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Vol. XL No. 14; April 14, 2010
Editor: Adam Overland, brief@umn.edu

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Inside This Issue
--President Bruininks schedules campus conversations.
--Features: Still Driven to Discover; Spring into action; Putting CURA on the map.
--People: Institute on the Environment has announced its second cohort of resident fellows; and more.

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

PRESIDENT BRUININKS SCHEDULES CAMPUS CONVERSATIONS. Following the cancellation of the 2010 State of the University Address, the Office of the President has scheduled two campus conversations, in which faculty, staff, and students can share their questions and concerns with President Bruininks. For the Twin Cities campus, the conversation will take place April 22, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Coffman Theater. For the coordinate campuses, the president has scheduled an ITV conversation May 4, 3-4:30 p.m. For more information, see the president's site.

FEATURE: Professional Development Grants for Retirees program. Some people retire and go fishing in Florida, but for others at the U, a program apparently unique in the nation among higher education institutions awards grants to retirees to continue their work. For more information, read "Still Driven to Discover."

FEATURE: There's no time like spring to shore up one’s sagging resolve to lose weight or eat better. It's time to get out the bicycle, bounce the dust off the stability ball, lace up the tennis shoes, and start down a path to feeling good. Begin the countdown to a healthier you with some simple steps from the U's Wellness Program. For more information, read "Spring into action."

FEATURE: In the world of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Will Craig is more than just associate director of the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA)—he’s a Hall of Famer. Spending 50 years at the U, 40 of which he dedicated to GIS technology, his efforts have earned him a spot in the GIS Hall of Fame. For more information, read "Putting CURA on the map."

PEOPLE: The Institute on the Environment has announced its second cohort of resident fellows; UMD has selected candidates Lendley Black and Belinda McCarthy as finalists for chancellor; the Office of International Programs has announced the recipients of its new Global Spotlight grants for international scholarly activities; 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:

THE PROVOST'S INTERDISCIPLINARY TEAM has identified four initial priority areas for action at the U: finance and budget, interdisciplinary faculty, communications, and metrics. These priorities draw from the recently released findings (PDF) of a study by the 10-member Consortium on Fostering Interdisciplinary Inquiry (CFII), led by the U's Gail Dubrow and composed of members from UC-Berkeley, U Illinois Urbana-Champaign, U Michigan, UNC Chapel Hill, U Pennsylvania, U Washington, U Wisconsin, Brown, and Duke. Findings of the study will be discussed at several leadership meetings this spring. For more information, email Tim Mulcahy, chair of the provost's interdisciplinary team, or Gail Dubrow of the CFII.

TWO NEW HUMAN RESOURCES POLICIES HAVE BEEN DEVELOPED IN LIGHT OF THE U'S CURRENT FINANCIAL CHALLENGES. The Transitions Phased Retirement Program policy offers a retirement opportunity to a subset of tenured faculty and continuous academic professionals who are 63 or older at the time of election of this program. The Modifying Appointments of Academic Professional and Administrative Employees for Financial Stringency policy allows the University to take extraordinary action to temporarily reduce personnel costs for P&A appointments in the face of unusual financial difficulties. The policy drafts are available for comment at policy drafts online.

TWO ADDITIONAL POLICIES OPEN FOR COMMENT: The Sponsored Project Effort on Summer and Part-Time Appointment policy seeks to decrease institutional risk by clarifying regulatory requirements related to allowable and unallowable activities and imposes a two-and-a-half month limit, excluding where exceptions have been granted. Charging of Direct and Facilities and Administrative Costs policy and procedures have been revised, including a reassignment of approval authority to colleges for most waivers. The policy drafts are open for comments online.

THE U WAS AWARDED $2.5 MILLION IN RECOVERY ACT FUNDING from the U.S. Department of Energy to lead a nationwide consortium of universities in revitalizing electrical power engineering education. The funding is part of a nationwide, $100 million effort to develop 54 smart grid workforce training programs. For more information, see the news release.

THE U OF M ALUMNI ASSOCIATION 2010 CELEBRATION WILL FEATURE KATIE COURIC. Couric is the anchor and managing editor of the "CBS Evening News," a "60 Minutes" correspondent, and a leading advocate in the fight against cancer. She will speak on "The Power of Resilience," reflecting on professional and personal experiences. April 24. For more information, including ticket prices, call the Northrop ticket office at 612-624-2345. For ticket and event information, see annual celebration.

JOURNALS FOR RESEARCH ON TEACHING AND LEARNING ARE ONLINE. The Center for Teaching and Learning offers a hand-selected collection of online education journals organized by themes and disciplines. Faculty, instructional staff, and graduate students are invited to access these journals as a starting point for the latest research and discourse on pedagogy, student learning, and teaching approaches. For more information, see education journals.

U OF M MOMENT: Do new sports stadiums help local economies? The entire state is buzzing about the new home of the Minnesota Twins--Target Field in downtown Minneapolis. But while new stadiums are good for sports teams and their fans, do they impact the local economy as well? Sports management professor Eric Brownlee says that research shows the "stadium effect" is actually minimal. For more information, listen to the U of M Moment.

2010 ARBORETUM BUD BREAK 5K RUN/WALK AND YOUTH DAFFODIL DASH will take place May 2, 9 a.m., Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Kids ages 5 to 12 can participate in the one mile Youth Daffodil Dash. Fee includes general Arboretum admission and a specially designed t-shirt. For more information, see arboretum run/walk.

DISCOUNTED RESORT VACATIONS: The Sugar Lake Lodge Resort in Grand Rapids is offering University employees a 20 to 30% discount on lodging during June, July, and August. For more information, see discounts. As a reminder, U faculty and staff can receive a variety of discounts to numerous Twin Cities businesses.

Crookston:

A CINCO DE MAYO FIESTA will celebrate Mexican culture and tradition, April 16. Events include an authentic Mexican meal in Brown Dining Room, 4:30-7 p.m., followed by a program of music and dance in Kiehle Auditorium, 7-9 p.m., and a family dance featuring the band Esquina, 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center. Free and open to the public. For more information, see Cinco de Mayo.

CHILDREN AGES THREE AND UP CAN EXPLORE THE WORLD OF FARM ANIMALS and agriculture during the Tours for Tots program, April 19-23. The tours will take children to visit the cow and sheep barn, horse stable and arena, the dairy cattle barn, and the greenhouse. For more information, see Tours for Tots.

SIXTEEN STUDENTS SPENT SPRING BREAK IN FRANCE, where they studied agriculture production, processing, and marketing. The students are enrolled in a class taught by associate professor Harouna Maiga and Terrill Bradford, both instructors in the Agriculture and Natural Resources Department. For more information, read Study in France.

Duluth:

BOSNIA/HERZEGOVINA'S AMBASSADOR TO SWITZERLAND Jakob Finci will be the featured speaker at the Baeumler-Kaplan Holocaust Memorial Lecture April 15, 4:30 p.m., Kirby Student Center Ballroom. In 1993, Ambassador Finci served as president of La Benevolencia, a Bosnian humanitarian organization, which provided aid to all citizens of Sarajevo and greater Bosnia and Herzegovina on a nonsectarian basis. Finci will give a personal account of the Bosnian War. For more information, see Holocaust Commemoration.

V-DAY, THE GLOBAL MOVEMENT TO END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND GIRLS, will present The Vagina Monologues, performed by UMD students. April 16-17, 7 p.m., 90 Bohannon Hall. Proceeds will go to PAVSA (Program for Aid to Victims of Sexual Assault). Cost: students $5, nonstudents $8. For more information, see V-Day, call 218-726-6292, or email the Women's Resource and Action Center.

THE FILM CRUDE: THE REAL PRICE OF OIL, directed by Joe Berlinger, and hosted by the Duluth Multicultural Center will be shown April 19, noon, 273B Kirby Student Center. Following the film, there will be a question-and-answer session. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 218-726-6652 or email Susana Pelayo-Woodward.

THE 7TH ANNUAL GREAT CAMP STOVE COOKING CONTEST will take place April 20, 4 p.m., Bagley Sports and Heath Center. Ten teams of one to two cooks will receive the same ingredients and compete to make a great meal. A panel of outdoor food enthusiasts will taste and judge the results, after which, everyone eats. Participants should provide their own camp stoves (up to two burners), cooking kit, utensils, spices, table, etc. Stoves, cook kits, utensils, and tarps are available upon request at registration. Team cost: UMD students $12, others $17. For more information, call 218-726-7128, email RSOP, or see outdoor cooking.

Morris:

THE MORRIS ECO-FRIENDLY DEMONSTRATION NEIGHBORHOOD received the highest honor in the Planning and Analysis category of this year's Minnesota chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects awards. Members of the Morris campus worked on the neighborhood master plan, which proposes an environmentally and socially sustainable neighborhood that is affordable to construct and maintain. For more information, see demonstration neighborhood.

ECHOES OF CRY OF THE MARSH, a documentary produced at UMM, will air on Twin Cities Public Television, channel 2, April 20, 11 p.m.; April 21, 5 a.m.; and April 25, 4 p.m. 

PAINTINGS OF ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF STUDIO ART MICHAEL EBLE will be on exhibit at Gallery13 in Minneapolis beginning April 16. Terra Absentis: Louisiana's Disappearing Landscape, is a collaborative exhibit with photographer Daniel Kariko.

Rochester:

SECRETARY OF STATE MARK RITCHIE will visit UMR to speak on the importance of voter participation, explain legislative changes to election law that impact students, and encourage students to become election judges and be a part of the elections process. April 20, 3 p.m., 417 University Square.

MENTALIST AND ENTERTAINER CHRIS CARTER performs amazing feats using the power of his mind, including bending spoons, helping audience members illuminate light bulbs that aren't plugged in, and mind reading. Sponsored by the Student Activities Board. April 21, 7 p.m., fourth floor, UMR.

Twin Cities:

THE U HAS MET ITS ENERGY REDUCTION GOAL FOR 2010 THREE MONTHS EARLY. The campus's "It All Adds Up" conservation program, launched in 2009 by Facilities Management, set a five percent energy reduction goal for fiscal year 2010. The reduction saves more than $2.25 million annually and results in 25,000 fewer tons of CO2 being released into the atmosphere. For more information, see the news release.

STUDENT EXPERIENCE IN THE RESEARCH UNIVERSITY (SERU) SURVEY: Faculty and staff are asked to encourage all Twin Cities degree-seeking undergraduates to participate in the annual SERU survey, conducted by the Center for Studies in Higher Education at the University of California, Berkeley. Results of the study help broaden understanding of the undergraduate experience and promote a culture of institutional self-improvement. For more information, see survey.

BUILD YOUR GOOGLE SKILLS. To assist with the upcoming transition to Google Apps, the University Technology Training Center offers several training opportunities. For more information, see Google training.

U OF M OPERA THEATRE WILL PRESENT W.A. Mozart’s The Magic Flute. April 15-17, 7:30 p.m.; April 18, 1:30 p.m., Ted Mann Concert Hall. Two-for-one tickets for U students, faculty, staff, and alumni. For ticket pricing and more information, call 612-624-2345 or see University Opera Theatre.

NEUROSCIENCE AND POLITICS will be the theme of the political psychology proseminar featuring Emory University professor Drew Westen, author of the popular book The Political Brain, and Darren Schreiber, assistant professor of political science at the University of California, San Diego. April 16, 3 p.m., 180 Hubert Humphrey Center. Email political science if you plan to attend. For more information, see neuroscience and politics.

CELEBRATING UNIVERSITY WOMEN Awards and Recognition event honors the outstanding academic, professional, and leadership achievements of U women faculty, staff, and students. The Women's Center and partners will present the Mullen-Spector-Truax Women's Leadership Award, the Civil Service Bargaining Unit Staff Award, and the Sharon Doherty Student Leadership Award. A dessert reception precedes the program. April 19, 2:30-4:30 p.m., McNamara Alumni Center. For more information and to RSVP, see celebrating U women.

A PECHA KUCHA-STYLE EVENT (concise, narrated slideshows) ON THE TOPIC "OPEN UMN" will feature eight short presentations followed by a Q and A. Presentations will be web cast, with a recording to be published online. April 20, 2-4:30 p.m., The Whole Music Club, Coffman Union. To RSVP and for more information, see 20 by 20: An OIT Pecha Kucha Event.

GRADUATE STUDENTS IN TECHNOLOGY AND SCIENCE are invited to attend Securing Intellectual Property, the third in a four-part seminar series with practical lessons on how to bring technologies to market. The series is sponsored by 3M and organized by the Gary S. Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship. April 20, 4-6 p.m., 2-206 Carlson School of Management. For registration, email technology. For more information, see 3M Seminars.

COURTROOM PROCEEDINGS COME TO LIFE in the docudrama "Execution of Justice" by alumna Emily Mann. Using actual court transcripts and real-life interviews, the play chronicles the 1978 trial of Dan White for the murder of San Francisco mayor George Moscone and supervisor Harvey Milk, the first openly gay elected official in the United States. April 16-24, Rarig Center. For tickets and more information, call 612-624-2345 or see courtroom theater.

NOBEL PEACE PRIZE LAUREATE Rigoberta Menchú Tum of Guatemala will share her message, "Healing Communities Torn by Racism and Violence," during the annual PeaceJam conference, April 24-26. The conference is a partnership between the University YMCA, the PeaceJam Club, and the University of Minnesota. As part of PeaceJam, Menchú Tum will give a public lecture April 23, 7 p.m., Northrop Auditorium. Tickets: students $10, nonstudents $20. For more information, see PeaceJam.

NURSING RESEARCH DAY AND ALUMNI AND SPRING CELEBRATION. The School of Nursing and its partners will showcase current research studies and clinical innovations at this year's Nursing Research Day. The theme is "Linking Evidence to Practice: Translational Science in Nursing." Bernadette Melnyk, dean and distinguished foundation professor, Arizona State University College of Nursing and Health Innovation, will give the keynote address. April 23, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., McNamara Alumni Center. The follwing day, as part of the spring celebration, "Integrative Health, Integrated Care: New Educational Pathways and Practice Roles for Nurses" will cover important issues facing nurses and their clients in today’s practice settings. Need not be alumni to attend. April 24, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., McNamara Alumni Center. 

"HEALTHY MINDS ACROSS AMERICA" will bring science to families with a conference about the importance and hope research offers to those suffering from a psychiatric brain disorder. Hear the latest research developments and how these will bring about better treatments and eventual cures for mental illness. Sponsored by the brain and behavior research fund NARSAD (National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression), the event is a rare opportunity to learn about breakthroughs and emerging treatments in mental health by the nation's best mental health researchers. April 24, 1-4 p.m., B75 Amundson Hall. For more information, see NARSAD.

CROSS-SECTOR LEADERSHIP FOR THE GREEN ECONOMY CONFERENCE will bring together leaders from public, private, nonprofit, and academic sectors to discuss how to build a viable and sustainable green economy with new forms of cross-sector leadership. April 29-30, Radisson University Hotel. For registration and more information, see green economy.

CARLSON WILL HOST THE 6th ANNUAL WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE: "Connect, Empower, Succeed." This conference is designed to support the forward focus of Minnesota businesswomen by providing lifelong learning opportunities and resources. April 30, 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Carlson School. Registration ($150) is required. Reduced rates are available for current U students and staff. For more information, see women's leadership or email Carlson.

MORE EVENTS include Frontiers in the Environment: The Role of Urban Households in Pollution (April 14); Pet Cleanup Day (April 15); Career Breakfast for Researchers (April 16); Meet author and cook Rae Katherine Eighmey (April 19) Change Your Mind to Change Your Life: Handling Stress in Difficult Times (April 20). SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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


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