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Vol. XL No. 22; July 14, 2010
Editor: Adam Overland, brief@umn.edu

Brief publication calendar: Summer publication dates will be 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
--AHC leadership transition and structural changes
--Board of Regents July meeting: Infrastructure Investment Initiative announced
--Feature: Dean John Finnegan: Public Health's Head Cheerleader
--Brief Monthly top three
--People: Jon Christianson has been appointed to the Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan Program's advisory board, newly created by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; and more.

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

AHC LEADERSHIP TRANSITION AND STRUCTURAL CHANGES. Senior VP for Health Sciences and Dean of the Medical School Frank Cerra will retire December 31. This fall, following a call for nominations in August, President Bruininks will announce Dr. Cerra's replacement, with a period of overlap in November and December to ensure a smooth transition. Over the next six months, the president will also: 1) establish a new leadership council to develop, coordinate, and facilitate interdisciplinary and interprofessional work among the health sciences and other related colleges; 2) charge a working group to strengthen alignment of AHC infrastructure with core University academic programs and identify potential redundancies and opportunities to reduce administrative overhead; and 3) implement a direct working relationship for all aspects of traditional academic responsibility between the senior VP for academic affairs and provost and the deans of the other five health science disciplines--dentistry, nursing, pharmacy, public health, and veterinary medicine--beginning in January.

BOARD OF REGENTS JULY MEETING NEWS: In his July 7 report to the board, President Bruininks announced a $20 million "Infrastructure Investment Initiative" (I3) to address research infrastructure needs deemed critical to the U's continued competitiveness. Funding for I3 comes from the U's share of royalties from technology commercialization, directed to a contingency fund established nearly five years ago by Bruininks and VP for research Tim Mulcahy. Deployment of the fund now will help address critical research infrastructure needs identified by faculty, while supporting strategic research objectives. Funding allocation will support high-end research, major equipment purchases, technical personnel, infrastructure to support scholarship in the arts and humanities, and more. An internal request for proposals for the funding will be announced in late August. For more information, see Infrastructure Investment Initiative.

OPEN LETTER FROM THE BOARD OF REGENTS REGARDING THE PRESIDENTIAL SEARCH. Given the historic and close relationship of the University to the people of Minnesota, the most important task of the Board of Regents is to select the University's president. Now, as we begin celebrating the leadership of Robert Bruininks as the University’s 15th president, and turn to selecting his successor, we also reach out to the people of Minnesota. We invite you to participate. We welcome your thoughts and observations. Updates on the selection process will be posted on our website. For more information, see the letter.

FEATURE: As dean of the U's School of Public Health (SPH), John Finnegan has helped make the school one of the best in the country, and he's been its biggest booster along the way. Finnegan views health through a wide-angle lens—looking at ways public policy, agriculture, business, education, transportation, and the health sciences can work together. He came into the job with a very specific agenda: to grow the school and the faculty and to invest in new areas of research. Finnegan turned to faculty, asked them which areas they felt should be emphasized, then went to work to get the resources they needed. Today, SPH boasts 135 faculty members, has the sixth-highest NIH funding ranking among schools of public health, and has a total enrollment of 1,500 students. Finnegan's challenge will be to maintain momentum. For more information, read "Public Health’s Head Cheerleader."

BRIEF MONTHLY TOP THREE: In case you missed them, the top three features appearing in Brief during the month of June, as measured by readership numbers, were "Don't let this be a humdrum summer," "Collaboration is the key to IT," and "Board of Regents meeting summary, June 2010."

PEOPLE: Jon Christianson has been appointed to the advisory board of the Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan (CO-OP) Program, newly created by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; associate professor Jayne Fulkerson has received a $3.2 million research project grant from the National Institutes of Health; the College of Design has named two new associate deans: associate professor Lee Anderson is associate dean for academic affairs, and associate professor Brad Hokanson is associate dean for research and outreach; Laurie McGinnis has been appointed the new director of the Center for Transportation Studies; Bernard Levinson was named a Fellow of the American Academy of Jewish Research; Linda Lindeke received the prestigious State Award for Excellence by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners; Carston (Rick) Wagner was recently named to the new Endowed Chair in Medicinal Chemistry; Laurie Brown, Extension educator in water resource management with the onsite sewage treatment program, died June 27; 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:

STATE FAIR EXHIBITION SPACE: The Great Minnesota Get Together is just over a month away, and once again the U will be showcasing for the Minnesota public the diversity of work, research, and knowledge generated here. Booth space is available and University Relations invites colleges and units from all campuses to exhibit. The U location sees tens of thousands of visitors each day, and offers a unique opportunity to connect with the people of Minnesota. Fair dates are Aug. 26-Sept. 6. To book a time or for more information, email Drew Swain or call 612-625-8962.

THE IMMIGRATION HISTORY RESEARCH CENTER will digitize immigrant love letters in a pilot project revealing the depth of emotion between immigrants in languages other than English. "A Heart Connects Us: Immigrant Letters and the Experience of Migration" provides insight into letters written between 1850 and 1970. For more information, see the news release.

FURLOUGH REQUEST FORMS NOW AVAILABLE. For those interested in requesting unpaid time off, the University has posted a furlough request form. With supervisory approval, furlough days may be taken at any point during the employee's FY11 scheduled appointment, however, employees and their supervisors must assure that there will be no disruption of classes or other time-sensitive programs or functions of the University. Money saved through this program will remain within the employee's college and unit. For more information, see furlough request.

U OF M MOMENT: We tend to think of winter as the most dangerous season for travel, but did you know that one in three traffic fatalities occurs during the summer? Only eight percent of Americans realize that summer driving is actually the most perilous, according to a new national survey from Lee Munnich and the U's Center for Excellence in Rural Safety. For more information, listen to the U of M Moment.

VIDEO: CREATING BREATHING LUNGS IN A LAB. Scientists with the U's Masonic Cancer Center and Medical School have achieved another research first—creating breathing lungs in the laboratory. Lead scientist Angela Panoskaltsis-Mortari, and assistant scientist Andrew Price used a process called whole organ decellularization to remove cells from the lungs of dead adult mice and implant healthy stem cells derived from unborn mice. For more information, watch creating lungs in the laboratory.

THE INSTITUTE ON THE ENVIRONMENT HAS JOINED WITH THE INTERNATIONAL NATURAL CAPITAL PROJECT in a worldwide effort to align economic forces with conservation. The other partners include Stanford University, The Nature Conservancy, and World Wildlife Fund. Founded in 2006, the Natural Capital Project aims to mainstream the values of nature into major resource decisions. For more information, see the news release.

FIND THE LIBRARIES IN THE PALM OF YOUR HAND. As mobile devices have become the primary means of Internet access for more library users, U Libraries has adapted, creating a robust version of its website optimized for the small screens of smartphones. On-the-go users can now do their research in the palms of their hands. For more information, see mobile library, or visit the direct link to the mobile site.

Crookston:

THE MATH, SCIENCE, AND TECHNOLOGY DEPARTMENT announced the hiring of two faculty members into term positions. Thomas Henderson has been hired as a lecturer in biology. He has taught as an adjunct faculty member at UMC since 2008 and recently earned his Ph.D. in microbiology and immunology from the University of North Dakota (UND). Marcella Melby has been hired as a lecturer in mathematics. She recently earned her Ph.D. in teaching and learning: teacher education with a minor in mathematics education from UND.

THE MINNESOTA AIDS PROJECT WORKSHOP "Intersection of Chemical Health & HIV" will be held July 29-30, Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center. For more information, see the Minnesota Aids Project.

THE MINNESOTA CAMPUS COMPACT 2010 SUMMIT AND AWARDS LUNCHEON was held June 17 at the Earle Brown Heritage Center in Brooklyn Center, Minn. UMC assistant professor Eric Castle received the Civic Engagement Steward Award; Bev Brekken and Kathy Hanson from the Villa St. Vincent/Summit Apartments and UMC received the Community Partner Award; and UMC student Katya Zepeda was acknowledged as one of only two students in Minnesota to have received the Carter Academic Service Entrepreneur grant.

FOUR EXCEPTIONAL ALUMNI WERE HONORED WITH THE TOP AGGIE AWARD during the Northwest School of Agriculture alumni reunion in June. The award is the highest honor a Northwest School alumnus can receive. The Top Aggies for 2010 are Clifford Steinhauer, '48; Terry and Bette (Hovet) Nelson, '60; and Terry Stadstad, '60. For more information, see Top Aggie.

LISTENING SESSIONS FOR THE 2010 SUMMIT CONNECTING AG conference have been scheduled across Minnesota, including one to be held at UMC. The UMC session will take place July 28, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Kiehle Auditorium. Lunch will be provided, and the public is welcome. For more information, register for the session online or see Connecting Ag.

Duluth:

THE GRAND OPENING OF THE $15 MILLION CIVIL ENGINEERING BUILDING took place June 28. The state-of-the-art teacher-training center is a LEED Certified GOLD Award Building. It will house the new bachelor of science degree program in civil engineering, which admitted its first freshman students in fall 2008. Currently, the program has 170 students. The 34,000 square foot building features "engineering on display" by demonstrating exposed engineering principles employed in the building's construction. It is the 12th new building and major addition to the UMD campus since 2000. For more information, see grand opening.

CHANCELLOR KATHRYN MARTIN SIGNED A NEW INTERNATIONAL EXCHANGE PROGRAM with the University of Worcester in Worcester, England. The program will now be located at the University of Worcester beginning fall 2011. Through the program, UMD students and faculty will be fully integrated with the University of Worcester, and UMD will also have greater opportunities for exchanges of students and faculty. For more information, see the news release.

THE UMD LIBRARY HAS RAISED ITS DAILY FINE RATE TO 50 CENTS PER DAY to match the rate charged at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus. The decision to standardize fine amounts came with the emergence of new intercampus direct lending services. Maintaining a consistent rate will help to eliminate confusion on this campus and on other campuses in the system. Students, faculty, and staff can use their library "My Account" to renew materials online or call 218-726-6120 for staff assistance. For more information, see UMD library fine rate.

SIEUR DU LUTH OPERA TRAINING PROGRAM WILL PRESENT DON GIOVANNI July 14-17, 7:30 p.m., UMD Marshall Performing Arts Center. Tickets: adults $20; seniors $18; student/child $8; UMD students $6. Tickets for "Dessert and the Don," a preshow gala on July 17, 6:30 p.m., Tweed Museum of Art, are $50. For more information, see Don Giovanni or call 218-726-8561.

Morris:

UMM'S 2010 FARMERS MARKET SEASON KICKED OFF JUNE 17. The market will be open through October on Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and on Thursdays from 3 to 6 p.m., 801 Atlantic Avenue. Weather permitting, local musicians will play on Thursdays. The Morris Healthy Eating Initiative (MHE) will have a booth available every market day for shoppers to ask questions about healthy eating, from nutrition, to cooking, to gardening. MHE is one of eight projects throughout the state selected to work with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota to improve UMM and community food choices through environment and policy change. For more information, see UMM Farmers Market.

Rochester:

UMR WILL HOLD A DISCOVER BSHS DAY to assist high school juniors and seniors in the college search process and provide them with information about the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences degree. July 15, 1-4:30 p.m, 417 University Square. For more information, see Discover BSHS.

Twin Cities:

SUMMER IS HERE AND SO IS THE U OF M FARMERS MARKET. For the sixth consecutive year, the Farmers Market is open every Wednesday along Church Street on the East Bank of the Twin Cities campus. Rain or shine, between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., students, faculty, and staff can purchase berries, fresh flowers, savory herbs, and vegetables grown locally by vendors whose gardens and fields are located near the Twin Cities. For more information, read "Spice up your summer."

FACULTY AND STAFF ARE INVITED TO THE EMPLOYEE APPRECIATION EVENT: CELEBRATE U! The celebration will offer employees a chance to enjoy a summertime treat as well as the sights and sounds of the University community. The event will feature live entertainment by The Sunny Era, a local indie folk rock band featuring two U alumni; complimentary ice cream treats (while supplies last); information booths; demonstrations and interactive displays by U departments; and the weekly Farmers Market on Church Street. Aug. 25, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information, see Celebrate U!

THERE ARE MANY FREE TECHNOLOGY TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES for U faculty and staff through the Office of Information Technology (OIT), including Google Apps training. OIT offers courses through the University Technology Training Center (UTTC). For more information, see the UTTC website for a complete listing of training courses.

LAST SPRING THE ST. PAUL CAMPUS WAS DECLARED AN EMERALD ASH BORER (EAB) INFESTATION SITE. EAB is an invasive beetle that attacks and kills ash trees. In response to the crisis, the U's Facilities Management (FM) applied for and received a $200,000 grant from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) to mount a mitigation plan. To date, Landcare has eliminated 274 ash trees from campus with plans to remove another 125-150 through the winter. Removing the trees now will help slow the spread of EAB. Landcare replaces felled ash trees with a variety of other species that will leave the University with a more diverse tree population. For more information, read EAB affects U.

MINNESOTA MILES VIDEO: Have you ever wondered what goes into beautifying the UMTC campus during the summer months? Student intern "Minnesota Miles" found that more than 90 U of M Landcare seasonal workers plant 25,000 new flowers each summer to help make campus look great for students and staff returning in the fall. To learn more about what makes the U a beautiful place to work and learn, watch "Minnesota Miles stops to smell the roses."

JULY MARKS THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH'S Centers for Public Health Education and Outreach (CPHEO). With a mission to train and educate all facets of public health practice and encourage lifelong learning, CPHEO has grown tremendously over the past decade. This growth speaks to the ability of SPH experts to respond to emerging public health issues over the past 10 years, starting with the unprecedented needs following 9/11. Other issues CPHEO has anticipated over the decade have included the spread of zoonotic diseases, food safety in a global system, pandemic influenza, and the growing role of genomics. For more information, see reach of CPHEO.

THE WORLD'S TOP DRUM AND BUGLE CORPS WILL COMPETE AT TCF BANK STADIUM. DCI Minnesota, produced by Drum Corps International, will feature 3,200 young performers from throughout the country who will showcase their world-class talents in the largest drum and bugle corps competition ever held in Minnesota. Each of the 23 marching music ensembles features up to 150 brass musicians, percussionists, and dancers ages 14 to 22. Tickets for the event start at $27 and can be purchased online. July 17, 2 p.m., TCF Bank Stadium. For more information, see the events calendar.

THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA BOOKSTORE IS HOSTING MEDICAL RESIDENT AND PROFESSIONAL DAYS in Coffman Union throughout July, featuring savings on hundreds of medical reference titles, lab coats, scrubs, and stethoscopes. For more information, see U of M Bookstore.

ADDRESSING AND MAILING SERVICES HAS ESTABLISHED A NEW DROP-OFF LOCATION for its First Class Daily Mail Program at the West Bank Printing Services Copy Center, 33 Social Sciences Building. The program handles outgoing domestic and international letters, large envelopes, and parcels. The West Bank Skyway Postal Station closed permanently on June 25, although Forever Stamps can still be purchased at the West Bank Skyway Convenience Store. For more information, email Dale Mossestad, call 612-626-9416, or see mail program PDF.

"THE HEART OF YOGA: SUSTAINABILITY FOR A PEACEFUL PLANET," an evening with Swami Veda Bharati introduces participants to the relationship between yoga and meditation. Venerated yogi Swami Veda will travel from Sadhaka Grama Ashram in India to share these teachings with the Minnesota community. Aug. 4, 4:40-6:30 p.m., Mayo Memorial Auditorium. Call the Center for Spirituality and Healing at 612-624-9459 to register.

MORE EVENTS include Raptor Bowl (July 14); The Next Generation of Parks: Civic Delight (July 15); Triumph of Love Minnesota Centennial Showboat (July 16); WAMplified! featuring Solid Gold with special guests Lookbook (July 17); Curiosity Camp: Chapels, Cottages, Ivy-Covered Halls: Preserving Historic Gems (July 20). SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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