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Vol. XXXIX No. 33; October 21, 2009
Editor: Adam Overland, brief@umn.edu

Inside This Issue
--U of M among three winners of new federal wind energy grant.
--People: Janet Dubinsky has received the Science Educator Award from the Society for Neuroscience; and more.
--Features: A vision for the future; CURA director Tom Scott retires.

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

A UNIVERSITY-LED CONSORTIUM WILL RECEIVE UP TO $8 MILLION for wind power research and education as part of an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant. The U plans to install a new Siemens 2.3 MW turbine research facility at the University of Minnesota Outreach Research and Education (UMore) Park to study novel mechanical power transmission and electric generator systems. For more information, read "…federal wind energy grant."

PEOPLE: Janet Dubinsky has received the Science Educator Award from the Society for Neuroscience; Genevieve Melton-Meaux was awarded the American Surgical Association Foundation’s $75,000 annual fellowship; Orlyn Miller is one of four recipients of UMC's Torch & Shield Award; Extension dean Bev Durgan honored faculty members Jim Linn and Jeff Gunsolus at the organization’s annual conference; U in the News features U faculty cited in the media. Read about these topics and more in People.

FEATURE: THROUGH THE HOMEOWNERSHIP PRESERVATION PROGRAM, THE UNIVERSITY DISTRICT ALLIANCE buys options on properties in University District neighborhoods and purchases the homes when they come up for sale. The plan is designed to protect homes from conversion to rental, and preserve them until owners decide to move or sell. For buyers, while it's not exactly like Publishers Clearing House pulling up to your home with a gigantic check, it is free money. For more information, read "A vision for the future."

FEATURE: CURA DIRECTOR TOM SCOTT RETIRES. Center for Urban and Regional Affairs director Tom Scott has been with the U more than 30 years. In the past decade, Scott says, University and community research partnerships have been redefined. Scott says the emphasis on the value of public and community engagement has given outreach more legitimacy in relation to research and teaching. And that's good for faculty who really want to do their research in partnership with communities. For more information, read "Tom Scott."

CAMPUS ANNOUNCEMENTS AND EVENTS

University-wide:

THE FIRST INTERNATIONAL OPEN ACCESS WEEK to broaden awareness and understanding of open access to research within international higher education takes place Oct. 19-23. For more information about the issue of unrestricted public access to scholarly articles, including why researchers and students feel open access is important and what effect the National Institutes of Health's open access mandate has had, see Open Access Week.

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 therapeutic models and translational research, immunology, and immunotherapy. Funding is available up to $30,000. Obtain an application by calling 612-625-2912 or e-mailing cancer funding.

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS: HEALTHY FOODS, HEALTHY LIVES INSTITUTE has released a request for interdisciplinary research projects related to food and health. The Institute will award up to one research grant of $50,000-100,000 in each of the following areas: food policy, prevention of obesity and chronic disease, and food safety. Criteria for funding are interdisciplinarity, innovation, potential impact, utilization of new collaborations, quality of the research proposal, and potential for future external funding. Deadline is Nov. 23. For more information, see request for proposals or e-mail healthy foods.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT GRANTS FOR RETIREES: The Office of the Vice President for Research and the University of Minnesota Retirees Association announced a second cycle of awards to help U retirees pursue projects related to their research, instructional, or other work history. Proposal deadline is Dec. 15. For more information, see development grants for retirees PDF.

Crookston:

UMC HAS BEEN SELECTED AS A MEMBER SITE OF MINNESOTA GREENCORPS. A grant will allow the campus to host a member of GreenCorps, Minnesota's statewide initiative to help preserve and protect the environment. Alumnus Chris Waltz, ’09, has been appointed as the local government energy conservation specialist. For more information, see GreenCorps.

A GLBTA COMMUNITY AWARDS AND RECOGNITION EVENT will take place Oct. 23, 1-3 p.m., Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center. Staff from the U's Twin Cities GLBTA office will present the Breaking the Silence Award to Yvonne Valgren, a senior majoring in communication. Afterwards, the office will present awards and recognitions for UMC community members. An open meeting about GLBTA programs follows. For more information, e-mail Kim Jorgensen.

THE UMC AVIATION PROGRAM, in cooperation with the Minneapolis Flight Standards District Office of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), will host an FAA Safety Team Aviation Safety Seminar Oct. 27, 7 p.m., Youngquist Auditorium, Agriculture Research Center. For more information, see aviation safety.

Duluth:

FALL CONFERENCE ON SUSTAINABLE OPERATIONS will focus on the challenges, questions, approaches, and progress on sustainability, including specific operations in communities, health care, tourism, universities, and production. Inquiry on Sustainable Operations is a U-wide interdisciplinary group. Oct. 27, noon-4 p.m., Kirby Student Center Rafters. For more information, call professor R. T. Lievano at 218-726-8383 or see sustainable.

SUGAR, A MUSICAL FARCE, will take the audience from Chicago to Miami with gangster chases, train rides, boat rides, cross-dressing, confused proposals, millionaires, and starving musicians. Oct. 22-31, Mainstage Theatre, Marshall Performing Arts Center. This musical version of the screen classic Some Like It Hot is directed by Kate Ufema. For more information, see UMD Theatre or call the box office at 218-726-8561.

EXPERIENCE THE EERIE CLASSIC, "The Monkey’s Paw,” in a 39-room mansion on the shores of Lake Superior as part of Glensheen's Living Literature event series. Includes a guided discussion, flashlight tour, and refreshments. $32 for the general public; $27 for friends of Glensheen. Oct. 22-24, 7 p.m. For more information, call 218-726-8910, 1-888-454-GLEN, or e-mail Glensheen.

MULTICULTURAL CENTER. The UMD Queer and Allied Students Union presents Rick Landman, author of the forthcoming book Ich bin Ein New Yorker. His lecture is entitled "Gay, Jewish, German, and Proud: Insights from a Gay Activist Son of Holocaust Survivors." Oct. 22, 6 p.m., Kirby Ballroom. For more information, call 218-726-7300 or see multicultural center.

Morris:

TRACY PETERSON JOINED UMM as the associate director in the Multi-Ethnic Student Program in the Equity, Diversity, and Intercultural Programs Office. Peterson was most recently with the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where he worked in American Indian Academic Services. Peterson's work will focus on cultural programs and outreach, which will include enhancing relationships with tribal communities, student leadership development, and cultural programming.

PROJECT ART FOR NATURE EXHIBITION opening reception will be held Oct. 22, 7-9 p.m., Humanities Fine Arts Gallery. Several artists will attend the reception and meet with senior studio art majors to discuss career paths. The exhibit runs through Nov. 27. For more information, see art for nature.

Rochester:

A GUEST LECTURE BY BERNARD HARRIS will take place Nov. 5, noon-1 p.m., Mann Hall in the Mayo Clinic Medical Sciences building. Harris became an astronaut in July 1991, and later the first African-American to walk in space. He is president and founder of the Harris Foundation, which supports math/science education and crime prevention programs for America's youth. A free box lunch is included for all students who attend. RSVP to JJCasper.

Twin Cities:

DEMYSTIFYING THE PROMOTION AND TENURE PROCESS, a workshop for Twin Cities probationary faculty is being offered by the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs on Oct. 29, 1-3 p.m., 110 Shevlin Hall, east bank. The workshop will feature a discussion with Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs Arlene Carney. For registration and more information, e-mail Cheryl Johnson.

THE CONFUCIUS INSTITUTE'S SECOND LECTURE of its fall series will feature Macalester College art professor Gary Erickson. He will present a narrated video about his residency at the Sanbao Ceramic Art Institute in China and demonstrate thousand-year-old porcelain techniques being used in Jingdezhen. Oct. 22, 6-7:30 p.m., 101 University International Center. For more information, see Confucius Institute.

A SOCIAL JUSTICE FILM FESTIVAL will feature 12 documentaries (each about an hour). Oct. 24: start times are 10 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m., Tate Lab of Physics. Films are followed by discussion led by the sponsoring office. For more information, including a list and descriptions of films, see film festival.

SCHEDULING U 2009 will cover electronic course scheduling, a fall 2010 scheduling update, and how to get the room you need. Hosted by the Office of Classroom Management. Held in both Minneapolis and St. Paul, Oct. 26 through Nov. 13, for approximately one hour each day. Open to any U staff member. For more information, see scheduling or e-mail classroom.

JOSEF A. MESTENHAUSER LECTURE: "Reflections on the past, present, and future of internationalizing higher education: Discovering opportunities to meet challenges." Mestenhauser is professor emeritus in the College of Education and Human Development. Oct. 28, 2-4 p.m., lecture and discussion; 4-5 p.m., reception, Cowles Auditorium and Atrium, Humphrey Center. RSVP by Oct. 26 to 612-626-8832 or by e-mailing lecture. For more information, see Mestenhauser lecture.

REMINDER: U WOMEN OF COLOR FALL WELCOME will feature an hour of storytelling during the program, "Sharing Our Women’s Stories: An Oral Tradition." Oct. 29, 9-11 a.m., Mississippi Room, Coffman Union. In addition, the annual UWOC Tapestry Award will be presented at the event. For more information, e-mail UWOC.

TEACHING ABOUT THE UNIVERSE THROUGH GAMES AND 3-D GRAPHICS will be presented by Jeffrey Weeks as part of the Institute for Mathematics and Its Applications public lecture series. The speaker uses computer games to introduce the concept of a multi-connected universe, then takes the audience on a tour of interactive 3D graphics to show several possible shapes for space. He'll also show recent satellite data providing clues to the true shape of the universe. Nov. 12, 7 p.m., 125 Willey Hall. For more information, see games and graphics.

GIS DAY AND GEOGRAPHY AWARENESS WEEK ACTIVITIES include the third annual Borchert Lecture. Mark Monmonier, distinguished professor of geography at Syracuse University and recent recipient of the German Cartographic Society's Mercator Medal, will present "Coastlines, Boundary Lines, and the Cartographies of Protection and Control." The lecture honors the late John Borchert, U of M Regents Professor in Geography and member of the U.S. National Academy of Science. Nov. 20, 1:30 p.m., Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey Center. For more information, see Borchert Lecture.

THE FRIENDS OF EASTCLIFF BOOK CLUB GATHERINGS are an opportunity to discuss books with their authors and the club's founders, President Bruininks and his wife, Susan Hagstrum. Celebrate the inaugural season of the TCF Bank Stadium with authors Rick Moore, The University of Minnesota Football Vault, and Dave Mona, Beyond the Sports Huddle: Mona on Minnesota. Oct. 27, 7 p.m., Eastcliff, 176 N Mississippi River Blvd, St Paul. For more information, see book club.

A NEW WEISMAN EXHIBIT, "TO HAVE IT ABOUT YOU: THE HERBERT AND DOROTHY VOGEL COLLECTION," showcases a major new gift to the Weisman. The art is part of a program led by the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., called "50 Works for 50 States," in which one museum in each state was chosen to receive 50 works from a collection considered to be one of the most important in the United States. Opening reception, Oct. 23, 5–8 p.m. Runs through Jan. 10.

MAKING INSURERS ACCOUNTABLE: THE CASE FOR A PUBLIC OPTION IN HEALTH REFORM will be presented by Lois Quam, founder and CEO of Tysvar, LLC, and an internationally recognized leader on the emerging green economy and health care. Quam has appeared in Tom Friedman’s recent book, Hot, Flat and Crowded, and was named by Fortune magazine as one of the 50 most powerful women in American business. Oct. 28, 11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey Center. For more information, see Humphrey.

THE SECOND ANNUAL BENEFIT FOR HUNGER READING will be hosted by Edelstein-Keller Professor Charles Baxter (author of novels Feast of Love and Saul & Patsy). Featuring Creative Writing faculty Ray Gonzalez, Madelon Sprengnether, Patricia Hampl, Michael Dennis Browne, and M. J. Fitzgerald. Free, with a suggested donation benefiting Second Harvest Heartland foodshelf. Oct. 27, 8-9:30 p.m., Coffman Union Theater. For more information, see reading.

STUDENT UNIONS AND ACTIVITIES events and conferences Web site has been updated and now features updated floor plans and pictures, information on available spaces, and search customization. For more information, see events and conferences.

TRAFFIC MAY BE HEAVY ALONG PLEASANT AVENUE OVER THE NEXT TWO WEEKS as construction crews working on the Science Teaching and Student Services Building take delivery of key building components. The street may be closed for a few minutes at a time by a flagman. Plan travel accordingly and use alternative routes whenever possible.

MORE EVENTS include New Media Research Breakfast (Oct. 22); Colloquium on Modern Rhetoric (Oct. 23); Barbara Weiden Boyd: "The (Snake) Doctor is In: Ovid and the Arrival of Aesculapius in Rome" (Oct. 23); Workshop--Genocide and Gender-based Violence: Darfur, the Holocaust, and American Indians (Oct. 24); High Impact, Low Prep Active Learning (Oct. 27); "The End of Behavioral Genetics? How Minnesota Has Helped to Shape Contemporary Psychology" (Oct. 27). SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.


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