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Vol. XL No. 15; April 21, 2010
Editor: Adam Overland, brief@umn.edu

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Inside This Issue
--Central Corridor update.
--Reminder: Bruininks schedules Campus Conversations.
--Complete the Pulse Survey by May 14.
--Federal Relations April Report.
--Features: The Birth of Earth Day; Home is where the U is.
--People: David Tilman has been awarded the 2010 Heineken Prize for Environmental Sciences; and more.

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

CENTRAL CORRIDOR UPDATE: The Metropolitan Council and the Board of Regents took a big step toward reaching an agreement to begin construction on the Central Corridor light rail line. The board approved a resolution delegating authority to President Bruininks, in consultation with the board, to execute an agreement between the U and the council to mitigate the adverse effects of the line's construction and operations on the U and its research facilities, and to grant temporary construction easements on U land. For more information, see the news release.

REMINDER: PRESIDENT BRUININKS CAMPUS CONVERSATIONS. 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.

THE 2010 PULSE SURVEY IS IN YOUR EMAIL INBOX NOW. The survey measures faculty and staff satisfaction with the University of Minnesota as an employer. This year’s survey is 30 percent shorter with better, faster reporting of results planned at the college and unit levels, and real-time participation tracking by unit. Take just 20 minutes to complete the survey, because your unique perspective and individual understanding of your college or unit could lead to positive change at the U. Complete the survey by May 14 using the unique link provided to you within your email invitation. If you did not receive an email invitation, email Institutional Research and Reporting.

FEDERAL RELATIONS REPORT: Clocking in at just three minutes, "I'm Just a Bill" taught an entire generation of Americans that the lawmaking process can be long and difficult. Even with that fair warning in mind, the passage of the health care reform bill and the subsequent reconciliation bill that revamped the federal student loan program was a rich, if probably unwanted, lesson in parliamentary procedure. If today’s children’s television producers wanted to create an "I'm Just a (Health Care) Bill" video, it is doubtful they could reduce it to anything less than an hour-long after-school special. While Federal Relations hasn't created such a video, they have been digging--along with folks in human resources, financial aid, student health, and the Academic Health Center--for answers about how the new health care and financial aid laws will affect the U community. For more information, see the April Federal Relations Report.

FEATURE: Concerns about the environment, pollution, and the future of the planet gripped campus 40 years ago. Many U students were steamed in 1970, in great part because of the Vietnam War. And the growing environmental movement captured (or diverted) some of that student activism energy for home-front matters, like pollution and a first-ever event: a national Earth Day on April 22, 1970. For more information, read "The Birth of Earth Day," appearing in the spring edition of the Alumni Association's Minnesota magazine.

FEATURE: THE MINNEAPOLIS SAINT PAUL HOME TOUR, April 24-25, will include a University District Alliance house at 1022 16th Avenue S.E. Last year at this time, the home was midway through its renovation. Now it's for sale with an efficient new boiler, new windows and insulation, a low water-use toilet, radiant heat in the sunroom floor, sustainable materials in the kitchen, and even more energy efficient improvements. Visitors can tour the home (and many more) during the home tour. For more information, read "Home is where the U is."

PEOPLE: Regents professor of ecology David Tilman has been awarded the 2010 Heineken Prize for Environmental Sciences; renowned plant geneticist and Regents professor of agronomy and plant sciences Ron Phillips has been awarded the ISA 2010 Medal for Science; the Initiative for Renewable Energy and the Environment has awarded over $3.7 million to nine renewable energy projects at the U; professor Chandra Varma (Ph.D. Physics '68) of the University of California Riverside will receive an honorary doctor of science from the U April 22; Ellen Kennedy has received the Jane Addams Outstanding Service Award; Jeanne Ayers is the 2010 staff recipient of the Josie R. Johnson Human Rights and Social Justice Award; UMD has named a new dean of the College of Liberal Arts; UMM will celebrate the life of the late Jim Gremmels on April 29; 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:

WEBBY AWARD: The University of Minnesota has been nominated for a prestigious "Webby Award," which is considered to be the Oscar of the Internet. The News Service-produced video, Science of Watchmen features physics professor James Kakalios talking about the physics of the comic-book-made-into-movie hit. The video won a regional Emmy Award last year. Vote for the U online by going to Facebook and clicking the "Vote for the U" tab. For more information, see the news release.

2010 IMAGINE FUND WINNERS. The Imagine Fund is a systemwide program, created by the provost's office, open to arts, design, and humanities faculty to support research and creative practices and enhance the presence of these disciplines at the U. This year's 182 awardees were granted $4,000 each, for a total of $728,000. For more information, see the Imagine Fund 2010 awardees.

THE 21ST ANNUAL TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH CONFERENCE is a forum for researchers and practitioners from Minnesota and the Upper Midwest to share their research findings in a variety of transportation-related areas. During the opening session, Minnesota leaders will discuss efforts to ensure that the state is part of a high-speed passenger rail network and how national transportation priorities influence local decisions. April 27-28, RiverCentre, St. Paul. For a full conference schedule, fees, and registration, see transportation conference.

U OF M MOMENT: Can the physical act of handling cash make us feel less pain? Yes, according to new research from Kathleen Vohs in the U's Institute for Research in Marketing at the Carlson School of Management. Vohs says companies like airlines could utilize the positive psychological effects of money to better manage their customers. For more information, listen to "Can cash curb pain?"

PEDAGOGY AND PRACTICE OF INTERDISCIPLINARY TEACHING faculty workshop will present best practices and strategies for overcoming barriers to interdisciplinary teaching in undergraduate and graduate settings. Topics for discussion will include models, solutions for administrative challenges, and promising practices, all in relation to interdisciplinary teaching. Space is limited and early registration is encouraged. May 3, 3-5 p.m., Mississippi Room, Coffman Union. Participation by live webcast will be available. For more information, see faculty workshop.

THE CENTER FOR HEALTH EQUITY'S Research Core is implementing an external grant review program to support a select number of meritorious applications for external peer review prior to their submission to a funding agency. The program is open to full-time U postdoctoral fellows, research associates, and faculty with appointments at the assistant professor level or above. For more information, see external grant review.

Crookston:

THE CROOKSTON NATIVE AMERICAN CLUB WILL HOST the first ever Powwow on the campus, April 24, 11:30 a.m., Lysaker Gymnasium. The daylong event will begin with a display and sale of traditional Native American artwork, jewelry, and clothing. A procession of the dancers will take place at 1 p.m., along with a welcome address by chancellor Charles Casey. For more information, see Powwow.

A BOOK FEATURING ESSAYS BY SCHOLARS ON SIGNIFICANT TOPICS IN EDUCATION includes a chapter coauthored by associate professors Mark Huglen and Rachel McCoppin. The chapter, titled "Extending Kenneth Burke and Multicultural Education: Being Actively Revised by the Other," appears in Humanistic Critique of Education: Teaching and Learning as Symbolic Action. For more information, see essays on education.

THE 2010 COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS will be given by Baltimore fire chief and UMC alumnus, James Clack. Clack was the Minneapolis fire chief who led the rescue effort after the 35W bridge collapse in 2007. He served with the Minneapolis Fire Department for some 22 years. May 8, 2 p.m., Lysaker Gymnasium. For more information, see commencement.

SIX HORTICULTURE CLUB STUDENTS COMPETED recently in the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) Student Career Days, a three-day competition for students enrolled in collegiate horticulture programs. For more information, see PLANET.

Duluth:

UMD WILL HOST THE PRESENTATION "Memoirs of a Vietnam Soldier: Son Duong." Son Duong is a Vietnamese veteran of the Vietnam War. Duong, who is the father of a current UMD student, will describe his experiences in the war and tell of his journey and transition to America. Free and open to the public. April 21, 6 p.m., 120 Solon Campus Center. For more information, email Susana Pelayo-Woodward or call 218-726-6522.

UMD'S "TAKE OUR CHILDREN TO WORK DAY" will be held April 22. The event supports the 2010 national theme of "1 Youth, 1 Dream, 2Morrow's Leader." There will be a 45-minute workshop/activity on careers related to each department for children ages 8-12, starting at 9:15 and 10:15 a.m. For more information, email Susana Pelayo-Woodward, call 218-726-6522, or see children at work day.

IMAGINE FUND DISTINGUISHED VISITING CHAIRS Juhani Pallasmaa and Leigh Fondakowski will engage in the last of a series of public conversations on artistic conception in "Imagination and Compassion." April 22, 3 p.m., Teatro Zuccone, 222 East Superior Street. For more information and videos of previous conversations, see Imagine Fund or previous lectures.

OVERMAN DISTINGUISHED SPEAKERS LECTURE SERIES presents Joe Shuster, author of Beyond Fossil Fools: The Roadmap to Energy Independence by 2040, April 26, 7 p.m., Weber Music Hall. Free and open to the public. A reception and book signing follow. For more information, see lecture.

UMD WILL HOST A RECEPTION HONORING CHANCELLOR KATHRYN MARTIN, April 27, 3-5 p.m., Tweed Museum of Art. The open house is an opportunity to honor Martin upon her retirement and to celebrate her 15 years as chancellor. A brief program will be held at 4 p.m. For more information, email reception.

UMD THEATRE PRESENTS IS HE DEAD? by Mark Twain, April 22-24, 7:30 p.m.; April 25, 2 p.m.; April 28-May 1, 7:30 p.m., Mainstage Theatre, Marshall Performing Arts Center. Adults $17, seniors/students $13, UMD students $6, children $6. For more information, see Is He Dead? For tickets, contact the box office or call 218-726-8561.

UMD WILL CELEBRATE EARTH WEEK April 17-26, featuring special events and activities focusing on environmental awareness. The campus will host a series of lectures, student-neighbor cleanup projects, and educational workshops to support the continuation of UMD sustainability efforts. For more information, email earth week or see UMD sustainability efforts.

Morris:

IN AN EARTH DAY 2010 ECO-FRIENDLY PRODUCTION OF As You Like It, transformed "trash" has become the set, the costumes, and an artistic reflection of a campus committed to waste reduction, recycling, and energy self-sufficiency. Directed by associate professor of theater Ray Schultz. April 22-24, 7:30 p.m., with a matinee performance April 24, 2 p.m., Black Box Theatre. For more information, see Earth Day play.

THE 2010 SENIOR ART SHOW will feature the work of six graduating seniors from the studio art program. The gallery grand opening is April 22, 7 p.m., Humanities Fine Arts. For more information, see senior art.

2009-10 BARBER LECTURE: Siegfried W. de Rachewiltz, professor at Innsbruck University in Austria, and director of the Schloß Tirol museum, will deliver the 2009-10 Barber Lecture, "Oswald von Wolkenstein, the last of the German Minnesänger." April 26, 7 p.m., Humanities Fine Arts Recital Hall. For more information, see Barber Lecture.

UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM: Students will present research and creative work April 23, 1 p.m., Humanities Fine Arts Recital Hall. The opening ceremony features a student improv performance by the Unusual Suspects and a performance of A Prairie Cantata, a multi-movement piece composed by Mitch Grussing '10. For more information, see undergrad symposium.

Rochester:

EXPLORING SUSTAINABILITY ISSUES WITH RENOWNED UNIVERSITY EXPERTS. Helene Murray, director for the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture, will speak about "Green Lands, Blue Waters," a long-term comprehensive effort whose mission is to support development of and transition to a new generation of agricultural systems in the Mississippi River Basin. The new systems will 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 sustainability.

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 a review of a lecture on consciousness by Alva Noë, and previews ranging from events like the CBS Annual Plant Sale to "Why Scientists Must Dance: A presentation by John Bohannon, the Gonzo Scientist," plus 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.

ON BEAUTIFUL U DAY THE NEW "IT ALL ADDS UP" RECYCLING INITIATIVE will feature Twin Cities campus district collection locations for books, cell phones, and University-owned electronics to be recycled. April 22, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information, see Facilities Management and Beautiful U Day.

SPRING JAM 2010 KICKS OFF APRIL 22 WITH THE MUSICAL GROUP CLOUD CULT performing in front of Coffman Union. Festivities begin at 11 a.m., with Cloud Cult performing at noon. Attendees are encouraged to bring nonperishable food items for a food drive to help support the Neighborhood House Food Shelter. Free, all ages, and open to the public. For more information, see Spring Jam.

UNIVERSITY INTERNATIONAL CENTER INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE: "Exhuming Bodies, Producing Knowledge: Collective Memory, Justice, and Restitution in Contemporary Spain" will explore the role that the recent exhumations of mass graves from the Spanish Civil War and subsequent dictatorship have had in the emergence of the movement for the "recovery of historical memory" in Spain. April 23-24, 100 University International Center. For more information, see conference or email professors Ofelia Ferrán or Lisa Hilbink.

MOOS FAMILY LECTURE: PULITZER PRIZE- AND EMMY-WINNING REPORTER AND PRODUCER Hedrick Smith, who produced the PBS Frontline documentary Poisoned Waters, will deliver a lecture examining sources and risks of water pollution, policies that have enabled it, and potential solutions. April 27, 7 p.m., St. Paul Student Center Theater. Free and open to the public, but seating is limited and registration is required. For registration and more information, see Moos lecture.

"POSITIVE EXPOSURE: THE CYSTIC FIBROSIS PROJECT" will be presented by creative photographer and humanitarian, Rick Guidotti, founder and director of Positive Exposure. Once a high-fashion photographer in New York and Europe, Guidotti now spends his time, energy, and talents fostering increased understanding and of those affected by rare genetic differences through the visual arts. He is currently collaborating with the Center for Lung Science and Health and others at the U to create more awareness about cystic fibrosis. April 29, 4-5 p.m., Mayo Memorial Auditorium. For more information, email Positive Exposure.

HOMECOMING PARADE REGISTRATION OPENS APRIL 26. Registration for the parade is free for all University-affiliated groups. In 2009, the Homecoming Parade had the largest representation ever from academic units, programs, and colleges. Homecoming anticipates a similar lineup this year when the parade travels down University Avenue. The parade is scheduled for Oct. 1, 7 p.m. For registration and more information, see homecoming parade.

UNIVERSITY DINING SERVICES IS CELEBRATING EARTH DAY with a special "Happy bEARTHday Earth Day" party with events that highlight environmental stewardship. Restaurants across campus will feature local and organic menu offerings, including a fully sustainable dinner menu at all six residential restaurants. For more information, see UDS bEARTHday.

STILL HUNGRY? Papa John’s will donate 15% of its sales to the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital April 19-25. Funds raised will benefit construction of the new, world-class hospital facility opening in 2011.

MORE EVENTS include Chandra Varma Honorary Degree and Lectures (April 21-22); Meet Tracy McMillan, film and television writer (April 24); An Evening with Hungry Planet Authors Peter Menzel and Faith D'Aluisio (April 24); The Breakup of New Orleans Households after Hurricane Katrina (April 26). SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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


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