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Vol. XL No. 6; Feb. 17, 2010
Editor: Adam Overland,

Inside This Issue
--Board of Regents February meeting highlights.
--State Relations Update.
--February 2010 Federal Relations Report.
--Feature: Sitting with Erik Storlie.
--People: U in the News features U faculty cited in the media; and more.

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

BOARD OF REGENTS FEBRUARY MEETING HIGHLIGHTS. Highlights of the Feb. 11 and 12 board meeting include 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; a report from the president (given by Provost Sullivan), and a presentation by vice president for research Tim Mulcahy on technology commercialization. For more information, see Board of Regents.

STATE RELATIONS UPDATE: The 2010 legislative session convened at noon on Feb. 4. This session started with the governor preparing his bonding recommendations and the legislature preparing their bonding bill. The bill consists of funding for land acquisition, repair, renovation, and construction of new facilities and other basic infrastructure to meet the needs of the state. For more information, see State Relations.

FEBRUARY 2010 FEDERAL RELATIONS REPORT. Although Democrats still enjoy control of the White House and significant majorities in Congress, they are now at 59 votes in the Senate, leaving them vulnerable to GOP filibuster. Now that health care reform is in doubt, so too are all other major pieces of legislation. But there is some good news for higher education. President Obama’s FY 2011 budget imposes a freeze on overall domestic discretionary spending, but includes increases for many categories important to higher education, including student aid and research. Lawmakers are also slated to take up a jobs bill that would potentially provide aid to states to blunt further state cuts to public education, including higher education. For more information, see Federal Relations.

FEATURE: In a southern corner of the Mayo Memorial building on the east bank of the U's Minneapolis campus sits a domed structure not unlike a small chapel, with narrow, stained-glass windows stretching toward the high ceiling. Here, experiments do not involve chemical reactions or the precise measurements of mass. Instead, one simply finds people sitting, cross-legged, on cushions and pillows, or in chairs if they prefer. Erik Storlie has called this humble space his classroom for the past decade. He set a goal for himself in 1964 to master and eventually teach meditation. In the Center for Spirituality and Healing, he's doing that. For more information, read "Sitting with Erik Storlie."

PEOPLE: U in the News features U faculty cited in the media. Read about these topics and more in People.



THE BENEFITS ADVISORY COMMITTEE IS REQUESTING COMMENTS about experiences with UPlan medical, pharmacy, and wellness plans in 2009 and 2010 to date. Comment deadline is Feb. 26. Anonymous summaries of comments are used in performance reviews of UPlan health benefits. For more information and to comment, see UPlan benefits.

THE CENTER FOR TEACHING AND LEARNING OFFERS professional development opportunities for faculty, instructional staff, and teaching assistants. Upcoming workshops are designed to energize teaching, support course design innovations, and enhance academic spoken English. For most workshops, participants can choose to attend the sessions in person or online via UM Connect. For registration and more information, see the Just in Time Teaching series and Fine Tune Your Accent.

U OF M MOMENT: Personality matters in memories. Anyone who has ever been in a romantic relationship knows it can be frustrating when a partner remembers an argument or discussion differently. Psychology researcher Jeffry Simpson studied interactions between couples and found that each partner's personality greatly influenced their recollections of that same interaction just days later. For more information, listen to the U of M Moment.


AN UPCOMING THURSDAY COMMONS will focus on the significance of athletics in the student experience. Attendees will have an opportunity to learn more about the events, planning and support, recruitment, and other aspects of Golden Eagle Athletics. Feb. 18, 12:15 p.m., Bede Ballroom. For more information, see Thursday Commons.

THE INTERNATIONAL DINNER SERIES brings flavors of food and culture from countries across the world to UMC. The 2010 series features cuisine from Korea, Dubai, and Panama. Students from each location will share their favorite dishes and a special presentation about their homeland. For more information, see international dinner.


JAMES (MOE) BENDA HAS BEEN APPOINTED HEAD of the UMD Iron Range Graduate Engineering Education Program. The new program is offered by UMD's Swenson College of Science and Engineering in cooperation with the Arrowhead University Consortium, with financial support from the Iron Range Higher Education Committee. Classes are held at Mesabi Range Community and Technical College and taught by UMD faculty. The program will provide better access to advanced engineering degree programs for people on the Iron Range. Upper division engineering courses are designed to meet the needs of unemployed engineers, along with those needing to maintain licensure, upgrade engineering skills, or broaden areas of employability. For an application and more information, see Iron Range Engineering or call 218-749-7776.

UMD WILL HOST AWARD WINNING FILM PRODUCER Darryl Roberts, showing his documentary America the Beautiful. A question-and-answer session facilitated by Roberts will follow the screening. America the Beautiful exposes the secrets, confessions, and risks that young women take in their pursuit of physical perfection. The free event is a part of UMD's Body Image and Eating Disorders Awareness Week. Feb. 23, 6-9 p.m., 175 Life Science Building. For more information, see awareness week.

THE 42ND ANNUAL FEAST OF NATIONS, sponsored by the UMD International Club, will feature a wide selection of foods and performances from around the globe. Tickets are on sale in front of the UMD Bookstore over the noon hour, Feb. 15-19 or until sold out. Adults $15, students $10, free for children under five. Event is Feb. 20, 5:30 p.m., Kirby Student Center Ballroom. For more information, call Trisha O'Keefe at 218-726-7531.

UMD SCHOLARSHIP BENEFIT PERFORMANCE featuring the UMD Symphonic Wind Ensemble, directed by Mark Whitlock, and the UMD Concert Band, directed by Daniel Eaton, will take place Feb. 21, 3 p.m., Weber Music Hall. Tickets: adults $8, seniors $7, students $5, UMD students $3. For more information, call the UMD Box Office, 218-726-8877, or see UMD music.


TRANSLATION EDITOR JAY MISKOWIEC will visit UMM to conduct a translation workshop for students and to present "Towards a Metaphor of Translation." Miskowiec is an editor for Aliform Publishing, an independent publisher specializing in Latin American and world literature. Feb. 25, 7 p.m., 6 Humanities Fine Arts. A reception follows. For more information, see translation editor.

TICKETS FOR THE 32nd ANNUAL JAZZ FEST are now available at the Student Center Information Desk or in the Office of Student Activities. The event is part of UMM's yearlong recognition of Morris campus history. April 8–10. Request order forms by calling 320-589-6086 or emailing jazz. Orders will be filled in random order on Feb. 26. Any remaining tickets for the annually sold-out event will go on sale March 1. For more information, see jazz fest.


TANGO IN ROCHESTER. Serious-minded UMR students are studying the health sciences while devising plans for master's degrees and medical school. The first undergraduate class members are deciding for themselves what it means to be college students beyond the classroom. And for some, that involves ballroom dance. For more information, see the story in the Star Tribune.

Twin Cities:

DIPLOMAS DELIVERED WITH CARE. Last week, more than 2,000 University fall semester graduates received their diplomas. For the graduates, this is good news enough. But for the University, the delivery of diplomas is an example of how cost-savings and service can come together to make a big difference for students. For more information, read "Diplomas delivered."

NOTED AUTHOR ROBERT GLENNON WILL SPEAK ON CRITICAL WATER ISSUES at the kickoff of the Moos Family Speaker Series, which is cosponsored by the Freshwater Society and the U's College of Biological Sciences. Glennon, author of Unquenchable: America's Water Crisis and What to Do About It, will lecture Feb. 22, 7-9 p.m., St. Paul Student Center Theater. Robert Elde, dean of the College of Biological Sciences, and Gene Merriam, president of the Freshwater Society, will moderate. For more information and to register, see critical water.

LIFE COURSE CENTER MINICONFERENCE 2010: The New Inequalities: Race, Crime, and the Life Course in the Era of Hyper-Incarceration. The conference brings together scholars doing cutting-edge research on issues of race, incarceration, stratification, criminal justice, and the life course. The keynote speaker, Bruce Western, is professor of sociology and director of the Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality and Social Policy, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. His books include Punishment and Inequality in America and Between Class and Market: Postwar Unionization in the Capitalist Democracies. He is a Fellow in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Feb. 26, 9-4:45 p.m., 1114 Social Sciences Building. For more information, see Miniconference 2010.

A TRANSPORTATION CAREER EXPO will provide information to students on transportation-related careers. March 2, 4:30-7:15 p.m., Mississippi Room, Coffman Union. The event includes networking, individual résumé consultations, and free food. Hosted by the Center for Transportation Studies. Free and open to the public. For registration and more information, see transportation career.

LECTURE: "Can Family Planning Save the World? Contraception, Population, and the Global Environment," will address the environmental effects of human population growth, discuss the history of population control, and demonstrate that access to birth control decreases population growth. Presented by the National Children's Study Speakers' Series, featuring Amy Gilbert. March 3, 3-4:30 p.m., Wilder Center, St. Paul. RSVP to Laurie Ukestad. For more information, see family planning lecture.

SYMPOSIUM: EMERGING ISSUES AND CONTROVERSIES IN OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY will include sessions that examine the cross section of sciences, politics, and practice that inform issues in OHS research, policy, and practice. The daylong program is designed for new and experienced occupational health and safety professionals. Registration is free for MCOHS students. March 4, Continuing Education and Conference Center, St. Paul Campus. For more information, see symposium.

2010 U OF M PLANT BREEDING SYMPOSIUM: "Plant Breeding in the Genomics and Post-Genomics Era." March 15, 8 a.m., Cargill Center for Microbial and Plant Genomics, St. Paul Campus. Free and open to the public. Participants are asked to register prior to the event. Organized by graduate students in the Applied Plant Sciences program and sponsored by Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc., a DuPont Business. For registration and more information, see Plant Breeding Symposium. Email Jon Massman or Laci High with questions.

MORE EVENTS include Stem Cell Research Developments: Progenitor Cells Inspire Tissue Regeneration (Feb. 17); Talk by Author Mary Gray (Feb. 18); Open Tuning: Blind Tom, Black (Metaphysical) Noise and New Theatricality (Feb. 19); The Art of Creative Collaboration: A New Paradigm in Higher Education (Feb. 20); Martin Luther King Jr. and Black History Month Celebration Concert (Feb. 21); Conversations on Abundance and Scarcity (Feb. 22); Erhard Busek, "Twenty Years After the Fall of Communism in Europe" (Feb. 23). SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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