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Vol. XXXIX No. 31; October 7, 2009
Editor: Adam Overland, brief@umn.edu

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

Inside This Issue
--Board of Regents will act on the 2010 state capital request this week, and more.
--People: Narayana Kocherlakota becomes head of Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Oct. 8; and more.
--Features: Innovative couple; A-maizing grease; The news from 13.7 billion years ago; Getting to know U.

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

THE BOARD OF REGENTS WILL ACT ON THE 2010 STATE CAPITAL REQUEST, hear a report on 2009-10 enrollment, hold a work session on and listen to a presentation of the report of the "Financing the Future Task Force," and more at its Oct. 8-9 meeting, McNamara Alumni Center. The capital request asks for $193.3 million in state bonds (matched by $46.7 million in University bonds) and would fund $100 million in maintenance to existing facilities, a Folwell Hall renovation, a new physics and nanotechnology building on the UMTC campus, a new American Indian Learning Research Center on the UMD campus, and improvements to the Itasca Biological Station. For more information, see Board of Regents.

PEOPLE: Narayana Kocherlakota becomes head of Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Oct. 8; Julie Jacko was awarded a Research and Research Infrastructure "Grand Opportunities” Grant from the National Institute for Nursing Research; Professor Stuart Speedie was awarded a three year, $1.1 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration; the Medical School appointed Badrinath Konety as professor and chair of the Department of Urologic Surgery; the NIH awarded a $900,000 grant to the U's Consortium on Law and Values; Vice Provost Jerry Rinehart received the first IMPACT Award from Students Today, Leaders Forever. U in the News features U faculty cited in the media. Read about these topics and more in People.

CAMPUS ANNOUNCEMENTS AND EVENTS

University-wide:

IT OUTAGE ON OCT. 24. At 2 a.m., Oct. 24, many important University IT systems and applications will be unavailable for use, including PeopleSoft Financials, Student Registration, and approximately 1/3 of University e-mail accounts. All applications are expected to be restored to service by 7 a.m., Oct. 25. OIT is working on a plan to keep some of the U’s key applications running during this period--particularly those used by students and faculty. OIT will provide regular updates regarding this outage. For more information, see IT outage Oct. 24.

INFORMATION SESSIONS for those compiling dossiers for the Morse Alumni and Graduate/Professional Teaching Awards and the John Tate Advising Award will be held Oct. 13, 2-3 p.m. (RSVP by Oct. 12), and Nov. 30, 3:30-4:30 p.m. (RSVP by Nov. 25), for those on the Twin Cities campus. Two interactive television (ITV) sessions are being arranged for the coordinate campuses. For more information or to RSVP, e-mail Jeremy Hernandez or call 612-625-5652.

GOOGLE TOWN HALL FORUMS. OIT is working on plans to provide the Google Apps Education Edition for use at the U. In addition to e-mail, a University Google account will offer access to the University Google Apps suite and will provide users the opportunity to share documents. OIT will host two forums, scheduled for Oct 12, 3-4 p.m., and Oct. 14, 9-10 a.m., Walter Library. Both events will be available via UMConnect. For more information, e-mail Google pilot or see Google Town Hall.

NEW ADMINISTRATIVE POLICIES: "University State of Emergency: Human Resources Implications of Pandemic Influenza" allows for temporary changes in certain human resource benefits and practices in the event of a pandemic influenza, and clarifies procedures around the three stages of an influenza emergency: prior to declaration, state of emergency, and post-state of emergency. "Accepting Revenue via Payment Cards," consolidates existing materials related to payment card acceptance and helps ensure compliance with industry laws and standards. Both policies are available for review and comment at administrative policy.

U OF M EMPLOYEES WILL RECEIVE FREE ADMISSION TO THE MINNESOTA LANDSCAPE ARBORETUM Oct. 15 and 31. Employees can enjoy the metro area's most diverse collection of Minnesota trees during "Autumn Unplugged," featuring weekend apple tastings, happy hour Thursdays, and the indoor display, "Pumpkin Palooza." Employees must present a U Card at the gate. For more information, see fall at the arboretum.

FEATURE STORY: David Masopust and Vaiva Vezys share a laboratory, an office, and a home. And despite the odds, both have received separate NIH New Innovator Awards to study infectious disease and the immune system. For more information, read "Innovative couple."

FEATURE STORY: About five years ago, U adjunct professor Kim Joo heard from North Korean corn breeders about a variety with high oil content and asked if they would give her an ear. They did, and she brought it back for her colleague Ron Phillips to study. An analysis showed its oil content reached a whopping 20 percent. Corn with high oil content holds potential as a source of fuel and feed. For more information, read "A-maizing grease."

FEATURE STORY: Physicist Vuk Mandic is on a hunt for a prize quarry: gravitational waves generated as far back as the Big Bang. For more information, read "The news from 13.7 billion years ago."

THE U OF M ICON SOLAR HOUSE TEAM is blogging during the construction of their solar-powered house at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon competition in Washington, D.C. The U team is one of only 20 university teams chosen to participate in the international competition. For more information, follow the team on their blog or see the ICON Solar House Web site.

AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY INSTITUTIONAL RESEARCH GRANT APPLICATIONS are being accepted until Nov. 16. The grant is for assistant professors who have no independent national funding and are engaged in cancer-related research, including genetic mechanisms of cancer, molecular mechanisms of cancer progression and metastasis, development of novel cancer therapeutic models and translational research, cancer immunology, and immunotherapy. Funding is available up to $30,000. For more information and applications, e-mail grant application or call 612-625-2912.

COUNCIL OF ACADEMIC PROFESSIONALS NEWS. CAPA held its monthly meeting Sept. 18. Features include a sit-down with the new chair of CAPA, Sarah Waldemar, and a "P & A Audio Spotlight" with Patty Bales, Organizational Effectiveness consultant. President Bruininks will be at the November CAPA meeting. For more information, see September CAPA.

GREEN IT ENERGY SAVING TIP: Turn down the brightness setting on your monitor. The brightest setting on a monitor consumes twice the power used by the dimmest setting.

Crookston:

A SUSTAINABILITY DISCUSSION WILL FEATURE guest speakers addressing topics including energy conservation and renewable sources, building design, climate changes, and agriculture. "Connecting the Dots of Sustainability--a Game Everyone Can Play" will take place Oct. 15, 12:15-2 p.m., Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center. For more information, see sustainability.

UMC AND OTTER TAIL POWER WILL UNITE TO REDUCE ELECTRIC ENERGY CONSUMPTION on campus. The project was formally announced at the dedication of a new residence hall, Oct. 2. A number of dignitaries and guests were on campus for the building dedication and energy challenge announcement. For more information, see the news release.

Duluth:

"ART FOR HIRE: PRINTS FROM THE MINNESOTA WPA," will feature lithographs by Minnesota artists employed by the Works Progress Administration, 1933-43. Through Jan. 3, Tweed Museum. For more information, e-mail museum or see Tweed Museum.

ALWORTH INSTITUTE EVENT: “Backpacking through the Scottish Highlands: A Cultural Experience” will be presented by Shawn Grund, a senior in UMD’s communication department, Oct. 8, noon, Fourth Floor Rotunda, UMD Library. For more information, e-mail Alworth or see institute event.

Morris:

HOMECOMING 2009: BACK IN BLACK! The official UMM welcome back to campus takes place Oct. 9-11, with a variety of activities. For more information, see schedule.

DIVISION OF SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS INVITATIONAL EXHIBITION at the Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance Gallery features the artistic expression of members of the Morris Division of Science and Mathematics. A reception will take place Oct. 10, 5-6:30 p.m. The exhibition can be viewed during select hours through Oct. 30, PRCA gallery, 630 Atlantic Avenue. For more information, see exhibition.

Rochester:

THE COLLABORATIVE LEADERSHIP FELLOWS (CLF) PROGRAM will host a reception Oct. 9, 3-5:30 p.m., fourth floor, University Square. CLF Fellows will present their Community Engagement Projects and Tim Penny, president and CEO of Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation, will give a keynote presentation at 3:30 p.m. entitled "Taking Collaboration to the Next Level." A reception will follow. For more information, call Margo Herman at 507-280-2981.

Twin Cities:

FEATURE STORY: NEW FACULTY ORIENTATION AND THE FIRST DAYS. The University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus is expansive, to say the least. With more than 60 miles of campus streets and sidewalks, and nearly 70,000 students, faculty, and staff, it’s bigger than most Minnesota towns. Three new-to-the-U-in-2008 faculty offer insights into getting to know the ropes. For more information, read "Getting to know U."

THE DOCUMENTARY "THE ROAD TO TCF BANK STADIUM" WILL PREMIERE ON THE BIG TEN NETWORK during Minnesota's programming block, Oct. 8, 10 a.m., 4 p.m.; and Oct. 9, 4 a.m., EST. The documentary will be available on the Web and distributed for local and state programming. The Office of Information Technology's Video Solutions produced the video. For more information, see "The Road to TCF Bank Stadium."

IT ALL ADDS UP iPOD GIVEAWAY. There will be two chances to win an iPod during the It All Adds Up Homecoming iPod Giveaway, Oct. 9. One iPod will be given away to faculty, staff, or students who have taken the energy pledge on the It All Adds Up home page and another to fans of the It All Adds Up-U of M Facebook page. The pledge consists of a commitment to take simple actions to help conserve energy. For more information, see the It all adds up home page and the Facebook page.

"TEACHING WITH WRITING" WORKSHOPS AND PANELS provide support and create community for instructors across the U who use writing in their teaching. Upcoming offerings include Writing/Research (Oct. 8, noon-1:30 p.m.), Using Writing to Assess Student Learning (Oct. 9, noon-1:30 p.m.), and Teaching (with) Digital Writing (Oct. 14, 2-3:30 p.m. Free, open to all U instructors on any campus. For registration and more information, see teaching with writing.

DEPARTMENT OF COMPUTER SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING is hosting its seventh biennial open house, featuring keynote speaker Jamie Thingelstad, entrepreneur and former CTO and vice president for the Wall Street Journal Digital Network, and Gopal Khanna, Minnesota's chief information officer. Industry and research exhibits will give attendees a sneak peek into the latest research and technology. Oct. 9. For registration and more information, see computer science.

SENATOR KLOBUCHAR WILL SPEAK ABOUT HEALTH CARE PRIORITIES and the latest reform discussions at the U of M Medical School during the second annual David A. Rothenberger Lecture, hosted by the University of Minnesota Medical School Department of Surgery. Oct. 12, 4 p.m., Mayo Memorial Auditorium. Free, open to the public. For more information, see Rothenberger Lecture.

U OF M STAFF RECEIVE A 50 PERCENT DISCOUNT on noncredit professional development courses through Continuing Professional Education. Upcoming courses include Problem Solving and Decision Making (Oct. 13); Advanced Editing and Proofreading Strategies (Oct. 20); Leading Through Change (Oct. 29); and Developing Leadership Skills (Nov. 18-19). For more information and a full list of courses, see development or call 612-624-4000. The discount is not applicable to noncredit professional certification test preparation, Successful Manager's Leadership Program, and Train-the-Trainer courses. For more information, see discount courses.

"HOW SPIRITUAL OUTCASTS NOURISH THE SOUL" will feature Rabbi Stacy Offner, vice president of the Union for Reform Judaism. Offner's lecture will explore the parallels between outcast communities: Jews, women, and the LGBT community. Oct 14, 7:30 p.m., Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey Institute. Free, open to the public, reception to follow. For more information, see nourish the soul.

CENTER FOR INTEGRATIVE LEADERSHIP will host a lunch and conversation with internationally renowned leadership expert Ronald Heifetz regarding his recent research, "Leadership in a (Permanent) Crisis." The discussion will focus on how these exceptionally difficult times present a challenge for leadership education and development. Oct. 19, Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey Institute. Cost $50, preregistration is required. For registration and more information, see leadership.

"OVERCOMING RACIAL DISPARITIES IN HEALTH CARE: THE ROLE OF PATIENT-CENTEREDNESS," will be presented by Lisa Cooper, Pfizer visiting professor in Health Literacy and a nationally renowned expert on patient-provider communication issues and overcoming barriers to equitable health care in diverse populations. Oct. 21, 12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m., Mayo Memorial Auditorium. Lunch will be served for the first 100 people. For more information about the Program in Health Disparities Research, see health disparity or e-mail program.

REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR THE ARTS AND DISABILITY SYMPOSIUM, Oct. 30, Weisman Art Museum. The event is sponsored by the U's Institute on Community Integration, the Weisman, Disability Services, and by VSA arts of Minnesota, the Interact Center for the Visual and Performing Arts, Rise Inc., and Partnership Resources Inc. For registration and more information, see symposium.

EXPERIENCE MINNESOTA: AN OPEN HOUSE FOR MULTICULTURAL STUDENTS will be held on Oct. 31, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. During the event, prospective students and their families get information about the U’s academic opportunities, multicultural organizations, and financial aid; meet top faculty and current students; and tour campus. For more information, e-mail Sara MacKenzie or call 612-625-3274.

THE FIFTH ANNUAL MINNESOTA NANOTECHNOLOGY CONFERENCE will include presentations on Nano Materials, Magnetic Structures and Devices, Spintronics, Novel Techniques in Characterization, and Organic Photovoltaics. Includes a reception and poster session as well as special short courses at the Nanofabrication Center. Registration is required. Nov. 17-18, Radisson University Hotel. For more information, see nanotechnology.

MORE EVENTS include Around the World in 180 Minutes (Oct. 7); Blood Drive (Oct. 8); National Depression Screening Day (Oct. 8); Directions in Healthcare Reform (Oct. 9); Adam Zagajewski Reading (Oct. 10); Project Leadership (Oct. 12). SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.


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