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Vol. XXXIX No. 34; October 28, 2009
Editor: Adam Overland, brief@umn.edu

Inside This Issue
--Features: The business of the University is the welfare of the state; Mapping the bottom of the world.
--People: Librarian and McKnight Presidential Professor Wendy Pradt Lougee has been elected to the board of directors of the Association of Research Libraries; and more.

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

FEATURE: THE OFFICE OF BUSINESS RELATIONS. The inscription chiseled above the stone pillars of Northrop reads, in part, that the University of Minnesota is devoted to the welfare of the state. The Office of Business Relations (OBR) exists to further that commitment by building connections between the global business community and the University's vast network of talent, training, and technology. OBR develops and implements a wide variety of strategies to engage, collaborate, partner, and support business in Minnesota and beyond. For more information, read "The business of the University."

FEATURE: MAPPING THE BOTTOM OF THE WORLD. Researchers who want to identify and keep track of remote, inaccessible colonies need somebody to turn satellite images into maps. That's when they call the U's Paul Morin, director of the National Science Foundation-funded Antarctic Geospatial Information Center. Morin will use images from any satellite belonging to any country, and many of his team's maps are "firsts." For more information, read "The ultimate terra incognita: Antarctica."

PEOPLE: Librarian and McKnight Presidential Professor Wendy Pradt Lougee has been elected to the board of directors of the Association of Research Libraries; educational psychology professors Asha Jitendra and Jennifer McComas were recently awarded a $995,929 NIH stimulus grant to study improving problem-solving for students who struggle with math; Pat Redig, professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine and cofounder of the Raptor Center, was the recipient of the Eagle Conservation Alliance's Lifetime Achievement Award; 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:

U OF M MOMENT: HEALTH CARE REFORM 101. There's likely no other issue in America right now that's as contentious as health care reform. Jean Abraham, assistant professor in the School of Public Health and a health economist, explains. For more information, listen to "Health care reform 101."

QUALITY FAIR POSTER/WORKING SMARTER APPLICATIONS DUE. Applications to present a poster or to submit a Working Smarter idea for the 2010 Quality Fair are due Nov. 5. The fair will be held Feb. 4. For an application and more information, see the Office of Service and Continuous Improvement or e-mail Quality Fair.

ITASCA FIELD STATION'S YEARLONG CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION WILL CULMINATE with a birthday party on the St. Paul campus. The program will feature a presentation about the Minnesota Mississippi Metagenome Project (M3P), a new research effort to characterize the microbial diversity at the headwaters of the Mississippi and to evaluate human impact along the river. Nov. 9, 3:30-5 p.m., lower level of the Cargill Building, 1500 Gortner Ave., St. Paul. Free, but reservations are required. For reservations, e-mail Katie Hoffman or call 612-625-2247. For more information, see Itasca Biological Station and Laboratories.

FOUR U-WIDE GRANT PROGRAMS WILL BE OFFERED BY THE OFFICE OF INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS as part of its Global Spotlight Initiative: two grants for faculty and two for graduate students. The faculty grants and one of the student grants focus on the themes of Africa or water in the world. Applications are due Feb. 15, noon. For more information, see Global Spotlight grants.

P & A AUDIO SPOTLIGHT. Even when it's not hockey or tennis season, Jim Strick still finds himself keeping busy managing the media and public relations needs for three sports teams. For more information, listen to spotlight.

Crookston:

THE BOARD OF REGENTS GRANTED APPROVAL TO UMC TO OFFER two new bachelor's degree programs: a bachelor of science in marketing and a bachelor of manufacturing management in quality management. Coursework for the two programs is set to begin in January. A minor in marketing was also approved. For more information, see new degree programs.

Duluth:

"POST-RACE AMERICA: RACISM IN THE AGE OF OBAMA" will be presented by visual and performing artist damali ayo as part of the second annual Student Leadership Conference, Oct. 28, 4-5 p.m., Kirby Ballroom. Ayo's book, How to Rent a Negro, was acclaimed as "one of the most trenchant and amusing commentaries on contemporary race relations." For more information, e-mail leadership conference or call 218-726-8170.

"HUMANITARIAN INTERVENTION IN DARFUR AND GAZA" will be presented by Ramon Das, senior lecturer of philosophy at Victoria University of Wellington. The lecture is sponsored by the Alworth International Institute as part of its continuing lecture series. Oct. 28, 7 p.m., fourth floor Library Rotunda.

THE MARSHALL ALWORTH PLANETARIUM WILL PRESENT A PROGRAM entitled "The Big Bang Theory." Howard Mooers will explain the phenomena of the creation of the Universe. Oct. 28, 7 p.m. Free. For more information, see Alworth Planetarium or call 218 726-7129.

"THE WRECK OF THE EDMUND FITZGERALD" will be presented by Thom Holden, director of the Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center. Holden will talk about what is believed to have happened in November 1975 when the Edmund Fitzgerald sank in Lake Superior. Nov. 2, 11:30 a.m., Kirby Student Center Ballroom C. Free and open to the public. For more information, e-mail Clara Weitz.

Morris:

UMM THEATER SEASON PERFORMANCES BEGIN NOV. 5 with an adaptation of Sophocles’ Greek tragedy Antigone. Written in response to the Nazi regime’s occupation of Paris, the adapted version by Jean Anouilh runs Nov. 5–7, Humanities Fine Arts Proscenium Theatre. For more information, see Morris theater.

ANNUAL CAMPUS TRICK-OR-CAN FOOD SHELF CAMPAIGN will be collecting money, nonperishable food items, and toiletries for the Stevens County Food Shelf on Oct. 29, 6-8 p.m. The event is cosponsored by the Office of Community Engagement and the Office of Residential Life. For more information, see Trick-or-Can.

Rochester:

REMIX 2009: AN EXPO FOR ROCHESTER'S YOUNG PROFESSIONALS is an inaugural event to gather young professional and nonprofit activity groups and area young professionals. The goal is to learn more about each other and the activities and opportunities that Rochester offers young professionals in the community. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar will be available. Free. Nov. 5, 5-8 p.m., fourth floor, University Square.

Twin Cities:

THE 2009 COMMUNITY FUND DRIVE WILL COME TO A CLOSE OCT. 31. Employees can choose to donate to a wide variety of charity organizations. This year's goal is 100 percent participation at any amount. For more information, see Community Fund Drive.

EMPLOYEE HEALTH AND BENEFITS FAIR. Benefits-eligible employees can learn more about health benefits and retirement investments on Nov. 3, Coffman Union, Minneapolis campus; and Nov. 4, North Star Ballroom, St. Paul Student Center. The event runs 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. each day. For more information, e-mail employee benefits or call 612-624-9090.

CHINA'S NATIONAL ACADEMY OF CHINESE THEATER ARTS will perform Highlights of Classical Chinese Theater, Nov. 1, Ted Mann Concert Hall. The performance includes excerpts from some of the most famous Peking and Kunqu Operas. Kunqu Opera, often called the "mother" of Chinese Opera, has been performed for more than 600 years and was declared a "Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity" by UNESCO in 2001. Sponsored by the Confucius Institute. For more information, see Chinese theater arts.

THE U COMMUNITY IS INVITED TO A RECEPTION HONORING THOMAS SCOTT for his 47 years of distinguished service. Scott, who retires Dec. 31, joined the political science faculty in 1962, served as director of the U's Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) for more than 30 years, and is past chair of the Faculty Consultative Committee and Senate Judicial Committee. Nov. 4, 4-6 p.m. (program at 4:45), Campus Club, West Wing. RSVP to CURA. For more information, read about Tom Scott.

THE SUPERCOMPUTING INSTITUTE IS HOLDING AN OPEN HOUSE to showcase its resources to the University research community. Free. Refreshments will be provided. Nov. 4, 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m., fourth and fifth floors of Walter Library. For registration and more information, see supercomputing open house.

THE THIRD ANNUAL NON-TRADITIONAL STUDENT WEEK CELEBRATION will take place Nov. 2-6. The weeklong series of campus-wide events recognizes the important contributions older-than-average students, student parents, first-generation college students, and veterans make to the richness and diversity of campus. November is Non-Traditional Student Month on campuses across the nation. For more information and a schedule of events, see non-traditional.

FALL 2009 ADA COMSTOCK DISTINGUISHED WOMEN SCHOLARS LECTURE. Rose Brewer, the most recent Ada Comstock Distinguished Woman Scholar, will present "Colorblind, Postracial or Not? Exploring Race in the Obama Era." Brewer, a professor in the Department of African American and African Studies, has received the Gustavus Myers National Book Award and the Josie H. Johnson Human Rights and Social Justice Award. Nov 5, 4 p.m., Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey Center. For more information, see Ada Comstock Lecture.

CARE STAFF FROM EIGHT COUNTRIES--Bangladesh, Cambodia, Ghana, Honduras, India, Malawi, Mali, and Tanzania--will be hosted by the College of Education and Human Development for a poster session on measuring and understanding the impact of educational initiatives on girls and boys in marginalized communities. Nov. 9, 3:30-5 p.m., 101 University International Center. Open to faculty, staff, and students. RSVP by Nov. 4 to Cheryl Morgan. For more information, see CARE International Gallery Walk.

"JUST IN TIME" FALL TEACHING SEMINARS offered by the Center for Teaching and Learning include managing classroom conflicts, encouraging student collaboration through course management systems, and designing courses for spring-term. Space is limited. For registration and more information, see just in time.

UNIVERSITY LEADERS ARE ENCOURAGING FACULTY AND STAFF to take the "It all adds up" energy pledge. U Services Vice President Kathleen O'Brien e-mailed her leadership group stating that higher participation will lead to lower energy consumption and costs for colleges and departments. The campaign has so far gathered more than 6,500 pledges toward a goal of 10,000. Take the pledge today.

MORE EVENTS include Frontiers in the Environment Lecture Series (Oct. 28); Leading Through Change (Oct. 29); Locality and Social Media: a research forum sponsored by the Social Networks Research Collaborative (Oct. 30); lecture by Lothar von Falkenhausen (Nov. 2); "Bodily Natures: Science, Environment, and the Material Self": presentation by Stacy Alaimo (Nov. 3); U professor and author Daniel Philippon will discuss his book, Our Neck of the Woods (Nov. 10). SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.


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