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Vol. XL No. 3; Jan. 27, 2010
Editor: Adam Overland,

Inside This Issue
--UMD announces a search for a new chancellor.
--Features: New test detects PTSD; Keeping tabs on forests; Creating community.
--The 2010 legislative briefing is Jan. 27.
--People: Art professor Ali Momeni has been awarded a $50,000 grant from Chicago's Joyce Foundation; and more.

Campus Announcements and Events
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UMD CHANCELLOR SEARCH: The University is actively seeking a new chancellor to fill the position at UMD after the retirement of Chancellor Kathryn Martin. Martin announced late last year that she will retire July 31, having served in this role for more than 14 years. The position is the chief executive officer of the Duluth campus and reports directly to the president of the University of Minnesota. The formal position specification is available at chancellor search PDF.

FEATURE: In a discovery that may lead to the first objective test for post-traumatic stress disorder, University researchers have found a "signature" of PTSD in the brain. A test could mean better treatments for the debilitating condition. For more information, read "New test detects PTSD."

FEATURE: Now that six nations have pledged $3.5 billion to preserve forests, they need a way to track the world's forest cover. And they have one, thanks to University computer scientist Vipin Kumar and his research team. For more information, read "Keeping tabs on forests."

FEATURE: The University of Minnesota Duluth is a leader in American Indian education, with nearly 20 related programs around campus. To unite those programs and provide better support for students, the U is proposing a new home for UMD's American Indian Learning Resource Center. For more information, read "Creating community."

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 faced by higher education in a tough economy. Guest speaker Mary Lahammer will share her insights as a U alumna and political journalist. For more information, see 2010 briefing.

PEOPLE: Art professor Ali Momeni has been awarded a $50,000 grant from Chicago's Joyce Foundation; Becky Bohm, associate director of athletic communications, will receive the Girls’ and Women’s Sports in the Media Award at a ceremony Feb. 3; David Ghere, associate professor in the Department of Postsecondary Teaching and Learning, died Jan. 17, at the age of 59; U in the News features U faculty cited in the media. Read about these topics and more in People.



REGISTER FOR THE QUALITY FAIR BY JAN. 28 TO RESERVE LUNCH. In a period of declining resources, leadership capacity is critical. Learn techniques to strengthen leadership skills at this year's Quality Fair. The theme is "Leadership at All Levels," with keynote speaker Stuart Levine, best-selling author of Cut to the Chase and The Six Fundamentals of Success. Feb. 4, doors open at 8:30 a.m., TCF Bank Stadium. For more information, see Quality Fair 2010.

CONFERENCE ON INTERNATIONALIZING THE CURRICULUM AND CAMPUS deadline for poster, presentation, and paper proposals is Jan. 31. The conference will explore all avenues by which students, faculty, and staff can gain global and intercultural competencies, both within the classroom and outside, locally and globally. Conference is March 29, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., McNamara Alumni Center, UMTC. Sponsored by the Office of International Programs. Free and open to all staff, faculty, and graduate students. For registration and more information, see campus internationalization.

APPLICATIONS FOR IMAGINE FUND AWARDS WILL BE ACCEPTED UNTIL FEB. 2. Provost 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.


MIXED BLOOD THEATRE WILL PERFORM DR. KING'S DREAM in celebration of the life and career of Martin Luther King Jr., Jan. 27, 7 p.m., Kiehle Auditorium. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Services. For more information, see King's dream.

AN ALTERNATIVE ENERGY COMMITTEE MEETING will take place Jan. 28, 7 p.m., Seminar Room, Agriculture Research Building, Northwest Research and Outreach Center. Dan Svedarsky, director of the Center for Sustainability at UMC, will address the committee and moderate a question-and-answer session. Svedarsky recently returned from Copenhagen, Denmark, where he represented The Wildlife Society at the United Nations Climate Conference. Open to the public. For more information, see alternative energy.

THE NATIONAL SOCIETY OF LEADERSHIP AND SUCCESS program, offered spring and fall semesters, includes a speaker series broadcast via the Internet, and related discussions that help students develop their leadership skills. UMC's participation in the program will enhance leadership development opportunities for students. A meeting for interested students will take place Jan. 28, 4 p.m., Bede Ballroom A and B. For more information, see student leadership.


UMD DEPARTMENT OF GEOLOGICAL SCIENCES will present a lecture on "Geology and Mineralogy of Granite Pegmatites" by Thomas Campbell, NRRI guest lecturer and resource assessment manager for Cliffs Natural Resources. Jan. 28, 3:30 p.m., 175 Life Science Building. Refreshments will be served after the presentation.

LUCINDA JOHNSON HAS BEEN NAMED DIRECTOR OF THE CENTER FOR WATER AND THE ENVIRONMENT at the Natural Resources Research Institute at UMD. The center has an international reputation for its commitment to understanding and solving the problems that impede the environmentally sound development of the economy. As director, Johnson will manage the Center's research programs, which include Aquatic Ecosystems, Forest Ecosystems, Land/Water Interface, and Environmental Chemistry. The center operates under a multimillion-dollar annual budget with research staff ranging from undergraduate students to senior researchers. For more information, see center for water.

UMD RADIO STATION KUMD 103.3 FM has expanded its broadcast day to 24 hours. KUMD’s format features a mix of music including rock, folk, blues, and other genres. As an independent alternative public radio station, KUMD is a strong supporter of the local music scene. KUMD relies heavily on community volunteers and UMD students. For more information, see KUMD radio.

THE UMD MOCK TRIAL TEAM WON second place at the Hatting Invitational Mock Trial Tournament at St. Thomas Law School. The tournament involved 18 teams from Iowa, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. UMD took second place with a record of six wins and two losses. UMD political science professor Mark Jennings is the team coach.


LIFE STORIES OF WOMEN ARTISTS, 1550-1800, by associate professor of art history Julia Dabbs, has been released by Ashgate Publishing Group. Dabbs's original manuscript explored the lives of 25 women artists. After its review, the Ashgate editorial board asked Dabbs to expand the content to 46 women artists because of the book's usefulness and interest. For more information, see women artists.

FEBRUARY MARKS THE 2010 YEARLONG CELEBRATION KICKOFF honoring the 50th anniversary of UMM and the 100th anniversary of the founding of the West Central School of Agriculture and Experiment Station. First events include a jazz concert, Feb. 19, and open houses at the newly renovated Welcome Center on the Morris campus and the West Central Research and Outreach Center office. The Pride of the Prairie Farmers Market and Local Foods Meal will take place Feb. 23. For more information, see celebration events.


STUDENT HEALTH SERVICES will be open during the spring on Mondays and Thursdays, 2:45-4:45 p.m. Sign up for an appointment or walk in at the BSN Office (room 390). Services to be offered include acute care, initial and brief counseling and evaluation, preventive or chronic care, assistance with referrals and appointments to primary health care providers or specialists, and lab testing.

Twin Cities:

PREVIEW/REVIEW: UNIVERSITY EVENTS AND LECTURES is a new, periodic column (about every two weeks) highlighting events and lectures recently past and soon to come on the UMTC campus. This issue features events ranging from the math of origami to the Dead Sea Scrolls. Faculty and staff are invited to contribute to the column. Submissions should be no longer than 250 words and are subject to review by the Brief editor. For more information, see preview/review.

SAFETY AND SECURITY are among the University's top priorities. The recent news about the violent crime that touched the lives of several students on Monday night is a reminder that everyone has a role to play to ensure campus and personal safety. For more information about what we all can do to promote a culture of safety at the University, see safety on campus.

WALK-IN PREVENTIVE HEALTH SCREENINGS ARE BEING OFFERED JAN. 28, 8-11 a.m., Northstar Ballroom, St. Paul Student Center. The routine tests are administered by Boynton Health Service at no additional cost to UPlan members and covered spouses or same-sex domestic partners. Screenings include fasting cholesterol and blood glucose testing, body mass index and body composition, and a blood pressure check. Measurements can be used to answer questions on the wellness assessment, which, if taken by April 30, can earn you (and your spouse/SSDP) a $65 wellness reward. For more information, take the wellness assessment or see the spring semester schedule of walk-in preventive screenings.

ADOBE ACROBAT PRO EXTENDED SOFTWARE license option is now available for faculty and staff to purchase for University-owned computers for a yearly fee of $40. This cost covers all upgrades within that year. There is also a departmental pricing option that covers all computers owned by the department, as well as a collegiate/administrative option, which covers all computers owned by the collegiate/administrative unit. For more information, see OIT Adobe license option.

THE INSTITUTE FOR GLOBAL STUDIES AND THE IMMIGRATION HISTORY RESEARCH CENTER have worked with faculty to organize a teach-in. The event, "Linked Lives: When are Immigrant and Refugee Engagements Problematized?" seeks to provide a comparative and historical look at the ways Minnesota immigrant and refugee groups maintain connections to their countries of origin. The event is designed so that people can come and go throughout the day with a special breakout session in the afternoon. Feb. 1, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Mississippi Room, Coffman Union. For more information and a full-day agenda, see immigrants and refugees.

BROWN BAG FINANCIAL SERIES offers seminars designed to provide tools for savvy investing. Sponsored by Employee Benefits, staff and faculty are invited to join by bringing a lunch and attending the seminars in person or by participating online through UMConnect. Topics include: Wise Investing; A Perspective on Today's Economy and Portfolio Diversification; and Building a Portfolio for Any Weather. Feb. 3, 17, and 24, noon-1 p.m., 210 Donhowe. For more information, see brown bag financial.

MINI MEDICAL SCHOOL SPRING SERIES WILL FOCUS ON CHILDREN'S HEALTH. Each semester, the U delivers a unique opportunity for lifelong learners to explore the science of health and disease. Learn from the U's world-class scientists, see organs and medical devices up close during hands-on lab activities, and hear about the latest, leading-edge research and new medical technologies. This spring's course, "Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities," focuses on childhood cancers, juvenile diabetes, allergies and asthma, and more. March 22, 29, and April 12, 19, 26 (Mondays), 6-8:30 p.m., Coffman Union Theater. $60-$80. For more information, call 612-626-7072 or see Mini Medical School.

THE CENTER FOR TEACHING AND LEARNING IS LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEER ENGLISH CONVERSATION PARTNERS to meet with international graduate students for language practice and cultural exchange. Commitment would be one hour per week for one semester. An orientation is provided. For more information, see conversation partners.

2009 TECHNOLOGY SURVEY REPORTS show students and faculty share technology preferences. Every two years, the Office of Information Technology surveys Twin Cities faculty members and students in order to gather information about their experiences and perceptions of educational technology. For more information, see the 2009 reports, available at technology surveys.

CLA LANGUAGE CENTER'S LANGUAGE EXCHANGE PROGRAM, TandemPlus, seeks to match native speakers and students of two different languages in language- and culture-learning partnerships. The program is free and open to all, including faculty and staff. Register by Feb. 26. For more information, see the TandemPlus Web page and click on "Face-to-Face Exchanges."

CENTRAL STUDENT STUDY SPACE ON THE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS will be managed by the Office of Classroom Management (OCM). OCM will be the central point of contact, responsibility, and accountability for student study space. OCM will work closely with stakeholders to provide the best study spaces for students. It will maintain an inventory of current student study spaces, identify new spaces that may be converted, manage the spaces, make certain that new building projects are attentive to the need for study spaces, and provide an annual report to the senior vice president and provost.

MORE EVENTS include The Florida Everglades: An Entangled Landscape (Jan. 28); Hennepin-University Symposium (Jan. 29); Homeopathy Acute Care Workshop (Jan. 30); Wrestling vs. Purdue (Jan. 31); Carlson School's 1st Tuesday Speaker Series featuring James Prokopanko (Feb. 2); Deinard Memorial Lecture on Law and Medicine (Feb. 3). SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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