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Vol. XL No. 19; May 19, 2010
Editor: Adam Overland,

Brief publication calendar: This is the last issue of Brief for the academic term. Summer publication dates will be June 9 and 23, July 14 and 28, Aug. 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
--The U is changing the way it does business to save the way it does education.
--Board of Regents May meeting summary.
--Features: Fungi in the field.
--People: U professor David Stras has been appointed to the Minnesota Supreme Court by Governor Pawlenty; and more.

Campus Announcements and Events
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RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE STRATEGIC PROCUREMENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE, appointed by President Bruininks in March of 2009, have put in place actions that will save the University more than $2.7 million annually, and an eventual target of $25 million per year isn’t a pipe dream. Initially targeted are the "big five"—office supplies, lab supplies, air travel, courier expenses, and IT equipment—which are major procurement areas common to a broad swath of the U, where significant savings can be found. In sum, the U is changing the way it does business to save the way it does education. For more information, read "It's not glamorous work, but it saves."

BOARD OF REGENTS MAY MEETING SUMMARY: The Board of Regents held its monthly meeting May 12-14. The agenda included a work session to discuss the presidential search process, approval of the budget resolution related to employee compensation, and a ribbon cutting of the U's new Urban Research and Outreach Center on Minneapolis's north side. The board also honored a number of award winners. For more information, read the Board of Regents May summary.

THE BOARD OF REGENTS HAS INITIATED THE SEARCH FOR THE 16TH PRESIDENT of the University of Minnesota. For more information, see a presidential search website developed for the process.

FEATURE: Assistant professor of plant biology Imke Schmitt studies fungi that grow with—or within—other living things. Her focus is largely on lichens, a symbiosis between fungi and algae or cyanobacteria. But this spring, she is headed to a 20,000-acre nature reserve on the South Pacific island of New Guinea to study a different kind of mycological mutualism. Fungi hidden in plants on the island may offer hope for human and environmental health. For more information, read Inside Story.

PEOPLE: Law professor David Stras has been appointed to the Minnesota Supreme Court by Governor Pawlenty; U in the News features U faculty cited in the media. Read about these topics and more in People.



THE BOARD OF REGENTS WILL HOLD A PUBLIC FORUM ON THE UNIVERSITY'S 2011 BUDGET June 14, 11:30 a.m., sixth floor McNamara Alumni Center. For more information on the forum and the process for signing up to speak, see Regents budget forum.

CENTER FOR TRANSPORTATION STUDIES DIRECTOR OPEN FORUMS. During the week of May 24, the Office for Public Engagement will host open forums with the finalists for the position of director of the Center for Transportation Studies (CTS). The candidates include Thomas Sorel, commissioner, Minnesota Department of Transportation, and Laurie McGinnis, interim director, CTS. Attend in person or via the web. For more information, see CTS open forums.

EXECUTIVE OVERSIGHT OF THE OFFICE OF EQUITY AND DIVERSITY (OED) will continue under the direction of senior vice president for system academic administration Robert Jones. Vice president and vice provost for equity and diversity Rusty Barceló will resign July 1 for a position as president of Northern New Mexico College. Associate vice president Kris Lockhart will assume responsibility for the day-to-day strategic management priorities of OED.

REGISTRATION FOR THE PROVOST'S INAUGURAL SCHOLARSHIP GOLF TOURNAMENT is open to the entire U community, including faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends, until May 28. The tournament benefits U students by raising funds to endow student scholarships. The event is a 4-person scramble (shotgun start). Entry Fee: $95 per golfer. June 4, 8:30 a.m., University of Minnesota Golf Course. To learn about volunteer opportunities and for more information, email Recreational Sports or call Bryan Sanders at 612-625-5977.

THE SPRING UPPER MIDWEST HIGHER EDUCATION RECRUITMENT CONSORTIUM (HERC) MEMBERSHIP meeting's topic is Diversity Recruitment on a Shrinking Budget. Ralph Newell of the publication Diverse: Issues in Higher Education and a faculty panel will share research and impressions on effective recruiting. Free. June 10, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. For meeting details, see the HERC homepage. For more information, email Mary Everley, or Jennifer Arntzen.

SETTING TIME LIMITS FOR HUNTING AND FISHING, RATHER THAN QUOTAS, may help maintain wildlife populations, says ecologist and U entomologist Craig Packer. Hunting and fishing quotas limit the number of game animals or fish an individual may take based on harvests from the previous year, but according to a new study coauthored by Packer, this strategy may jeopardize wildlife populations. For more information, see hunting and fishing.

PUBLIC HEALTH MOMENT: ADVICE FOR A SAFE BBQ SEASON. The weather is warming and many of us are digging out our grills for another outdoor barbecue season. As we do that, we should remember to follow some basic food safety guidelines in order to protect ourselves and our guests from food-borne illnesses. Professor and food safety expert Craig Hedberg has some advice. For more information, listen to the Public Health Moment.

U OF M MOMENT: A deadly virus that attacks popular game fish is spreading across the Great Lakes and could be headed for Minnesota’s inland waters. Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia, or VHS, causes severe and lethal hemorrhaging in fish like crappies and muskies. Nick Phelps of the U's College of Veterinary Medicine says Minnesota anglers need to take notice. For more information, listen to "Deadly virus threatens Minnesota fish."


THE 2010 FACULTY AND STAFF DAY AT UMC CELEBRATED the completion of the academic year and recognized U employees for their years of service, retirements, and outstanding service. Emcees were Bill Tyrrell, director of athletic fund-raising, and Jason Brantner, research fellow at the Northwest Research Center. For more information, see "spring in your step."

TWENTY NATURAL RESOURCES STUDENTS from UMC recently planted some 2,700 pine, spruce, and fir seedlings in the Deer River District of the Chippewa National Forest. For more information, see 165,000 trees since 1983.

UNDERSTANDING GENERATIONAL DIFFERENCES, a workshop to foster better understanding of how to lead and work with people from multiple generations, will be held on the UMC campus, led by U Extension. June 10, 5 p.m., Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center. Cost: $25; dinner is included in the fee. Register by June 3. For more information, email Cindy Weber or see workshop.

DANIEL SVEDARSKY, professor of agriculture and natural resources and director of the Center for Sustainability, is a 2010 recipient of the President's Award for Outstanding Service. The award is presented each year in the spring and recognizes exceptional service to the University, its schools, colleges, departments, and service units by any active or retired faculty or staff member.


THE SUMMER EDDY LECTURE, "Social Communication Assessment and Intervention for Children Affected by Prenatal Alcohol Exposure, Abuse or Neglect," will focus on the effects that Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and complex trauma have on child development and functioning in general. There will be more specific focus on social communication and pragmatic language skills. Assessment and intervention processes will also be discussed. Open to the public. May 21, 4-7:45 p.m.; May 22, 8-10:45 a.m., 90 Bohannon Hall. Free for full-time UMD students. Registration is $60 (includes lunch). For registration and more information, see Eddy Lecture.

TWO AT UMD WIN NATIONAL ADVISING AWARDS. Sociology-anthropology professor Janelle Wilson and director of student records and advisement (College of Liberal Arts) Pam Spencer were presented awards by the National Academic Advising Association as a part of the 2010 National Awards Program for Academic Advising. Each was 1 of only 10 in their respective categories honored nationwide. Wilson was selected as an Outstanding Advising Award winner in the Faculty Academic Advising category. Spencer was selected as an Outstanding Advising Certificate of Merit recipient in the Academic Advising Administrator category. For more information, see awards.

PROFESSOR PAUL TREUER HAS RECEIVED THE PRESIDENT'S AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING SERVICE. Treuer is director of the UMD Knowledge Management Center. The award is presented each year in the spring and recognizes exceptional service to the University by any active or retired faculty or staff member. For more information, see Treuer outstanding service.


GOVENOR PAWLENTY HAS NAMED UMM GRADUATE Lorie Skjerven Gildea '83 as the state's next Supreme Court chief justice. Gildea was associate general counsel for the U from 1993 until 2004. For more information, see Minnesota Supreme Court.

WINDY ROBERTS, Spanish teaching specialist, and ALLY ROBERTS '10, theatre arts, are recipients of César E. Chávez Awards. Nominated by students, the recipients reflect the ideals of the late civil rights leader. For more information, see Chávez Awards.

THE INSTITUTE ON THE ENVIRONMENT AWARDED chemistry professors Ted Pappenfus and Joe Alia a $59,546 grant through the Initiative for Renewable Energy and the Environment (IREE). The grant will support "Experimental and Theoretical Investigations of Conducting Polymers for Solar Cells." For more information, see IREE grant.

THE ACADEMIC CENTER FOR ENRICHMENT has announced that Nathan Christensen '11 has received a National Security Education Program Boren Scholarship to study at Koc University in Istanbul, Turkey. The program provides funding for students to add international and language components to their educations in geographic areas, languages, and fields of study critical to U.S. interests. For more information, see Boren Scholarship.


UMR IS CONDUCTING AN OFFICIAL MASCOT SEARCH, AND THEY WANT YOUR IDEAS. What mascot do you think best represents the UMR campus and community? Submit your ideas online.

Twin Cities:

"UTHINK: BLOGGING AND BEYOND," A PRESENTATION HIGHLIGHTING FEATURES OF UTHINK BLOGS, will take place June 2, 2-4 p.m., 402 Walter Library. UThink is a free blog service for the University community. The event will focus on the various uses for UThink, including blogging and lesser known but unique uses the service can provide in an academic setting. For more information, see UThink: Blogging and Beyond.

NEW WEB LOCATION FOR ACADEMIC SUPPORT RESOURCES (ASR) TRAINING RESOURCES. ASR's online training resources in the areas of student records, classroom management, and student finance have been consolidated to provide a streamlined experience. The change benefits those seeking training for the first time, as well as returning users looking for documentation or support. A new feature allows user feedback on ASR services, via the "Give us your feedback" feature. For more information, see the training resources.

PRINTING SERVICES HAS WON THREE AWARDS IN THE NATIONAL 2010 IN-PRINT COMPETITION, sponsored by IPMA and In-plant Graphics Magazine. The Extension 2010 Gardening Calendar won a gold award in the offset calendar category, the Printing Services 2010 Calendar won a silver in the digital print category, the Athletics Department's Men's Basketball Season Tickets won a silver in the combined offset/digital print category. For more information, see Printing Services.

MORE EVENTS include Water for Mulobere Documentary Screening (May 19); Meet Gordon Grice author of Deadly Kingdom (May 20; Ronald L. Phillips Retirement Dinner and Program (May 24); Energy, Water, and Food Safety: A Food Processing Symposium (May 25). SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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

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