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Vol. XL No. 13; April 7, 2010
Editor: Adam Overland, brief@umn.edu

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Inside This Issue
--State of the University Address available online.
--Central Corridor update.
--Features: Barcoding butterflies; Prescription for pain?; Memory of Trees.
--Brief monthly top three.
--People: Masonic Cancer Center scientist Julie Ross has been awarded a $2.5 million grant from the National Cancer Institute; and more.

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

STATE OF THE UNIVERSITY ADDRESS AVAILABLE ONLINE. President Bruininks was forced to cancel this year's State of the University Address due to laryngitis; however, the full text is available online. While the president does not plan to reschedule the address, he is scheduling less formal forums and meetings between now and mid-May, in which he will be available to faculty, staff, and students. The sessions will occur at locations across the Twin Cities campus, with at least one session specifically tying in the coordinate campuses via phone or interactive television. The theme of this year's State of the University Address is Charting the Future: Community Leadership During Transition. In the forums and meetings to follow, the President will emphasize that during this time of changing leadership at the University, it is even more important that we pull together as a community. For more information, see State of the U.

CENTRAL CORRIDOR APRIL UPDATE: There has been much media coverage in the past week of the deliberations of the Metropolitan Council and the University of Minnesota to resolve the outstanding CCLRT issues. To better understand the U's position, read an update from VP Kathleen O'Brien, which includes copies of a recently published editorial by Archie Givens and Mary McLeod (president of UMAA and chair of its Advocacy Committee, respectively), another by President Bruininks, and a Q & A from the U of M Facebook page.

FEATURE: Gayla Marty, former editor of Brief, has written a memoir. Gayla Marty began editing the U-wide faculty and staff newsletter, Brief, in 2004, shortly after the last days of the salmon-colored paper edition. Now a communications staff member in the Graduate School, she is author of a new memoir, Memory of Trees: A Daughter's Story of a Family Farm. She wrote it to begin to understand her attachment to her family’s farm and the reasons it was sold, while also delving into the transformation of the American landscape and culture over the last 50 years. Marty will discuss her book April 13, 4 p.m., University of Minnesota Bookstore. For more information, read "Memory of Trees."

FEATURE: Like the barcodes on merchandise, stretches of insect DNA reveal the identity of a species, and with it clues to its natural history. U researcher George Weiblen explains the value of "barcoding butterflies." For more information, read "Barcoding butterflies."

FEATURE: Can money actually make people more tolerant of pain? New findings by a University of Minnesota researcher show that cash might indeed reduce people’s pain--both physical and emotional--as well as give them an inner strength. For more information, read "Prescription for pain?"

BRIEF MONTHLY TOP THREE. In case you missed them, the top three stories appearing in Brief during the month of March, as measured by readership numbers, were "Mushing for a cause," "U of M researcher discovers how electricity moves through cells," and "Heart-mending technology licensed."

PEOPLE: Masonic Cancer Center scientist Julie Ross has been awarded a $2.5 million grant from the National Cancer Institute; this year's Center for Transportation Studies award winners include Lee Munnich, Ferrol Robinson, Rajesh Rajamani, Lee Alexander, Gurkan Erdogan, Xinkai Wu, and Shanjiang Zhu; professor Roger Johnson has been named a 2010 Fellow of the American Educational Research Association; students Xiaoying Lou and Grant Newton Remmen are each recipients of the Goldwater Scholarships; 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:

U OF M MOMENT: A snow-less March for the ages. After enduring a long, snowy winter, Minnesotans were treated to a month of March that both came in and went out like a lamb--not a single flake of snow fell during the entire month. According to climatologist Mark Seeley, 2010 marks the first “snow-less” Minnesota March in over 130 years. For more information, listen to the U of M Moment.

THE INSTITUTE FOR HEALTH INFORMATICS SEED GRANT PROGRAM is requesting applications for faculty research seed grants that will lay the groundwork for successful extramural grant funding. The funds will be distributed through a competitive review process. The maximum award per project is $75,000. For more information, see seed grant program.

THE BENEFITS ADVISORY COMMITTEE IS REQUESTING COMMENTS about experiences with UPlan dental plans in 2009 and 2010 to date. Comment deadline is April 16. Anonymous summaries of comments are used in performance reviews of UPlan dental benefits. For more information and to comment, see BAC 2009 UPlan Comments.

ON BEAUTIFUL U DAY THE NEW "IT ALL ADDS UP" RECYCLING INITIATIVE WILL DEBUT. Each year, Beautiful U Day brings together faculty, staff, and students for beautification and sustainability events. In the spirit of the day, each Twin Cities Campus district will establish collection locations for books, cell phones, and University-owned electronics to be recycled. April 22, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. The kickoff event will feature President Bruininks and VP O'Brien, 8 a.m., Northrop Plaza. For more information, see Facilities Management and Beautiful U Day.

FOR AN APRIL FOOL'S LAUGH, watch world-renowned health expert Michael Osterholm warn of a major health threat: Peeps. Osterholm did the video as part of a series by Jim Ragsdale of the Pioneer Press. Scroll down in the archive at the right (the thumbnail image is of yellow peeps covered in red dots) Pioneer Press.

Crookston:

THE EMPTY BOWLS PROJECT, a fund-raiser for the Crookston area food shelf, drew more than 60 people to either hand build or throw a bowl on one of eight pottery wheels. Students from UMC, Crookston High School, community potters, and first-time throwers created 194 bowls. A "glaze-a-thon" to finish the bowls will be held April 17, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Crookston High School art room. For more information, email Lisa Loegering or Katya Zepeda.

UMC IS A PARTNER ON A $4.7 MILLION FEDERAL GRANT TO ENHANCE BROADBAND ACCESS in Minnesota's rural areas. UMC's Economic Development Administration University Center will work with the Blandin Foundation and 19 coalition partners to enhance broadband access. For more information, see broadband access.

ALPHA LAMBDA DELTA held initiation for 22 students into the prestigious first-year honor society at UMC. For more information, see honor society.

Duluth:

THE BAEUMLER-KAPLAN HOLOCAUST COMMEMORATION will address the theme Jews and Muslims: More than Co-Existence. Events include "An Historical Account: From the Holocaust to the Bosnian War," a brown-bag presentation by Karl Bahm, associate professor of history, University of Wisconsin Superior, April 8, noon, fourth floor Library Rotunda; an Alworth Institute book group discussion of People of the Book, a fictional account of the creation and rescue of the Sarajevo Haggadah by Geraldine Brooks, April 13, 7 p.m., fourth floor Library Rotunda; "A Personal Account of the Bosnian War by Jakob Finci, Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Switzerland," April 15, 4:30 p.m., Kirby Student Center Ballroom. For more information, see Holocaust Commemoration.

UMD SPRING EDDY LECTURE entitled "Addressing Reading and Writing in School-Age Children and Adolescents With Language Impairment" will address the impact of language disorders in school-age children and adolescents on their acquisition of literacy skills: decoding, reading comprehension, and spelling. April 10, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., 200 Chemistry Hall. General registration $50, late registration $60. For more information call 218-726-7307 or email Jena Gordon.

THE 2010 STUDENT SHOW OPENING RECEPTION AND AWARDS features works by UMD students in painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, graphic design, photography, and mixed media. During the reception, School of Fine Arts dean Jack Bowman, Art and Design department head Jim Klueg, and Tweed Museum of Art director Ken Bloom will announce over $25,000 in awards to students, along with scholarships for the upcoming year. April 10, 6 p.m., Tweed Museum of Art. For more information, call 218-726-8222 or email Sandi Peterson.

THE UMD STUDENT AWARDS RECEPTION, held to provide recognition to faculty, students, and staff who are recipients of awards ranging from Outstanding Faculty and Staff to Outstanding Student Organization of the Year, is set for April 11, 11:30 a.m., Kirby Student Center Ballroom. UMD students select all recipients of the student awards. An RSVP is required to attend. For more information, call 218-726-8742, email awards reception, or see student awards.

Morris:

A COMMUNITY COFFEE HOUR IN HONOR OF PRESIDENT BRUININKS AND SUSAN HAGSTRUM will be held April 10, 9-10 a.m., Welcome Center. Bruininks and campus guests Senior VP for System Academic Administration Jones, and Regents Bohnsack and Johnson will attend meetings with administrators, faculty, staff, and students, and a Jazz Fest performance. For more information, see community coffee.

DURING THE 2010 JURIED STUDENT ART EXHIBIT, work by art and nonart majors will be on view in the Humanities Fine Arts Gallery. In addition to a rich variety of two-dimensional works, the exhibit includes mixed-media works, book arts, sculpture, and ceramic pieces. The show runs through April 17. For more information, see art exhibit.

SCHOLARSHIPS FOR A ONE-WEEK RENEWABLE ENERGY COURSE for industry are available. The course will take place May 18, 20, 21, and June 2-3, and is made possible by the Minnesota Renewable Energy Marketplace-Alliance for Talent Development initiative. Funds were received to expand curriculum in biomass gasification technology to a regional, industrial audience. For more information, see renewable energy course.

PLAYWRIGHT, DIRECTOR, AND ACTOR LEIGH FONDAKOWSKI, well known as one of the lead writers of The Laramie Project, will visit UMM as part of the Institute for Advanced Study Imagine Fund Guest Speaker series. She will speak on the writing process April 8, 2-3:30 p.m., McGinnis Room, Briggs Library. She will visit the Fundamentals of Acting class April 9, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Black Box Theatre. For more information, see Imagine Fund guest speaker.

Rochester:

UMR IS COLLABORATING TO OFFER a "Partners in Research Workshop: Communities and researchers working together to improve health through community-based participatory research (CBPR)." The workshop is intended to enhance general understanding of CBPR, identify and address the challenges and opportunities of the CBPR approach, and provide opportunities for collaboration and partnership between communities and researchers to address community-identified issues. June 3-4. For registration details, see partners in research.

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 coffee with award-winning New York Times photographer Ozier Muhammad who showcased his recent work in Haiti; a cigarette machine converted into an Art-o-mat®!, which is coming to Boynton; a visit by author and formerly imprisoned Iranian-American journalist Roxana Saberi; 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.

INFORMATION SESSIONS FOR THE PROPOSED INTERDISCIPLINARY PH.D. IN HUMAN FACTORS have been scheduled: April 9, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 22 McNeal Hall; and April 16, 11 a.m. noon, 225 Rapson Hall. Kathleen Harder, director of the Center for Design in Health, and Caroline Hayes, professor of mechanical engineering, will lead the discussion and answer questions. A PDF of the proposal is available online.

DANILO PEREZ: 21st CENTURY DIZZY is a tribute to jazz legend Dizzy Gillespie. Perez, a Grammy-nominated jazz pianist, brings together an all-star, globally rooted band with a musical background including Afro-Cuban, be-bop, Indian, African, and Middle Eastern music. April 10, 8 p.m., Ted Mann Concert Hall. U of M discounts include $10 student tickets and $4 off advance purchase faculty/staff tickets or $20 rush tickets. For more information, see Northrop.

"GOVERNING NANOBIOTECHNOLOGY: REINVENTING OVERSIGHT IN THE 21st CENTURY" will take place April 15, 8:30 a.m.-4:45p.m., Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey Center. Registration is $50 ($10 students), and includes lunch and parking. For registration and more information, see nano oversight.

THE JOHN S. NAJARIAN LECTURE IN TRANSPLANTATION: "The Humoral Theory of Transplantation: Are you a Convert?" will feature world renowned leader in defining tissue typing Paul Terasaki, UCLA professor emeritus, Terasaki Foundation Laboratory, Los Angeles. April 20, 7 a.m., Grand Rounds; 8 a.m., lecture, Mayo Memorial Auditorium.

CAN CHOCOLATE SAVE YOUR LIFE? This question appeared in a recent newspaper headline but was based on a study involving only 14 people. How can we interpret statistics? What does "statistically significant" really mean? How do statistics get manipulated to further an agenda? The field of statistics is essential to understanding most current issues. Nancy Reid, professor of statistics, University of Toronto, will speak on these issues. Reid calls statistics mathematical social work; it helps science progress, so it is important to understand its power. April 22, 7 p.m., 175 Willey Hall. For more information, see IMA Public Lecture.

REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR TWO INTERNATIONALIZATION WORKSHOPS FOR FACULTY AND STAFF. "What is the Bologna Process, Why Should We Care, and What Might It Mean For Higher Education in the U.S.?" will take place April 22, 8:30 a.m.-2:45 p.m., Campus Club, Coffman Union. "Legal and Regulatory Issues in International Research Collaborations" will follow from 3-5 p.m. Space is limited and early registration is encouraged; you must register for each session separately. Participation is also available via live webcast on the day of the event. Sponsored by the Provost's Interdisciplinary Team through the Graduate School’s Office of Interdisciplinary Initiatives.

ART UNDER THE MICROSCOPE is a national traveling exhibit of art quilts, sponsored by the Society for Arts in Healthcare and Gift of Art. The artwork is inspired by scientific photographs taken through microscopes. Open through April 30, Boynton Health Service. For more information, see Boynton art.

THE 2010 SUMMER PUBLIC HEALTH INSTITUTE will feature a variety of courses offered by the School of Public Health. The three-week institute is for everyone practicing in or studying public health or related fields. Participants can expand their professional expertise, learn best practices, broaden career options, or explore a new area of interest. Courses emphasize theory to practice with opportunities for field trips, case studies, hands-on labs, and simulations. May 24-June 11. For course information and registration, see public health institute.

SAVE THE DATE: The International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA) Annual Meeting will take place June 9-12. ISBNPA is a professional organization committed to the betterment of human health and the free exchange of findings regarding diet and physical activity research, programs, and policy. ISBNPA is the only research society that focuses on the behavioral aspects of nutrition and physical activity. For registration and more information, see behavioral nutrition.

PRINTER SETTINGS ON THE UNIVERSITY SERVICES INFORMATION SUPPORT (USIS) NETWORK WILL DEFAULT TO DUPLEX PRINTING (two-sided printing). USIS will work with its business partners to change the printer settings on the network. The changes should reduce University Services printing costs and paper consumption. With the exception of a few units with special needs, all USIS printers will default to duplex printing. For print jobs that require one-sided printing, users will easily be able to disable duplex printing. For more information, see "It All Adds Up."

END OF SEMESTER BOWLING DEALS at the Student Unions & Activities Gamerooms include 15 percent off faculty, staff, and departmental reservations made between April 15 and June 30, plus 10 percent off all advance food orders. For more information, see discounts.

UNIVERSITY CATERING HAS A NEW DELIVERY MENU. New options include enhanced vegetarian, world foods, and sustainably grown food items, as well as menu packages for added convenience, cost-savings, and bundling for easy ordering. For more information, download the menu or call 624-7173.

MORE EVENTS include Regional Policy and Planning Brownbag (April 8); CEHD Research Day (April 9); Classes Without Quizzes 2010 (April 10); Music and Sound Studies: Being Analog (April 12); Melody Gilbert, Documentary Filmmaker (April 12). SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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


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