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Vol. XL No. 11; March 24, 2010
Editor: Adam Overland, brief@umn.edu

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Inside This Issue
--2010 State of the University Address.
--Feature: UMD Professor is hard at work developing a new style of concrete.
--People: Nancy "Rusty" Barceló will be leaving the University to become president of Northern New Mexico College; and more.

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

2010 STATE OF THE UNIVERSITY ADDRESS. President Bruininks will give the 2010 State of the U Address entitled "Partnering with the State for the Public Good," April 1, 3-4 p.m., Coffman Union Theater. To request disability accommodations, email Internal Communications. Coordinate campus viewing will be available at 220 Dowell Hall, UMC; 173 Kirby Plaza, UMD; Science Auditorium, UMM; 398 University Square, UMR. For more information, including live video streaming on the day of the event and a later archive of the speech, see State of the U.

FEATURE: America has 4 million miles of crumbling roadways. UMD professor Xun Yu, along with UMD director of Transportation Research Programs Eil Kwon and research associate Baoguo Han, is hard at work developing a new style of concrete. By mixing carbon nanotubes, roads in the future could withstand more weight with less cracking, sense how many vehicles are on the road in real time, and even know how fast traffic is flowing. For more information, see concrete roads.

PEOPLE: Nancy "Rusty" Barceló will be leaving the University of Minnesota to become the new president of Northern New Mexico College; Regents Professor Ronald Phillips has been selected as one of this year's recipients of the prestigious Siehl Prize For Excellence in Agriculture; Distinguished McKnight University Professor Judith Berman was awarded $422,792 from the National Institutes of Health; Sharon Banks has been selected as the Small Business Administration’s Minority Champion of the Year for the state of Minnesota; U in the News features U faculty cited in the media. Read about these topics and more in People.

CAMPUS ANNOUNCEMENTS AND EVENTS

University-wide:

BE COUNTED IN THE 2010 CENSUS. Faculty and staff should encourage all students to be counted as part of the 2010 Census. Students who live at home with parents or guardians should be included on their form. Students living off campus but not with parents or guardians should fill out their own form. Forms should be submitted by April 1. Students living in a fraternity or sorority house, a residence hall, in Wilkins Hall, Yudof Hall, or the University-operated side of University Village will not receive a form in the mail; census workers will come to their residence to count them, beginning April 1. For more information, see Census 2010.

APPLICATIONS ARE BEING ACCEPTED FOR THE 2010 CAPA OUTSTANDING UNIT AWARD. The annual award recognizes a unit that is exemplary in its support of Professional and Administrative (P&A) staff through practices that support and enhance the careers of P&A employees. The award also recognizes outstanding achievements and contributions by P&A staff in support of the University's mission in the areas of research, teaching, administration, service, and governance. Winning units receive public recognition, a plaque, and $1,000 for a unit-centered professional development activity. The application deadline is April 2. For more information, see the CAPA unit award PDF.

IMAGINE FUND VISITING LECTURERS: Provost Tom Sullivan invites faculty and staff to join world-renowned Finnish architect Juhani Pallasmaa and American playwright Leigh Fondakowski for a series of thought-provoking discussions as they explore their fields, unearthing surprising commonalities. The first lecture in the series is April 5, 7 p.m., Bell Auditorium. Free and open to the public. For more information, see Imagine Fund lectures.

ADMINISTRATIVE EDUCATION POLICY REVISIONS: Three administrative education policies have been revised: Make-up Work for Legitimate Absences; Grading and Transcripts; and Class Scheduling for Undergraduate and Graduate Classes. The policies are available for comments through April 18. For more information, see policy revisions.

UREPORT IS A TOOL FOR FACULTY AND STAFF to make an anonymous report, on the Web or by phone, of activity they think might be violating law, regulation, government contract or grant requirement, or University policy. The systemwide service allows users to communicate anonymously and to log into their reports, update them, and check their status. Most concerns can be raised and solved successfully within the U system. For more information see Ureport.

REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR THE 2010 GLOBAL HEALTH COURSE. Instruction covers the most current and relevant tropical and travel medicine information and has been specifically designed for local, national, and international health care providers who serve globally mobile populations such as immigrants, refugees, and/or travelers. For registration and more information, see Global Health or email Debbie Luedtke.

REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR THE SPLIT ROCK ARTS PROGRAM summer workshops and retreats. Participants can earn academic credit while working with renowned practicing artists and writers in weeklong programs on the Twin Cities campus or at the Cloquet Forestry Center. Workshops start the week of June 13. U faculty and staff can use the Regents Scholarship if taking a program for credit. For more information, see Split Rock Arts or call 612-625-1976.

U OF M MOMENT: Are there more natural disasters today than ever before? The recent earthquakes in Haiti and Chile have prompted many to ask that question. Jamie Stephenson of the U's Center for Early Modern History studies the history of natural disasters and says that certain aspects of modern life have caused the perception of increased frequency. Stephenson says that modern advances in communication have also led to an increased focus on the sometimes-gory results of these disasters. For more information, listen to the U of M Moment.

Crookston:

SKILLS OF WOMEN LEADERS will be the theme of guest speaker Peg Lonnquist's presentation "How to be Outrageous." Lonnquist is director of the Women's Center at the U. March 29, 4 p.m., Bede Ballroom. Hors d'œuvres will be served.

OF MICE AND MEN, a drama by John Steinbeck, will be performed nightly, March 25-27, 7 p.m., Kiehle Auditorium. A special performance for high school students and senior citizens groups will take place March 26, 1 p.m. Free, but donations will be accepted to help with the cost of the production.

Duluth:

UMD GUITAR ENSEMBLES I AND II, directed by UMD music instructor William Barnard, will perform in Weber Music Hall. UMD Classical Guitar Ensemble will also perform with music teaching specialist Jacob Jonker directing. March 24, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: adults $8, seniors $7, student $5, UMD students $3. For more information, call 218-726-8561 or see UMD music.

TECHFEST 2010 will feature the latest technology being used in teaching and learning throughout the University. Ongoing demonstrations will be given throughout the day to show how faculty, staff, and students are using technology. March 26, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Kirby Student Center Ballroom. Free and open to the public. For more information, email Sheri Pihlaja or see Techfest 2010.

A BONE MARROW REGISTRATION DRIVE, hosted by student pharmacists from the UMD College of Pharmacy and the Multicultural Pharmacy Student Organization, in cooperation with DKMS Americas, will take place March 31, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Kirby Student Center Lounge, and in front of the UMD Book Store, lower level. The drive is open to the UMD community between the ages of 18 and 55 who are in good general health. Registration to become a donor involves a cheek-swab sample. For more information, email student pharmacist Katie Oja.

THE UMD WOMEN'S STUDIES DEPARTMENT and Women's Resource Center are sponsoring "Writing Women Back into History," a reading by local authors Linda Legarde Grover (UMD professor) and Ellie Schoenfeld (UMD staff) from their recent works, with musical interludes by Jim Hall. March 25, 7 p.m., fourth floor, UMD Library Rotunda. Free and open to the public. For more information, email Susana Pelayo-Woodward or call 218-726-6522.

V-DAY UMD 2010 presents "A Memory, a Monologue, a Rant, and a Prayer", as part of V-Day, a global movement to stop violence against women and girls. The event will include a series of monologues performed by men and women about violence in women's lives. All performers are UMD students. March 26, 7 p.m., Kirby Student Center Rafters. Cost is $2 per person or one nonperishable food item. For more information, email Women's Resource and Action Center or see V-Day online.

Morris:

PROFESSOR BART FINZEL WILL SPEAK AT FOUR PUBLIC HEALTH CARE FORUMS. Finzel, professor of economics and interim director of the Center for Small Towns, will present a survey completed by the West Central Healthcare Purchasing Alliance through the Morris Small Towns Faculty and Student Fellows program. Sponsored by the West Central Regional Sustainable Development Partnership, the forums seek to engage citizens in a dialogue on health care coverage in rural, west-central Minnesota. For more information, see public health.

STUDENT ATHLETE MADDY GERBER HAS BEEN AWARDED a postgraduate scholarship by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Annually awarded to only 87 men and 87 women of the NCAA's 400,000 athletes, the scholarship honors students who excel athletically and academically, and demonstrate outstanding citizenship and service to others. For more information, see NCAA scholarship.

Rochester:

HELENE MURRAY, DIRECTOR FOR THE MINNESOTA INSTITUTE FOR SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE, will speak on the "Green Lands, Blue Waters, Sustainable Agricultural Systems" initiative. The effort is a comprehensive long-term endeavor to support development of and transition to a new generation of Mississippi River Basin agricultural systems that integrate more perennial plants and other continuous living cover into the agricultural landscape. April 22, 7 p.m., 417 University Square. For more information, see sustainable agriculture.

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 and topics ranging from ethnographic research in the virtual world of Second Life to coffee with award-winning New York Times photographer Ozier Muhammad. 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.

CAMPUS SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK BEGAN MARCH 21 ON THE UMTC CAMPUS. The weeklong event asks students, staff, and faculty to collectively play a role in creating a safe campus. Events continue throughout the week, including doughnuts with University Police officers. For more information, see safety week.

REGENT PATRICIA SIMMONS AND SABINE ENGEL will address health care in Germany and the lessons we can apply to health care reform during their presentation, "The News from Berlin: A Conversation on the German System of Universal Coverage and Healthcare Delivery." March 30, noon-1 p.m., 3-100 Mayo. Free and open to public. Presented by the Powell Center for Women’s Health. For more information, see health care lessons.

ALI SELIM, WRITER AND DIRECTOR OF THE FILM, SWEET LAND, will discuss his work March 30, 5-6:30 p.m., 275 Nicholson Hall. A free screening of Sweet Land will take place before the discussion at 2:45 p.m. Selim spent many years as a successful director in television advertising before he began his film career, and has won multiple awards for his work in advertising, television, and film. Sponsored by the CSCL Student Association. For more information, see Sweet Land's Ali Selim.

THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE WILL SPOTLIGHT THE AURORA CENTER's work in preventing and responding to violence against women on campus during a panel discussion featuring U.S. Assistant Attorney General Laurie Robinson. The panel also includes representatives from the Aurora Center, the University of Minnesota Police Department, Boynton Health Service, Disability Services, and the Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault. March 31, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Coffman Union Theater. For more information, email The Aurora Center or call 612-626-2929.

SENATOR AL FRANKEN WILL DISCUSS HEALTH CARE REFORM EFFORTS already under way in Minnesota at "Health Care Reform: What Just Happened? Minnesota's Response to Gridlock over Comprehensive National Health Reform Efforts." Sen. Franken will also discuss Minnesota’s response to health care reform at the federal level. April 9, 9 a.m.-noon, Mayo Memorial Auditorium. A light breakfast will be provided. Free and open to the public, but registration is requested. For registration and more information, see health care.

FULBRIGHT SCHOLAR WORKSHOP. Join representatives from the Council for International Exchange of Scholars to learn about Fulbright Scholar opportunities abroad for U.S. faculty and best practices for application submission. April 16, 1-2:30 p.m., 100 University International Center. RSVP by April 14 to Molly Portz. Individual consultations are available directly after the presentation by appointment.

"INTERDISCIPLINARY APPROACHES TO REDUCING HEALTH DISPARITIES: WHERE TO GO FROM HERE," will explore strategies that target the underlying causes of this problem in minority and low-income populations. Special attention will be given to strategies that draw on perspectives from multiple disciplines. Keynote speakers include David Williams, Harvard University, and Alice Ammerman, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. April 23, 9:30 a.m.-noon, Coffman Union Theater. Free and open to the public, but registration is requested. For more information, see reducing health disparities.

THE U HAS BEGUN CONVERTING MORE THAN 200 BUILDINGS FROM HEATING TO COOLING for the season. Unlike a residence, the process is not as simple as flipping a switch on an air conditioning unit. Facilities Management will drain antifreeze from the system, clean and test pipes and pumps, and fill cooling towers and coils with water. The towers and coils can’t be filled too early because they can crack if temperatures dip below 29 degrees, leaving an area without cooling for up to six weeks while replacement parts are custom ordered. Based on the weather forecasts available now, each district has created a conversion schedule that is available for viewing online.

THE HOMECOMING THEME SELECTED FOR 2010 is "Paint the Town Gold." The weeklong event, Sept. 24-Oct. 2, will be filled with traditions, many focusing on engaging the entire campus community and increasing the visibility of the U's core academic mission. For more information, see homecoming 2010.

FACULTY AND STAFF ARE ENCOURAGED TO NOMINATE A STUDENT FOR HOMECOMING ROYALTY. Homecoming is looking for undergraduate, graduate, and professional student candidates to represent the U as the homecoming king and queen. The ideal candidates will be enthusiastic, energetic, goal-oriented, involved, and academically successful. Undergraduate nominees must have completed at least 60 credits, and all candidates must have a grade point average of 3.0 or above. To nominate a student, email homecoming and provide the nominee's name and contact information. Applications will be accepted through April 19. For more information, see homecoming.

DEALS AND DISCOUNTS through Student Unions & Activities include discounted Science Museum tickets for the new Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit. Tickets are available at Coffman Union and the St. Paul Student Center Information Desks. For more information, see Student Unions.

MORE EVENTS include The Science Behind the Scrolls (March 25); CURA Housing Forum: Working Toward Transformation in the Built Environment (March 26); Reading with award-winning poet Yoko Tawada (March 29); Criminal Conduct in the Virtual World: Of Avatars and Evidence (March 31); New Media Research Breakfast (April 1). SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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