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Vol. XL No. 5; Feb. 10, 2010
Editor: Adam Overland,

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Inside This Issue
--Features: In their own element; Going with the flow; Balancing act.
--Board of Regents meets on Feb. 11, 12.
--People: Phil Esten has been named chief executive officer of the Alumni Association; and more.

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

FEATURE: University researchers have found that water movements generated by fish as they swim could have a hand in shaping their bodies and their swimming style. The discovery could inform the design of aquatic robots. For more information, read "Going with the flow."

FEATURE: U of M employees who take four or more medications can now enroll in a Medication Therapy Management program. Participants meet regularly with a pharmacist who helps balance the medications as effectively as possible. For more information, read "Balancing act."

FEATURE: As the U continues to examine the best way to deliver education, the chemistry department has launched a new experiment, delivering its Introductory Chemistry course online. Now students are viewing lectures on their own time. For more information, read "In their own element."

THE BOARD OF REGENTS WILL MEET ON FEB. 11 AND 12. Highlights of the meeting include an update on the Enterprise Financial System, review and/or action on a number of capital budget amendments, schematic plans, and real estate transactions; the annual report on utilities and energy management; review of the policy on monumental works of art; action on the openness in research policy and review of policies regarding academic misconduct, student financial aid, and college constitutions; an update from CFO Richard Pfutzenreuter on the 2010 operating budget; and a presentation by VP for Research Tim Mulcahy on technology commercialization. For more information, see Board of Regents.

PEOPLE: Phil Esten has been named chief executive officer of the University of Minnesota Alumni Association; three new research projects will receive grants from the U's Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute to address key policy questions about obesity and healthy eating; Ronald Huesman, associate director of the Office for Institutional Research, will join the Association of American Universities Data Exchange Council; Uwe Kortshagen has been named a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers; Maria Kroupina and Mary Ann Marchel have been selected to participate in the Leaders for the 21st Century Fellowship program; Mistilina Sato has been named the inaugural holder of the Campbell Endowed Chair in Education; the University Parent Program, with director Marjorie Savage, has received a NASPA Silver Excellence Award for its Parent Outcomes/Family Involvement program; Daniel Zismer has been named director of the master of healthcare administration and executive studies programs at the School of Public Health; professor emeritus Catherine Kulesov, who taught for over 20 years in the Department of Russian Studies, has passed away; U in the News features U faculty cited in the media. Read about these topics and more in People.



APPLICATIONS FOR EQUITY AND DIVERSITY IDEA GRANTS are invited by the Office for Equity and Diversity. The office will be funding projects, programming, events, and research that support the enhancement of safe and welcoming spaces for underrepresented and marginalized members of the U community. All academic and administrative units are eligible to apply. Funding will be awarded in two cycles, with deadlines on Feb. 26 and April 30. For an application and more information, see Idea Grants.

THE GRADUATE EDUCATION WORK GROUPS have released their draft recommendations regarding restructuring academic issues and student administrative processes in graduate education. Provost Sullivan received the report Feb 3. Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to review the recommendations and comment via e-mail or by attending feedback sessions with the work groups during the 30-day public comment period ending March 3. For more information, see recommendations and feedback session dates.

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: INSTITUTE ON THE ENVIRONMENT (IonE) RESIDENT FELLOWS COMPETITION. IonE is recruiting a new cohort of resident fellows from across the U, supporting creative faculty members from a range of backgrounds. Resident fellows will be selected to pursue new interdisciplinary research and problem solving; create new models of teaching and training; accelerate professional and leadership development; engage with new IonE-wide initiatives and programs; and build new networks and collaborations. Fellows will be appointed for three years and receive $50,000 (total) in flexible funds to support new research, teaching, outreach, or leadership activities. Application deadline is March 5. For an application and more information, see IonE fellows program.

CONFERENCE: RELOCALIZING OUR FOODSHED: MODELS AND METHODOLOGIES in Cross-Disciplinary Research. The Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships and Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute invite U research faculty, graduate, and postgraduate students to participate in this two-day symposium and workshop. March 15 and 16. For registration and more information, see Healthy Foods or Regional Partnerships.

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: FACULTY INTERACTIVE RESEARCH PROGRAM GRANTS. The Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) invites proposals for the Faculty Interactive Research Program. The program encourages U faculty to pursue research projects involving a significant public policy issue while interacting with Minnesota groups or communities involved in the issue. For an application and more information, see CURA, e-mail CURA director Ed Goetz, or call him at 612-624-8737. Application deadline is March 31.


A NEW MENTOR IN RESIDENCE PROGRAM WILL FEATURE AUTHOR DENNIS WEIDEMANN, the first in a series of guests at UMC. Author of the book This Water Goes North, Weidemann's presentation will include a slideshow followed by a book signing. Feb. 10, 7:30 p.m., Evergreen Hall. For more information, see mentor in residence.

CONFERENCE: HOME GROWN ECONOMY. Growing, processing, and distributing food from the farm to the local dinner plate is the topic of the third Home Grown Economy conference with congressman Collin Peterson. Feb. 16, Marshall, Minnesota. A video session will be available in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center. For more information, see home grown.


THE ANNUAL POLAR BEAR PLUNGE TO BENEFIT THE SPECIAL OLYMPICS, sponsored by the UMD Labovitz School of Business and Economics, raises money for Special Olympics athletes, including the Duluth All-Stars, one of the state's largest delegations. Faculty, staff, and students are invited to participate (supporters don't have to enter the freezing water). Feb. 20, 3 p.m., Grandma's Sports Garden (lakeside), Canal Park. A pledge of $75 qualifies for a chance to win a snowmobile. For registration and more information, see Polar Bear Plunge.

UMD TECHFEST 2010 is calling for submissions. Deadline is March 10. Event takes place March 26, UMD Kirby Student Center Ballroom. For more information, see Techfest, e-mail Sheri Pihaja, or call 218-726-6975.

UMD THEATRE ANNUAL DANCE CONCERT "ACTION/REACTION" promises to be blend vibrant movement with theatrical sensibility, blurring the traditional boundaries between forms and creating expressive worlds. Feb. 11-13, 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 14, 2 p.m., Mainstage Theatre, Marshall Performing Arts Center. Tickets: adult $17, senior/student $13, child $8, UMD student $6. For tickets and more information, call 218-726-8561 or see UMD theater.

DARWIN DAY LECTURE will feature Bruce Lieberman lecturing on "Macroevolution and Paleontology: Expanding Darwinism." Lieberman's research involves using the fossil record to study macroevolutionary patterns and processes. Feb. 12, 3:15 p.m., 175 Life Science Building. Cake and coffee will be served at 3 p.m. For more information, e-mail Laura Chapin or call 218 726-8385.


OPEN HOUSE EVENTS CELEBRATING THE U'S 100-year history in west central Minnesota will take place Feb. 23. From 1 to 7 p.m., visit the new West Central Research and Outreach Center renewable energy addition and office, and from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m., tour the new UMM Welcome Center. For more information, see open house events.

AN EVENING OF JAZZ will serve as a 2010 celebration gift from UMM to the community. The Morris Area High School Jazz Band will open the free concert, which also features UMM jazz ensembles and guest artist Laura Caviani, jazz pianist and composer. Feb. 19, 7:30 p.m., Morris Area Schools Concert Hall. For more information, see evening jazz.


THE ADVANCED ACCIDENT SCENE MANAGEMENT COURSE, Advanced Bystander Assistance, held recently at UMR had 28 attendees, including several EMS professionals. KTTC news covered the event. For more information, see KTTC.

Twin Cities:

PREVIEW/REVIEW: UNIVERSITY EVENTS AND LECTURES is a periodic column highlighting events and lectures recently past and soon to come on the UMTC campus. This issue features events ranging from the Wednesday lecture series sponsored by the U's Institute on the Environment to a reading and book signing with author and executive editor of Wired magazine, Thomas Goetz, and much more. Faculty and staff are invited to contribute to the column. Submissions are subject to review by the Brief editor. For more information, see preview/review.

FORMER AMBASSADOR TO BURMA AND CONSUL GENERAL IN HONG KONG Burton Levin will present "The U.S. and China: A relationship marred by misperceptions" for the ninth annual Bob and Kim Griffin Building U.S.-China Bridges Lecture. Feb. 10, 4:30 p.m., Great Hall, Coffman Union. A reception celebrating the Chinese New Year will follow. For more information, see Griffin Lecture.

NONNATIVE SPEAKERS TEACHING WITH WRITING PANEL DISCUSSION. The usual complications of working with student writing can be compounded when teaching in a foreign language. Experienced multilingual teachers on this panel will share their strategies for managing the complexities and challenges that accompany teaching with writing beyond one’s native language. Feb. 11, 2:30-4 p.m., 135 Nicholson Hall. Refreshments provided. For registration and more information, see teaching with writing.

THE GAYLORD ANDERSON LECTURE will feature Sharon Eubanks, former U.S. Justice Department lawyer, delivering a lecture entitled "Public Interest, Public Health, and Political Hubris: The Making of Tobacco Litigation and United States v. Philip Morris." Feb. 19, 10 a.m., William G. Shepherd Room, Weisman Art Museum. At 1:30 p.m., Eubanks will participate in an informal roundtable in the Seminar Room discussing the topic, Litigation or Legislation: Which is the Better Path to Better Public Health? E-mail Nichole Axtman or call 612-626-9303 to attend the roundtable. For more information, see Anderson lecture.

REGISTRATION FOR BELL MUSEUM SCIENCE DISCOVERY DAY CAMPS begins Feb. 22, with weeklong camps from June 14 though Sept. 3. The camps engage kids in science with cool subjects and unforgettable experiences. Campers meet scientists and take field trips to indoor and outdoor laboratories, and other kid-friendly learning centers like the U's Raptor Center, bee lab, and Small Animal Veterinary Hospital. Camps are located on the U's Minneapolis campus and offer working parents flexible pick-up and drop-off times. For registration and more information, see Discovery Day Camps.

A TECHNOLOGY FAIR hosted by the Office of Information Technology will introduce the U community to UMart vendor partners and their products, raise awareness of available discounts on technology products and services, and celebrate the launch of the UMart Web site. Feb. 24, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Mississippi Room, Coffman Union. For more information, see technology fair.

APPLICATIONS FOR THE TONY DIGGS EXCELLENCE AWARDS will be accepted by Student Unions & Activities until March 3, 8 a.m. The awards are intended to recognize student group achievements during the calendar year 2009. Groups must be registered with Student Unions & Activities to be eligible. E-mail Sally Bauer or call 612-626-6919 with questions. For more information and the online nomination form, see Tony Diggs Award.

THE SECOND ANNUAL U OF M PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FAIR will include informative breakout sessions and an expo featuring training and development organizations from across the U. Mary Nichols, dean of the College of Continuing Education, will deliver the keynote address, "The Art of Sensemaking: Empowering Yourself in Times of Change." Space is limited for the keynote address, so register soon. March 9, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Coffman Memorial Union. For more information, including descriptions of breakout topics, see development fair.

THE U IS PARTICIPATING IN THE NATIONAL RECYCLEMANIA COMPETITION through March 27. The competition ranks reported recycling and trash data from more than 500 universities over a 10-week period. The U placed second in the Big Ten among Grand Champion division teams in 2009. For more information, see Recyclemania or track the U's progress at Facilities Management.

NEW 550-CALORIE COMBO MEALS AT COFFMAN UNION'S MN MARKETPLACE. Six complete meal options under 550 calories can help you make tasty and smart choices. For more information, see combo meals.

VOTE FOR THE 2010 HOMECOMING THEME. Choose your favorite homecoming theme from among three finalists. The theme with the most votes will be used for homecoming 2010. For more information, see vote homecoming.

MORE EVENTS include Goal Setting and Success (Feb. 11); A "Nervous Malady": Interpreting Cristina Belgioioso's Emotions as Patient (Feb. 12); Women's Basketball vs. Ohio State (Feb. 14); Concentrations of Employment in U.S. Metropolitan Areas, 1970-2000 (Feb. 15); Cafe Scientifique (Feb. 16). SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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

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