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Vol. XL No. 20; June 9, 2010
Editor: Adam Overland, brief@umn.edu

Brief publication calendar: 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 will meet June 10-11.
--2010 legislative session summary.
--Features: Saving some green; Volcanoes of the deep.
--Brief monthly top three.
--People: The Graduate School recognized the top recent Ph.D. graduates by presenting best dissertation awards; and more.

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

THE BOARD OF REGENTS WILL MEET JUNE 10-11. The board will appoint the presidential search advisory committee, review the President's recommended FY 2011 annual operating budget, and appoint new Regents Professors. Additionally, a public forum on the recommended FY 2011 operating budget will be held June 14, 11:30 a.m., sixth floor, Boardroom, with final action to be taken June 22, 11 a.m., sixth floor, Boardroom. For more information, see the news release.

2010 LEGISLATIVE SESSION SUMMARY. The session began in February and ended in a one-day special session on May 17. The focus was two-fold—solving the state's budget shortfall and passing capital investment legislation. The U was affected in both areas, receiving budget reductions as well as appropriations for capital investment projects. More than 2,530 bills were introduced during this session. Government Relations tracked more than 369 pieces of legislation with potential impacts to the U. For more information, see 2010 legislative session summary.

FEATURE: Minnesotans love their green spaces. They pride themselves on the state's diverse array of life: rich wetlands, lush forests, and rolling prairies. But if you look from above at its cities and towns, what you’ll see the most of is a barren wasteland of concrete, tar, and lifeless stone. In recent years some have begun to change that, transporting the displaced patches of green from the land to the rooftops above. Researchers from CFANS plan to show Minnesotans how to make their roofs grow. For more information, read "Saving some green."

FEATURE: Mapping surface features is easy on land, but try it on a moonless night with only a flashlight. Now add several thousand feet of water. No wonder we know more about what the surface of Mars looks like than we do about the bottom of the ocean. Geologist Julie Bowles tells of her latest trip on the research sub Alvin to study the role of undersea volcanoes in shaping Earth. For more information, read "Volcanoes of the deep."

BRIEF MONTHLY TOP THREE. In case you missed them, the top three features appearing in Brief during the month of May, as measured by readership numbers, were "It's not glamorous work, but it saves," "Employees step up," and "Nanotech: A History Lesson."

PEOPLE: The Graduate School recognized the top recent Ph.D. graduates by presenting best dissertation awards; Bobbi Daniels, CEO of U of M Physicians, was named an industry leader by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal; Ling Li will join the College of Pharmacy as the VFW Endowed Chair; the Council of Academic Professionals and Administrators (CAPA) recognized the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance with the 2010 Outstanding Unit Award; 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:

PAYDAY CHANGE REMINDER. All University employees will receive the paycheck originally scheduled for June 30 on July 1. This is a one-time occurrence. Employees should make accommodations for this one-day change in the pay date. In particular, those who have set up auto pay to cover any bills need to plan accordingly and make adjustments. For those with direct deposit, the funds for that pay period will not be available until July 1. As indicated in previous communications, this change is due to the 27 pay periods during fiscal year (FY) 2009-10, rather than the usual 26. Moving the payday forward one day shifts the financial impact from FY 2010 to FY 2011. For more information, see frequently asked questions.

THE NEXT PHASE OF GRADUATE EDUCATION RESTRUCTURING BEGINS THIS SUMMER, Provost Tom Sullivan announced May 20. Vice provost and dean Henning Schroeder provided a summary status update on the implementation of recommendations from the two graduate education work groups. The changes are designed to enhance graduate education at the U, and to improve the efficiency and the effectiveness of service. More specifically, the changes will: streamline and digitize student processes; create new structures of governance and quality oversight of graduate education that will replace the current P&R Council system; move primary authority and responsibility for graduate programs to the colleges; and improve the U's ability to respond to the rapid development of knowledge and changing market forces in higher education. The Graduate School is working with Academic Support Resources and others to begin the 18- to 24-month transition process. For more information and implementation updates, see the Graduate Education Transition website.

EMAIL TRASH DELETION SCHEDULED TO BEGIN JUNE 18. The Office of Information Technology (OIT) is making a change in the way email messages marked as Trash are handled for the University's central email service. OIT no longer will auto-file email messages in Trash folders. Instead, all messages marked as Trash that are older than 30 days will be permanently deleted. For more information, see trash deletion and auto-filing.

THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE TIME TO COMPLETE THE 2010 PULSE SURVEY. Participation was at the highest overall response rate ever. Later this summer, the overall report will be released. In addition, each campus, college, and administrative unit will receive a unique report.

POLICIES UNDER REVIEW: Securing Private Data, Computers, and Other Electronic Devices consults key information from 13 current appendices. The policy reduces risk by incorporating security measures consistent with several new laws and regulations. The administrative policy on Education in the Responsible Conduct of Sponsored Research and Grants Management specifies training requirements for faculty, staff, and students serving in various research capacities. Both policies are available for review and comment for 30 days at policy review.

THE U HAS BEEN AWARDED A $1.5 MILLION GRANT FROM THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION to establish a Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) at the Carlson School of Management to increase and promote the nation's capacity for international understanding and competitiveness. The center plans to focus on three key themes: emerging markets, environmental sustainability, and less commonly taught languages. For more information, see Carlson grant.

THE BOARD OF REGENTS APPROVED NAMING the Electrical Engineering/Computer Science Building on the east bank campus in honor of the U's 12th president, Kenneth H. Keller. The building was completed during Keller’s presidency and is located next to his departmental home of Chemical Engineering in Amundson Hall. For more information, see Keller Hall.

U OF M MOMENT: What will gas prices do this summer? With the summer driving season getting into gear and the U.S. economy on the rebound, many consumers are wondering what will happen to gas prices. Marketing professor Akshay Rao thinks drivers could be in for a mild surprise at the pump come summer. For more information, listen to the U of M Moment.

THE THIRD EPISODE OF DRIVEN TO DISCOVER: THE RESEARCH SERIES debuted June 8. The new episode, "Student Researchers," takes a look at what makes student researchers tick and highlights their notable contributions; discusses creativity in research; and creates an imaginative view of student research. For more information, watch the series online.

Crookston:

UMC GAINED APPROVAL FROM THE BOARD OF REGENTS TO OFFER A BACHELOR OF SCIENCE DEGREE IN ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES. The new degree program is currently accepting students and will launch fall semester 2010. For more information, see environmental sciences.

SUMMER CAMPS AT UMC. Interested in horses, honing leadership skills, participating in River Watch, exploring robotics, or designing a computer game? UMC has a wide variety of summer camps for children and adults. For registration forms and more information, see summer camps.

THE NORTHWEST MINNESOTA FOUNDATION AND UNITED WAY of Bemidji are hosting a full day workshop aimed at helping nonprofits, community, and faith-based organizations build their capacity, become more sustainable, and better serve their communities. June 16, 8:45 a.m.-4 p.m., Bede Ballroom, Sahlstrom Conference Center. For more information, see workshop.

ALUMNI FROM THE NORTHWEST SCHOOL OF AGRICULTURE will hold a reunion June 25-26 at UMC. The theme for this year's reunion is "A Summer Place" and honors the classes of '25, '30, '35, '40, '45, '50, '55, '60, and '65. The Office of Development and Alumni Relations hosts the annual reunion. For more information, see alumni reunion.

Duluth:

THE SIEUR DU LUTH OPERA TRAINING PROGRAM BEGINS June 25 when 35 singers and 20 international faculty and guest artists converge in Duluth. UMD opera director Regina Zona designed the program, and Maestro Gaetano Colajanni will return to conduct the production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni (July 14-17, Marshall Performing Arts Center). For more information, see tickets or call 218-726-8561.

THE UMD FARMERS MARKET HAS BEGUN and will continue every Wednesday until Sept. 29, 1:30-4:30 p.m., 1120 Kirby Drive, in front of UMD Stores. The marketplace consists of the farmers market, arts and crafts, live entertainment, and more. Open to the public. For more information, see Farmers Market.

UMD GLENSHEEN SUMMER HOURS have begun and will continue through mid-October. Tours are held every day, with the first at 9:30 a.m. and the last scheduled at 4 p.m. For tour prices and more information, see Glensheen or call 218-726-8910.

THE UMD TWEED MUSEUM OF ART will host the exhibit, "A Flow of Ideas: Selections from the Permanent Collection," through July 11. The exhibit includes 70 artworks that demonstrate how related works of art, when viewed together, reveal common themes. Open to the public. For more information, see Tweed.

Morris:

AT THE 2010 SYMPOSIUM ON SMALL TOWNS AND RURAL-URBAN GATHERING, Minnesotans from across the state will share innovative strategies to address small-town challenges. June 9-10, UMM. For more information, see symposium.

PARENTS AND COLLEGES NAMED MORRIS A TOP 10 BEST VALUE PUBLIC UNIVERSITY in a nationwide ranking using quantitative public information compiled by the U.S. Department of Education Center for Education Statistics. For more information, see Top 10 UMM.

TWO FACULTY MEMBERS INSTRUMENTAL IN ESTABLISHING UMM'S FOUNDATION have received the 2010 President's Award for Outstanding Service. Stephen Granger served the campus from 1960 until retirement in 1994 as faculty, assistant provost, vice chancellor for student affairs, and special assistant to the dean. Wilbert Ahern, professor of history and American Indian studies and former chair of the Division of the Social Sciences, served the campus from 1967 until his retirement this spring. For more information, see outstanding service.

MARISOL REYES, a professor in international relations and humanities at the Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey in Querétaro, Mexico, has been granted a Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Fellowship to teach at UMM during the 2010 fall semester. For more information, see residence fellowship.

Rochester:

UMR WAS NAMED A TOP CITY IN A KIPLINGER REPORT that focused on places that specialize in out-of-the-box thinking or new ideas generate new businesses. The report cited the partnership between Mayo and UMR to spawn new businesses. For more information, see top city.

Twin Cities:

THINGS TO DO AT THE U IN THE SUMMER. From the Summer at Northrop free outdoor concert series (beginning June 11) to Campus Club access for all faculty and staff and the return of the Farmers Market, the summer holds much to do both in and around the Twin Cities. This sampling of events—including lectures, concerts, exhibits, food, and more—will keep you having fun. For more information, read "Don't let this be a humdrum summer."

SUMMER COURSES FOR PERSONAL, PROFESSIONAL, SUPERVISORY, AND CAREER DEVELOPMENT are offered through the Organizational Effectiveness unit of Human Resources. Some courses offered include Career Foundations, Goal Setting and Success, Leading Effective Meetings, Process Mapping and Analysis, Conflict Fluency, Transitions and Change: Understanding the Dynamics of Change, and more, including a Professional Development Fair. For more information, see Organizational Effectiveness.

THE UNIVERSITY RETIREES VOLUNTEER CENTER supports a broad range of services to the University community. Retired faculty, civil service staff, administrators, and their spouses have skills for a variety of projects, including single-day and ongoing activities. These have included tutoring, research informants/subjects, ushers, conference registration, library assistance, application readers, and much more. For more information, email retiree volunteers or see UMRA.

FACILITIES MANAGEMENT (FM) RECENTLY LAUNCHED "U CONSTRUCTION," a new division that will act as an in-house general contractor, coordinating medium-scale ($50K – $500K) University construction projects in an efficient and cost-effective manner. For more information, read U construction.

"MATERNAL MENTAL HEALTH DURING PREGNANCY AND THE POSTPARTUM," presented by the National Children's Study Speakers' Series, will feature a presentation by Bernard Harlow, professor of epidemiology. A question-and-answer session about the National Children's Study and plans for the Ramsey County location will follow. June 16, 3-4 p.m., Wilder Center, St. Paul. For more information, see maternal mental health lecture or email Laurie Ukestad.

"THE UNCANNY PHYSICS OF SUPERHEROES," presented by physics and astronomy professor James Kakalios, June 24, 7 p.m., 150 Tate Laboratory of Physics. Who is faster: Superman or Flash? Physics professor James Kakalios has the answers to this and other important, real-life physics questions at this fun and educational lecture. Free and open to the public, but those planning to attend should register online. For more information email Liz Stadther or call 612-626-1802.

AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS from a global, cross-cultural perspective will be the focus of the first annual Minnesota Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Program (LEND) Forum. The forum will feature keynote speaker Richard Grinker of George Washington University. Open to the public. June 24, times and locations vary. For more information, see Autism forum.

MANY CAMPUS RESTAURANTS AND COFFEE SHOPS ARE OPEN FOR THE SUMMER. For a complete listing of hours, visit the University Dining Services' website.

THE WEST BANK POSTAL STATION, located in the Gopher Express in the West Bank Skyway, will be permanently closing June 25. Use the Coffman Union Postal Station for all postal services.

MORE EVENTS include Curiosity Camp: A Geology Tour of the Twin Cities (June 10); The Alarmists (June 11); Romantica (June 14); Art Kistler (June 15). SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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


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