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Vol. XL No. 12; March 31, 2010
Editor: Adam Overland, brief@umn.edu

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Inside This Issue
--Budget update from President Bruininks.
--Expansion of the U Promise Scholarship.
--People: Distinguished McKnight University Professors for 2010 are Patricia Frazier, Marc Hillmyer, John Watkins, and Donna Whitney; and more.

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

BUDGET UPDATE: On March 25, the Faculty Senate voted 130 to 26 in favor of a temporary, one-year reduction in faculty salary for fiscal year 2011. This was a first step toward implementing the compensation plan for all employees, one of many pieces of the overall plan for balancing the U's budget for the coming year. Additional details about the plan and implementation can be found on the Office of Human Resources frequently asked questions page. For more information, see a message from the president.

A RECENT EXPANSION OF THE U PROMISE SCHOLARSHIP MAKES MORE MINNESOTA STUDENTS ELIGIBLE FOR NEED-BASED AID. The newly expanded program now also guarantees need-based aid to Minnesota resident undergraduates from families making up to $100,000 per year. The expanded U Promise Scholarship started with the Fall 2009 semester. During that semester, 42.2 percent of the resident undergraduate student population received aid through the program. U Promise is part of a broad, ongoing strategy to improve access to financial support for those attending the U. For more information, see the news release.

PEOPLE: Distinguished McKnight University Professors for 2010 are Patricia Frazier (psychology), Marc Hillmyer (chemistry), John Watkins (English), and Donna Whitney (geology and geophysics); University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum has hired Edward Schneider as its new director; Professor of English Edward Griffin is retiring this spring after 44 years at the U; Nicholas Shank, director of the Katherine E. Nash Gallery, died March 26; 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:

"DRIVEN TO DISCOVER: THE RESEARCH SERIES," a new video series from the Office of Information Technology (OIT), will premiere on April 6. The first episode will feature a day spent with Doris Taylor, a look back at the creation of the bubble oxygenator, a discussion on embryonic stem cells, and an imaginative view of public health research. For more information, see the research series release schedule.

THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY IS ACCEPTING INSTITUTIONAL RESEARCH GRANT APPLICATIONS, available to assistant professors who have no independent national funding and are engaged in cancer-related research. Cancer-related research includes genetic mechanisms of cancer, molecular mechanisms of cancer progression and metastasis, development of novel therapeutic models and translational research, cancer immunology, and immunotherapy. These are one-year seed grants. Funding is available up to $30,000. Deadline is May 10. For an application, call 612-625-2912 or email grant application.

ENTRIES ARE NOW BEING ACCEPTED FOR THE SIXTH ANNUAL MINNESOTA CUP. The statewide competition rewards breakthrough business ideas with more than $130,000 in prize money across six categories: clean technology and renewable energy, biosciences, high tech, social entrepreneurship, general, and students 19-25. Nearly 4,000 participants have benefited from the competition since 2005. Last year's winners have gone on to secure $8 million in funding as well as new partnerships, patents, and distribution agreements. For more information, see Minnesota Cup.

Crookston:

AN HONORARY REGION 1 FFA DEGREE was awarded to Twyla Treanor, assistant professor of math, science, and technology, and Sue Jacobson, instructor of agriculture and natural resources, during a banquet held recently at the Norman County West High School in Halstad, Minn. The award recognizes exceptional service and support for FFA and agricultural education. For more information, see honorary degree.

THE SPRING SEMESTER CAMPUS ASSEMBLY MEETING will take place April 1, 12:30 p.m., Bede Ballroom. No classes are scheduled during this time. For an agenda and more information, see campus assembly.

NORTHWEST SERVICE COOPERATIVE TECHNOLOGY SEMINAR AND EXPO will be held April 6, with booths opening at 9:45 a.m., Bede Ballroom. Students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend. For more information, see 2010 Technology Seminar.

Duluth:

UMD ALWORTH INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE will host a presentation by Thomas Hanson, former career Foreign Service officer and past director for NATO and European Affairs at the Atlantic Council of the United States in Washington, D.C. Hanson will present a lecture, "A World in Flux: The U.S. and the Rising Powers," discussing how the world economic crisis is affecting the relative position of the U.S. and countries like China, India, Brazil, and Russia. March 31, 7 p.m. fourth floor Library Rotunda. For more information, call 218-726-7493, email Cindy Christian, or see Alworth.

UMD MULTICULTURAL CENTER will hold a lecture by Joy DeGruy on her book Post-Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America's Enduring Legacy of Injury and Healing April 1, 6 p.m., 80 Montague Hall. DeGruy's book addresses the residual impacts the trauma inflicted on African slaves has had on their descendents in the Americas. For more information, call 218-726-6187 or email David Comer.

THE UMD MUSIC DEPARTMENT will host the Jazz Combos Concert featuring four UMD jazz ensembles on March 31, 7:30 p.m., Weber Music Hall. Each combo will be directed by members of the UMD Music Department. Tickets: adults $8, seniors $7, students $5, UMD students $3. For tickets or more information, call 218-726-8877 or see tickets.

UMD ALWORTH INSTITUTE INTERNATIONAL BROWN BAG SERIES will host "Hanging out in Hamburg: Winter in Germany," presented by Pauline Nuhring, associate administrator in Continuing Education at UMD, April 1, noon, fourth floor Library Rotunda. Nuhring will talk about a trip she took to Hamburg, Germany, during December 2009. For more information, see winter in Germany.

Morris:

A TEAM OF FIVE OUTSIDE EVALUATORS will conclude the review process for UMM's 10-year accreditation by The Higher Learning Commission on March 31. For more information, see accreditation review.

THE 34TH ANNUAL MIDWEST PHILOSOPHY COLLOQUIUM, "Justice and Higher Education," continues with an address by Randall Curren, professor of philosophy and of education at the University of Rochester. Curren will speak on "Sustainability and Higher Education" April 2, 3:30 p.m., 109 Imholte Hall. For more information, see philosophy colloquium.

MICHAEL ARMACOST, FORMER UNDERSECRETARY OF STATE FOR POLITICAL AFFAIRS, will serve as the 2010 Jooinn Lee Lecturer. Armacost, currently a Shorenstein Distinguished Fellow at the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center at Stanford University, will speak on the "Shifting Balance in Northeast Asia: Implications for the United States." April 7, 7 p.m., 109 Imholte Hall. For more information, see Jooinn Lee Lecture.

Rochester:

UMR INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY DEPARTMENT PROFESSIONAL KIM SIN recently collected more than 1,000 books for a school he's helped create in his native Cambodia. For more information, see the Rochester Post-Bulletin.

Twin Cities:

THE U'S NEW HOME FOR THE INDUSTRIAL AND SYSTEMS ENGINEERING PROGRAM will celebrate its grand opening March 31, 4:30-6:30 p.m., between the Mechanical Engineering Building and Rapson Hall. The renovation began in Dec. 2009. Last year, the U's Institute of Technology established an independent program in industrial and systems engineering. The U is the only higher education institution in Minnesota to offer graduate and professional degrees in the growing field of industrial and systems engineering. For more information, see grand opening.

AWARD-WINNING ECONOMICS AUTHOR AND JOURNALIST CHRIS FARRELL will discuss post-recession consumer spending at an open forum exploring "The New Frugality." Farrell will explain past patterns of post-recession spending and explore trends in personal spending habits following the most recent economic downturn. April 1, 7 p.m., St. Paul campus's Continuing Education and Conference Center. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online or by calling 612-624-4000. For more information, see the news release.

THE OFFICE OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY IS OFFERING TECH TUTORING, an opportunity to schedule an appointment with an instructor to learn specific skills or concepts, such as how to create a table of contents in Word or how to build a quiz in WebVista. Participants are encouraged to bring their project files as well as their laptop (if available). Appointments are currently available on these topics: MS Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Google Apps, WebVista, and Moodle. For registration and more information, view the tutoring calendar.

A SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH (SPH) RESEARCH DAY will feature SPH student research posters on health insurance coverage, cancer screening, and more. April 5, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Mississippi Room, Coffman Union. Students will be available to talk about their posters from noon to 1 p.m. For more information, see SPH research day.

THE 2010 NATIONAL PUBLIC HEALTH WEEK FILM FESTIVAL will explore refugee health, aging, food systems, environment, obesity, and sexual health. Explore these topics by watching films at the festival, while enjoying free popcorn and raisins. Hosted by the School of Public Health. April 5-9, doors open at 5 p.m., with expert introductions and films starting at 5:30 p.m. Locations vary. Free and open to the public. For more information, including the film schedule, locations, speakers’ bios, and promotions, see film festival.

THIRD ANNUAL DOCTORAL RESEARCH SHOWCASE will feature 65 poster presentations from 40 graduate programs. Meet recipients of the 2009-10 Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships--outstanding, final-year Ph.D. candidates--as they describe their work in fields from engineering to English. Candidates are nominated by their programs in a U-wide competition sponsored by the Graduate School. April 6, noon-2 p.m., Great Hall, Coffman Union. For more information including a list of presenters by field of study, see research showcase.

VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED TO HOST INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS attending an orientation in St. Paul, April 12-13. Hosts provide students a reassuring welcome and typically house them three to four nights. Host families are asked to provide room and board as well as transportation to and from campus. For more information, email Susan VonBank, call 612-625-8797, or see Twin Cities Host program.

THE FOOD INDUSTRY CENTER 2010 SPRING SYMPOSIUM, "The Opportunities and Challenges of Social Media in the Food Industry," will take place April 28, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey Institute. The symposium is free to U students. For registration and more information, see food industry.

A WEISMAN ART MUSEUM (WAM) STORE SALE APRIL 1-8 will feature reductions of 20 percent or more on everything in the store. Browse books, household items, fashion accessories, jewelry, children's items, and more. For more information, see WAM sale.

MORE EVENTS include Bringing Things to Life: Creative Entanglements in a World of Materials (April 1); Geography Coffee Hour--Tim Ingold: "The Shape of the Earth" (April 2); Chelsea Handler Book Signing (April 3); Measure for Measure (April 4); 4th annual "It's Global" PSA Contest (April 5); Out of Our Heads: Why You Are Not Your Brain--A talk by Alva Noë (April 6). SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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