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Vol. XL No. 18; May 12, 2010
Editor: Adam Overland,

Brief publication calendar: The last issue of Brief for the academic term will be May 19. Summer publication dates will be June 9 and 23, July 14 and 28, August 11, 25, and Sept. 8. The weekly schedule returns Sept. 15. The deadline for submissions is noon on the Friday before publication.

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Inside This Issue
--Board of Regents meeting May 12-14.
--Lendley Black has been selected as the next chancellor of UMD.
--Features: Nanotech: A History Lesson; America and the Pill: A history of Promise, Peril, and Liberation.
--People: President Bruininks announced the recipients of the 2010 President's Award for Outstanding Service; and more.

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

THE BOARD OF REGENTS WILL HOLD ITS MONTHLY MEETING MAY 12, 13, AND 14. Included on the agenda is a work session to discuss the presidential search process, since President Bruininks will be stepping down when his contract ends in June 2011. The board will also hear a presentation on the future of Northrop Auditorium and tour the U's new Urban Research and Outreach Center on Minneapolis's north side. The docket is available online. For more information, see the news release.

LENDLEY (LYNN) BLACK HAS BEEN SELECTED AS THE NEW CHANCELLOR OF UMD. Black comes to the U from Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia, where he served as vice president for academic affairs from 2002 until he was promoted in 2006 to his current position as provost and vice president for academic affairs. Black's appointment is effective Aug. 1, pending Board of Regents approval later this week. For more information, see UMD chancellor selected.

FEATURE: When approved by the Food and Drug Administration 50 years ago, the birth control pill was hailed as the great liberator of women and the antidote to poverty, overpopulation, unhappy marriages, abortion, unwed motherhood, and the spread of Communism. Others called it a marriage-killer, a spawner of licentiousness, and a Communist plot. Today the pill has become a staple of contraception. But it's been a rough ride, as U Regents Professor Elaine Tyler May shows in her new book, America and the Pill: A history of Promise, Peril, and Liberation." For more information, see America and the Pill.

FEATURE: Many portray nanotechnology as today’s greatest revolutionary force. More than a thousand consumer products currently on the market contain nanomaterials. But nanotechnology presents a double-edged sword. While it has potential to benefit society, it also has potential to increase risk. United States laws and regulatory processes are not designed to capture nano-versions of existing products. No mandatory reporting requirements exist. A bill to increase the percentage of federal spending devoted to environmental risk-relevant nanotechnology research has been drafted, but has yet to pass the House and Senate. For more information, read "Nanotech: A History Lesson."

PEOPLE: President Bruininks announced the recipients of the 2010 President's Award for Outstanding Service; senior VP Robert Jones is a recipient of the Michael P. Malone International Leadership Award; Renee Pardello has been named assistant dean in the Extension Center for Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences; professor Bernard Levinson has been selected as the 2010-11 Henry Luce fellow at the National Humanities Center; the Minneapolis College of Art and Design selected associate art professor Andrea Stanislav to receive the 2010-11 McKnight Artist Fellowship for Visual Artists; School of Nursing researchers have won a top award from the Midwest Nursing Research Society; Ramp-Up to Readiness has chosen 11 recipients for grants designed to help University colleges, departments, and offices launch new or enhance existing partnerships with preK-12 schools; U in the News features U faculty cited in the media. Read about these topics and more in People.



THE U WAS AWARDED THE HIGHEST GRADE IN THE BIG TEN ON THE 2010 COLLEGE SUSTAINABILITY REPORT CARD. The U received an "A-" overall, receiving its highest scores in the categories of food and recycling, transportation, climate change and energy, administrative leadership, investment priorities, and shareholder engagement. For more information, see sustainability report card.

U OF M MOMENT: "Centaurus II" is the name given to the recently unveiled U solar car, an entirely student-constructed project that will race against entries from around the world in the 2010 American Solar Challenge this June. Project faculty adviser Jeff Hammer, in the U's Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics, says the process of building the solar car is an invaluable one for the students involved. For more information, listen to the U of M Moment.


PLEASE COMPLETE THE 2010 PULSE SURVEY BY MAY 14. Your unique perspective and individual understanding of your campus could lead to positive change. Use the unique link provided to you in your email invitation. If you did not receive an invitation, email Pulse survey.

RESULTS FROM A 2009 SOCIAL CAPITAL ASSESSMENT OF THE CROOKSTON COMMUNITY will be shared with community leaders, organizations, and agencies May 18, at 5 p.m.; and with the general public at 7:30 p.m., Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center. For more information, see capital assessment.

THE ATHLETIC PROGRAM'S FUND-RAISING ARM, TEAMBACKERS, has named alumnus Adam Maruska, '00, as Teambacker of the Year. Maruska, vice president of Crookston National Bank, has served as treasurer of the Teambacker organization for five years. The award was presented during the largest annual fund-raising effort for Teambackers, Fun Nite, which this year raised more than $18,000 with record attendance. For more information, see fund-raising.

THE FIRST TWO RECIPIENTS OF THE ZAK AMERICAN INDIAN SCHOLARSHIP are junior Dustin Roy, a natural resources major, and senior Krystal Caldwell, an agriculture major. For more information, see American Indian Scholarship.


PLEASE COMPLETE THE 2010 PULSE SURVEY BY MAY 14. Your unique perspective and individual understanding of your campus could lead to positive change. Use the unique link provided to you in your email invitation. If you did not receive an invitation, email Pulse survey.

GRADUATE STUDENT COMMENCEMENT CEREMONIES are set for May 13, 7 p.m., UMD Romano Gymnasium. Advanced degrees will be awarded to 170 students at the event. This academic year, a total of 260 students will have received graduate degrees. UMD professor and distinguished mathematician, lecturer, and author Joseph Gallian will deliver the featured commencement address. For more information, see graduate commencement.

UMD UNDERGRADUATE COMMENCEMENT CEREMONIES are set for May 15, noon, Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center. More than 100 faculty members and 1,160 students will march in the event. This academic year, a total of 1,735 students will receive undergraduate degrees. UMD alumni Michael Berman and Richard Teske, two distinguished national political experts from Washington, D.C., will be the featured speakers. Both will also receive Honorary Doctor of Laws Degrees for Public Service, presented by Regent Baraga and Chancellor Martin. Student speaker will be Ashley Brown. For more information, see undergraduate commencement.

THE UMD JOEL LABOVITZ ENTREPRENEURIAL SUCCESS AWARDS were presented April 21. George Goldfarb, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Maurices, and graduate of the UMD Labovitz School of Business and Economics, was named Business Person of the Year. For more information, see Labovitz awards.


PLEASE COMPLETE THE 2010 PULSE SURVEY BY MAY 14. Your unique perspective and individual understanding of your campus could lead to positive change. Use the unique link provided to you in your email invitation. If you did not receive an invitation, email Pulse survey.

UMM COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY will take place May 15. The 47th annual ceremony will feature Bennett Smith '10, and President Bruininks. In recognition of the UMM's origins as an American Indian boarding school, an honor song, dedicated to the Class of 2010, will be performed by the Northern Wind Singers. More than 300 students will receive degrees. For more information, see commencement ceremony.

SEVENTEEN UMM PROFESSORS HAVE RECEIVED 2010 IMAGINE FUND AWARDS. The Imagine Fund program provides financial support for scholarly and creative projects and initiatives that benefit the University community and communities beyond. For more information, see UMM Imagine Fund recipients.

A CELEBRATION FOR PROFESSOR VAN GOOCH, who will retire this spring, will take place at Pomme de Terre Park, May 22, 3 p.m. Gooch, a professor of biology and Horace T. Morse Alumni Association Award recipient, spent much of his life researching circadian rhythms, the internal clock of living things. With retirement this spring, daily patterns will change and new regularities will emerge, but a love for learning and a fascination with life will remain constant. For more information, read "Professor Gooch to explore the rhythm of retirement."

MICHAEL EBLE, associate professor of studio art, has been named Artist at Pine Needles by the St. Croix Watershed Research Station, Science Museum of Minnesota. The program provides residencies for natural history artists and writers. This summer, Eble will produce a series of abstract paintings and sculptures relating to the St. Croix. For more information, see St. Croix artist.


UMR IS BUILDING A CAMPUS, ONE MASCOT AT A TIME. Recent media coverage of UMR highlights the trailblazing efforts of the new campus, from mascots to the legacies students and faculty want to leave behind. For more information, see recent stories in the Star Tribune and

Twin Cities:

CONSTRUCTION OF THE CENTRAL CORRIDOR LIGHT RAIL is scheduled to begin during the week of May 17. The work scheduled for this summer is the first step in a four-year project. The first road closure related to campus construction will take place on the Delaware Street SE loop road around the Weisman Art Museum on May 17. The road will be closed until August to widen it and accommodate an addition to the museum. For ongoing construction information, see the U's Central Corridor construction website and sign up for regular email updates.

UMTC COMMENCEMENT CEREMONIES are ongoing throughout the week. During the 2009-10 academic year, the U will award more than 14,000 degrees. For more information, see commencement ceremonies.

REDUCED CAMPUS SHUTTLE SERVICE will begin on the U campus for summer. Campus Connector buses will run from May 17 through June 11, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., every 15 minutes. There will be no service May 31, Memorial Day. The Campus Circulator buses will not operate from May 17 through June 11. For more information, see campus shuttle service.

INDIAN AMBASSADOR TO THE UNITED STATES Meera Shankar will present a public lecture, "U.S.-India Knowledge Partnership: Emerging Opportunities," May 18, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Bell Museum Auditorium. Free and open to the public. For more information, email the Office of International Programs or call 612-624-5580.

INTERNATIONALIZING THE ACADEMIC SELF: Professor Gavin Sanderson, deputy director of Academic Learning Services at the University of South Australia, will speak about models for internationalizing the curriculum in Australian universities, considered to be some of the most innovative worldwide. Sanderson will address faculty development and the nature of teaching and learning within internationalization. May 25, 2-4 p.m., Honeywell Auditorium, Carlson School of Management. For registration and more information, see academic self.

UNDERSTANDING HEALTH INSURANCE, an upcoming Medical Industry Leadership Institute Seminar, will feature Harvard professor of health economics Katherine Baicker. May 26, 3-4:30 p.m., 2-206 Carlson School of Management. Free and open to the public. For more information, email seminar or call 612-624-9202.

ENGLISH CONVERSATION PARTNERS ARE NEEDED DURING THE SUMMER by the Center for Teaching and Learning. Volunteers are asked to meet with international graduate students for language practice and cultural exchange. Commitment would be one hour per week, and an orientation is provided. For more information or to sign up online, see Partners in English.

THE COLLEGE OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES' UNDERGRADUATE CURRICULUM received a thumbs-up by an external review team following an April 25-27 visit. The team cited the Nature of Life program, research-based foundations courses, and the quality of students and faculty as examples of excellence. For more information, see curriculum.

THE 1ST TUESDAY SPEAKER SERIES, sponsored by the Carlson School of Management, features top-notch executives as keynote speakers addressing topics in business and leadership. Held on the first Tuesday of every month at the McNamara Alumni Center, the program attracts alumni and business leaders from throughout the corporate community. Qwest executive vice president and chief financial officer Joseph Euteneuer will present June 1, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. (lunch at 11:50 a.m.). For more information, see 1st Tuesday.

"NEUROSCIENCE OF CHANGE: LEADING CHANGE IN A TEACHING ENVIRONMENT" will feature David Rock, CEO of Results Coaching Systems, founder of the NeuroLeadership Institute, and author of Your Brain at Work. The program is geared toward professionals who are engaged in teaching and learning and who seek to positively influence others through effecting change in systems, behaviors, and/or attitudes. June 8, noon-1:30 p.m., Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey Center. Free and open to the public. For registration and more information, see change.

MORE EVENTS include Dept. of Neuroscience Seminar Series (May 14); The House Can't Stand (May 15); Open Water: 2010 U of M Graphic Design Senior Show (May 16); Meet author and family advocate Laurie Strongin (May 18). SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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