15th year as chancellor. Under her leadership UMD has undergone a heightened period of growth, academic stature, and program development. For more information, see Chancellor Kathryn Martin.

2009-10 RELIGIOUS HOLIDAY CALENDAR. The Religious Holiday Calendar can be found on the Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Web site. For the most updated version of the policy, see Employee Absence for Religious Holidays.

GUIDELINES FOR THE 2009-10 DISTINGUISHED TEACHING AND ADVISING AWARDS AND THE JOHN TATE AWARD for excellence in undergraduate advising are now available. For details, see each award: Horace T. Morse-U of M Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education; Award for Outstanding Contributions to Postbaccalaureate, Graduate, and Professional Education; John Tate Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising. For more information, e-mail Jeremy Hernandez, or call 612-625-5652.

REVISED ADMINISTRATIVE POLICIES ARE AVAILABLE FOR A 30-DAY review and comment period. "Selling Goods and Services to External Customers" reflects recent process changes, procedures on developing rates and creating external sales contracts, and information on the sales accounting structure. "Managing Student Records" has been broadened to address how to handle external requests for student information, such as background checks for students applying for admission into law school or a professional school. For more information, see policy review.

FACULTY PROFILE: Iron man. Alumnus Lawrence Que is a standout as a chemistry researcher, teacher, and mentor. A new Regents Professor at the U, he is known for discoveries involving "diamonds" in the hearts of enzymes. For more information, read Iron man.

FACULTY PROFILE: Profit teetering. In her book Liquidated: An Ethnography of Wall Street, U anthropologist Karen Ho documents what she describes as an arcane culture in which the single-minded pursuit of high stock prices and deals helped cause the recent financial crisis. For more information, read Up against the Wall Street.

"AUTUMN UNPLUGGED" AT THE MINNESOTA LANDSCAPE ARBORETUM. From mid-Sept. through Nov. 1, celebrate the beauty of fall. Opportunities include Pumpkin Palooza, Oct. 3-Nov. 1; Arboretum AppleHouse, Sept. 1-Oct. 31; Apple-Tastings at Oswald Visitor Center, Meditation Walk, and more. For more information, see the arboretum.


UMC HAS IMPLEMENTED NEW ARTICULATION AGREEMENTS with Minnesota West Community and Technical College and Hocking College to assist students interested in attaining their four-year degree. Articulation agreements help students by providing a smooth transition. For more information, see transfer students.

UMC WELCOMES NEW FACULTY. With the academic year under way, UMC welcomes seven new faculty and staff, who will help provide the education and applied learning that are hallmarks of UMC. For more information, see new faculty and staff.


"LIVING ON A SHRINKING PLANET: CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE" will be presented by Jonathan Foley, Sept. 17, 5 p.m., fourth floor, Library Rotunda. Foley is director of the Institute on the Environment (IonE), professor, and McKnight Presidential Chair in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior. For more information, see IonE.

UMD HAS ANNOUNCED THE FORMATION OF THE IRON RANGE/UMD GRADUATE ENGINEERING EDUCATION PROGRAM, offered by the UMD Swenson College of Science and Engineering in cooperation with the Arrowhead University Consortium. Classes began in September at Mesabi Range Community and Technical College in Virginia, Minnesota, and are taught by UMD faculty. The program will provide better access to advanced engineering degree programs for people living and working on the Iron Range. For more information, see Iron Range.


UMM'S SIXTH ANNUAL COUGAR FEST takes place Sept. 19. All Cougar football fans are encouraged to join the fun for an afternoon of football action--the Cougars vs. Westminster College. Kickoff is at noon in Big Cat Stadium. Free, for all ages.

UMM'S HUMANITIES FINE ARTS GALLERY begins the 2009-10 exhibition season with work by McKnight fellowship and residency recipients from the Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis. For more information, see fine arts.


THE NEW HEALTH SCIENCE MAJOR AT UMR REDEFINES INTERDISCIPLINARY. The curriculum, spearheaded by Professor Claudia Neuhauser, is designed to integrate seemingly unrelated topics, such as biology and statistics, or chemistry and ethics. For more information, see chemistry to Classics.

UMR WELCOMED ITS FIRST FRESHMAN CLASS, of 55 students, on Sept. 8. For more information, read a story in the Rochester Post-Bulletin.

Twin Cities:

ENERGY CONSERVATION IS IMPORTANT FOR THE ENVIRONMENT AND THE U's BOTTOM LINE. Recently, the class of 2013 got in the spirit during Welcome Week with more than 1,200 pledges, bringing the campaign's total to more than 3,500. With a goal of 10,000 pledges by the end of fall semester, faculty, staff, and students will have to work together. Success could save the U $2.25 million each year. Take the pledge today at It all adds up.

THE COLLEGE OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES IS HOLDING AN AUCTION to help fund needed renovations to Itasca Biological Station and Laboratories. Tickets to the Gopher Homecoming football game, cabin getaways, original art, and other priceless opportunities are up for bid through Sept. 18. For more information, see Itasca auction.

THE ULTIMATE HOMECOMING IS LOOKING FOR STAFF AND FACULTY VOLUNTEERS. 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. Sign-up deadline is Sept. 21. For more information or to volunteer, see Homecoming 2009.

FREE PUBLIC TOURS of the U's ICON Solar House will take place Sept. 16, 17, and 18, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., St. Paul campus. The house is located on the north side of Buford Place, east of Gortner Ave. Visitors should park in the Gortner ramp or take the Campus Connector. Students will give public tours during the DOE's Solar Decathlon competition in Washington, D.C., Oct. 8-16. The U is one of 20 competing college and university teams. For more information, see solar house.

"WAM CHATTER: WHAT IS NEWS NOW?" will highlight the markers of the changing arena of journalism in the United States, from newspapers folding to talk radio, Web 2.0, videography, citizen journalists, and more. The presentation will be moderated by Nora Paul, professor of journalism and mass communication and director of the Institute for New Media Studies. Sept. 17, 7-9 p.m., William G. Shepherd Room, Weisman Art Museum. For more information, see WAM Chatter.

"CHAOTIC ELECTIONS: WHY DON'T WE ELECT WHO VOTERS REALLY WANT?" The lecture by Donald Saari, distinguished professor, mathematics and economics, University of California-Irvine, exposes the many surprising problems that can occur in elections and explains how they are uncovered through the power of math. Sept. 22, 7 p.m., 125 Willey Hall. For more information, see IMA lectures.

CONDUCTING A JOB SEARCH IN THE TWIN CITIES, a workshop for spouses and partners of recently relocated new faculty and staff, will be held Sept. 24, 9-11:30 a.m., 215 Donhowe. Sponsored by the Relocation Assistance Program. Prospective attendees should RSVP at relocation by Sept. 18 or call 612-626-0385.

INCIDENTAL FINDINGS IN GENETIC RESEARCH: IMPLICATIONS FOR RESEARCHERS will be the topic for the next Clinical Research Coordinators' Group meeting. Bonnie LeRoy, director of the graduate program in genetic counseling, will look at some of the more common incidental information that can be unintentionally identified with genetic research studies and will discuss ways in which these challenges can be managed. Sept. 24, 3:15-4:45 p.m., 5-125 Moos Tower.

A SMALL BUSINESS NETWORKING FAIR will be held by the Office for Business and Community Economic Development. The fair is an opportunity to meet and network with qualified women and minority owned businesses. Sept. 30, 8 a.m.-noon, Great Hall, Coffman Union. The second annual Awards Incentive and Recognition Luncheon will follow, noon-1:30 p.m. Vendors in the areas of catering, printer/copier services, IT, printing, travel, temporary staffing, and more will be on display. For more information, see small business networking or register online.

ACADEMIC AND CORPORATE RELATIONS CENTER'S NEW DIRECTOR Matt Kramer will discuss challenges of Minnesota's business climate, at the Carlson School of Management’s First Tuesday luncheon, Oct. 6, 11:30 a.m., McNamara Alumni Center. Kramer will offer "Observations From a Public Stakeholder on the Challenges of Doing Business in Minnesota." Advance registration deadline is Oct. 1. A $28 fee includes lunch and parking. For registration, e-mail first Tuesday, call 612-626-9634, or see Carlson events.

U WOMEN OF COLOR FALL WELCOME will be Oct. 29, 9-11 a.m., Mississippi Room, Coffman Union. An hour of storytelling will be presented at this year’s program, "Sharing Our Women's Stories: An Oral Tradition." Applications will be accepted through Oct. 5 for the annual Tapestry Award, to be presented at the fall welcome. For more information, e-mail UWOC.

THE MEDICAL DEVICES CENTER INNOVATION FELLOWS PROGRAM will host a special set of ongoing lectures representing state-of-the-art in fields related to medical device innovation. During the 2009-10 Fellowship Program, top innovators from the Twin Cities area will present. Lectures take place at 545 Shepherd Labs. For more information, see the schedule of lectures or call Marie Johnson at 612-624-1060.

OFFICE OF CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT (OCM) LAUNCHED A REDESIGNED WEB SITE featuring improved navigation and information for general-purpose classrooms. Visit the site to learn more about OCM, review remodeled classrooms, or look at a classroom's schedule. For more information, see the OCM Web site or e-mail OCM.

U OF M MOMENT: Maroon, gold, and green TCF Bank Stadium. It's not easy being a green 50,000-seat sports venue. But that's what the new TCF Bank Stadium is, according to the standards set forth by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. The feature, as well as an archive of more audio content, can be found at the U of M Moment site.

THE FOURTH ANNUAL "IT'S GLOBAL" PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT (PSA) CONTEST is accepting entries through March 5. The top 15 PSAs will be screened and cash prizes ($500 top prize) will be awarded April 5. All PSAs will be showcased throughout National Public Health Week, April 5-9, 2010. For more information and to view past winners, see the School of Public Health.

UNIVERSITY DINING SERVICES WILL HOLD ITS ANNUAL "EAT WELL, LIVE WELL" event Sept. 28, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Great Hall, Coffman Union. The event will showcase UDS's sustainability and health and wellness programming. The first 500 people will receive a reusable shopping bag.

M DELI ONLINE ORDERING HAS A NEW CASH PAYMENT OPTION. Select "Pay at Location" when placing your order. For more information or for lunch, visit M Deli online.

MORE EVENTS include Successfully Dealing With Conflict at Work (Sept. 17); New Media Research@UMN 7th Annual Exposition and Networking Event (Sept. 18); The Buddha Prince (Sept. 20-24); 6th Annual Women's Health Research Conference (Sept. 21); Grant Funding for Graduate Students (Sept. 22). SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

Published by Internal Communications in the Office of University Relations at the University of Minnesota. Please send comments, questions, or submissions to the editor at The deadline for submissions is noon on the Friday before publication. All Twin Cities event submissions are handled through the events calendar at

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