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Vol. XXXIX No. 38; November 25, 2009
Editor: Adam Overland,

Brief publication calendar: Brief will not be published on Dec. 30 and Jan. 6. Publication will resume on Jan. 13. All submissions for the Jan. 13 issue are due no later than noon, Jan. 8.

Inside This Issue
--November Federal Relations Report.
--Features: Photography exhibit: Focusing on IT women faculty.
--People: Dean and School of Nursing professor Connie Delaney is the 2009 recipient of the American Medical Informatics Association Virginia K. Saba Informatics Award; and more.

Campus Announcements and Events
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NOVEMBER FEDERAL RELATIONS REPORT. FY 2010 appropriations bills include modest boosts for science and higher education priorities. It appears unlikely that any further economic stimulus legislation would include either research funding or help for students, but the struggling economy is pressuring elected officials to act in unexpected ways. The Obama administration has asked all domestic agencies to model flat funding or even a 5 percent cut, signaling a very tight fiscal environment. For the U research community, the central focus will be ensuring that the administration and Congressional leadership live up to their commitments to basic research and increased higher education attainment. For more information, read the November 2009 Federal Relations Report.

FEATURE: A PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT OF WOMEN FACULTY IN THE INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (IT) was created by IT communications specialist Nancy Johnson, who received an IDEA (Innovation, Diversity, Equity, and Achievement) grant from the Office of Equity and Diversity. In a college dedicated to the advancement of technology, the exhibit captures in black-and-white photographs the people behind the change. Nov. 27 through July 4, Minnesota History Center, St. Paul. Public opening reception Dec. 1, 5-8 p.m., Minnesota History Center. For more information, read "Focusing on IT women faculty."

PEOPLE: Dean and School of Nursing professor Connie Delaney was selected as the 2009 recipient of the American Medical Informatics Association Virginia K. Saba Informatics Award; School of Nursing associate professor Christine Mueller was selected as the 2009-10 chair of the Expert Panel on Aging for the American Academy of Nursing; School of Nursing associate professor Margaret Moss was selected as one of two cochairs of the panel; ZERO TO THREE selected UMD associate professor Mary Ann Marchel to participate in the Leaders for the 21st Century Fellowship program; U in the News features U faculty cited in the media. Read about these topics and more in People.



U OF M MOMENT: Gobble up Minnesota turkeys. It's an $800 million industry right under our beaks and most Minnesotans don't even know about it. Turkey production in the state is tops in the nation and, in a time of diet and nutrition consciousness, that's a good thing, says Sally Noll, Extension professor in turkey production. For more information, listen to turkey talk.


THE THIRD ANNUAL WOMEN'S HOLIDAY SOCIAL raises money for student scholarships. Proceeds from the silent auction, raffle, and live auction go to the Women's Project Fund to support and recognize scholarly work and service at UMC. Dec. 1, Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center. Holiday gift baskets can be viewed beginning at 3 p.m. Bidding and drawings 4-7 p.m. For more information, see holiday social.

DURING WORLD AIDS DAY, UMC Student Health will provide an information booth related to HIV/STD awareness. Dec. 1, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Sargeant Student Center. For more information, call Stacey Grunewald at 218-281-8512.


ASTRONOMY LESSONS FROM STAR WARS, sponsored by the Alworth Planetarium, will show what the movie series has to teach about astronomy. Find out how Han Solo could do the Kessel Run in 12 Parsecs. Nov. 25, 7 p.m., Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium. Free and open to the public. For more information, see Star Wars.

UMD WEBER MUSIC HALL will present a performance by Guitar Ensemble I and II, directed by Billy Baranard (I) and Jacob Jonker (II). Dec. 1, 7:30 p.m., Weber Music Hall. Tickets: adults $8, seniors $7, students $5, UMD students $3. For more information, see musical events or call 218-726-8877.


PHYSICS STUDENTS LAUNCHED A SCIENTIFIC BALLOON as part of Professor Gordon McIntosh's experimental physics class, the first such project at UMM, on Nov. 14. Carefully attached in Styrofoam boxes or "pods," data collection equipment captured information for student experiments as the balloon ascended to nearly 90,000 feet and traveled more than 70 miles. Increasing in size as it rose, the 10-foot balloon grew to 30 feet in diameter before it exploded and floated gently to the ground by parachute, landing in a tree. For more information, see balloon experiment.

UMM ART CLUB WILL HOST ITS ANNUAL HOLIDAY SALE featuring work of student and area artists. The campus tradition offers a wide variety of items for purchase, including paintings, prints, photographs, ceramic pieces, handmade jewelry, and knit items. Dec. 3–5, Humanities Fine Arts Gallery. For more information, see holiday sale.


KTTC TELEVISION RECENTLY RAN A FEATURE about UMR's planned expansion. For more information, watch the video.

Twin Cities:

THE U POLICE DEPARTMENT IS A DROP SITE FOR TOYS FOR TOTS. Bring unwrapped toys to the lobby of the Transportation and Safety Building, 511 Washington Ave. S.E. The last day to drop off toys is Dec. 18, 3 p.m. For gift suggestions, see the FAQ section at Toys for Tots.

A $6.5 MILLION GRANT HAS BEEN AWARDED TO THE INSTITUTE ON COMMUNITY INTEGRATION'S North Central Regional Resource Center (NCRRC). The NCRRC assists state education agencies and lead agencies in the systemic improvement of education programs, practices, and policies that affect infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities in the states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin. For more information, see NCRRC grant, e-mail Michael Sharpe or call 612-626-8155.

A $2.7 MILLION GRANT FOR FOREST BIOMASS RESEARCH awarded by the federal agriculture and energy departments will fund a U-led multistate study of whether forest-based biofuels are viable and sustainable. The study, led by assistant professor Anthony D'Amato, will involve analyzing the potential ecological and economic costs and benefits of harvesting woody biomass from forestland in the lake states of Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan. For more information, see forest research grant.

VIDEO: PHYSICS OF FOOTBALL. Have you ever wondered how much force is involved in a football tackle? University of Minnesota physics professor Dan Dahlberg breaks down a tackle from the Minnesota Cal game using a stunning example featuring Gopher wide receiver Eric Decker. For more information, watch the video.

"IT ALL ADDS UP" IS NEARING 10,000 ENERGY PLEDGES. The west bank made a huge contribution to the energy conservation campaign on Nov. 10 by making 1,000 pledges at the West Bank Energy Showcase. The campaign's total now exceeds 8,000. A last drawing to win an iPod this semester will come on the last day of fall classes, Dec. 16. Enter to win by taking the energy pledge at "It All Adds Up."

"FACULTY MEMBER AS MENTOR: Best Practices for Mentoring Graduate Students Successfully" will identify effective mentoring practices, barriers, tools, and resources. The interactive workshop will explore best mentoring practices in the context of communications, climate, conflict, and networking. Sponsored by the Graduate School and the Student Conflict Resolution Center. Dec. 3, 3-5 p.m., rooms A-C, Campus Club, Coffman Union. Space is limited and early registration is encouraged. For more information, e-mail Vicki Field or call 612-625-6532.

CARING FOR A PARENT WITH MEMORY LOSS conference with School of Nursing professor Joseph Gaugler and other speakers will include exercise as a way to manage and prevent memory loss; driving and memory loss, from the initial conversation to the transition from driving; financial and estate planning in dementia; holistic care and alternative approaches to managing memory loss; and onsite care support. Continental breakfast and lunch provided. Free and open to the public, but preregistration is required. Dec. 5, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., 2-650 Moos Tower. For registration and more information, e-mail memory loss or call 612-626-2485.

SEASONAL DISCOUNT TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE at the Student Unions & Activities Information Desks. Spirit Mountain lift tickets and The Depot Ice Rink tickets can be found at the Coffman Memorial Union and the St. Paul Student Center information desks. For more information, see discounts and deals.

SUBMIT A THEME IDEA FOR HOMECOMING 2010 and be entered into a prize drawing for a $50 Mesa pizza gift card. Ideas must be submitted by Dec. 11. For more information, see homecoming ideas.

MORE EVENTS include World AIDS Awareness Presentations (Nov. 30); What Barbarism Is? (Nov. 30); Art Dubai: A presentation by Laura Trelford and Haig Aivazian (Dec. 1); Benefit Jewelry Sale (Dec. 2). SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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