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Vol. XXXIX No. 36; November 11, 2009
Editor: Adam Overland,

Inside This Issue
--The Board of Regents will meet Nov. 12-13.
--Features: Lives entwined; 'Pay per byte' in Internet's future?; Eyes of a child.
--People: Meredith McQuaid will join the board of directors of NAFSA: Association of International Educators; and more.

Campus Announcements and Events
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THE BOARD OF REGENTS WILL MEET NOV. 12-13. The board will hear a report on private giving to the U in FY 2009 and review the six-year capital improvement plan. The board will also act upon the first phase of financing for the new Biomedical Sciences Research Facilities, discuss changes to the U's conflict of interest policies, and act on the appointments of the dean of the College of Education and Human Development, Jean Quam, and the vice provost and dean of graduate education, Henning Schroeder. For more information, see the news release.

FEATURE: Professors Mária and Daniel Brewer are one of those academic couples people marvel at. Married in graduate school, they teach in the same department, French and Italian. Partners both professionally and personally, Mária and Daniel Brewer have received France’s highest honor for academics. For more information, see "Lives entwined."

FEATURE: With Internet traffic growing steadily, rumors arise that overuse will crash this pillar of modern society. But Andrew Odlyzko doesn't buy them. As principal investigator for the Minnesota Internet Traffic Studies project, the mathematics professor monitors Internet usage, taking advantage of data from a variety of sources. He sees traffic growing at somewhere around 50 percent per year, but it's nothing to worry about—at least not yet. For more information, read "Pay per byte."

FEATURE: Sitting on her mother's lap, five-and-one-half-month-old Fiona looks at a wire figure hanging in front of her. She reaches out and grabs it, unaware that a camera records her every move. Fiona is one of many babies helping researcher Al Yonas tackle what he calls "the toughest problem in the Universe"--how we construct a meaningful world from a 2-D pattern of light and color on the back of our eyeballs. For more information, read "Eyes of a child."

PEOPLE: Meredith McQuaid will join the board of directors of NAFSA: Association of International Educators in January; Bonnie Westra was inducted as a fellow into the American Academy of Nursing; Susan Carlson Weinberg received the 2009 Weinberg Award; U in the News features U faculty cited in the media. Read about these topics and more in People.



THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH (NIH) has awarded 15 U research projects a total of more than $10.3 million in funding from the prestigious "Challenge" and "Grand Opportunities" grant programs. The Challenge Grants in Health and Science Research is a new NIH initiative that supports research on specific knowledge gaps, scientific opportunities, new technologies, data generation, or research methods that would benefit from an influx of funds to quickly advance the area in significant ways. The NIH received more than 20,000 proposals and awarded only 840 grants nationally. For a list of the 10 awards, see U research grants.

U OF M MOMENT: CITIZENSHIP DURING THE H1N1 PANDEMIC. As flu season hits its stride, the current H1N1 pandemic is putting the world on alert. Countries are worried about the strain spreading across their borders, and parents everywhere warily send their children to school--where the flu is most likely to spread. Jeffrey Kahn, director of the U's Center for Bioethics, says it's a difficult balance between individual rights and protecting the public's health. For more information, listen to the audio feature at U of M Moment.

THE MINNESOTA LANDSCAPE ARBORETUM PRESENTS A ONE-OF-A-KIND HOLIDAY SEASON EXPERIENCE. "Making Spirits Bright" will feature gingerbread houses, stately trees, stunning natural decorations, holiday musical entertainment, and more, both indoors and outdoors. Nov. 27 through Jan. 3. For more information, see arboretum.

GREEN COMPUTING TIP: Close unused applications. Running unnecessary applications causes your CPU to work harder and use unnecessary energy. The added strain on the CPU generates heat, prompting the computer's fan to turn on, which in turn uses more energy. In the Twin Cities, take the energy pledge at "It all adds up."


A CEREMONY HONORING VETERANS BEGINS NOV. 11, 8 a.m., Campus Mall. At 4 p.m. in Kiehle Auditorium, the U Crookston Veteran's Club will host Stewart Bass, a naval aviator in World War II. Bass fought in the Pacific and was awarded the Navy Cross, the second highest combat decoration, for valor in action while flying a TBM Avenger torpedo bomber. For more information, see veterans ceremony.

FALL COMMUNITY DIALOGUE ON SERVICE LEARNING is an opportunity for community members to express needs and wants and for faculty members to describe the courses in which they would like to incorporate service learning. Ideas that cannot be addressed through an academic service learning project may be considered through club community service or special service days such as National Youth Service Day. Nov. 12, 8:30-10:30 a.m., Bede Ballroom.


"OBAMA'S FOREIGN POLICY" will be presented by Thomas Hanson, former career U.S. foreign service officer. Sponsored by the Alworth International Institute. Nov. 11, 7 p.m., fourth floor Library Rotunda. For more information, see Alworth.

A LOOK IN THE MIRROR: THE MEMOIR OF A DEAF PERFORMER, written and performed by Nic Zapko, is sponsored by UMD Access for All, a student organization dedicated to promoting disability awareness on campus and around the community. Told with humor and compassion, it is a personal and true story of loss, despair, and redemption, and is performed in American Sign Language. Free and open to the public. Nov. 13, 7 p.m., 90 Bohannon Hall. For more information, see November events.

"DIA DE LOS MUERTOS, DAY OF THE DEAD" will be on display through Nov. 14 in the Multicultural Center. For more information, e-mail the center.

LABOVITZ SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AND ECONOMICS WILL HOST ITS PROFESSOR FOR A DAY event, featuring speaker Bruce Carlson, a four-star United States Air Force general. General Carlson is a native of Hibbing, Minnesota and a 1971 graduate of the school. He will be speaking on "Leadership Ethics in Today's Global Economy." Free and open to the public. Nov. 16, 10-11 a.m., Weber Music Hall. Refreshments will be served at 9:30 a.m. For more information, see Professor For A Day.

INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION WEEK has many events scheduled celebrating and promoting international educational exchange. The International Taste of UMD on Nov. 14 will jumpstart the official Nov. 16-20 week of events. Sponsored by the UMD International Club. For more information and a full listing of events, see international education.


LAKE REGION ARTS COUNCIL WILL HOLD AN INFORMATION MEETING regarding opportunities to apply for new arts and cultural heritage funding through the council. Stevens County artists and organizations are invited to attend. Nov. 12, 3 p.m., Humanities Fine Arts Gallery. For more information, call Chris Wing, Grants Development Office, 320-589-6458, or Maxine Adams, Lake Region Arts Council, 218-739-5780.

POET HEID ERDRICH WILL HOLD A POETRY READING AND BOOK SIGNING. A respected and decorated author of three poetry collections, Erdrich won the Minnesota Book Award in 2009 for National Monuments. The Mother’s Tongue and Fishing for Myth likewise garnered award nominations. Sponsored by the Briggs Library Associates. Nov. 16, 7 p.m., Oyate Hall. For more information, see poetry reading.

TWO MORRIS TEAMS PLACED IN THE TOP 10 PERCENT in the region at the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) competition--all four Morris teams placed in the top half. For more information, see computing competition.


AN EXPO FOR ROCHESTER'S YOUNG PROFESSIONALS gathered a variety of young professional groups from the Rochester area to engage nonprofits, showcase things to do in Rochester, and help retain this talented pool of young people in the area. More than 160 people attended the "Remix 2009" event.

Twin Cities:

SENATOR AMY KLOBUCHAR AND PROFESSOR MICHAEL OSTERHOLM WILL HOST A DISCUSSION ABOUT United States flu vaccine availability and federal vaccine policy in light of widespread shortages of seasonal flu and H1N1 vaccines. Nov. 13, 10-11 a.m., D327 Mayo Memorial Building. For more information, see vaccine availability.

FINDINGS OF A HUMPHREY INSTITUTE STUDY ON THE ECONOMIC IMPACT OF IMMIGRANTS in Minnesota will be discussed at a free, public forum Nov. 12, 4-6 p.m., Humphrey Institute. It will include several presentations and a question-answer session. For more information, see immigrant impact.

LONG-TERM CARE FINANCING SOLUTIONS forum will gather state and national leaders for an interactive discussion on potential approaches to long-term health care (based largely on Medicaid) financing reform and what Minnesota can do to be a national leader in creating a solution. Sponsored in part by the U's Center for the Study of Politics and Governance. Nov. 17, 12:30–4:30 p.m., Cowles Auditorium, Hubert H. Humphrey Center. For more information, see financing solutions.

COLLEGE OF PHARMACY: "FACULTY AND STUDENT ENTREPRENEURS: ACADEMICS FOR THE REAL WORLD" will be presented by Glenn Prestwich, inventor on more than 39 patents and patent applications for human therapeutic products. The visiting lectureship/strategy clinic is the first in a series as part of the U's investment in human therapeutics that will help advance pharmaceutical discoveries with commercial potential. Sponsored by the Office for Technology Commercialization in collaboration with OVPR and the Academic Health Center. Nov. 17, 5-7:30 p.m., Ski-U-Mah Room, McNamara Alumni Center. RSVP by Nov. 12 to Lily Loney. For more information, see College of Pharmacy.

GRADUATE STUDENTS IN TECHNOLOGY AND SCIENCE are invited to attend a four-part seminar series with practical lessons on how to bring technologies to market. The event will begin with "Market Opportunities in 'Designing for the Environment.'" Sponsored by 3M. Nov. 20, 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 2-224 Carlson School of Management. For registration, e-mail technology. For more information, see 3M Seminars on Technology Commercialization.

HEALTHY FOODS, HEALTHY LIVES INSTITUTE will host a breakout session from its 2009 Symposium: Critical Issues in Research and Public Policy. "Exploring the impacts of organic production practices on nutritional content: How can the University of Minnesota engage in this emerging field of research?" Nov. 23, 4-6 p.m., 23 Food Science and Nutrition Building, St. Paul campus. To attend, RVSP to healthy foods by Nov 19.

INFORMATION SESSIONS FOR THOSE CONSIDERING A DOCTORATE IN HIGHER EDUCATION have been scheduled for Nov. 19 and Dec. 12. The U is accepting applications for the 2010 Ed.D. cohort until Jan. 15. Instruction will begin in June. The program is geared for working professionals. For more information, see doctorate of education.

"FATHERHOOD IN THE 21ST CENTURY: FROM PREGNANCY PLANNING TO PARENTING," presented by the U's Environmental Health Sciences "National Children's Study Speakers' Series," will address the cultural shifts that are challenging stereotypes of fatherhood and redefining parental roles and the role men have in optimizing preconception health and family planning. Dec. 2, 3-4:30 p.m., Wilder Center, St. Paul. Free, but seating is limited. RSVP to Laurie Ukestad. For more information, see fatherhood.

"GROWING THE BIOECONOMY: SOLUTIONS FOR SUSTAINABILITY" will feature researchers in biofuels, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Thomas Vilsack, and U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu. On day one, a virtual conference will be broadcast live Dec. 1, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Continuing Education Conference Center, St. Paul. Day two will bring together producers, landowners, and community and business leaders from Minnesota's bioeconomy, Dec. 2, 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Hosted by Extension and the U's Initiative for Renewable Energy and the Environment. Registration cost is $50 each day, $85 for both days. The Dec. 1 broadcast may also be viewed from a personal computer for $50. For registration and more information, see Growing the Bioeconomy.

THE TRANSFORMATIONAL LEADERSHIP PROGRAM (TLP) recently graduated its second cohort from the Twin Cities campus. The 12 participants were involved in a variety of strategically aligned projects over the past several months. All participants were recognized for their work at the graduation ceremony, and each had the opportunity to display the results of their project to date. For more information, see Twin Cities TLP.

MORE EVENTS include Meet Ray Gonzalez, award-winning poet and U of M professor (Nov. 11); Cyclopath: A Geographic Wiki for Cyclists (Nov 12); Google IS a Research Tool (Nov 13); Promotion to Full Professor Workshop (Nov 16); Adam Hochschild Reading (Nov 17). SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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