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Vol. XL No. 4; Feb. 3, 2010
Editor: Adam Overland,

Inside This Issue
--Features: Improving the climate; Getting attached.
--The Board of Regents will meet on Feb. 11 and 12.
--People: Peter Reich has been named this year's winner of the prestigious BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award; and more.

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

FEATURE: The University recently renovated the exterior of Folwell Hall, a venerable home for undergraduate education for more than a century. Now the interior is in need of a makeover, and the U is turning to the Minnesota Legislature for funding support. For more information, read "Improving the climate."

FEATURE: What makes for a well-adjusted person? To a large extent, it's the security of the attachment between a child and his or her parents. Three decades of University research reveal what attachment is and how parents can achieve it. For more information, read "Getting attached."

THE BOARD OF REGENTS WILL MEET ON FEB. 11 AND 12. Unless otherwise noted, all meetings are held in the board room, 6th floor, McNamara Alumni Center. Agenda items include issues related to the Annual Capital Financing and Debt Management Report, the Annual Risk Management Report, a progress report on the FY2010 operating budget, and more. The complete agenda is available at Board of Regents.

PEOPLE: Peter Reich has been named this year's winner of the prestigious BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in ecology and conservation biology; the Institute for Advanced Study has announced Residential Faculty Fellows for 2010-11; Award for Global Engagement recipients for 2009 are David Chapman, Gerald Fry, Joseph Schwartzberg, and Kathleen Sellew; Masonic Cancer Center scientist Jian-Min Yuan has been awarded an $8 million research grant from the National Cancer Institute; U in the News features U faculty cited in the media. Read about these topics and more in People.



ADMINISTRATIVE POLICY: "Purchasing Goods and Services" has been changed to define when an employee is allowed to make an out-of-pocket purchase and to increase the dollar threshold for these purchases, and to provide more information on bidding requirements and exceptions to bidding. The policy is available for comments through Feb. 28. For more information, see policy review.

ENTER THE FOURTH ANNUAL "IT'S GLOBAL" PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT CONTEST for a chance to win up to $500. Create a PSA, 30-second or less, about a hot public health topic. The top 15 will be screened, and cash prizes will be awarded April 5. Submission deadline is March 5. All PSAs will be showcased throughout the National Public Health Week film festival, April 5-9. For more information, see School of Public Health PSA.

SAVE THE DATE: MINNEWEBCON IS APRIL 12. Registration is open for MinneWebCon, the U's continuing education conference for Web professionals from across the region. Kristina Halvorson, an internationally recognized Web content strategy expert, and Wendy Chisholm, who worked with Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee on its latest mobile specifications, will give the keynote presentations. Discounted rates for U faculty, staff, and students. For more information, see MinneWebCon.


A PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THE COLLEGE OF VETERINARY MEDICINE and UMC's Agriculture and Natural Resources Department will expand the Veterinary Food Animal Scholars Track (VetFAST) program. Beginning fall 2010, UMC students meeting program requirements will be considered for admission to the VetFAST program. For more information, see VetFAST.

CHUCK HABSTRITT, UMC associate professor specializing in agronomy and soils, was presented the Achievement in Crop Improvement Award at the 2010 Minnesota Crop Improvement Association's (MCIA) annual meeting. The award is MCIA's highest honor and is presented annually to recognize exemplary service by an individual to the seed industry. Habstritt, recently retired, showed dedication to the industry, encouraged production of high quality seed, and demonstrated leadership in the agricultural and local communities throughout his career. For more information, see Habstritt.

AN OVERVIEW OF THE CAMPUS FACILITIES MASTER PLAN during the next Thursday Commons is open to faculty, staff, and students. A committee is working to update the existing campus master plan and refine it for the next decade. Feb. 4, 12:15-1:45 p.m., Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center. For more information, see campus master plan.


GLENSHEEN HISTORIC ESTATE VALENTINE DINNER, "Some romantic evening," is set for Feb. 13 and 14, 6 p.m., at the historic Congdon estate. The event features an abbreviated tour, followed by a candlelit meal in the Winter Garden. Tickets: $62 per person, $57 per Friend of Glensheen. Reservations must be made in advance. For tickets or more information, see Glensheen or call 218-726-8910, 1-888-454-GLEN.

"LEWIS AND CLARK AND THE INDIAN COUNTRY" FACULTY PANEL DISCUSSION will be presented Feb. 11, 6:30 p.m., Kirby Ballroom, UMD. "Lewis and Clark and the Indian Country," a national traveling exhibit that tells the story of the explorers' 1804-06 expedition from the point of view of the American Indians who lived along the route, is on display through Feb. 25, fourth floor, UMD Library. For more information, call 218-726-8130 or see panel discussion.

UMD TWEED MUSEUM OF ART '60s CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT TALK will feature Civil Rights Movement veteran Sue [Lorenzi] Sojourner speaking in conjunction with her documentary photography exhibit "The Some People of the Place -- 1960s Holmes County, Mississippi: The Local People and Their Civil Rights Movement." Feb. 9, noon, Tweed Museum of Art. For more information, e-mail Alison Aune or call 218-726-6216, or see civil rights talk.

STARGAZING TONIGHT! Learn about the night sky on Feb. 3, 7 p.m., Marshall Alworth Planetarium. The show will include information about the solar system, current astronomical events, and/or commonly asked questions about the night sky. Private shows available by appointment for groups of 10 or more. For more information, see a list of shows or call 218-726-7129.


THE FOURTH ANNUAL COMMUNITY OF SCHOLARS EVENT will bring 200 prospective students to campus Feb. 5-6. Students invited have already been offered admission and will be competing for the Morris campus's most prestigious competitive scholarships--the Prairie Scholars Award and the Morris Scholars Award. For more information, see community of scholars.

MORRIS WILL PARTICIPATE IN THE 2010 HOME GROWN ECONOMY CONFERENCE, sponsored by U.S. Representative Collin Peterson (DFL-Minnesota District 7). The conference will be held in Marshall at Southwest Minnesota State University and by interactive video in four locations throughout the state, including the West Central Research and Outreach Center in Morris. Several Morris campus representatives will present during the conference. For more information, see Home Grown Economy.


THE BOARD OF REGENTS FACILITIES COMMITTEE WILL REVIEW UMR'S CAMPUS MASTER PLAN at the board's February meeting. UMR has been working to identify properties that could be assembled effectively and efficiently over a 20-year timeframe to provide for future expansion. Findings recommend that considered properties be located downtown near Mayo Clinic to capitalize on partnership potential and leverage community resources. In addition, UMR is aligning efforts with ongoing downtown master planning activity to position the University for growth.

Twin Cities:

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT FAIR. Make a difference in the Twin Cities community. This annual event provides a chance to learn about local volunteer and internship opportunities and talk to representatives from more than 80 organizations. Feb. 3, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Great Hall, Coffman Union. Coordinated by the Community Service-Learning Center. For more information, see community involvement.

TCF BANK U CARD CHECKING ACCOUNTS REMAIN FREE. It has been rumored that TCF Bank ended its free checking feature for faculty, staff, and students with a U Card checking account. This is not true. Although a change in federal regulations requires a minimum maintenance fee to be charged on some accounts, faculty, staff, and students with U Card checking accounts are exempt. Get more information at a TCF Bank branch office.

NORMAN BORLAUG'S PAPERS WILL BE DIGITIZED BY THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA LIBRARIES. U Libraries have been awarded funds by the Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grant to digitize the papers of Norman Borlaug and related historical materials from the University Archives. For more information, see the news release.

FACILITIES MANAGEMENT HAS BEEN AWARDED $200,000 to combat Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). The Forest Protection Reserve Grant from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture will be used to address EAB that has been found on the St. Paul campus. Landcare's action plan includes completion of a tree survey to identify all ash trees on campus, the results of which will be added to a campus GIS system. They will then select trees for treatment. For more information, see the news release.

BEYOND OUR DIFFERENCES a documentary by Minneapolis-based Peter Bisanz, explores the role of faith in the world today and the fundamental unity of the world's religions. Hosted by the Center for Spirituality and Healing and the Mindfulness for Students Club. Audience dialogue will be facilitated by center faculty Mark Umbreit, followed by a Q and A with Peter Bisanz. Feb. 5, 5 p.m., light refreshments provided. For more information, see documentary.

CENTER FOR TRANSPORTATION STUDIES (CTS) ANNUAL WINTER LUNCHEON: "Saving us from ourselves: Human factors and the design of safer roads," Feb. 9, 11:30 a.m.-1.30 p.m., McNamara Alumni Center. The lecture will address how user characteristics and limitations affect driver interaction with vehicles and the roadway environment, and how human performance can be improved. Human factors expert Alison Smiley will talk about the latest research. Register by Feb. 5. For registration and more information, see winter luncheon.

THE INSTITUTE FOR MATHEMATICS AND ITS APPLICATIONS will host the lecture "From flapping birds to space telescopes: the math of origami," Feb. 9, 7 p.m., 125 Willey Hall. Speaker Robert Lang is an artist and a consultant who applies origami principles to engineering problems. For more information, see origami math.

THE 14TH ANNUAL MINNESOTA PAVEMENT CONFERENCE will showcase innovative construction practices, infrastructure investment strategies, sustainable pavements, and much more. Sponsored by the Transportation Engineering and Road Research Alliance and hosted by the Center for Transportation Studies. Feb. 11, 8 a.m.-4:15 p.m., Continuing Education and Conference Center, St. Paul. For more information, see Minnesota Pavement Conference.

THE CENTER FOR ACADEMIC PLANNING AND EXPLORATION (CAPE) officially opened its doors to students Jan. 19. Currently a pilot program, CAPE is designed to provide targeted, academic transition support for undergraduates who are strongly undecided and are considering several options among colleges, or who desire competitive majors yet need to explore alternative options. CAPE will host an open house for faculty and staff Feb. 11, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 233 Appleby Hall. For more information, see CAPE open house.

STEM CENTER GRAND OPENING Feb. 11 will show off the new interdisciplinary research facilities devoted to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics teaching and learning in the Vocational and Technical Education Building, St. Paul campus. Keynote speaker is Mitchell Nathan, educational psychology professor from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, 4-5 p.m., room 285. Open house and hors d'oeuvres reception, 5-6:30 p.m., room 320. For more information, e-mail Serena Wright, College of Education and Human Development.

NORTHROP DANCE WILL PRESENT THE DANCE GROUP PILOBOLUS, a pioneering American cultural institution of the 21st century, Feb 12, 8 p.m.; Feb. 13, 2 p.m. The group's physical vocabulary blends art with transforming acrobatics, molding it into rousing poetry. Unique, multi-bodied weight sharing and creation of clever visual illusions are the group's hallmarks. Associated events include a Family Fungi Fest at the Bell Museum before the Saturday show and a Fungi Dance Party for kids in the Northrop lobby afterwards. During the dance party, dance students will teach kids how to groove while Pilobolus dancers show off their moves. $10 student tickets and $4 off faculty/staff tickets. For more information, see Northrop Dance.

LECTURE SERIES ON LAW, HEALTH, AND THE LIFE SCIENCES. Eminent bioethicist and professor Alexander Capron, University of Southern California, Gould School of Law, will speak on "Cutting-Edge Issues in the Structure and Governance of U.S. and International Biobanks." Capron's lecture is the third and final lecture in the 2009-10 Lecture Series on Law, Health, and the Life Sciences focusing on how the Internet and computers are changing biomedical practices and policy. Feb. 18, 11:30 a.m., Coffman Union. For registration and more information, see lecture series.

THE U WILL HOST A MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. AND BLACK HISTORY MONTH CELEBRATION, Feb. 21, 4-5:30 p.m., Ted Mann Concert Hall. The event will feature a program of music, song, readings, and spoken word poetry, highlighted by solos from jazz vocalist Charmin Michelle, and speech excerpts/readings by actor, vocalist, and educator T. Mychael Rambo. The concert is free of charge and open to the public. For more information, see MLK and Black History Month.

SAVE THE DATE: NURSING RESEARCH DAY. The School of Nursing and their community and clinical partners will showcase current research studies and clinical innovations highlighting this year's theme, "Linking Evidence to Practice: Translational Science in Nursing." Bernadette Melnyk, dean and distinguished foundation professor, Arizona State University College of Nursing and Health Innovation, will give the keynote address. Her presentation will speak to the link between research and evidence-based practice. Melnyk is a nationally recognized expert in evidence-based practice and child and adolescent mental health. April 23, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., McNamara Alumni Center.

TECHNOLOGY TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES through the Office of Information Technology include a number of technology training courses through the University Technology Training Center (UTTC). For more information, including a list of upcoming courses, see technology training.

MORE EVENTS include Frontiers in the Environment: The Whole Village Project, with Craig Packer (Feb. 3); New Media Research Breakfast (Feb 4); Nature Tots: Nature Scents (Feb. 4); First Fridays: Virtue and Vice in the Stacks - Chastity and Lust (Feb. 5); Common Sense: Art and the Quotidian Preview Party (Feb. 5); Insight Senior Fashion Show (Feb. 6); Google for Researchers (Feb. 8). SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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