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Vol. XXXIX No. 37; November 18, 2009
Editor: Adam Overland, brief@umn.edu

Inside This Issue
--Board of Regents Nov. 12-13 meeting highlights
--Features: Redefining citizenship; Google Apps about to arrive at the U.
--People: Linda Bearinger began a four-year term as president of the International Association for Adolescent Health; and more.

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

NOVEMBER BOARD OF REGENTS MEETING HIGHLIGHTS. The November Board of Regents meeting took place Nov. 12 and 13 at McNamara Alumni Center. Steven Goldstein, president of the University of Minnesota Foundation, and Becky Malkerson, president of the Minnesota Medical Foundation, presented to the regents the Annual Report of Private Giving. Additionally, the board heard a report on the six-year capital improvement plan and a report on transfer students and reviewed a nonaction change to the U's conflict of interest programs. For more information, read the November board summary.

FEATURE: When it comes to ethical dilemmas in a pandemic, there are as many questions as answers. In a story with accompanying video, U expert Jeffrey Kahn weighs in on concerns ranging from vaccine distribution to childcare options for parents with sick children. For more information, read Redefining citizenship.

FEATURE: The Office of Information Technology has been working on plans to integrate Google applications for use at the University of Minnesota. After months of planning, collaboration, development, and testing, Google Apps is almost here. For more information, read "Google Apps about to arrive at the U of M." For the latest status updates on implementation progress, see updates.

PEOPLE: Linda Bearinger began a four-year term as president of the International Association for Adolescent Health; Deborah Powell began a one-year term as chair of the Association of American Medical Colleges; Deborah Swackhamer is the 2009 recipient of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry's Founders Award; Jim Mickelson and Stephanie Valberg's report on the horse genome sequence was published in the Nov. 6 issue of the journal Science; 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:

RETIREMENT FUNDS ADD NEW INVESTMENT OPTION: Effective Dec. 1, the PAX World Balanced Fund will be added as an investment option to the U's Faculty Retirement Plan, Optional Retirement Plan, and Section 457 Deferred Compensation Plan. With a mix of stocks and bonds, the PAX World Balanced Fund invests in socially responsible companies. For more information, see socially responsible investment.

THE SIEHL PRIZE FOR EXCELLENCE IN AGRICULTURE IS REQUESTING NOMINATIONS for the 2010 awards. The prize recognizes outstanding contributions to agriculture and the alleviation of world hunger. Recipients are chosen in three categories: knowledge (teaching, research, and outreach), production agriculture, and agribusiness. Each laureate receives a $50,000 award as well as a sculpture and lapel pin designed by Minnesota artist Thomas Rose. Nominee(s) must reside in Minnesota or have previously resided there for at least five years or hold a degree from the U. Individuals and teams are eligible. Nomination deadline is Jan. 15. For more information, see Siehl Prize.

A UMORE PARK REPORT produced by the UMore Park Academic Mission Advisory Board highlights faculty research and student learning opportunities in the planning and development of a sustainable community on the University’s 5,000-acre property. The publication provides guidelines for infusing the U's academic mission into the project and describes ways that faculty and students can participate via research, learning opportunities, and outreach. For more information, view the report.

NORTHEAST MINNESOTA SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT PARTNERSHIP and UMD have partnered to offer the Sustainable Development Research Opportunity Program. It will provide College of Liberal Arts students an opportunity to work closely with Northeast Minnesota communities on their sustainable development projects. The program began in the fall and will run throughout the year. Michael Mageau, Okey Ukaga, and Michelle Hargrave will direct and administer the program. For more information, see partnership.

Crookston:

THE SECOND ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL MARKET is part of activities scheduled for International Education Week. Nov 18, 2-7 p.m., Bede Ballroom. A global experiences panel discussion will feature faculty and students who have gone abroad for study or research. Nov. 19, 12:25 p.m., Bede Ballroom. For more information, see international market.

THE RETIRED AND SENIOR VOLUNTEER PROGRAM (RSVP), sponsored by UMC, recently received $1,000 from Roseau's LifeCare Medical Center to begin a "Bone Builders Exercise Program" in Greenbush, MN. In addition to four Bone Builders classes in Polk County, RSVP helped sponsor 14 classes throughout northwest Minnesota through an Otto Bremer Foundation grant. For more information, see exercise classes.

Duluth:

UMD WOMEN'S HOCKEY will hold its "Decade of Dominance" 10-year anniversary celebration Nov. 21. The four-time national championship women's hockey team will face off against Minnesota State Mankato Nov. 21, 6:07 p.m., Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center. Twenty-five former Bulldogs and staff will be on hand along with alumni, family, and friends. Pregame ceremony and postgame reception. For more information, see women's hockey.

UMD MEN'S HOCKEY, BULLDOGS VS. GOPHERS. UMD Alumni Association will hold the Bulldog "Break the Ice Party" at TCF Bank Stadium, Nov. 21, sixth floor, Indoor Club Room. Cost is $18. A stadium tour will begin at 5 p.m., with a pregame party 5:30-7 p.m. The event precedes the Bulldogs vs. Gophers men's hockey game at Mariucci Arena. There will be game viewing on multiple screens in the Indoor Club Room. For registration and more information, call 218-726-7110.

"AN EXTRAORDINARY EVENING OF OPERA SCENES" will feature the singers of UMD Opera Studio presenting scenes from some of the repertoire's most beautiful operas. Nov. 20 and 21, 7:30 p.m., Weber Music Hall. Tickets: $8 adult, $7 seniors, $5 students, $3 UMD students. For tickets and a full listing of musical events, see music or call 218-726-8877.

INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION THROUGH STUDY ABROAD brown bag event is sponsored by the Alworth International Institute and is part of the International Education Week. UMD students and faculty will discuss study abroad experiences. Nov. 19, noon, Library Rotunda. For more information, see study abroad.

Morris:

"A CAROL CONCERT WITH CHARLIE BROWN" is the 32nd annual Carol Concert to be held Dec. 5, 7:30 p.m., and Dec. 6, 2 p.m., Morris Area Schools Concert Hall. Advanced tickets are available. For more information, see Charlie Brown.

UMM HAS PARTNERED WITH THE MINNESOTA POLLUTION CONTROL AGENCY (MPCA) and ServeMinnesota to launch Minnesota GreenCorps. The new program is an environmentally focused AmeriCorps program administered by MPCA that aims to protect and preserve Minnesota’s environment while developing the next generation of environmental professionals. For more information, see GreenCorps.

STUDENTS IN MICHAEL EBLE'S PAINTING COURSES are creating Morris townscapes, capturing scenes from throughout the community. Students will donate the artwork as a service-learning project and gift to the community. For the past four years, students have combined their knowledge and love of art with a service-learning project. Their work will be hung in the Common Cup coffeehouse, downtown Morris. For more information, see artwork.

ART GALLERY EXHIBIT: "Environmental Aesthetics:" Works by Michael Eble and Carey Netherton. Eble, an associate professor of studio art, creates paintings of natural elements and whimsical shapes to evoke environmental appreciation. Netherton plays with the tension between hybridity and incongruity to question the relationship between the natural and industrial aspects of society through sculptural works. Nov. 19 to Dec. 17, St. Paul Student Center.

Rochester:

UMR is sponsoring a one-day "Crash Course for the Motorcyclist." The course is geared toward the lay-rescuer and as a refresher for emergency medical services. Participants will be taught what to do in the first 5-30 minutes after a crash until professional help arrives. CEUs issued upon request. January 30, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., 417 University Square. For preregistration, see crash course.

Twin Cities:

A NEW UNIVERSITY RIDESHARE COMMUNITY FOR FACULTY, STAFF, AND STUDENTS, the Zimride Rideshare Community, is an easy-to-use private network that reduces campus traffic and provides substantial cost savings. Since Zimride's launch in September, more than 850 U community members have signed up. Create a profile, post ride offers or requests, and find friends, classmates, and colleagues with similar commute patterns at Zimride.

THE 2009 COMMUNITY FUND DRIVE RAISED NEARLY $1.2 MILLION FOR LOCAL CHARITIES. Approximately 5,000 of the U's eligible employees participated, or about 33 percent--a three percent increase in participation over last year and the third highest participation level in the past decade and a half. Five units raised their individual participation rates by more than 25 percent. For more information, including college and unit participation rates, see 2009 CFD totals.

COPYRIGHT PERMISSION REQUESTS FOR SPRING 2010 course materials should be submitted to the Copyright Permissions Center ASAP. Source information may be dropped off at any Printing Services location, faxed to 612-626-9810, mailed to 102 Printing Services Building, or submitted online. For more information, e-mail Dale Mossestad or call 612-626-9416.

THE U IS NEAR THE TOP IN STUDY ABROAD PARTICIPATION and international student enrollment, according to the annual "Open Doors" report on international study abroad, released by the Institute of International Education. UMTC ranks third nationwide among research institutions, highest ranking ever for the U. Other U campuses also ranked high in the report. For more information, see the news release.

UNIVERSITY OPERA THEATRE PRESENTS "Stravinsky in Paris," three short operas from Igor Stravinsky, Nov. 19-22, Ted Mann Concert Hall. Directed by David Walsh; conducted by School of Music students Foster Beyers, Christina Chen-Beyers, and Jeffrey Specht. Tickets: $20 general admission; $10 U students (two-for-one tickets for U students, faculty, and staff). For more information, call 612-624-2345 or see Stravinsky.

THE 48TH ANNUAL U OF M MARCHING BAND INDOOR CONCERT will take place Nov. 21, 7 p.m., and Nov. 22, 3 p.m., Northrop Memorial Auditorium. Program selections include traditional favorites and crowd pleasers from halftime shows. For tickets and more information, see Northrop ticket office or call 612-624-2345.

IN HONOR OF WORLD AIDS DAY 2009, a number of awareness presentations and information sessions will take place Nov. 30, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., University International Center. RSVP by Nov. 27 to Global Spotlight or by calling 612-626-8832. For more information, see World AIDS Day.

THE OFFICE OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND THE ACADEMIC TECHNOLOGY ADVISORY COMMITTEE will be holding their first Pecha Kucha-style event (a quick presentation format) featuring 10 short, entertaining presentations given by faculty, staff, and students on the topic "Google@UMN," followed by breakout discussion sessions. Dec. 2, 2-4 p.m., Mississippi Room, Coffman Union. For more information, see Google@UMN.

IRB REQUIREMENTS AND EXPECTATIONS OF RESEARCHERS AND RESEARCH STAFF IN THE CONTEXT OF ACCREDITATION will be the topic for the next Clinical Research Coordinators' Group meeting. Moira Keane, executive director of the Human Research Protection Program, will describe expectations with respect to researchers and research staff. The session will prepare participants for site visit interviews. Open to anyone in the research community. Dec. 3, 1-2:30 p.m., 5-125 Moos Tower.

HARPER'S MAGAZINE FORMER EDITOR AND AUTHOR LEWIS H. LAPHAM will speak at the U during a lecture and book signing. The New York Times has likened him to H. L. Mencken, Vanity Fair has suggested a strong resemblance to Mark Twain, and best-selling author Tom Wolfe compared him to Montaigne. Lapham will speak about the tribulations of the printed word in the wilderness of cyberspace. "Mixed Media" will take place Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m., Elmer L. Andersen Library. Reservations are requested by Nov. 25 by calling 612-624-9339 or e-mailing author event. For more information, see Harper's Magazine

A FOUR-DAY INTERACTIVE VIDEO COURSE, "Secure Coding in Java/JEE," will be offered by the SANS Institute, an organization known as the best and most trusted source for computer security training. Hosted by the Office of Information Technology. Jan. 5-8. For registration (limited to 50) and more information, see interactive video.

MORE EVENTS include Harald Rohracher, Social Science Research for Green Technology Development (Nov. 19); The Redesign of Design: Computer, Architect, Corporation (Nov. 20); John Borchert Lecture (Nov 20); The Stories - Talking Suitcases: Gathering Life Stories in a Diverse World (Nov. 21); Feminist Studies Colloquium Series 2009-2010 (Nov. 22). SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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