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Vol. XL No. 16; April 28, 2010
Editor: Adam Overland, brief@umn.edu

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Inside This Issue
--Reminder: take the Pulse Survey by May 14.
--Feature: U of M AIDS Walk team laces up; Friendly fungus gone bad.
--People: Professor Stephen Polasky elected to National Academy of Sciences; and more.

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

THE 2010 PULSE 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. The survey takes just 20 minutes to complete. 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.

FEATURE: University of Minnesota faculty, staff, and students have always been generous when it comes to charitable giving. So when University News Service director Dan Wolter decided he wanted to raise money for the 2010 AIDS Walk, a program of the Minnesota AIDS Project, he turned to his friends and coworkers to create a U of M team. The group is proving to be a fund-raising juggernaut. For more information, read "U of M AIDS Walk team laces up."

FEATURE: The news may sound innocuous: The fungus that makes your tomato plants wilt may have picked up that unsavory trait from another fungus by a novel means. To the researchers, however, the discovery is a rare moment when an organism astounds you with an undreamed-of ability. In this case, fungi turned out to be passing whole chromosomes around like footballs, entirely outside the realm of reproduction. No one knows how they do it, but the discovery means scientists can start working on a means to thwart the trading of chromosomes and the diseases that come with them. For more information, read "Friendly fungus gone bad."

PEOPLE: Professor Stephen Polasky has been elected to National Academy of Sciences; Julie Jacko, with the Institute for Health Informatics, is the principal investigator leading a consortium that has been awarded more than $5 million to train health professionals in health informatics; the Carlson School announced eight new appointments to professorships and two new appointments to chairs; Harriet Wallberg-Henriksson will receive an honorary Doctor of Science degree; U of M career coach and lifework planning specialist Janet Pelto was awarded the Jules Kerlan Outstanding Achievement Award; Ph.D. student Nicholette Zeliadt has been awarded a 2010 American Association for the Advancement of Science Mass Media Science and Engineering Fellowship; a retirement celebration for UMM professor Bert Ahern will be held at the LaFave House on May 3; 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:

RECEPTION FOR 2009-10 INTERDISCIPLINARY DOCTORAL FELLOWS will include presentations of the 16 fellows selected in a competitive process and placed in a total of seven U-wide interdisciplinary research centers or institutes. May 5, 3-5 p.m., Campus Club, Coffman Union. Everyone is welcome, but registration is requested by April 28. Call 612-626-6104 or email reception to register. Fellowship recipients for the 2010-11 academic year will be announced in late spring. For more information, see interdisciplinary reception.

URBAN RESEARCH AND OUTREACH/ENGAGEMENT CENTER (UROC) WILL CELEBRATE AN OPEN HOUSE and ribbon-cutting ceremony May 12, 1-6 p.m., 2001 Plymouth Ave. N., Minneapolis. President Bruininks, Regents chair Allen, and several community and governmental supporters of the center’s establishment will speak at the ribbon cutting at 4 p.m. Senior vice president Jones will serve as emcee for the program. Visitors may take tours of the building, as well as enjoy music, refreshments, and an art exhibit. University program staff and their community partners will be available to discuss their work. Free and open to all. For more information, see UROC open house.

ADMINISTRATIVE POLICIES: The Language Proficiency Requirements for Teaching Assistants policy has been revised to apply to both undergraduate and graduate teaching assistants. The new policy on Radiation Safety formally documents existing processes and expectations for researchers who work with radiative materials and radiation-producing devices. Comments are welcome at the Policies Under Review page.

Crookston:

UMC WILL WELCOME INTERNATIONAL LECTURER AND PERSONAL RAPID TRANSIT EXPERT Edward Anderson during the next Thursday Commons. The lecture, "The Role of Science, Technology, and Perception in the New Age of Resource Scarcity," is free and open to the public. April 29, 12:15 p.m., Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center. For more information, see personal rapid transit.

THE FOURTH ANNUAL BILL TYRRELL WALK-A-THON will be held April 29, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Ed Widseth Field. The 15th Annual Teambacker Fun Nite, an evening of socializing and games designed to raise funds to support scholarships for Golden Eagle student-athletes, is scheduled the following evening at 6 p.m., Crookston Eagles Club. For more information, see athletic fund-raising.

AMONG 22 COMPETING COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES, UMC WON THE FOUR-YEAR COLLEGE DIVISION 2010 agricultural competition at the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Judging Conference. For more information, see agriculture competition.

Duluth:

UMD GRADUATE COLLOQIUM for the Department of Mathematics and Statistics will be held April 29, 3 p.m., 130 Solon Campus Center. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. For more information, see graduate colloquium or email math.

UMD'S MUSIC DEPARTMENT will host the Ninth Annual Concerto Competition Winners Performance with the UMD Symphony Orchestra. The evening concludes with the Second Symphony of Jean Sibelius. May 1, 7:30 p.m., Weber Music Hall. Cost: adults $8, seniors $7, students $5, UMD students $3 (kids under 12 free). For more information, email UMD music or see concerto competition.

ASIAN CULTURE SHOW "ASIANOLOGY" will feature Asian cuisine and cultural performances. Bubble tea will be sold prior to the show and during admission. Sponsored by the Asian Pacific American Association and Asian/Pacific American Student Programs and the Duluth-Multicultural Center. May 1, 6 p.m., Kirby Student Center Ballroom. Cost: students and public $10; children ages 6-10, $6; free for children under five. For more information email Susana Pelayo-Woodward or call 218-726-6522.

UMD FACULTY AWARD WINNERS WILL BE HONORED AT AN AWARDS RECEPTION May 3, 2:30-4:30 p.m., Griggs Center, 3rd floor Kirby Student Center. Refreshments will be served. For more information, email Vickery French.

Morris:

THE NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION HAS AWARDED CHEMISTRY PROFESSORS Nancy Carpenter, Ted Pappenfus, and Tim Soderberg a nearly $200,000 grant to integrate renewable energy and sustainable chemistry into the undergraduate chemistry curriculum. The U's Initiative for Renewable Energy and the Environment contributed $22,000 for the project. For more information, see chemistry curriculum.

THE ANNUAL FACULTY AND STAFF RECOGNITION DINNER provides the campus an opportunity to congratulate the 2010 award recipients and thank faculty and staff retirees for their service. April 29. For more information, see recognition dinner.

THE ANNUAL RELAY FOR LIFE, organized by "Students Against Cancer," raises money to benefit the American Cancer Society. April 30, 7:30 p.m. For more information, see Relay for Life.

Rochester:

UMR AND THE YMCA have signed a memorandum of understanding to acknowledge that both parties will work together to create a partnership that will not only benefit both parties, but also better the local Rochester community. UMR and the YMCA have agreed to provide membership services for students. For more information, see the Post-Bulletin.

Twin Cities:

DURING BEAUTIFUL U DAY, THE U'S RECYCLING PROGRAM COLLECTED 6,190 pounds of used books, 4,648 pounds of electronics, and 206 cell phones. The effort marks the expansion of the "It All Adds Up" conservation program to include recycling. Items will be donated to environmentally responsible recyclers like Worldwide Book Drive, Cell Phones for Soldiers, and Asset Recovery Corporation.For more information, read a summary of the day.

UNDERGRADUATE "MINNESOTA MILES" WENT ON A MISSION to figure out how the Twin Cities campus gets its energy. From the oat hulls that provide heat to the sustainable changes that are made every day to make electricity, cooling, and heating more efficient, he finds that the University works to save money and improve our environment. For more information, watch Minnesota Miles.

KERMIT OLSON LECTURE 2010: THE UN-STILL LIFE OF PLANTS. Plants are among the slowest forms of life, and as a consequence of the ever-quickening pace of the human world, their importance is receding in our collective consciousness. Roger Hangarter will demonstrate using time-lapse technology, the remarkable dynamics of plant life. April 28, 4 p.m., 110 Green Hall (St. Paul). For more information, see Kermit Olson Lecture.

AS PART OF A SYMPOSIUM SERIES BRIDGING RESEARCH AND PRACTICE IN YOUTH DEVELOPMENT, U of M Extension will present "In Pursuit of Effective Best Practices for Out of School Time," by Robert Granger, President of the William T. Grant Foundation. April 29, 9 a.m.-noon, with registration at 8:30 a.m., Memorial Hall, McNamara Alumni Center. For more information, see best practices.

A PUBLIC RECEPTION for vice president and vice provost for equity and diversity Nancy "Rusty" Barceló will celebrate her service to the University of Minnesota. May 3, 3:30-5 p.m., West Wing, Campus Club, Coffman Union. Barceló accepted a position as president of Northern New Mexico College, effective July 1.

THE U'S ANNUAL PUBLIC MEETING ON STORMWATER MANAGEMENT PLANNING will feature remarks by vice president Kathleen O'Brien, a presentation by Mark Doneux, (Capitol Region Watershed District), an update on the U's stormwater pollution prevention plan, and poster presentations in the atrium. May 3, 1:30 p.m.–3 p.m., 105 Cargill Building, 1500 Gortner Ave., St. Paul. Sponsored by the Water Resources Center, the Stormwater Linkage Committee, and University Services.

VISITORS TO LABFEST 2010 can see the latest in lab supplies and talk to vendors that service U labs and medical research areas. Two dates and locations: May 5, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Radisson Hotel, Minneapolis; May 6, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., North Ballroom, St. Paul Student Center.

INTERDISCIPLINARY CENTERS: FROM SURVIVAL TO SUCCESS is the topic of a symposium that will highlight the U's experience, best practices, and strategies for moving interdisciplinary centers beyond survival mode. Breakout sessions include creating sustainable financial models; forming and effectively using advisory and governing boards; creating win-wins with deans; measuring and evaluating interdisciplinary initiatives; and barriers and challenges to multi-institutional centers and institutes. Sponsored by the Provost's Interdisciplinary Team through the Graduate School's Office of Interdisciplinary Initiatives. May 13, 12:30-3:30 p.m. (reception to follow), McNamara Alumni Center. Space is limited and early registration is recommended. For more information, see interdisciplinary centers.

"FOR RICHER NOT POORER: COUPLES AND MONEY," with nationally recognized financial consultant, Ruth Hayden, will present steps to building intimacy and a workable money life together. Hayden, a nationally recognized financial consultant, educator, and author based in St. Paul, has taught classes that challenge women to take charge of their financial future for more than 25 years. May 20, noon-1 p.m., Mayo Auditorium. Free and open to the public. RSVP at couples and money.

NORTHROP DANCE WILL PRESENT Nora Chipaumire in her dance work lions will roar, swans will fly, angels will wrestle heaven, rains will break: gukurahundi. A self-exiled Zimbabwean artist and Bessie Award winner, Chipaumire is known for her brave, transnational work that investigates cultural, political, economical, and technological identities of African contemporary life. Teaming up with dancer Souleymane Badolo and master musician and poet Thomas Mapfumo (with his band The Blacks Unlimited), lions will roar is a dynamic hour-long performance of live music, dance, and video. Apr 29, 7:30 p.m., Northrop. For more information, see lions will roar.

COPYRIGHT PERMISSION REQUESTS FOR SUMMER 2010 course materials should be submitted to the Copyright Permissions Center as soon as possible. Source information may be dropped off at any Printing Services location, faxed to 612-626-9810, mailed to 102 Printing Services Building, or submitted online. For more information, email Dale Mossestad or call 612-626-9416.

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA LIBRARIES WILL SEND THE FIRST SHIPMENT OF BOOKS TO GOOGLE this month as part of the Google Books project (books.google.com), a multi-year effort that will digitize more than 1 million volumes (books and bound journals) from the libraries' general collections. Among the volumes included will be selections from distinctive collections related to forestry, bee-keeping, and Scandinavian literature and area studies. The scanning project is part of a 2007 agreement between Google and the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) to digitize upwards of 10 million unique volumes from the collections of CIC libraries that signed the agreement. For more information, see the news release.

THE U HAS BEEN NAMED A BICYCLE FRIENDLY BUSINESS, receiving the "silver" designation by the League of American Bicyclists during a national bike summit in Washington, D.C. The U makes bicycling an easy option for transportation, providing conveniences like bike paths, lanes, racks, and lockers. The U is committed to establishing, maintaining, and improving a comprehensive transportation system that reduces congestion, eases accessibility, and enhances the community. For more information, see bicycle friendly U.

MORE EVENTS include Frontiers in the Environment: Steve Kelley (April 28); Marimba in Traditional and Contemporary Musical Thought (April 29); Conversations on Abundance and Scarcity (April 30); Raptor Release (May 1); The Pedagogy and Practice of Interdisciplinary Teaching (May 3); Working Across Generations (May 4); Health Sciences Orchestra concert (May 8). SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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