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Vol. XL No. 7; Feb. 24, 2010
Editor: Adam Overland,

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Inside This Issue
--Features: Reich recognized; The Quality Fair and some email advice; Waist management at work.
--People: Christy Haynes and Tyler Lawson have been awarded Sloan Research Fellowships; and more.

Campus Announcements and Events
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FEATURE: University of Minnesota ecologist Peter Reich, a versatile researcher who has made fundamental discoveries in plant biology and the effects of climate change, recently won an international award in ecology and conservation biology. For more information, read "Reich recognized."

FEATURE: Every year the Quality Fair surprises with great ideas. This year's theme, "Leadership at Every Level," couldn't have come at a better time. Ideas and projects centered on how to balance more with less--more work, fewer people, scarcer resources, and less time. Keynote speaker Stuart Levine says this is exactly when leadership capacity is critical. For more information, read "The Quality Fair and some email advice."

FEATURE: The newest offering from the Wellness Program includes money back for on-campus weight-loss programs, and the response has been impressive. At UMD, the Weight Watchers® at Work program is proving popular. There, they've even adopted a friendly competition dubbed the "Losing Battle Challenge." The initiatives are helping people achieve their wellness goals. For more information, read "Waist management at work."

PEOPLE: Christy Haynes and Tyler Lawson have been awarded Sloan Research Fellowships; Tucker LeBien has been appointed to the new joint position of associate vice president for research in the Academic Health Center and vice dean for research in the Medical School; Kate VandenBosch was elected chair of the Faculty Consultative Committee; the U has been awarded an $8.6 million contract to speed the development of novel stem cell and immune cell-based therapies; U in the News features U faculty cited in the media. Read about these topics and more in People.



CALL FOR PROPOSALS: The Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) and the Office of the Vice President for Research invite proposals for collaborative interdisciplinary research and creative projects on the topic of "Abundance and Scarcity," the subject of the University symposium for the two-year period beginning fall 2010. Approximately 6 to 8 awards with a maximum award amount of $25,000 will be available. Awardees are expected to present the results of their projects in a public forum at the IAS. Project principal investigators must be U of M tenured or tenure-track faculty. Project teams may include nonfaculty members. Proposals are due March 5. For more information, see call for proposals.

THE UMCONNECT ONLINE CONFERENCING SERVICE WILL BE UPGRADED March 14, during spring break. The upgrade will offer new utility, replace out-of-warranty hardware, and increase storage space. In addition, the new equipment is configured to be redundant for failure and disaster recovery, making it more reliable for users. For more information, see UMConnect upgrade.


AMONG THE TOP FINISHERS AT THIS YEAR'S QUALITY FAIR was a poster by Melissa Dingmann, financial aid director, and Emily Knutson, a financial aid counselor and work-study coordinator at UMC. Their poster, "Tracking Work-study Funds Effectively Across Campus," was awarded third place overall. For more information, see UMC Quality Fair.

THE UMC TURF BOWL TEAM PLACED SEVENTH in the recent National Turf Bowl Competition. Members of the team included students Tom Halver, Philip Holland, Mark Michalski, and Weston Wander. They competed against 67 teams from universities across the United States. For more information, see Turf Bowl.

EVENTS PLANNED IN RECOGNITION OF WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH include a special cake honoring the 90th anniversary of the Women's Suffrage Movement and the 30th anniversary of the National Women's History Project. It will be served March 1, 1 -3 p.m., Sargeant Student Center. Calendars will be distributed with a schedule of events and an historical profile of women's suffrage, written by UMC history professor Sharon Neet. The movie Iron Jawed Angels will be screened March 2, 4 p.m., Evergreen Hall. The film tells the story of several defiant young activists who put their lives at risk to help American women win the right to vote. For more information, see women's history.


VERISMO: THE TRUTH ABOUT OPERA will be presented Feb. 25, 26, and 27, 7:30 p.m., Marshall Performing Arts Center. Operas Suor Angelica and Pagliacci will be performed, directed by Regina Zona, with Jean Perrault as conductor. Tickets: adults $17, seniors $13, students $8, UMD students $6. For more information, see UMD Music, email music, or call 218-726-8877.

UMD ALWORTH INSTITUTE PRESENTS: WORLDQUEST TRIVIA COMPETITION, an international quiz game played in teams of eight. Teams compete against one another on subjects with an international flavor: flags and capitals; geographical features and international borders; and people and events in the news. Teams are composed of students, faculty, staff, community groups, business firms, family, friends, or any combination. Feb. 25, 7 p.m., Kirby Student Center Ballroom. Buffet and registration begin at 6 p.m. Cost: students $5, nonstudents $10. For registration and more information, call 218-726-7493 or email Alworth.

"SHARED HUMANITY THROUGH HUMOR" will be presented by best-selling author Firoozeh Dumas, March 2, 4 p.m., Kirby Student Center Ballroom. Born in Abadan, Iran, Dumas moved to Southern California with her family in the 1970s. She has written two memoirs: Funny in Farsi and Laughing Without an Accent. For the past five years, she has traveled the country giving speeches that remind people of the commonalities among individuals. There will be a book reading and informal discussion of Dumas' memoir Laughing Without an Accent Feb. 25, 4 p.m., 268 Kirby Student Center. For more information, see humanity through humor, email Tricia O'Keefe, or call 218-726-7531.


WHALES, CROSSBOWS, AND CARDBOARD BOXES: A TALE OF (CONTINUING) POST-UMM ADVENTURES," features the 2009-10 Science and Math Visiting Alumnus Siri Hakala ’98, biologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Southwest Fisheries Science Center in La Jolla, California. She returns to talk to students and faculty about her graduate experience at the University of Hawaii and share stories about her work. March 1, 5:30 p.m., Science Auditorium. For more information, see visiting alumnus lecture.

DIRECTOR OF THE DOCUMENTARY FOOD, INC. ROBERT KENNER, will speak March 2, 7:30 p.m., Edson Auditorium. For more information, see Robert Kenner.


THE NEXT "EXPLORING SUSTAINABILITY ISSUES" LECTURE will feature Alfred Marcus of the Carlson School of Management. Marcus, author of the recently published book, Strategic Foresight, will talk about the ways business people discuss and plan for the future. Feb. 25, 7 p.m., B117 Heintz Center, 1926 Collegeview Drive S.E.

Twin Cities:

PREVIEW/REVIEW: UNIVERSITY EVENTS AND LECTURES is a periodic column highlighting events and lectures recently past and soon to come to the UMTC campus. This issue features events and topics ranging from Ben Franklin and the value of thrift to a lecture by paraplegic yoga instructor Matthew Sanford, 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

CANCER AND THE HUMAN BODY: The Masonic Cancer Center will present its 10th annual event at the Science Museum of Minnesota in St. Paul. Visitors of all ages can compare healthy cells with cells affected by cancer under a microscope, try out a training tool for minimally invasive surgery, learn how clinical trials work, and learn about common cancers in dogs and how researchers study them to find better treatments. Feb. 27, 1-4 p.m. For more information, see Cancer and the Human Body.

NORTHROP DANCE AND MUSIC IS EXTENDING A FACULTY AND STAFF APPRECIATION DISCOUNT by offering its $20 staff/faculty rush ticket prices early for two shows: Swedish Radio Choir, Feb. 26, 8 p.m., Ted Mann Concert Hall; and Akram Khan Company, March 3, 8 p.m., Northrop. Faculty and staff are invited to purchase tickets at the rush price without having to wait until the day of the performance. Purchase tickets at Northrop, by calling 612-624-2345, or in person at the ticket office in 105 Northrop. For more information, see Northrop.

THE CENTER ON AGING DISTINGUISHED LECTURE SERIES will present noted gerontologist, nurse, and small house expert, Jude Rabig. She will discuss new models of long-term care in a lecture titled "Paradigm Lost: Guiding Organizations Through the Whirlwind of Change." Rabig has spent the last eight years guiding institutional nursing home leadership and staff through the implementation of a radically redesigned model of care for frail elders. Certificates will be provided for those who attend, and continuing education credits for nursing home administrators and nurses may be available. March 11, 4-6 p.m., Mayo Auditorium. For more information, call 612-624-1185 or see the Center on Aging.

DESIGNING AND CONDUCTING FOCUS GROUP INTERVIEWS is an interactive overview of focus group procedures that can be used in public and nonprofit environments. The workshop will include practical approaches to determining the appropriate use of focus group studies, design options, developing questions, recruiting participants, moderating skills, and analyzing and reporting results. Graduate credit or noncredit continuing education hours are available. March 15-16, and March 17-18, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., 114/116 University Office Plaza Building. For more information, see focus group.

THE 2010 SOCIETY FOR THE ARTS IN HEALTHCARE ANNUAL CONFERENCE, sponsored by the U, is open to anyone interested in learning about the role of arts in health care. April 28-May 1, Minneapolis Hilton. For registration and more information, see arts in health care.

FACULTY/STAFF ADVISERS FOR FRATERNITIES/SORORITIES are being sought by the Office for Student Affairs and the Office for Fraternity and Sorority Life. The fraternity and sorority chapters are committed to becoming more aligned with the academic mission of the University. Advisers for individual chapters will assist in these efforts. There are 46 chapters currently at the U, including 10 multicultural organizations. The multicultural fraternities and sororities include African American, Latina/o, Asian, and Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Allies (GLBTA) interest organizations. For more information, or for those who may be willing to work with a fraternity or sorority by offering advice, expertise, and perspective, see advisers, email Chad Ellsworth, or call 612-624-7659.

PERHAPS THE MOST WELL-TRAVELED GOPHER IN THE WORLD, Goldy Gopher really gets around. For more information, take a look at photo submissions to the University of Minnesota Alumni Association's "Global Goldy."

MORE EVENTS include Extreme Googling: Collaboration Tools (Feb. 25); Call for Nominations: Women's Center Awards and Grants (Feb. 26); Children and Conflict: Child Soldiers, Child Victims and Children's Rights (Feb. 27); Department of Forest Resources Seminar (March 1); Honeywell-Nobel Laureate Lecture: Robert H. Grubbs (March 2. SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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