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Vol. XL No. 2; Jan. 20, 2010
Editor: Adam Overland,

Inside This Issue
--President Bruininks' schedule will be temporarily reduced to address a personal health issue.
--The 2010 legislative briefing will take place Jan. 27.
--Feature: 2010: A space odyssey.
--A look at total well-being and lifestyle change from the Center for Spirituality and Healing.
--People: McKnight Land-Grant Professors for 2010-12; and more.

Campus Announcements and Events
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PRESIDENT'S SCHEDULE TEMPORARILY REDUCED TO ADDRESS PERSONAL HEALTH ISSUE. President Bruininks has been diagnosed with stage one prostate cancer and will be on a reduced work schedule for a brief period beginning Feb. 1. This is a highly treatable condition, and he has an excellent prognosis for a quick and complete recovery. For more information, please refer to the president’s statement to the University community. You can subscribe to future presidential communications by entering your e-mail address in the window on the lower left column of the Web page.

THE 2010 LEGISLATIVE BRIEFING 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: To keep up with the demands of modern research--such as physics professor Paul Crowell's laser-based studies--the University will ask the Legislature to help fund a new physics and nanotechnology building. For more information, read "2010: A space odyssey."

NEW YEAR, NEW YOU: A Look at Total Well-Being and Lasting Lifestyle Change. The Center for Spirituality and Healing is offering tips about how to take a holistic approach to fostering total well-being, and nurturing mind, body, and spirit. Brief self-assessments will help you get started. For more information, see total well-being.

PEOPLE: McKnight Land-Grant Professors for 2010-12 are 10 UMTC faculty members: Vladas Griskevicius, CSOM; Ibrahim Volkan Isler, IT; Alex Jassen, CLA; Daniel Kaplan, Medical School; Kenneth Kozak, CFANS; Vuk Mandic, IT; Jennifer Marshall, CLA; Dylan Millet, CFANS; Yoichiro Mori, IT; and John Ohlfest, Medical School; Medical School Professor Elizabeth Seaquist has been elected to the American Diabetes Association Board; U in the News features U faculty cited in the media. Read about these topics and more in People.



"ACTIVE LEARNING WITH TECHNOLOGY: MYTHS, MAGIC, AND MUCHO MOTIVATION" will take place Feb. 2, 10-11:45 a.m., theater, Coffman Union. Based on extensive research, Curtis Bonk will dispel the myths and outline the debates of technology integration in higher education. Bonk will be joined by four experts in a panel discussion to further examine the application, benefits, and challenges of e-learning. Panel members include Ann Duin, Aaron Doering, Merrie Kaas, and Billie Wahlstrom, with moderator Debra Olson. For more information, see learning with technology.

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: The Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment and the Life Sciences has issued a call for proposals addressing the societal implications of problems in health, environment, or the life sciences. Two types of awards are available: one for graduate/professional students, and another for Consortium/Joint Degree Program members. Proposals are due Feb. 8. For more information, including an application and deadlines, see call for proposals. With questions, call 612-626-5624 or e-mail consortium.

APPLICATIONS ARE BEING ACCEPTED FOR THE GRANT-IN-AID spring 2010 competition. The Grant-in-Aid of Research, Artistry, and Scholarship Program in the Office of the Vice President for Research seeks to promote the scholarly and artistic activities of faculty and their graduate students and to foster academic excellence within the University. Deadline is Feb. 8. For more information, see Grant-In-Aid.

RAMP-UP TO READINESS IS OFFERING ITS FIRST GRANT COMPETITION. Grants will be used to create or enhance new or existing partnerships with preK-12 schools or systems. Detailed criteria for the grants and application forms are available at readiness. Deadline is March 1. For more information, e-mail Theresa Battle or call 612-625-4513. Application packets are also available from Char Greenwald at 612-625-3695. Ramp-Up to Readiness is a program of the U's College Readiness Consortium, part of System Academic Administration.

THE MINNESOTA LANDSCAPE ARBORETUM WILL PRESENT "The Great Hall of Orchids--Passport to Paradise," Feb. 12 through March 14. A preview event is scheduled for Feb. 11. The exhibit will feature a variety of orchids--including many unique species and hybrids--all grown by renowned orchid expert Jerry Fischer and his Orchids Limited greenhouse of Plymouth. The orchids will be displayed in the Great Hall of the Oswald Visitor Center. Free with arboretum gate admission.

REMINDER: THE 2010 QUALITY FAIR IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER. There will be much to do and see, so plan ahead. Speakers and the list of poster presentations are online along with planning tips. Speakers will address themes of leadership and ways to make work more effective. Posters demonstrate innovative change. Feb. 4, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Register by Jan. 28 to reserve lunch.

U OF M MOMENT: The devastating earthquake that hit Haiti recently took tens of thousands of lives. April Knutson, from the U's department of French and Italian, teaches her students about the history and culture of this tiny Caribbean nation. Knutson, who has assisted in humanitarian efforts in Haiti in the past, believes the Haitian people will rebound from this catastrophe. For more information, listen to "U of M perspective on Haiti." A few institutions accepting donations toward relief efforts include the American Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders, and A comprehensive list can be found at The New York Times.


"FLIP IT OFF: SAVE YOUR ENERGY FOR LATER" is the theme for the student kickoff event for the Otter Tail Power Company Campus Energy Challenge scheduled for Jan. 26, 7 p.m., Bede Ballroom. The campus community is invited to attend, and all attendees will receive an energy saving item. For more information, see energy event.

UMC WAS AWARDED A CLEAN ENERGY RESOURCE TEAMS GRANT of $11,000. The grant will support pairing students with faculty or staff to address two projects: a feasibility study for a methane digester, and measurement of building-to-building energy use. For more information, see energy grant.

UMC STUDENT Katya Zepeda is one of two college students selected to receive a $1,000 Carter Academic Service Entrepreneur (CASE) grant supporting innovative service-learning projects. Zepeda will use the grant to raise funds for the Crookston food shelf by hosting an Empty Bowls Dinner. For more information, see innovative learning.


LEWIS AND CLARK AND THE INDIAN COUNTRY traveling exhibit is on display at the UMD library through Feb. 25. The exhibition tells the story of the explorers' historic 1804-06 expedition from the point of view of the Indians who lived along the route. The UMD Library was chosen as one of 27 sites for the six-year national traveling exhibition. For more information, see Lewis and Clark exhibit.

THE UMD LIBRARY recently began using new LibGuides software. The software allows library staff to create user-friendly guides aimed at assisting researchers and library users. Staff have created more than one-hundred guides and are continually adding new ones. LibGuides covers a broad range of research and library topics, including subject and course-specific guides, as well as guides designed to help patrons navigate and use library services and collections. For more information, see LibGuides.


A NEW EXHIBIT IN THE HUMANITIES FINE ARTS GALLERY, "Feminist--the other f-word," will feature work by Jess Larson. Larson is associate professor of studio art, and curator for and contributing artist to the exhibit. The retrospect explores feminism’s impact on contemporary artmaking and highlights feminism's positive and empowering aspects. Opening reception Jan. 21, 7 p.m. The show runs through March 12. For more information, see new exhibit.

"SHAKESPEAREAN TIDBITS: AN EVENING OF READINGS AND MONOLOGUES" will be performed by Ray Schultz, associate professor of theatre, and Roxanne Wellington. The one-night-only event includes readings and monologues from well-known Shakespearean works, including Twelfth Night, Measure for Measure, Macbeth, Much Ado about Nothing, and Julius Caesar. Jan. 23, 7:30 p.m., Humanities Fine Arts Black Box Theatre. For more information, see tidbits show.


A JANUARY 15 UMR SYMPOSIUM showcased biomedical research that is improving outcomes of blood and marrow transplant, developing better antiviral drugs, and advancing cancer chemotherapy, among others. Sponsored by the Biomedical Informatics and Computational Biology (BICB) program, the symposium provided scientists and business leaders from southeastern Minnesota and the Twin Cities opportunities to build new collaborations aimed at improving health and conquering disease. A panel discussion moderated by UMR vice chancellor Claudia Neuhauser explored the why and how of building collaborative relationships and the direction of future research.

Twin Cities:

RENOWNED EXPERT ON CLIMATE NEGOTIATIONS DAVID VICTOR will be the keynote speaker at the Willard W. Cochrane Lecture in Public Policy. Victor, a professor at the University of California-San Diego, is a former director of the Program on Energy and Sustainable Development at Stanford University and previous director of the science and technology program at the Council on Foreign Relations. Jan. 21, 2:30 p.m., Cargill Building for Microbial and Plant Genomics, St. Paul Campus. Free and open to the public, but preregistration is requested online.

FEATURE: In an ongoing budget challenge, cost savings in Facilities Management couldn't have come at a better time. As units University-wide work to set priorities and reduce costs, Facilities Management's Safety and Risk Management group targeted and achieved reductions in costs related to lost-time injuries last year by introducing a team-based safety incentive program. For more information, read "Facilities Management plays it safe."

UNIVERSITY STORES HAS REMANUFACTURED LASER TONER CARTRIDGES available for the most commonly used laser printers. Purchasing recycled cartridges reduces environmental impact. In addition, the cartridges cost 30 to 60 percent less than new cartridges. To see if a remanufactured cartridge is available for a printer, visit U Stores and click "Remanufactured Toner Cartridges."

THE INSTITUTE ON COMMUNITY INTEGRATION and the National Inclusion Project will release a groundbreaking new resource on Jan. 22. "Together We Make a Difference: An Inclusive Service Learning Curriculum for Elementary Learners With and Without Disabilities" will provide educators and youth workers with a new tool for engaging elementary students in service learning, meeting education standards in a variety of academic areas, and helping to dispel stereotypes about young people with disabilities. For more information see community integration.

DEINARD MEMORIAL LECTURE ON LAW AND MEDICINE: "What's Wrong with Race-Based Medicine" by Dorothy Roberts (Northwestern University). Sponsored by the Joint Degree Program in Law, Health, and the Life Sciences, and the Center for Bioethics. Free and open to the public. Registration is required for CLE and CME credit. Feb. 3, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., theater, Coffman Union. For registration and more information, call 612-625-0055 or see Deinard lecture.

RESOURCES AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES. The Center for Teaching and Learning offers a series of stimulating and practical discussions of timely teaching topics. Upcoming opportunities include Using a Course Management System Like Moodle or WebVista to Encourage Student Collaboration, Feb. 3, noon-1 p.m.; and High Impact, Low Prep Active Learning, Feb. 24, noon-1 p.m. Discussions take place in 130 Blegen Hall. Registration is limited. For more information, see teaching and learning.

NOTICE INVITING THIRD-PARTY COMMENTS: THE NURSE-MIDWIFERY EDUCATION PROGRAM will be reviewed by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME) Board of Review for continuing accreditation in June. Comments must be submitted by Feb. 1. For more information and to submit comments, see Nurse-Midwifery.

ON TUESDAYS, UNIVERSITY DINING SERVICES OFFERS DISCOUNTS in campus restaurants and coffee shops. Promotions and offers change regularly. For more information, see Tuesday Deals.

MORE EVENTS include Celebrating Minnesota's Greatest Entrepreneurs and Future Implications (Jan. 20); Opening Reception for Against The Odds: Making a Difference in Global Health (Jan. 21); Arts Insiders Kick Off Party (Jan. 22); Men's Basketball vs. Michigan State (Jan. 23); Women's Basketball vs. Michigan State (Jan. 24); Minnesota International Relations Colloquium Presents David Blaney (Jan. 25). SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

UNIVERSITY ATHLETICS: Golden Gophers | UMD Bulldogs | UMM Cougars | UMC Golden Eagles

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