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Vol. XL No. 1; Jan. 13, 2010
Editor: Adam Overland,

Inside This Issue
--Register by Jan. 20 for the 2010 Legislative Briefing.
--Feature: "Just rewards."
--People: Diverse Magazine has named David Treuer one of its "Emerging Scholars" for 2010; and more.

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

REGISTER BY JAN. 20 FOR THE 2010 LEGISLATIVE BRIEFING. The briefing and reception will take place Jan. 27, 5:30-7:30 p.m., McNamara Alumni Center. President Bruininks will preview the U's 2010 legislative request and talk about the challenges higher education faces in a difficult economy. Guest speaker Mary Lahammer will share insights as a U alumna and political journalist. A live videocast of the event will be available to all campuses. The briefing is an opportunity for faculty, staff, and students to speak on behalf of the U. For more information, see 2010 briefing.

FEATURE: Bankers make reckless decisions because they don't face personal liability when their risks don't pan out, say U law professors Claire Hill and Richard Painter. To solve the problem, they propose we revive two old ideas. For more information, read "Just rewards."

PEOPLE: Diverse Magazine has named David Treuer one of its "Emerging Scholars" for 2010; U in the News features U faculty cited in the media. Read about these topics and more in People.



APPLICATIONS FOR IMAGINE FUND AWARDS WILL BE ACCEPTED UNTIL FEB. 2. Provost Tom Sullivan invites faculty systemwide to apply. Up to 185 awards of $4,000 each will be given in arts, design, or the humanities. For an online application and more information, see Imagine Fund.

THE FOURTH ANNUAL QUALITY FAIR WILL KICK OFF INDOORS AT TCF BANK STADIUM'S DQ CLUB Feb. 4. Sit by the fire inside the stadium and share quality improvement ideas. This year's theme is "Leadership at Every Level." Noted leadership consultant and author Stuart Levine will give the keynote speech, "Strengthening Your Leadership Capacity to Achieve Quality Results With Passion." In addition, participants can learn about everyday tools to streamline work, how to influence collaboration, and approaches to improvement. Register by Jan. 28 to reserve lunch. For registration and more information, see Quality Fair 2010.

REPORT OF EXTERNAL PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES FILING INFORMATION (REPA) for the period covering Sept. 2008 through Dec. 2009 will be sent out in late January. Disclosure requirements will not include changes proposed in the Individual Conflicts of Interest policy draft that is currently under review. Please wait until you receive the notice and follow the instructions for completing your annual REPA, unless circumstances require an immediate filing. For more information, call 612-626-1462 or e-mail REPA.

THE APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR THE 2010 Ed.D. COHORT IN HIGHER EDUCATION has been extended until March 1 to accommodate applicants taking the GRE and completing application materials. Instruction will begin in June. The program is geared toward working professionals. For more information, see higher education.

U OF M MOMENT: Researchers have long been aware of the link between obesity and vitamin D deficiency. U researchers have discovered that levels of the vitamin may be an accurate predictor of the ability to lose weight. Shalamar Sibley, who led the study, explains. For more information, see U of M Moment.

GREEN COMPUTING TIP: Ensure that power management features are enabled on your computer. For step-by-step instructions, check out the power management guide on the Energy Star Web site.


PROFESSOR DAN SVEDARSKY, wildlife biologist and director of the Center for Sustainability at UMC, recently returned from Copenhagen, Denmark, where he represented the 8,000-member Wildlife Society as an official observer at the United Nations Conference on Climate Change.


UMD LIBRARY has dedicated a study room in memory of former UMD Library director Rudolph (Rudy) Johnson, who served in that position from 1958 to 1975. Johnson was also head of reference from 1975 until his retirement in 1981. He established the Voyageur and Special Collections at UMD. His efforts aided the growth of research into African American and Native American history. For more information, see UMD Library.


THE MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY OF SERVICE will culminate with an address by Bertice Berry, noted sociologist, educator, lecturer, author, and comedienne. The education, reflection, leadership development, and service event will take place Jan. 18, Oyate Hall, Student Center, with Berry's keynote address at 5 p.m. For more information, see MLK Day.

UMM IS SEEKING PUBLIC COMMENTS in preparation for its periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agency. UMM will undergo a comprehensive evaluation visit by a team representing The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools March 29–31. UMM has been accredited by the Commission since 1970. The team will review the institution's ongoing ability to meet the commission's criteria for accreditation. For more information, see accreditation.

IN A STUDY OF BUR OAK TREES in three different west central Minnesota locations, UMM associate professor of biology Peter Wyckoff and Rachel Bowers ’03 identified a changing relationship between tree growth, drought, and carbon dioxide. For more information, see Bur Oak study.


UMR STAFF PARRY TELANDER AND LAURA WALKER will present a session titled "First year transition: Student to professional" at the Careers in Student Affairs Workshop hosted by the University of St. Thomas. The event is for graduate students and new professionals, but the workshop is open to anyone. Feb. 5, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., University of St. Thomas. For more information, see careers.

Twin Cities:

U LIBRARIES OFFERS WORKSHOPS ON TOPICS FROM RESEARCH AND PUBLISHING TO TEACHING AND LEARNING. Workshops support discovery and exploration of the changing information landscape. New January workshops include "Introduction to Data Management for Scientists and Engineers," "Leveraging Archival Materials into the Curriculum," and "How Do I Know I Found Everything?" For more information and a complete listing of workshops, see U Libraries.

INAUGURAL WINTER SPLIT ROCK ARTS PROGRAM: Registration is now open for Split Rock's inaugural season of winter/spring retreats in creative writing and visual arts at the Cloquet Forestry Center. Staff receive a discount through the Regents Scholarship program and earn academic credit while participating in a learning experience close to home. For more information, see Split Rock Arts.

TEST PREPARATION COURSES FOR THE GRE, GMAT, OR LSAT will be offered on campus by the College of Continuing Education. Courses are high quality, yet substantially less expensive than others. Staff receive a 10 percent discount. For more information, see Grad School test prep.

NOMINATIONS FOR THE 2010 PRESIDENT'S STUDENT LEADERSHIP AND SERVICE AWARD are being accepted through Feb. 5. The annual award recognizes the accomplishments and contributions of outstanding student leaders at UMTC. Colleagues, faculty, staff, and students can nominate undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. For more information and the online nomination form, see student leadership.

NORTHROP DANCE WILL PRESENT the Russian ballet Coppélia, one of the most beloved, comedic, classic storybook ballets in history. Though most of the action focuses on the mysterious and faintly diabolical inventor Doctor Coppélius, the story ultimately rests on the love story between the classic role of Swanhilda and her true heart's desire, Franz. U discounts include $4 off faculty/staff tickets. Faculty/staff can also purchase $20 rush tickets. Jan 14 and 15, 7:30 and 8 p.m. For more information, see Northrop.

LECTURE: "FETAL ORIGINS OF ADULT DISEASE," presented by the National Children's Study Speakers' Series. State genomics coordinator Kristin Peterson Oehlke will review the epidemiological and biological evidence about the associations between fetal exposures and development and risks for chronic diseases later in life, and consider the implications of our current knowledge on health policy and practice. Jan. 20, 3-4 p.m., Wilder Center, St. Paul. RSVP to Laurie Ukestad. For more information, see speaker series.

VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED TO HOST INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS attending an orientation in St. Paul, Jan. 25-26, Feb. 22-23, March 22-23, or April 12-13. Hosts provide students a reassuring welcome and typically house them three to four nights. Host families are asked to provide room and board as well as transportation to and from campus. For more information, e-mail Susan VonBank, call 612-625-8797, or see Twin Cities Host program.

COURSE RESERVES FOR SPRING 2010. U Libraries offers course reserve services to help instructors provide course materials, publications, and other information resources--both print and Web-based--to students. Students can access electronic content from within the libraries or remotely. For more information about placing materials on course reserves for spring semester, see course reserves, e-mail Jerrie Bayer, or call 612-624-8530.

DEALS AND DISCOUNTS can still be had at the Student Unions and Activities Information Desks. Spirit Mountain lift tickets and Depot Ice Rink discount tickets are available. Save up to $18. Tickets are available at Coffman Union and the St. Paul Student Center information desks. For more information, see discounts.

WINTER BOWLING DEALS at the Student Unions and Activities Gamerooms. Staff, faculty, and department reservations made between Dec. 1 and Jan. 31 receive 15 percent off the total reservation and 10 percent off all advance food orders. For more information, see gamerooms.

MORE EVENTS include Walkabout: Food from Field to Fork: Global Food Systems (Jan. 14); CURA Housing Forum (Jan. 15); Global Justice and Human Rights Trials: TPT Broadcast (Jan. 18); Cafe Scientifique (Jan. 19); Golden Toasters Toastmasters Club (Jan. 20). SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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