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Vol. XL No. 21; June 23, 2010
Editor: Adam Overland, brief@umn.edu

Brief publication calendar: Summer publication dates will be June 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
--Board of Regents June meeting summary.
--Features: Collaboration is key to information technology; The Fungus Detective; Diagnosing it early.
--People: Three new Regents Professors named at June Board of Regents meeting; and more.

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

BOARD OF REGENTS JUNE MEETING SUMMARY. During its June meeting, the Board of Regents appointed a presidential search advisory committee and discussed desirable characteristics of the next president. President Bruininks presented his report to the board, as well as the proposed 2011 recommended operating budget, which was subsequently approved by the board on June 22. The board also heard a presentation on the potential impact of health reform on the UPlan health care coverage and approved the appointment of three new Regents Professors. For more information, see Board of Regents summary.

FEATURE: It sounds like a riddle: How do you take the University's information technology function and simultaneously improve efficiency, increase administrative and academic effectiveness, and reduce costs? Usually, says professor Massoud Amin, such a solution is plagued by what he calls "the tyranny of the 'or'"—the best you can hope to do is succeed at one or two of these intertwined goals. But a more complete answer could be worth millions of dollars--$20 to $40 million per year, in fact. Amin, a member of a task force charged by the president in early 2010 to come up with a solution to the problem, says the group refused to settle for less than "and." For more information, read "Collaboration is the key to information technology."

FEATURE: Medical resident Sankari Kasi and her fellow researchers wondered why parents of Somali children rarely reported problems or asked questions. "Even though we have interpreters, parents rarely have concerns. This is uncommon," says Diane Madlon-Kay, an associate professor in family medicine. To make it easier for these parents to share information and raise questions about their children’s health, the research team is using a number of new approaches. For more information, read "Diagnosing it early."

FEATURE: On an overcast summer day in 2006, Robert Blanchette sat on the sharp, black volcanic rock of Cape Royds, Antarctica, methodically placing slivers of wood into sterile bags. The professor of plant pathology and renowned expert in the fungal degradation of historic wood was there to collect fragments off a hut built in 1907 by Ernest Shackleton during the explorer’s failed attempt to reach the South Pole. The hut and the supplies inside were being ravaged by fungi, and Blanchette’s job was to help figure out how to save the historic structure. For more information, read "The Fungus Detective," from the Alumni Association's Minnesota magazine.

PEOPLE: Three new Regents Professors were named during the June Board of Regents meeting, including William Iacono, Horace Loh, and Karen Seashore; economist Robert King has been named as new director of the Food Industry Center; Minnesota magazine has been named best college alumni magazine of its size by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education; Bonnie Marten has won a Community Health Charities Minnesota campaign award in the category of Best Campaign Coordinator for her work on the U's 2009 Community Fund Drive; Robert McMaster, vice provost and dean of undergraduate education and professor of geography, has been named GIS Educator of the Year by the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science; Craig Taylor, director of the Office of Business and Community Economic Development, will receive the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal/Minnesota Minority Supplier Development Council Advocate of the Year award; the International Collegiate Licensing Association has named the U as recipient of its 2010 Synergy Award: Program of the Year; short profiles of the 2009-10 Distinguished Teaching Award Recipients are now available online; 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.

UNIVERSITY UPLAN PHARMACY BENEFITS MANAGER CVS Caremark reached a contract agreement with Walgreens on June 18. This means that Walgreens will continue to be a participating retail provider in the CVS Caremark national network without any disruption of service. For more information, email Employee Benefits Service Center, or call 612-624-9090 or 1-800-756-2363, option 2.

CLIQBOOK, THE NEW CONSOLIDATED TRAVEL RESERVATIONS SITE announced in the May 19 Brief Strategic Sourcing Initiative story, is now live. Cliqbook connects users to new Delta Air Lines discounts as well as existing University contract discounts for all University travel. Training sessions will take place June 24 and July 1. For Cliqbook registration and training session information, see Travel Services.

NEW OFFICE SUPPLIES VENDOR THROUGH UNIVERSITY STORES: University Stores will change to a new office supply vendor, Innovative Office Solutions, on July 1. This change will provide 13 percent savings overall for the University. Many of the current office supply part numbers will change and become available under new numbers. A link to a parts number cross-referencing tool and an Innovative Office Solution Catalog that shows actual costs will be available through UStores. The change comes as part of the Strategic Sourcing Initiative, detailed in the May 19 Brief.

THE INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY WILL CHANGE ITS NAME TO THE COLLEGE OF SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING (CSE) ON JULY 1. A new website, cse.umn.edu, will replace it.umn.edu. Please update any links on or soon after July 1. Additionally, some office emails will change from using "it" to "cse." Those linking to any of these types of emails should contact Rhonda Zurn to make certain of the correct email address. For more information, email Rhonda Zurn.

UMORE PARK WILL HOST A COMMUNITY FORUM ON RESEARCH AND EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES IN WIND AND RENEWABLE ENERGY. The program will feature information on the federally funded Wind Energy Research Consortium Project and other energy research and education projects. Participants are encouraged to share their thoughts and ideas, view informational displays, and visit with researchers and staff. July 29, 5-7:15 p.m., Rosemount Community Center. Because a light meal and refreshments will be served, RSVPs are appreciated at the forum webpage.

THE UN FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION (FAO) AND THE U OF M HAVE FORMED AN HISTORIC COLLABORATION that will address a range of issues associated with global food security. A Memorandum of Understanding was signed by FAO director-general Jacques Diouf along with provost Sullivan. The FAO’s mission—to create a world without hunger—includes a mandate to raise levels of nutrition, improve agricultural productivity, better the lives of rural populations, and contribute to the growth of the world economy. The work will involve the research and expertise of the U's College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences; School of Public Health; College of Veterinary Medicine; College of Biological Sciences; Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs; Extension services; and Office of International Programs. For more information, see the news release.

U OF M MOMENT: The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has many people questioning the practice of deep-sea oil drilling. U of M seismology professor Justin Revenaugh previously worked in the oil industry and says a lack of contingency planning contributed to the seriousness of this environmental disaster. Revenaugh says the practice of deep-sea oil drilling is inherently risky, but companies need to be better prepared when problems do arise. For more information, listen to the U of M Moment.

Crookston:

A BACHELOR OF SCIENCE DEGREE IN ACCOUNTING OFFERED ENTIRELY ONLINE was approved by the U's Board of Regents at the board's June meeting. The program will launch in fall 2010. For more information, see accounting online.

UMC IS HOSTING AN ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE (ESL) SUMMER CAMP AND CULTURAL EXPERIENCE June 21 through July 5. Working with U of M Extension educators, the program will also connect the ESL group with visiting students from the White Earth Reservation on June 28 and 29. For more information, see ESL Camp.

REPRESENTATIVES FROM UMC WILL BE AT THE POLK COUNTY FAIR in Fertile, Minn., July 1-4.

ROTARY YOUTH LEADERSHIP AWARD CAMP, sponsored and organized by Rotary International District 5580, will be held at UMC July 11-17.

Duluth:

THE BAGLEY CLASSROOM GRAND OPENING TOOK PLACE June 22. Located on the 55-acre Bagley Nature Center, adjacent to the UMD campus, Bagley Classroom is designed to be a LEED Platinum Certified Building, demonstrating leadership in energy efficiency, passive heating, and sustainable design. For more information, see the UMD Biology.

GIANT 3-D COLOR MAPS HAVE BEEN INSTALLED ON THE FLOORS AND WALLS OF UMD'S HELLER HALL. Two enormous, 3-D, color floor maps (one 18 feet by 40 feet and the other 11 feet by 20 feet) have been installed in the UMD Department of Geological Sciences, first floor Heller Hall. The maps, printed by the Minnesota Science Museum and mounted directly onto the floor, are waxed into place and will become a permanent public display. A wall mural of the planet Venus is located nearby. For more information, see 3-D maps.

THE MARSHALL W. ALWORTH PLANETARIUM HOLDS FREE PUBLIC SHOWS every Wednesday and Friday evening at 7 p.m. Private shows are available by appointment for groups of 10 or more. For more information, see a list of shows or call 218-726-7129. This summer, the planetarium will also host a camp for students entering grades 10-12. Campers will build their own telescopes and spectrometers. For more information, see summer camp or email planet.

Morris:

APPOINTMENTS TO THE BOARD OF REGENTS 12-MEMBER PRESIDENTIAL SEARCH ADVISORY COMMITTEE include UMM professor of chemistry Nancy Carpenter, and alumni Etty DeVeaux '86, and Carol Person '73. For more information, see advisory committee.

TRACEY ANDERSON, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF BIOLOGY, captures photos wherever she goes in the field—wetlands, sloughs, rivers, ponds—to enrich the classroom experience. Her photographs illustrate a respect for nature and an artistic eye. Colleagues in the North American Benthological Society and American Society for Limnology and Oceanography judged her mayfly photograph as one of the best in their annual photo contest. For more information, see mayfly photo.

THE WEST CENTRAL SCHOOL OF AGRICULTURE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION (WCSA) played a key role in placing the Morris campus on the National Register of Historic Places in 2003. In 2010, 100 years after the school's founding, WCSA alumni organized another historic project. Bronze plaques have been placed on 13 historic district buildings denoting their WCSA-era names. For more information, see historic bronze plaques.

Rochester:

UMR'S MASCOT SELECTION CAMPAIGN is asking for votes on a final five potential mascots by July 9. The three most popular mascot ideas will be passed along to UMR students for final selection. After receiving more than 200 unique mascot submissions from the community, staff, faculty, and students, UMR has narrowed the entries to five: Falcons, Griffins, Nova, Raptors, Trailblazers. To submit your vote, email mascot or post your pick at UMR Facebook.

Twin Cities:

THE FARMERS MARKET OPENS FOR A SIXTH SEASON ON JULY 7. The market is held rain or shine every Wednesday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Church Street. Remember to bring a reusable shopping bag for the locally grown produce, berries, and fresh flowers available for purchase. The Farmers Market is also an opportunity to visit with Wellness Program partners Boynton Health Service, Campus Club, Rec Sports, Summer at Northrop, and University Dining Services. For more information, see sixth annual Farmers Market.

CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS RELATED TO THE CENTRAL CORRIDOR LIGHT RAIL LINE are under way around campus. Work on Beacon Street, East River Road, the Weisman Museum walkway, and other projects will continue throughout the summer. For more information, see an email from VP O'Brien to the Twin Cities campus community about summer construction. For ongoing construction information, see the U's Central Corridor construction website and sign up for regular email updates.

MEDICAL BIOSCIENCES BUILDING NAMING: The new medical biosciences building in the Biomedical Discovery District has been named in honor of Winston and Maxine Wallin. The naming was approved by the All-University Honors Committee and the Board of Regents. For more information, see the news release.

RENOWNED LGBTQ LECTURER JUDITH "JACK" HALBERSTAM will discuss "Queer Contemporary Femininities in the Age of Lady Gaga" at a lecture planned around the commemoration of the 41st anniversary of the Stonewall riots, an important milestone in the modern American LGBTQ social movement. Free and open to the public. June 24, 7:30 p.m., Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey Institute. For more information, see lecture.

GREENS TO GO, A NEW RESTAURANT at the St. Paul Student Center, is now open, Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Greens To Go offers create-your-own salads and a weekly specialty salad offering. Stop by for fresh and healthy salads this summer. For more information, see dining.

DEALS AND DISCOUNTS at the Student Unions & Activities Information Desks include discounts on tickets, passes, and other gift ideas. Cheer on Gopher aluma Lindsay Whalen at the next Minnesota Lynx game with a discount. For more information, see Student Unions.

MORE EVENTS include Summer at Northrop noontime concerts: Tex Pistols (June 23); Project Procurement Management (June 25); Bravo! Faculty Recital (June 27); Curiosity Camp: The Edible Urban Landscape (June 28); Tim Sparks and Phil Heywood (June 29). SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS

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


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