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Vol. XXXIX No. 32; October 14, 2009
Editor: Adam Overland, brief@umn.edu

Inside This Issue
--Board of Regents hears the report of the Financing the Future Task Force, acts on the 2010 state capital request, and more.
--People: Karen Hsiao Ashe, Michelle Biros, Selwyn Vickers, and Susan Wolf have been elected to the Institute of Medicine; and more.

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

BOARD OF REGENTS OCTOBER MEETING HIGHLIGHTS. The Oct. 8 and 9 Board of Regents meetings dealt with the financial future of the University of Minnesota. Cochairs of the Future Financial Resources Task Force, Richard Pfutzenreuter and Steven Rosenstone, detailed for the board what President Bruininks referred to as "the new normal"—and what the University must do to meet its long-term challenges. The board also approved the 2010 State Capital Request, including a $2 million reduction to the cost of the proposed renovation of Folwell Hall. For more information, read October Regents.

PEOPLE: Karen Hsiao Ashe, Michelle Biros, Selwyn Vickers, and Susan Wolf have been elected to the Institute of Medicine; the Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment, and the Life Sciences has been awarded a $900,000 grant; a memorial service for Rose Blixt, a long-time U employee will be held at the Weisman Art Museum, Oct. 27; 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:

CALL FOR INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED STUDY (IAS) FACULTY FELLOWS 2010-11. The IAS Faculty Fellows program enables up to 20 scholars to spend a semester in residence at the institute, where they can benefit from the community of scholars and share their work across disciplines. Applications due by Oct. 23. The online system will be open on Oct. 19. Open to all U faculty. For more information, see faculty fellows.

NETWORK OF INTERDISCIPLINARY INITIATIVES (NII) FALL ASSEMBLY will provide an opportunity to consider the role and leadership of the NII. Discussion will include ways in which the NII can effectively serve member needs and advocate for institutional change. Oct. 19, 3-5 p.m., Mississippi Room, Coffman Union, UMTC, with ITV connection in 173 Kirby Plaza, UMD. For more information, see fall assembly or register to attend by Oct. 16.

THE RESEARCHCHANNEL ADVISORY COMMITTEE IS AGAIN REQUESTING VIDEOS about University research and discovery. The ResearchChannel brings together leading research and academic institutions to share the work of their researchers with the public through video programs available via satellite, cable TV, and the Web. Colleges, departments, and centers may submit programs before the end of the academic year. Recent U features include "Adventure Learning!" by the College of Education and Human Development; "Great Conversations: Innovative Science" by the College of Continuing Education; and, "Discovering Fluid Power" by the Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power. For more information, see ResearchChannel or contact OIT Video Solutions.

CALL FOR PAPERS: The Ethics and Politics of Research with Immigrant Populations. The President's Interdisciplinary Conference supports collaboration between scholars in divergent fields and across institutions. Proposals that address researchers' dilemmas in their work with immigrant communities are encouraged. Submission deadline is Dec. 21. Conference is June 4-5. For more information and to submit a proposal, see call for papers.

Crookston:

AUDIO CONFERENCE: "Riding a Tightrope: University Policies vs. Needs of Students with Chronic Illness" will be held on Oct. 15, 2 p.m., 270B Owen Hall. The workshop will highlight ways to deal with conflict and create an environment in which more unconventional methods are accepted. Participants will learn approaches to serving students with chronic illnesses within the context of postsecondary institutions. For more information, call Laurie Wilson at 218-281- 8587 or see needs of students with illness.

DIRECTOR OF INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS Kimberly Gillette published an article about the U of M and the Crookston campus in the September edition of Bolashak, a magazine published by the Center for International Programs in Kazakhstan, a former Soviet republic in Central Asia. The article is for students who may wish to study at UMTC or UMC. Fifteen years ago, Kazakhstan set up the competitive Bolashak program to finance student study abroad. For more information see Bolashak.

Duluth:

UMD HOMECOMING IS OCT. 15-17. This year's theme is "Dog Eat Dog." Highlights of weekend events include bonfire (with free hot dog feed), Oct. 15, 6 p.m., Malosky Stadium parking lot; free concert, Oct. 15, 7:30 p.m., Weber Music Hall; hockey tailgate gathering, Oct. 16, 4 p.m., Canal Park; men's hockey vs. MN State Mankato, Oct. 16 and 17, 7:07 p.m., DECC arena; football vs. St. Cloud State, Oct. 16, 1 p.m., Malosky Stadium. The class of 1959 will also be celebrating its 50th reunion. For more information, see UMD homecoming.

A FACULTY ARTIST RECITAL is set for Oct.18, 3 p.m., Weber Music Hall. Soprano Regina Zona, UMD Opera Program coordinator, will present a solo performance, accompanied by pianist Susan Tang. For tickets call 218-726-8877. For more information, see music.

Morris:

LECTURE: A PATHWAY INTO CHEMISTRY, will be presented by UMM alumnus Ken Haug ('79), who has been chosen as 2009-10 Latterell Visiting Alumnus. Haug is an associate professor of chemistry at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania. Oct. 26, 5:30 p.m., Science Auditorium. A question-and-answer session and a reception follow. For more information, see Latterell Alumnus.

UMM WOMEN'S GOLF COACH JANA KOEHLER has been named the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference's women's golf coach of the year. This year, under Koehler, the Cougar women's golf team won the UMAC championship while placing three individuals on the all-conference team. Koehler's team set a preseason goal of shooting below 400 as a team, and on the second day of the UMAC championships they posted a 395, clinching the title. For more information, see coach of the year.

Rochester:

UMR IS FEATURED IN A ROCHESTER MAGAZINE PROFILE. With one escalator ride to the third or fourth floor of University Square, suddenly one arrives on a college campus. For more information, read Higher Education.

Twin Cities:

REGENTS PROFESSOR LECTURE: Matthew McGue, Regents Professor of Psychology, will present the first talk of the year in the Regents Professor Lecture Series. McGue will discuss "The End of Behavioral Genetics? How Minnesota Has Helped to Shape Contemporary Psychology." Oct. 27, 11:30-1 p.m., Coffman Memorial Union, President's Room. Followed by a reception. For more information, see Regents Professor Lecture.

WORKSHOP ON DEVELOPING SUCCESSFUL INTERDISCIPLINARY TEAMS AND PROPOSALS will feature dialogue with faculty experts in interdisciplinary work and grant-proposal reviews. Topics will include what makes interdisciplinary work distinct and how grant proposals can be shaped to include diverse disciplines. Oct. 28, 3-5 p.m., Campus Club, Coffman Union. New faculty are especially encouraged to attend, but all faculty are welcome. Space is limited and early registration is encouraged. For more information, see interdisciplinary workshop.

THE SCHOOL OF MUSIC ANNUAL ENSEMBLE CONCERT will feature more than 300 students and faculty performing in a nonstop, surround-sound, musical extravaganza. The program will include the University of Minnesota Symphony Orchestra and Combined Choirs performing Leonard Bernstein's Make Our Garden Grow. Proceeds support the School of Music Community Engagement Initiative. Oct. 17, 7:30 p.m., Ted Mann Concert Hall. For more information, including tickets, see Northrop.

TUCKER CENTER DISTINGUISHED LECTURE SERIES. The Borghild-Strand lecture series is given twice yearly and exemplifies community outreach and public education to the Twin Cities metro and outstate areas. Influential individuals in women's sports share their knowledge and expertise. "Facing Off Over Facebook: The Impact of Social Media on Women Sports," will take place Oct. 19, 7 p.m., Humphrey Center. For more information, see lecture series.

CENTER FOR HUMAN RESOURCES AND LABOR STUDIES is hosting two upcoming events. "Meet the Authors" will feature professor John Budd and Law School professor Stephen Befort, authors of Invisible Hands, Invisible Objectives: Bringing Workplace Law and Public Policy Into Focus. Oct. 20, 5-6 p.m., 3-306 Carlson School of Management. "Social Networking in Business: How to Navigate the Playing Field without Fumbling the Ball" will feature a panel of speakers. Oct. 20, 6-7:30 p.m., 1-109 Hanson Hall. Both events are free, but registration is requested. RSVP by Oct. 14.

THE BELL MUSEUM HUNGRY PLANET exhibit looks at food in the 21st century--what people around the world eat, how much it costs, and where it comes from. Beginning with an international snack food tasting event, Oct. 22, 7 p.m., 29 Thursday evenings will feature food--from lectures on the anthropology of table manners and exhibit walkabouts on food and culture to tastings of local produce and films. Free with museum admission. For more information, see the news release.

THE CONSORTIUM ON LAW AND VALUES LECTURE SERIES will host professor Kenneth Goodman of the University of Miami for the lecture "Computers, Patients, and the Health of Populations: Next Steps in Ethics and Informatics." Oct. 28, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Mississippi Room, Coffman Union. Free. For registration and more information, see law and values lecture.

HEALTH CARE SUMMIT OF SAGES, "Inspiration, Innovation, and Transformation," will feature six "sages" from all walks of health care speaking about how they were able to transform health care delivery. The keynote presentation will be given by Daniel Pink, author of A Whole New Mind. Faculty and student rate: $225. Nov. 4-6. For more information or to register, see summit.

THE COLLEGE OF DESIGN IS OFFERING TWO FREE FILM SERIES THIS FALL. Every Wednesday through Dec. 2, 6-7:30 p.m., 225 Rapson Hall, the student group Greenlight offers films on issues such as climate change, social justice, natural disasters, and dependence on nonrenewable resources. On the second Thursdays of the month, Nov.-April, 7 p.m., 33 McNeal Hall, "Design in the Dark" will feature design-related films, presented by the Friends of the Goldstein Museum of Design. For schedules and more information, see Greenlight and Design in the Dark.

100 YEARS OF NURSING: A HISTORICAL DISPLAY OF NURSING ARTIFACTS will be at the Owen H. Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine until mid-December. The exhibit portrays significant accomplishments from the U of M School of Nursing's 100 years. For more information, see the historical library.

FACULTY/STAFF ADVISERS FOR FRATERNITIES/SORORITIES. The Office for Student Affairs and the Office for Fraternity and Sorority Life are announcing an opportunity for faculty and staff to develop relationships with students and help fraternities and sororities connect to resources on campus and become more aligned with the academic mission of the U. For more information, see advisers.

THE COLLEGE OF CONTINUING EDUCATION LAUNCHED ITS NEW WEB SITE. The domain remains the same but many URLs have changed, including those with information on staff and faculty discounts on CCE courses. For more information, see CCE's new site or e-mail continuing education.

MORE EVENTS include Here and Now (Oct. 15); The Future of the Common: "Expression Management and the Cultural Commons;" a talk by Steve Kurtz (Oct. 16); Faculty Ballroom Dance "Oktoberfest" (Oct. 17); Anne Carson: "Possessive Used as Drink (Me)" + "Bracko" (Oct. 17); The Publicly Engaged Scholar (Oct. 19). SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.


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